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Simon's Story

Simon Arias

Family first, but after that, Leader, Mentor, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist & Motivational Speaker.

Simon Arias was born in Youngstown, Ohio. During his youth, Simon was tempted by the negative influences that plague so many disadvantaged communities. Fortunately, through the support of his family, he was able to find his path as a leader on the football field. Simon played at Youngstown-Ursuline High School, leading his team to a state championship his senior year. This led to a scholarship at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania where Simon earned his bachelor degree.

Growing up in a tough neighborhood for much of his life, Simon knew what it meant to have good role models. Simon’s mother, Chrissy, his grandparents, and his coaches instilled in him the work ethic and mindset that forever changed his life. Inspired by those influences, Simon has taken it upon himself to seek out young people, often times from a similar background, to mentor in hopes to lead them toward the path of greatness.

After graduating college, Simon took his leadership skills and competitive nature that he developed on the football field and brought it with him into business. He was hired by the Surace-Smith Agency of American Income Life and quickly climbed the ranks, becoming a regional manager within his first year in business.

Simon became the youngest person ever promoted to State General Agent. He opened his first Arias Agencies location in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2008. Simon and his team at Arias Agencies hold multiple company records for being the fastest agency to hit company production milestones.

Simon has been a member of American Income Life’s Executive Council on a regular basis, and has been awarded AIL’s highest honor of State General Agent Of The Year multiple times, most notably being the first ever SGA to achieve this milestone back to back years.

Today, Arias Agencies has grown to become the largest individual producing agency in the United States of America under the Globe Life umbrella. With offices across the United States and plans for continued expansion, Simon has shown that his championship mindset continues to live on.

With that mindset Simon aims to inspire others, not only within Arias Agencies, but anywhere in the world. In 2016, Simon launched his YouTube channel & social media sites with the first ever G.R.I.N.D. message. That same year, Simon partnered with his mentor & long-time friend, Marcus Smith to start Cash Money Consulting, a consulting firm aimed at coaching other State General Agents within American Income Life and National Income Life. With even bigger plans for the future, Simon’s mission to uplift and motivate others is just getting started.

Simon’s financial success has allowed him to give back to the communities he serves. Among all of his  philanthropic efforts, Simon is most passionate about his partnership with Inspiring Minds. In 2015, Simon partnered with Inspiring Minds to open a division of their youth program in his hometown of Youngstown, and as of 2021, Inspiring Minds will be opening another location in Pittsburgh. For more info on Inspiring Minds, please visit