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Scott Golden, Co-Founder, Golden & Cohen

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Scott Golden, CFO of the health-benefits firm Golden & Cohen is recognized as an industry leader in the small to mid-size insurance market, and ranks among the area’s top producers, according to the Washington Business Journal’s Annual List.

He received a BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland in 1985, an MBA from George Washington University in 1990, and later a JD and LLM in taxation from the University of Baltimore. His advanced academic and legal degrees enable him to evaluate local and national mandates in conjunction with helping his clients prepare and implement the proper strategy.

Supporting the community is important to Scott, who advocates about the importance of lower health-care rates on behalf of his clients. He has served on the Green Acres School Board of Trustees and sits on the board of ALS-DC in Maryland.

Scott is a native of upstate New York. He has been married to Golden & Cohen co-owner Stephanie Cohen since 1989. They have two children.

For more information about Scott’s insurance firm, visit www.golden-cohen.com contact Scott Golden by email at scott@golden-cohen.com.

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Inspiration and genius — one and the same.”

– Victor Hugo

In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”

– Albert Einstein

The world I believed in, back in my most innocent, uninformed, childish mind—is real.”

– Martha Beck

Part of your destiny is to live in the zone of maximum satisfaction.”

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Whosoever knows how to fight well is not angry. Whosoever knows how to conquer enemies does not fight them.”

– Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

Success is the necessary misfortune of life, but it is only to the very unfortunate that it comes early.”

– Anthony Trollope

The aim of life is to live, and to live means to be aware, joyously, drunkenly, serenely, divinely aware.”

– Henry Miller

Nobody talks about entrepreneurship as survival, but that’s exactly what nurtures creative thinking.”

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My goal was to tell the life side of the story. We have become a nation of voyeurs that expect sensationalism, and that offends me.”

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When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”

– Jimi Hendrix

Success is about finding a livelihood that brings joy, self-sufficiency, and a sense of contributing.”

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We never know how high we are
 till we are called to rise;
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– Emily Dickinson

Do one thing every day that scares you.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

Destiny is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”

– William Jennings Bryan

They who give have all things. They who withhold have nothing.”

– Hindu Proverb

Friendship is the only cement that will hold the world together.”

– Woodrow Wilson

The only dream worth having is to live while you’re alive and die only when you’re dead.”

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You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.”

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Try not to become a man of success but rather to become a man of value.”

– Albert Einstein

An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he’ll quickly learn how to chew it.“


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Education is an admirable thing to have, but it is well to remember that nothing worth knowing can be taught.”

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What is the point of having free will if one cannot occasionally spit in the eye of destiny?”

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If you do not tell the truth about yourself
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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”

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‎No one is useless in this world who lightens the burden of another.”

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