Career Dossier: Al Mott

Founder of Senior America Inc.

Education

Photograph of Monmouth's first graduating class.
Monmouth University

Monmouth College ’57 (A.A.), ’58

“I was part of Monmouth’s first graduating class as a four-year school. We moved from night classes at Long Branch High School to Wilson Hall, which was like being in Versailles. We hardly wanted to touch anything because we didn’t want to ruin it.”

Oral Roberts University ’59 (M.Div., Theology)

“Because I was the only Catholic male student in the whole school, I was told I didn’t have to listen to Oral Roberts because he wasn’t my Pope!”
New York Theological Seminary ’89 (D.Min.)

New York Theological Seminary ’89 (D.Min.)

Professional Experience

1959–65

Record Producer
“I recorded the Monmouth Collegians and College Dance Band performing under the supervision of the great band leader Tommy Tucker.”

1961–63

Signed singer with 20th Century Fox Records
“I performed all over: weddings, funerals, ice capers skating performances, TV shows, radio.”

Cover of an album by The Mods, who Al Mott managed
Courtesy of Al Mott

1963–65

Manager of The Mods
“I got the band on ‘Candid Camera,’ but when they decided to go to college and pursue other professions, I went back to school myself.”

1969–70

Founder and Director of Life-Line Inc. in Asbury Park
“The seniors were suffering. There were no programs for them in our area. This had to be rectified somehow, so I opened Life-Line and told any seniors that needed help to call.”

1970–79

Creator and Director of Operations for Asbury Park Senior Center

1980–present

Founder of Senior America Inc. (served as president until 2010)
“I created the Ms. Senior America Pageant for contestants who are 60 years and older. I tell them, you have reached the Age of Elegance!”

Read more about Mott’s work with the Ms. Senior America Pageant.

1993–96

Director of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Hudson County

Words to Live By

“Love those who are elderly because their knowledge, experience, and resources are really America’s natural treasure.”

Photograph of contestants at Ms. Senior America Pageant
Dustin Fenstermacher
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