International Investment Group team members pause for a quick photo at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park.
‘Family’ focus part of Corporate Challenge
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Donna Elezaj (left) and Ludmila de Santana Notaro flash great smiles at the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge in Central Park.
NEW YORK, May 7, 2009 — In 1994, David Hu and Martin Silver launched a new investment company. The International Investment Group LLC (“IIG”), a New York based Registered Investment Advisor with the SEC, was created to specialize in the development and management of investment vehicles designed to strategically capitalize upon international commodity and trade finance opportunities. In addition to its financial goals and investment strategies, newly created IIG had another focus.
“From its humble beginnings, “family” has always played an important role in how the company is run and how IIG treats its employees,” said Tom LaVecchia, Senior Director at IIG.
Five years ago, that focus helped attract IIG to the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge.
When the 33rd edition of the Corporate Challenge is held June 10-11 in Central Park, IIG once again will happily take its place among the hundreds of companies on hand.
“Although there is friendly competition among some of the company runners, the main focus is encouraging as many employees to participate and share in the camaraderie while advocating the health benefits of an active lifestyle,” said LaVecchia.
“To this effect, IIG encourages all employees to take part in the JP Morgan Corporate Challenge as either runners, walkers or as spectators, cheering their fellow colleagues on,” LaVecchia added. “Participation ranges from the managing partners to the newest employees and from the company’s marathoners to novice runners.”
Every year, said LaVecchia, the Corporate Challenge is an evening of fun, cheering, and bonding. After each race, he said, IIG continues to promote its family principles by organizing an après-run dinner for all employees to cool down, toast their own personal victories, and share their stories about the run.
The opportunity for out-of-the-office camaraderie has been one of the missions of the Corporate Challenge since 200 participants showed up for the first race in Central Park in 1977. It goes hand-in-hand with the Series' primary goal of promoting health in the workplace, a goal that IIG also has embraced from its beginnings as a company, and goes to great lengths to achieve.
“Early on,” said LaVecchia, ”IIG recognized the need to promote a healthy work environment.”
In addition to offering complimentary healthy snacks to its employees, said LaVecchia, IIG offers discounted rates with a prime health club and encourages all employees to join. And, recognizing the demands of working in a fast paced, investment advisory firm, the partners arranged for free in-office, weekly chair massages by an outside specialist to all interested employees. These massages continue to be an employee favorite company perk, as does the Corporate Challenge.
“Over the past 15 years, the company has continued to grow and so has its family,” said LaVecchia. “The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, like any yearly event, brings the IIG family together to share in the values that are at the core of our business: challenge, perseverance, teamwork and success.”
At IIG, the Corporate Challenge has truly become an annual “family” celebration.
At IIG, the family focus carries over into the workplace.