In spring 2015, now AIG Commercial Insurance CEO Rob Schimek announced AIG’s national partnership with the American Heart Association (AHA).

The AHA’s walks kicked off in New York City with over 650 employees fundraising $112K and participating in the AHA’s Wall Street Run.

This was AIG’s first year hosting a tent at the event in New York City and as part of the company’s commitment to road safety, AIG volunteers distributed light reflectors and reflective bracelets to participants. Jon Monks, Managing Director and AIG Executive Champion of the AHA, and Ron Willet, Regional President of the Northeast participated. 

In Dallas, 58 employees fundraised over $27K for the AHA, and Fort Worth joined the heart walk activities for the first time. AIG Executive Champion Joe Fitzpatrick led the Chicago heart walk, where employees fundraised over $15K. Employees in Kansas City, Los Angeles, and Nashville fundraised nearly $10K each and had over 250 colleagues collectively participate in the annual event.

Employee participation and fundraising increased by 53 percent in comparison to the previous year, and over a half a million dollars was contributed to the AHA through corporate donations and employee fundraising. Additional participating cities included Denver, Colorado; Louisville, Kentucky; San Diego, California; Morris, New Jersey; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Houston, Texas; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

By the end of 2015, almost 1,500 employees raised over $500K for the AHA.

Says Izzy Weaver, Executive Assistant and AIG Nashville Regional Heart Walk Leader, “Reuniting the employees of AIG with AHA truly revealed the passion and the history of the relationship that AIG in Nashville has had with the Heart Walk over the years. That passion created a unity and a teamwork that lead to an impressive impact in a short amount of fundraising time. I am really looking forward to what AIG will accomplish working with AHA in 2016.”