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Apr 20, 2020

Q1: Thanking New York State, Celebrating 2019 as a Team, and Prioritizing Health and Wellness

Here at NYCM Insurance, we were excited to kick off the new decade with a bang. From focusing on our sponsorship efforts, to thanking New York State with a series of new live-action commercials, Q1 saw a lot of energy and excitement for the year ahead. Read on to learn more about our Q1 initiatives and how we’ve been prioritizing health and wellness amongst the COVID-19 outbreak:

Thanking New York State with New Creative

In 2019 we were excited to be awarded the J.D. Power Award for ranking #1 in Customer Satisfaction Among Auto Insurers in New York, 2 years in a row. To keep the momentum going, we kicked off the year with a series of new live-action television spots. The spots are dedicated to one simple ideology: “Thank you, New York.”
“From our employees, to our agents, to our business partners and customers – we couldn’t have done it without the support of all members of our ecosystem,” said Robert Snyder, Vice President of Brand Management. “A series of new commercials felt like the right way to give back and say ‘thank you.’”
To read more about the commercials, click here. To watch the new spots, click here or on the button above.

Celebrating 2019 as a Team

Everything we do at NYCM is done with a team spirit. We believe in championing everyone’s strengths, knowing that our best work is work that is done together. With this attitude at the core of everything we do, we make it a priority to get together as one big team every year at our annual corporate retreat.

Our retreat is a special time because it allows for all offices to come together as one. Employees from Edmeston, Sherburne, Orchard Park and Canajoharie, gather as one unit to celebrate the past year and plan for the year ahead. At this year’s event, we spent time going over our major initiatives in 2019 and discussed plans for the future.

We also use the event to celebrate employees who have gone above and beyond servicing our customers through our Vision in Action award. This year’s award recipients included Sandy Truax, Anna Hughes and Don Kaczmarek.

The event concluded with a classic rock comedy performance by Mark Eddie, followed by a catered lunch.

Supporting the Fight Against Heart Disease

One cause that we are passionate about is the fight against heart disease. Twenty eight years ago, we began our partnership with the American Heart Association as a way to give back to a cause that we felt strongly about - unfortunately, many of our employees have experienced the trauma that heart disease can bring, either on a personal level or through family members and friends. It was a cause that our teammates could rally behind and continue to support to this day.  

With February being heart month, we spent a lot of time this quarter giving back to the cause with initiatives like Wear Red Day and attending the Heart Run and Walk events in both Oneonta and Utica.

Leading up to the events, our employees also participated in several employee-driven fundraisers including special edition swag sold from our internal store (this year we sold close to 500 pieces), a BBQ chicken fundraiser by local restaurant Brooks’ House of BBQ and breakfast sandwiches sold on site at our Edmeston headquarters, among many others.

NYCM also sponsored the Hands Only CPR Collegiate Challenge -  a friendly contest among colleges in the Utica, NY area designed to teach as many people as possible how to administer hands-only CPR. This year, over 500 people were trained by this program.

To read more about our support of the American Heart Association, click here.

 Championing World Down Syndrome Day

Our Edmeston headquarters is a short drive from one of our favorite neighbors - Pathfinder Village, a community dedicated to serving individuals with Down Syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Every March 21 (World Down Syndrome Day) we look forward to inviting several Pathfinder residents to our campus to act as black jack dealers for an employee tournament. The tie being the number 21 - Down Syndrome is caused by an extra or partial copy of chromosome 21 and blackjack revolves around the number 21.

This year, to ensure the safety of our employees and the Pathfinder residents due to COVID-19, we had to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day from afar, by encouraging our employees to celebrate by wearing blue and yellow as well as crazy socks on March 21, as a way to honor and raise awareness for the holiday.

Continuing Construction

In November of 2019 we broke ground on a new building addition that will provide our team with more office space and an auditorium for town hall meetings and corporate events. Construction has carried through the winter and we’re excited to watch the project unfold. To read more about our construction project, click here.


Prioritizing the Health and Safety of our Entire Ecosystem

The end of Q1 looked very different from the start as we joined the rest of the world in facing the novel coronavirus. Our number one priority has always been the safety of our employees and those that we share our ecosystem with: customers, agents, business partners and friends. We ended Q1 with the vast majority of our employees working remotely, continuing to service our customers from the safety of our homes. Our on-site cafe has remained open to offer to-go meals for the few employees working on site and for those able to drive to campus and pick them up. We’re continuing to monitor the situation closely, so that we may act quickly and efficiently to keep everyone’s health and wellbeing top of mind.

For more information about the COVID-19 outbreak and tips for keeping you and your loved ones safe, visit the World Health Organization's website. And to learn more about NYCM Insurance and our product offerings, click on the button below.