Ullico employees work every day on behalf of the labor movement. They're eager to support and protect union members and their families. Our team is made of dedicated, hardworking individuals whose accomplishment shine inside and outside the office. Get to know some of the personalities behind the good work that goes on for you.
Left to Right: Elloween Johnson, Underwriting Tech Assistant, Ullico Casualty Group, Tina Fletcher, President, Ullico Casualty Group, Nakeeah Stanfield, Underwriter, Ullico Casualty Group, Jenn Simmons, Sr. Executive Assistant to CEO, Ullico, Brian Hale, SVP & COO, Ullico, Cori Houlihan, Manager, Corporate Marketing & Events, Jeannette Nolen, Executive Assistant, Ullico Investment Advisors.
Ullico employees volunteered to help the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) replace a dilapidated fishing pier at Jones Point Park in Alexandria, Va., a site that provides fishing and boating access to the Potomac River.
Volunteers from the Local Iron Workers, IBEW and other trades joined Ullico employees and USA volunteers to help remove debris, deconstruct the current structure and install a new one. The project had special significance for USA, as it marked their 100th conservation project. USA is a nonprofit organization that unites unions through the preservation of North America's outdoor heritages. Its vision is to have the union community volunteer time and unique trade skills to expand and improve public access to the outdoors, conserve and maintain critical wildlife habitats, restore our nation's parks and provide mentoring programs to introduce youth to the outdoors. "As part of the union family, our commitment to the community extends outside the office walls," says Tracy Coker, Vice President of Human Resources for Ullico.
In October, Stephanie Whalen, Vice President of Group Operations at Union Labor Life, ran the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. "The first part of the race was a little hilly, and I had to be careful not to go out too fast or too hard in order to save my energy for the later miles," she says. "Once I passed the five-mile mark, I was feeling good and relaxed and the jitters were gone." She still had 21.2 miles to go.
"By mile 20 I was exhausted but knew the end was in sight and I had come too far to give up or get down on myself," she says. "As I came close to the finish, I was filled with emotions as Marines lined the hill to the finish at the Iwo Jima Memorial. Having our men and women in uniform encouraging you that last 2/10 of the mile to the finish was incredible."
This was the first marathon for Whalen, who had been a high school and college athlete. "Running was never something I particular enjoyed. In an effort to stay physically fit I got into running in 2008 with a 5K. Then a friend started to challenge me to take on longer distances," she says. "I found my love of running had grown deeper and felt I was ready to set a new goal – to complete a marathon."
A combination of discipline, desire and personal support helped Whalen achieve her goal. "Training was not easy. Making time for longer runs during the week and even longer runs on the weekend was hard with an already full schedule at work and home," she says. "But it was the drive to achieve the goal of finishing a marathon, and the support of friends and loved ones that kept me going on days I just didn't want to continue."
She also learned a valuable takeaway that applies to life and business. "A marathon is no small feat. I was told by another runner to 'respect the distance,'" she says. "That is such a true statement."