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J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge brings people together around the world

On September 8, 2016, Marx|Okubo's San Francisco office participated in the largest corporate, international sporting event, the 40th annual J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, which is dedicated to promoting workplace fitness and building relationships with new people. "You might meet people new to the company or people you've never encountered before in your day-to-day work," said J.P. Morgan Executive Director Renee Minott. "You forge new friendships. You get to know your co-workers more deeply. And then when you're working together on a project, it's easier to go to them if you need something. You have a common connection."


Competing among 10,000 other runners, Marx|Okubo's nine-person team ran the 3.2-mile course along San Francisco's Embarcadero. The San Francisco team consisted of Joel Villamil, Susan Chew, Marlon Just-Vargas, Connie Khuu, Kim Luu, Rebecca Melton, Emily Mitchell, Juliet Rubio, and Brad Wolf. Ron Brown, sidelined by injury, was cheering from the crowd.

The proceeds from the event went to Year Up Bay Area, which provides urban and underprivileged young adults education, experience, and guidance towards professional careers and higher education.

The run and after-party made for a very fun evening, and training will now begin for next year's corporate challenge.