Last summer, I made my now annual pilgrimage to the scenic beauty of the New England region with my father basking in the wineries, the coastal seafaring lifestyle, the history of the revolution, the trees with all their majestic colors and the accents. One cannot forget the accents made so famous by the Boston faithful.
Each trip has a unique flavor, whether it is touring Fenway park, or strolling down the quaint streets of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. What makes this journey so amazing is that you cannot go far without an adventure nearby. First it is Manhattan, then Mystic, Connecticut, Hartford, Providence, Boston, Concord, Walden Pond and many in between.
In fact, I was taken back by Lowell, Massachusetts last summer. The expectation was to see the gym where Mickey Ward trained, the title character from The Fighter but what we found was a cute little town with so much history and heritage. We took the trolley that went 5 miles per hour and was run by a modern day Abbott and Costello team. Yet, I don’t believe they were trying to do a comedy routine. It just ended up that way.
But I could go on an on about standing in Walden’s Pond as an author and just stepping back in time for just a few brief moments or “In a Pickle” the best breakfast place in the world in Waltham, MA, or the awesome intellectually stimulating coffee shop/cafe on Harvard’s campus that made my father very uncomfortable being around so many green and environmentally sound students. But I won’t.
Our first journey opened my eyes, to an interesting phenomenon. As we passed highway sign after highway sign, I began to realize something, Aon is everywhere. We are a foundation from coast to coast, country to country, ocean to ocean. It was like seeing a Dunkin Donuts or McDonald’s sign prior to each exit, except not to that extreme.
First we started near Bridgewater, New Jersey. There we have a great campus overlooking blue skies and Bridgewater Commons Mall. Migrating north to New York, our presence is strong including an office near Battery Park that has one of the best views of the city. 95 North took us to Stamford, Norwalk, Hartford, and New Britain, CT which all has an Aon presence. Providence, RI houses Aon Risk Solutions and Waltham, Framingham and Boston are all Aon Massachusetts campus sites.
To think, if we continued to Canada, Markham and Toronto may have met our path.
To think that one Father and son journey could have gotten Aon passport stamps in nine to eleven campus sites within a half day car ride. That is pretty spectacular when you think about it.
We are truly there for our clients and like Triple A, always nearby to give you a lift when needed.
After our first year, I decided to make a cool little driving game out of finding Aon sites. Maybe there are even more hidden in the woods, yet undiscovered.
I hope you enjoyed living vicariously through my father and my annual excursion to New England with a little wave from Aon along the way.
I have been fortunate enough to physically work and visit four campus locations and am looking forward to visiting many more during my tenure. As I think about my company, I have a sense of pride knowing they have a strong foundation, they are continuing to grow and prosper and they can make for a great driving game.
There may even be an app for that.