It started 25 years ago with just one freelancer.
That’s when Aquent (known back then as Laser Designs), sent Tim Spaulding to AARP, who needed a FileMaker expert to help them on site.
Today our talent have put in over 500,000 hours of work at the non-profit. Every day, more than 40 developers, designers, writers, project managers, marketers, presentation designers, and others help them achieve their mission of fighting for issues that matter most to families, like health care, employment and income security, and protection from financial abuse.
So when we were recently honored as Supplier of the Year at AARP's 2017 Supplier Diversity Recognition & Awards Program, it meant a great deal to our CEO John Chuang and our staff. We consider AARP to be so much more than a client.
This past year we partnered with AARP staff to create an immersive design challenge with students from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). Over a five week period, student teams worked to achieve the non-profit’s goal of increasing local engagement through mobile communication. After many late nights and tons of revisions, the team’s final ideas were rendered and presented to the AARP staff in Washington, D.C. The staff was blown away by the ideas. In fact, the concepts were so well received that their Chief Communications & Marketing Officer asked if any of the students wanted a job! (We’re happy to announce that we’ll be partnering with the school again this spring for an even longer 10-week immersive design challenge.)
We were also fortunate enough to help this year with their Meal Pack Challenge as part of the 2017 Summer of Service to Seniors. On September 11th, we worked with scores of volunteers in the National Mall to help pack more than 1.5 million meals for seniors in need.
We’re honored to receive this year’s Supplier of the Year award, but more so, we’re grateful to partner with an organization with a deep mission that touches so many lives.
We are thankful for ALL our talent and staff (most especially our dedicated Account Director for AARP Tina Tozzi) who made this award possible and who keep the partnership going strong!