We had a fun and productive time catching up with our local network members in New York City on October 10-11.

Sharing a fantastic few days with our regional partners at our Americas Summit

We were delighted to host MAXIS network members from across North, Central and Latin America at our 2018 Americas Member Summit in New York City this October. The event was a great opportunity for the MAXIS GBN team and our local partners to come together, learn from each other and share best practice.

Discussing the future of employee benefits

Digital innovation increasingly affects the way we live our lives every day and for the employee benefits industry, it’s no different. One of the key sessions from the Americas event was focused purely on the digital technologies and innovations that will shape the future of the industry.

After hosting a successful innovation session at our Asia Pacific network get-together in August, Helga Viegas, Director of Digital Marketing & Innovation at MAXIS GBN, led a roundtable session where our Americas network partners could share their ideas and feedback and discuss the trends they are seeing in the world of digital innovation, the ways in which they are able to use it and the challenges they face.

The spirited conversation on innovation was just one of a number of sessions throughout the summit, that also included updates from most of our functions.

Rewarding our members

Recognising the achievements and dedication of our local network partners is extremely important to us. After hosting our first global member awards at the 2017 Global Forum, and our first regional awards in Okinawa this year, we decided to hand out our Americas regional awards at the end of the Summit.

There were some tough decisions to be made when deciding on the winners, but eventually we did and once again, we’d like to say a huge congratulations and thanks to them all.

  • MetLife USA – Sales champion

  • MetLife Chile – BRIDGE champion

  • MetLife Brazil – Most engaged network member

Peri Friedman, Raj Ray and Tamara Truta from MetLife USA (left), Carla Orlandi from MetLife Chile (centre) and Raul Trineto from MetLife Brazil (right) collecting their awards from Mauro Dugulin, CEO at MAXIS GBN.

And thank you also to all our member partners who have played such a key role in our success in the Americas region over the course of the last year. We couldn’t do it without you and we look forward to having more to celebrate over the next year.

Forming a true partnership

As well as the valuable learning and debating sessions, the opportunity to spend time with our local partners outside of the office is important in forming a productive working relationship. The members who were in New York on 10 October joined the MAXIS team for a Mediterranean lunch, followed by a tour around the American Museum of Natural History.

With representatives from a variety of Latin American countries present, it was great to spend time learning about the ancient Latin cultures on display at the museum, as well as seeing the giant blue whale and dinosaurs.

Of course, an event is not complete without an evening meal. Our members joined the MAXIS team at Davio’s Italian Steakhouse in Manhattan on 10 October and for a Greek feast at Ammos Estiatorio on Thursday 11 October.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Americas Summit, engaged in the sessions and showed amazing enthusiasm. We can’t wait to catch up with our members from all over the world at the MAXIS Global Forum in September 2019 in Portugal.