Chopper Trading at the 2014 JP Morgan Corporate Challenge

Right before Memorial Day Weekend, as we are gearing up for summer, the 33rd JP Morgan Corporate Challenge presented an opportunity for employees to represent Chopper Trading at one of the most popular corporate competitions of the year.  This annual 3.5-mile challenge is both a foot race between teams representing Chicago area businesses, and a fundraiser for a Chicago area charity.  Proceeds from this year’s race went to Get IN Chicago, a program that provides mentoring, cognitive/behavioral therapy, and parent leadership services to at-risk youth and their families in Chicago.

Competition was steep at this year’s sold out event. Chopper Trading was well represented, with 24 employees, amongst the 25,192 total participants that toed the line in Grant Park after work on May 22.  Chopper’s fastest runner completed the race in 23 minutes and 34 seconds, with two of our other runners close behind him.  Overall, Chopper had a strong showing against the nearly 600 participating companies represented in the race, including a number of industry peers.

More important than individual successes and team standings, is the support and camaraderie demonstrated by my colleagues at the race. The support they give each other during a competition is reflected in the support they give each other in the office, and helps to ensure Chopper’s success on a daily basis.  Whether it’s a race, a basketball game, or a hard day at work, Chopper Trading employees make a great team.

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Chopper Trading at the 2013 Chicago Corporate Challenge

Summer in Chicago is perhaps best characterized as a cherished respite from otherwise harsh weather that typically drives residents indoors nine months out of the year.  Chopper Trading always takes advantage of these moderate months to reinforce our company’s culture of good health, strong work ethic, and positive teamwork, while contributing to a commendable cause.

This year, to kick off the summer, 16 Chopper employees participated in the J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge, a 3.5 mile race that winds its way through the parks and sidewalks of Chicago.  The event was extremely successful, with 23,030 participants from 628 companies toeing the starting line at Grant Park the evening of Thursday, May 23.

While creating a sense of camaraderie amongst Chicago-based professionals, for Chopper employees, this event was also a time to reinforce our culture of teamwork.  My hope is that the support and encouragement displayed at the race will translate over to support and encouragement for each other’s work, and continue to strengthen the collaborative atmosphere here at Chopper.

The J.P. Morgan Corporate Challenge was also a great way to contribute to a charitable cause that is familiar to many Americans: the American Red Cross.  Not only did the American Red Cross receive funds, but they seized the opportunity to show tens of thousands of local Chicago residents the important role the Red Cross plays in helping victims of home fires, war veterans, and other Chicago residents in need.  Chopper Trading was proud to contribute, and of course, proud to see our employees beat several of our race competitors!