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“As always, the happy hour events are a fun way to reconnect with colleagues and catch up on old times!" shared Tien San Lucas. "As I left the event that night, I felt blessed to have worked with so many individuals that made AIM a success. I will always be grateful for the founders of AIM and the legacy they created.”
"I had no idea when I stepped off the elevator on the 19th floor for my job interview that I’d be starting down a 17-year career path with AIM," said Laura Thompson. "I enjoyed those years and truly feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. I enjoy catching up with friends and former colleagues at the AIM happy hours and sharing stories and memories. Good times!"
"The AIM Alumni Happy Hour was the place to be," said John Matejka. "It was an amazing opportunity to reconnect with old colleagues and reminisce about the good old days! The sight of familiar faces, some of whom I hadn't seen in years, immediately brought back so many wonderful memories. It was great connecting with Lisa Canavespe “Cantu”, Matt Canavespe, Greg Kallus, Jessica Laird, and so many others! AIM was my first real job out of college back in ’96. I am immensely thankful for the opportunity AIM gave me to grow professionally and to have been surrounded by so many amazing and talented people. The event reminded me of all the Happy Hours we had after working the phones all day (which was a lot). Thank you all for the incredible memories!"
"It was a real pleasure to see my AIM family again after so many years," said Jose Melgar."We reminisced about many things that took place while AIM was growing." Currently retired, Jose's final position at AIM was Senior Business Analyst. Jose was at the firm from 1989 to 2005.
In addition to AIM colleagues gathering at Kirby Ice House, Kelly Moneyhan, Dress for Success, Houston was there to meet supporters, including Gary Crum who is a major benefactor. We also thank our members who donated generously. Little did we know that Kelly would also act as parking attendant! Thank you Kelly for the work you do!
Gina Parthum was AVP of Operations when she left the firm in 2007. Gina launched Scarlet Rose Designs from her home in Colorado. She has recently returned to the Houston area and attended the happy hour. Gina started out as a Client Services Representative when she joined AIM in 1991. She stayed in the Transfer Agency her entire career and finished as an Assistant Vice President in Operations. "I have a jewelry business where I divide my time between Rosenberg, Texas and Frisco, Colorado" said Gina. You can see my work at my website."
Bill Kamman was with Invesco for 12 years from 1994 until 2006. Bill shares that 11 of those years were in the Transfer Agency, primarily as a manager in the Operations Development team under Tony Green and later Bill Galvin following the Invesco merger. "I played a big part in managing the data migration from First Data to DST as well as migrating to a new broker and shareholder statement and check printing vendor," said Bill.
"It was such a great time reconnecting and reminiscing at the event with key leaders from my time at AIM. These people were instrumental in my professional development at AIM and positioned me for success in my post-AIM career. They are truly an inspiring group of people!"
These people were instrumental in my professional development and positioned me for success Bill Kamman
The AIM Alumni happy hour was the place to be
John MatejkaThe happy hour events are a fun way to reconnect with colleagues and catch up on old times!Tien San Lucas
It was a fantastic reunionLinda Julian
AIM employees volunteered with Dress for Success for many years, and this year, Dress for Success kindly opened their parking lot when we gathered at Kirby Ice House.
As a thank you, we are sharing stories of AIM Alumni who support Dress for Success, both presently, and from their time at AIM. To donate to Dress for Success or to learn about how you can support their mission, click here.
October 11, 1944 - November 13, 2022
Dick Berry passed away at 78 after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Dick was Chief investment Officer of municipal bond investing at AIM and then Invesco where he worked for 25 years. He then joined other AIM Alumni at Brasada Capital for 10 years, where he was a Fixed Income Portfolio Manager. Dick was witty, hardworking, and compassionate towards everyone, and he saw a great return because of this throughout his life.
Terri Fiedler is President and CEO of AIG Financial Distributors, the sales and distribution organization for AIG Life & Retirement. In this role, Terri oversees sales for the entire spectrum of protection, retirement savings and lifetime income solutions across a broad range of distribution channels.
Terri's first job in the Financial Services industry was with AIM as a marketing specialist (internal wholesaler) in 1993 before she was promoted to Key Account Manager in 1995. “I’ll never forget Patti Hefley helping me with formatting my resume before I was to interview with B.J. Thompson,” recalls Terri.
The founders and senior leadership at AIM ensured employees could earn increased responsibility and new rolesTerri Fiedler
B.J. hired Terri, and she was ready to prove herself as a Marketing Specialist. For the next nearly 20 years, Terri primarily focused on National Accounts for AIM and then Invesco, building up an impressive roster of wins and adding increasing levels of management responsibility. Then, in 2012, Terri joined AIG Life & Retirement as Executive Vice President, Strategic Accounts and began her role as CEO of AIG Financial Distributors in May 2019.
2021 Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance
The Women’s Resource of Greater Houston recognized Terri as an Outstanding Woman in Banking and Finance at its largest annual fundraising event in Houston last year. The organization's mission of helping women and girls make choices toward becoming independent, productive and financially stable is a cause that Terri is passionate about.
“The Women’s Resource has created so many fantastic programs and tools to help women gain the financial skills and knowledge they need to improve their lives,” Terri notes. “I was so thankful to receive this recognition from an incredible organization that does such important work across the Houston community.”
Supporting Women in Financial Services
Terri’s leadership style has always been an inclusive, culture-driven one. She consistently demonstrates a willingness to share her expertise with others, particularly with female professionals.
I frequently encourage women to identify career opportunities that look like a stretch, but are actually a challenge they are ready to take onTerri Fiedler
“The founders and senior leadership at AIM ensured employees could earn increased responsibility and new roles, and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to achieve so much with AIM,” reflects Terri. “Still, the story across financial services is one where more senior levels of management become increasingly male-dominated. Clients would benefit from more female leaders throughout our industry.”
Several years ago, Fiedler worked with her colleagues at AIG Life & Retirement to create the Women in Distribution networking group. The group has become a setting for female colleagues to build relationships and help one another enhance their careers.
Clients would benefit from more female leaders throughout our industryTerri Fiedler
“One of the most significant moments in my career at AIM was when I became a Key Account Manager,” reflects Terri. “As I was considering this role, it felt far beyond what I was ready for at that time. Without the encouragement of my mentors and my husband, I might not have gone through with the application. Now, I frequently encourage women to identify career opportunities that look like a stretch, but are actually a challenge they are ready to take on.”
Today, the AIG networking group includes hundreds of colleagues across all levels in the organization. “It’s been such a pleasure to see so many women take advantage of our Women in Distribution Network to grow their professional careers,” says Terri. “Across our industry, we’ve seen many positive steps taken around diversity and I intend to do what I can to continue this progress in the years to come.”