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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Memory of the Month: A river runs through it

footbridgeEach month, we share an image from GEICO’s past and invite you to comment or exercise your caption-writing skills.

OK, maybe it’s more of a stream or creek than a river. Heck, it might have only been a gully. But whatever it was, GEICO associates crossed over it easily in the early 1960s, thanks to this lovely little pedestrian bridge between the parking lot and the corporate headquarters building.

The headquarters building, where I work, is still surrounded by what we like to call a “scenic, park-like setting,” including a variety of flowering trees and some of the most spectacular azaleas you’ll ever see. This particular bit of scenery, though, is long gone. A few short years after the original building was finished and occupied, it became clear that more office space was needed. Where this bridge and the adjacent trees once stood, there’s now another wing of the building.

The property still retains much of the beauty that initially attracted a young Tony Nicely, who was hired by GEICO in 1961 as an underwriting assistant. “You walked over a bridge, and there were trees that blocked the view of the building,” Nicely recalled. “I remember walking down and saying, ‘What a pretty building!’ and ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to work in a building like this?’ I didn’t know anything about insurance; I just thought it would be nice to work in a building like this.”

Evidently, it was. Nicely became GEICO’s CEO in 1993, and still works in that pretty building.



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