A. Barry Rand, CEO of the American Association of Retired People (AARP) was the Guest of Honor at NESC’s ninth Annual Gala Dinner, held at the Yale Club in New York on October 17. AARP is the world’s largest nonprofit, nonpartisan member organization dedicated to social change and helping people to improve the quality of their lives.
The Master of Ceremonies at the well-attended event was Lester Holt, anchor of NBC News. Entertainment was provided by the Young Men’s Chorus of the Young People’s Chorus of New York City, and by Will and Anthony Nunziata. Mr. Rand was introduced by colleague and childhood friend Kent Amos.
In his remarks, Mr. Rand focused upon AARP’s goal of enabling those over 50 and in retirement to maintain meaningfulness in their lives. “AARP is deeply involved in helping people re-imagine their lives in the whole new phase of life before old age, the ‘Age of Possibilities’,” he said. “This is the ‘What’s Next’ generation. A new set of expectations is emerging; people want something more than retirement golden years.” Mr. Rand indicated that 10,000 people are turning 65 daily, and this will continue for the next 19 years.
A. Barry Rand has been Chairman and CEO of both Avis Group Holdings and Equitant, Ltd., and has held high executive positions and board membership in several other organizations. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Howard University as well as a number of other boards and advisory committees.
CEO of NESC Marv Berenblum states, “Mr. Rand exemplifies the model corporate executive NESC has recognized over the years–a very accomplished leader in corporate America who has extended his talents and generosity to the nonprofit community.”
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