DUARTE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--City of Hope’s National Life Insurance Council (NLIC) honored Rodney O. Martin, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer of Voya Financial, at its inaugural Spirit of Life® Gala in September. The group raised $775,600, which will support cancer research and treatment efforts at City of Hope, the world-renowned medical, scientific research and treatment center.
The Spirit of Life Award, City of Hope’s highest honor, was presented to Martin at a gala dinner in New York on September 15. Each year, the award recognizes individuals whose work has fundamentally impacted his or her service industries.
Martin, a veteran of the retirement, insurance and financial services industries with more than 40 years of high-profile experience, has been instrumental to the NLIC’s success. The event was host to more than 350 leaders and guests. Martin’s focus was not just to raise funds, but to build and sustain a national effort in the insurance community for many more years to come.
“It is an honor to be the recipient of The Spirit of Life Award – and a privilege to salute the life-changing impact of City of Hope, as they work to heal the body, the mind and the soul of their patients and loved ones,” said Martin. “Amidst the storm of a battle against cancer and disease, City of Hope serves as a lighthouse. As so perfectly reflected in its name, it offers hope – and it does so when hope is desperately needed.”
“Rod’s involvement, along with the support of other national life insurance leaders, is vital to City of Hope’s scientific breakthroughs, innovative research and compassionate patient care,” said Steven T. Rosen, M.D., provost and chief scientific officer at City of Hope.
About Rodney O. Martin, Jr.
Rod Martin is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Voya Financial, Inc. (NYSE: VOYA), which helps Americans plan, invest and protect their savings — to get ready to retire better. Serving the financial needs of approximately 13.6 million individual and institutional customers in the United States, Voya is a Fortune 500 company that had $11 billion in revenue in 2016. The company had $517 billion in total assets under management and administration as of June 30, 2017. Martin joined Voya as CEO in 2011 and, since then, has overseen a significant financial, operational and cultural transformation.
About City of Hope’s National Life Insurance Council
In 2013, a number of executives and top producers from the life insurance industry joined City of Hope, forming the National Life Insurance Council (NLIC). Led by Royce Imhoff, managing director of Lion Street, and Bob DiMeo, managing director of Crump Life, the NLIC became the newest of the industry groups dedicated to funding the research, treatment and educational programs flourishing at City of Hope through an annual fundraising campaign. The NLIC currently hosts an annual event at the exclusive Caves Valley Golf Club in the spring, and hosted their inaugural NLIC Spirit of Life Gala honoring Rodney O. Martin Jr., chairman and CEO of Voya Financial this fall.
About City of Hope
City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Designated as one of only 49 comprehensive cancer centers, the highest recognition bestowed by the National Cancer Institute, City of Hope is also a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, with research and treatment protocols that advance care throughout the world. City of Hope is located in Duarte, California, just northeast of Los Angeles, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It is ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation, diabetes and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs based on technology developed at the institution.