JLL today announced the firm has received a prestigious 2014 Partner of the Year Award from Aflac. Each year, the Fortune 500 insurance firm chooses a winner in each of four categories — Quality, Service, Technology and Value — and JLL won the Service category for its crucial role in support of the restructuring of U.S. sales operations and Aflac Group Insurance Headquarters operations.
Aflac invited nearly 130 of its vendors to apply for the awards and then chose three finalists in each category. Over the years, winners have included such notable firms as Federal Express and Xerox.
“JLL has enjoyed a tremendous working relationship with Aflac over the past decade, and our work with the firm has given us a chance to put our wide range of expertise and skills to highly effective use,” said JLL Senior Managing Director Brad Armstrong. “We are extremely honored by this award and look forward to continuing this very successful partnership.”
Last year, Aflac restructured its sales operations, creating a new level of leadership in the organization. As a result, Aflac assumed the office leases and transitioned various IT systems into an Aflac-managed system, two processes that JLL efficiently managed. Overall, JLL oversaw Aflac’s assumption of 92 office leases across the U.S.; the leases total 515,439 square feet and nearly $6 million in lease liabilities.
In Columbia, JLL managed the consolidation of a rapidly growing group sales unit that had been spread out across four geographically diverse locations into adjoining buildings, providing considerable cost savings and dramatically improving the operational efficiencies of the division.
JLL team members involved in the award-winning projects include Projects Manager Kristy Williams, Associate Project Manager Tiffany Jenkins, Lease Administration Transition Team Manager Joanna Roche, Senior Lease Analyst John Muschar, Armstrong, Senior Managing Director Tim McCarthy, Managing Director Dom Wyant, Senior Vice President Chris Wagner, Vice President Jim DiDia, Vice President Dwana Killian, Senior Associate Shannon Newell, Analyst Mary Katherine McRae, Analyst Tamme Scott and Transaction Manager Karen Avery.