It is difficult, with this still stagnant economy, for companies to continue to give back to the communities in which they operate.
But while many companies have slashed budgets that once had supported local programs and nonprofits, others have realized that community relations remains a key component of effective marketing. Successful companies that maintain and continue to advance sales during the best and worst of times understand the importance of engaging customers and prospective customers while building brand awareness. Supporting the community is just one strategy within the larger marketing mix.
The Whitmore Group, founded by Jim Metzger during 1989, continues to support community opportunities that benefit the people and communities of Long Island. As CEO, Metzger has guided the Garden City company into one of the leading insurance services and estate planning companies in the metropolitan area.
Sports And Academic Success
Metzger recently presented the inaugural James C. Metzger Outstanding Player Award at his alma mater, Half Hollows Hills High School East in Dix Hills. The new award is part of the scholarships Metzger has endowed to the school and Hofstra University. He was a star student athlete at both schools.
The first player to receive the award was All-County lacrosse player Matt Garziano of Melville, a six-foot-three-inch midfielder who played lacrosse, soccer and basketball. Graziano played varsity lacrosse for three seasons and will attend SUNY Albany this fall. During his senior year, he was team captain and scored 39 points that included 16 assists that tied him for second highest on the team.
“Matt is the perfect recipient for this first award,” said Metzger. “He reminds me much of myself on the lacrosse field at that age. He set an example for his teammates as he worked hard in practice and was a workhorse during games.”
As he presented the award to Graziano at the school’s annual academic and sports award dinner, Metzger, who was introduced to the audience by school trustee Eric Geringswald, told players and parents that his success in business can be traced to everything he learned on the sports field. He told the audience that he benefitted from outstanding coaches who taught him about teamwork.
Metzger always advises athletes at Half Hollow Hills and Hofstra to listen closely to their coaches and put the lessons they learn into play on the field, into their work in the classroom and into everything they attempt to achieve.
Half Hollow Hills Historic Lacrosse Program
The history of lacrosse success at Half Hollow Hills begins with its long line of talented coaches who have been dedicated to the school’s athletes. They include current Varsity Head Coach Gordon Hodgson and past coaches Bill Martens, Lou DiBlasi, Stan Kowalski and Doug Mayer.
Metzger is a leading Half Hollow Hills benefactor. He was an All-American student athlete at the school during the 1970s. He set assist records (82 in one season) and won many awards during his playing days, including the 1977 Ray Enners Award for outstanding Suffolk County lacrosse player when he scored 102 points. Metzger also starred in football and played varsity basketball as a sophomore in the Suffolk County playoffs.
Metzger played lacrosse for two years at Hofstra University. As an All-American, he led Hofstra in assists during his freshman and sophomore seasons (1979 and 1980). His single season points per game average (4.9) ranks fourth all-time and his single season assist average (2.8) ranks eighth.
The Whitmore Group, Ltd., provides benefits consulting, financial and estate planning, management and sales consulting, business development, operations review, senior management and board consulting, and commercial private lending services. As part of its commitment to the residents of Nassau and Suffolk counties, The Whitmore Group honors student athletes and supports initiatives that include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island.