AHA Profile: Peter Harper

Peter Harper
Vice President and Treasurer
Scottsdale Insurance Co.

As the American Heart Association’s board of directors chairman, Peter Harper brings nearly 25 years of finance leadership experience to the role of vice president and treasurer of Scottsdale Insurance Co.

Scottsdale Insurance is one of the largest excess and surplus, and specialty lines carriers in the nation, with more than 1,400 employees and annual premiums in excess of $2 billion.

Prior to his current role, Harper served as treasurer and chief financial officer of Suntron Corporation. Additionally, he has held senior leadership positions with Iomega Corporation and General Electric.

Harper uses his leadership skills to rally employees at Scottsdale Insurance when it comes to workplace wellness, and understands the benefits associated with a healthy work force.

“Heart disease costs U.S. businesses $24 billion a year in lost productivity. Through wellness programs, companies are able to attract exceptional employees, while enhancing productivity and morale at the same time,” Harper says.

In addition, recent studies have shown that for every dollar spent on health and wellness, companies can save between $3 and $15. Harper says those savings are almost immediately seen within 12 to 18 months of implementing a program.

Harper also spearheads efforts to get employees involved with the American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk each year. Scottsdale Insurance has sponsored the Lifestyle Change Award for the past three years.

“I am passionate about physical fitness and living a healthy lifestyle, which aligns with our Lifestyle Change Award sponsorship,” he says. “If we take the initiative to proactively reduce our risk of heart disease — including establishing a physical fitness regimen and adopting a healthier diet — not only will we improve the odds of not incurring life-threatening heart attacks or strokes, but we will be able to enjoy a happier, longer life with our family and friends who care most about us.”

www.scottsdaleins.com

 

Arizona Business Magazine

January 2010

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Nancy Keane

About Nancy Keane

Nancy Keane is an award-winning television and radio anchor, reporter, and producer, who now serves as the Arizona Director of Marketing and Communications for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. With over two decades of reporting experience, Nancy has delivered thousands of live television news reports, from breaking news to high-profile court cases to national human interest features. Her talents have taken her across the country to a variety of television markets in Tennessee, Mississippi, and Texas, and most recently Phoenix where she is most at home. Upon returning to the Valley, Nancy worked as a reporter for KNXV-TV (ABC-15) and a news anchor/reporter at KTAR-620. In addition, she has also worked as an associate faculty member in journalism at Arizona State University. Throughout her career she has been recognized for her work as a journalist in the following areas: U.S. Western Region - (AP) Associated Press Award - Outstanding News Coverage/Journalism - Overall Excellence, Outstanding Journalism, Breaking News; U.S. Southeastern Region - (AP) Associated Press 'Mark Twain' Award - breaking > 200 stories; Distinguished Honor Award - American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) - Outstanding Media Coverage - Elderly Issues - Biloxi, MS.; Outstanding Media Coverage Award – United States Air Force - Recruiting/Military Issues - Southeast U.S. Region - Little Rock Air Force Base and was selected to fly with the United States Air Force Thunderbirds F-16 fighter - Holloman Air Force Base, N.M. and serves as an on-air host – KAET-TV - PBS 8 - Phoenix fundraising drives - 1998 – 2010.