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Well American Express they have lost eleven employees on September 11 2001 CEO pension -- that at the leadership of the time.
The price in a time of crisis is a quote you can not allow the circumstances.
To stop you for acting.
Companies to buy that statement focusing on keeping its -- downtown.
And like giving back to those that were affected most by the tragedy joining us now for exclusive interview.
Similar climate He is president of the American Express foundation -- thank you for being here good afternoon.
American Express did choose to stay -- -- the company's -- -- it that's a big.
-- but those first years were very difficult.
Yes they were but we've made a commitment -- -- downtown and ever since then we have committed to.
Furthering that that culture of downtown furthering -- economics and small businesses and downtown and we're really committed to community service.
As well and that's what you are running -- an American Express the biggest contributor.
Two to the community work.
-- service that day of remembrance analyst day there's different words were but.
But it's a million dollar commitment that American Express is made is it because of the vicinity.
Of the company do you think or is this something that American Express really believe that yes other.
That the 9/11 national day -- service and remembrance of what it's called.
It's a way -- really trying to remember the victims of 9/11 quite that we something positive.
Communities really encouraging people to get out and volunteer but to good good deeds in their communities.
I'm so -- established in 2002.
It's been bad in the gradually building over the years and the tenth anniversary of the -- to -- opportunity.
To really try to.
-- increased the level of activities and community so.
Hopefully coalition of organizations came to us and asked us that we would be the lead -- which we -- -- to do with the million dollars.
You know what it -- that Americans presents a great job -- -- that you can any involvement but also.
-- company overall and as continue to be very successful what do you think that the secretive and American Express of the culture -- the leaders have.
About leadership has a lot to do it but I think our commitment to service I mean we are really committed to servicing servicing our customers.
We're committed high quality service and that service at that really extends to communities as well which is why this was -- a perfect fit.
For us to be connected with the national day of service because American Express is really elements are also great sees people for this but -- you were in New York.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- to see the first plane crash into the north tower about it heard.
And it was so loud that I thought that was an explosion in the street -- -- -- got out on my desk and went down to look at the street and noticed that.
Smoke was rising from the north powers that we were there witness the second plane crash and then -- looked -- -- -- and -- When you look back at at ten years ago when you look back at lower Manhattan if you're still here now -- -- American Express my company is still here now downtown.
What do you wanna see in the next ten years -- lower Manhattan because we witness and -- more so than anything today.
Powell this entire area the development of this changing -- got luxury retail.
You've got people talking about -- -- down here and it's it's it's kind of moving it seems my financial center to Florida.
Residential but you know He tells hundred.
Do you think -- -- -- adding does that surprise you know.
It does surprise me I mean I'm shocked that you know ten years ago there was a chain link fence across chambers street basically get -- -- -- I think there's been an amazing transformation.
In ten years and I would expect that the next ten years we're gonna see a tremendous amount of growth as well.
The World Trade Center memorial.
In museum I think you're gonna have a huge impact.
Down here I think the buildings that are arising -- insider and have a huge impact so we're looking forward for the next.
On that America's best is a very busy weekend.
The CEOs -- Oh Washington today and -- -- -- very busy weekend but we thank you for spending a -- your day with us right thank you very much but I'm.
-- American Express foundation is the president there.