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Ryan Wellness Challenge Promotes Employee Health and Raises $9,000 for Charity

Press Release Oct 12, 2010

Dallas, Texas – Ryan, the leading tax services firm in North America, with the largest transaction tax practice in the United States and Canada, today announced the results of its innovative corporate wellness initiative that promoted fitness through an employee walking contest for charity. The Step-It-Up Walking Challenge involved 42 teams and 420 employees from three countries and 30 cities that competed to achieve the highest number of steps per person over an eight-week period. In total, the teams walked 183,535,657 steps, for a total of 91,768 miles, and raised $9,000 in charitable donations in the process. The challenge was introduced April 7th on “National Start Walking Day,” when Ryan employees formed teams and registered participants. Employees tracked their steps with pedometers provided by the Firm between May 3rd and June 27th. The team with the highest number of steps per person won a $5,000 donation for the charity of their choice. The second and third place teams received $3,000 and $1,000 for their respective charities.

“We are pleased that our inaugural Step-It-Up Walking Challenge was such a success,” said Delta Emerson, Ryan Senior Vice President and Chief Organizational Development Officer. “Ryan employees came together in the spirit of physical fitness and community outreach to build teamwork and support our communities.”

“The Step-It-Up Walking Challenge demonstrates Ryan’s commitment to the health and wellness of our employees, as well as our mission to improve the quality of life of others, through giving and actively participating in community outreach efforts,” said G. Brint Ryan, CEO and Managing Principal of Ryan.

The winning team, appropriately named “Walk This Way,” was comprised of employees from the Dallas, Detroit, Houston, and Los Angeles offices. The team walked a total of 6,815,963 steps, equaling 3,408 miles, and donated $5,000 to the Houston Women’s Center. The second place team comprised of employees from the Toronto office raised $3,000 for the Canadian Paraplegic Association. The third place team comprised of employees from the Austin office raised $1,000 for the Texas Hearing and Service Dogs.

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Ryan, an award-winning global tax services and software provider, is the largest Firm in the world dedicated exclusively to business taxes. With global headquarters in Dallas, Texas, the Firm provides an integrated suite of federal, state, local, and international tax services on a multijurisdictional basis, including tax recovery, consulting, advocacy, compliance, and technology services. Ryan is an 11-time recipient of the International Service Excellence Award from the Customer Service Institute of America (CSIA) for its commitment to world-class client service. Empowered by the dynamic myRyan work environment, which is widely recognized as the most innovative in the tax services industry, Ryan’s multidisciplinary team of more than 4,700 professionals and associates serves over 29,000 clients in more than 75 countries, including many of the world’s most prominent Global 5000 companies. More information about Ryan can be found at


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