Founded in 2009 by Arié Moyal, HugTrain's mission is to offer a different perspective on the world and reduce social isolation by distributing and facilitating the exchange of hugs and peer-to-peer support by using technology to connect with people online and offline. This year, the 7th annual HugTour will crisscross North America from December 13, 2015 to January 7, 2016 raising spirits one hug at a time!

Our Founder

HugTrainUSA Founder Arie Moyal

Arie founded HugTrainUSA in order to create awareness of issues surrounding mental health- especially during the holiday season. “Mental health is important to everyone and the holidays are a tough time for a lot of people. People cannot travel to see family and friends. But they do enjoy receiving a hug- even from a stranger.”

When he’s not riding trains distributing hugs, Arie has a “real job.” He is a brand engagement strategist who loves to help businesses build better relationships online, offline, internally and externally through clear brand identity development, employee engagement, customer experience planning and social media.

His understanding of branding and training in communications, public relations and psychology complement his experience crafting tailor-made, engaging and innovative programs and events.

He is dedicated to bringing about a thriving, empowered and inspired society. Not surprisingly, he loves hugs and geosocial apps.

Learn more about Arie by visiting his blog or connect with him on Twitter.