Annual award recognizes partners and organizations for community service and outstanding business initiatives
ATLANTA – Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, recognized two ACDBE partners with its ACDBE Partner Recognition Awards at the company’s annual partner meeting during the Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 34th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference. The conference took place in Seattle, August 21 through August 24.
Gregory E. Torrez of Torrez International, LLC, a partner at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, received the Berta Banta Innovation Award. Mark Wade of Mark II, LLC, a partner at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, received the Jethro Pugh Community Initiative Award.
“Paradies Lagardère believes the entrepreneurial spirit of local operators, along with diversity, fresh ideas and local sensitivity, encourages effective business acumen and as a result, a strong airport concession program,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “The ACDBE Partner Recognition Awards acknowledges partners that embody the best of the best in our industry. Congratulations to Mark and Gregory on this well-deserved recognition.”
The Berta Banta Innovation Award recognizes a Paradies Lagardère ACDBE Partner who changed, elevated or enhanced the traveler experience, or the success of local operations, by introducing a new product or service; upgrading an existing product or service or; developing new innovations to existing products and services. Gregory E. Torrez of Torrez International, LLC, earned this award through initiatives he developed to train associates on concepts such as first-class customer service and leadership. These initiatives, which include classes and manuals, have directly impacted and improved customer and associate satisfaction.
Mark Wade of Mark II, LLC, exemplifies the best of what our partners offer the communities they live and work in through his support of the city of Milwaukee. The Jethro Pugh Community Initiative Award recognizes ACDBE partners who have coordinated or executed initiatives that have or will significantly benefit, improve or assist the quality of life for members of the communities surrounding the airports Paradies Lagardère serves. Mark volunteers with Project Respect, the Campaign for Black Male Achievement, ACE, and the Boss Program in Milwaukee, among other organizations, as well as The Boy Scouts of America Milwaukee. A teacher for more than 30 years in Milwaukee, Mark has tirelessly worked with students to address academic and socio-economic disparities and help them achieve success.