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Press Release

September 24, 2019

Paradies Lagardère ACDBE Partner E & K Retail Inc. named Kansas Minority-Owned Business of the Year

ATLANTA – Elliott and Kathryn Threatt of E & K Retail Inc., a long-time partner with Paradies Lagardère at Kansas City International Airport (KCI), was recently named Kansas Minority-Owned Business of the Year Retail Firm by the Kansas Department of Commerce, Office of Minority & Women Business Development. They will be honored at the 35th Annual Awards Luncheon, to be held on Thursday, October 10, 2019, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Topeka, Kansas.

Quote: “We couldn’t be prouder of Elliott and Kathryn, as this tremendous award recognizes their contributions and achievements in their community,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!”

Additional Information: The Kansas Department of Commerce is a department of the government of Kansas under the Governor of Kansas. As the state's lead economic development agency, it is responsible for business recruitment and expansion, as well as workforce development.

Paradies Lagardère recently awarded Elliott Threatt with the Jethro Pugh Community Initiative Award during the Airport Minority Advisory Council’s (AMAC) 35th Annual Airport Business Diversity Conference. The conference took place in Los Angeles, August 20 through 23. 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.