Paradies Lagardère has launched two recognition programs for its ACDBE partners.

Gonzalo del la Melena, a partner at Phoenix Sky Harbor International (PHX), received the Berta Banta Innovation Award, which recognizes a Paradies Lagardère ACDBE Partner who changed, elevated or enhanced the traveler experience, or the success of the local operations, by introducing a new product or service; upgrading an existing product or service or; developing new innovations to existing products and services.

Juanita Britton, a partner at Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD), received the Jethro Pugh Community Initiative Award. The recognizes an ACDBE partner who has coordinated or executed an initiative(s) or project(s) on behalf of the joint venture partnership that has or will significantly benefit, improve or assist the quality of life for members of the communities surrounding the airports we serve. The company will give the awards annually at AMAC beginning in 2018.

“The entrepreneurial spirit of local operators contributes to a strong airport concession program,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “Our organization fully embraces diversity, and our ACDBE partners bring fresh ideas, unique local sensitivity and strong business acumen to our partnerships. We’re happy to recognize the best of the best in the industry, while honoring the memory of respected ACDBE partners who truly embodied what these awards are celebrating.”