Two awards went to Cintra US; the grand award stayed in Spain. This could be the summary of the Cintra Spirit Awards 2013 ceremony held this week at the Cintra headquarters in Madrid. Once again, a duplex connection with videoconference brought together the professionals in our company in Austin and in Madrid, while hundreds of employees followed the ceremony via streaming from their homes or work centers in the nine countries where Cintra operates.
The ceremony began in true style: lights turned off, spotlights switched on. After compiling the participation data (166 nominations sent), the Best Business Achievement Award was announced. The Tolling Services team from Texas received this award for the CTS project and Texpress, a partnership between Cintra and Ferrovial that has evolved the back office of the SH130, has developed the app Driving on Texpress and is now working on the new data warehouse for Cintra. Michelle Miron, Human Resources Manager at Cintra US, and Ricardo Sánchez, Technical Manager for the United States and Canada, presented this award to Juliá Monsó, VP of Tolling Operations, CTS.
A few minutes later, the 100 attendees at the Alfredo Mahou building once again watched the 40 professionals from Austin who were present at this event, since the Most Innovative Initiative Award, focused on road safety, once again went to the U.S. The Safety Committee of Indiana Toll Road has implement policies and strategies to reduce the accident rate in all the sectors of this highway, because the safety of our customers begins with the safety of our employees. Nicolás Rubio, Manager of Cintra US, and Michelle Miron, Human Resources Manager at Cintra US, presented the award to Ray Hooger, Safety Manager and member of the Safety Committee of ITR.
There were three finalists in the category Cintra Spirit: Sue Oldemburg, from the Control Department of the Indiana Toll Road, Dusan Hosdysz from the IT department of Eurolink, and Alberto González, from the Corporate and Business Development Division of Cintra. Finally, the statuette went to González Lalueza, who received the award from Jaime Aguirre de Cárcer, Human Resources Manager of Ferrovial, and Enrique Díaz-Rato, CEO of Cintra.
We thank all the participants in these awards because this recognition program would not have been possible without their help.