Three categories, three scenarios and three finalists. This was the start of the gala for the XI edition of the Cintra Spirit Awards, held at Cintra’s headquarters in Madrid and Austin on the 14th of December. 2016 has set participation and transparency records, as for the first time it was possible to follow the ideas and people with the most votes in each category, live, on the awards website.
VIP guests at the event included Íñigo Meirás, CEO of Ferrovial; María Dionis, Ferrovial’s Human Resources Director, and Enrique Díaz-Rato, CEO of Cintra.
Humour also played a major role in the event, as our company’s most cutting edge and innovative projects were presented by comedian and scriptwriter Mago More.
After welcoming the attendees with a funny and well-received monologue, More presented this year’s participation data: 88 candidates for the Best Business Achievement category, 61 for the Most Innovative Initiative category and 220 for the Cintra Spirit award. A total of 369 nominations were sent in, 46% more than in 2015, when 198 nominations were submitted.
The prize-giving ceremony began after this presentation. The Best business achievement award was hotly contested by three finalists: the refinancing of the Ausol motorway, the inspection patrol on the Vía do Infante motorway and the I-66 project tender. The trophy was finally awarded to the refinancing of Ausol. Susana Asín, José Ramón Becerra, Andrea Muñoz, Marta Esteban, Lorena Cuadrado and Jaime Lamela received this award, also accepting it on behalf of Alejandro Rincón, José María Velao, Borja Beltrán, José Luis Cebrián and Ignacio Echanove.
The Most innovative initiative award was contested by the Satelise project, the Vialivre Paytolls initiative and Autema’s Capta system. The last of these candidates won this year’s award, and its developers, José Espinosa, Xavier Tobella and Enrique Álvarez del Río, received the prize.
Among the Cintra Spirit 2016 award finalists were Mario González, Head of Financial Analysis in the United States; José Antonio de la Fuente, from the Operation Division’s Operation, Maintenance and Systems area, and Amada Guerrero, HR Manager at Dallas Highways.
The prize was awarded to González, who joined Cintra in 2010 and has developed his career in the Corporate and Business Development Division and the Economic-Financial Analysis Division. Belén Marcos, Director of Cintra US, and Carolina Ledesma, USA HR Manager, awarded the prize in Austin, Texas.
Thanks to everybody who took part in these awards and... congratulations to the winners!