The Cintra Spirit Awards ceremony 2017 was held at the company's headquarters in Madrid and Austin on 20 December. It was the 7th edition of the awards, and there were a record 533 nominations, 55% more than the previous year.
With humorist Leo Harlem acting as master of ceremonies, the event was attended by Íñigo Meirás, CEO of Ferrovial; Enrique Díaz-Rato, CEO of Cintra; and María Dionis, Human Resources Manager at Ferrovial. From Austin, Carolina Ledesma, HR Business Partner at Cintra US, presented the awards.
The event commenced with the awards for Most Innovative Initiative. The prize went to DAS, a sensor buried under a road surface that can detect vibrations produced by sound, movements and changes in temperature or humidity. Installed in the Norte Litoral highway, DAS identifies incidents of all types, which enhances road maintenance. The group in charge of the project, Lorena Cuadrado, Miguel Carpio, Hugo Mendes and Conrad Vellvé came up on stage to receive the prize, which was presented by Íñigo Meirás. From Austin, Pablo Ferrando received the trophy from Carolina Ledesma.
In the Best Business Achievement category, the award went to the successful bid for the I-66 in Virginia (USA). After connecting to Austin, where Luis Tejerina, Josh Mabray, Mónica Coffey, Preben Holth, Joseba Echave, Leandro Rey and Xiaoshan Zhang received the award, María Dionis presented it to David Sanchez in Madrid.
The finalists for the Cintra Spirit Award were Jesús Álvarez, Luis Tejerina and José Espinosa. The winner was José Espinosa, and Enrique Díaz-Rato presented the award.
Congratulations to all the winners!