2016 "Ponce de Leon" Business Excellence Award Winners
The "Ponce De Leon" Business Excellence Awards recognize the successful internationalization of SMEs and big Spanish companies with investments or business in the United States. These awards also reward US companies doing business investment in Spain. The awards come as a response to the current context of globalization, a process that many companies choose Miami as a center of operations. In the 2016 edition, two special guests; Jaime García Legaz, the Spain Secretary of State for Trade, and Bill Johnson, the Florida Secretary of Commerce, were awarded for their work towards the conection between Spanish and American businesses.
Alfredo Perez Relaño, director of Diario AS, received the “Ponce de Leon” Business Excellence Award which recognizes the Spanish company investing in the United States. Meanwhile the public accountants firm, Hernandez & Companuy, won first place in the American company category. In addition, Agencia EFE, Icontainers and Hola! won second and third place for the Spanish headquarters. U.S. companies Banesco and Rilea Group, came in second, while Acorn Seekers and Klima restaurant, tied for the third place in the US based list of winners.
The president of the Spain US Chamber of Commerce in Miami, Lauro Bravar, affirmed feeling “proud to recognize these relevant companies showing interest and for the continued success that the Spanish and American companies are achieving in both countries."
This event was possible with the support of First Bank, and companies such as TotalBank, Cordero & Associates, Mapfre and Vivanco which provided the wine during the lunch.