Award Winners at the 2013 Business Initiative Directions (B.I.D.) Convention in Paris, from left to right: Mohammed Al-Katheeri, Vice President QA, Excellence & EHS of Abu Dhabi Airports Company, from United Arab Emirates; Elaheh Kimiaei, Marketing Manager of Karafarin Insurance Company, from Iran; Prof. Dr. Mike Chan, Chairman of Lab Dom Suisse, from Switzerland; Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of Business Initiative Directions; Francisco Javier Huergo Luz, International, General Manager of Artai, from Argentina, Maruska Lima de Sousa Holanda, Director of Special Projects of NOVACAP - Companhia Urbanizadora da Nova Capital do Brasil; and Awad Al-Anazi, Managing Director of Inma Pallets Co., from Saudi Arabia.
The Pinnacle of Quality: 2013 BID Award

The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management from United Arab Emirates, winner of the BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris 2013

Paris hosted this year's BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention, in a gathering of professionals and business representatives from around the world gathered in recognition of their achievements and success. In particular, the convention celebrated quality in operations. All award winners showed their commitment to the criteria of the QC100 TQM Model, which ensures customer satisfaction and cost efficiency at every level of activity.

Among this year's winners, Ron Hilvert of The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, from United Arab Emirates, proudly accepted the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold Category at the BID Quality Convention in Paris. The company has made huge strides this year as a leader not only for its sector, but also in United Arab Emirates. The Award recognizes entrepreneurial achievements, and also dedication to continuous improvement and innovation- key concepts of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model.

B.I.D. chose Paris, one of the largest cities in Europe, as it is considered in the top three most important cities in the world due to its influence in politics, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts. Paris is home to some of the planet's most important international organizations including UNESCO, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and the International Chamber of Commerce. The Paris urban area boasts a population of over 11 million people and is home to 37 Fortune 500 companies. Its 3,800 historical monuments and 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites attract more than 42 million tourists per year, making Paris the most visited city in the world and the perfect location for B.I.D.'s Quality Commitment Convention.

Despite difficulties in the current global economy,The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management excels in quality every day, creating a competitive advantage in its sector. For this reason, The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management was named a winner of the BID 2013 International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold category in Paris; a trophy presented to companies and organizations from around the world that best adhere to excellence and innovation in their practices, putting quality first at every level.

The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management won the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold category in Paris in the presence of leaders and representatives from 54 countries at the International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention. The prestigious award, representing the height of quality and innovation in a field, is presented by BID President and CEO, Jose E. Prieto. From left to right: Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of B.I.D, Ron Hilvert, Managing Director of The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management and Craig Miller, President of the QC100.

Also awarded this year were companies and organizations such as Lab Dom Suisse, from Switzerland. Leaders in regenerative medicine and cellular therapy, and one of the largest providers of precursor stem cells, cell therapy, placenta extracts, and botanical cell products in the world its state-of-the-art laboratories are based throughout Switzerland, the EU and Asia-Pacific. Inma Pallets Co. Ltd, from Saudi Arabia. Built upon a cornerstone of uncompromising commitment to quality, Inma Pallets provides clients throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia with proven and reliable products at competitive prices, and the highest level of service. Clients include prestigious companies such as Sabic,Saudi Aramco, Tasnee, Advanced, Obeikan and Petro Rabigh. Companhia Urbanizadora da Nova Capital do Brasil, from Brazil. Created in the 1950's, it continues to manage construction of Brasilia. Its two major partners are the EU and the Government of the Federal District. with over 100 technicians coordinating major construction works, such as buildings, storm sewers, asphalt pavements, sidewalks as well as the green areas. It is their National Stadium in Brasilia Mane Garrincha, for 70,000 spectators which will host the FIFA World Cup 2014. Artai, from Argentina. Founded in Spain in 1993, Group Artai expanded into South America through the creation of Artai Argentina in 2005. Global expansion is a key element in the corporation's strategy, as sales outside of Spain account for 11% of annual turnover. Currently, ARTAI is the 13th largest brokerage firm in Argentina, and number one in the maritime industry. In 2012, the company's earnings increased 44.3%. Karafarin Insurance Company, from Iran. This customer-satisfaction and quality-driven company is the top private insurance company in Iran. With branches throughout Iran and with plans to expand, Karafarin Insurance has a total capital of more than $200 million USD.

Winning companies in Paris this year demonstrate that success comes from following the QC100 TQM Model, and are examples for others seeking similar success on the international platform of quality. By choosing to make customer satisfaction the highest standard of quality, BID Award Winners set the benchmark in their sectors while contributing to the social and economic development of their countries. A key example can be seen through The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, whose spirit of innovation and positive growth has thrived in the current global situation.

The enduring commitment to Quality, among the most important requirements for receiving a BID Award, can be witnessed through those distinguished companies formerly honored with the BID Quality Award. Companies which already share BID's corporate seal are present in more than 170 countries and include world-renowned names on the Fortune 500 list such as: Wal-Mart Stores (2) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (88) and Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (357).

Other historical BID winners worthy of mention include Turner Construction (USA); Haki (Sweden); Ansaldo Energy (Italy); Zepter (Austria); RAO-Unified Energy Systems (Russia); Als & Cachou-TBWA (France); Tata Group (India); Plamex-Plantronics (USA); Dogus Holding A.S. (Tukey); Franklin Electric (USA and Mexico); QMS International from the United Kingdom, FSUE VO "Safety" (Russia); and Viking Line (Finland).

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