From left to right: Veriyanto Setiady, Executive Director of Central Park Mall Jakarta, from Indonesia; Michel Antoine Afram, President-General Director of Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), from Lebanon; Clare Omatseye, Managing Director of JNC International Limited, from Nigeria; Jose E. Prieto, President & CEO of BID; Zeng Zhi Wen, Quality Director of Guangzhou Guangri Elevator Industry, from China and Mosenngwa Mofi, CEO of Prasa Rail, from South Africa.
Leaders United by BID Quality Achievement

Future Transport & Logistics, from Saudi Arabia, winner of the BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris 2014

Paris hosted this year's BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention, where professionals and business leaders from around the world gathered to recognize excellence and success. In particular, the convention celebrated quality in business and operations. Award winners demonstrated commitment to the criteria of the QC100 TQM Model, which helps bolster customer satisfaction and cost efficiency across all areas of operation.

Among this year's winners, Bebart R. Soukar of Future Transport & Logistics, from Saudi Arabia, received the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold Category at the BID Quality Convention in Paris. The organization has made huge strides this year as a leader not only within its sector, but also in Saudi Arabia. The Award came as an ideal way to celebrate this past year's successes while looking forward to putting quality first in the year to come.

Paris, one of the largest cities in Europe, is considered one of 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 BID's Quality Commitment Convention.

Future Transport & Logistics won the International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in the Gold category in Paris in the presence of leaders and representatives from 49 countries at the International Star for Leadership in Quality Convention. The prestigious award is presented in recognition of business excellence and innovation. From left to right: Jose E. Prieto, President and CEO of BID, Bebart R. Soukar, Vice President of Future Transport & Logistics and Craig Miller, President of the QC100.

Bebart R. Soukar stood before the gathering of international leaders, sharing the company's achievements to date as well as its future ambitions and goals. Despite the difficult current global economic climate, Future Transport & Logistics strives to excel in quality each day, creating a competitive advantage in its industry. For this reason, Future Transport & Logistics won the 2014 BID International Star for Leadership in Quality Award in Paris. The Award is presented by BID to those companies and organizations from around the world that best adhere to excellence and innovation in their practices, putting quality first at all levels of organization.

Leaders awarded by BID are united by their commitment to quality in their respective sectors. This year, winning organizations include:

-JNC International Limited, from Nigeria. JNC stands out as the top medical equipment vendor and servicer in all of Nigeria, with over 20 years of experience in the health sector. JNC offers a wide range of cutting-edge products in areas such as radiology and imaging, ambulances, and infection control. It is a distributor for multinationals including Toshiba, Olympus and B. Braun.

-Banjercito, from Mexico. With over 65 years of experience providing financial services to military service members and their families, Banjercito stands out for its commitment to its three core tenets: honesty, discipline and loyalty. A leader in quality banking and investment services, the bank assists with everything from payroll administration to retirement planning, while putting corporate transparency at the forefront..

-Guangzhou Guangri Elevator Industry Company, from China. Using Hitachi technology to produce over 10,000 high quality elevators annually, this impressive company also manufactures parking systems, moving walkways and escalators, among other products. Its innovative GreenMax line of elevators has a machine-room that is 40% smaller and utilizes 25% less energy than a traditional elevator.

-PRASA - Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa, from South Africa. This recently established government entity is currently overseeing the merger of various transportation agencies throughout South Africa. Working with bus and rail services, as well as property investments, all of its activities are geared towards offering efficient and sustainable results.

-Gözen Güvenlik Hizmetleri ve Ticaret, from Turkey. Operating in Turkey since 1997, Gözen employs over 1,000 security professionals and provides its services at 6 airports throughout the country. A leading supplier of security solutions throughout the country, it also specializes in maritime and facility security, as well as consulting and cash in transit services..

-Lebanese Agricultural Research Institute (LARI), from Lebanon. LARI has been responsible for cutting edge research initiatives for almost 50 years. Driven by the desire to continuously improve the agricultural capabilities of Lebanon?s farmers, the company provides high quality seeds and pest control options, among other services. Its extensive research has covered fields such as legume development, veterinary medicine and olive propagation.

-BinShihon Contracting, from Saudi Arabia. One of the fastest growing companies in Saudi Arabia, it is also known as one of the top contractors. It has worked on projects such as the College of Applied Medical Sciences at the University of Baha, and the largest central warehouses in all of Jeddah.

-Central Park Mall Jakarta, from Indonesia. This mall offers much more than a typical shopping center experience. It provides shoppers with entertainment, leisure, retail, dining and other unique attractions, including a park. It also hosts special events for children, along with offering excellent sales and discounts in many of its stores..

The companies honored in Paris were recognized not only for their entrepreneurial achievements, but also for their dedication to continuous improvement and innovation, key concepts of the QC100 Total Quality Management Model. Seeking to increase customer satisfaction and optimize efficiency, the model promotes an organizational culture of engagement and a proactive approach to improving processes.

All of the winning companies in Paris have expressed their commitment to the QC100 TQM Model, which serves as an excellent example for other organizations in today's rapidly changing business environment. By making customer satisfaction the highest measure of quality, BID award winners set the benchmark in their respective sectors and contribute to the social and economic development of their countries, paving the way for world-changing initiatives. A key example can be seen through Future Transport & Logistics, whose spirit of innovation and positive growth has overcome and indeed thrived in the challenging current global economic climate.

An ongoing commitment to Quality, one of the core requirements for receiving a BID Award, can be witnessed through the distinguished companies previously honored with a 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 Global 500 list such as: Operadora VIPS, of Wal-Mart Stores (1) Indian Oil Corporation Limited (88); and Beijing COFCO Plaza Development (357).

Other previous 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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