Aníbal Roa, president of the Organización Roa Flor Huila, received the Life and Business Work award.
Under the slogan ‘Transforming the country deserves great recognition’, Portafolio, the leading newspaper in economics and business, of EL TIEMPO Casa Editorial, made a deserved recognition of the talent and perseverance of Colombian entrepreneurs and innovators in the 25th edition of its annual awards ceremony that took place on Thursday night in Bogotá.
The 13 distinctions awarded by the newspaper reached the hands of representatives of large companies and organizations, but also those of a teacher and a student, whom the jury considered the most outstanding in the country in 2019.
Carlos Enrique Cavalier, president of Alquería, was distinguished as the business leader of 2019, while Juan Raúl Vélez, co-founder and president of Cueros Vélez, was awarded the Business Life award.
In turn, the statuette to Life and Business Work was received by Aníbal Roa Villamil, creator, with his brother, more than 50 years ago, of one of the largest rice companies in the country.
But there was also a special recognition for those people who with their effort, work and dedication make a great contribution to society. This distinction went to Rosaura Hinestroza, founder of La Chocoanita, and Ginna Alejandra Jiménez, creator of Compraagro.
The teacher of the year award went to Lina María Echeverri, from the Universidad del Rosario, while the award for best university student went to Ana María Corrales, from the Universidad de los Andes.
Each year, Portafolio also highlights business management and its impact on society, highlighting its contribution to the communities, the quality of customer service, its level of innovation and even the effort to make Colombian products known abroad.
Thus, on Thursday night, the award in the innovation category went to Compañía Nutresa and the award for the best customer service to Samsung.
While the Export Effort award was received by representatives of the Aldor firm, a candy producing company with a presence in 65 countries, 22 of which are located in Africa, 13 in the Middle East and 4 in Asia.
The awards also went to the Acción Contra el Hambre and Natura foundations, which were awarded in the category of contribution to the community and in the category of environmental protection, while in the category of corporate social responsibility, the distinction went to the company Trash Busters .