DFW Airport honors ‘Champions of Diversity’

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DFW International Airport is soaring. In the last year, the airport launched a new brand, completed a new headquarters and conducted a record number of outreach programs. Meanwhile, the number of flights to all corners of the world — in particular to Asia — continues to rise.

Airport leadership also points out that another area is booming — its small, minority and women-owned businesses. These businesses have contributed $1.2 billion to the region. This represents a nine percent increase since 2013, according to a study by The Perryman Group.

The airport showed its appreciation of these businesses at a luncheon Thursday at the Grand Hyatt DFW. Nine of the businesses were honored as 2016 Champions of Diversity.

Among the honorees was Ad-A-Staff Inc., which was nominated by the U.S. Pan Asian-American Chamber. Account executive Sou Lam accepted on behalf of her women-owned company.

Ven Ong accepted for his architectural company, 5G Studio-Collaborative, LLC. The Greater Dallas Asian American Chamber nominated 5G. Ong, who is from Indonesia, said 75 percent of his company’s employees are minority.

“Through these awards, we reaffirm our steadfast commitment to diversity,” said Linda Valdez Thompson, executive vice president of administration and diversity.

DFW CEO Sean Donohue also spoke and thanked his team.

“Our employees reflect our community,” he said. “Their uniqueness, diverse experiences and perspectives enhance our ability to become a global super hub.”