Monday, July 23, 2012

And The Director's Award Goes To...

The recipients of the Long Beach Airport’s Directors Awards to acknowledge employees for exemplary service for the months of June and July are Phillip Charles and Officer R. Ware. An employee will be selected each month by the Director and Managers to receive recognition and be profiled in the newsletter.

LGB Employee, Phillip Charles Congratulated By Maintenance Manager, Fred Pena

Phillip Charles, Maintenance Assistant I, is a 3-year employee at the Airport and has always performed in an exemplary manner. This was evidenced very recently by not one but several letters that we received from a group of weary travelers. They stated that Phillip, "took his time to help us,” and “ went above and beyond  with excellent customer service.” They also wanted to acknowledge, “his extreme willingness and awesome customer service" and say that he was, "Just wonderful. He is doing your company a HUGE benefit with his happy attitude. These days, that is so important."

Officer R. Ware Receives the Director's Award From LGB's Chief John Blood

Officer R. Ware, Airport Special Services Officer III, is the Director’s Award recipient for July. Officer Ware has volunteered for many recent events that the Airport has participated in, such as the Christmas Parade, Pride Parade, Special Olympics Plane Pull, and he has attended numerous community events at local schools. He has also just finished the Leadership Long Beach program.

Congratulations to Phillip and Robert! Keep up the good work!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

LGB Receives "Hal Ball Good Neigbor of the Year"

The Long Beach Airport (LGB) is honored by the local Red Cross as the 2012 Hal Ball Good Neighbor of the Year. The award is named after a volunteer who provided decades of service to the Red Cross.

Pictured from left, are: Jo Bracken, outgoing Chairmen of the Board for the Greater Long Beach Chapter; Karl Zittel, acting Superintendant of Airport Operations LGB; John Blood, Chief of Security LGB; Fred Pena, Facilities Management Officer; Margaret Arbini Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters.  

Officials received the award on Saturday, June 30, 2012 at the Long Beach Airport Holiday Inn during the Red Cross' Annual Volunteer Recognition Breakfast.

“We are very grateful for the relationship that we have developed with the Red Cross over the years,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This working partnership between the Long Beach Airport and the American Red Cross is crucial in an emergency.”

"Whether it is collaborating on disaster response plans, participating in joint exercises, or responding to real-world emergencies, the Long Beach Airport has always been a ready partner. None of us like to think about disasters, but it's good to know that we can depend on each other if one occurs. We are proud to consider the Long Beach Airport one of our great friends, and a true Good Neighbor," said Margaret Arbini Madonna, Chief Executive Officer of American Red Cross Greater Long Beach and Rio Hondo Chapters.  Long Beach Airport is particularly proud of its relationship with the local Red Cross.

"The Red Cross' commitment to service for those in need in our community is outstanding. In the event of a disaster it is extremely comforting to know that they will come with aid and are always willing to lend a hand," said Airport Director Mario Rodriguez.

The award is named after Halcyon Ball, who is known by local Red Cross officials as the original "Good Neighbor." Ball owned and operated a business next door to the Long Beach Chapter of the American Red Cross and was a faithful volunteer for nearly 40 years until his passing in 2009.