Avendra's Hurricane Katrina Action Team Named As Finalist In 2006 American Business Awards

4th annual Stevie(R) Awards will be presented on June 12 in New York City

Avendra Avendra, the hospitality industry's largest procurement services company with $2 billion in purchasing volume, was named a Finalist in the 'Best Customer Service Team' category in The 2006 American Business Awards. Hailed as 'the business world's own Oscars' by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), The American Business Awards are the only national, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in the workplace.

More than 1,500 entries from companies of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted for consideration in more than 40 categories, including Best Overall Company, Best Executive, Best New Product or Service, and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Avendra will be competing in the Best Customer Service Team category for the work of its Hurricane Katrina Action Team.

'When Hurricane Katrina halted deliveries to New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf Coast, Avendra quickly assembled the Katrina Action Team in Houston to help assist with the difficult situation that resulted,' said Dennis Baker, president and CEO of Avendra. 'The team creatively found ways to get critical supplies to hotels in the affected region in record time. It was an impressive effort, one undertaken under pressure and in the direst of circumstances.'

Over the course of the next few weeks, Avendra's distributors transported rolls of chain link fencing and padlocks, blankets, flashlights and batteries, toothbrushes, extension cords, pillows and rubber boots, in addition to ready-to-eat snacks, water, canned food and cleaning supplies.

'Being named a Finalist in The American Business Awards is an important achievement,' said Michael Gallagher, founder and president of The Stevie Awards. 'It means that independent business executives have agreed that the nominee is worthy of national recognition. We congratulate all of the Finalists on their achievement and wish them well in the competition.'

Members of the Awards' Board of Distinguished Judges & Advisors and their staffs will select Stevie Award winners this week from among the Finalists.

Nicknamed the Stevies for the Greek word 'crowned,' winners will be announced during the annual gala on Monday, June 12 in New York City. More than 800 executives from across the U.S.A. are expected to attend. Details about The American Business Awards and the list of Finalists in all categories are available at www.stevieawards.com/aba.

About Avendra
Avendra is North America's leading procurement services company serving hospitality-related industries. Avendra customers gain access to contracts leveraging $2 billion of annual purchases, expert advisory services and in-depth purchasing data and analysis. Through Avendra, customers obtain substantial savings on their purchases and other value added services to improve their operations and bottom line results. Formed in 2001, the company is headquartered in Rockville, MD and has regional offices throughout the United States and Canada. For more information, please call toll free, (866) AVENDRA, visit www.avendra.com, or email inquiries to info@avendra.com.

About The Stevie Awards
Hailed as 'the business world's own Oscars' by the New York Post (April 27, 2005), Stevie Awards are conferred in three programs: The American Business Awards, The International Business Awards, and The Stevie Awards for Women Entrepreneurs. Honoring companies of all types and sizes and the people behind them, the Stevies recognize outstanding performances in the workplace worldwide. Learn more about The Stevie Awards at www.stevieawards.com.

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