Amtrak, Mission Continues, St.Vincent De Paul Society  & The Weather Channel Join UL in Winning Awards

A near-capacity crowd filled the Omni Hotel recently to celebrate the winners of the 2015-15 WorldSafe Awards. 

  Underwriters Laboratories (UL) won the global “Grand Prize” award while 11 others were recognized for their achievements. Winners included former Atlanta Hawks Star Kevin Willis for his efforts at helping underprivileged children; Frank Sanchez of Boys and Girls Clubs for Service to Youth; Dan Benish for his firm’s work at cyber safety and Jennie Glasgow for ‘Lifetime Achievement.’ 

Also honored were Clayton County, GA Chairman Jeff Turner for his Public Leadership in Metro Atlanta and the National Foundation for Women Legislators  for their work in educating governmental units and private sector firms on issues impacting women including  human trafficking. William McLain, formerly Director of the Marcus Foundation, won an award for his Humanitarian Service. Mr. McLain was honored for producing video memorials honoring servicemen, women and public safety officers who gave their lives in service to America. A video honoring Airman First Class Kcey Ruiz was premiered at the dinner, with credit given to Safe America for its support in producing the video. (Senior Vice President Harry Jones helped in the production of the video tribute.) 

“Americans value safety today more than ever – and don’t take it for granted,” observed Safe America CEO Len Pagano. “We’re proud to honor those making a significant impact in protecting life and hope it will inspire others to play a greater role in protecting what’s priceless – human life.” 

Kathy Segebrecht, Vice Prsident of UL, accepts the Grand Prize award, noting UL’s ongoing commitment to safety. Photos of the awardees will be posted next week on the web site. 


Lassiter High ROTC Cadets served as the Color Guard at the WorldSafe banquet. 

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Underwriters Laboratories CEO to Accept WorldSafe ‘Grand Prize’

UL CEO Keith Williams will headline the WorldSafe Awards Banquest on Saturday, November 21, at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center. Mr. Williams will be among a dozen award winners announced at the second annual gala in Atlanta.

UL, a global force in safety research and testing, was selected for its innovative online educational initiative, “UL’s leadership in protecting consumers took a marked step forward through its launch of the, ” noted Safe America President & CEO Len Pagano. “UL’s site – along with its Safety Smart program with Disney – has advanced the art of safety, helping Millenials comprehend it as a key behavior.”

Attendance to the November 21 dinner is open to all Safe America supporters. Tickets are available online for sale at $300 per person or $3,000 for a table of ten. UPS is the official host for the event, with proceeds supporting Safe America programs for youth and veterans.  

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Global Headquarter near Chicago, Illinois 


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Thanks to Operation LifeSaver for Its Support! 

Safe America Program Executive VP Mary Lou Pagano and UPS Humanitarian Relief Director Joe Ruiz pose for a photo with Operation Lifesavers Jennie Glasgow. The three attended a Safe Communities summer meeting recently and discussed ways to help protect drivers. Behind them is the original UPS truck used for deliveries in 1915.  

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UPS Supports WorldSafe Initiative

A heartfelt thanks to UPS Humanitarian Relief Director Joe Ruiz who presented a $25,000 check to support Safe America’s WorldSafe Awards’ program this fall. Joe Ruiz shared the news with me on Friday… At the UPS Headquarters in Atlanta. The funds will help stage the second annual WorldSafe Awards Gala at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta on November 7. 


Tickets will be sold beginning this month with a special earlybird discount for corporate tables. For more information, contact Joe Caprara at (770)-384-7937. 

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