Omaha, Neb. — HDR received a Friendship Award from the U.S.-Panama Business Council, which presents the awards every year to individuals and companies that have contributed to strengthening relations between the two countries. The award was accepted by HDR vice president Kevin Keller during “Panama Week” in Houston, on Nov. 17.

HDR has worked on several high-profile projects in Panama, including providing program management and advisory services to the Panama Canal Authority (Autoridad del Canal de Panamá).  The firm has developed a series of feasibility studies related to business opportunities complementing Panama Canal expansion, including the recent Corozal Transshipment Terminal study.

Keller, who has served on the U.S.-Panama Business Council for the last 10 years, noted the importance of relationships in fostering good relations between the two nations. “I am grateful that HDR has always supported my involvement in the U.S.-Panama Business Council, and that people in Panama recognize and appreciate our efforts.” He added that the council was created to honor a relationship that spans more than 165 years. “Our two countries’ partnership actually started with the world’s first transcontinental rail system, and it’s very rewarding to be part of this tradition and help both nations prepare for the next century of transportation.”

“This award is truly an honor worth celebrating,” said John Scales, HDR’s director of international strategy. “It’s wonderful recognition for Kevin’s dedication to building strong business partnerships that ultimately benefit Panama and the region. It’s also a great honor for HDR.”