More than 1 million people living along the Gulf Coast in the southeastern United States were affected when Hurricane Ida made landfall Aug. 26. Among the storm’s victims were more than 1,000 Bayer employees and their families in Luling, La., a New Orleans suburb. The deadly category-4 hurricane caused widespread flooding and damage in the region, destroying homes and buildings and leaving 900,000 people without power for two weeks.
Stronger Than Ida
When Bayer called, BCD jumped to action securing hotel room blocks for employees, their families and pets. John Liptak, Meeting Coordinator, Groups at BCD, provided standout support, according to Bayer. In a commendation letter, the agricultural company said John’s work, partnership and “can do” attitude played a huge part in securing housing for employees.
John partnered with an extended Bayer team to secure room blocks from the company’s hotel partners. He worked tirelessly over evenings and weekends to place employees in safe housing despite ever-changing hotel availability. Beyond the administrative and practical aspects of finding available rooms, Bayer noted John’s calming demeanor and professionalism towards employees never wavered as he served the displaced.
BCD’s other 2021 recognitions include The Beat’s ‘Most Admired TMC’ 2021, Forbes’ Best Mid-Sized Employers 2021, EcoVadis Platinum sustainability rating for the second year, a 2021 Gold Stevie® Award for TripSource® for best travel app and a Bronze Stevie® Award for the COVID-19 Info Hub as the most valuable service in the category COVID-19 response.
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