6 El Pasoans get Hub’s first Innovation Awards

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Six El Paso businessmen were given The Hub of Human Innovation’s first El Paso Innovation Awards at a ceremony Tuesday. The winners are: Lane Gaddy, CEO of W Silver Recycling Inc., a large metal, plastic and cardboard recycling company, and leader of investment groups doing three major Downtown renovation projects — the Martin Building lofts, Bassett Tower aloft Hotel, and the Banner Building offices/retail; Octavio Gomez, Nick Salgado and Rudy Valdes, of Pan y Agua Partners, a partnership operating four Crave Kitchen and Bar locations in El Paso, TIME at Montecillo, a restaurant and retail center fashioned partly out of discarded freight train containers, and DownTIME at Montecillo, a retail and office building under construction. Gomez also sparked development in the Union Plaza District Downtown with bar, restaurant, and apartment/retail projects. Also honored were Randy Kuykendall and Bill Terrell, owners of Western Technical College, a 47-year-old El Paso technical college with two campuses and 13 programs. The winners “have a common denominator: They are driven, plugged into the community, and they are innovators,” Joe Wardy, CEO of The Hub, a business incubator located Downtown, said at the awards ceremony.

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