Gateway Group One CEO, Kurus Elavia, to be Inducted Into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame
Newark, NJ — April 14, 2009 — Gateway Group One CEO, Kurus Elavia, will be inducted into the New Jersey Business Hall of Fame at the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) annual gala on April 30th. Mr. Elavia began his career � with what was then called Gateway Security � in 1988 as a frontline security officer. Today, his stewardship of Gateway Group One has built the company into a leading provider of passenger services, customer care and security services for some of America’s largest airports, corporate facilities, public venues and industrial campuses.
“I am deeply humbled to be given this honor,” said Mr. Elavia. “This award really belongs to all of the people who make Gateway Group One such an effective and delightful place to work. It also reflects all of those who, throughout the years, gave me the opportunity to prove myself and to grow into this job.” He particularly credits Gateway founders Lou Dell’Ermo and James Dell’Ermo, and points out the uniquely American success story that this award represents.
The very first NJ Business Hall of Fame Asian American inductee of Indian descent,
Mr. Elavia arrived in the United States from his home country with $300 in his pocket. Beginning as a security officer, he worked his way to COO in 1999 and became CEO in 2006. In the process, he has helped build the corporation from an $11 million firm from when he took over the reins as an executive leader, to its present size in excess of $75 million and over 4,000 employees. “The people of this great country embraced me and really helped me to live the American Dream,” Mr. Elavia explained.
The New Jersey Business Hall of Fame benefits Junior Achievement of New Jersey, Inc. The event annually honors New Jersey’s business leaders and role models to today’s youth. Hall of Fame laureates are recognized for their outstanding performances and accomplishments in their industries and for their commitment to improving the quality of life in New Jersey.
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About Gateway Group One: Founded in 1979 as Gateway Security, Gateway Group One is the marketing umbrella company made up of three companies: Gateway Frontline Academy, Gateway Security Services and Gateway Frontline Services. Together, the companies provide training, physical security and frontline customer service personnel to some of the largest corporations, healthcare facilities, entertainment venues and transportation hubs in the United States.
Junior Achievement of New Jersey is affiliated with Junior Achievement (JA) Worldwide, the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA Worldwide provides in-school and after-school programs for students in grades K-12. JA Worldwide offers educational programs that focus on seven key content areas: business, citizenship, economics, entrepreneurship, ethics/character, financial literacy, and career development. Today, more than 9.3 million students are served by operations in 100 countries worldwide. For more information, visit www.ja.org. This past school-year, JA educated more than 30,600 students in the state of New Jersey. For local information, visit www.janj.org.