PITTSBURGH, PA - The 2006 Tony Coelho Award was presented to Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience LLC. The award ceremony was held during a breakfast on Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at Bayer Corporation.

The award was named after the Honorable Tony Coelho, author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which was signed into law on July 26, 1990, by President George H.W. Bush. This award is presented annually to a CEO, President, or government leader who has demonstrated a significant commitment to employ people with disabilities in competitive positions, and worked to influence other business and/or government leaders. Bender Consulting Services, Inc., sponsors this award to honor the work of Tony Coelho, a true civil rights leader for people with disabilities.

"Greg Babe, has been a long-time advocate for the employment of people with disabilities and he has led the charge in ensuring Bayer MaterialScience LLC has a company-wide practice", said Joyce Bender.

As head of the NAFTA Region for Bayer MaterialScience, Mr. Babe is responsible for the North American activities of Bayer MaterialScience, which is a member of the worldwide Bayer Group, an international health care, nutrition and innovative materials group based in Leverkusen, Germany.

Prior to his current position, Mr. Babe was President and CEO of Bayer Corporate and Business Services LLC (BCBS) where he was responsible for providing expertise and support in engineering, information systems, procurement, materials management, human resources, financial, accounting and other business services to Bayer Corporation and its affiliates.

Mr. Babe joined Bayer in 1980 in the Polyurethanes group and has held several management positions of increasing responsibility including, manager of the Brunsbuttel, Germany, facility; director of a national program to implement Bayer's enterprise resource planning system. He was named Senior Vice President of Information Services in 1999 and, in 2001, that role was expanded to include the NAFTA region. Mr. Babe was named President & CEO of BCBS in 2003 and he continued his role as Chief Information Officer.

Mr. Babe is a recipient of the 2001 Corporate Leadership Award from the Business Leadership Network of Pennsylvania for his efforts in promoting the employment of people with disabilities. He serves on the National Business Advisory Council of JOBTECH, an initiative of the Epilepsy Foundation engaged in marketing, skill development and job placement for people with epilepsy. He also is a member of the Pittsburgh Disability Employment Project for Freedom Board and the Duquesne University IT Advisory Board.

A native of West Virginia, Mr. Babe holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from West Virginia University.

Joyce Bender is President and CEO of Bender Consulting Services, Inc. Bender Consulting creates employment opportunities for professionals with disabilities in information technology, engineering, finance/accounting, human resources and general business areas. Incorporated in 1995, Bender Consulting is headquarted in Pittsburgh, PA. Additionally, Joyce hosts an international Internet-based radio show, Disability Matters with Joyce Bender every Tuesday from 2 PM to 3 PM, eastern time, on www.voiceamerica.com. For more information on Bender Consulting, visit.Bender Consulting Services. To nominate a business or government leader for the 2007 Tony Coelho Award, contact Joyce Bender.