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ACCD Catering Partner earns #3 ranking in Forbes Magazine's "Best Employers for Diversity" List

February 12, 2018

ACC Catering Team

The Austin Convention Center Department (ACCD)’s catering partner, Levy Restaurants - known for acclaimed restaurants and redefining hospitality experiences at sports and entertainment venues - earned the #3 spot of 250 listed employers in Forbes’ “Best Employers for Diversity” list for 2018, announced last week. The list honors companies that demonstrate a dedication to diversity and inclusion, and follows Levy’s inclusion in Forbes’ “America’s Best Employers” list last year.

Forbes’ list spans all industries in the United States, and they worked with research firm Statista to compile the list. Statista surveyed 30,000 U.S. employees in August 2017 to inform the list, asking questions about diversity, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, and disability.

“Our diversity as a team makes us a stronger, more cohesive group that celebrates one another’s accomplishments though dignity, joy, and inclusion,” said Roman Polvinale, General Manager of ACCD Catering. Polvinale also added that female and minority leadership comprise 61 percent of ACCD Catering’s executive management, while crediting Steffon Kendrick, ACCD Catering Purchaser, for his work on Levy’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Council.

“Levy’s award is a true reflection of our departmental values,” said Paul Barnes, Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer of the ACCD. “Diversity is a hallmark of the City of Austin as well, and we are proud to partner with them in ensuring all we serve have positive experiences.”

The Austin Convention Center Department manages the LEED® Gold certified Austin Convention Center and the Palmer Events Center, along with three parking facilities. Nearly 11 million people have attended 4,000+ combined events at the Convention Center, which opened in 1992, and the PEC which opened in 2002. Events at both facilities can be accessed at or