The “Médaille du Mérite” awarded to Patricia Bona and Elisabeth Gazay, two exceptional women

The “Médaille du Mérite” awarded to Patricia Bona and Elisabeth Gazay, two exceptional women

Friday, January 11th was an opportunity for the Consul of France and his spouse to award two remarkable women for their contribution to France’s exposure abroad. The Medals were given by Paul Bensabat – President of the North American section of the French Foreign Trade Counsellors (CCEF: Conseillers du Commerce Extérieur Français) - in the presence of the two women’s families and friends.

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Photo - From left to right, Paul Bensabat, President of the North American section of the French Foreign Trade Counsellors, Elisabeth Gazay, and co-founder and co-associate of Leadvisions, Nicole Hirsh, French representative abroad, Patricia Bona , Vice-President of Essence Corp., Gaël de Maisonneuve, Consul General of France in Miami.



On Friday, January 11th, the Consul General of France in Miami and his wife welcomed two exceptional women, Patricia Bona and Elisabeth Gazay, and thanked them for their contribution to France’s exposure abroad.

On this occasion, France recognized Patrica Bona’s and Elisabeth Gazay’s dedication to the spread of the French culture and language, each with a rich and exemplary path.

  • Throughout her career, Patricia Bona has honored the French language by creating the International School of Panama (“Ecole Internationale de Panama”) and French know-how by creating “Essence Corp” with her husband, a company thanks to which numerous prestigious French brands are represented. In addition to her career, her devotion to charity with the “Miami Project to Cure Paralysis” also justifies the recognition France gave her.

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Paul Bensabat, President of the North American section of the French Foreign Trade Counsellors, Patricia Bona, Vice-President of Essence Corp.



  • As director of communications for important companies, as advisor of French foreign trade, as a member of the Administration Council of the France Florida Foundation for the Art and by helping to plan the French Week 2012, Elisabeth Gazay has highly contributed to the spread of French arts. The French State has, with this medal, honored Elisabeth Gazay’s brilliant career.

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Paul Bensabat, President of the North American section of the French Foreign Trade Advisors, Elisabeth Gazay, Co-founder and co-associate of Leadvisions

Article published on January 16, 2013.

Dernière modification : 28/01/2013

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