Scribes honor outgoing PBA chairman with Danny Floro Executive of the Year award
Outgoing chairman Patrick Gregorio is the recipient of the Danny Floro Executive of the Year award in the coming PBA Press Corps Awards Night. Jerome Ascano

OUTGOING PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio, who serves as alternate governor of Talk ‘N Text, will be honored as the 2015 Accel-Executive of the Year when the PBA Press Corps (PBAPC) holds its Annual Awards Night this Wednesday at the Century Park Hotel.

The soft-spoken Tropang Texters executive will be feted with the award named after legendary Crispa Redmanizers team owner Danny Floro in a year that saw the pro league registered a new record number of teams and a new all-time high in crowd attendance.

Under Gregorio’s term, the PBA expanded to a record of 12 member-teams with the entry of expansion franchises KIA Motors and Blackwater.

The league also celebrated its 40-year existence with a lavish opening ceremony that attracted a new all-time crowd attendance of 52,612 at the new Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.

It was also under Gregorio’s watch that a documentary tracing Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league’s humble beginnings from 1975 onwards was produced.

The league likewise undertook a new direction following the entry of Asian imports in the season-ending Governors Cup, which further strengthened the PBA’s thrust to go global.

And more importantly, a transition in the PBA leadership was effected with the appointment of outgoing commissioner Chito Salud as the first ever president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the league in a move to sustain the gains made during the season and adapt to the ever-changing times.

Gregorio will be joining a galaxy of superstars on the special gala night set Sept. 16 that includes June Mar Fajardo, named Gerry’s Grill-Defensive Player of the Year, Calvin Abueva (Mr. Quality Minutes), Alex Cabagnot (Comeback Player), Paul Lee (Order of Merit), along with the All-Rookie Team made up of Stanley Pringle, Chris Banchero, Jericho Cruz, Matt Ganuelas-Rosser and Jake Pascual.


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