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Wehby cops Int'l Entrepreneur of the Year award

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Don Wehby, group chief executive officer, GraceKennedy Limited.

GraceKennedy Group Chief Executive Officer Don Wehby is set to receive an award from the Young Caribbean Professional Network (YPCN) which has selected him as International Entrepreneur of the Year.

The award is to be presented on April 5 at the Hotel Palomar, Philadelphia, United States.

YPCN, an organisation based in Philadelphia which is dedicated to creating access to educational and economic opportunities for students and young professionals in the global marketplace, has been giving the award for three years.

The award is presented to a businessperson who it believes has contributed significantly to economic development and job creation in the Caribbean through international trade and investments between the United States and the Caribbean. Last year's recipient was Ron McKay, chief executive officer of ADS Global and president of the American Chamber of Commerce of Jamaica.

A statement quoted the head of the YPCN, Blane Stoddart, as saying that Wehby was nominated because of his vision to make GraceKennedy a major player in the global marketplace.

Reasons for selection

It said that in an official letter to Wehby, Stoddart stated that he was being awarded for "your strategic acquisition of Le Fe Foods in the Northeast United States, and your commitment to invest in downtown Kingston by building a world-class headquarters there."

Stoddart said Wehby was also selected for his commitment to the Inter-Secondary Schools Sports Association high-school championships, "your major sponsorship of the Penn Relays and your 22-year commitment to Team Jamaica Bickle", which he said was "demonstrative of your leadership in the community and to our young people".

Wehby, while noting that it was a real honour, said "for me, this is not so much a personal award as it is an award for the entire GraceKennedy team, without whom I could not have attained any of these achievements".

In addition to presenting the award, the YPCN helps to raise funds to help Team Jamaica in sporting events such as the Penn Relays. The organisation is also inaugurating a college scholarship to assist Caribbean students at local universities, as well as developing a job bank to assist young professionals gain employment.