Digicel tops Jamaica Chamber awards
Telecoms giant Digicel Jamaica walked away with the big prize, Best of Chamber - Extra Large Enterprise, at the 34th annual Jamaica Chamber of Commerce awards on Thursday night.
Digicel beat brewing giant Red Stripe Jamaica for the top spot.
Fittingly, guest speaker at the annual awards ceremony, Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr, director of the Mona Geoinformatics Institute, urged the captains of industry and commerce to embrace technology and facilitate the emergence of new technology and innovative approaches to doing business.
And, making note of his own rise as a young academic serving on various company boards, Lyew-Ayee said his advancement would not have been possible without the facilitation and encouragement of those he called "titans of industry". In this regard he paid tribute to Professor Gordon Shirley, the late Francis Kennedy, Earl Jarrett and Oliver Clarke.
"I always had my tech, I always had my skills, but these did not mean a damn thing in the real world of business. These were titans who were unafraid of technology and the change it represented. These were titans who saw what was possible in making a difference locally and regionally and that this could be the game changer that lifts us up from the challenges that we face," he said.
The JCC awards handed out prizes in seven categories: Best of Chamber - Extra Large, Best of Chamber - Large, Best of Chamber - Medium, Best of Chamber - Small, Young Entrepreneur, Praetorian, and the Individual Chamber Member Award.
DHL Express beat out IBM World Trade Corporation and Mayberry in the large category; Barita Investments triumphed over Medical Disposables and Imperial Optical for the medium prize; while GeoTechVision Enterprises beat Tech and Corporate Interiors in the small category.
The Young Entrepreneur award went to the Christopher Blythe-led Sarifa Insurance Brokers, who beat Indies Pharma. KPMG's Wilbert Spence got the Individual Chamber Member Award and the Praetorian Award presented to a company that has been a member of the JCC for more than 40 years, went to Kingston Bookshop.
The Best of Chamber awards go to an outstanding member company of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce based on sector performance and best practices in corporate leadership, product and service quality, human resource development, marketing, innovation, corporate citizenship and sustained growth. The extra large category was introduced for the first time this year.
Jamaica Chamber awardees:
- Best of Chamber, Extra Large Digicel Jamaica
- Best of Chamber, Large DHL Express
- Best of Chamber, Medium Barita Investments
- Best of Chamber, Small GeoTechVision Enterprises
- Young Entrepreneur Sarifa Insurance Brokers Limited
- Individual Chamber Member Award Wilbert Spence
- Praetorian Award Kingston Bookshop