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Caribbean businessmen recognised for excellence in New York

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Stephen Hill (left), CEO of CIN, receives his Visionary Award from Lowell Hawthorne (right), CEO of Golden Krust, and Jacqueline Hawthorne Robinson (centre), manager of Golden Krust in Atlanta, Georgia in the United States.

Steven Hill, founder and CEO of Caribbean International Network (CIN), and Earl Jarrett, general manager of the Jamaica National Business Society (JNBS), have received awards at this year's Mavis & Ephraim 11th Annual Excellence Awards Gala.

The event was held at the VIP Country Club in New Rochelle, New York, last Thursday.

Hill was awarded the Visionary Award for the success CIN has had over the past 24 years.

Lowell Hawthorne, CEO of Golden Krust, cited CIN as "essential to the company's exponential growth".

As a visionary, Hill, through CIN and other initiatives, has had an outstanding impact on Caribbean culture in North America.

CIN offers the Caribbean diaspora a full range of news, sports, drama and music programming and has recently been measured as the most viewed Caribbean channel in New York.

The Hope Media Research Group, which conducted the survey, endorsed CIN as "the genuine voice of the Caribbean".

Jarrett, who received the Business Excellence Award, has led JNBS for the past 18 years and guided its expansion to becoming the Caribbean's leading building society and the third largest deposit-taking financial institution in Jamaica.

OTHER AWARDEES

Hill and Jarrett were recognised alongside Robert Holland Jr (Business Excellence Award), former CEO of Ben & Jerry's; Colvin Grannum (Humanitarian Award), who is the president and CEO of Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation; Neil Foster Phillips (Distinguished Community Service Award), CEO of Foster Phillips Funeral Home and veteran educator; and Dr Marcella Maxwell (Champion of Education).

The Mavis & Ephraim Hawthorne Golden Krust Foundation was established in 2005 in honour of Mavis and Ephraim Hawthorne, parents of the current owners of the Golden Krust Bakery and Grill.

The community-based foundation says it is committed to giving time and support to communities in the United States and the Caribbean through scholarships as well as social services.

A major area of focus is on students facing challenges pursuing a college education at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica and the Bronx Community College in Bronx, New York.