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Gleaner honours top sales reps

Published:Wednesday | May 3, 2017 | 5:36 AM
RJRGLEANER Communications Group executives - including chief executive officer Gary Allen (left) and chief operating officer Christopher Barnes (right) - posing with the top sales representatives at The Gleaner Company (Media) Limited Annual Sales Awards Breakfast at Alhambra Inn in St Andrew on Monday.
Gary Allen (right), chief executive officer of the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, presents Andrew Walters with a prize, after he walked away with the Sales Representative of the Year Award.
Janice Levy (left) collects her award from Christopher Barnes, chief operating officer for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, after walking away with the Sales Representative of the Year, Youth Publications at The Gleaner's Annual Sales Awards Breakfast at Alhambra Inn in St Andrew.
Rainford Wint (right), sales manager at the Gleaner Company (Media) Limited, poses with Christopher Grant after he collected his Peer Award, while Felicia Roberts (far left) looks on at The Gleaner's Annual Sales Awards Breakfast at Alhambra Inn in St Andrew.
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Andrew Walters was elated to be named the 2016 Gleaner Company (Media) Limited Sales Representative of the Year, at the company’s Annual Sales Awards Breakfast at Alhambra Inn on Monday.

Samantha Crooks received the top Gleaner Online Sales Representative award, one of the other 19 awards presented for top sales and sales support in various categories across print and online.

Walters gave credit to God for his achievement, admitting that the year was not short of its obstacles, but said he was determined to press through nonetheless.

“God has seen me through. Without God there would have been nothing. He basically charted a path that I have not seen from the very beginning. He has sustained me during this journey and He will continue to sustain me as I continue. My children have been wonderful; my wife has been very supportive and has been my backbone,” he said.

“My plan is to try and see if I can do it again. The need is always there for the necessary finances and to achieve the same level of excellence,” he added.

Amalgamation comes with hurdles, opportunities

Gary Allen, chief executive officer for the RJRGLEANER Communications Group, told the gathering recognising top sales representatives at The Gleaner that the amalgamation of the two companies, which he heads, presented both opportunities and hurdles and he gave his commitment to provide a conducive environment which will allow persons to achieve their potential.

“It is good that we take time to recognise you, and we want you to know that we truly appreciate the work that you do. We understand the challenges of the marketplace and so when it comes to times like these, to pause and recognise you; take it seriously because it comes from our hearts,” he said.

“There have been a number of challenges to overcome, some of which were expected, others were unexpected, but what the hurdles have taught us is that we are strong and that we can achieve despite the issues,” he continued.

Allen added, “Our newly amalgamated entity is the most diverse of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean. Over the next two years we have a lot of things that we will be doing together as we innovate, execute and deliver to our clients and country.”

Other award winners included Felicia Roberts, who walked away as Sales Representative of the Year for Features and Supplements and for THE STAR, in addition to the Print Sales Representative with the Most Online Upsells. Janice Levy was also a big winner, copping the Sales Representative of the Year Award for Youth Publications; Best Online Performance by a print sales representatives, and the Most Improved Sales Performance for Print.