Signature of Excellence
Everyone was dressed to the nines as they turned up at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel to celebrate the 16th Annual Awards for the Guardian Group under the theme, 'Signature of Excellence'.
The night was filled with cheers, fine dining, and fantastic entertainment by the suave Mario Evon, who performed during dinner and the entertaining Tarrus Riley.
Chaired by Simone Clarke-Cooper, her charismatic, comedic and laid back personality made it a very enjoyable evening as she kept the programme flowing smoothly.
President of the Guardian Group Eric Hosin made his greeting speedy and sweet, thanking the members of staff for their continued hard work.
There were several winners for the night and while many were rewarded, it was the stellar awards that were the coveted and had members of staff restless in their seats. The values champion award went to Kareen Lewis-Tucker who was surprised by her husband, Ken, who was laying in wait to escort her to the podium (she had no idea he was in attendance). The persistency trophy was awarded to Fay Hutchinson and was just one of several awards she received for the night. Montego Bay Branch Manager's Unit received the champion unit trophy and the branch also named leading branch of the year. The rookie of the year award went to Phyllis Linton-Brown; Kareen Sinclair won the people's choice of the year award, while the leadership award went to Michelle Smith.
When it was time for the employee of the year award, the nominees were on the edge of their seats in anticipation. Juliette Gibson was the lucky recipient who was also surprised by her husband, Hopeton. The wait was just as nerve racking for the insurance adviser of the year award, but it was evident it would be between Ann-Marie Ashman and Claudette Jackson-Rickards, who had made their way up to the podium several times during the night
Ashman took second place, while the top spot went to Jackson-Rickards. Jackson-Rickards was overcome with emotion, as were her children Javed and Jarmila.
Gibson and Jackson-Rickards gave short speeches about their experiences, with Gibson thanking the company for making her the woman she is today. Through her team Jackson-Rickards spoke about how the organisation and the people who might go unnoticed like her assistant Marlene Hong, who helped to prop her up on tough days and how important her faith was in her success.
The night ended with hugs and dancing to Tarrus Riley, who ended the event on a royal note.