A feast of excellence
It was a highly anticipated, expertly executed night out for the heads of some of Jamaica's largest companies. The annual AMCHAM Jamaica Business and Civic Leadership Awards for Excellence, held at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston last Friday, lived up to high expectations.
The black-tie event brought together many of the best and brightest, but without even a hint of stuffiness. The mood was set as master of ceremonies Terri-Karelle Reid got things started, followed by greetings from AMCHAM Jamaica's vivacious CEO, Gail Abrahams, and Mauricio Pulido of title sponsor GB Energy.
During dinner, Dwight Richards and Friends didn't just provide background music, they rocked the house. As guests enjoyed a decadent meal, they were entertained with hit after hit. At first feet gently tapped along to the beats, but when Richards put his spin on Luther Vandross' 'So Amazing' you could feel the joy in the air-the room erupted. It started to feel like an all-out concert.
Later, the business of the night was at hand. Ernst and Young, Flow, Jamaica Broilers and NCB were officially added to 'The Leaders Circle', before the stage was occupied by the night's guest speaker, American Ambassador to Jamaica Luis Moreno. His uplifting speech focused on how great a nation Jamaica is, how much greater it could be, and what it would take to get there.
The big winners for the night included: Digicel Foundation, Heart Institute of the Caribbean, Mona Social Services, Rotary Club of Kingston, Sagicor Foundation, Professor Ernest Madu, and Lt. Colonel Victor Beek who at 93 years young received a standing ovation.
The Presidents Award for contribution to brand Jamaica went to chairman of the Wisynco Group, William Mahfood, while LASCO'S Lascelles Chin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award.