JMA - Record Breaking Night
The Jamaica Manufacturers' Association Limited (JMA) celebrated its 47th Annual Awards Banquet in record-breaking style at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel last Saturday.
It was the first year that the JMA had to turn away individuals wanting tickets for the annual banquet, having filled the Grand Suite of The Jamaica Pegasus hotel with 604 persons - the most that it has ever had.
These patrons were not disappointed as they had remarkable hosts in the form of Paula Ann Porter and Richard Pandohie and an impressive guest speaker - Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International Adam Stewart.
The programme flowed smoothly with a welcome by JMA President Metry Seaga and greetings via video from main sponsors and CEO of Digicel Jamaica David Butler, who could not be there because of his company's 5k night run. Past President Omar Azan jogged in from the run to give greetings as well as to say grace. Guests were then entertained by Randy McLaren doing a few dub poems while they partook of a scrumptious dinner.
In his address, Stewart motivated the guests, telling them to never be afraid of asking companies for their business. He also reminded them not to believe their own hype because they were only as good as their customers believed they are.
Then it was awards time. J. Wray and Nephew Limited were the big winners of the night, nabbing three awards, which included the Prime Minister's Cup for Large Exporter.
JMA's Presidents Cup for Medium Exporter went to Spur Tree Spices, while JAMPRO's Cup for Small Exporter went to Caribbean Producers Jamaica.
Breakthrough Product of The year was Lasco's iCool water, while Best Small Medium Enterprise was Perishables Jamaica Limited. The most coveted award - the Governor General's Manufacturer of the Year award went to none other than WISYNCO.
The celebration of the awardees continued and rolled right into the all-night-party, led by the Fab 5 Band.