THE ANBELL Group successfully covers several areas in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, from telecommunications to advertising. CEO Andrew Pairman's drive comes from the fact that he loves what he does and "when you enjoy doing what you do, then you don't have to work".
A 'techie' from his early days, Pairman was always interested in the latest innovations in technology and gadgetry. It was only natural that he would go on to start one of the most successful companies in the Jamaican ICT sector. Pairman believes that the ICT sector has the greatest potential for growth, especially in entrepreneurship. "It is not just call centres and computer things but the range and scope of businesses that can fall under ICT is very wide," he said. "I want to build something of value that can contribute to Jamaica."
Under the Anbell Group umbrella are Anbell Agencies, which deals with mobile phones and operates several Digicel locations; Anbell Telecommunications does voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services; Intelligent Multimedia has screens set up all over Jamaica broadcasting advertisements, and the recently launched Anbell Trade Exchange (ATX) is the first of its kind in Jamaica. The ATX allows member companies to trade their goods and services in a regulated manner.
As a company, Pairman said the Anbell Group's success comes from the team they have employed: "We focus on each other's strengths within the team and not our weaknesses. We try and give everyone the latitude to do the best they can."
Teamwork is important to Pairman, and he mentions that the 50UnderFifty awards have brought together successful people from a wide variety of fields. He believes having so many people from such diverse fields coming together and networking can only benefit Jamaica.
In his spare time, Pairman enjoys travelling, especially with his family. He admits, however, that what he loves to do most is work with charitable groups through foundations like the Anbell Foundation and NCB Foundation.