New cham­ber pres­i­dent to pump life into Claren­don

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

MAY PEN, CLAREN­DON:

IT HAS been two months since Win­some Wit­ter took up the reins of pres­i­dent of the Claren­don Cham­ber of Com­merce (CCC) and she is gun­ning to make a dif­fer­ence in the parish.

Be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion to lead the CCC, Wit­ter said she prayed about it to en­sure that it was aligned with her cur­rent goals and ob­jec­tives.

Cog­nisant of the many chal­lenges pre­sented by vi­o­lence pro­duc­ers in the parish, Wit­ter ad­mit­ted that crime is putting a damper on busi­ness op­er­a­tions, but she is con­fi­dent that it is a hur­dle that they can, as a group, con­front and over­come.

One of the ma­jor chal­lenges right now, she said, is the is­sue of break-ins which are im­pact­ing the May Pen busi­ness com­mu­nity. “The CCC has been in di­a­logue with Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice Ven­dolyn Cameron Pow­ell, and as a body, we will con­tinue to mon­i­tor the sit­u­a­tion,” she said.

Wit­ter said she is not fazed by the chal­lenges the po­si­tion comes with, as for her, chal­lenges present great op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth.

OR­A­CLE OF CHANGE

Smil­ing at be­ing re­ferred to as a ‘fe­male pres­i­dent’, Wit­ter said she sees her­self as much more than that. “I see my­self as some­one who has been charged with the awe­some re­spon­si­bil­ity to be an or­a­cle of change,” she told The Gleaner.

Putting aside the neg­a­tives, Wit­ter has been ‘get­ting her feet wet’ in the busi­ness com­mu­nity through the many meet­ings and in­ter­ac­tions with busi­ness op­er­a­tors.

She said her goal is to see Claren­don get to the place where do­ing busi­ness will be “seam­less”, and this she is hop­ing to ac­com­plish by form­ing the right col­lab­o­ra­tions in the parish.

Op­er­at­ing her own busi­ness, Seren­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tive Con­sult­ing Ser­vices, Wit­ter pro­vides so­lu­tions to ad­min­is­tra­tive and op­er­a­tional chal­lenges.

A grad­u­ate of Claren­don Col­lege, Wit­ter spent more than 10 years in bank­ing up to the se­nior su­per­vi­sory level. Dur­ing that time, she ob­tained a Bach­e­lor of Science de­gree in man­age­ment stud­ies with hon­ours from the Univer­sity of the West Indies. She also holds a Mas­ter of Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion from Univer­sity of Liver­pool.

She en­tered the ca­ble in­dus­try in 2006 and spent 10 years as the COO for a lo­cal op­er­a­tion in May Pen, and served for eight years as the pres­i­dent of the Ca­ble Tele­vi­sion As­so­ci­a­tion.

Wit­ter has been ac­tively serv­ing in the busi­ness com­mu­nity for the past five years through her in­volve­ment in the Claren­don In­ter-Agency Net­work, among other en­ti­ties.

Look­ing ahead in her new role, Wit­ter said her vi­sion is to have busi­nesses through­out the length and breadth of Claren­don be fully aware of best prac­tices in op­er­at­ing vi­able and sus­tain­able busi­nesses. “They should be poised to take ad­van­tage of op­por­tu­ni­ties for growth and de­vel­op­ment, as well as avail­able fund­ing op­tions,” she said.

PHOTO BY CE­CELIA CAMP­BELL-LIV­INGSTON

Win­some Wit­ter, pres­i­dent of the Claren­don Cham­ber of Com­merce.

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