New Regional Director for Sandals Eastern Caribbean says“…
Life has one crop, make the very best of it.”
Andre Dhanpaul, the new Regional Director for Sandals Resorts International in the Eastern Caribbean embodies the importance of tenacity in achieving success, having joined the Sandals family 25 years ago at the bottom of the ladder.
“I was a high school dropout that needed a job. Sandals Negril hired me as an accounting clerk. I worked my way up through Finance and then Operations,” Dhanpaul told SHE Caribbean in his first interview since his appointment in Saint Lucia in July 2014.
He shared the adage that the success of any organization, especially one as large as Sandals, relies upon the vision and foresight of its leadership.
And being a part of that leadership team for 15 years, Andre has developed and implemented several strategic directives within the company and has helped to establish the culture for which the organization has become renowned.
While he would not share with us the details of his most ground-breaking approaches, the new guy does admit to having a keen sense of detail and being the pilot of his fair share of novelties within the company.
“…Having the ability to strategise, coupled with good timing of execution has yielded some wonderful results,” he said.
By continuously raising the bar at Sandals in Saint Lucia, Barbados, Grenada and Antigua, Andre will be looking to exceed the expectations of all team members and, most importantly, the guests of the resorts.
This dedicated father encourages his young daughter to strive for distinction and admits that his most rewarding time is spent with young Jessica, and of course the pleasures of playing golf.
In 12 months Andre says he expects to have created “a strong bottom line” in Saint Lucia and the other islands, having extended the company’s community presence through the Sandals Foundation.
Great leaders like Andre, we’re told, inspire those around them to reach higher, dream bigger, and achieve greater. Without a doubt, this newest addition to Saint Lucia’s corporate arena is an innovator, intent on making a path for others to follow.