Photographer Bill Mortley Wins Another Award
The staff and clients of Alternative Security Services St. Lucia Ltd have been celebrated for their confidence and commitment to the company established here five years ago. A special awards night was held on Saturday 16th January at Golden Palm Events Centre to mark five years of operations in Saint Lucia for the Trinidad-based security firm which also has a footprint in Grenada, Barbados and Guyana. Executives from the head office in Trinidad and Tobago plus regional managers joined staff in Saint Lucia to celebrate accomplishments.
The General Manager of Alternative Security Services St. Lucia Ltd, Andrew Callender, said it was a night to show appreciation and to encourage those who contributed to the company in its initial years. He told the gathering, “When operations started in 2010 three groups of individuals took a
Saint Lucian photographer Bill Mortley has received another award from Wedding Wire Couples’ Choice Awards.
The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® recognizes the top five percent of local wedding professionals from the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism. Unlike other awards in which winners are selected by the organization, winners of the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice Awards® are determined by recent reviews from over a million WeddingWire newlyweds.
Among the areas in which Bill Mortley scored high were quality of service, responsiveness, professionalism, value and flexibility.
In 2013 Mortley was also rewarded with this same award when WeddingWire. com wrote, “That eye for detail and his consummate professionalism has earned him the distinction of being among the top five percent of wedding professionals”.
Commenting on the WeddingWire website this time around, Scott a satisfied customer wrote: “My wife and I got married at Capella Marigot Bay, and they use Bill Mortley Photography for their events. Bill was very helpful and flexible when it came to understanding our wants and needs. He was there from the very start to leap of faith: one, the chairman for establishing business in a new country; two. the very first set of workers who joined not knowing, not having any idea what they were getting themselves involved in; and three, those business partners who decided to come on board and give us their business. I am standing here to pay tribute to all.”
Mr Callender noted that it had not always been smooth sailing, but the company persevered and faced the challenges head on. “We have worked closely with you, our business partners, to determine how to meet your security needs in the most cost-effective manner while at the same time ensuring that overall security is not compromised” he said. He commended staff, acknowledging, “Our people with their commitment to the highest standards of excellence and integrity are our guarantee the very end and did not stop taking pictures. He even took us on a short boat ride to ensure he could provide us with the most beautiful sunset background that we have used as a centerpiece of our collection. Bill is very talented at what he does and I would not hesitate to recommend him to anybody who is looking for a photographer in St Lucia.”
With intimate knowledge of the beautiful locations on the island of Saint Lucia Bill Mortley takes a unique approach to wedding photography that incorporates both traditional and photo-journalistic styles.
He developed his love for photography at an early age and this love led to a long career in the field of not just wedding but general photography. Bill Mortley learned the rudiments of the art form while working as a freelance photographer at the Evening News in Trinidad & Tobago. This led to a long career in the newspaper business, first as a Production Manager with the Voice Newspaper in for the delivery of efficient, professional and reliable security services.”
Mr Brian Ramsey, the Regional Development Manager of the parent company, Amalgamated Security Services Ltd, supported the views expressed by the local general manager adding, “The foundation of our business is Saint Lucia and then as a Press Photographer and Graphic Artist with the New York Daily Challenge with responsibility for covering the United Nations. All of this while pursuing a degree in Print and Advertising Technology with New York City Technical College.
His entrepreneurial spirit led him to return to Saint Lucia and set up the now defunct MediaCraft Productions Ltd. The company once dominated the local photography industry, holding the photography and video contracts for many of the resorts on the island including Sandals, Club St. Lucia, and the St. Lucian Hotel.
Bill Mortley has photographed weddings and events not just in Saint Lucia and the US, but also across the Caribbean, and has worked with a number of corporate entities documenting their events and precious moments working both in the studio and on location.
In 2012 Bill Mortley won the local prize in the SOL scenic drives photography competition.
He has now broadened his spheres of activity to include a monthly on-line and an annual printed weddings magazine designed to entice couples to visit and marry on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Lucia where he currently serves as the Vice President of the St. Lucia Association of Professional Photographers (SLAPP). staff. And my initial fears of if we would find good staff have proven to be unfounded. While we honour these employees tonight, I pay tribute to all our staff”.
Mr Ramsey recalled Hurricane Tomas in 2010 and the commitment showed by staff in very trying circumstances: “After the hurricane I was sitting in Trinidad and I was worried that staff would not turn up for work; that they would say they have to see about their house and their family. And when I was told of the distances that staff walked to get to work I was reassured that we have good staff in Saint Lucia.”
Present at the celebration was the Acting Commissioner of Police, Errol Alexander, who spoke of deepening continued close working relationships between law enforcement and security firms. He commented, “There is a need to continuously establish and retain a formal relationship between the police and yourselves as private security as we both have common goals and you provide a major protective role in society. That is to say we both are in the business of crime prevention to create a safe environment for citizens and visitors alike.”
Mr Michael Aboud, Chairman of Amalgamated Security Services Ltd, commended the operations in Saint Lucia noting the tremendous progress made in five years. “To date we are happy to report that from our estimates we presently have 24% of the market share which is a significant milestone and we look forward to further growth as we endeavour to continue to do our best and serve our clients and employees faithfully,” he proclaimed.
Over a dozen staff members were celebrated with awards and trophies for their dedication and hard work. Mr. Aboud praised the award winners for adhering to the watch words ‘service and excellence’, observing their commitment to high standards and integrity; and for delivering efficient, professional and reliable security services.
Amalgamated Security Services Ltd is looking to establish a base in Antigua by mid-2016.
ASSL Awardees of the fifth anniversary awards.