Youth, Ties and Dou­bles mark Busi­ness Awards

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By

Toni Ni­cholas

There was a strong pres­ence of youth en­trepreneur­ship at the 2016 Saint Lu­cia Cham­ber of Com­merce, In­dus­try and Agri­cul­ture awards last Satur­day. How ironic, amidst all of the fi­nan­cial tur­moil that Saint Lu­cia is fac­ing, with a stag­ger­ing debt to GDP ra­tio not to men­tion de­bil­i­tat­ing un­em­ploy­ment above 23%.

Al­though miss­ing this year was the nat­u­ral wit of for­mer host Richard Peterkin, this year’s event was hosted by young me­dia per­son­al­i­ties Masana Mor­ri­son of the Wave and Shayne Ross of Ra­dio Saint Lu­cia. Among their more mem­o­rable shots was one fired at UWP leader Allen Chas­tanet in ab­sen­tia, “. . . since he is still look­ing for a seat.” Then there was their line about the prime min­is­ter’s “sin­gle most re­mark­able achieve­ment - his ap­point­ment of Dame Pear­lette Louisy as Gov­er­nor Gen­eral. They don’t come more loaded than that!

Mile­stones, as out­lined by


out­go­ing Cham­ber pres­i­dent Gor­don Charles, in­cluded the new Bank­ing Act, the Ci­ti­zen by In­vest­ment Act and “less ex­otic de­vel­op­ments like the in­crease in lo­cal chicken quo­tas.”

As for the awards them­selves, twelve were pre­sented in­clud­ing the Life­time Achieve­ment Award to Sir Ju­lian Hunte.

And for what was sup­posed to be a black tie af­fair, you would think that there were al­ready enough of those on the night – ties I mean! The IF YOU HAVE THE FOL­LOW­ING SKILLS AND SEEK A CHAL­LENG­ING GROWTH OP­POR­TU­NITY,

THEN AP­PLY FOR THE POST OF: Young En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award was shared by Man­disa Mor­ri­son of Shoe Re­hab and Keran Rose­mond of the some­what sug­ges­tively named Ali Rose Vir­gin Co­conut Oil.

Ju­liana Des­tang of Splash Is­land Wa­ter Park and Taribba do Nasci­mento of Meme Bete Bags were the other dou­ble for the En­tre­pre­neur of the Year Award. Dale “Un­told Sto­ries” El­liot of the In­de­pen­dent Film Com­pany won the Prime Min­is­ter’s Award for In­no­va­tion, con­tro­ver­sially awarded to ‘now you see him, now you don’t’ Ge­orge Ben­son two years ear­lier - not the jazz mu­si­cian mind you!

The Busi­ness of the Year and the Ex­cel­lence in Hu­man Re­source De­vel­op­ment Awards both went to Sandals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional. Baron Foods also copped two: Goods Ex­porter of the Year and Cor­po­rate Lead­er­ship, col­lected by CEO Ron­ald Ram­jat­tan.

Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts walked away with the award for Mar­ket­ing Ex­cel­lence; Lucelec for Cor­po­rate So­cial Re­spon­si­bil­ity; and Bit­byBit and As­so­ciates for Idea of the Year. The In­vestor of the Year Award, pre­sented by In­vest St. Lu­cia, went to Wind­jam­mer Land­ing Villa Beach Re­sort.

The Of­fice of the Prime Min­is­ter and In­vest St. Lu­cia spon­sored the Busi­ness Awards while Ca­ble and Wire­less Busi­ness was the Red Car­pet Spon­sor. Peter and Com­pany Dis­tri­bu­tion spon­sored the usual lav­ish af­ter-party which ended the event on a high.

Dale El­liot and Ir­mar Frank of the

In­de­pen­dent Film Com­pany.

Hus­band & Wife Ju­liana Des­tang of Splash Is­land Water­park and Sanovnik

Des­tang of Bay Gar­dens Re­sorts.

An­dre Dhan­paul picks up

two for Sandals.

Keran Rose­mond of Ali Rose Vir­gin Co­conut Oil.

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