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Champions of Business 2018 Awards Ceremony and Reception
Fortuna Audaces Iuvat!
Fortune Favours the Bold!
These words sum up the finale Signature Event, The Champions of Business Award Ceremony and Cocktail Reception hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The was hosted on the 1stNovember at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) and featured an official awards ceremony followed by a networking cocktail reception.
Awards were presented in four categories:
About the Business Hall of Fame:
The Business Hall of Fame (BHOF) started in 2006 with the induction of founding member Joseph Leon Agostini, posthumously, into the very first Business Hall of Fame at a simple ceremony that took place in the T&T Chamber’s board room. The award ceremony soon outgrew its modest beginnings and evolved into an official award ceremony which now inducts a maximum of two business leaders at each of its annual awards events.
Inductees into the BHOF are citizens of Trinidad and Tobago who have made a significant impact as a business leader and is recognised as an exemplary role model for future and emerging business trailblazers. Consideration is given to accomplishments such as starting and building a business or leading an already established business to significantly greater achievements. Regardless of which, this category recognises the transformational impact individuals have had in their firm, industry and nation.
The conferment also plays tribute to the inductee’s commitment to building and improving the national landscape through their social and environmental initiatives. Indeed, it represents the culmination of a lifetime achievement in business and national service.
This award category is not sponsored and is retained fully by the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
The T&T Chamber was pleased to announce that Mr. Derek Chin, CEO of the Dachin Group of Companies and Mr. Sydney Phillips, former President/CEO of Guardian Life of the Caribbean Ltd, were both officially inducted to the Business Hall of Fame at the event. Mr. Phillips’ award was conferred posthumously.
About the Award:
This award recognises a company that has made BOLD moves in becoming a global brand, thereby putting Trinidad and Tobago on the world stage.
Extending across industries, local firms that have engaged in business development expansion with an established footprint, either regionally and/or internationally, are considered for this award. This category tells the story of a local company’s evolution towards becoming an Internationally known business while also making positive contributions to communities and the environment through their corporate social responsible activities.
This award has been sponsored since its inception in 2014 by First Citizens and has celebrated recipients like Sacha Cosmetics Limited (2014), Kenson Group of Companies (2015), Label House Group Limited (2016) and Bermudez Biscuit Company Limited (2017).
The 2018 Award Recipient is:
About the Award:
Business technology is one of the fastest growing business sectors in Trinidad & Tobago. Due to its boundaryless nature technology enables local companies to have a presence and be competitive on the world stage. It’s revolutionary impact on industries continues to change every day. This award recognises the significant role technology plays in transforming our economy.
The award celebrates a technology-based company or individual that has created or provided innovative technological solutions or services for new and existing market needs. Finalists are shortlisted based on successful commercialisation, innovativeness of the solution, its recency to the market, the degree of disruptiveness, the marketing strength of the solution or brand.
This is the introductory year for this year this award, sponsored by bmobile.
The 2018 Award Recipient is: Aldwyn Wayne, CEO of WiPay (Trinidad & Tobago) Ltd., https://wipaytoday.com/
for creating and introducing his innovative technological payment solution to the market.
Mr. Wayne also received a customised business solutions package valued at TT$10,000, courtesy bmobile.
Finalists in the category included:
Roanna Maraj, CEO – Keystone Designs Ltd., shuphub.com
Jean-Marc Aimey, CEO and Jason Cox, CTO – Sun Tixx Caribbean Ltd., suntixx.com
About this Award:
These awards recognise the visionaries and game changers who impact our lives every day, in every way.
In 1986, EY (formerly Ernst & Young) had the idea to recognize the innovators and builders of our business landscape who are making a difference every day. They started the global EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Program to honour those who seek to manifest their ideas, propel the economy and create a better world for their communities. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Program honours entrepreneurs whose ingenuity, hard work and perseverance have created and sustained successful, growing business ventures. The Entrepreneur Of The Year Award has become the mark of world-class individuals leading world-class companies.
The Program has since grown from a simple idea to a program that’s simply grand, spanning 145 cities with 60 countries worldwide. In the Caribbean, the program was introduced in 2000 and ran until 2003. EY re-launched the program in Trinidad and Tobago in 2015, as part of the Champions of Business Awards held by the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
The benefits of being among the best:
Each year EY seeks out the country’s best entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs are nothing if not diligent, often relentless in pursuit of their dreams. Undaunted by failures, they see stumbles as necessary steps along the way to success. But often what’s missing is the recognition that they deserve. This awards process elevates awareness of company’s brands through exposure.
Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists and winners receive great publicity in and beyond their communities, which strengthens and expands their networks.
Entrepreneurs are evaluated based on the following:
- Value creation
- Strategic direction
- National and global impact
- Personal integrity/purpose-driven leadership
This year entrepreneurs were recognised for their entrepreneurial ventures in 3 sub categories.
START UP ENTREPRENEUR:
An individual(s) in business less than three years and who exemplifies the start-up process
Award recipient: Vandana Mangroo, Founder and CEO, Hello Green Ltd.
Finalist: Vickash Chankar – Vicksol Ltd
An individual(s) in business less than ten years with an emerging brand
Award recipient: Nolana Lynch, Eco Truffles Ltd
Finalists: Jason Lindsay- Full Circle Animation Ltd., and Jody White – Slimdown 360 Ltd.
SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED ENTREPRENEUR:
An individual(s) in business over ten years with a strong brand in their market
Award recipient: Michelle Sohan, Bakery Treatz
Finalist: Allana and Logan Steuart – Bertie’s Pepper Sauce
Each of the 3 Entrepreneur of the Year award recipients also received an exclusive invitation to attend the Strategic Growth Forum® in California (November 7- 11, 2018), courtesy Silver Sponsor, the Trinidad & Tobago Unit Trust Corporation
The Trinidad & Tobago Chamber congratulates all of the finalists, award recipients, Business Hall of Fame inductees along with their families and staff. Special thanks to all of the sponsors.
The T&T Chamber encourages the business community to continue to BE INSPIRED by all of the 2018 award recipients and finalists. We challenge you to find ways to BE BOLD, BRAVE and FRESH towards making a positive difference to our world!
We thank our sponsors for helping to make the 2018 Champions of Business a success!
We thank our Signature Event sponsors: