The Chamber of Commerce celebrated 16 Grand Award recipients at the Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards at The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman in October. The inaugural event attracted more than 200 guests, as well as Joseph Hew, the Minister of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, and Roy McTaggart, the Minister of Public Finance and Economic Development, both past presidents of the Chamber of Commerce.
The Chamber Awards focuses on aspects that benefit the Cayman Islands, in addition to the economic contribution that businesses make.
“The business sector of the Cayman Islands is critical to both our economy and our way of life. While financial contributions of our members are understood, other contributions are sometime overlooked,” said Chamber President Kyle Broadhurst in his welcome remarks. “This event is about ensuring that the vital contributions of our members, beyond pure economics, are recognized.”
A total of 45 businesses submitted entries for consideration in eight different categories. The submissions were evaluated by local and international reviewers and 16 Grand Award recipients, two in each category, were announced on the night.
The top award recipient in the eight categories were:
- ECO Warrior Award – NCB Group
- Marketing Campaign of the Year – Tower
- Outstanding Workforce Development Initiative – Grand Cayman Marriott Beach Resort
- Community Service Project of the Year – PwC
- Outstanding Innovation Award – SALT Technology Group
- Commitment to Education Award – The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman
- Small Business of the Year – Tower
- Business of the Year – Cayman National
In addition, the Chamber presented a Lifetime Achievement Award to Caymanian businessman Cardinall DaCosta, owner of Puritan Cleaners and one of the 10 founders of the Chamber of Commerce in 1965.
Mr. DaCosta has shown outstanding support to the Chamber and the business community. He also played a pivotal role in the development of the community. He was a key figure in securing public beach on Seven Mile Beach during the 1970s, working alongside Commissioner ACE Long. He was a founding member of both the Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Rotary Club of Grand Cayman.
Minister Hew presented Mr. DaCosta with his award and introduced a video of Mr. DaCosta’s many achievements.
“I am honored to be here to add my wholehearted support for the Chamber’s inaugural Business Excellence Awards. Tonight, we recognize the achievements of outstanding businesses and entrepreneurs that invest in people, deliver superior service and give back to the community,” the minister said. “It is inspiring to be in the company of so many high-achieving organizations and individuals whose tenacity, productivity and vision give us reason to pause and be proud.”
Strategic marketing and communications agency Tower won two awards on the night. Tower was awarded Small Business of the Year and Marketing Campaign of the Year.
“As Tower has just celebrated its 18th birthday, the timing couldn’t be better to celebrate these awards,” said managing director Lynne Byles. “They are a testament to our talented team who bring creative ideas and strategic work on behalf of our clients every day.”
Tower received the Marketing Campaign of the Year award for its work for Taste of Cayman 2017. The campaign included digital, print, radio and TV advertising, media relations, social media marketing, outdoor marketing and community engagement.
Cayman National was awarded the “Business of the Year” Award. The bank was also named a Grand Award winner for the Outstanding Workforce Development Award.
“We pride ourselves on customer service excellence, commitment to our people, underpinned with profound respect and pride in our country,” said Ormond Williams, Cayman National Bank president, in a statement.
“We actively invest in the personal and professional growth of our staff through a wide range of opportunities, including full scholarships for academic and technical qualifications at local and international universities and places of higher learning along with diverse conferences for professional and networking exposure,” Mr. Willams said.
About 98 percent of the bank’s staff is Caymanian.
Well-trained staff helps the bank deliver consistent customer service excellence and personalized service, he said, adding, “We also ensure our staff are physically and emotionally healthy by encouraging them to remain active, including valuable health information in weekly newsletters and by offering corporate gym rates.”
As an active member of the community, Cayman National contributes significant sums of money to various organizations and staff members volunteer in community improvement activities, the bank’s president said.
“Cayman National is proud to win these awards at the inaugural Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Award ceremony and it is a privilege and honor to now hold the title of ‘Best in Show’ for the ‘Business of the Year’ Award,” Mr. Williams said.
Wil Pineau, CEO of Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce, said, “Congratulations to the management and staff of Cayman National on this well-deserved recognition.
“The Business Excellence Awards enables Chamber members in all industry sectors and sizes to share their best practices and to celebrate their business and community achievements. We salute Cayman National on being selected Business of the Year for 2017 and wish the management and staff continued success in the years to come.”