Business View Caribbean, July/August 2018

2 3 W Executive View When I say “Business” you say “View”, “BUSINESS!!!” (your turn), “BUSINESS!!!” (again please). When I say, “Who’s the bestest, most infor- mative, most compelling, and furthest reaching business to business magazine with the widest circulation for execu- tives in the Caribbean, you say “YOU!” (Inhale, deep breath, and) “Who’s the bestest, most informative, most com- pelling, and furthest reaching business to business magazine with the widest circulation for executives in the Caribbe- an?” (Go ahead, you know the answer… say it loud please?!?) That’s right! And we’re not ashamed to remind you. In fact, it’s our duty to remind you. We are constantly amazed at the amount of feedback we get from multi-million and multi-billion-dollar companies in Caribbean and North America about the companies we feature. A lot of that feedback is simply a few lines, writing to commend us on a compelling editorial. However, what really amazes us is when these compa- nies call us to make an introduction to the company that we featured, because they’ve become interested in doing business with them. Imagine that? Our publisher reaching out to the exec- utives of the companies that we’re featuring, to make an introduction of the CEO of a company that wants to engage in business with them. We’ve been offered financial rewards as a result of accommodating these requests, to which my publisher has refused. We have been offered many other perks and benefits that we have followed suit in declining. I can’t tell you how good it feels to do something, simply because you’re in a position to do it, and because you’re respected as the entity that can make something like that happen. Don’t get me wrong, we like money, but we know that when you practice service to your customers and partners that far outweigh the mone- tary contribution of that service, money will flow in abundance. Easier said than done, yes… but always true! Just as we enjoy being the catalyst be- tween business executives that embark upon relationships with each other, it is even more enjoyable to highlight countries of the Caribbean, such as we are with Curacao in this edition. We interview the Prime Minister to discuss the beauty and attributes of Curacao for those looking to knowmore about the country. For some reason, Curacao is often hidden in the shadows of the Caribbean countries most mentioned. However, as the data suggests, Curacao is growing into a favorite tourist destina- tion for many in North America and Eu- rope. Experiencing monthly double-digit growth in stayover arrivals, and also the percentage of tourist revenue. In this edition we are happy to be featuring Curacao, but in subsequent editions we will be further featuring the enterprising business sector of the country, and the Best Practices of Economic and Business Development that those businesses employ. That said, for those who have been considering Curacao amongst their bucket list of destinations to visit, let me recommend the upcoming Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival taking place August 30 th thru September 1 st . No matter your taste in music, you will be entertained by a lineup that includes Jason Derulo, Christina Aguilera, Stine and Shaggy, Sean Paul, and Patti Labelle. With your wine glass in hand, and your feet doing the boogie shuffle, please answer loudly when you hear me in the front yelling, “Who’s the bestest, most informative, most compelling, and furthest reaching business to business magazine with the widest circulation for executives in the Caribbean?” Until next time, plan, build, and continue to prosper. Andre Barefield JULY / AUGUST 2018 Contents 2 EXECUTIVE VIEW 4 OPENING LINES 24 GRUPO PRECISION CONTROL A market leader BEST PRACTICES IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 34 PRIME MINISTER OF CURAÇAO A Conversation with Eugene Rhuggenaath 46 AQUARIUS CARIBBEAN Building the family home 56 AUTOBUSBEDRIJF CURAÇAO Looking to cooperate 64 THE WATER AUTHORITY OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS An Interview with Director Dr. Gelia Frederick-van Genderen 72 THE FLOWERS GROUP Building Cayman since 1946 THE BEST OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM 84 THE PORT AUTHORITY OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Coming in first 92 THE CURAÇAO HOSPITALITY AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION For a different Dutch Caribbean Editor-in-Chief Al Krulick Associate Editor Lorie Steiner Vice President of Publishing Andre Barefield Vice President of Operations Lauren Blackwell Research Directors Christian Combes Creative Director Dana Long Digital Strategist Jon Bartlow Vice President of Production Aimy McGrew CGO Alexander Wynne-Jones COO Brian Andersen Executive Publisher / CEO Marcus VandenBrink USA Canada Caribbean Oceania Email for all inquiries: WWW.BUSINESSVIEWMAGAZINE.COM 12559 New Brittany Blvd Fort Myers, 33907 239.220.5554 CONTACT US 34 84 72