At Business View Caribbean, we love a good story… and what a pleasure it is to hear those tales first-hand from owners, executives, creators, team players, and promoters and then have the opportunity to share them with all of you. This month’s issue is a bountiful representation of Best Practices in the Construction and Tourism sectors – and a bonus primer on how to excel as you climb the corporate ladder.
Topping our Bookmarked list, “Managers’ First Aid Kit” is the quintessential guide for newcomers to succeed in a managerial role. In this practical and inspiring book, Author Joan H. Underwood, Antigua and Barbuda’s former Ambassador to Venezuela, takes on the three most common challenges facing new and aspiring managers: managing self, managing others, and managing systems and processes. As Underwood so astutely reminds us, no matter where we are in the journey: ‘Every Winner was Once a Beginner’.
On the delightful Cayman Islands, business is booming for AMB Construction. From upscale retail showrooms to gorgeous kitchen renovations and everything in between, the firm has built a reputation for high-quality workmanship, outstanding management, and strong relationships with designers, architects, and developers. Thanks to COVID, they’ve realigned purchasing and planning operations – the company now stocks a great deal more products and materials than before, just to be able to guarantee availability and a valid timeline.
From its home base in Port of Spain comes the story of ALTURA Caribbean Limited – a go-to provider of essential project management services in Trinidad, Barbados, and Guyana. Executive Director Kareisha Cudjoe-Jacob waxes poetic about her passion for the business. “I love my work, it’s an amazing field. They say the project manager is like the conductor in an orchestra. Each instrument would be nice on its own but when you put it together, the end result is amazing with all the individual parts. That’s what a project manager is supposed to do – bring everyone together to promote a collaborative approach; not just for a company, but throughout the industry to resolve issues and work as a team for the clients’ best interests.”
Exciting times on the Caribbean Tourism front, as we welcome back cruise ships and airlines! Of course, tempered with an abundance of care, caution, and adherence to stringent COVID protocols. But still, it’s good news!
To get the latest updates, we spoke with Corsel Robertson, Director of Airports at Government of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, about ongoing operations and the impact of COVID-19 and the eruption of the La Soufriere volcano. In the last many months, Robertson and her team at AIA have exemplified the meaning of the word ‘resiliency’. Her insights give us an exceptional insider’s view of airport life during these extraordinary times.
Behind every enterprise, there’s a fascinating story just waiting to be told. That’s where we come in. Be well, my friends, and enjoy the read. 😊
Lorie Lee Steiner
Editor in Chief