This edition of Business View Caribbean showcases creativity, optimism, innovation, and the spirit of entrepreneurialism. Dedication and forward-thinking at its best.
When it comes to leadership, Trinidad & Tobago has a wealth of business and municipal stories that represent the power of a visionary mindset. A prime example is the Borough of Chaguanas – a prosperous community with a population of over 128,000 persons. Over the years, the areas of commerce, industry, educational institutions, and residential development have grown significantly. Numerous national and international companies have chosen to locate their organizations in the Borough, thanks in part to economic development outreach from local representatives.
Through active dialogue and collaboration with key individual and corporate stakeholders, the Mayor’s Office creates day-to-day, as well as long-term, solutions for a wide range of issues. The Mayor and his team also work with businesses and government leaders within the nation, the region, as well as globally, to ensure that Chaguanas is represented, promoted, and served as a world-class community. Business View Caribbean asked His Worship the Mayor of Chaguanas, Mr. Faaiq Mohammed, for his insights into the Chaguanas Borough Corporation and Council, current projects, and prospects for the future. The result is an enlightening profile of this welcoming Borough.
Another exceptional entity we’re featuring in this issue of BVC exemplifies best business practices in Puerto Rico. Based in San Juan, Universal Equipment Sales & Service was established 37 years ago by Manuel Hernandez Fumero, a hard-working and experienced Senior Sales Engineer. The outstanding family legacy he started back then has been evolving since day one, with a singular focus on building relationships. As current company President, Alejandro Hernandez (whose grandfather founded the business) attests, “It’s not the sale that counts, it’s the relationship you have with that person, that company, that distributor that wins out in the long term.” This ‘Universal’ secret to success is a wise one that we could all learn from.
I hope you are all keeping well, my friends… please stay safe, be joyful, and enjoy the read!
Lorie Lee Steiner
Editor in Chief