Corporate Jamaica and other stakeholders are being encouraged to give back to the most vulnerable in the society.
This comes from winner of the Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM)/Gleaner Company Limited 2012 Manager of the Year Award, Managing Director of Sherwin-Williams (WI) Limited, Ian Forbes.
“It’s not only about revenues and profits,” he emphasized, while addressing the awards ceremony, held at King’s House on March 14.
“We know it takes cash to care, but it’s not only about cash; it’s about giving back in whatever way… I’m speaking to corporate Jamaica and those outside as well. Embrace the mission of the United Way, which is to increase the organised capacity of individuals to care for each other,” he said.
Mr. Forbes, who was recognised for his extraordinary management achievements, public service and community activism, credited his parents for instilling in him the spirit of service and voluntarism.
In his citation, Mr. Forbes is described as having a strong belief in the importance of service to the society and has demonstrated this through his tremendous efforts in voluntarism.
“His generous spirit is reflected in the company’s sponsorship of needy causes. Among these are: support for the Salvation Army, sponsor of the Gibson Relays and various track and field championships, and providing paint for a wide range of community projects,” the citation read.
Mr. Forbes is Chairman of United Way of Jamaica, a volunteer organisation. He is also Vice-President of the Jamaica Manufacturers Association, Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce, Second Vice President of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, Executive Member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board and former Chairman of the Institute of Sports.
Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, in congratulating the nominees, noted that their nomination “is a reflection of the tremendous contribution which you have made to your respective companies and to the development of professional management in Jamaica.”
“I wish for each of you continued success and that you will have the satisfaction not only of a solid, profitable business, but also of having made a positive impact on the lives of our people,” he said.
The Governor-General, who is also President of JIM, noted that the award reinforces good management practices and encourages other managers to emulate the examples of the awardees. “The cumulative effect will redound to the socio-economic advantage of our country,” he said.
“Significantly, this awards programme speaks to confidence in, and commitment to the future of Jamaica,” he added.
The Manager of the Year Award aims to recognise individuals whose management, leadership and mentorship skills inspire others to aim for excellence in the field of management.
Mr. Forbes was chosen from among nine leaders in the field of management. They are: Brenda Cuthbert, Michael Jones, Patrick King, Ryan Mack, Ian Neita, Wayne Powell, Major Richard Reese and Hugh Reid.
Mr. Forbes was also conferred with the institute’s Fellow Award by the Governor- General.
By Alecia Amith-Edwards, JIS Reporters