As Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Caribbean Utilities Company, Mr John Francis Richard Hew believes in service to his community.
‘When everyone on Grand Cayman is your customer, you have to be available 24 hours a day,’ he said.
It was this commitment to service leadership that inspired Mr Hew to work tirelessly alongside other CUC staff in restoring power to the island’s residents in the days following Hurricane Ivan.
‘I saw the destruction and knew we were faced by an enormous challenge ? we had to rebuild the entire system from scratch.’
Commenting on his award he said, ‘I know this is a personal honour, but there were many persons at CUC who went beyond the call of duty in getting power back to Grand Cayman. It was a team effort; therefore I dedicate my award to the entire staff.’
Mr Hew joined CUC after graduating in 1988 with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida. Over the past 16 years he has risen through the ranks to his present senior position.
In 1997 he obtained a master’s degree in business administration at Wilfred Laurier University in Ontario, Canada. He is a registered professional engineer in Florida and is a member of the Board of Governors of the University College of the Cayman Islands and a director of Cayman National Corporation.
He is also an avid sportsman and has represented the Islands in football and squash.
Mr. Hew is married to Sandy, and they have three children, Thompson, Lauren and Harrison. His parents, Leonard and Valma Hew, live in West Bay where he was raised.