Employees encouraged to follow dreams

The message which resonated at Cayman National’s 17th Annual Staff Meeting was ‘Live Your Dreams’, which was the theme of this year’s event.

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Peter A. Tomkins, founder of Cayman National and 25-year-award winners Gladys Ebanks, far left, and Janet Allen.
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The Staff Awards Banquet which is held annually to celebrate and acknowledge the accomplishments of employees was held on Saturday 7 June at the Family Life Centre with almost 200 employees and members of the Board of Directors in attendance.

The keynote speaker for the event was American celebrity speaker, singer and author Willie Jolley, who inspired and motivated the audience with his presentation which included music and singing.

In 1999 Willie Jolley was named ‘One of the Outstanding Five Speakers in the World’ by Toastmasters International, and later that same year it named him ‘Motivational Speaker of the Year”. He also holds the two top designations bestowed by the National Speakers Association, including induction into the Speaker Hall of Fame. He is author of two international best selling books that have been translated into eight languages.

Mr. Jolley reminded the gathering that their circumstances should never determine their attitude.

“All men dream, but not equally’ he said. ‘Those that dream at night in the dusty recesses of their minds, awaken to find it was just vanity, but those that dream by day are the dangerous ones, for they dream with their eyes open and make sure their dreams come true’ he concluded.

In his opening remarks, Stuart Dack, Cayman National’s CEO, acknowledged the contribution of all employees to the continued success of the organisation. ‘Our annual staff event provides us the opportunity to celebrate staff successes as well as recognise their role in the success of Cayman National’, said Mr. Dack.

Group awards were presented to staff in the various categories as follows:

Bank Awards: Alana Pinet, Shelley Brooks and Andria Williams, Customer Service, Michele Mogg, Team Spirit, Lisa O’Neil, Community Involvement, Roselyn Forbes and Shelene Ryan, Personal and Professional Development.

International Financial Services (IFS) Division: Lerna Phillips, Joyce Seymour, Ellon Andrews, Wes Nyrak and Ana Clarke.

The Group’s Team Spirit Award was presented to the Chris and Tommy Whittaker and the CEO’s Award of Excellence went to Andrea O’Connor.

Long service awards were also presented, with 33 staff receiving awards for five to 25 years of service.

‘We have gone beyond using the annual staff meeting as a vehicle for cascading strategic messages to the provision of a platform for celebrating the achievements of our staff and the organisation. This is critical for team-building and energising staff to be more and achieve more’, said Cayman National Bank’s President, Ormond Williams

Claudia Welds, Cayman National’s Corporate Communications Senior Executive and Event Coordinator commented that this was yet another very successful event. ‘I am extremely grateful to the outstanding team-work that was demonstrated by those involved’, she said. ‘I do believe that the event will be one that our staff will remember for a long time’.

Prizes were drawn at the end of the meeting which included round trip tickets to Chicago and Cayman Brac, Spa gift certificate, dinners and other items.

Cayman National Group was established in 1974 and comprises banking, trust and company management, wealth management and insurance.

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