Young achievers in business

Tropical Impressions, one of the 12
Junior Achievement groups, is learning how to run a profitable company by
forming a trading business.

The youngsters have appointed a
full complement of officers, including President Nikita Durrant, VP Production
Raejani Lopez, VP Marketing Amanda Dixon, VP Finance Divad Aguire and VP Human
Resources Trishelle Chorlette.

The group has developed and packaged
attractive products designed as special occasion gifts for Christmas,
Halloween, Easter and Valentine’s Day. Sales indicate that they are already in

Recently, they invited Foster’s
Food Fair-IGA Managing Director Woody Foster to speak with them about running a

He told them how his father started
the business with a 6,000 ft store in 1980 at the airport location. Today,
Foster’s has five supermarkets and is allied with wholesale distribution

Mr. Foster emphasised to the young
entrepreneurs the need for a tough mentor, a good team, a dedicated work ethic,
absolute attention to customer needs and, above all, honesty and fairness to
all you encounter.

He said he started out at the
bottom of his organisation, learning all the jobs from shelf packing to advertising
and marketing.

During the lively discussion that
followed, Junior Achievement members interacted with Mr. Foster and other
mentors. Mr. Foster later commented, “JA members are an ambitious group and
every indication is that they will be very successful.”


Woody Foster (centre) stands with members of the Tropical Impressions Junior Achievement Group.
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