34 businesses recognized as Chamber Champions

Caribbean Alliance’s Senior Underwriter Latoya Webb, center, accepts a Chamber Advisor award from outgoing President Paul Byles and Acting Chief Officer Tamara Ebanks from the Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure.

The Chamber of Commerce recognized 34 businesses as Chamber Champions for their overall contributions to the activities of the business association this year at an appreciation ceremony at the Wharf Restaurant last week.

The 34 members who qualified as Chamber Champions sponsored numerous initiatives, such as the annual Golden Apple Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Business Excellence Awards, the Golf Classic, and contributed funds and thousands of volunteer hours to the Earth Day Roadside Cleanup.

They also sponsored the Careers Education and Training Expo, sponsored the Economic Forum, supported Chamber awards for high school achievers, and participated in information and advocacy meetings, such as the Legislative Luncheons.

Their owners and management invested in their staff by enrolling them in seminars and workshops at the Chamber’s Professional Development and Training Centre, Mentoring Cayman and Leadership Cayman programs, according to the Chamber. These members also sponsored promotions on the Chamber’s website, monthly eblasts and the 2019 Chamber desktop calendar, which is distributed to more than 2,500 desktops each year.

Members in the top category of Chamber Advocate invested staff hours and contributed more than $10,000 in kind or in sponsorship over the past year. The eight top companies are Cayman National Corporation, Cayman Turtle Centre, Dart, Deloitte, EisnerAmper, Kirk Freeport Ltd., Michael Armand Hammer and Hammer Foundation, and Yello Media Group.

Presenting the awards, Chamber CEO Wil Pineau said, “These businesses contribute millions of dollars and thousands of volunteer hours to support community, Chamber and civic activities that improve the quality of life for us all.”

Maples and Calder’s Managing Partner Paul Lumsden, center, accepts a Chamber Steward award.

Six members were presented with awards as Chamber Advisors, having invested between $7,500 and $9,999 last year: Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd., Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd., Cox Lumber, Kensington Management Group Ltd., RBC Royal Bank (Cayman) Ltd. and Walkers.

The next group, Chamber Stewards, contributed $5,000 to $7,499 during 2018: Appleby (Cayman) Ltd., British Caymanian Insurance, Broadhurst LLC, Burger King/Burger Holdings, Butterfield Bank (Cayman) Ltd., Cayman First Insurance Company, Cayman Islands National Insurance Company (CINICO), Davenport Development Ltd., Greenlight RE, Island Heritage Insurance Company, Kirk Office, KPMG, Maples and Calder, Mourant, Picture This Studios, Provenance Properties Cayman Islands, Saxon Insurance, Strategic Risk Solutions and Water Authority Cayman.

An additional 87 businesses and organizations contributed from $1,000 to $4,999 during 2018 and are listed in the Year in Review report.