Ministry of Commerce holds retreat at Westin

Invincible Investment Corporation has bought The Westin hotel, pictured, and Sunshine Suites. - Photo: Taneos Ramsey

The Ministry of Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure spent a day away from the office earlier this month to focus on the meaning of leadership and navigating tough decisions.

The ministry’s workers spent the afternoon of 17 May at the Westin Grand Cayman for their biannual mini-retreat. Joey Hew, the minister for Commerce, Planning and Infrastructure, kicked off the event with an address about removing emotion from decision-making.

Melinda Montemayor, the chief human resources officer for the ministry, facilitated the event, and said retreats serve to motivate, inform and bring the staff closer together.

“I think our staff appreciate these events and enjoy engaging with our Hon. Minister, staff and senior leadership,” she said. “It has been a pleasure working with the Minister on these initiatives,” she said.

Racquel Duhaney of the Family Resource Centre served as co-host and moderator of a panel discussion, which focussed on Cayman Airways deciding to ground its Boeing 737 Max 8 fleet following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines flight in March 2019. The panel consisted of: Richard Smith, director-general of the Civil Aviation Authority; Paul Tibbetts, executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cayman Airways; Captain Dave Scott, vice president, Flight Operations at Cayman Airways and Ivan Forbes, vice president, Airport Operations at Cayman Airways.

“As leaders, they work under tremendous pressure every day and the stakes are always high for them if they don’t get it right,” Montemayor said of the members of the panel.

“They were able to tell us about their leadership, analysis, accountability and lessons learned during a real-life crisis, which resonated with our staff.”

“I would like to thank the executive leadership teams at CAL and CIAA for their service and for joining us at our retreat for this very important discussion,” she said.

The ministry retreats are intended to facilitate updates from heads of departments within the ministry and ministry staff.

Motivational speakers and team-building activities are also organised.

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