ATL Group rewards employees

BY JEDIAEL CARTER
Observer staff reporter
carterj@jamaicaobserver.com

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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THE ATL Industrial Group on Saturday showed appreciation to its more than 1,000 employees at its annual Prestige Staff Awards.

Just over 60 awards were presented to outstanding team members at the event, themed 'Celebration of Excellence', that was staged at the Jamaica Observer's Beechwood Avenue location in Kingston. They were recognised for their performance in 2016.

“The employees we celebrate tonight are some of the best... these are the employees who your peers say, 'You are the ones that we look to as our North Star,'” Danville Walker, managing director of the Jamaica Observer and ATL, said. He brought remarks on behalf of Group Deputy Chairman and CEO Adam Stewart.

“There are employees that keep this company going for 50 years, so let me begin by saluting those employees again. Thank you, congratulations. You have done well,” he said.

The nominees for the different awards were selected from the Jamaica Observer, Appliance Traders Limited, and ATL Automotive.

In a run-up to Saturday's event, employees in the various departments within the companies nominated colleagues for the big prize — Team Member of the Year 2016.

Video vignettes gave interesting information about the nominees before they were presented with awards.

Among the awards were: Long service, for individuals on staff for 20 years; heart of the house, for support staff members who always express a keen willingness to assist; top technician in the appliance store; and top sales executive at the automotive dealership.

At the Jamaica Observer, awards went to the top contractor and top vendor as well as the reporter who wrote the most impactful story.

“These award ceremonies are about celebrating our employees. The theme this evening is about the contribution the employees make, and once a year we come here and have this extravagant function but that's not really enough, you know. What we need to do is to share the love with our employees all year long,” Walker said.

“Our employees, as you can see, come from many walks of life; some of them really have done well to reach where they want to be,” he continued. “We have uniforms and uniforms hide, many times, the economic circumstances that some of us come out of each morning... [and despite this] every morning, whether they are worried about the crime in their neighbourhoods, they get up and they come to work.”

The awards for team member of the year from the respective companies were awarded to Sashae Barclay from the Jamaica Observer; Marville James from Appliance Traders Limited; and Kadeen Campbell from ATL Automotive. Each received a 42-inch Samsung smart TV with a sound bar, $45,000 cash, and an all-expense paid vacation for two at any Sandals resort for five nights and six days.

The trio will go on to represent their companies in the ATL Group's Ultimate Awards in November, which will include the top employees from the Sandals and Beaches resorts chain.

The runners-up were Kamala McLeish from Appliance Traders Limited, Elaine Gregory from the Jamaica Observer and Sandra Murray Nicholas from ATL Automotive.

“The reason we do this is because we have to ensure that we take care of our employees,” Walker said.

The glitzy event featured performances from Dance Xpressionz and had various makes of motor vehicles in the ATL Automotive family on display.

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