Thursday, April 18, 2024

Loyalty key

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He is not one of the employees whose name and photograph may be well known to the public, but his contribution to the Nation Group of Companies has been exemplary.
So, last Sunday night Frank Griffith, Operations Manager with the Nation Publishing Co Limited, was presented with the company’s most sought after prize, The Spirit Of St Mary’s Row award, during the NATION’s Christmas party and presentation ceremony at the Mahogany Ridge, St Thomas.
He received the award for displaying “the spirit of unselfish dedication, sacrifice and loyalty” while working at any hour of the day, seven days a week, consistently throughout the years, and particularly this past year, as was necessary in establishing a start-up business.
Griffith has been seconded to Innogen Technologies, an alternative solar energy business, which is now a part of the The Nation Group of Companies.
This top award, which Griffith also won in 2008 and 2000, is given by Publisher and Chief Executive Officer Vivian-Anne Gittens to the employee who in her assessment, best exemplified that spirit of unselfish dedication, sacrifice and loyalty to the newspaper that characterized those early days of The NATION’s experience.
The NATION, which is this year celebrating its 40th anniversary having put its first newspaper for sale in November 1973, started in very humble circumstances in St Mary’s Row, The City.
Griffith was singled out for his positive attitude to all tasks he was assigned, his dedication and reliability. This approach has already yielded some success for Innogen which has captured more than 50 per cent of the solar energy market share.
The citation noted that “consequently, this two-year-old business is on target to continue to make a formidable contribution in the next few years”.
The night was not only about Griffith though. Other employees were awarded in areas ranging from long service and operations, as well as special recognition of a past employee.
Charles Harding, a founding member who worked in various areas in this newspaper’s Editorial Departmental, was saluted for his significant contribution during his tenure. Even though officially retired, Harding maintains an active interest in journalism as a mentor and contributor to various publications.
The function was attended by staff from across the Nation Group, directors, retired employees and invited guests. Winston Taylor and Marilyn Sealy walked away with Key Employee Awards. They were honoured for their consistent productivity at a high level, cooperativeness with management and peers, and commitment to the company. (ES)

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