Winston Dear, the toast of MBCCI Awards Banquet

Thursday, December 13, 2018

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — Retired commissioned land surveyor and businessman Winston Dear was the toast of the Montego Bay Chamber of Commerce and Industry's (MBCCI) 2018 Awards Banquet on Saturday night as he was inducted into MBCCI Wall of Fame during the August event held at the Montego Bay Convention Centre.

Held under the theme 'Embracing Modernization: Championing Advocacy', Dear was lauded for his contribution to the development of the tourism resort city of Montego Bay.

The Drax Hall, St Ann native, who has made Montego Bay his home since 1965, has joined the esteemed company on the Wall of Fame of hotel tycoon Gordon “Butch” Stewart, Anthony “Tony” Hart, Ralph Smith, the late BD Dadlani, the late Joe Whitter, and Godfrey Dyer.

“It was a great honour. When you get awarded by your peers it means a lot more than a national honour. But we have to keep working to bring Montego Bay up to world standards,” said Dear, whose motto is “together better”.

“I always believe that professionally we should set up business with other people. You must not do things on your own,” he said.

Dear, who is a past president of the MBCCI, was hailed for his sterling contribution to Montego Bay by guest speaker Dr Horace Chang, the national security minister and Member of Parliament for St James North Western.

The Business Modernisation Awards category of the Chamber Awards went to Montego Bay Free Zone Company Limited; New Fortress Energy was selected for the Outstanding Corporate Partner Award; Services Partner went to Sandals Resort International; Di Foto Shoppe got the nod for the MSME Award; Outstanding Customer Service Vocation Award went to Jackie Thompson of Speedy Print; while Cornwall College, Pier 1, Doctor's Cave Beach and Billy Craig Insurance Brokers were presented with citations in the category of Long-standing Stalwart Businesses/Institutions in Montego Bay.

MBCCI President Winston Lawson, who described the occasion as “an awesome night in Montego Bay”, congratulated the awardees and nominees of the various categories.

“But, of course, loads and loads of congratulations to our wall of famer, Past President Mr Winston Dear. Winston has been and continues to be a tower of strength and support to the chamber and to Montego Bay,” Lawson remarked.

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