Schnoor, Hendrickson win AFUWISunday, March 10, 2019
BY ALEXIS MONTEITH
Two Jamaicans are recipients of awards from the American Foundation for The University of the West Indies (AFUWI). They are Anya Schnoor, executive vice-president, retail products for Canadian banking at Scotiabank, and Kevin Hendrickson, the owner and managing director of The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, The Jamaica Pegasus, The Knutsford Court Hotel and the Holiday Inn Resort, Montego Bay, as well as Baking Enterprise and The Courtleigh Corporate Centre.
The two honorees received their awards at AFUWI's 22nd Annual Legacy Awards Gala held at the Pierre Hotel in New York on Thursday, February 22.
AFUWI also recognised American filmmaker, Malcolm D Lee, with the Pinnacle Pathfinder Award, while Legacy awards were presented to Dr Hubert Alexander Minnis, prime minister of The Bahamas, and Sharlene Cartwright-Robinson, the first woman premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
Anya Schnoor received AFUWI's Caribbean Luminary Award which is presented to individuals who have achieved outstanding merit and recognition, while the Chancellor's Award of Excellence in Business Leadership was presented to Kevin Hendrickson. The Annual Legacy Awards Gala honours people of Caribbean heritage within the Caribbean and the wider diaspora.
During her acceptance speech, Schnoor acknowledged the contributions of the Caribbean people to the wider international community.
“No matter where I travel I am always amazed by the impact our music, sports, art, culture and food has had on the world,” she said. “The infectious personality of our people and that remarkable sense of humour that are so uniquely ours simply puts a smile on my face every day. Thank you again for this great honour and for putting yet another smile on my face.”
At the time of Schnoor's appointment to her current position at Scotiabank she was the most senior Caribbean national within the global organisation. She is tasked with creating and delivering financial solutions that spur growth through the company's Canadian branch network, call centres and digital channels.
Schnoor, who earned an MBA from Barry University and a BA in Finance and International Business from Florida International University, began her 25 years of involvement in the financial sector by joining Pan Caribbean Financial Services Ltd in January 1998 becoming senior vice-president and COO. There she was responsible for the company's operational functions, marketing, branch distribution and technology. She later moved to Scotia Group Jamaica Ltd in 2006 as vice-president, wealth management and insurance and chief executive officer, Scotia Investments Jamaica Ltd.
The recipient of the Luminary Award has contributed to Scotiabank through various positions and roles in the areas of wealth management, insurance and banking, including vice-president, English Caribbean region from November 2011 to November 2012 based in Torono. She then moved to Trinidad as the senior vice-president. Beginning in 2016 she was the country head of Guyana, Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and Curacao at Scotiabank Trinidad and Tobago Ltd where she served as senior vice-president and head Caribbean south and east.
In accepting her award, Schnoor recognised the contribution of Scotiabank to her personal development.
“One does not get to this point in one's life without the support of many people,” she acknowledged. “I would first like to thank my Scotiabank family who have supported me over the past 13 years on this tremendous journey that has taken me across the Caribbean, and now to Toronto. Several of them have travelled here to be with me tonight and I want to take the opportunity to recognise and thank them.”
Outside of her career with Scotiabank, Schnoor has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way of Trinidad and Tobago and is a member of the International Women's Forum. She has also served as the president of the Primary Dealers Association and on the board of Heart Trust NTA. She remains very actively involved in the financial services community.
Kevin Hendrickson, recipient of the Chancellor's Award, operates a hotel group which currently represents just under 1500 rooms in Jamaica. Despite the large size of his organisation, his management style is known for being very “hands-on” with a focus on one-on-one relationships with both staff and customers. He is focused on the personal development of his employees often fulfilling the role of a mentor and becomes personally involved in various aspects and levels of operations from construction to greeting guests.
Hendrickson is presently involved in the Jamaica Hotel & Tourist Association (JHTA) and has sat on the boards of the Jamaica Tourist Board, Jamaica Vacations and the JHTA. He also serves as deputy chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council.
He is a Campion College Hall of Fame awardee and a two-time recipient of the JHTA Hotelier of the Year award. He has also received the JHTA Lifetime Achievement Award and The Hospitality Jamaica: Hotel Personality of the Year. Most recently he received the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander from the Government of Jamaica for dedicated service to the hotel and tourism sector.
Hendrickson, who sits on the President's Council for his alma mater, St Leo's College, also supports charitable organisations, some of which include Missionaries of the Poor, Mustard Seed Communities, Food for the Poor, Jamaica Cancer Society and The Salvation Army.
“Being recognised by AFUWI is definitely an honour and I am very impressed with their efforts to support students who are our future,” Hendrickson stated. “Our companies continue to benefit from the talented graduates of UWI. I am humbled to be a part of the shaping of young lives on a pathway to greatness.”
The AFUWI holds the Annual Legacy Awards Gala as a fundraising event to provide assistance to The University of the West Indies and all proceeds are for the benefit of The UWI Scholarship Fund.