AMCHAM President Allison Peart (left) and Chief Executive Officer Gail Abrahams (right) with Lifetime Achievement Award honoree Douglas Orane (second left), President's Award honoree Diana Stewart and Global Spotlight Award honoree Irwin Clare

Extolling the favourable bilateral relations between The Rock and Uncle Sam, and honouring Jamaican organisations and individuals who demonstrate exemplary service, the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) rolled out the welcome carpet for its fully subscribed eighth Annual Business and Civic Leadership Awards gala hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel, Wednesday last.

Smartly suited gentlemen and elegantly styled ladies — corporate power brokers, social service do-gooders, and the Chamber's long-service employees, among them — swilled cocktails and fraternised in the hotel's foyer before taking their seats for the evening's five-course dinner and formal proceedings that culminated with presentations to the three main honorees: The President's Awardee Diana Stewart, chairman of the Stewart's Automotive Group; Global Spotlight Awardee Irwin Clare, chief executive officer of Team Jamaica Bickle; and Lifetime Achievement Awardee Douglas Orane, director and former chief executive officer of the GraceKennedy Group.

Delivering his address, United States Embassy Chargé d'Affaires Eric Khant spoke effusively of the generally positive relationship enjoyed between Jamaica and the States, which has seen the latter aiding the former in such areas as energy investments and boosting border security measures. Khant also revealed that the embassy will facilitate travel and participation for a number of Jamaicans to the Global Entrepreneur Summit to be held in India next month.

The Allison Peart- and Gail Abrahams-led Chamber, which is celebrating its 30th year of existence, executed a gala which was themed 'Through The Years' which also saw Corporate Social Responsibility and Civic Leadership Awards being copped by Red Stripe, Jamaica Energy Partners, EVE for Life, Jean Lowrie-Chin, the Women's Leadership Initiative and the Sagicor Group.

— Omar Tomlinson
Jamaica Gleaner