D’Market Movers adjudged ‘EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year’
Port of Spain, Trinidad, November 19, 2016
D’ Market Movers captured the coveted EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year award at the 2016 Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce Champions of Business Induction Ceremony and Gala Cocktail Reception held recently at the Hyatt Regency, Port-of-Spain.
Presented with their first-ever major business award since inception just under a decade ago, blossoming entrepreneurs David Thomas and Rachel Renie received honorary recognition for their brainchild initiative – an online raw foods delivery service – by the esteemed local business community. The pair’s meteoric rise into this niche market was openly accepted by the Chamber and adjudged to be one of this nation’s fastest growing locally-centred organisations. On their way to hoisting the revered 2016 accolade, Thomas and Renie trumped the likes of fellow locally-based emerging entrepreneurs and finalists – fashion designer Anya Ayoung Chee (Anya Ayoung Chee Limited) and chocolate producer Isabel Brash (Cocobel Chocolates).
Following their award presentation, Renie stated in her short victory speech, “I never expected validation such as this when we started the business. I want to thank David (Thomas) for all the help along the way, my mom and my dad, and for everyone who gave us support along the way. It has indeed been a long journey to get here.”
Thomas added, “I’m thankful for those who believed in us. Especially to those who didn’t believe in us as well; because we took that and turned it into positivity for the D’ Market Movers and it has definitely paid off.”
Gem sponsor of this year’s 12th hosting of the Champions of Business, TSTT, was on-hand to immediately congratulate the victorious business pair courtesy Chief Financial Officer, Gerard Cooper, who presented the winners with a welcomed customised telecommunications package via blink I bmobile.
“TSTT pays tribute to the new Emerging Entrepreneurs of the Year and congratulate them on their successes thus far. Our sponsorship and this award go hand-in-hand with TSTT’s direct involvement during Global Entrepreneurship Week, as we seek to enhance the mindset of young business people into becoming entrepreneurs in their own right. blink I bmobile will continue its support for young talent as we serve as the only full-service communications solutions provider nationwide.”
Other awardees on the night were EY Master Entrepreneur of the Year, Satyakama ‘Kama’ Maharaj of Sacha Cosmetics; EY Winning Women Winner, Jennifer Dan Sharma of Jenny’s On The Boulevard; and ‘Internationally Known…T&T Owned’ title holder, Label House Group of Companies. Ignatius Ferreria, chairman emeritus of Furness Trinidad Limited was also inducted into the Business Hall of Fame alongside the late Joe Pires (posthumously), former vice-president of the T&T Chamber.
Delivering the ceremony’s feature address was Aston Stewart, son of Sandals Resort International Chief Executive Officer and Deputy Chairman, Adam Stewart. Aston stood in for his father, who was originally scheduled to speak, but was unable to travel to the twin-island republic from his base in Jamaica due to an injury. Aston though, urged the local business community to come on board and join the Sandals brand in greatly enhancing Tobago’s tourism industry and by extension, Trinidad, as they gear up for construction in the sister-isle in the near future.