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Joe Issa Congratulates Jamaican Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year

Executive Chairman of Cool Group of companies, Joe Issa, congratulates Jamaican businesswoman Valrie Grant for copping the 2015 Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Grant beat three other finalists in the competition, which was organized by the Commonwealth Business-women’s Network (CBW), “an accredited body that focuses on women’s economic empowerment and is recognized by 53 countries across five continents,” a Jamaica Gleaner article said.IMG_0749

According to it, the announcement was made during the first Commonwealth Women’s Forum held in tandem with the Commonwealth Business Forum in Malta.

 Issa, a multi-award winner, including ‘Young Hotelier of the World’ and several other international and local business awards by the island’s chambers of commerce and the Jamaica Observer says, “I am very impressed with the young lady’s innovation, tenacity, and just plain good-nature.”

Grant’s success, passion and international flair also resonate with Issa, who has developed and nurtured a Cool brand of over 50 companies that are being leveraged internationally, with the view to transforming them into a global corporation.

In announcing the winner, CBW executive director Arif Zaman is quoted as saying, “Grant impressed the judging panel for several reasons, including the fact that she owns and operates her business successfully internationally in a male-dominated field,” and “supports other female entrepreneurs, helping them to see how they, too, can strive to be better,” noting that “she is always striving to innovate, and she is truly passionate about what she does.”

“Ms Grant is definitely a role model for our young entrepreneurs and a guiding light for those who are contemplating what to do after they graduate from tertiary education,” Issa says.

Noting that the other finalists were from Malta, South Africa and Tonga, the article informed that Grant “will now act as a brand ambassador for Commonwealth businesswomen until the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Vanuatu in November 2017 and will join the judging panel for the next award.”

Another trait which Issa says also resonates with him is Grant’s humility, as she credits the success of her businesses to her team, a quality which Issa has demonstrated throughout his nearly-four decades as a CEO and entrepreneur.

Issa is known for setting the standards for the success of his businesses and engaging his staff to follow them; and when they do, he credits the employees for a job well done, a quality which has made him one of the country’s most popular businessmen and one of Jamaica’s most recognizable faces, according to the Jamaica Observer.

A geospatial analyst, Grant is managing director of GeoTechVision Enterprises Ltd (Jamaica) and GeoTechVision Guyana Inc (Guyana), “companies which have been assisting businesses, agencies and government ministries in 15 Caribbean countries with geographic information systems and global positioning systems products and solutions.”

According to The Gleaner article, “The entrepreneur also holds a Masters degree in Geographic Information Systems and Environment from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

She is also a member of the board of directors for URISA Inte


Joe Issa Congratulates Miss Jamaica, Calls For Greater Socialization and Monetization of Jamaican Talent

Civic-minded business leader Joe Issa congratulates Dr. Sanneta Myrie for placing in the top five of the Miss World contest on December 19, 2015 in China and calls for greater socialization and monetization of such awards here and oversea for greater all-round prosperity of the country.

“Dr. Myrie demonstrates yet again the immense brand that Jamaica is, that out of over a 100 contestants she would emerge in the top five…the last time we were fourth in the Miss World contest.

“I think it is a great feat at any level, including the Olympics and she should be applauded and assisted in socializing and monetizing the achievement for greater personal and societal gain,” says Issa, who famously supports local and international beauty pageants.

Stating that she should he invited to speak in all levels of education establishments, Issa says, “Her experience will benefit at-risk youth in particular, in whom lay a reservoir of talents looking to be channeled into positive goal oriented activities.”

IMG_0782Only recently Issa praised another young Jamaican businesswoman Valrie Grant for copping the 2015 Commonwealth Women Entrepreneur of the Year Award out of 53 countries across five continents.

Issa, who is a multi-award winner in his own right, including ‘Young Hotelier of the World said then, “I am very impressed with the young lady’s innovation, tenacity, and just plain good-nature.”

Positing that all great feats achieved by Jamaicans should be made to impact the youth in a positive way, Issa says that like Dr. Myrie, Ms Grant should be assisted in her various roles in several organizations empowering young women.

One of Grant’s winning ways was the fact that she “supports other female entrepreneurs, helping them to see how they, too, can strive to be better.”

Issa has in the past endorsed international beauty pageants as perfect opportunities for contestants to market their respective country, showcasing it as the place of choice to visit, invest and live. The pageants include Miss Caribbean Queen International World Beauty Pageant which Jamaica has won, Miss Universe and Miss World which the country has twice won.

Noting that the Miss Caribbean show was being held here for the first time Issa said, “I thought this needed to be encouraged and supported, especially as host nation it a tremendous opportunity to showcase the entire country; so I opted to host the contestants for four days at SuperClubs Breezes, to expose them to Jamaica’s beauty and hospitality.

Issa said that in the process not only Jamaica and SuperClubs had benefited, but also the contestants through the camaraderie experienced from being together and enjoying themselves as a family, which made them better human beings and more tolerant of each other.