Joe Issa may have been congratulated more times than can be counted, for churning out high grades and winning the Head Masters Cup at Campion College, and creating history at university.
And if you think that’s a lot, you haven’t heard anything yet; wait for what tourism industry professionals were saying and the array to awards he was receiving when he started working with his father.
Better still, you should hear what is being said of him as one of Jamaica’s foremost philanthropist. The praises continued to flow when he started giving back by founding his first charity in the UK, another when he returned home, and yet another soon after.
And still better, is what people are saying today about one of the country’s newest and most innovative entrepreneurs who, within 15 years, had grown his Cool brand from one, to a Group of over 50 individually branded companies, serving a variety of clients.
Receiving one award after another Issa leaves everyone in awe, including the very people whose lives he has touched, such as his Cool Biz clients.
It was for the specific purpose of creating thousands of indirect jobs that Issa founded Cool Biz, which supplies clients and affiliates from its well-stock warehouse with a wide range of grocery items and phone credit to sell.
Powel is one such person who came on board after he encountered difficulties paying all his bills. This is what he had to say about the innovative way Issa went about giving him and others an alternative source of income.
“I tried out Cool Biz and I have been selling credit to my schoolmates and family members ever since. I signed up some of my teachers and had them to buy the tissue and soap and juice for their kids. It’s really Cool,” he said.
Powel noted that he doesn’t have a huge business yet, but said “right now on a month-end I don’t have to run to mom and dad for money to buy my little girlie stuff. I have a brand new phone and I am saving a little. I encourage my friends to sign up because it’s really Cool.
Davis, who also joined Cool Biz said, “Work was slow in my neighbourhood and folks were looking for a way to earn extra. I signed up five new affiliates in four weeks and they are still selling in their own network of friends, neighbours and family.”
“They are happy. I’m happy. Other business I know could not have given us this opportunity. I’m building the business one person at a time…thanks to the boss Joe Issa,” he said.
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.”
Only 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.
Photo Caption: A high five congratulation being offered Carlton by VP, Finance, Joey Issa as VP Operations Jag Mehta and VP HRD, Noel Brown wait their turn to offer congrats.
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