GLEN CHRISTIAN, CHAIRMAN, CARI-MED GROUP LTD
The Cari-Med Group notes with deep remorse the passing of Gordon “Butch” Stewart – a real Jamaican patriot and businessman extraordinaire.
The lack of this pioneer of Jamaica’s fashionable tourism business is particularly poignant right now given the challenges being confronted by the tourism business on account of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Butch Stewart was a visionary who noticed stepping stones the place others solely noticed roadblocks. He’s credited with popularising the all-inclusive idea, creating vacation spot resorts throughout the Caribbean which magnetize a loyal and enthusiastic clientle. In a area vulnerable to hurricanes, he blazed a advertising and marketing path by providing visitors the assure of a free keep if even in the future of their trip was disrupted by a storm.
He all the time thought massive, and was in a position to share his imaginative and prescient in a means that impressed and inspired others, however he was by no means afraid of charting his personal path. Because of this, he was in a position to develop the Sandals/ATL Group into one of many largest and most revered company entities in Jamaica.
One other admirable trait was the empathy he displayed in the direction of others. That is evidenced in his philanthropic work, but additionally by improvements such because the Observer Enterprise Chief Award which recognises the achievements of native entrepreneurs. I used to be honoured to obtain the award in 2007. I bear in mind Butch saying that he would go to funerals and listen to the fantastic tributes for individuals who had been now not round to understand them, and that was how the concept for the Observer award was born. Not solely are awardees honoured on the annual gala awards banquet, however their tales are carried within the newspaper, serving as an inspiration to different entrepreneurs.
As our nation faces one of the vital unsure occasions in latest reminiscence, allow us to take inspiration from the instance of this nice Jamaican – to suppose creatively and act boldly within the seek for options.
Our ideas are along with his household, associates and colleagues right now.
His legacy will reside on.
VALERIE VEIRA, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE JAMAICA BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (JBDC)
It’s with unhappiness that I provide my most honest condolence to Mr Stewart’s household. The world has misplaced a visionary in enterprise and I’m proud to name him Jamaican. Mr Stewart’s journey is from a small entrepreneur buying and selling in air-con items to an iconic enterprise mogul who made an indelible mark not solely in home equipment and electronics but additionally within the journey and tourism industries, automotive business in addition to print and digital media. These of us who travelled on Air Jamaica will recall the immense delight we felt aboard that airline which bore the beloved hummingbird, a nationwide image. Amongst his accomplishments, I imagine that model was closest to our hearts.
As a hotelier, Mr Stewart performed a major position within the tourism business by serving to to deliver vacationers to the island by Sandals Resorts Worldwide. The affect of his efforts was important alongside the worth chain, offering a marketplace for artisans within the present and craft business. I’m heartened that his son, Adam Stewart, has taken a eager curiosity within the sector and answered the decision to develop into chairman of the Tourism Linkages Council, of which JBDC is a key member. Stroll good, Mr Stewart.
JAMAICA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
The Jamaica Chamber of Commerce joins the a number of 1000’s of people and establishments in Jamaica, throughout the Caribbean and all through all corners of the Jamaican Diaspora in mourning the premature passing of Hon Gordon “Butch” Stewart, OJ. On the identical time, we have fun the life and legacy of one of many nation’s true visionaries, a larger-than-life persona who, pushed by unquenchable ardour and unwavering self-belief, constructed and took a Jamaican model to worldwide acclaim. Underneath his astute steering and pushed by his conviction that by specializing in the supply of top-quality service by skilled employees he might ship a superior product, Sandals is deservedly recognised as one of many world’s main manufacturers within the hyper aggressive hospitality business.
There’s a lot that the Jamaican enterprise neighborhood can study from his instance, maybe none moreso than the truth that all through his life Butch Stewart was an indefatigable enterprise optimist who noticed alternatives the place lots of his contemporaries typically noticed solely obstacles.
He was an exemplar of company social duty, championing schooling, supporting the artistic industries, and selling sport. Intuitively, he understood the complicated and interlinked components comprising model Jamaica. His was the broad imaginative and prescient of an avowed and vocal patriot who was actually Jamaica’s tireless ambassador-at-large. We provide our most honest condolence to his household, associates and colleagues
FAYVAL WILLIAMS, MINISTER OF EDUCATION
Mr Stewart, in his private capability, and thru the businesses and organisations he based, was a stalwart supporter of schooling. Specifically, the Sandals Basis has been the benefactor to a lot of colleges of their upgrading initiatives, within the provision of much-needed tools and sources, extra lately by the One Pill per Youngster Initiative and in help of faculty literacy programmes, particularly for youngsters with particular wants.
Mr Stewart understood properly the significance of getting a well-trained workforce and as such might join the dots in supporting these simply getting into the schooling system on the early childhood degree and offering scholarships for these on the tertiary degree.
JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD
Jamaica and your entire tourism world has misplaced an icon and journey and tourism visionary with the passing of Gordon “Butch” Stewart on Monday night. The Jamaica Vacationer Board gives honest condolence to his widow Cheryl, his kids, fast and prolonged household, and the broader tourism neighborhood.
In reflecting on his passing, Chairman of the Jamaica Vacationer Board John Lynch, who labored with Stewart for many years, spoke of his dedication to excellence. “I’ve had the privilege of working with Mr Stewart over a few years, and his ardour and imaginative and prescient for tourism in Jamaica and throughout the broader Caribbean area is unparalleled. He shall be remembered for his groundbreaking work in rising the all-inclusive idea right here and within the Caribbean, and we’re assured his wealthy legacy shall be preserved.”
Donovan White, director of tourism, stated: “The business has misplaced a tourism large, and although I by no means had the privilege of working with Mr Stewart, I really feel like I do know him personally as a result of the proof of his onerous work, ardour, love for Jamaica, dedication and dedication to excellence is unmistakably evident round us,” stated White. “Jamaica and the Caribbean have benefited considerably from his insights and funding in journey and tourism and there are a lot of who’ve attested to the affect of his tutelage. Jamaica’s tourism is richer for his distinctive management and unstoppable imaginative and prescient and we’ll proceed to construct on that wealthy legacy. We want his household and the broader tourism and enterprise neighborhood power and luxury throughout this time. Might his soul relaxation in peace and God grant power to his bereaved household,” White stated.
THE ADVERTISING AGENCIES ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA (AAAJ)
The AAAJ is saddened to study of the premature passing of businessman, tourism pioneer, and media mogul the Hon Gordon “Butch” Stewart.
Butch Stewart was the epitomy of wonderful management and imaginative and prescient. His work because the founder and chairman of the Jamaica Observer has perpetually reworked Jamaica’s media panorama and positively impacted the lives and livelihoods of the AAAJ’s membership.
We salute the reminiscence of this nice statesman whose legacy of nation-building won’t ever be forgotten.
DOWNTOWN OWNERS AND MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION, TRINIDAD
We write to pay tribute to the late Gordon “Butch” Stewart whose sudden passing has despatched waves of unhappiness throughout the Caribbean seas in a area the place he was revered and admired by all who knew him.
Butch, as he was fondly recognized, was a pioneering trailblazer in Caribbean enterprise and particularly within the resort and hospitality business. His willpower, grit and pure attraction created an empire of productive enterprises that benefited all who did enterprise with him. Considerations about his bargaining abilities and the beneficial phrases below which he operated converse extra to his understanding of the area’s wants and his information of threat and capital and are classes for all who’re curious about constructing an indigenous enterprise framework for our area.
A real Caribbean son of the soil, his life mannequin of devotion to household, worth of enterprise colleagues and employees, love of area and appreciation for the indeniable geographic great thing about our islands within the solar has assured that Butch Stewart shall be remembered as a Caribbean large of whom all Jamaicans and Caribbean residents ought to be proud.
It’s our perception that historical past will credit score Gordon “Butch” Stewart with the creation of a Caribbean model that has benefited all the individuals of this area and added wealth and a optimistic picture to each area wherein he was established.
We want to convey profound condolence to his household and associates, to his succesful son Adam and to the individuals of Jamaica on this huge loss. Might he relaxation in everlasting peace.
MOSES KIRKCONNELL, DEPUTY PREMIER, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Making a optimistic affect on the lives of others is a noble legacy and, undeniably, one which the family and friends of the late Gordon “Butch” Stewart are, undoubtedly, happy with when pondering of him. His imaginative and prescient for Sandals Resorts — one of many first all-inclusive vacation trip alternatives within the Caribbean — together with the opposite endeavours in his huge portfolio created alternatives for the nation of Jamaica and the Caribbean to shine within the worldwide market.
As a fellow entrepreneur and colleague in tourism, it was a privilege to have had the chance to develop a relationship with Mr Stewart all through the years. His larger-than-life persona and eager enterprise acumen earned him the excellence of being recognised as an iconic Jamaican businessman. Butch was a tourism magnate, incomes him many accolades and nationwide distinctions, together with Journey Man of the Millennium for his work in selling Caribbean tourism and the Caribbean World Journal’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work in Jamaica.
On behalf of the Cayman Islands Authorities, Ministry and Division of Tourism, we lengthen our most honest condolence to his household and associates right now. We have fun the lifetime of achievements that Mr Stewart contributed to the Caribbean. He shall be missed.
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