Thursday 20 September, 2018

Harris' farewell moves employees to tears

Presentation to Randy Harris.

Presentation to Randy Harris.

Sixty-nine years of prime, quality service has seen BICO Limited become a cornerstone in Barbados’ socio-economic development, and last Saturday evening at the Savannah Beach Hotel those who aided outstandingly over the last year and beyond were recognized for their contributions at the company’s annual award ceremony.

The event was also dedicated to Senior Sales Manager and long-serving employee of BICO, Randy Harris, who bid farewell to his employers of 42 years.

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Harris, the Barbados Football Association (BFA) and Caribbean Football Union (CFU) President, was recently elected as Vice President of the regional governing body for football CONCACAF, and will be assuming this role on a full-time basis.

During an emotional and heartstring-tugging series of testimonials by his peers, who collectively described Harris as a passionate, no-nonsense, fun-filled individual who loved BICO, football and his family, some persons were driven to tears by the thought of their friend, father-figure and confidante moving on.

Local singer Allison Norville-Forde paid tribute to Harris in song, a moment which brought the usually stern and strong personality to tears.

Chairman of the Board Edwin Thirlwell said Harris was like his son and their relationship has always been amicable.

Thirlwell said he was extremely proud of Harris’s achievements and promotion and is positive that he will make as much an impact as he has over his 42 years at BICO.

As a gesture of recognition to Harris’ contribution to the development of the company, the Board appointed Harris as one of the Directors for the company- “You have not seen the last of Randy”, Thirlwell said with a boyhood smirk.

Harris expressed sincere gratitude to all his colleagues at BICO for their support and kind words and promised them he will not forget them or the memories they shared during his tenure.

Harris noted the unique nature and quality of service offered by BICO and cited it as the reason for its longevity and his time at the company, jokingly stating “I worked and they paid me for 42 years straight.  There has to be something sweet there.”

He encouraged the younger generation of the company to keep thriving for excellence and doing well because he said his philosophy has always been to help the young people in Barbados and he has used football as a medium to do so.

His final remarks which were distinct and direct, “Make sure the BICO brand lives”.

Awards

Five Years of Service

Orlando Ward

Ian Hurdle

Wayde Worrell

Sylvia Newsam

Jason Cummins

Rodney Doughlin

Michael Douglas

Charles Grant

Llewelyn Riley

Jamar John

Clairmont Burnett

Stephen Alexandra

Andrew Burrowes

Nathan Gooding

Ryan Barton

David Yarde

Ryan Waithe

Reginald Hope

Ten years of Service

Ayesatu Savage

Cosette Brathwaite

Kenny Waldrond

Andrew Hurley

Kevin Padmore

Jason Springer

Luther Watson

Hansel Toppin

Fifteen Years of Service

Michael Barrow

Charles Griffith

Maria Jackman

Pamela Harding

Kris-Ann Hutson

Faye Martindale

Jacqueline Phillips

Sharon Small

Jerry Bromes

Willis Reid

Twenty Years of Service

Harvey Martindale

Philmore Walker

F. Edwin Thirwell

Twenty-Five Years of Service

Junior Coward

Ezra Tull

Desmond Williams

Gregory Alleyne

Michael Alleyne

George Alleyne

Thirty Years of Service

Trevor Merritt

Lionel Burke

Forty Years of Service

Michael Cox

Randolph Harris

Top Performer (Route Truck Sales Team) - Llewellyn Riley and Cossete Brathwaite

Most Improved (Route Truck Sales Team) – Kennie Waldrond and Clairmont Burnett

Most Improved Mobiler- Wayne Mapp

Top Mobiler- Kenrick Grimes

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