EASTERN AFRICA’S TOP FIRMS HONOURED IN NAIROBI IN A KEY INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP AWARDS
Over 150 Leading firms and 10 professionals in Eastern Africa were honoured with a major international SMEs and Mid-sized firms International Award Dubbed the Pacesetters Awards organized by Jubilant Stewards of Africa a Non-Governmental Organization that champions improvement of living standards, social ethics, dignity and empowerment of communities. This year’s regional awards ceremony was held at Weston Hotel Nairobi Kenya. It has brought together firms from at least 10 countries in the Eastern Africa region including top SMEs and mid-sized top institutions from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania among other countries. Pacesetters Award (PSA) is an annual Industry leadership Recognition program organized by Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA), a Non-Governmental Organization, to celebrate key industry leaders for their innovation, quality products and service delivery, job creation, exemplary leadership, growing the economy, and transforming the society. These awards are based on the economic and social impact rather than the balance sheet. Jubilant Stewards of Africa is dedicated to the improvement of living standards, social ethics, dignity, and empowerment of communities. As part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI), JSA feels the need to encourage firms and individuals to take leadership in their respective industries and get them into pace.
Institutions that sponsored and partnered with organizers to ensure the success of this year’s Awards include the United SMEs Association Of Kenya, Zoho Corporation, Service Cop Limited Uganda, Robisearch, and Sunflower Event among others. Brett and Baileys emerged as the Chief Pacesetters and overall winners.
According to Jared Oundo, Executive Director of Jubilant Stewards of Africa, the Pacesetters Awards Continental Chapter will be held in Dar Es Salaam Tanzania later this year while the intercontinental chapter will be held in either North Carolina or London depending on the majority of sponsors and participant preference. Jubilant Stewards of Africa in partnership with the United SMEs Association of Kenya is organizing a Tech expo that will take place in Nairobi Kenya from the 5th to the 8th of November 2023. In addition, they are organizing a business trip for all award winners set for next year in either Singapore, Dubai, London, or North Carolina.
Zoho Corporation expressed their excitement to have partnered with Jubilant Stewards of Africa and said that this was only the start of a great cooperation and alliance between the two.
Some of the new entrants in the 2023 Eastern Africa Chapter of the awards include Westland Laser Eye Hospital, MP Shah Hospital, Pekan Real Estates Ltd, Nyeri based – Modern Furniture Pacific, Tours and Travel firm – Spoton Vacations Ltd, Jambo Freight Tanzania, Pembe Flour Mills, Air Travel and Related Studies, Joy Millers, The Mimshack Homes Real Estate firm, AMG Realtors, Simpet Kenya Ltd- Creative Graphics design and corporate branding solutions provider, Brett and Baileys Limited Tanzania, Eng. Martin David from Tanzania, Pekans Real Estates CEO Peter Kariuki as the most Inspiring CEO of the year among others.
Most of the awardees have been conferred with other awards including the Top KPMG 100 Survey and other international awards. Notable firms that have featured in the Pacesetters Awards Eastern Africa Kenyan Chapter include; Telecommunication giant Safaricom, Ena Coach, City Walk, Avantis Insurance Agency, Certified Homes, Gotovate Africa Safaris Group, GMC place Kitengela, Automotive Doctor Motor Garage, Sung Timber, German Institute of Professional Studies and Joy Millers Limited. New entrants include; Jambo Freight Ltd Tanzania, Inter Consult Tanzania, Spik N Span Tanzania, and Raphael Logistics Ltd Tanzania.
“Pacesetters Awards considers a range of quantitative and qualitative aspects to determine and honour the winners. A novel survey model was initiated in 2020 for the hyperinflationary environment. The model has since been tested and it demonstrated its functionality, elasticity, and robustness. Furthermore, models in various industries such as the financial sector were remodelled to enhance their significance to the current environment, enhance quality and increase the objectivity of results,” said Jared Oundo, Executive Director of Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA).
According to Jared Oundo, this year, Jubilant Stewards of Africa in partnership with the United SMEs Association of Kenya are organizing a Tech expo that will take place in Nairobi Kenya from the 5th to the 8th of November 2023. In addition, they are organizing a business trip for all award winners set for next year in either Singapore, Dubai, London, or North Carolina.
Speaking while receiving their trophy and certificate, CEO Ena Coach Mr. Richard Mogire, said, “We are particularly grateful that you (Jubilant Stewards of Africa) remembered the important role played by the public service vehicle (PSV) sector, which is often overlooked and yet plays a crucial role in society. 90% of the professional workforce use PSV sector (Matatu) to move to and from their work areas. And yet, we are considered as failures in the society. This is an encouragement to all staff working under this sector that their profession is equally important.”
Spoton Vacation Ltd, a Kenyan tour and Travel company was recognized as Pacesetters in vacation solutions in the just-concluded Pacesetters Awards (PSA) Kenyan for the year 2023. The CEO, Mr. Mark said, ‘Being a young company and already recognized as a Pacesetter is such an honour and a motivation not only to me but also to other young people who are venturing into business.”
Speaking in Nairobi’s Westlands Laser Eye Hospital after being honoured Dr. Vaibhav Pednekar, the Founder and CEO of Westlands Laser Eye Hospital said ” I owe these achievements to my parents, my wife, my family, my friends and my team at Laser eye hospital. My journey as an eye surgeon has been full of struggles and sacrifices but it all becomes worth it when I give vision to blind patients. I dedicate this award to each of the patients whose life I have touched and who deserve to see the world in a better way.”
The CEO and Founder of AMG Realtors Limited said, ” It gives me immense pride to announce our recognition and win during The Prestigious Pacesetters Awards Eastern Africa chapter in the Transparent and Timely Property Acquisition category. This award reflects our unwavering commitment to upholding transparency and efficiency in the process of acquiring land. Our vision has always been to make land ownership a reality for every Kenyan, ensuring that they have a place they can proudly call home. This international honour is a testament to the dedication and hard work of our exceptional team and our customers who have trusted us to serve them and set the pace in the industry.”
The guest speaker during the 5th Pacesetters Awards Ceremony Prof PLO Lumumba who served as the Director of the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission as well as the Director of The Kenya School of Law, said there is a need for Africa to leverage technology that will reduce over-reliance on European and the Western Nations which will only be achieved if the continent embraced their products. He also said that as much as he celebrates all the awardees, they should not rest but aim at doing better because in our world today, it is survival of the fittest and only the brave and strong survive. Prof. Lumumba added that the Pacesetters Awards was a noble idea in recognizing those who are doing good and they ought to be encouraged to do good.
ABOUT JUBILANT STEWARDS OF AFRICA (JSA)
Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA) is a Non-Governmental Organization dedicated to the improvement of living standards, social ethics, dignity, and empowerment of communities. JSA is registered with the NGO Bureau of Kenya to conserve the environment, provide access to education, and health care services, increase agricultural production, and promote peace. Over the years, we have been widely involved in leadership training, mentorship programs, Capacity building, business support, environmental advocacy, and protection, training of farmers, crusades against drug and substance abuse, promotion of peaceful coexistence, campaign for responsible sexual behavior to bring up a responsible and a dependable generation. As an Umbrella of NGOs and other Community-Based Organizations, we work with strategic partners to serve humanity.
ABOUT PACESETTERS AWARDS
Pacesetters Awards (PSA) survey is a one-year Industry leadership Recognition appraisal initiated by Jubilant Stewards of Africa (JSA), a Non-Governmental Organization, to celebrate industry leaders for their innovation, and quality products, services, job creation, exemplary leadership, growing the economy and transforming the society. The winners in various categories were competitively selected through a thorough process that partly involved a public vote and a panel of judges.
PSA seeks to encourage organizations and individuals to go beyond the call of duty in their service to humanity. PSA awards don’t just look at excellence as being top in the industry but look at the processes involved and how organizations go out of their way to serve humanity. It also purposes to promote best practices and ethics in industry leadership. The awards are based on the Performance Index (OPI) where processes and systems are scrutinized and benchmarked against globally acceptable standards. Pacesetters Awards recognize and celebrate the key players in various categories who have over the years achieved outstanding results and made positive contributions to their industry growth.
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