Kittitian earns Regional Employee of the Year Award, as Delta Petroleum satisfied Valentine’s Awards and Dinner is a huge success – By Rawle Nelson

DESPITE residing in Tortola for the past 40 years, Willimina Benjamin who has been employed as an office cleaner for the past 15 years at Delta Petroleum created history when she won the company’s prestigious Regional Employee of the Year Award.

A proud Willimina Benjamin; Delta Petroleum's Regional Employee of the Year

Benjamin for her efforts got US$700 and saw hundreds of employees and their family members share in the auspicious moment when the company held its Valentine’s Day dinner and awards presentation at the Serene Vistas Tower in BVI. Regional General Manager, Bevis Sylvester described the event as very successful. He also expressed satisfaction over the large turnout of employees to the function which he said was well appreciated by all in attendance.

In an exclusive interview, Sylvester said that Delta Petroleum usually holds the annual staff gathering is usually held in December however it was changed to Valentine’s Day this year owing to a number of reasons. He said that for 2010 Delta Petroleum has achieved many things through the innovative, creative and hardworking efforts of its employees.

We had a very good year last year despite the current economic challenges that affected many businesses and also with the closure of several companies we remained open and viable doing well. I am confident that we would continue to do well this year also,” he said.

The auspicious event was held at Serene Vistas Tower, and sought to recognise a number of outstanding employees for their contributions and performance over the past year. Leroy Moses was recognised for his 25 years of service.
The team leader awards went to Natalie Reomero, Jamilia Thompson, Beverly Russell and Ricardo Peters who all won US$100 each. Six persons were awarded the Going the extra mile award and each won US$200.

They were Leroy Moses, Sylvia Fahie, Sanjay Persaud, Curtis Lindie, Hanalee Chambers and Loleta Humphrey. Taking home the RGM Award (Regional General Manager) and US$250 were Junior Baker, Anise Adams, Toni McLean, Marva Henningham, Ricardo Peters, Daimen Lettisome, Jamila Bailey, Isha Young, Avril Stoddard, Hanalee Chambers, Jagnarine Persaud and Leroy Mosses received US$500 for his efforts. It was the second award of the evening that Mosses picked up. Meanwhile, the evening’s Best Dress Awards along with US$200 went to Mr. & Mrs. Sanjay Persaud, Natalie Romero and Ricardo Peters.

Willimina Benjamin being congratulated by DP's Regional General Manager, Bevis Sylvester

Benjamin said that she was very elated over winning the prestigious annual award. She thanked her colleagues and management for recognising her contributions to the company noting that’s he intends to continue in the same vein. She attributed her success to her strong working values pointing out that she sees the award not only as a personal achievement but also an achievement or nationals of St. Kitts and Nevis.

I am very proud of winning this award and also proud that I am making a positive name for the people of St. Kitts and Nevis, so I thank management and all those who have assisted in me winning this award,” she said.

The Regional General Manager noted that his company would be seeking ways of deepening its relationship with the public in the various islands that it operates in. This, he said, would help in forging closer and long lasting relationships, taking the impact and effects of the global crisis into consideration.

However, in my view, we did extremely well notwithstanding all the challenges. But in 2011 we are confident that there are a lot of opportunities even though some of the islands that we operate in are moving out of a depressed stage. We think that despite the difficulties faced, we see ourselves as being positioned to continue being the petroleum company of choice offering value, quality, affordable price and excellent services. And that is where Delta Petroleum comes in, providing that level of service and quality to the islands that we operate in,” Sylvester said.

Regarding competition, Sylvester said there are a number of initiatives that Delta Petroleum would be executing with a view of safe-guarding its current market shares while seeking means and ways for expansion.

{L-R} Senior employees Andrew Vasconcellos, Chaunci Cline and Bevis Sylvester congratulating Willimina Benjamin

We are rapidly growing in the region and this is because customers recognise that we offer value and service cheaper than our competitors. So we are going from strength to strength after starting out in Tortola in 1985. Like every other petroleum company, we have conducted our competition analysis and, based on our findings, we believe that we are still in the cutting edge,” he disclosed.

On the issue of the company’s approach to providing new initiatives and programmes with the view of rewarding customers, Sylvester said they would be closely monitoring the market in their continued efforts to remain competitive.

We are working hand in hand with the people’s needs. And when we look at ways and means in providing various initiatives so as to ensure that our customers can recognise that what we are offering them is better than what our competitors can even conceptualize, and if the need arises for additional initiatives, we would look at giving our customers whatever it takes to ensure that satisfaction is achieved so as to create additional opportunities for (customers),” he said.

The Regional General Manager said that Delta Petroleum has adopted an aggressive marketing approach aimed at significantly impacting on the market.

I must say that Delta Petroleum is reaching out and I can dare say regional as we continue to expand our markets; so our marketing needs and approach is regional as we continue to look at the dynamics of the market,” he declared.

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