Bahamas Striping Group receives Nassau Institute’s Freedom Award
For its strong leadership, outstanding philanthropy and significant growth, Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) received the Nassau Institute’s Freedom Award for Entrepreneurship over the weekend during an intimate presentation at the University of The Bahamas’ (UB) Choices Restaurant.
“We were impressed by how they pulled themselves up from their bootstraps, put in the labor and made a success out of their dreams,” said Rick Lowe, president of the independent think tank, which advocates public policies promoting economic growth in a free market economy for The Bahamas based on the principles of limited government.
Typically, the Nassau Institute’s directors would choose its winners from a 20 to 25-strong list of entrepreneurs, Lowe advised. The board did things a little differently for the 2019 award.
“Rather than make it a competition, the directors decided to make the process more selective by researching the companies ourselves from the information available to us in the public domain and then conducting our own personal interviews,” Lowe explained.
“During the interview, they just blew us away. There was no need to dig further. They are the full package.”
A fast growing, multi-layered, multi-million dollar enterprise, BSGC includes the business from which the group takes its name — Bahamas Striping; Airport Maintenance Services, specializing in all aspects of aerodrome maintenance at world-class standards; Caribbean Pavement Solutions, a regional distributor for cold patch mix; Bahamas Themed Photography, a company specializing in high-end digital imaging services; along with two property development and management companies, Abaco Caribbean and Atillio Holdings.
“Known for its corporate social responsibility, Bahamas Striping Group of Companies has never eschewed an opportunity to be charitable just because it is small. Its level of community involvement rivals that of larger companies with greater financial resources,” said Nassau Institute Director DeCosta Bethel in presenting Bahamas Striping President Atario Mitchell with the award Friday evening.
“Perhaps, there is no coincidence that the company known for giving abundantly is headquartered on Abundant Life Road. Indeed, Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Sturrup genuinely seek to make a difference year-round.”
The award recognizes leaders in entrepreneurship, outstanding vision, dedication and commitment to excellence.
“We will continue to do our part in making this country better, safer and stronger,” Mitchell said in accepting the crystal globe.
The presentation took place at the start of the fourth annual Joan Thompson Memorial Freedom Lecture Series, sponsored by the Templeton Foundation in collaboration with the banking, economics and finance department and the Economics Society of the University of The Bahamas.