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Grant Thornton Bahamas assistant manager wins Distinguished Administrative Professional of the Year 2019

Administrative Professionals Day was a very exciting day for administrative professionals around the world and equally so for those in The Bahamas as they celebrated with a conference hosted by Island Human Resources in partnership with the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP). Attendees this year enjoyed a full day conference themed “Breakthrough to Excellence” with various sessions presented by dynamic local professionals alongside renowned international facilitator Kathy McLaughlin, of Vancouver, Canada who challenged conference attendees to rethink and retool with “Strategic Planning for Work-life Success”.

The special day commenced with a proclamation from Prime Minister Dr. Hubert A. Minnis, which was delivered along with opening remarks by Mrs. Patricia Minnis, wife of the prime minister. On hand for this auspicious occasion and a very thought provoking opening session was none other than Agatha Marcelle, who challenged attendees to “Breakthrough to Excellence” in her opening session.

The highlight of the day was the naming of the winner of the Distinguished Administrative Professional of the Year 2019 – Aja Moss, assistant manager, administration at Grant Thornton Bahamas. Emerging the winner among five nominees, Moss, who was recently acknowledged by her employer Grant Thornton Bahamas for performance on the job, has been employed with the firm for more than seven years and recently received a promotion in recognition of her dedication and professionalism. On receiving the award, amidst tears of joy and surprise Moss said “Though my role continues to evolve and become more and more demanding as an administrative professional, I am challenged to maintain relevancy and today I have seen the fruits of my labor. This conference has offered key tools, resources and inspiration for me to succeed professionally and grow personally and I thank Mr. Gomez and the partners of Grant Thornton for their nominations for this award.”

Grant Thornton Chairman Paul Andy Gomez notes that Moss is representative of a group of young Bahamian professionals who value hard work, recognize the importance of team work and respect for others, while projecting optimism and a positive approach to their responsibilities. Grant Thornton is pleased to have Moss as a part of the Grant Thornton team, and the firm continues to support Moss in all of her endeavors.

Noted as a dedicated, hard worker, Moss has used her influence in her role as an administrative assistant to also serve others as Social Committee lead and has chaired a number of community programs supporting the corporate social responsibility of her employer Grant Thornton Bahamas through several initiatives, namely a “give back” to the Bilney Lane Children’s Home and the Good Samaritan Senior Citizen’s Home. Moss received numerous prizes from the conference host Island Human Resources, most notable of which is a full scholarship to sit the prestigious Certified Administrative Professional (CAP) certification through the International Association of Administrative Professionals later this year.

Conference host Island Human Resources Enterprises is a full-service human resources consulting firm providing proactive, innovative human resource services that allow clients to actively engage and develop employees to drive bottom line results. Managing Director of Island Human Resources Rachel Rolle said “One of the realities identified by our organization is that learning is ongoing and at Island Human Resources we provide an end-to-end development experience. It’s not just about training, it’s about making meaningful changes to behavior that help organizations achieve the goals most critical to its success, which has birthed this series of professional conference offerings.”

Grant Thornton International Limited is a $4.8 billion global organization of member firms made up of 50,000 people in over 135 countries. The firm is committed to its clients’ success, delivering personalized, professional services targeted to their needs and adding value to their business. Established in 1990, the firm is a vibrant, growing firm in the Bahamas providing audit, accounting, company liquidations and general consulting services. Over the last three years, Grant Thornton has been the fastest growing large accounting organization, and is constantly evolving and developing alongside its clients. Grant Thornton has also been the recipient of various awards over the past few years, including top 50 most attractive employers and International Accounting Bulletin Employer of the Year.

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