Sandals Emerald Bay recognized its most outstanding team members at its first Prestige Awards ceremony after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Diamond Team Member of the Year was awarded to Brenette Nixon from the accounts department and Manager of the Year was awarded to Jacklyn Cooper.
Cooper, the stewarding department manager was overjoyed to be recognized as the resort’s manager for 2021.
“We are to always expect the unexpected,” said Cooper. “I am accustomed to working the event where I am always excited to celebrate with the winners; however, this year, I was tearfully pleased to be among the winners.”
Cooper encouraged the Sandals Emerald Bay team to continue to work diligently. She said their efforts will not go unnoticed.
The Prestige Awards, dedicated to identifying, highlighting and rewarding the excellence of team members is a milestone event on the resort’s calendar and saw over 65 team members from various departments vying for awards across 17 categories on Friday, March 25.
The more than 150 team members in attendance were feted, and indulged at a cocktail reception that was followed by a three-course meal.
From electrifying entertainment through breathtaking musical selections and dance to a special presentation by the management team, everyone had a blast.
Jeremy Mutton, Sandals Emerald Bay general manager, commended the awardees and the team for what he described as a successful year.
“The last year saw us pulling out all the stops to ensure this resort’s success. I do not take for granted all the hard work and tenacity it took and continues to take. At the heart of Exuma is tourism and it is important that we celebrate those who make it what it is. The response to the awards is testament that our team members thrive on these memorable experiences and in addition to the beautiful ceremony we had, I would like to thank each and every member of this team, once again,” said Mutton.
Sandals Emerald Bay also used the opportunity to honor six civic officers within the Exuma community for their contribution to projects implemented by the resort through its philanthropic arm – the Sandals Foundation – and through community relations; the awardees received the Sandals Foundation Award in the following categories: Pastor Garth Rolle, Island Administrator Award; Luther Rolle, Ministry of Tourism Award; Woman Corporal 3596 Carletta Brown, Royal Bahamas Police Force; Don Barr, Ministry of Education Award; Senior Aid Sandra Clarke, Ministry of Health Award; and Nacarno Rolle, Farmers Hill and Old Place Community Award.
Mutton said the awarded community stakeholders form a huge part of the resort’s successful connection in the communities.
“These individuals have helped to amplify the impact that we aim to make in these communities. We appreciate the collaborations and this is just a small way of saying thank you,” he said.