By Gifty Arthur
Long serving employees of Johmoore International, a privately owned specialized project logistics service provider, were on Tuesday, rewarded for their hard work, dedication and commitment to the Tema based company, at a grand dinner and awards ceremony.
The event, held at La Pleasure Beach Hotel in Accra, formed part of the company’s twenty years anniversary programme. Several loyal clients and suppliers, who contributed significantly to the growth of the company, were also rewarded.
Prominent among the recipients was a posthumous recognition that was given to one of the long serving employees, Solomon Akrofi who died earlier this year. The late Akrofi, who was represented by his family, was the first clerk of the company, but later rose to occupy other positions before his demise.
Among his rewards was “The Solomon Akrofi Scholarship Scheme” to be instituted at Larteh Akuapim, in the Eastern Region for children of school going age.
The rest of the awardees received plaques, citations and rewards of either a plot of land or treasury bills for their commitment to and their diverse roles in the success of Jonmoore International.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Johmoore International, Hilton John Mitchell, attributed the success of the company to it dedicated management, staff and also the ability of the company to exceed clients’ expectations.
Mr. Mitchell said deliberate effort by the company to ensure complacency did not set in anytime they delivered to their client and remarkable strive towards perfection also contributed to the success story.
“One of our key success factors at Jonmoore International is the fact that we avoid complacency. When we successfully complete a project, we do not conclude that we have made it and sit back and smile.
No! We move on to the next one with the same fervour and proficiency as the last one. We like to think of ourselves as having a spirit of optimism in entrepreneurship even as we face and overcome inevitable challenges”.
He praised highly, the staff saying the company could not have chalked this feat if they did not believe in the vision and were not dedicated to the vision.
“A business can have the best vision in the world but without committed and dedicated employees that vision will be just an illusion. The key factors to our success have been our dedicated management and staff; our ability to exceed clients’ expectations; and the fact that we avoid complacency.
Every business requires the best employees who buy into and live its vision, and at Jonmoore International, we are fortunate to have well trained, experienced and professional staff who have contributed and continue to contribute to the realization of our company’s vision. I should therefore like to commend our committed and dedicated management and staff. You have done well. Ayekoo!!!” he said.
To get the best out of the employees, Mr Mitchell said the company has over the years, invested in their development as the company sees it as very critical, to the success of the company. According to him, the right training has been provided to employees both home and abroad, to sharpen their skills and also build their capacities.
“At Jonmoore International we know that without well-trained employees, the best of corporate objectives yield zero results. We also recognize that investing in employee development is critical to success.
To this end, we have provided the necessary training – both here in Ghana and abroad – to build human capacity for even better service delivery as well as to ensure superlative outcomes with future projects”.
Jonmoore International, he noted has a joint venture with a new company involving deep-water offshore lifting and other logistics services – an undertaking which no other Ghanaian company has ever done; Imminent expansion into Central and East Africa to take advantage of new opportunities there. We are always improving our business model and adopting new skills to make ourselves more efficient.
In addition to quality management standards, Jonmoore International also sought anti-bribery and anti-corruption certification to validate its integrity in business transactions.
“To this end, it is certified by TRACE– the world’s leading anti-bribery standard-setting organization – which carried out a comprehensive due diligence process on our operations in order for us to gain certification.
Jonmoore International also operates reflecting standards set out in the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and The Ghana Anti-Corruption legislation. We remain steadfast in our resolve to uphold our standards”, he said
The CEO also expressed appreciation to clients and stakeholders for their role in the success of Jonmoore International and assured them that the company will continue to uphold its high standards as it exceeds expectations.
He commended the awardees for their contribution to the success story of the company and thanked them for their continued loyalty and commitment which have contributed to their being recognised as living their vision.
Omanhene of Esikado in the Western Region, Nana Kobina Nketsia V, acknowledged the company’s role in developing the transport and logistics industry through the provision of innovative logistics solutions to the challenges of clients all over West Africa.
“The company has always been a highly valued and strategic partner of the transport and project logistic industry in Ghana and the sub region“, he said. He commended management and staff on their success and entreated them to not falter on their high standards.
Nana Kobina Nketsia, who was the Special Guest of Honour, lauded Mr. Mitchell and the employees for working together to ensure the vision is pursued. While commending the CEO, the king also acknowledged the contribution of the workers noting that they working as though they own the company, has made it what it is today.
“You cannot have a leader without a vision. Whenever you use the word leader it means nothing unless you have a vision and when leader has a vision, the leader must have followership. The followership is those who buy into the vision and work towards the actualization of that vision……let us try and exceed expectation”, he said.
Jonmoore International Limited was established in 1995 as a specialized project logistics service provider.
However, it was re-constituted and expanded with a 17 year old truck in 1998 into a transport and project logistics organization offering specialized and standard transport services in Ghana and the West-African sub-region to industries including; construction, manufacturing, food processing, brewery, oil and gas and the mining. It has branches in Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast Liberia and Senegal among others.