Thursday, December 8, 2011

Lowell Hawthorne - From Minibus Driver to Observer Business Leader

We continue to be inspired by courageous entrepreneurs, and this year Moses Jackson and the Observer Team shone the light on Jamaican entrepreneurs in the Diaspora. Lowell Hawthorne, Co-Founder and CEO of Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill emerged the Business Leader of the Year. With his six siblings, The Oberlin High School graduate and former minibus driver, inspired by the example of his parents, started a bakery in the Bronx. Now they have 122 branches in nine states, 1,800 employees and more than US$100 million in gross annual sales!

Please read the amazing stories of courage and perseverance of all eight nominees on the Observer website. We salute Verona Greenland, Monique Hamaty-Simmonds and Marcus Simmonds, Vincent and Janette HoSang, Vincent and Lorain Lai, Beverly Nichols, Richard Powell and George Yap. Everyone a true winner!

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