Monday, June 9, 2014

Valerie Juggan-Brown – 30 excellent years

The phenomenal Valerie Juggan-Brown with Guardsman Founder-Chairman Kenny Benjamin (right) and Byron Purkiss
Valerie (centre) with Hubie Chin, yours truly her BFF, Greg and Jan Christie
We gathered at the elegant Hope Zoo gazebos last Friday to celebrate the birthday of my sister-friend Valerie Juggan-Brown and the 30th anniversary of her leadership at the Guardsman Group of companies.  When she studied at the Carl Duisberg Gesellschaft (CDG) in Cologne, Germany her friends called her 'Frau Punt' as she strived for the highest marks.  This habit of excellence has served her well in every aspect of her life.  Even as Guardsman Chair Kenny Benjamin lauds her for her pragmatic approach to business, her husband Ron Brown and son Marc Antoine cannot hide their pride and admiration for their caring wife and mother. 
For us her friends, she is a rock: I have called her in the middle of the night to ask her to do me a favour.  "Are you asleep?" I asked.  "Yes," she said. "Well wake up and grab a pen because this is important – I am boarding a plane shortly and you can't forget to do this."  Such are the demands you can make on a true pal, who has made it one of her favourite stories!  Happy Birthday and congratulations, my beautiful friend Val!

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