February 10, 2021 | Hopeton O’Connor Dennie |
Big Expansion Plans For Sandals.
The passing of Gordon “Butch” Stewart has not stopped or slowed down the growth projections or expansion of the Sandals Group. To the credit of elder Stewart there was succession plan well in place long before his passing. These are five year plans made long ago.
“We do not plan to retire, sell the business and go away. This business will continue to operate”
Declared Mr. Adam Stewart, who took over as Executive Chairman since the death of his father Gordon “Butch” Stewart in January 2021. The ascension to the top job in the Group was a smooth and seamless transition to son Adam Stewart.
St. Vincent is to be the first Breezes hotel in the Eastern Caribbean.
“The vision of my late father is in sink with mine.”
Adam Stewart, executive chairman Sandals, speaking in an interview monitored by Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie.
“Sandals Dunn’s River will move from 250 to 500 rooms. Effectively doubling the room count at this expanded property. The business class hotel Ark, in New Kingston which is managed by the Sandals Group is doing very well. We are moving into the luxury market.”
Asserted Adam Stewart
“On the automotive side of the business which has seen Automotive Traders Limited (ATL) grow and is doing well in its preowned division. For example: you can get a vehicle from one million dollars up. The Honda make had 12 percent when we took over the brand in 1993. Today we have 37 percent of the Honda market in Jamaica.”
Declared Adam Stewart executive chairman in an interview on radio on Wednesday February 4, 2021.
The Sandal Group has been around for the past 40 years. The young Adam Stewart now Executive Chairman has worked with the Group for (20) twenty years. Adam worked closely with his father Gordon “Bush” Stewart who founded the business.
“My father allowed me much autonomy.”
Adam Stewart, executive chairman of the Sandals group stated in said interview.
So Adam got a lot of experience on his own. He had divisions to run. To Gordon “Butch” Stewart’s credit he was always been forward looking.
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