Jamaican Hotelier Receives 2019 AFUWI Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Business Leadership

Author  Steve Bennett

KINGSTON, Jamaica – Kevin Hendrickson, Managing Director of The Courtleigh Hotel Group, has been honored as the 2019 recipient of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies (AFUWI) Chancellor’s Award of Excellence in Business Leadership. The distinction was awarded at the 22nd Annual AFUWI Legacy Awards Gala, held recently in New York City.

Webp.net resizeimage 30“I am humbled and sincerely honored to receive this esteemed award,” said Mr. Hendrickson. “I owe this honor, and all of my success, to the loving support of my wife and family, as well as the steadfast dedication to excellence put forth by our fantastic staff each and every day. I share this award with all of you, and hope that it will serve as inspiration for the next generation of young business leaders coming up in Jamaica today.”

A veteran of 35+ years in the Jamaica hospitality industry, Mr. Hendrickson owns and operates the majority of hotel accommodations in Kingston (870 rooms). His Courtleigh Hotel Group consists of The Courtleigh Hotel & Suites, The Knutsford Court Hotel, The Jamaica Pegasus, and the former Wyndham Kingston Hotel (now in re-development). The Hendrickson hospitality portfolio also includes the 512-room Holiday Inn Resort® Montego Bay, a property long renowned for providing Jamaica’s best all-inclusive vacation value.

Personalized service and excellent value are hallmarks of every Hendrickson-owned hotel, ensuring optimal guest satisfaction. Mr. Hendrickson employs a hands-on approach to maintaining the high service levels for which his properties are known. Whether greeting guests in the lobby, overseeing new construction, or serving on the buffet line, Mr. Hendrickson isn’t above doing whatever it takes to provide the ultimate guest experience.

A strong believer in giving back to the community, Mr. Hendrickson also supports numerous charitable organizations, including Missionaries of the Poor, the Jamaica Cancer Society, The Salvation Army, and Food for the Poor, among others.

“Corporate social responsibility and giving back to the local community go hand-in-hand with business success,” said Hendrickson. “The more we build up our communities, the stronger our businesses, our nation, and the entire Caribbean region will be.”

In addition to his noteworthy hospitality holdings, Hendrickson also owns and operates other businesses, including several popular bakeries in Jamaica – Dr. Lushus in Old Harbour, Yummy in Kingston, Holsum in Manchester, and Kingston’s Courtleigh Corporate Centre.