"RE-TYRE" FROM THE CAYMAN ISLANDS IS THE JA 2018 COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The 10th edition of the JA Americas Company of the Year Competition, celebrated in Lima, awarded a company from the Cayman Islands as the best of 2018: “Re-Tyre” reclaimed tyres and used these materials, that would have otherwise gone into the landfill, to create pet beds, planters, and pet toys.  The 20 finalists, representing 14 countries from the region, enjoyed a unique educational and cultural exchange experience.  FedEx, title sponsor of the Competition for 10th consecutive year, Delta Air Lines and the San Ignacio de Loyola University, supported JA Americas in making it happen.

“Re-Tyre” (Cayman Islands) awarded 2018 JA Americas Company of the Year in Peru.

“Re-Tyre” (Cayman Islands) awarded 2018 JA Americas Company of the Year in Peru.

Lima was the host city of the JA Americas Company of the Year Competition (COY) November 25-28 during a historical 10th Anniversary Edition co-organized by JA Americas and JA Peru.  The COY gathered 100 youth from 20 JA companies who participated in the JA Company Program, representing 14 countries during the final stage.  Over three days participants enjoyed:

  • Special seminars from FedEx (main sponsor) Delta Air Lines and San Ignacio de Loyola Univesity´s representatives,

  • Exchange and networking activities,

  • Presentations of their companies to an international jury,

  • An open Trade Fair at the Kennedy Park, where they exhibited and sold their products and

  • Recreational activities.

After the evaluations from the COY judges, as well as the FedEx and Delta Air Lines judges, the following companies were recognized during the Gala Dinner:

 2018 Company of the Year: “Re-Tyre” (Cayman Islands)

 2nd Place: “CUMAI” (Ecuador)

 3rd Place: “Escreverde” (Brazil)

 FedEx Access Award Winner: “K´iraw” (Peru)

 Delta Social Impact Award Winner: “Escreverde” (Brazil)

20 companies from 14 countries participated in Lima of the 10th Anniversary Edition of the COY Competition.

20 companies from 14 countries participated in Lima of the 10th Anniversary Edition of the COY Competition.

The JA Americas Company of the Year Competition awards the best JA Company of students throughout Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean, who present the results of their company and learning experience, and appear before a panel of independent judges who determine company performance against the competition criteria.  The goal of the JA Company of the Year Competition is to create a signature showcase for Junior Achievement and the high school students who benefit from the impact of the JA Company Program.

 

Gabriel Villalobo