Haiti - Economy : Association of Digicel Entrepreneurs, new Board of Directors
The nine-member council, which represents a broad cross section of Haitian industry, is made up of the entrepreneur competition’s former finalists and a representative of the awards’ organizing body and will continue in office for two years, until 2019.
The new members are :
President, Myrtha Vilbon, founder of Glory Industries, the country’s first indigenous toilet paper and napkin manufacturer;
First Vice-President, Athanase Louis;
Second Vice-President, Odelin Ordélus;
Treasurer, Daphnée Floreal and
Secretary, Max Larson Henry.
The council will also have four expert advisors, all of whom are equally at home in the business world. Those advisors are Myrna Verdier, Brona Cusack, Yves François, and Lionel Pressoir, President of the outgoing council.
The Association of Digicel Entrepreneurs (AEDIG) was set up last year with the aim of recognizing entrepreneurship, empowering the 550-plus Entrepreneur of the Year alumni through support, education and networking – and, ultimately, feeding into the dynamism of the economy.
The AEDIG’s establishment marked an important milestone for the entrepreneurship awards, which have helped to identify and encourage a new generation of inspirational business leaders since they were inaugurated in 2010.
Thanking its founding council for its vision in establishing the body, Myrtha Vilbon promised to “invest herself fully” in supporting the cause of entrepreneurship, describing the Entrepreneur of the Year’s growing network of past finalists as “pioneers of the Haitian economy”.
“I know my fellow members of this new council, I know how energetic and committed they are, and I have absolute confidence in their ability to deliver on the association’s promises to entrepreneurs and, by extension, to the wider community.
"The most effective way to do this is shoulder to shoulder. We know that working together we can achieve much more than as individuals, no matter how talented", Ms Vilbon said.
"That’s why AEDIG will focus with fresh energy on networking, problem-solving, knowledge transfer – the theme of this year’s awards – and innovation.
"When we work effectively together, we work more effectively for enterprise, job creation – arguably the most tangible result of entrepreneurship – and the long-term good of our country."
On that note, the AEDIG is seeking financial support from institutions or individuals to help ensure that its mission is transformed into an economic reality.
"We are hoping we can find donors who feel as passionately as we do about the challenging of developing an enterprise-driven economy that creates real jobs here in Haiti," the association said.
"Their financial support could make a world of difference to realizing that vision."