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Overall ARI Star Award Winners Announced

17 March 2017

Angela Akai from New Zealand and Carmel O’Connor from Ireland also received runners-up prizes from Paul Neeson, ARI’s Global Buying and Supply Chain Director.

The ceremony was the culmination of a four day visit to Ireland by all of the regional Star Award winners from Canada, Barbados, Cyprus, India, New Zealand and the Middle East.

As is now tradition, our Star Award winners’ visit coincided with the annual St. Patrick’s Day Festival in Dublin.  Highlights of their stay included attending the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, Teelings Whiskey Distillery and the “Johnnie Fox’s Hooley Experience”.  They also had a tour of T1 and T2 and met their ARI colleagues in the company’s new corporate offices in Grattan House.

Paul Neeson commented. “This is the third year of the ARI Star Awards and it’s really going from strength to strength.  As well as recognising some of our many exceptional employees, the Star Awards have also helped cultivate closer links with employees from all of our business units.

“Having attended the awards ceremony every year, I was delighted to present the overall awards this year and was genuinely struck by how much they enjoyed their stay in Ireland and being part of the Star Awards experience. I would like to congratulate Ambrose, Angela and Carmel and all of our regional and quarterly winners and wish everybody every success for the 2017 awards.”

Shane O’Sullivan, Head of Purchasing, was full of praise for his star performer. “Ambrose is a proven performer within the company. He started with the company in 1999 in sales, and has been promoted and successful in every role since then. We are proud to see him achieve so much professional growth thus far and delighted that he has won this prestigious award.”

Ambrose said. “I’m delighted to win the overall Star Award and I’d like to thank everyone involved in planning and hosting such a memorable trip to Ireland. I really believe that the Star Awards programme can help inspire all of us to work and achieve more in our careers with ARI.

“I got to see and experience so much during my stay in Ireland and lots of fun with the other star award winners. My two highlights were the traditional Irish dance in the Johnnie Foxes Pub and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.”

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