NAAP name Executive of the Year

The National Association of Administrative Professionals (NAAP) – St Kitts Chapter joined with other associations across the globe to observe Administrative Professionals Week 2013 from Sunday 21st to Saturday 27th April. This annual observance was established in 1952 by the National Secretaries Association (USA) to recognize and honour secretaries for their invaluable contributions to their workplaces. Since then, the role of the secretary has expanded tremendously, and they are now referred to in most quarters as Administrative Professionals.

NAAP began the week with thanksgiving by joining Rev Wycherley Gumbs and his congregation at the Wesley Methodist Church where they were inspired to keep following their dreams. The highlights of the week which was celebrated under the theme “Sharpening the Saw … Encouraging Academic Success”, included two major events that took place on Administrative Professionals Day (Wednesday 24th) at the St Kitts Marriott Resort. The first event was the Annual Administrative Professionals Seminar which was a resounding success. The seminar was over-subscribed as some eighty (80) participants gleaned valuable information on how to improve personally, educationally, professionally and financially. Facilitators Marilyn Johnson and Terrence Crossman did an excellent job at imparting knowledge and engaging the participants in meaningful discussions.

The annual seminar was crowned with the NAAP Administrative Professionals Day Luncheon and Awards Ceremony which was attended by Executives along with their Administrative Professionals. The Association was fortunate to have Mrs Susan Owen, Head of UWI Open Campus as the guest speaker, who provided excellent advice for academic achievement for the Administrative Professional.

This year, in its Administrative Professionals Day Awards, NAAP was pleased to name Mr Brian Kassab as the Executive of the Year for his outstanding support of his own admin professionals and by extension the Association. Mr Kassab dedicated the award to his staff, observing that they worked as a team which ensured their continued success. The other awards for 2013 were: Evan Harvey – Administrative Professional of the Year; Lois Harris – President’s Award; Ross University – Valuable Partner Award.

NAAP takes this opportunity to express deepest gratitude to the following persons and establishments whose stellar support contributed in no small measure to the success of the week’s activities: St Kitts Marriott Resort; Hon Marcella Liburd; Caribbean Alliance Insurance and Delisle Walwyn & Co Ltd; Techsperts; Harper’s Office Depot; Allan Pennyfeather (MacPennies); LIME; Ambassador Starret Greene (OAS); Belmont Resorts (Kittitian Hill); Ashburry’s; Brownhill Communications; Digicel; Dominos; Sky Safaris; The Body Haven; Finco; Caribbean Cinemas; O D Brisbane; Scotia Bank; Eustace Warner; Social Security Board; Kelly Construction Co Inc.; SIDF; UWI Open Campus; SKNIS.

The National Association of Administrative Professionals is open for membership to all office professionals and administrative assistants (regardless of gender). For information on how you can become a member, please call 669-6177 or email

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