CCCI honors young leaders

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

TO END its year-long centennial celebration, the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry not only celebrated its past feats, it looked to the future of Cebu business by choosing six young business leaders to steer the way.

The six chosen ones were introduced Friday with fanfare and a mission to strengthen the capability of CCCI members through linkages and synergy that would lead to global competitiveness of Cebu business.

The Outstanding Business Young Leaders of Cebu come from varied backgrounds and businesses.



Enrilen Joy Benedicto heads Enrison Land Inc., which operates the 159-room Be Resorts in Mactan. It is also “rapidly expanding” operations in Bohol and Cebu, with two more resorts in the planning stages. Enrilen is the daughter of Consul Enrique Benedicto, who was named CCCI entrepreneur of the year in last year’s Grand Chamber Awards for his achievement as chairman of Mabuhay Filcement Inc. Enrilen credited her grandfather Bernardo and parents Enrique and Helen for instilling in her values of frugality, business discipline, focus and passion.

Katherine Cheng started her home-based bakery with one employee in 2002. Today, she has 10 outlets of Baker Bob and Kate’s Bakery Products around Metro Cebu and Cagayan de Oro and employs over a hundred.

In the beginning, she learned how to make do with limited resources and to balance work and family life. As her business grew, she also faced challenges on expanding and managing people in the organization. For her, one thing a leader should have is a vision.

For Edward Vincent Onglatco of the Hyundai Cebu Group, hard work and dedication are his traits. He took over the company from his father, who passed away 10 years ago.

The Cebu dealership was recognized as dealer of the year from 2007 to 2009 in the Philippines and in 2007 and 2009 in the Asia Pacific region. “It’s not just the selling that’s important but the customer’s overall experience in using the car.”

A self-made entrepreneur, Christian Paro-an has come a long way since his humble beginnings as an analog mobile phone agent. Today, RC Goldline is one of the leading retailers in gadgets and accessories. The company has over 120 employees in its 13 branches and 10 concept stores in Metro Cebu and Bohol. He constantly reminds his employees to put God first.

Rather than work for his parents, Vito Angelo Selma decided he would work with them.

Selma grew up with his family’s Stonesets International furniture factory as his playground. “Design because you want to design, not because you want to become someone,” he said.

Best leaders

For Nutech’s Jason Yap, the best leaders lead by example. From a small office in a family-owned building downtown, Yap opened his company hoping to provide IT and security products. His organization now has 50 members handling end-user sales, corporate sales, wholesale and retail sales, CCTV installations, on-site and off-site technical support and logistics.

The six business leaders were chosen by a board of judges headed by CCCI past president Efren Valiente.

Also recognized were the past presidents of the chamber, who were presented with the centennial legacy awards. The chamber also gave special awards to partner institutions and researchers that have helped the, chronicle the events of the past.

While the past 110 years of the CCCI showed much has been done to drive Cebu’s growth, CCCI president Lito Maderazo said the challenge lies in what they can do for the future. “The past events should challenge everybody on how to move forward. That the successes we have gained from the past should be equaled or even surpassed in the future,” he said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 24, 2014.


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