Three for hall of fame
Mouttet, Mack, Sooknarine to be inducted
Local businessmen Victor Mouttet, Carlton K Mack and Harry Sooknarine will this year be inducted into the Trinidad and Tobago Chamber of Commerce’s Business Hall of Fame.
The three will be honoured at the chamber’s Ninth Annual Business Hall of Fame awards ceremony on November 16 in Port or Spain.
Mack’s and Sooknarine’s recognitions will be posthumous.
Established in 2005, the Chamber Business Hall of Fame has thus far recognised and celebrated 20 individuals who, through enterprise, have had a historically significant impact on the economic and social prosperity of Trinidad and Tobago, a statement from the chamber said yesterday.
Chamber chief executive Catherine Kumar praised this year’s honourees:
“The chamber is very pleased to honour these three men, who have represented the strength and depth of Trinidad and Tobago’s business community. As with every year, each recipient has played an important role in building T&T’s economy and each one has helped to build a great place to work and raise a family. We are looking forward to honouring their achievements,” Kumar said.
Mack truly epitomised the attributes of this award, she said.
“He came to Trinidad from Hong Kong and through hard work and determination he built a very successful supermarket and real estate business that he was able to expand with his family over the years. In every sense — from business to community – Carlton K Mack has left an indelible mark in Trinidad and Tobago,” Kumar said.
Of Sooknarine, Kumar said he “dedicated his life to finding specific product needs and filling them – in the process establishing businesses that have become household names”.
“He established a prosperous printing and packaging company and later, a dry concrete mix manufacturing company, both of which helped to revolutionise the local market. His leadership in business and generosity of time and investment into the community has not gone unnoticed - and this award recognises his stellar career as an entrepreneur,” she continued.
Mouttet, she said, has been and continues to be recognised as a leader in the T&T community.
“His leadership in the Senate, charitable organisations and within the manufacturing and distribution industry has been instrumental in strengthening the social and economic fabric of Trinidad and Tobago - and this award recognises his continued efforts to build a stronger nation,” she said.
The selection process for candidates is administered by a selection panel, the members of which represent a variety of professions and backgrounds.
The panel is chaired by the sitting chamber president and includes two independent panellists.