A deserving doctorate for an honorable laureate!
One of the Caribbean’s youngest world-renowned and admired entrepreneurs is about to be honored by one of the best universities in the world with its highest non-academic award for people of great worth who have provided high end and value added service in special areas of regional and international import for the Caribbean Community.
The University of the West Indies (UWI) has nominated Caribbean entrepreneur and philanthropist Adam Stewart for an Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD) for overall contributions to the region’s tourism and travel industry by the Caribbean Business Group internationally renowned family. .
Stewart, just 41, is the executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), the parent company of the world’s most recognized luxury all-inclusive resort brands – also 41 – and now one of the largest employers in the region, with more than 15,000 in its 24 resorts across four brands and eight Caribbean islands.
The UWI notes that prior to his current role, Stewart spent more than a decade as Vice President and Managing Director of SRI, leading the brand’s transition to its now signature “Luxury Included”.
In 2015, he was named Hotelier of the Year by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) and the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA).
Also that year, Stewart was named the World Travel Awards (WTA) Rising Star and World Caribbean Travel and Tourism Personality of the Year; and received the Distinguished Alumni Torch Award from his alma mater, Florida International University (FIU).
In addition to his role at SRI, Stewart continues to lead the family’s extensive hospitality, media, automotive and home appliance businesses, also serving as Group Executive Chairman. parent ATL; and in 2017, he oversaw the introduction of the Starbucks brand in Jamaica, Cayman Islands, Barbados, Turks and Caicos Islands and Panama.
According to the UWI, “Despite being one of the most successful and admired entrepreneurs of our time, Adam Stewart remains a proud Jamaican and Caribbean citizen, devoting much of his time to uplifting the region.
“In 2009, he founded the Sandals Foundation, a non-profit organization that harnesses the power of the Sandals brand to tackle issues affecting the Caribbean.”
One hundred percent (100%) of proceeds from the general public donated to the Sandals Foundation go directly to programs benefiting the Caribbean.
Stewart is also the founder and president of the Jamaican non-profit We Care for Cornwall Regional Hospital, which raises funds to improve hospital facilities.
In 2016, Stewart was awarded the Order of Distinction of Jamaica (Commander Class) for his outstanding contribution to tourism and the hospitality industry.
He was also named “2016 Caribbean American Mover and Shaker – Humanitarian of the Year” by the Caribbean Media Network.
In 2017, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) awarded him the Jerry Award for his outstanding contributions to Caribbean development.
And under his leadership in 2020, SRI responded to the Jamaican government’s call for COVID-19 relief by handing over the Sandals Carlyle resort for free for 18 months and donating J$30 million for the purchase of care packages.
Stewart sits on the Board of Wysinco Group Limited and the Executive Committee of the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
He also has a long relationship with the UWI, serving as an ambassador for the West Jamaica Campus.
In 2021, he signed a memorandum of understanding with the UWI sealing US$10 million in SRI support for the establishment of the Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart International School of Hospitality and Tourism in honor of his late father and Sandals founder Gordon ‘Butch’ Stewart.
For its part, the UWI continues to be a pivotal force in all aspects of Caribbean development, residing virtually at the center of all efforts to improve the well-being of people in the region.
From a University College of London in Jamaica with 33 medical students in 1948, today it is an internationally renowned global university with nearly 50,000 students and five campuses: Mona in Jamaica, St. Augustine in Trinidad and -Tobago, Cave Hill in Barbados, Five Islands in Antigua and Barbuda and its Open Campus, as well as 10 global centers in partnership with universities in North America, Latin America, Asia, Africa and from Europe.
UWI offers over 800 certificates, diplomas, undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Culture, Creative and Performing Arts, Food and Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities and Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and sports.
As the leading university in the Caribbean, it has the largest pool of Caribbean intellect and expertise committed to tackling critical issues in our region and around the world.
UWI has been consistently ranked among the best universities in the world by the most reputable ranking agency, Times Higher Education (THE).
In the latest World University Rankings 2022, released in September 2021, UWI moved up 94 places compared to last year.
In today’s global domain of some 30,000 elite universities and research institutes, it ranks among the top 1.5%.
UWI is the only Caribbean-based university to appear on the prestigious lists since its debut in the rankings in 2018.
In addition to its leading position in the Caribbean, it is also in the top 20 for Latin America and the Caribbean and in the top 100 of the world universities of the golden age (between 50 and 80 years old).
UWI is also among the top universities in THE Impact Rankings for its response to the greatest global concerns, outlined in the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including good health and well-being; Gender equality and climate action.
For all these reasons offered by UWI and earned by Adam Stewart throughout his lifelong association with the business his father built brick by brick, this PhD is in every way suitable for the winner – with more to expect. over the next decade.
And given his long list of listed (and surely even longer unlisted) accomplishments, at Just 40+1, it’s sure to be an exciting time to watch Adam lead SRI over the next decade as they journey through Tourism and Travel Speech towards their 50th anniversary – and beyond!