Miami, FL (PRWEB) March 10, 2014
BritWeek Miami, the annual celebration of British culture and industry excellence in South Florida, kicked-off its series of events for a second year on Thursday, March 6th, with the second annual UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) ʻGREAT Business Innovation Awards Galaʼ held at The Viceroy Hotel in downtown Miami, which started at 6:30 p.m.
The evening gala and awards honored the most innovative British companies and individuals conducting business in Florida, Floridian companies making a positive contribution to the UK economy and entrepreneurs who have helped further the almost $4 billion bilateral economic partnership. Welsh actress and star of the upcoming film based on the long standing British TV series, Dr. Who, Samira Mohamed Ali, was the master of ceremonies.
Her Majestyʼs Consul General, Kevin McGurgan OBE, of the British Consulate-General Miami, presented the 2014 Entrepreneur of The Year Award to Sean Yazbeck. After winning season five of Donald Trumpʼs “The Apprentice,” the British expat set-up the telecommunications services company, WAVSYS, which today is an Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company in America, employing more than 500 people and providing over $100 Million of services across the US, UK, Canada and the EU.
Her Majestyʼs Consul General, Kevin McGurgan OBE, also honored Marcelo Claure, Chairman and CEO of BrightStar Corporation, with a “Special Recognition“ Award. Mr. Claure is also an investment partner with soccer personality, David Beckham, for his MLS team franchise in Miami
Developed to highlight the achievements and impact of British business in Florida, BritWeek Miami is in alliance with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the British Consulate-General Miami and a series of strategic media, event and industry partners – each collectively helping to bring a focus on the dynamic and fast growing cultural relationship between Britain and Florida. A portion of proceeds resulting from this yearʼs BritWeek Miami will benefit the Little Dreams Foundation – recording artist Phil Collinsʼ non-profit charity organization that has recently started its operation in South Florida to help advance the youth and children with an artistic and musical talent.
About Sean Yazbeck:
Sean Yazbeck is the winner of the British governmentʼs 2014 UKTI British Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the winner of the fifth Season of Donald Trumpʼs The Apprentice. He appeared on the The Apprentice because he had been awarded the EB1 Greencard for “Persons of Extraordinary Ability”.
Having won the The Apprentice, Yazbeck oversaw two projects whilst working for Donald Trump; the building of the $500 million, five-star hotel condominium, Trump SoHo in New York and the start-up of his own company, Wavsys. As of 2014, Wavsys, is an ʻInc. 500 Fastest Growing Company in Americaʼ employing over 500 people in 32 US states and providing more than $100 million of services to design, build and manage the mobile phone networks in the US, UK,
Canada and the EU.
In 2006, in reference to his achievements, the Mayor of Miami Dade County, Carlos Alvarez, proclaimed June 20th as "Sean Yazbeck Day" in Miami-Dade County. Similarly, in 2008, in reference to his charity work with Miamiʼs ʻVoices for Childrenʼ, the Governor of Kentucky, Steve Beshear, bestowed upon Yazbeck the honorary title of ʻKentucky Colonelʼ "in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to the nation."
Born in London, England Yazbeck graduated from Southampton Solent University (England) with a First Class Honors Degree. He is a member of the Miami chapter of YPO (Young Presidents' Organization) and plays polo at The Grand Champions Polo Club in Wellington, FL.
Wavsys provides professional telecommunications and IT services to the wireless telecommunications industry across the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union. Wavsys is an Inc. 500 'Fastest Growing Company in America' and the 17th fastest growing telecommunications company in the United States. Wavsys's 565 US employees have received the 'Best National Engineering Vendor Award' from T-Mobile USA in 2008, 2010,
2011, 2012 and 2013.
About UK Trade & Investment:
UK Trade & Investment is a UK Government department working with businesses based in the United Kingdom to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.
Founded in 2007 by program Chairman, Bob Peirce, and American Idol Executive Producer, Nigel Lythgoe, BritWeek is a coveted annual event that originated in Los Angeles, California, highlighting British creative connections with the state. With a program encompassing art and design, entertainment, business innovation, technology, fashion, retail, cuisine, sports and more, BritWeek celebrates the creative achievements of Brits in America, and of Brits and Americans working together. BritWeekTM is a recognized 501(c)3 organization that expanded to Miami in 2013 as the organizationʼs first host city outside California, presenting an additional program of events each spring to highlight and celebrate the links between Florida and the United Kingdom. The events promote British creativity, innovation and excellence across multiple industry sectors. Miami is the third host city for BritWeek alongside BritWeek LA, Orange County and San Francisco. For more information, please visit http://www.britweek.org.