Alpha pays timely tribute to its own Asian heroes in night of recognition and remembrance – 25/04/05

SRI LANKA. The final of the first-ever Alpha Asia Heroes Awards was held on Friday night at the Grand Ballroom of the Colombo Hilton Hotel in Sri Lanka.

For the glitzy, Oscars-style ceremony Alpha Orient Lanka adapted a localised version of the acclaimed UK Alpha Heroes employee incentive and awards scheme.

The concept aimed to provide reward and recognition to staff across the Sri Lankan businesses who have shown consistently outstanding performance and to promote them as examples to the whole company.

Alpha Orient Lanka employs a total of 350 personnel. In total, 17 individual and team awards were presented to over 50 winners who received cash prizes totaling US$50,000.

The company invited all its employees, with the exception of volunteers needed to work the night shift at the duty free shops, to the glamorous event.

The overall Alpha Asia Hero Individual Award went to U.M.N. Ravidhashana (Ravi).

Invitees and staff were entertained by two popular local bands, Misty and Bathiya & Santush. The latter sang their emotional tsunami song that has been a big hit in Sri Lanka since the devastation caused by the 26 December tsunami. The event had been postponed to after Singhalese New Year out of respect for the victims of the tragedy.

More than 30 representatives from international travel retail businesses who supported the scheme were present on the evening. Over 40 firms signed up to sponsor this year’s awards and have shown keen interest in supporting the event again in future years, Alpha Orient Lanka said.

An emotional night of celebration culminated with U.M.N. Ravidhashana (Ravi) – pictured right – being named Overall Alpha Asia Hero of the Year
Alpha Orient Lanka employs a total of 350 personnel. In total, 17 individual and team awards were presented to over 50 winners who received cash prizes totaling US$50,000
Alpha Asia Managing Director Paul Topping (left) said: “To me, my team are all heroes but tonight 50+ of them are very special heroes, selected by their colleagues.”

Alpha Airports Group UK was represented by Group Human Resources Director Glenys Laycock, Group Communications Director Avril Appleyard and International Buying Director Martin Petchey.

Alpha Asia Managing Director Paul Topping said: “To me, my team are all heroes but tonight 50+ of them are very special heroes, selected by their colleagues.”

Alpha Orient Lanka Limited hopes to conduct this event annually. Parent company Alpha Airports Group hopes to extend this scheme to all of its businesses around the world by the end of 2006.

Here is a full list of nominees and winners:

Front of House Individual Award – Airport Staff

Nominees:

Sumith
Damien
Resiri
Nilantha

Winner: R.C. Fernando (Resiri)

Front of House Individual Award – Trade & Retail

Nominees:

Sadique
Clifford
Nilantha
Lalith

Winner: C.G.C. Nilantha

Front of House Team Award – Trade & Retail

Nominees:

King’s Super Team
Arpico Team
Liberty Plaza Team
Trade & Retail Management/Sales Executive Team

Winner:Trade & Retail Management/Sales Executive Team

Perfume Consultant Individual Award

Nominees:

Christine
Nelum
Nirmalee
Sudarsheni

Winner: W.P. Sudarsheni

Trade & Retail Sales Executive Individual Award

Nominees:

Rohan
Gregory
Gayan
Dushyanthan

Winner: S. Gayan Fernando

Sales Coordinator/Promoter Individual Award

Nominees:

Dayana
Angali
Shermila
Chithra

Winner: D.A. Shermila Bomnawela

Back of House Individual Award

Nominees:

Sheen
Sarath
Arafath
Chaminda

Winner: Sarath Liyanage

Back of House Team Award

Nominees:

Accounts Department
Human Resources
Administration (DFS)
Feeder Bond

Winner: Accounts Department

Service Support Individual Award

Nominees:

Thulasi
Waruni
Rafeek
Priyantha

Winner: O.A.M. Rafeek

Service Support Team Award

Nominees:

Merchandise Department
Stock Control Department
Wharf Department
Trade & Retail Office

Winner: Wharf Department

Head Office Manager Individual Award

Nominees:

Prabha
Ranjaka
Senaka
Kishore

Winner: P.K. Munasinghe (Prabha)

Airport Manager Individual Award

Nominees:

Queenie
Chandrani
Ravi
Somalatha

Winner: Q.A. Wanigasooriya (Queenie)

Head Office Supervisor/Executive Individual Award

Nominees:

Roshani
Dilki

Winner: K.R.S.R. Alwis (Roshani)

Airport Supervisor/Executive Individual Award

Nominees:

Upendra
Hemachandra
Ruklanthi
Asoka

Winner: A.L. Serasinghe (Asoka)

Front of House Team Award – Airport

Nominees:

Shift A
Shift B
Shift C
Shift D

Winner: Shift A

Overall Alpha Asia Hero Team Award

Nominees:

Airport Shift A
Airport Shift B
Airport Shift C
Accounts Department

Winner: Airport Shift B

Overall Alpha Asia Hero Individual Award

Nominees:

Ravi
Sarath
Somalatha
Nelum

Winner: U.M.N. Ravidhashana (Ravi)

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