When 23 year-old Wayne Thorpe became a member of the Sagicor Life team, he never imagined that only four years later he would be named 2011 Employee of the Year; no small feat within a company that has 1200 employees and a 30-year tradition of excellence. The awardee is rigorously reviewed must consistently display the highest contribution in the areas of customer service, teamwork, creativity, innovation, social and community activities.
The win comes as an even larger surprise as Thorpe spent a little under a year as a temporary employee before joining the company permanently as a trainee underwriter. Thorpe has only been with Sagicor permanently for less than 2 years.
“Risk assessment is not for the faint of heart”, the big-hearted Thorpe explained that in the beginning he found life in underwriting to be emotionally taxing, “The challenges associated are very high. It involves working late nights because Sagicor Life operates in other territories for example, Cayman”. But Thorpe welcomes challenge has a motivating factor rather than a deterrent, displaying unquestionable commitment to the company and customers. Thorpe not only completed his tasks in true star form, but also managed to trim company expenses while doing so, through the use of technology.
Thorpe attended Jamaica College for seven years before continuing on to the University of West Indies (UWI) Mona, in 2005. While at UWI, Thorpe was nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence in Journalism (2006) having served as Editor-in-Chief of the UWI, Mona Campus student newspaper, The Campus Beat and several other Guild publications.
The young executive began to make strides very early in his career “ I always wanted to push myself but the turning point was when I was contracted as a permanent member of staff in July 2009 as a Trainee Underwriter and knew that I had be chosen for a a post that was highly sought after and carried great importance in the company.” The trainee underwriter position meant Thrope immediately joined the Junior Managers rank and was making his way up the corporate ladder.
Thorpe feels that his Sagicor family has played a great role in his professional ambitions, especially the Sagicor Management team. “My current manager Mrs. Lorna Salkey has guided me, I believe, on the path to excellence. She has provided many opportunities for me to display my qualities and show that I am an asset to the team. Her confidence in me is one of my many motivators”, Thorpe explained. “my Assistant Vice President Mrs. Audrey Flowers-Clarke and Vice President Mr. Mark Chisholm are also very supportive of my work and support me in so many ways, it’s hard to even describe”, Thorpe continued.
His immediate team members are also sources of great motivation and encouragement. While some persons struggle to maintain good relationships with co-workers Thorpe believes to have a found his other family at Sagicor Life.
Thorpe is especially proud when team members say, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving” and “well deserved Wayne!” However, he has not lost sight that he has much more to accomplish and more obstacles to overcome. He looks forward to “even greater things as a member of a dynamic team like the one we have here at Sagicor Life Jamaica and will continue to enjoy my recent acknowledgements”.