Republic Bank’s Brightest Receive Spirit of Republic Award


BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 17, 2023 – A senior programmer analyst and a sales supervisor were among Republic Bank’s top performers who won the prestigious Managing Director’s Spirit of Republic Awards for their stellar work throughout 2022.

Each year, the Bank’s top performers across four categories are presented with the award for their outstanding performances.

Managing Director & CEO, Anthony Clerk, who surprised the winners at their various offices and branches, said, “Everyone who was nominated is a consummate professional and exemplifies how we can all be more responsive, adaptive and proactive in our duties. The winning individuals, as well as members of the winning branch and unit inspire us to also strive to attain and maintain the highest levels of service excellence.”

Limegrove Branch’s Sales Supervisor, Jason Depeiza, and Senior Programmer Analyst in the Information Technology Department, Lisa Ashby, won in the PC 1-10 and 30-52 categories respectively.

Depeiza was lauded as the epitome of excellence throughout the year, whether he was promoting the Bank’s Own It mortgage campaign on the radio; demystifying the mortgage process on the Bank’s online Mortgage Mondays series; conducting financial literacy seminars; or constantly motivating his team.

“I’m really excited and tremendously overwhelmed. I really appreciate the award and I am glad to be a winner and I really want to give my thanks to everybody who played a part in it,” he said.

Other nominees in the PC 1-10 category were: Settlements Clerk, Katrina Burrowes; Digital Marketing Specialist, Keimar Williams; Senior Securities Officer, Operations, Leslie-Ann Lewis; Compliance Officer, Olivia Green; Support Clerk, Raven Farnum; and Tellers, Whitney Parris-Harper and Brett Branch.

Meanwhile Ashby’s tech wizardry, impressive success rate, and ability to effectively collaborate across teams, helped her gain her second nomination and first win.

“I would just like to thank the entire IT unit for supporting me throughout 2022. Honestly, if not for the laughter and the support, 2022 would not have been such a success, so thank you once again,” she said.

The other nominee in the PC 30-52 category was her fellow IT colleague, Senior Systems Analyst, Corey Griffith.

The Human Resources Department copped the Unit of the Year award which recognises the Unit that has made the most significant contribution to the Bank during the fiscal year based on Employee Engagement, Overall Attendance, Business Growth, and Customer Service. The department’s win came after the third consecutive year of managing the Bank’s COVID-19 response. The department also launched a critical online portal, and maintained outstanding attendance and employee engagement records whilst continuing to meet all statutory obligations.

Senior Manager, Yvonne Hall, said the award “reflects the hard work of the entire team”.

Other nominees were the Information Technology Department, the Loan Delivery Centre, and the Compliance Department.

Meanwhile, the Six Roads Branch, popularly referred to as “The University of Six Roads”, won the Branch of the Year award. The award recognises the Branch that has made the most significant contribution to the Bank during the fiscal year based on Employee Engagement, Overall Attendance, Business Growth, and Customer Service. The Branch won with an outstanding record of achievement in loan targets, employee engagement and attendance. Manager, Retail Services, Solange Bruce, thanked her team for “showing up and making the effort every single day”.

Other nominees were the Warrens Branch and the Limegrove Branch.

May 19, 2023
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