Principals’ Conference 2015

Abojeb Company Inc. (formerly Aboitiz Jebsen) successfully held its 18th annual Principals’ Conference on March 17th – 20th at the Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa Cebu.

Themed “HIGH-TECH, HIGH-TOUCH”, the topics focused on how Abojeb and the Philippine government through the POEA, Marina and Congress make it easier for the principals to deal with us. Thus, continuously making the Filipino seafarer , their first choice in crewing their vessels.

These were the following principals represented during the conference:

1 Sanjay Srivastava Selandia Ship Management
2 Robert Bandivas Selandia Ship Management
3 Arnold Lipinski Hapag Lloyd
4 Are Halkjelsvik Olympic Shipping AS
5 Per Kristian Froeysa Olympic Shipping AS
6 Hauke Pane RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd
7 Michael Brandhoff RHL Reederei Hamburger Lloyd
8 Roland Lehmann Alfa Ship & Crew Management
9 Anna Fioole Alfa Ship & Crew Management
10 Wilko Kok Van Oord
11 Glenn Madrideo Van Oord
12 Christian Nilsson Abojeb
13 Fumihiko Kusaka Hisamoto Kisen
14 Neville Kershaw MCC Transport Singapore
15 Glenn MacArtney MCC Transport Philippines
16 David Dance Sea Chefs
17 Alfredo Vidal, Jr. TBS-Roymar Philippines
18 Joel Anyayahan TBS Ship Management Philippines, Inc.
19 Capt. Anurag Sharma Union Marine Management Services
20 Phil Carter Sodexo On-Site Services Philippines, Inc.
21 Vasso Kaperoni Stealth Maritime
22 Vicente Pono Magsaysay MOL

The Principal Conference has gone a long way from 1998 to 2015.

The Abojeb members of the Board headed by its Chairman, Mr. Bjørn Jebsen, its officers and account managers made sure that the participants feel the work-life harmony flavor of the conference. Something different.

The delegates were in for a treat. During the conference proper, the principals enjoyed the surprise flash mob dance by some of Abojeb’s Officers, Fleet and Account Managers. Indeed, Abojeb’s customer-centric culture of delighting the customer through its unconventional ways fetched huge smiles among the delegates.

Abojeb’s Vice-Chairman of the Board, Dito Borromeo, refers to the event as an alignment of the stars.
No less than heads of government institutions taking care of the seafarers’ welfare shared the latest goings on in their respective offices: Dr. Max Mejia of Marina, Atty. Leo Cacdac of POEA, and Congressman Jesulito Manalo of the ANGKLA Party List provided updates on the EMSA audit, safeguarding the crew, and updates on the various bills and government plans in place to protect the rights of the seafarers.

Abojeb’s officers also presented the various programs in response to the needs of the principals and the crew.
Innovations in technology through mobile apps, Human Resources talent management intervention strategies were presented.

All focused on the customers – the principals and their crew.

The One Stop Shop concept was highlighted through the sharing of our PTC group partners – Ms. Karen Avelino of Philcamsat (Training), Dr. Toby Abaya of Health Metrics Inc (medical and health benefits), and Mr. Vic Ote of Constellation Travel, Inc (crew travel).

Our sponsors:

Microsoft Philippines presented the benefits of the Office 365 which goes beyond being just an email client.
Emerging technologies and the Customer Relationship Management software were generously shared.

Marine Benefits focused on a different approach to seafarer insurance. Using their network and association as a subsidiary of the Norwegian Hull Club, their aim is to increase safety and decrease cost by improving the well being of the seafarer. This is done through interviews, benchmarking, and gathering of medical data through root cause analysis.

The principals were also treated to a boating trip along Hinaluan and Olango islands.

The Abojeb management and staff were indeed grateful to the principals for allowing them to be a part of sharpening the saw.

Work-life harmony in action. Stronger Together, indeed.

The event was hosted by Abojeb’s Business Development team.