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Antiguan selected for President Obama's Young Leaders of The Americas Initiative

 November 06, 2016 |  Administrator

Antiguan entrepreneur, Winston Laville is currently participating in President Barack Obama's Young Leaders of The Americas Initiative (YLAI).

YLAI empowers entrepreneurs and innovative civil society leaders to strengthen their capacity to launch and advance their entrepreneurial ideas and effectively contribute to social and economic development in their communities.

Co-founder and CEO of LCP Industries in Antigua, Laville was selected from a field of 4000 entrepreneurs from 35 countries in which 250 were selected to take part in the Initiative.

Laville is presently in Utah undergoing his internship, where he will receive training in his field. He will also learn from local counterparts by job-shadowing and participating in day-to-day operations at host organizations.

His company, LCP Industries is a mechanical crop production company in St John's Antigua which focuses on the production of onions, curcubits and other crop produce. The company also engages in the training of vulnerable youths within agriculture with a special focus on commercial onion production.

He was named the Best Economic Entrepreneur at the Caribbean Innovation Challenge in 2013. He was also named a Talent and Innovation Finalist and received Antigua and Barbuda's Young Entrepreneur Award. He has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting.

A member of the board of directors of St John's Co-operative Credit Union (SJCCU), Director Laville is also looking forward to sharing his knowledge for the advancement of his Credit Union.

President of the SJCCU board, Carol Spencer, congratulated Laville on behalf of the board, management and staff.

"I look forward to Director Laville bringing his expertise to our Credit Union and wish him great success in this journey,” Spencer said.

Laville returns to Antigua in mid-November.

About the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

President Obama launched the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI) to build linkages between young leaders across the hemisphere. YLAI will help address the opportunity gap for youth, especially women, by empowering entrepreneurs and civil society leaders with the training, tools, networks and resources they need to transform their societies and contribute more fully to economic development and prosperity, security, human rights and good governance in the hemisphere.