LONDON, December 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
Glass Rite founder Dr Lodewikus J P Roets, has been named Business Worldwide Magazine's (BWM) Most Innovative CEO of the Year, South Africa - 2016.
The South African entrepreneur has steered his company over the past two decades from small corner shop in downtown Pretoria into a leading player in the country's glass and laminate industry. Today Glass Rite has provided laminate and glass expertise for some of the region's biggest and most impressive shopping malls, as well as Newcastle Civic Centre and the modern Honda Midrand HQ. Future projects include the Kyalami racing circuit HQ and a Virgin Active gym.
In addition, there are now a total of four companies sitting under the Glass Rite brand, including a franchising opportunity for other keen entrepreneurs wishing to set up in business.
The BWM Innovative CEO accolade was part of the magazine's 2016 Global Corporate Excellence Awards, which honour C-level executives across both national and international business communities.
"I'm very honoured to have received the award at this particular time in my career, when I'm about to celebrate two decades of building up Glass Rite," said Dr Roets. "It hasn't always been easy. Glass Rite started out at a very unstable economic and political time for South Africa and there have been many hurdles along the way but I have found there are always ways around those if you are prepared to be flexible and rework your strategy.
"Really, our main success has been down to identifying areas within the industry where there has been room for growth and development. We've then refined our skills to meet that changing demand."
Dr Roets, who this summer received an Honorary Doctorate in Business Management from the Confederation of International Accreditation Commission, said he also believed in 'getting his hands dirty' in the sense that he wasn't simply a company leader in name only.
Other strategies he attributed to his company's success included acknowledging the contribution employees had made, building up new and relevant skills, and streamlining when turnover was tough.
Prior to starting Glass Rite Dr Roets was MD of his own furniture company Alambra Group and before that a Regional Manager in Business Development for the ABSA Bank.
A spokesman for BWM said they were delighted to bestow the title of Most Innovative CEO on Dr Roets. He added: "Congratulations are certainly in order. We were particularly taken by Dr Roet's constant striving to expand Glass Rite by looking at other areas he could take the company down. From one to four businesses within two decades is extremely impressive."
For a biography on Dr Roets and information on Glass Rite itself, see http://www.glassrite.co.za
An article on the company can also be found on BWM website
BWM's other Awards can be found at http://www.bwmonline.com
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