2023 ILLUMINATE AWARD WINNERS
The Nexus Illuminate Awards shine a spotlight on the best performing, most adaptable and innovative players in the Nearshore; those responsible for continuing to build a reputation that is slowly changing the pathways of business in the Americas.
But they also recognize, in this particular year, the visionaries who keep betting on and building the Nearshore’s capabilities in the face of adversity.
These are the winners of the Nexus Illuminate Awards 2023, held in New Jersey, during a ceremony meant to celebrate the best this industry has to offer.
BRANDON POWELL, Founder and CEO Hatchworks
Brandon’s story is filled with both the spirit of entrepreneurship and the will to help communities.
A self-professed “Chief Enabling Officer”, Brandon has grown into a prominent figure in the business landscape of Atlanta, where he’s received several awards for his entrepreneurial aptness.
He’s known for a more horizontal approach to his role as an executive and for his efforts to make Hatcworks a company that employees are pleased to work at.
“I’m no one’s executive officer. My job is to enable. I started my company with one goal: be the best place to work,” Brandon stated in an interview back in 2022.
“I learned a lot at some big consulting companies, at AT&T; I learned things that I wanted, what I didn’t want. I’ve tried to build a very flat organization, as we scale, but also, my employees are my customers […] I try to create raving fans of our employees. That’s what turns our flywheel,” he explained.
Beyond the US, he has made sure to become a promoter of community development –particularly through tech education– in Costa Rica, Colombia and other Nearshore countries where Hatchworks operates.
Mérida built itself into a bright light in the middle of the Mexican southeast, a region that has for long been historically overlooked.
Located in the state of Yucatán, Mérida is growing fast in terms of population size, real estate development and investment flows. The city is rapidly cultivating its nearshoring capabilities, attracting the attention of industry giants and mid-sized players looking for a partner in their own path towards growth.
“This is a great recognition to the city of Mérida, to the government of the state of Yucatán, who have been making a conscious effort to make the city one of the best tech hubs in Mexico,” stated Luis Castro, CEO at QS2 Point, who received the award in representation of the city.
With a wealth of untapped talent and other resources, Mérida stands out as a textbook example of potential that is worth developing.
VIDYA RAVICHANDRAN, Founder and CEO, GlowTouch
A bona fide business hall-of-famer, Vidya Ravichandran exemplifies the good that can be done from a position of success.
Through GlowTouch, Vidya built a platform which has brought more than business to the Nearshore. Her leadership allowed GlowTouch to position itself as not only an employer of local labor, but also as a benefactor of the communities where it has set its operations.
In 2022, GlowTouch opened a site in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic), a business venture which, under Vidya’s leadership, promises to be a catalyst for both economic and social development in the community.
“Vidya says one thing constantly: it’s all about the people, it’s all about the community, it’s all about the connection. She always challenges us to make sure we don’t forget that,” said Jim Farsworth, Growth Leader at GlowTouch, who received the award in Vidya’s name. “It’s a pleasure to work for someone as committed as she is.”
Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs, Vidya has high hopes for the Nearshore and for the role that GlowTouch will play in the development of the region’s most overlooked corners.
SHANE ANGUS, Regional Manager, Trade and investment, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO)
Jamaica is regarded today as one of the region’s superstar performers in drawing BPO investment. That outstanding performance is attributed in great part to the efforts and vision of Shane Angus, JAMPRO’s Regional Manager of Trade and Investment.
Shane has been a integral part of Jampro’s North American business outreach strategy for the better part of the last decade. His tireless commitment and joyful demeanor are two of his key strengths.
“Having worked with him [Shane] since 2018, I know he’s deserving of this award. His vision for the outsourcing industry in Jamaica, and his commitment to working with partners like NSAM is one of the reasons we are one of the leading destinations not only in the Caribbean, but in the world,” said Roshelle Lewis, Senior Trade and Investment Officer at JAMPRO.
“So many things are happening in Jamaica, and that’s because of Shane, his vision and the team around him,” she added.
TELUS International has journeyed for almost 20 years in the business and digital services industry.
During those almost two decades, the company has built a global employee base of around 75,000, operating in 32 countries and providing service to its clients from 71 delivery centers and digital solutions studios.
Its network extends to the Nearshore. TELUS International is today one of the most fervent believers in the region’s capabilities for tech. It has operations in Costa Rica, Central America’s outsourcing superstar, but the company also works from Guatemala and El Salvador, lesser known destinations in which TELUS International is contributing to the development of capabilities and local tech workforces.
TELUS International’s growth allowed it to strike recent acquisition deals with firms like WillowTree, Lionbridge AI, Playment and Xavient Digital, moves which have proven pertinent as the market grows hungrier for digital services capabilities.
TATA CONSULTANCY SERVICES, LATIN AMERICA
TCS’ Latin American journey has been going for over two decades now. Over that period of time, the regional bet made by TCS has paid handsome dividends. Today, Latin America is TCS’ fastest growing region in terms of revenue, and the company plans to push that growth even further.
With a presence in nine countries and a headcount that hovers the 25,000 mark, TCS Latin America is a true example of what can be achieved in the Nearshore. The company has positioned itself not only as a major business player regionally, but also as an important component of the technological development of the locations where it has landed.
TCS has also managed to create a successful cultural experiment in the region, combining its own corporate culture with the variety of cultural and social expressions it has found in each of the locations it operates from. The result is a rich mosaic of visions and capabilities which has allowed for further growth and innovation in Latin America.