Business Person of the Year Awards 2013

Held on Thursday 5th December


The Marriott Riviera – La Porte De Monaco



The Riviera Business Club hosted The Business Person  of the Year Awards 2013 at the luxurious Marriott Riviera overlooking the beautiful Port of Cap D’Ail with a Gala Dinner where 140  members and guests of the Riviera Business Club and the International Club of the Riviera, judges, sponsors and nominees mingled and networked in a warm and convivial atmosphere.


After an exquisite festive dinner and superb entertainment by contemporary dancer Margarita Nagel and British Cabaret Duo of Monique & Nigel Jones the tension mounted as the Chairperson of the distinguished panel of Judges, Dorothy Foster was invited to introduce  her panel and explain the criteria employed to select the winners.


The high point of the evening came when the envelopes containing the names of the winners were handed over to the President of the Riviera Business Club, George Kasiliyake who then announced the winners starting with the Start up of the Year Award 2013.


Ewan Bird & Bertrand Petit of Vin De Terre were the worthy winners of the Waterford Crystal Trophy designed by John Rocha which was presented to them by the Agent for Crystal Caviar in France 'Fiona Weldon'.




In addition to the fabulous trophy Ewan & Betrand were also awarded an advertising voucher worth 1200/- Euros a generous award from the Editor in Chief of the Riviera Times, Petra Hall.


RBC Petra 1


This was followed by the announcement of the main award of the evening, The Business Person of the Year 2013.


Greg & Marion Harris of Cote d’Azur Villas were the winners of this prestigious award of Bohemian Crystal The Crystal Caviar Trophy valued at 6000/- Euros and their entire team were present to celebrate the success of the company.


The Crystal Caviar Trophy was presented to Greg & Marion by the Chairman of Crystal Caviar Marek Landa.


BPOY Crystal Caviar 1


They also received an advertising voucher worth 1200/- Euros a generous award from the Editor in Chief of the Riviera Times, Petra Hall.


Riviera Business club Petra 2



There were also table draws with prizes such as New World Wine from Club Vivanova & Indian Dinners from Curry&Spice. 

The event continued with DJ Mark Dezzani of Riviera Life TV providing music for dancing till the early hours of the morning.


A special tribute to Siegfried Poppe, General Manager and Maura Richards, Events Manager and the very professional team of the Marriott Riviera for a perfect evening!


Our grateful thanks to……..

The distinguished Panel of Judges:-

Dorothy Foster – Skema Business School (Chairperson)

Catherine Gaulier – Bank Populaire Côte D’Azur  

Petra Hall – Riviera Times

Siegfried Poppe – Marriott Riviera

Jean-Francois Boutin – Mergers & Acquisitions Consultant.

The Sponsors :-


crystal caviar I  Marriott BPCA-logo-600
riviera times    ebg AI Logo 500px


Buzz-HD-logo    Riviera Life header logo






And the people about whom the entire event was…….

The Nominees!  Thank you for taking the time to be a very important part of this event!



Carin Peirano & Sabine Karlberg


Brittain’s Home Stores

Caroline Brittain


Cote d’Azur Villas

Greg & Marion Harris


French Riviera Property Search

Jackie Pressman



Colette Kent


Create Talent

Christine Dunton Tinus


Paddy Warwick Personal Training

Paddy Warwick


Vin de Terre

Ewan Bird & Bertrand Petit