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Airports Authority of Trinidad and Tobago ('the Authority')
invites suitably qualified firms and individuals to submit
proposals for leasing and developing land at the Piarco
AeroPark for Warehousing Operations. This is an attractive
opportunity to operate in one of the most high-traffic areas
in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Piarco AeroPark is a mixed use business park just north
of the Piarco International Airport in Trinidad and Tobago.
The Piarco AeroPark is the first aerotropolis or airport city in
the Caribbean. It will contain zones for various activities
Copies of the RFP can be obtained from December 30th
2014 between 8:00a.m. and 4:00p.m. at the Cashier's
Booth, Airports Authority Administration Centre, Piarco
International Airport, South Terminal, Golden Grove Road,
Piarco, Trinidad and Tobago upon payment of a non
refundable fee of US$200.00 plus VAT.
A Pre-Proposal Conference and Facility Tour will take
place at 10:00a.m. on March 04th 2015 at the following
Proposers and their representatives are encouraged to attend
the Facility Tour to acquaint themselves with the conditions
therein which may influence their proposals.
The deadline for submission of proposals is April 28th 2015
at 2:00p.m. AST. Late submissions will not be considered.
The Authority does not bind itself to accept the lowest or any
Questions or requests for further information should be
The Secretary Tenders Committee
The subject line should read
at the Piarco AeroPark
TrINIDAD AND TOBAGO
How do you keep your
passion for business
burning and maintain your
zest for new opportunities
while living like a rock star?
Kian (RockstarPreneur) Kaze,
My motto in life and in
business is this: Life s
too short, if you don t
enjoy it, don t do it!
From the day I started my very first busi-
ness, Student magazine, right up to now,
including our work on Virgin Galactic and
commercial space travel, this philosophy
has guided our team at Virgin. I ve learned
that if a new project or business opportunity
doesn t seem exciting, it s likely because it
won t make a difference in people s lives
and allow us to have a lot of creative fun
in the process. I would much rather pass
on it quickly and work on a project that
To keep both your personal and profes-
sional life exciting, have Fun, yes, with a
capital "F." Having what we like to call serious
fun is at the core of the Virgin way, and
Follow your own star
that s something for which I will never apologize.
It sometimes puts us in places that more straight-
laced organisations might fear to tread. For instance,
I have done many slightly crazy things involving racing
boats or flying hot-air balloons or jumping off tall
buildings. Some may call such actions reckless, but
my reply is that I m taking calculated risks in the
name of something bigger.
It s essential that anyone with entrepreneurial aspi-
rations have an unfettered willingness to trust their
instincts and follow their own star, even if at times
it might appear to be leading them toward a precipice.
My star has certainly led me over quite a few cliffs
and in some pretty wild and woolly directions. Whether
the challenges were physical or financial or both, for
me fun has always been inextricably linked with taking
risks. Being told that I d "be crazy to even think about
doing that" has always been like waving a red rag at
a bull. I love to take on supposedly insurmountable
challenges, and I love pushing the envelope and zagging
when everyone else is zigging. This is something that
just seems to be part of my DNA, and it works pretty
well; most of the time, at least.
This advice applies no matter what sort of career
path you ve chosen. Whether you are in a comfortable
job at an established company or you re launching
your first startup, if you don t enjoy what you re doing
and the people with whom you re doing it, then there
is no way that you are ever going to do it well.
Life is not a dress rehearsal, so why waste any of
your limited time on this earth doing things that don t
light your fire? I am constantly amazed at how many
people choose to spend their lives either looking in
the rear-view mirror or proclaiming that things are
going to be better in the future. All too frequently,
"now" gets lost in the shuffle. But now is the time
to do, and it s important to remember that these are
"the good old days" that you ll be looking back on
years from now. Why not enjoy them while you ve
This approach has helped to make Virgin successful.
Our team almost certainly wouldn t be here if we had
not repeatedly dug in our heels and refused to waste
time on things that we recognised would just not be
right for us.
My zest for our business fuels my desire to learn.
The ability to lock in and listen hard is a skill that
has served me well in life, and it s directly tied to just
how much I enjoy our work. This is true of all our
team. One of the things that we at Virgin do very
well is nothing more complex than listening. Because
we are engaged and enthusiastic, we listen intently
to anyone who has an opinion to share, not just the
experts. We learn from each other, from the market-
place and from the mistakes that must be made in
order to generate ideas that are original and disruptive.
This keeps us moving forward and helps us to find
opportunities that our competitors can t.
Kian, if you re someone who believes in going your
own way and in having a lot of fun doing it---which
it sounds like you are---then you re already on the
right track. Go ahead, wear your passion on your
sleeve for all to see and do a lot more listening than
talking. And remember: When in doubt, trust your
From one RockstarPreneur (I love this!) to the next,
(Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin
Group and companies such as Virgin Atlantic,
Virgin America, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Active.
He maintains a blog at www.virgin.com/richard-
branson/blog. You can follow him on Twitter at
twitter.com/richardbranson. To learn more about
the Virgin Group: www.virgin.com.)
(Questions from readers will be answered in
future columns. Please send them to RichardBran-
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name, coun-
try, email address and the name of the Web site
or publication where you read the column.)
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