October 10, 2023 – Alike Editorial
Dubai, UAE - The 6th edition of the esteemed Burj CEO Awards unfolded against the backdrop of a breathtaking Mediterranean cruise from Greece to Turkey, where it honored the world's standout entrepreneurs, humanitarians, and business luminaries. This extraordinary event, held from August 22 to 27, 2023, aboard an exclusive luxury vessel, symbolized a unique convergence of achievement and opulence. The ceremony took place under the esteemed patronage of His Highness Sheikh Juma Bin Maktoum Juma Al Maktoum, a distinguished member of Dubai's royal family. Powered by the sponsorship of GTC, a global online trading platform, the awards ceremoniously applauded remarkable individuals and organizations across a spectrum of over fifty (50) categories.
The award for the Fastest Growing Company of the Year was captured by Pantheon Holdings, led by its President, Brian Poe Llamanzares, Ph.D. A distinguished figure, Poe Llamanzares is not only a journalist but also an astute entrepreneur, investor, and public servant. His unwavering passion for innovation is underscored by an extensive portfolio spanning diverse domains such as fine art, retail, media, marketing, business development, investor relations, esports, property management, and blockchain technology. Enhancing his accolades, he penned 'A Sustainable Future,' a testament to his commitment to addressing sustainability challenges and disaster resilience. Beyond these accomplishments, Brian seamlessly juggles the role of Chief of Staff at the office of Senator Grace Poe.
Pantheon Holdings, a visionary venture shaped by a collective of diverse backgrounds, mirrors its namesake as a central hub for a thriving array of ventures. This ecosystem nurtures collaborative enterprises, propelling economic development through dynamic job diversity, unwavering innovation, and the pursuit of opportunities.
Brian expresses his gratitude and vision, stating, “I’m very thankful to note that our small holdings company has earned the respect of business owners from around the world. Our unique approach towards investing and business development gives us the opportunity to build a supportive ecosystem. It is our hope that our holding company can continue to grow and build more businesses and contribute to the job market diversity in the country.”
With a growing portfolio, Pantheon Holdings leads the way in nurturing innovation and growth this 2023. A3 Group took the lead by spearheading the production of Binibining Pilipinas 2023, an iconic event celebrating beauty and talent in the Philippines.
Jerik Santos, President of A3 Group, expressed that working with Pantheon Holdings is like having an ally in a battle. “A powerhouse of young aggressive big movers collaborating together to help their partner ventures achieve the maximum growth potential in their respective industries.” Santos also shares that his plan for A3 Group is to have continuous business growth and development in the next few years, providing services that are innovative and top-notch.
Simultaneously, A-Team 360 expanded its horizons to Dubai, with Poe Llamanzares presenting at the Marketing 2.0 Conference and sharing invaluable insights into the Pivotal Role of Reputation Management in the 21st Century Marketing Strategy. This marked a significant step in establishing a global presence, showcasing Pantheon Holdings' determination to thrive on the international stage.
Pantheon Holdings' portfolio encompasses Time Master Watches, a brand renowned for delivering timeless elegance over six successful years. Additionally, their efforts have revitalized the Philippine nightlife scene through restaurants and bars under the Quay Concepts and MIRO Group banners. The much-anticipated TAAW Beach Club in La Union, opening its doors in November, promises an exciting beachfront experience.
The commitment to fostering entrepreneurship was further underscored when Brian Poe Llamanzares served as an esteemed investor judge on the groundbreaking TV show The Final Pitch, the Philippines' first business reality show. This participation highlighted Pantheon Holdings' dedication to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit among the nation's aspiring business leaders.
John Aguilar, the founder and host of The Final Pitch, shared, “To pin down what it is that Pantheon Holdings is all about and their potential as a company would be a foolish undertaking as Pantheon and Brian Poe Llamanzares are an unstoppable force. It was an absolute thrill to have them on our show The Final Pitch as perhaps the youngest, most exciting multi-industry investment firm in the country. Watch them on our show and you’ll see what I mean.”
As a trusted source of expert consultation for startups, Pantheon Holdings continues to play a pivotal role in entrepreneurial growth and success. FINMAC San Juan, a Forex Academy launched under their umbrella, has already empowered Filipinos with valuable Forex knowledge, with one student achieving a remarkable profit of one million pesos, exemplifying Pantheon Holdings' commitment to promoting financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Faye Abrihan, the Chief Executive Officer of Pantheon Holdings, reflects on the company's journey, saying, "It has not been an easy road for Pantheon to be where we are right now but I believe that's what has helped us become the start-up consultants that we are today. Our own experience as founders and angel investors has given us more insight into the hardships of starting a business and the best way one can achieve success in this space."
Gathering momentum as an unrivaled celebration that spotlights influential figures in the global industry, the Burj CEO Awards has rightfully earned its moniker as the 'Oscars' of the business realm. This illustrious gathering is propelled by CEO Clubs Network Worldwide, a distinguished international membership-based organization spanning diverse industries and global chapters. The Burj CEO Awards was inaugurated in 2016 in Washington, D.C., USA, and has since graced London, UK, Shenzhen, China, and Mauritius, with its fifth edition becoming an integral part of Expo 2020 Dubai. Across these editions, the event has recognized and lauded over 300 exceptional business leaders and organizations for their exceptional achievements.
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