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MAP IT: Dynamism is Key

MAP IT is a partnership founded by two members, Mark Abela Schinas and Anton Pisani. It offers the perfect blend of new-age talent and experience. Although a young partnership, MAP IT already boasts of a strong portfolio of several satisfied clients. Mark and Anton have been working in IT for the brunt of their careers, and combined, spearhead one of the most dynamic, talented and inspired teams of IT professionals on the Island.


Firesafe: your Partner for Fire and Safety

During my 15 years as a London Fire Officer, I gained a varied and extensive experience in all fire related issues being in charge of a frontline appliance. In my last 2 years, I was involved in fire safety related work. After the fire service, I attained an advanced fire safety certification and I also have a level 4 qualification in fire risk assessment and auditing from the UK Fire Service College. This is currently the UK fire safety requirement and the highest accreditation.


a Hotel steeped in History

Some sites in a country go beyond the iconic, not just oozing style but forming part of history. Acquiring this status is far from easy but it is even harder to satisfy the expectations that people have of such a place. Running such a place must be an act of top anxiety but the Phoenicia Hotel’s GM makes everything seem easy as all moves like clockwork. The Executive meets up with Charles Azzopardi, the hotel’s affable head who tells us all about the hotel and its status and how he still manages to smile even when under unbelievable stress.


Selling Shopping: an Interview with Plaza Centres’ CEO Lionel A. Lapira

Sitting down with Lionel A. Lapira, CEO of Plaza Centres plc for the past nine years, reveals a man who is respectful of the rich history of the Plaza. This knowledge provides him with the roots from which he can think ahead and anticipate future solutions for future challenges that Plaza and the retail industry in Malta will face, without losing touch with the founding principles of the company. He begins the interview by explaining that Plaza was already a landmark in the Maltese economy long before he joined the company in 1994.


Palazzo Parisio: the Perfect Backdrop for Corporate Events

Located in the heart of picturesque Naxxar, this stately home is a place of wonder that begs to be explored. On your visit you will discover the intricate nuances of Malta’s historic nobility and their enchanting way of life. Touring this stately home offers great insight and sparks the imagination – whether you find yourself seeking inspiration from the grand Ballroom, the detailed Family Chapel or the fabulous walled Gardens and Orangery, you’ll find it.


Marketing Strategy - in Shooting from the Hip

In trying to restructure the organisation, and thus revive their companies’ fortunes, many directors resort to ‘Cowboy’ antics and shoot from the hip. This is definitely not the key to success, and is a syndrome which one might describe as ‘Anorexia Industrialosa’ – the excessive desire to be leaner and fitter.  Like its human counterpart, it can lead to emaciation and eventually death.

Malcolm McDonald, Emeritus Professor at Cranfield School of Management explains why boards must practice strategic thinking or face the consequences.


Editor's Page

When referring to hospitality as those industries which mostly “depend on the availability of leisure and disposable income”, we Executives have much to learn from our counterparts therein too. Organisations operating within such jurisdictions, or at least the more successful ones of them, work under tight operational conditions, with a heightened focus on customer experience. These two factors in turn lead to a provision of quality. And this above-average provision must be constant and sustainable.

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