“Respect was the key to our successful team endeavour” said a passionate Douglas Barbaro Sant, as the Everest14 team shared anecdotes, trials and joys with Banif Bank’s Executive Committee. The team of four mates, that last May successfully summited Everest from the tough North East Ridge, paid a courtesy visit to Banif to thank the Bank for its support and sponsorship.
Mountaineers Matthew Xerri, Raphael Fenech Adami, Douglas Barbaro Sant and Gregory Attard, shared their experiences with the Bank’s CEO and Directors in the Banif boardroom, describing their trials and fears, their joys, as well as the exhilaration of success. Their portfolio of photographs showed their progress, the harsh climate, the cramped conditions in base camp, and the out-of-this-world views from the top.
“We see a story parallel to our corporate one,” said Adrian Coppini, Director and Chief Officer Corporate Services. “Banif’s short but successful history is punctuated with many elements of strategic planning, hard work, passion, ambition, resilience and team work. These values are very similar to those espoused by the Everest14 Team. This meeting confirms that “the power of believing” that drives our team at Banif does lead to successes that are many times much greater than what one may dream or imagine. We feel honoured in having supported Everest14 on this endeavour.”
Banif’s collaboration with Everest14 will be extended to include motivational and team building activities, with the aim of enhancing soft skills among employees. The Bank’s Executive Committee presented a memento to the team, as a token of its appreciation.