Our organisation’s journey through the shipping and logistics industry began in 1991, when founder Adam Imoru Ayarna started from the ground floor of the industry, and through professional studies,internal and external experience quickly found himself working with one of the best companies in the industry globally. He was handed higher and increasingly more sensitive responsibilities early in career - within months of joining the A.P Moller-Maersk Group in Ghana he was tasked with creating a Logistics wing commencing with customs house brokerage. This was a very sensitive task within the Ghanaian customs industry, which at the time was always subject to scandal. With the valuable Maersk brand at stake, Adam had to guide the name and add value within the Ghanaian industry. He was fortunate to have a dynamic team to support him. The team quickly gained a reputation for dynamism, earning the nicknames ‘The Mad House’ and soon, ‘The Dream Team’.
He had the opportunity to commence trucking operations for the group which became the envy of the industry at the time. He quickly developed the logistics wing and led ‘The Dream Team’ to commence, amongst others, NVOCC operations, Inventory Management, Distribution and Bonded & Open Warehousing operations for Maersk Group in Ghana. This was yet another success story.
The icing on the cake for him was, in 1999, becoming the pioneer in the establishment of a container freight station. The station was the first in Ghana, paving the way for the establishment of more container freight stations (including off-dock container terminals) all over Ghana.
He was expatriated to South Africa in late 2003, first in Johannesburg and then in Durban, where he acquired more experience as he took up the task of building staff capacity with a direct result of improving business processes and service delivery. He left a positive impression on everybody he worked with, and to date a lot of people still consider him as their mentor and continue to pick his brain. His challenge was over when Durban, formerly considered a trouble spot for what was then Maersk Logistics, was turned into a learning centre for the organisation. He achieved this by motivating the staff and bringing out the best in them. The team earned the reputation as a winning team prior to his return to Ghana.
Adam returned from South Africa in 2007 to head one of the shipping lines within the A.P. MOLLER- MAERSK GROUP, Safmarine Container Lines, with initial oversight over three countries, including Ghana. He finally bowed out of the huge corporate world in 2012 to concentrate on creating awareness in the maritime industry, through coaching and mentorship of the young up and comers in the industry. His passion for people and sharing his acquired knowledge in business led him to creating an indoor/outdoor multi-purpose space, CADESMEE, in Tema (the centre of the Ghanaian shipping universe). CADESMEE is open to the public for all purposes – company events, retreats, seminars, organisational training and even parties.
With his overall contribution to the shipping industry in Ghana, the shipping association maintained his membership and elected him as their Vice President in May 2012, an office he still currently holds.
The challenge is on, and Adam is always looking at ways of assisting both small and medium sized logistics companies to be more professional and effective, and also bringing shipping knowledge to the doorstep of shipper and industry player. This is the challenge Adam Imoru Ayarna has now taken up. In one of his numerous presentations and training programs, he articulated his vision as ‘Let’s demystify shipping and make it part of our life.’
Cadesmee International was incorporated under the Ghana Companies Code, 1963 (Act 179) on 21st December 2009. Active business commenced during the first quarter of 2013, with the primary objective of introducing integrity in our day to day business environment and transactions.
The name came about through team work and intelligence. Three kids Carl, Denise & Esmee were tasked with coming up with a name for the company; the name had to revolve around the theme of ‘honesty’. After toying with many names they settled on one: in the belief that they were children full of honesty they had combined their names into the company name........ the result is what we now proudly know as CA D ESMEE.
We have changed and migrated from our previous symbol to the current one. In life is all about change and we believe that the change should always be positive and we have done just that from:
The strategy used in the creation of our name is tied to the symbol we chose. Being a truly Ghanaian entity and being proud of Ghana as a country, we could only choose an indigenous Ghanaian symbol. The Adinkra symbol ‘dame-dame’, representing ‘Intelligence and Ingenuity’, was the obvious choice. This was clearly at work when the name was formed: skill and cleverness allowed the three kids to solve the naming challenge with intelligence and ingenuity.
And now to our NEW LOGO & SYMBOL :
Doves mate for life and work together to build their nest and raise their young. While birds of prey would attack their neighbours, the dove is a bird of peace, eating seeds, easily trained to eat out of the hand. Beginning with the Egyptians, the dove was a symbol of quiet innocence. The Chinese felt the dove was a symbol of peace and long life. To early Greeks and Romans, doves represented love and devotion, and care for a family. The dove was the sacred animal of Aphrodite and Venus, the goddesses of love and friendship. The dove also symbolized the peaceful soul for many cultures.
In Christian iconography, a dove also symbolizes the Holy Spirit, in reference to Matthew 3:16 andLuke 3:22 where the Holy Spirit is compared to a dove at the Baptism of Jesus. The early Christians in Rome incorporated into their funerary art the image of a dove carrying an olive branch, often accompanied by the word "Peace". It seems that they derived this image from the simile in the Gospels, combining it with the symbol of the olive branch, which had been used to represent peace by the Greeks and Romans. The dove and olive branch also appeared in Christian images of Noah's ark. "Perpetual peace is indicated by the olive branch (oleae ramusculo) which the dove brought with it when it returned to the ark." And Cadesmee fully associates with this and fully believe in Christ.
Studies have shown that green is the colour most associated with nature, youth, hope, life and fertility.
Green symbolizes self-respect and wellbeing. It is the colour of balance and learning, growth and harmony. This colour is favoured by well-balanced people, a master healer and life force.
Balance and a sense of order are found in the colour green. Change and transformation are necessary for growth and the ability to sustain change is part of the energy of the colour green.
Individuals and groups who have integrity are safe to deal with and our choice of the colour green symbolises our quest to promote integrity in all aspects of our business and those of our clients. Green is considered a ‘safe’ colour. Doing business with Cadesmee means being in safe hands!!
Cadesmee International is comprised of professionals with diverse functional skills in industries such as maritime, international trade, marketing, human resources, logistics and supply chain management. Our partners, internal and external, live our values and are our best assets.
A mix of youthful dynamism and experienced professionalism
We believe that experienced professionals with a good attitude provide the necessary knowledge, experience and pragmatism. We also believe that youthful dynamism contributes vitally due to drive, out-of-the-box thinking and ease with modern advancements, whilst the older generation supports with the required stability, wisdom and experience.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.