Coach Jim in The Media

BAT’s Lafferty: Coaching is my first love – June 3, 2013

When James Lafferty, the general manager of British American Tobacco Co. Philippines, talks about running, he really talks about work, desire  and life. He tells his employees, for instance, to be kind to everybody in the gym the next time they work out not only because he wants to teach them the value of networking but to tell them how he got started as a corporate man…. Read Article >

Lafferty: Filipinos have big potentials – May 1, 2013

JAMES MICHAEL LAFFERTY believes a Filipino has a future in the world of competitive running—including a crack at an Olympic medal. Lafferty, the former chief executive officer of Procter & Gamble, is hoping to someday find a young protégé who he could train with the Olympics as his goal… Read Article >

Coach Jim: The Running CEO – April 18, 2013

IF you’ve spent your whole life in corporate wellness, trained people on diet and exercise, have become an active member of the Medical Wellness Association worldwide and an Olympic coach in running, you’d think that you’ve already done enough to do… Read Article >

Olympic Marathon: Obiekwe Aims High – April 10, 2012

Nigeria’s sole representative in the marathon event of the 2012 Olympics in London, Esther Obiekwe, says her target is not to win a medal but to improve on her personal best.
Obiekwe is slated to compete in the world’s oldest marathon, the… Read Article >

Obiekwe for Boston Marathon – April 9, 2012

Banker cum marathoner, Esther Obiekwe, will be the only Nigerian at the Boston Marathon scheduled for April 16 in the US.
The Boston event is world’s oldest marathon and one of only three marathons in the world which require a qualifying time – the Olympics and the World Championships are the other… Read Article >

NBC: Impacting host communities through life-changing projects – November 14, 2011

As a business, Nigerian Bottling Company has deliberately entrenched the principle of corporate social responsibility in the fabric of its operations from manufacturing to community engagement. This it does by promoting sustainable development in order to create value for its business and society. This includes providing products that meet the beverage needs of consumers, fostering an open and inclusive work environment, conducting business in ways that protect and preserve the… Read Article >

Esther Obiekwe (The Running Banker) Goes to Berlin Marathon by Sharon Ojong – September 26, 2011

It all started as a means to lose weight, stay in shape and feel better, little did she know what was coming her way. Esther found her way winning small races and medalling in Banker’s games and Glo half marathon where she recognized her potential. Though a late start, Esther in her thirties has decided to the Berlin Marathon to… Read Article >

Obiekwe to improve PB at Berlin Marathon – September 23, 2011

FOLLOWING her success at the Athens Marathon in Greece, where she broke the four hours mark, Esther Obiekwe will be at the Berlin Marathon on Sunday hoping to better her personal best of three hours, 36 minutes.
Ibekwe, who also worked with a bank and earned the nickname, “The running banker,” said she would strive to shelve 10 minutes from her personal best (PB) in Berlin. According to… Read Article >

Jim Lafferty – My Coach, My Mentor, My Bestfriend – August 7, 2011

Unbelievable but it is true, it’s now a little over a month since you quit Nigeria and left us all The Ikoyi runners guessing. The sudden short and shocking departure is still felt by all. The Ikoyi group, the guards…Read Article >

Obiekwe Shines at World Marathon – January 31, 2011

Nigeria’s sole representative in the marathon event of the 2012 Olympics in London, Esther Obiekwe, says her target is not to win a medal but to improve on her personal best.
Obiekwe is slated to compete in the world’s oldest marathon, the… Read Article >

Nigerian Runner Qualifies for Boston Marathon – January 28, 2011

Esther Obiekwe, a member of a local road running club in Lagos supported by Eva Water has qualified to race in the prestigious Boston Marathon. The 34 year-old professional banker with Fidelity Bank Plc last week clocked 3hrs: 36mins at the 42km Dubai Marathon to improve on her previous time of 3hr: 49mins. She emerged the first Nigerian overall (male inclusive) to hit the finish line. Speaking at a brief ceremony to honour her at the Coca-Cola head office in Ikoyi yesterday, Jim Lafferty, the Managing Director of Nigeria Bottling Company Plc who is… Read Article >

A banker with an eye on the Boston Marathon marble – June 2, 2011

ESTHER Obiekwe is an athlete with an unusual story. Most athletes begin their career from their infancy, growing through the junior ranks until they become household names. But that is not how this marathoner, who has ran in most of the big events in the athletic calendar, began her foray into big time running.
A banker with Fidelity Bank, Obiekwe began her… Read Article >

Jim Lafferty & Project Donate A Shoe – August 6, 2009

Jim Lafferty, President & CEO of Procter & Gamble Philippines, invited the members of the Elite Team Bald Runner for the Palms Country Club Charity Run last Saturday, August 1, 2009 and have them sponsored for the registration fees and breakfast but all the members were scheduled to have their weekend long run and I had to tell him that they… Read Article >

P&G head has creative ways to wellness – September 14, 2008

MANILA, Philippines – The president of one of the country’s largest multinationals and this writer are multi-tasking. While conducting the interview, we are having a foot massage at the P&G floor of 6750 Ayala Avenue. The spa massage room is painted in soothing green, with blow-up photos of bamboos that bring the outside in. The fact that the senses are engaged?soothing background music, the aroma of scented candles, the feel of the warm water and the healing touch of the masseuse on… Read Article >

GK Baseco kids hone their talents – August 31, 2008

Every morning, 11-year-old Jonel and his friends would practice their dance lessons for a school event in the streets of Baseco in Tondo, Manila.
When it rains, the streets get muddy and when it’s hot, the children have to… Read Article >

Ain’t no mountain high enough for blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer – June 13, 2008

Ain’t no mountain high enough for blind mountaineer Erik Weihenmayer
While he may not be as well known among Filipinos as basketball superstar Michael Jordan or boxing champion Manny Pacquiao, American mountain climber Erik Weihenmayer is a … Read Article >

World’s first blind person to climb Mt. Everest is blind to failure – June 8, 2008

Climbing is not a battle with the elements, nor against the law of gravity. It’s a battle against oneself. — Walter Bonatti
Believe. No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars, or sailed to an uncharted land, or opened a new heaven to … Read Article >

Leading 50 to run 42 on 7-22 – July 1, 2007

MANILA, Philippines–On July 22, James Michael Lafferty, Procter & Gamble Phils. top man, will lead 50 of his people to run 108 kilometers (roughly the distance from Makati to Batangas) for the Milo Marathon.
Over the past months, Jim, a frustrated athlete who had dreamed of running in the Olympics, has been… Read Article >

Nadia Comaneci arrives to deliver inspirational talk – June 25, 2007

MANILA, Philippines — Nadia Comaneci, the first gymnast to score a perfect ?10? in the Olympics and one of the most celebrated female athletes of all time, arrived in the Philippines for the first time Sunday night.
Comaneci is in town to give a motivational talk, together with… Read Article >

Geneve Marathon

P&G staff on their marks
On Sunday, 303 runners from P&G will be on the starting line. After a very serious preparation.
Geneva Marathon.
On Sunday, 303 employees of the American multinational will be taking part in the second Geneva marathon… Read Article >

Bostic learns valuable lesson – Forest Park track stair aims for four state titles

Calvin Bostic had a tough time holding back the tears.
Disciplined in front of his friends by Jim Lafferty, Forest Park Junior High School’s track coach, Bostic left a team meeting six years ago bigger and disappointed.
“I came into that first track meeting laughing and cutting up,” Bostic recalled. “Before I sat down, Mr. Lafferty told me… Read Article >

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