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One of the most prestigious awards at Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence is the award for Business Personality of the Year. Last year’s winner, Jennifer Houghton, who is managing director of Annexio, tells us what it meant to her. 
‘I was obviously very excited about winning and still get congratulated now and again, which I’m very honoured by,’ she says. ‘I was quite relaxed the night before as I honestly didn’t think I would win, and when I did win one of my first thought, as I was walking up to the podium, was that I should have had my hair done properly!’ 
Her CV is impressive. Born in California with a Swedish mother and a German father, she is a qualified accountant, having also studied music and microbiology at university. Jennifer worked for Deloitte for 17 years. She came to the island 12 years ago and two years later married Jay Houghton, a director of Petrolink. She loves the island and has settled happily here, despite having previously lived in seven countries and moved 27 times. Jennifer speaks four languages which comes in useful at Annexio, where she heads up a team made up of 12 different nationalities. 
The company specialises in the secondary lottery market and provides both B2B and B2C services using their bespoke platform. One of Jennifer’s major achievements was successfully obtaining an online gaming licence for Annexio which was granted on April 1st 2011. In 2013 Annexio was the fastest growing online gaming company on the Isle of Man. In her spare time Jennifer loves running to keep fit – she has run the London Marathon and another 30 half-marathons for charity. As well as the various charities she runs for, she is also on the board of trustees for the Diana Princess of Wales Care at Home Trust, which provides hospice at home care, and is currently raising money through their Raad ny Foillan Challenge, walking a different section of the coastal path each month. 
She is also a committee member of the Isle of Man branch of the Institute of Directors and was awarded ‘International Director of the Year’ by the Institute of Directors Isle of Man branch in 2016. Speaking about winning the award for Business Personality of the Year, Jennifer adds: ‘I may have been the first woman to have won the award, but I am certain that I won’t be the last.’ 
Are you entering this year’s Awards? Isle of Man Newspapers’ Awards for Excellence offers 16 awards categories, including Business Personality of the Year. There are categories for companies of all sizes, individuals, public sector teams and charitable and community organisations. You will find full details of all the categories and entry forms to download at
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