Cocktails With - Nadine Yee
We made the aquaintance of Nadine Yee, contractor and CEO of Marketing Consultant Services, as we went sailing around the Kingston Harbour for the recent Euphoria All-White Luxury Booze Cruise (heads up, chicsters, the über-hot cruise next takes place this December). The soft-spoken, but fiercely business-minded Yee tells us whose shoes she would want to be in for a day, what it’s like being female in a male-dominated profession, and just how much she loves a pair of stilettos.
What are you drinking?
A mix of Finlandia vodka and Schweppes ginger ale.
What were your thoughts of Euphoria’s All-White Luxury Booze Cruise?
It was a fabulous party. I really enjoyed being out in the open sea.
Setting sail around the Kingston Harbour is surely a fine way to unwind on a Sunday afternoon. But if you could have your pick of anywhere in the world to sail to, where would be your ideal location?
I would do an island hop of the Caribbean.
Who does your hair?
Shelly Reid at Baron’s Plaza.
Who does your nails?
Kathryn Richards and Narrava Frazer at The Essentials.
What perfume are you spraying?
Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel.
What is your fashion must-have?
A really nice handbag.
What’s in your handbag?
I’m actually toting a satchel today as I’m at sea. Inside it is my BlackBerry Torch, my iPhone 4S, CoverGirl lipstick, and Michael Kors sunglasses.
Jeans or LBD?
I like both. I wear a lot of jeans for work and I love them, but I really enjoy putting on the little black dress and dressing up.
Flats or stilettos?
Definitely stilettos. Can I tell you, I would wear them to site too if I could.
If you could live in anyone’s shoes for a day, who would it be and why?
Oprah Winfrey. She has overcome her adversities and turned them around to touch so many lives in a positive way. Also, from a business standpoint, she has evolved from a TV host to owning her own network which has positioned her as one of the most influential people in the world.
How did you wind up in your current profession, and what exactly are your job responsibilities?
I’m a project manager and building contractor. I’ve always believed that it’s important that I truly enjoy whatever I’m involved in. I started my business in 2006 as I’m passionate about what I do and I have followed my passion.
How is it calling the shots as the owner of your own contracting company?
Coming from a sales and marketing background, that was easy. I consider myself aggressive, competitive and always striving for the best.
Is it a challenge being a woman in the building industry?
Definitely, but my aim is to continue wowing my clients with excellent work, irrespective of the fact that I am a woman and work towards maintaining longevity for myself in the industry.
What’s been a highlight in your career?
Having been a sub-contractor in the initial stages, it was a defining moment when I received my first individual project.
What are you listening to on your iPod/car stereo?
On my iPod it’s all reggae and dancehall, and in my truck it’s Adele.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve received?
Entering the male-dominated industry I work in, a friend said to me ‘Better to earn $1 than nothing at all’.
What’s your idea of the perfect date?
Oh boy! A very relaxed environment like a picnic or sitting by a river sipping wine, listening to nature.
What’s your idea of the perfect man?
Someone honest, selfless and fun to be with.
Where do see yourself 10 years from now?
I’d like my company — Marketing Consultant Services — to be positioned as one of the top contractors and be able to enjoy the fruits of that journey.