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My Kingston - Cecil Gordon Smith

Style Observer

Sunday, September 23, 2012    

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Marketing Manager Owned Brands, J Wray & Nephew Ltd

Share with us your earliest memories of Kingston.

I was born in Kingston at the University Hospital of the West Indies. My earliest and most profound memories include going to the Hope Botanical Park, Hope Zoo and, most importantly, Coconut Park to ride on the merry-go-round, train and the infamous roller coaster.

What do you miss when you are not in Kingston?

The laid back vibe of the people, familiar faces everywhere you go in the city, and just being home with my family.

What are your home comforts?

Lounging in bed in front of my 60-inch television surfing between the many football games that are playing.

You've just celebrated your fourth year with FNO and your cocktails just keep getting better and better. What's your secret ingredient?

The secret is well known; our world-renowned Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum range infused with fresh Jamaican fruits and spices makes a fantastic cocktail to suit every taste or occasion.

Which do you reckon was the evening's favourite cocktail?

The Appleton Genesis Lycheetini, which is a delicious lychee-infused martini; the patrons who were fortunate enough to sample it at FNO. Kept wanting more.

What was your last bit of retail therapy?

Shoes, a stylish pair of Aldo dress loafers; I really like the style and comfort of that brand.

You were at the US Open, how was that experience?

It was a fantastic trip as I got to see my favourite tennis player Serena Williams, reigning Wimbledon and Olympic champion, win her quarter-final match and Roger Federer who unfortunately lost in four sets to Tomas Berdych. The experience was even more rewarding as I got an opportunity to share the occasion with special customers from all over the world who earned all-expenses-paid trip courtesy of Appleton Estate Jamaica Rum to the matches.

Share with us a few places in your Wray & Nephew travel Black Book.

From the majestic beauty of British Columbia's coastline to the scenic farm lands of Lynchburg, Tennessee to Casa Loma, a magnificent estate situated on a bluff overlooking Toronto to Jazz & Blues bars in the French quarter of New Orleans and every single small district and major town across the length and breadth of Jamaica, the mission to educate consumers about the rich storied history of our Appleton Estate Jamaica Rums has been my undertaking.

What's on your iPod?

I have an eclectic mix of songs from Bob Marley, Kenny Rogers to LMFAO and Nicki Minaj. I listen to music based on my mood.

Share with us the title of the last book read.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Who's most likely to call you at 2:00 in the morning?

My significant other to check in on me, as my hours can be very long.

Which cologne are you currently splashing?

Connected Kenneth Cole Reaction

What's your philosophy?

Don't wait for your ship to come in, swim out to it.

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