My Kingston - Doug Halsall
Chairman & CEO — Advanced Integrated Systems Ltd
What is your earliest memory of Kingston?
Visiting my aunt with my dad and then seeing St George's playing against Jamaica College at a football match. I was a real country boy from Brown's Town then. Some will contend that I still am, but it's a badge I wear with honour.
What has been your most memorable meal in Kingston?
A steak Diane Flambé with a fine bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape at the top of the Pegasus Hotel when they operated a fine dining restaurant there.
What do you miss most when you are away from Kingston?
Outside of persons, Maiden Cay.
What would you do if you were mayor (of Kingston) for a day?
Introduce a cashless system to gain revenue from solar-powered parking meters.
Share the title of the last book you read.
Karaoke Capitalism Managing for Mankind by Jonas Ridderstrale and Kjell A Nordstrom.
What is your middle name?
What was the last bit of music you listened to that you enjoyed?
A compilation of what I regard as classical love songs, from times past, sent to me by a friend.
What was your last bit of retail therapy?
A gourmet kitchen for my home. This is more to fulfil a long ago promise to someone far more competent than I could ever be, but of course, there is enlightened self-interest somewhere in the mix. I'm not a great chef as I'm better at tasting, but I find kitchens therapeutic.
Share some places in your black book.
I like Rome, Florence and Paris and most places in the Mediterranean, but recent visits to Dubai have had a great pull. I also found Turkey to be more interesting than I had thought prior to visiting.
What cologne are you splashing?
Givenchy, Bvlgari, and Chanel Platinum Egoiste, but I can hardly remember buying one myself. There are indeed many areas in life where a woman's judgement is superior to ours.
What's the next big move for Advanced Integrated Systems?
I think growth is an imperative if one is to maintain top resources. Therefore, we must think outside of Jamaica, to sustain success and maintain our young, ambitious and highly competent team by challenging them. After all, life is really just a people game. Jamaica, however, will always be our base where new ideas are conceived, executed, tested, proven then exported.
What are your New Year's resolutions?
As always, find more time to get and keep fit. The lure of Jamaican cuisine is my nemesis. A bellyfull leads to a habit called siesta in Latin America. I think we have a more appropriate name here.
Who is your business inspiration?
Whoever thinks outside the box and regards persistence to be the enemy of resistance, and those who see excellence as a habit and not an event. Inspiration does not have to be from proven success, because success is really an attitude.
When last did you have a good laugh?
Every time I'm in the company of my grandchildren. "Mom, I'm allergic to my brother" or "I was not kicking after Dean, Mom, honestly, a fly defecated on my foot and I was just trying to shake it off." — the words of a then three-year-old.
What is your philosophy?
Go not where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path, and leave a trail... well done is markedly better than well said.