Chief Marketing Officer At The Jamaica Loan Shop Ltd.
What are your earliest memories of Kingston?
My earliest memories of Kingston are visiting my mother in Duhaney Park, and going to the market with her. I was only 12 years old and still remember the vibrancy and camaraderie among the various vendors competing for a sale. The experience was authentic and different for me, because it was my first time visiting Coronation Market and being around so many people.
What do you miss most when you are away from Kingston?
Whenever I am away from Kingston I miss the amazing people and diverse culture of the city. Kingston has a unique and special vibe of its own. I think it's the entertainment capital of the region.
What has been your most memorable meal in Kingston?
The most unforgettable meal I have had was at The Cove on Winchester Road. I had just returned from the United States and had not had escoveitch fish in years. A friend recommended The Cove, and I went. The taste was to die for and the ambience is very rustic. The staff is warm and kind and I love eating there on Fridays.
Which places would you recommend as must-visit locations to a first-time visitor to Kingston?
Port Royal, Devon House, Bob Marley Museum, and Usain Bolt's Tracks & Records.
What is your beverage of choice?
Authentic Jamaican lemonade.
What cologne are you splashing?
Terre d' Hermès.
Share the title of the last book you read.
The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything: by Stephen M R Covey
What's on your current iPod playlist?
Time to Say Goodbye: Andrea Bocelli & Sarah Brightman
Pour it Up: Rihanna
Call Me Maybe: Carly Rae Jsepen
Princess of China: Coldplay
Swim Good: Frank Ocean
Share a few places in your travel black book.
Chicago, Illinois, USA. If you're a history buff and a die-hard foodie, Chicago's your kind of town. Take an architectural-history walking tour, then dine at Alinea (the most celebrated molecular-gastronomy restaurant in the US). And don't miss the Museum of Science and Industry, the largest science museum in the Western Hemisphere.
Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. In Las Vegas, you'll find restaurants run by the world's finest chefs, opulent spas, and sophisticated hotels along with penny slots, Elvis impersonators, and indoor Venetian canals (complete with gondoliers). Why go there? Because there is simply no other place on the planet like Las Vegas. And I wouldn't have it any other way.
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. As a visitor in New Orleans, you can expect the locals to pull out all the stops to show you a good time. And it's way more than just a demonstration of Southern hospitality -- "laissez les bon temps rouler," or "let the good times roll" is the city's unofficial motto. So take a tour of the elegant Garden District, hit a jazz club, dine at the Commander's Palace, or join the crowds on Bourbon Street. The Big Easy has much to celebrate these days, now that it's had nearly five years to rebuild from Hurricane Katrina, and you'll be welcomed with open arms.
Seattle, Washington, USA. Seattle's petite downtown area and many attractions make it possible to pack a week's experience into a weekend. Grab a latte and start at the world-famous Pike Place Market. Watch the fish fly and then head to the Space Needle for a dramatic view of the city and its surrounding water. Climb 520 feet to the observation deck of Seattle's signature building, which is actually 605 feet tall, for spectacular views of the city and its surrounding area. For food and fantastic sights check out Sky-City, the tower's rotating restaurant that makes one complete orbit per hour. Return to earth and jump aboard a moonlit dinner cruise to Blake Island, or canoe through the arboretum.
You're in the business of finance, what are some of the pressing issues at this time?
As it relates to micro-finance, which is specifically the space I (Jamaica Loan Shop Ltd) do business in, the most pressing issue is high-frequency access to affordable and accessible capital, which would enable our company to lend money to its clients at a much more competitive rate. Hence, the price for money is too expensive, and our economic conditions do not make it any easier!
What is your life philosophy?
My philosophy is that I am a servant of humanity; and altruism and humility must be the driving currency of all my conduct.
Kerry Washington or Halle Berry? Who wins your vote and why?
I really like Kerry Washington better, because I appreciate her roles more and I love her in the current series Scandal. This new drama series, about a professional scandal "fixer" Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), gets so dark, gritty, shocking and twisty, it reminds me of the best episodes of 24-coupled with the kind of romantic tension that makes you scream at your TV (I did).