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My Kingston - George Nicholas III

Sunday, January 16, 2011    

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Chairman, Caribbean Airlines — Executive Chairman, Mora Ven Holdings

What was your first impression of Kingston?

Kingston is a great place with lots of energy.

Which Caribbean person do you most admire and why?

The person known as Bussa; he is the first national hero of Barbados. He led the first large-scale rebellion in the British West Indies leading many to freedom from the bonds of one of the worst periods in human history. He became the catalyst for emancipation throughout the Caribbean.

If you could change one thing about the Caribbean, what would it be and why?

That we would not see race as an issue. In Jamaica you don't have that as much of a contrast as we do in Trinidad and Tobago. We could change the world if we found harmony through the ability to treat each other equally, with respect for the dignity of life.

Which character in fiction do you most identify with?

The little train that thought it could.

Share with us the title of the last book you read.

Last Man Standing: The Ascent of Jamie Dimon and JP Morgan Chase

And the last bit of music that stirred your soul?

Forever Young by Alphaville.

What is your most treasured possession?

A watch from my father.

What is your preferred beverage?

Water.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?

A day when things worked just as planned.

What are your current projects?

Selling solar energy throughout Africa, exploring and producing oil and gas in Trinidad, and working to the make the dream of one Caribbean airline a reality. Also, helping where I can make a difference for good.

What is your present state of mind?

Busy. I believe in the greatness of Air Jamaica, and there are many moving parts to making this company work. We are executing on the philosophy that together Caribbean Airlines and Air Jamaica are one Caribbean airline, with each being perfect for a specific consumer. Air Jamaica's core customers are Jamaicans and holidaymakers and we are intent to win back their loyalty and passion for the airline. We're re-defining all the things that made Air Jamaica a standout airline, and we are going to power it all with the Caribbean Airlines learned experiences of efficiency and the reliability.

What is your favourite journey?

A train ride into Venice at night and then taking a gondola to a quaint hotel in heart of Venice.

What upsets you?

When people lie.

What inspires you?

Believing some people have hidden potential that can make them even greater than they are and seeing them become better through their own steps of faith. In the Caribbean we have some of the most gifted people in such a small population. It's incredible that we have leaders and innovators in so many fields.

Name the last three places you visited on holidays.

Israel

Toronto

Barbados

Share some places in your Black Book.

Sandy Lane for brunch on a Sunday.

St Barts or Martinique for a quiet weekend.

Bal Harbour Shops and Aventura Mall in South Florida, South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa California, and Houston Galleria if you're into good shopping.

What is your philosophy?

This is the 21st Century, and good decisions and implementation are lightening quick with a reasonable expectation of reciprocation. I like to be accurate and prompt. When I need assistance I get the best advice and do the right thing no matter the consequences: things tend to work themselves out.

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