My Kingston - Steven Gooden
Deputy CEO, NCB Capital Markets
What are your earliest memories of Kingston?
Probably, seeing the Military Tattoo in 1983. I was a young kid then living in Ocho Rios.
What do you miss when you're not in Kingston?
The comfort of my own bed.
What are your favourite home comforts?
My sofa and my flat-screen TV.
What would you do if you were mayor (of Kingston) for a day?
A day is short. I would probably embark on an initiative to empower at risk youths in the inner city.
Share with us the title of the last book you read.
The Big Short: Inside The Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis
Which high school did you attend?
The great maroon and gold institution at Heroes Circle...Wolmer's Boys' School.
And the last bit of music that stirred your soul?
I enjoy different kinds of music. It all depends on the day and the mood I am in.
What was your last bit of retail therapy?
A new SUV...
Which cologne are you currently splashing?
Acqua di Gio by Giorgio Armani
Which is your preferred beverage?
A tall glass of cold Pepsi.
What upsets you?
When having to interact with non-solutions oriented persons who complain a lot. I hate negativity and excuses.
At 32 years-old you're NCB's youngest executive; what advice would you give to the 'young and ambitious'?
Hard work doesn't go unnoticed, keep learning and maintain relevance.
Jamaica celebrates her 50th anniversary of Independence, what is your wish for our nation?
That as a nation we solve our economic problems and realise our potential.
Share your latest projects.
Landscaping for my new home and at work; settling into my new role as Deputy CEO of NCB Capital Markets.
Name your favourite 'chill' spots on the island?
Weekend on the north coast with the family and hanging with the team at the NCB Wellness Centre...the drinks are discounted (laughs)!
What's your advice to a first-time visitor to Kingston?
Try the nearest jerk spot and don't believe everything you read...Jamaica is a great place.
What's your philosophy?
Make a difference and enjoy life, as it is short. This has been reinforced by the deaths of two close cousins over the past three years.