Caribbean Power Lunch
030: The Hardest Part is to Start with Toni Thorne

030: The Hardest Part is to Start with Toni Thorne

December 11, 2018

Who is Toni Thorne?

  • Entrepreneur who started her first business at age 7.
  • Self-starter: “If I say I’m going to do something, I find a way I get it done.”
  • “The hardest thing is to start.”
  • Pursue what you are interested in and what will energize you: “You have to be very clear in what you want from life.”
  • Motto: “Be true to yourself.” – you are your own biggest obstacle.

Experience of Business

  • Pursue Your Interests:
  • Know Your Business Inside Out
  • Believe in Yourself
  • Align Your Interests
  • Finding a Mentor
  • Understand and Embrace Failure
  • Favourite Failure Story.

Black Entrepreneurship

  • There is a mindset issue which is keeping Caribbean businesses, particularly Black businesses, from growing as they should: “People would rather own 0% of nothing than 5% of something.” – instead of collaborating and supporting one another, they would rather compete.
  • The Black experience in Barbados, a predominantly Black country, is one in which Black people are treated as minorities and racism is an endemic issue
    • Upper financial class does not reflect the racial composition of the country, which affects the level of entrepreneurship and business entry
  • Experiences of being Black worldwide are unique experiences
    • A study on the business loan process conducted by Harvard University revealed Black entrepreneurs in the USA have to deal with much more stringent policies and procedures than White entrepreneurs with similar or lesser qualifying requirements. This experience of different rules for Black business owners and Black entrepreneurs is also true in Barbados and serves as an obstacle which Black entrepreneurs have to determine how to overcome.
  • Black parents have until recently tended to be more conservative, encouraging children to follow a more secure, traditional path and may not have supported entrepreneurship as it seemed too risky
    • This stems partly from a historical experience of oppression and disadvantage which has caused them to be more risk-averse.
    • That mindset is slowly changing, which is necessary to spur on generational wealth and generational business growth
    • White peers may have a different upbringing and exposure to family businesses and business mindset earlier on
  • Black entrepreneurs must recognize that although social structures may cause them to be at a disadvantage, they can and must then make their own paths to success, be creative in how they pursue structuring and financing their businesses and set their own goals for measuring success.
029 - LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! with Lisa Wickham

029 - LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! with Lisa Wickham

December 4, 2018
Lisa Wickham is an award-winning media producer, director, and television personality. She has an MBA with distinction and is the:
  • Founder of Imagine Media International Limited – a multi-media production, event management and public relations (PR) enterprise based in Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Founder and Publisher of E-Zone the Mag! magazine, which is based on a show she co-presented.
  • Founder of the Caribbean Film and Media Academy.
  • Co-founder of the health and fitness system "Sokafit".
  • Author of the book "On A positive note: Words of inspiration".
Lisa has mentored hundreds of young people in:
  • life skills
  • public speaking
  • communication
  • leadership
  • film and television
  • entrepreneurship
  • marketing
  • strategy
  • innovation, and
  • good citizenship.
 
028 - The Green Screen with Carver Bacchus

028 - The Green Screen with Carver Bacchus

November 27, 2018
Carver Bacchus is the Managing Director of Sustain T&T, a social enterprise producing and exhibiting educational film content in the areas of environment and sustainability. He has over 15 years of professional experience in the areas of Management and Marketing, in both the public and private sectors.
 
He leads Sustain T&T in providing branding, communications and visibility services to agencies with a public education mandate, informing audiences about issues affecting them, like climate change.
 
Green Screen - The Environmental Film Series, is Sustain T&T’s marquee event, bringing environmentally themed films and discussions to communities in Trinidad and Tobago on an annual basis.
 
 
027 - The Power of Mindfulness with Makeda McKenzie

027 - The Power of Mindfulness with Makeda McKenzie

November 20, 2018

Ms. McKenzie is the founder and managing consultant of the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute (CMI). She received her mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) training from the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine (UCSD), widely considered to be one of the preeminent thought and research leaders in the field of Mindfulness Studies. MBSR uses a combination of mindfulness meditation, body awareness, and yoga to help people calm their mind and body to better cope with stress, illness, and pain.

In this episode we discuss:
  • Makeda's Journey to Mindfulness;
  • Meditation;
  • The Science of Happiness;
  • The Power of the Pause;
  • Class: 5 Weeks to Peace;
  • Mental Body Scanning & Self-Awareness;
  • Making Mindfulness a Business;
  • Winning Business: Turning "NO" into "YES"; and
  • Next Steps for the Caribbean Mindfulness Institute.

 

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Building Generational Wealth with Kerwyn Valley

Building Generational Wealth with Kerwyn Valley

November 13, 2018

Check out our brand new podcast: Become Investible. [https://becomeinvestible.com]

In this episode, we talk to Kerwyn Valley; CEO and majority owner of KCL Capital Market Brokers Limited, and Founder and  Managing Director of Aspire Fund Management  Company  Limited. Aspire is a small-cap private equity management company focused on growth-stage private sector investments throughout the Caribbean. 

In  2004,  Kerwyn joined  AIC  Financial Group in Trinidad and Tobago to develop the Group ’s regional Trade  Finance  Division.  In  2008, Kerwyn became CEO  of AIC  Finance Limited and in  2010 he was also appointed CEO  of  AIC  Capital Market  Brokers  Limited.    In  February  2011,  he led the successful management buy-out of  AIC  Capital  Market Brokers which has been rebranded as KCL  Capital Market  Brokers  Limited.

 

Episode Flow:

  1. Moving from Employee to Owner
  2. Weighing the Risks
  3. Building Generational Wealth
  4. Creating Wealth in the Caribbean
  5. Overcoming Fear
  6. How to Identify a Good Business
  7. The Importance of Providing the Money in the Middle (Putting Professional Capital to Work)
  8. Questions From Social Media

 

026 - Doing What You MUST with Nicole Greene

026 - Doing What You MUST with Nicole Greene

November 6, 2018
Nicole Greene is the founder and owner of Dream Life Distributors where she sells exquisite 18K fashion jewellery and genuine sterling silver for the sophisticated and fashion-forward lady.
 
She has been in business since 2003 and has been able to drive its evolution within that 15-year period. Nicole often draws from her natural talent of sincerely connecting with people to ensure they look and feel absolutely fabulous.
 
A proud mother of 3, Nicole also provides coaching and guidance to fellow Mompreneurs, and as discussed in this episode; a budding author.
 
 
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The "Ah ha!" moment that led to Nicole's entrepreneurial endeavours;
  • How work ethic can trump formal education;
  • The gap filled by Dream Life;
  • Genius Innovation in selling - Wine & WhatsApp; and
  • Advice for entrepreneurs - doing what you M.U.S.T.
 
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025 - Social Innovation with Candice Lela Rolingson

025 - Social Innovation with Candice Lela Rolingson

October 30, 2018
Here we take a deep dive into Social Innovation in the Creative Sector with Candice Lela Rolingson.
 
Candice is an accomplished innovator and business developer who’s always been passionate about tourism, creative industries, and technology. She has successfully launched ventures in film, fashion, beauty, wellness & lifestyle, in addition to facilitating business model development and branding strategies to various business products and individuals.
 
An international award-winning Executive Producer with a talent for research methods, Candice has developed exceptional skills in project managing the production of documentaries, feature films and commercially-branded entertainment for web & television advertisements, events, media and motion pictures. Moreover, she specializes in Caribbean Film Locations and Tourist Destination Management for international productions.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The concept of Social Innovation;
  • Why Social?;
  • The vision, creation and production process, and impact of the film "Positive and Pregnant";
  • Location Management;
  • "Our Ethiopia" short film series;
  • Building awareness of local creative projects; and
  • The Caribbean's role in Global Diversity.
 
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024 - Sports Management Done Right with Kyle Lequay

024 - Sports Management Done Right with Kyle Lequay

October 23, 2018
 
Kyle Lequay is a Sports Marketing and Business Development Specialist with over eleven years' experience in the industry.
 
As President of the Beach Soccer Association of Trinidad and Tobago, Kyle is responsible for the development and promotion of beach soccer in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. Beach soccer has made significant advancements with Kyle at the helm, including generating sport tourism activities such as the annual Tobago Beach Soccer Championship, which has brought in players from more than twenty countries since inception.
 
As Strategic Marketing Manager for WI Sports Limited, Kyle envisioned, developed and implemented concepts to increase viewership and audience engagement, strategies that significantly and positively impacted the Company’s presence. Kyle also held the position of Marketing Manager for the Trinidad and Tobago Football Association (TTFA), concurrently with the post of Project Manager for FIFA’s Income Generation Program. Under his stewardship, the FIFA Program successfully implemented its deliverables and acquired significant public and private sector sponsorships, an activity that has contributed to cultivating critical relationships for the TTFA.
 
Kyle boasts of an impressive list of significant sporting contributions locally and internationally including:
  • Sponsorship Manager for the Caribbean Premier League (CPL);
  • Marketing Manager for the Local Organising Committee for the FIFA Women’s U17 World Cup 2010;
  • Program Coordinator for the DC Scores, Washington, D.C.; and
  • Sport Marketing Officer for Digital Sports DC/Kimsey Foundation, Washington DC.
 
He is also a Certified Arena Operator for the U.S. Indoor Sports Association, a Member of the North American Society for Sport Management (NASSM) and a Member for the Sport Marketing Association.
Kyle is also a graduate of Howard University, School of Business, Washington D.C.
 
 
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The origin of Beach Football (Soccer) in Trinidad and Tobago
  • The Sports Tourism model and its impact on a country's athletics
  • The transition into Cheerleading - Cheer in the Sun
  • Finding opportunities in Sports Entertainment
  • A lesson in Resilience - how Kyle acquired the World of Dance Franchise; and
  • What you learn from managing a Sports Bar
 
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023 - Much More Than a Host with Hans Des Vignes

023 - Much More Than a Host with Hans Des Vignes

October 16, 2018
In this episode, Kevin is joined by specially invited co-host Osei Wright-Alexis, and our featured guest; Hans Des Vignes, Owner of Hand-to-Hand Productions.
 
As a radio and television presenter Hans Des Vignes is one of the most respected personalities in media in Trinidad and Tobago.
 
He has produced and worked on some of the top shows that promote soca in Trinidad and Tobago from hosting TV broadcasts for Soca Monarch and Machel Monday, as well as hosting and even producing Carnival Acoustic, Promenade Countdown, Synergy TV's De Scene and Synergy TV Soca Star.
 
As an event host/hype man he has also been featured in some of the biggest events in Trinidad and Tobago and has also been hired throughout the region and the world.
 
As a manager of artists and promoter of music he has worked with the HD family as well as helped nurture and promote the next-generation of soca artists.
 
He is also respected as an individual that knows a hit when he hears it.
 
Hans can be heard daily on Trinidad and Tobago's #1 radio station Boom Champions 94.1fm and seen during the Secondary School's football league regionally on Sportsmax and CNC3.
 
Topics Discussed:
  • Awareness and presence of mind
  • Perspective and growth
  • Becoming the greatest version of yourself
  • Ownership, and
  • Building structure in our lives.
 
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022 - Proper Talent Management with Andre Jeffers

022 - Proper Talent Management with Andre Jeffers

October 9, 2018
How do you go from looking at spreadsheets the whole day at your desk job, to traveling the world touring as the business manager for your favourite recording artists?
 
In this episode, Kevin is joined by specially invited co-host Emma Charles, and our featured guest; Andre Jeffers, Director & Co-Founder of Perception Management.
 
Andre is a graduate of Howard University (Washington DC) with a Bachelors Degree in Finance. Upon graduating at the top of his class, Andre began forging a career on Wall Street where he worked as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers and Barclays Capital, focusing on Mergers & Acquisitions.
 
Following these stints, Andre was then recruited by world-renowned Private Equity firm The Carlyle Group where he functioned as an Investment Associate, focusing on making controlling equity investments in companies within Aerospace and Defense Sector and managing the entire transaction project cycle.
 
Andre returned to Trinidad in 2013 to begin his own business ventures, including the formation of Perception Management with best friend Andrew Bailey. Together, they manage soca icons Iwer George & Alison Hinds as well as rising host & entertainer "Rome".
 
Perception Management is a full-service management company that provides holistic management services across the entertainment spectrum including – talent management, club management, event management, bar management, booking administration and ticketing/gate management. Founded in 2013, Perception has already made waves in the entertainment industry with a deliberate focus on high-end events and clientele, where quality and customer service is most important.
 
In addition to his entrepreneurial pursuits, Andre is a Strategy & Finance consultant who lists many of the region's top companies among his clients.
 
 
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021 - CASH FLOW with Roger Moore

021 - CASH FLOW with Roger Moore

October 2, 2018
Today is all about CASH FLOW - based on the famous Rich Dad, Poor Dad - authored by Robert Kiyosaki.
 
In this episode, Kevin is joined by specially invited co-host Emma Charles, and our featured guest; Roger Moore.
 
 
Roger Moore is a serial entrepreneur and investor with a passion for franchises that generate high monthly cash flows. Since 2005, Roger has embarked upon a personal mission to educate the masses through a technique known as simulation-based learning. He does this through his entrepreneurial endeavours such as:
  1. Cashflow Club (Trinidad and Tobago), which uses the six-time New York Times Bestseller “Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ to demonstrate the simplicity of the CASH FLOW concept which has proven to be highly successful worldwide;
  2. Mad Science – Eastern Caribbean, a leading science enrichment provider that delivers unique, hands-on science experiences for children that are as entertaining as they are educational; and
  3. RE/MAX Caribbean, part of an international Real Estate Franchise with over 6,700 independently owned and operated offices across the globe.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
  • The nexus between athletics and business strategy;
  • Simulation-based learning vs. classroom learning;
  • The need for proper financial training;
  • The value in the franchise model;
  • Reframing how we look at assets and liabilities; and
  • The business case for legalizing Marijuana.
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020 - Social Entrepreneurship with Sian Cuffy-Young

020 - Social Entrepreneurship with Sian Cuffy-Young

June 5, 2018
Sian Cuffy-Young has worked in the environmental field for over 13 years in two of the most challenging sectors in our industry - waste management and mining and have gained a wealth of experience there.
 
In this feature, Kevin is joined by co-host Zahra Alleyne, and location sponsor Irvin Davis of Davis Ecolife, as we discuss Social Entrepreneurship with Sian, through her company Siel Environmental Limited.
 
This innovative, education-centered company provides clients with products and services that protect the environment.
 
The core of the business focuses on Environmental Education Campaigns, Solid Waste Management Consulting, Land Rehabilitation services specific to quarries and mines, and the sale and distribution of VegwareTM compostable/biodegradable products.
 
The company caters to the following clients:
  • Quarry Operators,
  • Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community-Based Organisations (CBOs),
  • Businesses,
  • Schools, and
  • Environmental-based companies.
 
The company's mission is to foster partnerships that will create positive behavioural change towards environmental issues through environmental education and consulting.
 
In this feature, we discuss:
  • Sian's journey and reason for becoming an environmental entrepreneur,
  • Reframing her mindset from student and employee to business owner,
  • Social Entrepreneurship: Environment and Business Case,
  • How to get started without funding #IdeaToAction,
  • An introduction to landfilling, and
  • What's next for Siel Environmental.
 
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