Caribbean Power Lunch with Kevin Valley
069: Build Back Stronger with Michael K Jackson

069: Build Back Stronger with Michael K Jackson

May 6, 2022

In this episode, I talk to global keynote speaker, resilience expert and author Michael K. Jackson.

Having overcome significant challenges on his own personal and professional life, Michael walks us through what it takes to Build Back Stronger.

This episode is a much needed lesson on resilience, adversity, and hope as well as uncovering Michael’s P-L-A-N framework: a method for dealing with problems, difficulties, and conflicts on the journey to success.

068: The Legacy of Peter Tosh with Niambe McIntosh

068: The Legacy of Peter Tosh with Niambe McIntosh

April 28, 2022

In his time, Platinum Album selling and Grammy Award-Winning musician, Peter Tosh was well-known for his advocacy for equal rights and the legalization of cannabis. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1987 but his legacy lives on. 

“You can talk about things till you're blue in the face, but sometimes you just got to go through it,” says Niambe McIntosh, the youngest daughter of the legend on this episode of Caribbean Power Lunch. 

In our discussion, Niambe shares the tumultuous learning curve, challenges, victories, and growth she experienced as the administrator of her father’s brand and legacy.

As a formidable businesswoman and visionary, Niambe serves as the head of the Peter Tosh Legacy and Brand; Managing Member of Tosh Holdings LLC (IP); Board Chairperson for the Peter Tosh Foundation Ltd.; and the President of PT Capital LLC (Cannabis).

Listen in as she shares the thought-provoking realities of: 

- Crafting the direction of a legacy brand,
- Understanding the importance of dedicating time and resources to “fixing the past” to create a sustainable future, and 
- Why she needed to fire her entire team and the journey of building a new strategic team through networking.

067: All About the Pitch with Zahra Alleyne

067: All About the Pitch with Zahra Alleyne

December 21, 2021

The first thing you need to know is that it is NOT all about your pitch. 

Preparing to speak to investors is about a lot more than a polished pitch deck. Business owners should also understand how to outline what makes their companies Investible, including how to identify who your customers are, what they need, and how are you are solving their problems.

In this episode, Zahra Alleyne walks through the process of developing an Investible business model and what to consider when preparing to present to potential investors.


066: From Idea to IPO with CinemaONE

066: From Idea to IPO with CinemaONE

October 29, 2021

Founding team Brian and Ingrid Jahra discuss the evolution of CinemaONE, the Caribbean’s first IMAX experience, the pioneering step of becoming the first SME IPO in T&T, and the challenges of building a sustainable, wealth-generating business, while also focusing on future growth and possibilities.

In this conversation, we unpacked:

  • Importance of the IPO for SMEs
  • How to get to the IPO? What Is the Process?
  • What the Business Valuation process entails
  • Marketing the IPO
  • Evolution of CinemaOne
  • Growth of the Brand/Success Story
  • How to Develop the Customer Experience



065: Total Convenience Management (TCM) with Robert Visser

065: Total Convenience Management (TCM) with Robert Visser

September 15, 2021

At one point or another, we’ve all experienced the great inconvenience of car troubles. From car accidents to a blown tire or stalled battery - each one of these scenarios can seriously change the course of your day...right?

So how do you turn this everyday occurrence into a multimillion-dollar business? In this “Become Investible” feature, we take a closer look at Total Convenience Management Ltd… from a startup leasing and rental company to the group of companies it manages to date.

Every business has the potential to “become investible” - TCM grew its company through understanding the demand for their services and continuing to push the envelope in satisfying its customers. TCM is only one of many stories found right here in the Caribbean.

064: Succession Strength with Rochelle Clarke

064: Succession Strength with Rochelle Clarke

August 27, 2021

Can your business survive without you?

Did you know that 85% of failed business transitions occur because of poor communication, mistrust, and lack of planning?


Rochelle Clarke is a business advisor who specializes in keeping businesses in business with business continuity planning and transition preparation. Through her company, she ensures that retiring leaders, their incoming successors, and the businesses that support them are ready to move successfully to the next stage of their business’ lifecycle whether by succession or sale.


If the words: "Planning for the Unplanned'' ring clearly when she speaks, then "Be ready" echoes her sentiment.


Transitions may need to occur on any occasion and businesses must be adequately prepared for the change. 


The Founder of Succession Strength, and the platform Continuity Strength, International keynote speaker, lecturer, and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Rochelle is also the author of "The 5 Critical Succession Conversations: A Comprehensive Guide for the Family Business".


In this episode, we discuss:

  • Business Continuity Planning,
  • Business Transition,
  • Succession Planning and Preparation,
  • The difference between the entrepreneur and the family business owner, and 
  • 6 tips for working with family and friends.


Succession Strength - Keeping businesses in business for generations.

063: Free Your Mind with Douglas K. Gordon

063: Free Your Mind with Douglas K. Gordon

August 13, 2021

Conferences, Cannabis, and Mushrooms.
These seem disconnected, right?
Well, actually, there’s one common factor…

“Five or six years down the line, if I do nothing… have I really been a good Caribbean citizen?” – Douglas K. Gordon.

Douglas is the founder of CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo, an annual business event that connects top cannabis industry experts, and CEO of Silo Wellness, an alternative, and holistic health company focused on functional mushroom and psychedelic opportunities.

In this episode, Kevin Valley speaks with Douglas K. Gordon about the business of natural medicine business while addressing misconceptions and misinformation about cannabis and functional mushrooms.  

Controversial? Perhaps. Informative? Yes!

This conversation uncovers:

  • Strategies used to create, maneuver challenges and expand a premier Caribbean event.
  • The story behind the legacy collaboration with the Marley brand.
  • The mind, body, and soul… Rest, resetting, and restoration through nature.
062: What About Your Mental Health with Jay Blessed

062: What About Your Mental Health with Jay Blessed

August 1, 2021

"Pain will find you, but you determine the length of its visit" - Jay Blessed.

Jay Blessed is an award-winning content creator and host of the In My Head Podcast which focuses on mental health.

In this timely episode, Kevin Valley and Jay Blessed have an open and frank discussion around:

  • Silent suffering, especially among men,
  • Dealing with pain, and
  • The 12-step healing process.
061: Getting eCommerce Right with Kadion Preston

061: Getting eCommerce Right with Kadion Preston

July 23, 2021

When everyone you know is having the same problem, the solution might be a successful business. 

Kadion Preston, Co-Founder, and CEO of CaribShopper saw an opportunity to solve a common problem among Caribbean merchants and consumers by providing an easier way to buy goods from the United States.

When the original business model ran into challenges, the founders pivoted to solve another problem for their customers, now giving Caribbean merchants the opportunity to sell to overseas consumers. This shift, and the drive to find the investment capital to support it, came just before 2020, forcing even further innovation and evolution.

Kadion's journey is an example of the importance of embracing the opportunities presented, overcoming tragedy, and understanding that failure is a big part of the formula for success.

To assess the investibility of your business in under 6 minutes, go to


060: Defending Business Value with Kevin Valley

060: Defending Business Value with Kevin Valley

July 21, 2021

Unless a valuation can withstand intense scrutiny - it is just a number.

Defensibility is everything.

Whether you are seeking to raise capital, negotiate investment terms, or sell your business - a defensible valuation is your starting point.  

In this episode, Chartered Business Valuator, Kevin Valley discusses how a valuation engagement is conducted and what determines the value of your business.

059: Building an Investible Business with Chris Williams | Berisford Grey | Karrian Hepburn-Malcom | Kriss Marcus | Vashtie Dookiesingh

059: Building an Investible Business with Chris Williams | Berisford Grey | Karrian Hepburn-Malcom | Kriss Marcus | Vashtie Dookiesingh

July 16, 2021

For many entrepreneurs hoping to grow or scale their business, successfully sourcing investment capital is a major pain point. What investors are looking for can be a mystery.

This episode features a panel discussion with expert investors and finance professionals who give insight into why businesses succeed or fail to attract investment and outline what business owners can do to become more Investible.

Panelists include:

  • Chris Williams of PROVEN Investments,
  • Beresford Grey of SYGNUS Capital,
  • Karrian Hepburn-Malcolm of The Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation,
  • Kriss Marcus of Aspire Fund Management Company Limited, and
  • Vashtie Dookiesingh of The Inter-American Development Bank.
058: Financial Planning for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners with Zahra Alleyne and Tennille Whiskey

058: Financial Planning for Entrepreneurs and Business Owners with Zahra Alleyne and Tennille Whiskey

July 9, 2021

In this episode, we discuss how to increase the investibility of your business, create your own wealth engine, and how to protect, extract, diversify, and smoothly transfer that wealth to the next generation.

This episode features Zahra Alleyne from Become Investible and Tennille Whiskey from the Trinidad and Tobago Unit Trust Corporation.

Topics covered include:

  1. Building an Investible Business
  2. Risk Management
  3. Wealth Extraction
  4. Diversification of Income Streams
  5. Wealth Transfer
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