Caribbean Power Lunch
043: The Energy of Haiti feat. Christian Lecorps

043: The Energy of Haiti feat. Christian Lecorps

November 5, 2019

Christian Lecorps grew up in Haiti without reliable electricity. He was 4 when his bedroom caught fire during a blackout, and 7 when he almost got electrocuted.

20 years after that fire,  powered by the passion of changing the fate of younger “Christian”s” and of anyone who would face the same issues, he got his degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute ( Massachusetts, US ).

Atlas Prime NRG was then born from that unstoppable desire to make a difference. Atlas Prime NRG aims at making all the small islands, and developing states, energy independent, assist in reversing climate change, and prevent extreme weather patterns to effectively saving billions of lives.

Atlas' solution is called CARIES which is short for Compressed Air Renewable Integrated Energy Solution. The startup aims to produce drop-in replacement for diesel and natural gas electric generators in developing markets that has negative emissions, the highest capacity factor in the energy industry, and can be scaled up to the size of power plants to power entire cities and islands.

042: Seeking Value feat. Gabriel Martino

042: Seeking Value feat. Gabriel Martino

October 29, 2019

"Appreciate people", these are the sentiments echoed by Gabriel Martino - a phrase he often heard growing up from his father, a tradesman.

On this episode of Caribbean Power Lunch, we hear how an immigrant investment banker bought a granite company in Maryland after flipping houses in then-distressed Baltimore. Gabriel used his storytelling abilities and his most unique attributes as a means of setting himself apart from competitors to win contract negotiations with top hotel chains across America.

His message is "shoot your shot; you can't hit if you don't shoot". Gabriel shares stories of some of the shots he took (business ventures he pursued) and how they worked out for him. He defied all odds and stuck to his guns. His investment strategy when it comes to real estate: buy low in distressed communities, remodel, refurbish then resell high. As he puts it "where people see crisis, I see opportunity".

041: From Trinidad to Hollywood feat. Darrius Marcellin

041: From Trinidad to Hollywood feat. Darrius Marcellin

October 22, 2019

Kevin Valley dives deep with transformational life and motivational coach / Hollywood actor Darius Marcellin in a compelling interview. Darius is Trinidadian born but moved to New York to chase his dream of becoming a basketball player for the Knicks. That dream was laid to rest when he received a full scholarship and stipend to attend St. Francis College in Brooklyn, New York. His passion for entertaining still lingered and he discovered an opportunity to ignite his passion plus get paid through club promotions in the New York City nightlife.

Understanding that building social currency or wealth is important in today's society, Darius sets out to build rapport with some of the hottest celebrities Kanye West, Sean Paul, and Trinidad and Tobago's homegrown Machel Montano. Listen to this interview to learn how Darius moved through the ranks from flipping iPhones on his visits home, to cleaning houses in New Jersey, to an actor in Hollywood and restaurant owner.

In this interview, you will hear how he attributes much of his success to vision boards and vulnerability. Darius and Kevin provide a road map to anyone trying to penetrate the acting industry in NYC or Hollywood and for persons interested in events, specifically nightlife.

Power Lunch Orange feat. Kevin Valley

Power Lunch Orange feat. Kevin Valley

October 17, 2019

Kevin Valley gives a tell-all to Dhano Mc Nicol on the We Are Crayons podcast of his journey from timid dreamer to tenacious podcaster. From a tender age he always had an innate curiosity for human behaviour and applied to study psychology. Little did he know, the University of the West Indies determined his destiny and placed him in a banking and finance major. Growing up in a family of investment banking siblings and a father who was a minister in the ministry in finance it was a "no brainer" to follow in his family's footsteps amassing over 10 years in the financial services sector.

However, Kevin's inquisitiveness and desire to understand people never left him and he ignited that fuel through his podcast Caribbean power lunch. Drawing from the likes of his favourite podcasters Kevin added his own unique flavour to highlight the journeys of black entrepreneurs and business owners throughout the Caribbean.

Kevin tears down the taboo of black-owned businesses and tells us how he transformed grief into a force to propel him towards self-efficacy and opened up new possibilities and opportunities for himself.

 

Round the Calabash feat. Kevin Valley

Round the Calabash feat. Kevin Valley

June 12, 2019

Kevin Valley gets interviewed on radio station WPFW 89.3FM in Washington DC by the folks of Timba Republic. 

 

Mindset | Skillset | Reset feat. Selwyn Cambridge

Mindset | Skillset | Reset feat. Selwyn Cambridge

May 2, 2019

Selwyn is the Founder and Creative Director of TEN Habitat, which is the entrepreneurship hub located in Barbados and producer of the signature event - Caribbean Startup Summit.

The Caribbean Startup Summit is TEN Habitat's flagship annual event. It brings together a global team of startup experts, founders and entrepreneur resource providers to help empower startups in the region. The event is designed to inspire dreamers and empower ideas.

Selwyn's brand development work has been featured on several international campaigns to create new brand identities and increase market penetration and has also been immortalized on the Guyanese $5 coin which he designed.

Turn up the volume and enjoy this discussion as we dissect Selwyn's formula of Mindset | Skillset | Reset as the key to sustainable success in business.

 

Show Me Your Story feat. Storm Saulter

Show Me Your Story feat. Storm Saulter

April 24, 2019
Storm Saulter is a filmmaker and visual artist from Negril, Jamaica, on a mission to create universal stories wrapped in the complex social and cultural dynamics of the Caribbean.
 
Storm served as writer, director and cinematographer on his award-winning feature film “Better Mus’ Come,” hailed by critics as signaling a fresh new movement of independent filmmaking throughout the Caribbean. His latest movie "Sprinter" is set to release on April 24th.
 
SPRINTER tells the story of Akeem Sharp (Dale Elliott), who is set to be Jamaica’s next big track-and-field sensation. Akeem hopes a rise in the track-and- field world will take him to the U.S. to reunite him with his mother (Lorraine Toussaint, Orange is the New Black), who has supported the family while living as an illegal resident for over a decade. But Akeem’s rising star is weighed down by turmoil at home: a volatile father, and an unruly older brother who insinuates himself into Akeem’s career as a means of escaping – or perhaps enhancing – his scam artist hustle. Not only does Akeem have to prove to himself and to everyone that he can succeed, but also overcome the struggles that may ultimately bring him down.
 
The film is Executive Produced by Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith along with NBA Veteran and NBA Personality Richard Jefferson.
040: From Passion to Profitability feat. Georgina Terry Cowan

040: From Passion to Profitability feat. Georgina Terry Cowan

April 9, 2019
Georgina Terry, FCCA PMP – The Passions to Profitability Expert – is a business and career coach with a difference – a qualified accountant, mentor, change management consultant, local /international inspirational speaker, International Labour Organizational (ILO) certified trainer, Project Management Professional and author of the bestselling book ‘The Amazing Race to Entrepreneurial Freedom’.
 
Before moving to Trinidad in 2001, she worked for The Economist and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Georgina is also on the following boards:
  • Youth Business Trinidad and Tobago,
  • British Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, and
  • Shift! Caribbean.
 
Georgina, who is originally from London, England, is MD of Business & People Development Associates Limited (BPD). BPD provides career and business coaching, cost management and business transformation services to aspiring entrepreneurs and established businesses.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
 
- Georgina's personal journey from Passion to Profitability;
- The Amazing Race to Entrepreneurial Freedom;
- Sales & Marketing vs. Product Perfecting; and
- Remaining Relevant in the rise of Technology.
039: Planting a Seed feat. Keron Bascombe

039: Planting a Seed feat. Keron Bascombe

April 2, 2019

Keron Bascombe is an Agricultural Journalist and Enthusiast who founded the company Tech4Agri to act as a platform awakening the public to the multitude of technological applications that exist in agriculture, as well as highlighting the work of young "Agripreneurs". 

Tech4agri has won numerous awards over the years and has provided Keron the opportunity to travel to over 30 countries across all continents to continue his work; focusing on technology, innovation, and climate change.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Food security and sustainability, 
  • The current lack of scale and investment in Agriculture, and what can and must be done to rectify this.
A Caribbean Woman’s Power Lunch feat. Kerra Denel

A Caribbean Woman’s Power Lunch feat. Kerra Denel

March 28, 2019

Kerra Denel migrated to Toronto from Trinidad and Tobago at the age of 12. Today, she continues to fly the Caribbean flag high through her event "Caribbean Women's Power Lunch" (not related).

Kerra has integrated her business management expertise with her passion for Caribbean culture to drive marketing, media and promotional campaign strategies reaching millions of people. She has developed a strong reputation for professional quality event production, artiste management, public relations, marketing and consulting in geographically dispersed locations.

In this bonus episode, we discuss:
- Identity struggles of a Caribbean person living abroad;
- The most authentic way to build a vast network; and
- Why "Caribbean Women's Power Lunch"?

038: Live Better Through Technology feat. Trena De Landro

038: Live Better Through Technology feat. Trena De Landro

March 26, 2019

Trena De Landro's mission in life is to live better through technology. She is a digital media strategist, innovator, and the founder of Lazy Mas. 

Lazy Mas is a digital platform which brings Carnival service providers and masqueraders together making vacation bookings easier, by providing safe and secure transactions with vetted Carnival vendors.

Lazy Mas is an IATA Accredited Travel Agency that helps customers create and customize the Carnival experience they desire.

Trena is also the CEO of Nerdy Accent, a digital media firm that develops and executes effective and measureable, social/mobile/online marketing strategies. Her expertise is in driving profitable consumer engagement and behavior through integrated marketing campaigns.

In this episode, We discuss:
- Affiliate marketing;
- How digital platforms can make Carnival tourism more efficient; and
- Tips on targeting millennials.

037: Mastering Your Mind feat. Kheston Walkins

037: Mastering Your Mind feat. Kheston Walkins

March 19, 2019
Kheston Walkins is a Neuro-Innovator and co-founder of the company Allegori that teaches students how to focus and improve academic outcomes through its Focus Clinic.
 
Kheston has a background in neurophysiology, cancer informatics, and experimental neuroscience. He studied Medical Neuroscience out of the University of Sussex in Brighton England and is a Ph.D. candidate in Molecular Genetics at the University of the West Indies, Trinidad and Tobago.
 
He also has over 7 years' experience in marketing and interactive advertising. He is passionate about Caribbean innovation in technology.
 
In this episode, we discuss:
 
- The Impetus for Neuro-Innovation in the Caribbean;
- The Story Behind CommuniCare; helping stroke patients communicate with doctors and visitors;
- How Allegori came about; and
- Other Exciting Neuro-Innovative projects that Kheston and his team are working on.

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