Abka Fitz-Henley Covers PANACHE Winter Issue!

Wrapping up his award-winning year in journalism is Abka Fitz-Henley, who graces the cover of our “Inspiration” issue. The ‘breaking news boss’ tells all on his life, career and the ups and downs of doing his style of journalism here in Jamaica. In this latest issue, Abka discusses the successes, controversies and even the death threats that come with it.

Breaking News Boss: Abka Fitz-Henley

We are happy to introduce to you the hot models of our 2017 PANACHE Calendar titled “The Body Collection”. Last year we focused on cancer awareness, this year we are spotlighting health and wellness with the men of JABBFA!

Meet the Models: PANACHE Body Collection Calendar 2017

So ladies once your eyes have had your fill and you have done enough fantasizing be sure to check out our gift guide on top Valentine’s Day gifts for your man which you are free to pair with our top Tantric Sex Tips on page 39. If you are not feeling so great right now and think life is simply passing you by be sure to pop over to page 11 as we share “5 Things to Remember When You Are Feeling Like A Failure” so we can get you feeling renewed once more!
In this magazine you will find a few of the most inspirational stories coming out of Jamaica. We have a tete-a-tete with Debbie Turner of Turner Innovations as she shares the amazing journey of the Sorrel Harvesting Machine that’s revolutionizing the agricultural industry here in Jamaica and soon the world! To round it out we also take a moment to celebrate with Kelly Tomblin, JPS President and CEO on her amazing accomplishment of being honoured as “CEO of the Year” at the Platts Global Energy Awards.

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PANACHE Winter Issue 2016/2017

By PANACHE Communications INC in PANACHE 2016 Collection

60 pages, published 1/13/2017

Wrapping up his award-winning year in journalism is Abka Fitz-Henley, who graces the cover of our “Inspiration” issue. The ‘breaking news boss’, as dubbed by many who follow him online on Twitter, tells all on his life, career and the ups and downs of doing his style of journalism here in Jamaica. In this latest issue, Abka discusses the successes, controversies and even the death threats that come with it.We are happy to introduce to you the…
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Meet the Models: PANACHE Body Collection Calendar 2017

PANACHE CALENDAR 2017: The Body Collection

By PANACHE Communications INC in PANACHE Calendar 2017

28 pages, published 1/13/2017

The hottest calendar in Jamaica, the PANACHE Calendar 2017: “The Body Collection” builds on last year’s inaugural release. This year we focus health and fitness and spotlighting 11 beautifully sculpted Jamaican men!

Photography by Craig Harley

The hottest calendar in Jamaica, the PANACHE Body Collection builds on last year’s inaugural release. This year we focus health and fitness and in this feature happily introduce you to our calendar models… 11 beautifully sculpted Jamaican men!

DAMION MOODIE, Businessman

Why do you think your boyfriend material?  “I believe I’m boyfriend material because I’m educated, good looking and know how to treat a lady.”
What traits do you look for in a woman? A girl who is a bit on the short side, who Is intelligent with a great sense of humor, and not too sensitive.
What is the one thing you can’t live without? “I can’t live without the Gym!”
Who do you think should make the first move? “I always make the first move once I see a girl I like, I always go for.”


SHAMIR JOHNSON, Supervisor

Why are you boyfriend Material? “I believe I’m boyfriend material because of my moral standards. I’m selfless, I like to have fun and I’m very romantic.”
What traits do you love in a woman? “A woman who is healthy and loves the gym, also has moral standards, a bit shorter than I am as I am 5ft 8inches, and must be a friend.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “Best smile ever.”
What is the one thing you could not live without? “I could not live without keeping fit.”


DWIGHT JAMES, Gym Instructor

What traits do you love in a woman? “I love when a woman is loving, quiet and clean”
What is the one thing you could no live without? “Women, food, water, gym and money.”
Who do you think should make the first move? “Ladies should always make the first move.”
At what point do you know a relationship is right? “Once you know that she is willing to forgive.”

ORAN CARBY, Attendant

Describe yourself in your own words? “Athletic, love to watch movies (action and comedy). I like to bake and cook, lift weights and also a family person.”
What special date would you do for your lady on Valentine’s Day? “Cook something special for her, and then a lap dance later.”
Name three things you plan to do before you die? “I plan to travel Jamaica, go sky diving and visit Egypt.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “Is all that yours?”
What are the main things you think makes a relationship work? “Trust and Love.”

BRUCE CHIN, Personal Trainer

Describe yourself in your own words? “Driven young individual- owner of several business, one being a gym sponsored by Spryvelocity nutrition; a regional competitor in the Jamaica Amateur Body Building and Fitness Association.”
What traits do you love in a woman? “I like a woman who can be a conversationalist, who is independent and has a lot of pride and one who is not shallow.”
What do you do in your spare time? “Workout, travel, parties, “youtuber” (check out ‘awesomewhey’), video editing, playing the guitar and singing.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “You look like Greek god sculpture.”

PHILLIP GROVES, Personal Trainer / Massage therapist

Describe yourself in your own words? “I’m a hardworking person who considers himself a go-getter. I like to cook, sing and have fun whenever I can.”
Tell us something some persons don’t know about you? “I was in the military for thirteen years.”
Name three things you plan to do before you die? “Sky diving, visiting the Great Wall of China and also Mount Everest.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “Are all Jamaican men this fine?”
What are the main things you think make a relationship work? “Communication, honesty and commitment.”

LENROY MORRISON, Air Traffic Controller

Why are you boyfriend material? “I am boyfriend material because I have brains, brawn, and good looks.”
What traits do you love in a woman? “Healthy, caring and image conscious.”
Who do you think should make the first move? “The person who wants something to happen.”
Name two things you would like to do before you die?  “1. Build my dream house and 2. travel to places on my bucket list.”
At what point do you know a relationship is right? “When you both are able to tolerate the little things that use to annoy you.”

CHRISTOPHER CHUNG, Trainer/Mortician

Describe yourself in your own words? “I’m Self-motivated, ambitious, and down to earth. I also love to work smart.”
What special date would you do for your lady on Valentine’s Day? “First surprise her with jewelry and chocolate, then take her on a date. Probably go to the movies then go out to dinner.”
Who do you think should make the first move? “I believe ladies should always make the first move.”
Name three things you plan to do before you die? “Open five gyms, Tour the world, and go skiing.”
What is the one superpower do you wish you had? “The power to teleport.”

LEO FOSTER, Banker & Personal Trainer

Describe yourself in your own words? “I am a single father of one with a passion for helping people. Loving God and all His creations.”
What traits do you look for in a woman? “Beauty and brains with an incredible sense of humor.”
What do you do in your spare time? “Travelling, playing football, creating meals plans, workout programs and drinking rum.”
What is the best compliment you ever gotten? “You are the kindness person I have ever met.”
What super power do you wish you had? “I wish I could read minds.”

ANDRE BROWN, Fitness Instructor

What is one thing you wish woman knew about men? “That some men can be emotional beings.”
Describe yourself in your own words? “I’m pretty outspoken. I love motivating people around me. I consider myself strong, loving, caring and emotional.”
What do you do in your spare time? “Love spending time with my son, I invest time in my relationships, and also time in the gym.”
At what point do you know a relationship is right? “Again it comes down to trust, especially when someone can be open about who they are with, publicly let the world know this is who I am with.”

JONHOI VAUGHN, Banker

What’s the one thing you wish more women knew about men? “I wish more women knew how sensitive men are”.
How would you describe yourself in your own words? “I’m a minimalist, I believe simplicity is best, I’m adventurous, and will always be a student of life.”
What do you like to do for fun? “I like to solve problems for fun, draw, write poems and also try to learn something new each day.”
What was the best compliment you ever got? “You’re a beautiful man”
What are the main things you think make a relationship work? “The ability to accept flaws and the beauty beyond the flaws.”

Sea Cliff Resort & Restaurant

by Latoya Jones | Photography by Sea Cliff Restaurant and Resort

Perched on a cliffside in Portland is the most picturesque little restaurant and hotel you probably have ever seen this side of the island, aptly called “Sea Cliff Restaurant and Resort.”
It is about 10 minutes outside of Portland Town and both the scenery to get there and the view once you have gotten there are to die for.  Truthfully, from the street, it doesn’t look like much, but a walk around to the back of the property that houses the restaurant is where the magic happens.

A Hidden Gem In Portland

There are these little wooden benches and tables that allows the weary wanderer the simple pleasure of just gazing off into the horizon as they overlook the sea. After a few minutes of just sitting there, and allowing myself to be still, I toyed with the idea of quitting my job back in busy Kingston and moving to Portland to become a writer. If J.K Rowling could drum up the Harry Potter books whilst on a delayed train, the possibilities of what I could produce sitting at this sweet little spot with a bar, less than 5 feet away were endless.

It was quite by chance that I happened upon this locale. I was in Portland for a work trip as a part of a very large group and we were in need of a pocket friendly eatery that could satisfy the cravings of a highly diverse team.

Seacliff came to our rescue. In one word, the menu is eclectic. On it, one can find something for even the pickiest eater. The food ranges from Jamaican, to Mediterranean to Japanese, with its Sushi offerings.  The food was tasty and overall, to our liking. The oohs and aahs came when dessert was served-a mixture of cake and ice cream that turned the composed party of adults into giddy children upon sight. After dinner, we got a tour of the Seacliff Resort, which has a farm to table concept and is a complex (of sorts) with a set of about 15 rooms per building. The rooms are tastefully designed and decorated and have balconies that overlook the sea. It is the kind of place you go to to unplug and recharge so you can return to the world a better person.

All in all, the food and the service is good, the proprietor- Mr. Brett Hannah was very accommodating of our large and sometimes demanding party.  I would definitely recommend this spot to anyone passing through Portland or looking for something different to do.
They are located at Ross Craig, Long Bay P.O, Portland and may be contacted at 876.860-1394-5 |P|

HUM

 By Marshelle Haseley | Photos courtesy: Melanie Schwapp and Ayanna Dixon

“The word HÜM (Hoo-m, with the letter U bearing umlaut is a phonetic play on the words Hum and Home, Who and Whom). HÜM is the Hum in your Home that shapes Who a person is in a holistic way. It was inspired by The Hum discussed by The Queen of Thursday Night, Shonda Rhimes. A hum is defined by the Camrbidge dictionary as “…a continuous low sound”, “to sing without opening your mouth.” Most suitably for this discussion, a hum is also defined by the dictionary as a state of being “…busy and full of activity, excitement, sounds or voices.” ”

Panache magazine is intrigued by what takes place in one’s spaces of HÜM- and so, we have decided to embark on a journey of delving into the HÜM of creatives and professional game changers.  We seek to gain some insight into their processes of their spaces of silence and internal voices- the spaces where these individuals dream, find inspiration, recover, work behind the scenes and experience universal love. It was a pleasant experience to meet with Melanie Schwapp and Ayanna Dixon to explore their HÜM.  Two of Jamaica’s most beautiful, expressive and absolutely talented creatives.  The work, style and expressions of these women emit so much more than what meets the eye.  Their striking beauty is coupled with positive energies and classic personality, grace and regal posture.

Ayanna Dixon in her space of HUM Ayanna Dixon in her space of HUM

Designer, and founder of ASD Clothing and Illustrations, Ayanna Dixon, an Antillean pearl, ushered us into her space of HÜM.  Jamaica’s first introduction to her would have been on the 2011 season of Mission Catwalk. It was this platform that may have added even greater momentum to the manifestation of her clothing line. ASD was born and is still operated from Ayanna’s at-home studio. She admits that her work spaces span throughout most of the lower level of her one bedroom loft- predominantly between her studio and a specific corner of her living area. Upon entering her work spaces, you can immediately feel the sources of her inspiration – photographs of her family and closest friends. Moments documented from childhood to present day, painting a cubist acrylic summary of her persona. A vintage sewing machine grabs the eye, with a backdrop of original sketches, oceanic themes and vibrant Caribbean colour blocking. “The beach is my happy place…” exclaimed Dixon, and these aesthetics and energies – the Caribbean vibe infused with regal overtones are vibrantly reflected in the body of her work.
These spaces began as her space of HÜM before she completely dove into work as a full time artist.  There was a point when Ayanna balanced her personal art with working in a corporate setting.  She explained that even though she enjoyed the work she was able to do in corporate; it was somewhat limited due to resources available.  In contrast, working in a personal space, on ASD projects allowed her to use her imagination in new ways, expressing herself in a way that was most authentic to her- flexing creative muscles. This at- home studio became her post work outlet, an oasis for creativity. “I would work from nine to five in corporate, sometimes longer- then I would come home and do ASD work until 2:00 am in the morning.”  She further explained that apart from working in the comfort and convenience of her own home, which is as “at-home” as your workspace can get, she emphasized the importance of having a specific space, that being her studio, designated for work and only work. The space seems inviolable- especially after getting a greater understanding of the articles in the space. Books on her shelf, references for concepts and techniques learnt and practiced from design school.  To the left of those, her very first sewing machine, which for her is more than just a machine- but the beginning of her dream actualizing.  On the walls are photographs of her past work, which she gazed at, explaining that they gently help her to remain grounded in her journey- reminding her of how far she has come, while still remains true to herself and her expressions.  Among her most sentimental possessions in her studio are her dress forms.  “They are not mere mannequins…” Ayanna explained.  She unravelled the back-story of the day she received them from her father and step-mom and how much it meant to her- “I cried, because acquiring them felt like a huge symbol of growth and progress.”
Throughout Ayanna’s home- it is evident why her HÜM is so colourful.

“When looking for a home in Kingston, it was a wish to have her children experience that priceless amount of bliss and magic that comes with growing up in a yard with space and vegetation.”

Melanie Schwapp, is best known for her novel, Dew Angels- originally published in 2011 and winner of the “Literary Classics Seal of Approval”. It is a story set in rural Jamaica, and explores the experiences of Nola Chambers- a black girl in a space where emphasis is placed on color, and the inner beauty she unveiled in her journey of self discovery. The creator of this enchanting tale set in Jamaica, Melanie, welcomed us into her home to share with us some of the spaces that allow her to feel a sense of ease, refuge, reinvigoration and solace. Spaces where she is inspired by themes from her childhood, and articles representing her journey with the loves of her life- her husband and three children.  Melanie started by expressing that there is not a single part of her home that she would consider her specific spaces for feeling her hum.  All the paintings, antique furniture, her farmer’s kitchen sink, country styled cupboards bearing traditional Jamaican jars are of great sentimental value- a value that energizes her every morning, and comforts her as she turns in at night. The conversation began at a bench under a tree in the front of her yard.  Perfectly nestled under a tree and cushioned by ferns and other plants. Schwapp expressed that as a child of Montego Bay, a childhood spiced with moments of venturing her grandparents’ property impacted the deepest fibre of her being- moments of her formative years which greatly helped to sculpt who she is today.  When looking for a home in Kingston, it was a wish to have her children experience that priceless amount of bliss and magic that comes with growing up in a yard with space and vegetation.  The bench was a bench she saved from being dumped- cleaned up, and painted it in what would appear to be a vibrant mix of dodger and duke blue. Melanie is quite the DIY kind of lady! It is now one of her favourite spots at home, where she is usually greeted by the soft kiss of the early- morning sun while drinking coffee.  Themes from her journey continued as we entered the house. Within moments of entering the warm living area, we were greeted by the magnificent “One Love Fish”- an amazing painting done by Jamaican artist, Laura Facey, the creator of the “Redemption Song” statue at Emancipation Park .  Menlanie explained that the painting was done with the intention of being hung at the Doctor’s Cave Beach Club, where she would have spent so many years of her life. Somehow, as if a conspiracy of destiny, the painting now hangs in her living room.  “My husband is a huge Bob Marley fan, and it was meant for Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay. It has the red, gold and green in the fish scales- it is just a wonderful mix of pieces of my husband and I…” explained Schwapp with a tender smile. She explained that right under that painting, in the couch is where she reads her Bible and does a lot of her introspection. We finally headed to the back patio and pool-side of her home. A very chill outdoor space with modern poolside furniture resting on smoothly finished dark wood floors.  This outdoor area is where she spends a lot of quality time with her family- lots of laughter, stories, games and glasses of wine. As a result of these deeply impactful moments, Melanie’s family, and to a greater degree, her children have greatly inspired her body of work.  Dew Angels would explain to her children the realities of the real world- a world where prejudices exist without valid human being to human being reason; while Lally-May’s Farm Suss, was inspired by the adventures that may begin as a result of the realities, myths and awakened imaginings of a child living in many rural Jamaican settings.
Throughout Melanie’s home- it is evident why her HÜM is so symphonic.
After exploring the HÜM of these two creatives, you may feel the need to assess your own spaces. What do you have in these spaces? Do they inspire you or do they keep you in a less than favourable state of mind? Are there things that would be great to add to your decor that would lead to greater inspiration, relaxation and rejuvenation? Or are you in need of a cleaner to remove some of your clutter?|P|

Wine Down for Charity

By Marshelle Haseley | Photography by Craig Harley

A friday night, post work get together to purchase and share bottles of wine and unwind with your pals, for a cause- a great way to end the week.  Shauna Fuller Clarke’s B.A.S.E. Foundation teamed up with organiser, Sabrina Webster to deliver a clean and classic affair to enhance Endometriosis awareness- awidespread , yet sadly insufficiently discussed disease. A crippling affliction that impacts every fibre of what it means to be a woman, affecting millions of women worldwide.  Research has indicated that one in every ten women is being affected by this condition in this moment, while you read this article.   The event, hosted by the stunning world class ATL Audi Showroom on Oxford Road, Kingston, had at its crux, the intention of calling attention to Endometriosis and the impact it has on women of all ages, from all walks of life.  The patronage was a clear indication that this disease cares not to whom you were born, how young you may be, or what responsibilities you must carry out in your professional life; forming a diverse family of “Endo Sisters” here in Jamaica. The depth of the experiences shared would not be readily seen in the showroom amidst patrons and serverswaltzing to and from the bar with purchased of bottles of wine; enjoying fashion displays, movement inducing music and live performances.  These were the powerfulconversations revolving around the character- building encounter with Endometriosis endured by so many women in the showroom. It was stunning how these amazing women were able to gleam through the pain a lot of them experienced, even while they spoke with Panache Magazine.  Women willingly disclosed notonly how Endometriosis shifted their life experience, but also how it shook the worlds of their loved ones who journey with them day by day.  It was an eye- opening and humbling experience, speaking with this wide cross-section of persons impacted so deeply by Endometriosis.   The debilitating pain caused by this condition is defined by medicalnewstoday.com in their      July 13, 2015 article, Endometriosis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment   as “…a painful medical condition in which endometrial implants, comprised of tissue normally found within the uterus, are present in other areas of the body.”  The technicalities were further indicated as being “…problematic as the tissue continues to as as though it is within the uterine cavity and counties to thicken, break down and bleed during a woman’s menstrual cycle and becomes trapped within the area of the body affected… scar tissue and adhesions form when irritation of the surrounding tissues occur causing organ fusion and anatomical changes.”  Based on that brief exploration of the nature of Endometriosis, it is evident why the debilitating pain that many women described would cause them to contort and move from foetal position to some never before seen. Shauna Fuller- Clarke, founder of B.A.S.E. Foundation described the attack the disease launched on your body.  Fuller- Clarke, who has been fighting Endometriosis for eight (8) years, elaborated on her experience of having one of her lungs collapse as a result of tissues constricting her organ.  She passionately tries to spread hope and advice for women facing Endo- indicating that through exercise and dietary modifications such as cutting back on gluten intake, the self identified foodie has been able to manage the symptoms.  It was in response to hearing of the suffering endured by Shauna and other friends that Sabrina Webster, organiser of the event began the process a year ago.  She envisioned an event that would bring awareness to a disease that seems overlooked, even though it is just as debilitating and harrowing as cancers. Webster mentioned how deeply impacted she was by the stories she heard and felt like it was necessary for her to give back; and this was a wonderful way for her to give of herself for a cause that could help to change lives and save young women from having to get to the point of a lung collapse before doing thorough medical exams.   According to Sara Stanford, co-owner of Bliss Bridal Boutique, who has been coping with Endo for over seven (7) years “..if your periods push you over the edge every time, its not normal, and it should be checked out.” Looking at Sara, one would not imagineher suffering at the hand of Endometriosis.  Sara’s vibrant spirit, like so many of the women who fight this disease are exemplary of regal resilience.  Reigning Miss Jamaica World, Ashlie Barrett, younger sister of Sara Stanford, shared that endometriosis has shown evidence of being hereditary.  Ashlie was diagnosed at the age of sixteen after having felt sick for an extended period of time.  She spoke of how her sister’s journey helped her in her process of coping with Endometriosis.  When asked how she managed to win the Miss Jamaica World Pageant, bearing pain, Ashlie explained that in spite of the pain and discomfort she was ironically empowered by the pain she had to withstrand- a condition she sees as an unfortunate thing that happened to her, but has had the positive effect of allowing her to feel as if there isn’t anything in life that she would not be able to fight through. Ashlie further stated that by no means did she feel at a disadvantage in competing for the crown of Miss Jamaica World 2016, despite the pain she bore throughout the competition.  Like diamonds, these women seem to become even stronger and more beautiful from the conditions they exist within. Panache got to speak with the host of the event, another Endo Sister, Roxene Nickel. Roxane has been fighting and coping now for eight year.  The depth at which the condition has built tissue on every fibre of what allows her to identify with being a normal woman was tear kindling.  She spoke of her difficulties in forming a family of her own.  Even while speaking with us, she indicated that she was experiencing some discomfort. Pain has become a part of her daily experience, it is just a matter of the degree to which the pain grabs. An experience described also by Sara, Shauna and other women with whom I spoke.  In spite of this unfortunate affliction, Roxene finds a positive in her suffering; seeing these experiences as the first hand hit that allows her to most effectively deliver a message on the importance of Endo awareness and coping mechanisms and advice for other women affected.  Among the interesting interactions, was meeting Kamoy Douglas- Clarke. A discussion surrounding her journey- from being told she would never be able to have children, to continuing to battle nine years later. Kamoy was granted the miracle of giving birth to her three sons.  While counting her blessings, she spoke of her reality, which ties into her inability to participate as practically as she would like in the activities of her young sons. She recalls being asked by her eldest son, who is now nine year old,  why it is that she’s always in bed, and why she is not able to play with them; all of which is also painful on a level beyond the physiological suffering.  Kamoy smiled gracefully as we spoke, her warm presence and gentle demeanour reflected someone who lived a life of pure bliss, and not a woman who experiences debilitating pain on such a regular basis.

 Brian Stanford, co-owner of Bliss Bridal Boutique makes reference to the pain that would seem to make a contortionist out of his wife, Sara.  When discussing the condition he asked “You know ben’ up? That’s what this thing does to Sara.” Brian undoubtedly carries out, not only the function of husband, but he has been a doctor of sorts, having to understand the condition as well as any patient would have to; and has to be there for his wife who he refers to as his soulmate, every step of the way.  The impact of Endo on his wife, has a deep impact on his life, from the emotional strain of seeing his wife in pain, and feeling helpless, to sometimes leaving social gatherings to tend to the needs of his wife- Brian would do it no other way.    The event raised a total of…. and through live social media posts from attendees, without a doubt, further awareness would have been brought to this rampant and aggressive disease.  The endeavour and event was graciously facilitated by ATL Automotive.  Matthew Cripps General Manager of ATL Automotive asserted that “…one in every ten woman is affected by Endometriosiss, and sixty percent of Audi customers are women- there is no way we could not have supported this cause.”  We look forward to witnessing expanding initiatives that will help to educate our population on these diseases which remain understated- but have the potential to impact the deepest fibres of our humanity. |P|

The DJ’s Review: Marshall Major II Black Headphones

In this issue of PANACHE, our columnist, a leading DJ here in Jamaica specializing in the 70s, 80s and 90s music genres, reviewed the Major II Black from Marshall Headphones.
Retailing for $119USD, Marshall describes this latest release as having an “updated sound, looks and durability, as well as improved ergonomics, give way to a whole new level of listening.”
For more info, visit: http://www.marshallheadphones.com

Photo credit: Marshall Headphones

The Review
After using the Marshall Major II Black for a couple days, I would recommend them for general purposes such as running, casually listening to music, connecting to your iPod or mobile phone, etc. However, from a DJ’s standpoint these are pretty basic.
The sound is extremely good, in terms of midrange for vocals & the clarity is good.
They fit extremely well & it has good noise cancelling.
Being a DJ I like to hear bass in a headphone, however this is where the Marshall Major II Black falls short, but they aren’t bad, they would make a great back up for a DJ.
That said, I do recommend them as a great option for general purposes as mentioned above, and I would purchase these for personal use. |P|

Kelly Tomblin: CEO of the Year

Energy companies from eight countries and three continents, on December 8, 2016 received honours for leadership, innovation and exemplary performance at the 18th annual Platts Global Energy Awards. The event is often described as the “Oscars” of energy and emceed this year by CNBC Television Energy Correspondent Jackie DeAngelis. Nineteen awards were bestowed upon companies and individuals at Cipriani Wall Street in lower Manhattan before an audience of nearly 400 energy and finance executives hailing from 18 countries.

CEO OF THE YEAR

Photo: Platts Global Energy Awards

“So honoured to represent the 1700 Jamaicans that I am proud to lead. Thank you Platts! Thank you to my #TeamJPS!”

— Kelly Tomblin

“Thrives amidst challenge,” is how judges described Kelly Tomblin, Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), who was named this year’s “CEO of the Year,” one of the more hotly contested award categories including 12 finalists from six countries. With 20 years of experience in the energy industry, in both deregulated and vertically integrated markets in the U.S., The U.K. and Latin America, judges said Tomblin has earned a reputation for organizational transformation. Tomblin took the helm of JPS in 2012, facing headwinds of stagnant growth, poor customer satisfaction and high electricity prices, and judges paid particular attention to her ability to turn the company around “very quickly in a difficult environment.” Tomblin was the sole female among 12 finalists in the “CEO of the Year” category. |P|