Dr. Joan Parker
President and CEO, Counterpart International
Dr. Joan Parker is President and CEO of Counterpart International, a not-for-profit organization working in sustainable tourism in the Caribbean, Latin America and Africa. Dr. Parker joined Counterpart in 2010 and is building on the strong foundation of former Counterpart President and sustainable tourism leader Lelei LeLaulu. Counterpart’s current efforts in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Guatemala and Ethiopia work through communities that host tourism activities and draw their livelihoods from a healthy, sustainable ecosystem (both coastal and inland), and with local and international tourism businesses to ensure a vibrant tourism base. Dr. Parker is an agricultural economist by training, with a Ph.D. from Michigan State University. She lives in Washington, DC with her family, with whom she enjoys the great outdoors.
The Barbara Pyle Foundation, Atlanta
Barbara Pyle is a renowned pioneer of environmental television programming. She served as Corporate Vice President of Environmental Policy for the Turner Broadcasting System and CNN’s Environment Editor. Throughout her extensive career as executive producer and director, she created the popular 113-episode animated series, Captain Planet and the Planeteers and 55 films covering a range of global issues, which have garnered almost 200 industry awards and eight Emmy nominations. Among them is People Count, a 35-part television series which focuses on remarkable individuals leading the way to create a better future. In 1997, Barbara received the world’s most prestigious environmental honor, the United Nations Environment Programme Sasakawa Prize and used the award to establish the Barbara Pyle Foundation. She also founded and directed the Captain Planet Foundation, which provides grants for hands-on environmental projects involving children. Barbara is currently in collaboration with the Kellogg Innovation Network (KIN) on a revolutionary technology transfer initiative that will be the subject of her next film. To empower local people, KIN is also beginning to distribute episodes of the People Count series in rural Africa. Barbara’s 1975 photographs of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, taken in New Orleans during the Born to Run Tour, are currently on display at SNAP Galleries in Mayfair, London and she is in negotiations for a book deal. She is an Advisory Board Member of Counterpart International and one of many proud sponsors of CMEx.
Event Planner, Puerto Rico
Gloria E. Ramos is a creative and detailed event planner. While working in the corporate world, she began coordinating celebrations for friends and family. She spent several years in the financial industry and later in pharmaceuticals where her skills for meeting and event planning were put to good use. In 2009, after planning and implementing highly successful team building events within her department she decided to venture out on her own and begin “Glorious Affairs”. Soon after and with much ambition, Gloria embarked on a new journey leaving the changing seasons of New Jersey for the tropical beauty of her native Puerto Rico in 2010. Gloria now focuses on destination events in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. She speaks Spanish fluently and lends both event planning and administrative support to the Caribbean Media Exchange team.
Journalist, St Lucia
Christy Recaii is a journalist who is known for bringing new energy and a fresh approach to the projects she undertakes. Based in St Lucia, she is considered to have changed the face of local journalism. Her stint at a St Lucian television station, as a news reporter and weekend anchor, covering stories ranging from hard news to human-interest pieces has provided her with an excellent foundation. A major highlight of her time there, was in 2009 producing a documentary on AIDS/HIV. This strong background allowed her to make the major move to editor at a local business-oriented magazine where she was responsible for the bi-monthly, hundred-page publication from inception to completion. In her writing, Christy is known for a straightforward, yet unique style that is easy to understand. She believes that anyone who desires to be informed should have every chance. Her interest in Caribbean tourism became the driving force, when Christy returned to television, presenting the news on St Lucia’s premiere tourism channel in 2010. Through her passion for sailing, she has been dubbed the authority on maritime news in St Lucia when she was personally contacted by the United States about St Lucia’s yachting sector. This led to her donning the hat as a correspondent for several regional publications. Whether in television or in print, she has pioneered the question and answer style and has been commended for her “If there’s a story, I’ll get the scoop!” approach to journalism. A graduate of Hunter College, CUNY in New York City, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Media Studies, her body of work reflects her joy and passion for the field as she brings stories to her growing audience.
Communications Officer IADC, St. Vincent & the Grenadine
Jennifer Richardson is a graduate of the Bernard M. Baruch College, City University of New York. She holds a Bachelors Degree (cum laude) in Corporate Communications. Since graduating in 1991, Jennifer has pursued a career in Journalism and worked for five years as Assistant News Editor at the National Broadcasting Corporation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Jennifer has also worked as a News Reporter/Presenter and Producer/Presenter at the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation in Barbados. She later worked as the Director of News, Sports and Current Affairs at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation. Currently, she is the Communications Officer at the International Airport Development Company (IADC) which is responsible for the construction of the international airport in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The project is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2013. Jennifer also works as a part time news presenter for the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Broadcasting Corporation. Jennifer is the proud mother of two children and is a dedicated Sunday School teacher. She has a passion for children and is a committed community volunteer.
Caribbean Media Corporation
Ernie Seon is considered one of the region’s most accomplished tourism writers who not only reports on tourism issues but also has a thorough understanding of the impact of travel and tourism on the region’s economy. A correspondent for the Economist, Agence France Press, and Agencia EFE (Spanish News Agency), Ernie is a graduate of the University of the West Indies and serves as the Saint Lucia Bureau Chief of the Caribbean Media Corporation. A journalist for more than 20 years, working in both print and electronic media, he has also served as a correspondent for Voice of America, United Press International, Editor of the St. Lucia Advocate and several local and regional media houses, in addition to remaining on the frontline of public relations and promotional activities over the years.
The Daily Herald, St. Maarten
Alita Singh is a St. Maarten-based journalist who specialises in political and maritime reporting at her day job with the north-eastern Caribbean’s main newspaper – The Daily Herald. She is also a prolific freelancer for several regional and international publications. Her articles have been published in The Washington Post’s International Edition, Experience St. Maarten/St. Maarten, LIME (the in-flight magazine of LIAT), Insights (InselAir’s in-flight magazine), Caribbean Travel + Life, PURE and Jewish Newsletter to name a few.
Singh was one of only a handful of Caribbean journalists selected to cover first revenue sailing of the world’s largest cruise ship Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas. Similarly, she was the only Caribbean journalist invited to cover the 20th anniversary celebration of Certified Angus Beef in New York held in collaboration with the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel and the famed James Beard House.
Singh has won various accolades for her work including the Crystal Pineapple Award for Excellence in Tourism Journalism, first ever honourable mention in the American Express/Caribbean Hotel Association excellence in tourism reporting award. She was named Person of the Year by EnviroNews magazine (2006). The latter recognition was born from her reporting about environmental issues on St. Maarten and in the region.
When she is not busy at her computer, Singh is spending time with her two cats – Duchess and Mausje – and dog Roche; all three are rescue animals who she prefers to think selected her as their “pet parent.” Her commitment to bettering the plight of animals on St. Maarten led to her shedding her sometimes ultra-serious persona to become one of the “ladies of influence” who lent their image for the “I love My Island Dog” 2011 calendar.
Singh is gourmand who enjoys excellent food and wine, a passion developed from living on St. Maarten – the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean. She is also an avid reader and music lover who enjoyed travelling and experiencing new adventures. One such adventure was appearing on an episode of HGTV’s House Hunters International.
CNN, New York
Clayton Sizemore is a results oriented self-starter with a solid background of more than 18 years in broadcasting and finance. Clayton is an organizational master and an effective communicator. His proven record of success in television news management has earned him professional accolades as an excellent problem solver, decision-maker, team player and motivator. In 1998, he was selected for entry into the highly competitive and prestigious Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He graduated in 1999 from Poynter’s Leadership Development Program. As a technical broadcast journalist, Clayton has a unique background that ranges from hands on experience as an accomplished photographer, editor and director to that of effective manager and skilled negotiator. Clayton’s journalism career has garnered him achievement on many fronts. He is currently the Manager of Operations for CNN in New York. Prior to joining the world’s breaking news leader, CNN, he worked for New York’s NBC 4 as Manager of Field Operations and Manager of Field Maintenance. Clayton holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Now a resident of New Jersey, Clayton is the father of three. Clayton Sizemore believes that nothing is impossible!
Marketplace Excellence/ Caribbean Media Exchange, Saint Lucia
Simone Skinner specializes in organizing and planning meetings and conferences, corporate events, and celebrations. Simone, who has a strong background in Project Management with a focus on Meeting and Event Management, has gained significant experience working in the Caribbean’s travel and tourism industry in Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia and her native Trinidad & Tobago. Simone, who speaks French fluently, coordinates the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) and provides administrative support and special projects assistance to Marketplace Excellence. Solutions, systems and results oriented, Simone holds an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management, graduating magna cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island.
Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc.
Lisa Skriloff is the founder and president of Multicultural Marketing Resources, Inc. (MMR), established in 1994, a public relations and marketing firm representing the leading experts in marketing to Hispanics, Asian Americans, African Americans and other ethnic and lifestyle groups. Her company publishes Multicultural Marketing News, an award-winning, quarterly newsletter that provides executives with business resources and journalists with story ideas and contacts. Their free newsletter by email, Multicultural E-Letter, offers news and information of interest to marketers targeting ethnic consumers. MMR also publishes an annual directory, The Source Book of Multicultural Experts, which lists over 150 contacts across industries. The Multicultural Marketing Resources Library, located in MMR’s offices, serves as a resource center for professionals in the industry. Multicultural Travel News (e-news) and Multicultural Speaker’s Showcase are the newest MMR Launches.
Prior to starting her business, she had a 10-year career at The New York Times, where she held a number of director level positions in Promotion, Marketing, Advertising, Circulation and Special Projects departments. Fluent in Spanish, Lisa has worked extensively in the Hispanic market. She had advertising sales responsibilities for Caballero Spanish Radio in New York and directed ad sales and wrote for an English language city publication in Madrid.
She started her career as a Bilingual Elementary School Teacher in Madison, Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison, she has chaired the NY Chapter of Cabinet 99, the Women’s Leadership Council of the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) and served on the Board of the WAA.
Lisa is a frequent writer on travel, contributing to Travel Agent Magazine, The NY Daily News and Fodors Guides. She specializes in multicultural travel, Spanish language destinations and cruise travel.
Dr. Basil Springer, GCM
Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust, Barbados
Dr. Basil Springer, a Barbadian, is leading the charge, as a change-engine consultant, with the private sector-led Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc. (CBET). He promotes the CBET Shepherding Model™, an enterprise development initiative, to diversify economies in the Caribbean by contributing to the development and growth of what are now called ‘sunrise’ high performance enterprises to replace the fading ‘sunset’ industries. This initiative is characterised by the effective optimal partnership between CBET, the Government and the Private Sector of a sovereign country. The model combines the entrepreneurial opportunity to penetrate global markets, shepherding and quick response seed and venture capital, as the entrepreneur embarks on a journey from business concept to sustainable business success. The prototype of this model is currently being tested in Barbados before it is aggressively promoted in the Caribbean and beyond. At the launch of The Barbados Entrepreneurs’ Quick Response Venture Capital Fund, which is an integral part of this model, the Government pledged the incentive of a government guarantee to local and foreign sophisticated investors in the VCF. Basil is a member of the international E-Team which will be launching its inaugural annual Barbados conference and awards ceremony in November 2010. The E-Team is promoting – “Barbados: The Entrepreneurial Hub of the World by 2020”. He is also a Board Director of the Caribbean Media Exchange.
Marketplace Excellence/ Caribbean Media Exchange, New Jersey/ Washington DC
Bevan Springer, an award-winning journalist and seasoned public relations professional, is the President of Marketplace Excellence, a full service public relations, marketing and media company; and the Caribbean Media Exchange which is designed to improve the quality of media coverage of sustainable tourism in the Caribbean. A columnist with the New York Amsterdam News, Bevan has worked as a sports reporter with the Barbados Nation and Barbados Advocate newspapers, and has contributed to the Trinidad Guardian, BBC World Service, New York Daily News, 1190 AM WLIB, 1600 AM WWRL radio and WNBC-TV in New York. As former North American editor of the Barbados Advocate, Bevan spent considerable time covering the United Nations, the tourism industry and events and activities in North America’s Caribbean Diaspora. A former national tennis player of Barbados, he is a member of New York’s Christian Cultural Center, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Association of Black Journalists, United Nations Correspondents Association and is an alumnus of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada – a member of the United World Colleges’ (UWC) network. Bevan sits on the Leadership Council in the Department of Tourism and Hospitality Management at the George Washington University’s School of Business.
Choice Hotels International
]Leon Thomas has 33 years of hospitality experience. He started his hotel career as a bellman and progressed through the ranks to hold just about every line-level and management position there is in the hotel business including being part of an ownership group. Leon has been in his current position as Senior Operations Performance Trainer for Choice Hotels International for nearly three years. Prior to joining Choice he was the president of his own hospitality consulting company – Thomas Hospitality Services. The ever evolving area of social media is one of Leon’s areas of expertise. Leon’s extensive knowledge of the subject has helped hotel owners and operators capture business through the proper use of social media networks. Leon conducts training seminars and provides keynote presentations on Social Media, Employee Motivation, and a variety of other hospitality-related subjects.
Dr. Maya A. Trotz
University of South Florida
Dr. Maya A. Trotz is an Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF). She is interested in water quality linked to appropriate uses and community engagement for water source protection. She has worked with CI-Guyana, WWF Guianas, is on the governing council of the Caribbean Science Foundation, and is on the executive committee of the Coastal Areas Climate Change Education project focused on Florida and the Caribbean. She is a fellow of the Patel School of Global Solutions, faculty advisor for USF’s chapter of Engineers for a Sustainable World, and a faculty affiliate of USF’s Peace Corps Master’s International program focused on water and sanitation. She believes in holistic approaches to providing engineering solutions which incorporate women’s perspectives and needs and which build local capacity. To date her students have done or are doing research in Florida, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Bolivia, Madagascar, the Netherlands and Panama. She is originally from Guyana.
K-Victoria, born “Kmisha-Victoria Counts”, pursued music from a young age in her hometown of St. Thomas, United States Virgin Islands. She grew up studying dance, theatre, piano, and voice from ages three to 14 at the Virgin Islands Institute of Performing Arts. In high school, while an advanced music student, K-Victoria started gigging at the Ritz Carlton Cafe in a local singing group where she exercised her performing and songwriting skills in the R&B trio KRIS. Since then she’s entered several competitions, gaining exposure for her talent. She won the titles of V.I. Hal Jackson’s Talented Teen, Haynes Smith Caribbean Talented Teen, and Virgin Islands Carnival Queen. She also performed at the Apollo Theatre in New York twice and won the Miss World Talent title at the 2005 Miss World Competition in China where she placed made into the semifinals.
K-Victoria, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Business Management from Berklee College of Music, is a dynamic performer. She opened up for artists such as Gyptian, Maxi Priest, Lady Saw and Wyclef Jean. She also released a few of her original songs “Concoction” and “Baby Only You.” 2011 marks launching of her mixtape “Let Dem Know” , an independent project. Now current single “Let Dem Know – The VI Anthem” featuring Rock City is a rap-singing swagger track uplifting her hometown.
Franklin “Bobby” Vieira
One Caribbean Radio 97.9 fm-hd2, New York
Franklin “Bobby” Vieira is Vice President of One Caribbean Radio 97.9FM-HD2 in New York. He also serves as Executive Director of “We Are the Caribbean Media Service” (an Internet-based news and information service) and is President/CEO of Caribbean Cargo & Package Services at the JFK Airport in New York. Bobby, who also is a correspondent for a number of radio stations in the Caribbean, has attended numerous travel conferences in an effort to spread the word about the challenges and opportunities facing the important tourism industry today. Bobby can be heard weekly on the popular “Meet the Caribbean” radio show which airs on One Caribbean Radio on Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m.
Journalist, New York
An author, freelance writer and broadcaster, Ian Williams appears in print around the globe, and often on television as well, on politics, business and economics. Born in Liverpool, he graduated from Liverpool University after two years’ suspension for protests against its investments in South Africa. Consequently, he had a variegated career path, which included a drinking competition with Chou En Lai, an argument about English literature with Mme Mao and being a rail workers’ union executive, before taking up journalism, briefly taking time off to be a speech/article writer for British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock in the 1987 election campaign. He is a columnist with www.guardian.co.uk and senior analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus, www.fpif.org. His books include Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776; Deserter: Bush’s War on Military Families, Veterans and his own Past; The Alms Trade, a study of the role of charities in Britain; and The UN For Beginners. He is a media trainer who has coached UN officials, business executives and NGOs on media, and teaches writing to NYU’s MSc Global Studies students. He is completing a book on “The Global History of Tequila.”
Cornell Young is a Independent video producer/ camera operator based in New York and Florida. He loves anything and everything to do with video production. He feels so lucky to get to do what he loves. He feels honored to videotape an event or cover a story. He is a true creative team player with proven experience, expertise and drive to get the job right the first time. His work experience includes: Broadcast, commercials, product launches, conventions, fashion, concerts and local events. As a result of his commitment to his work and passion for creativity for over seventeen years; he has won two Telly Awards and The Videographer Awards.
NYU/ MTV NETWORKS
Richard Yumang attained a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University Chico. His professional experience has been in programming at Home Box Office, Time Warner since 2005. He recently moved to MTV Networks working in the strategic development department. Currently enrolled in NYU’s Public Relations and Corporate Communication postgraduate program, Richard is expected to graduate in May 2012.