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Destination Experience

Celebrate your success with us in a unique environment where business and pleasure thrive harmoniously.

The Destination Experience Visionaries’ Summit offers a multi-stakeholder business acceleration environment designed for decision makers from around the world to connect with their peers in untapped markets in a bid to drive economic transformation and growth.

Our platform is designed to drive a paradigm shift in the economic outlook of host territories by offering accelerated networks facilitating high-level partnerships and investment. We have a strong track record for attracting an audience of global business luminaries, innovators, influencers, and investors and we have built our brand on a number of key pillars, including:

  • Transforming the international business image of the region
  • Strengthening engagement with U.S. counterparts and the diaspora Attracting global investment, influence and media to the region
  • Promotion of entrepreneurship and connecting people with opportunities
  • Driving thought leadership on business, technology and innovation

Since inception we have convened a community controlling collective resources in excess of US$140 billion and have seeded over US$300 million in investments across a variety of sectors including real estate, energy, finance and the creative industries. In May of 2015, we were celebrated by President Obama at the White House as “An innovative platform for the promotion of entrepreneurship and a unique business catalyst”. We have also been honored by the World Economic Forum at the Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and featured in global publications such as Forbes.

Join our community of heads of state, taste-makers, influencers, celebrities, royalty and captains of industry for a stimulating exchange with your peers. Celebrate your success with us in a unique environment where business and pleasure thrive harmoniously.

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers

Lord Michael Hastings

Global Head of Citizenship, KPMG

KPMG International's Global Head of Corporate Citizenship, Lord Michael Hastings was previously the BBC's Head of Public Affairs and the first Head of Corporate Responsibility. He is also the second Chancellor of Regent's University London and a trustee of the Vodafone Group Foundation and previously served for 9 years on the Board for Responsible Business at British Telecom. He has also been awarded a CBE (Commander of the British Empire and has been granted independent peerage to the House of Lords.

Ann-Marie Campbell

Executive Vice President,
The Home Depot Inc

Ms. Ann-Marie Campbell currently serves as an Executive Vice President of US Stores at The Home Depot, Inc. Over her career at The Home Depot spanning 30 years, she has served in many capacities including Vice President and President roles for multiple store operations, merchandising, sales and marketing. She has served as an Independent Director at Barnes & Noble and is currently on the board of Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business and of Catalyst, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding opportunities for women and business.

Wayne Hewett

Chairman, DiversiTech Corporation;
Board Member, The Home Depot Inc.
and General Electric

Recently appointed to the board of Wells Fargo, Mr. Hewett is a seasoned executive leader who has worked across a number of industries. Since March 2018, he has served as an advisor to Permira, a global private equity firm, and Non-Executive Chairman of DiversiTech Corporation. His distinguished corporate CV includes a post as Chief Executive Officer of Klöckner Pentaplast Group. Mr. Hewett's career has also included over 20 years with General Electric Company across roles as Vice-President and Chief Executive Officer of several business lines within the conglomerate.

Jeff Pulver

Co-Founder, Vonage;
Chairman, Alchemist

Throughout his highly successful international career, Jeff Pulver is known for promoting internet communications and telephony and has changed the way the world communicates. An "Order" named after Jeff Pulver was issued by the Federal Communications Commission supported by the White House. In 1995, he defined "VON" to stand for Voice/Video on the Net. Founder / co-founder of numerous startups including Alchemist, Free World Dialup, and Vonage, Jeff is the reason that services like FaceTime, Messenger and WhatsApp are free.

Jimmy Nguyen

CEO, NChain

After a 21-year career as an intellectual property and digital technology lawyer, Jimmy joined nCHain Group as nChain Group CEO, Diversity & Innovation. Over the course of his private practice legal career, Jimmy was a partner at three major U.S. law firms – most recently Davis Wright Tremaine LLP. He represented multinational corporates and emerging companies in a wide range of sectors including technology, entertainment & media, sports, financial services, consumer products, retail, and automotive.

Peter Blair Henry

Dean Emeritus, NYU Stern School of
Business; Board Member, Citi Group
and General Electric

A current member of the board of Citi Group, Peter is an author and economist, having led one of the world's most recognized business schools - at NYU - as the youngest person to assume Deanship there. Furthermore, he has raised over US$225 million to date - more than any Dean in school history. He is the author of "Turn Around: Third World Lessons for First World Growth". Peter sits on the boards of CitiBank, General Electric and the National Bureau of Economic Research. In 2009, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Commission of White House Fellowships.

Dr. Bernard Harris

Founder and CEO, Vesalius
Ventures Inc.

Dr. Harris is currently Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner of Vesalius Ventures, Inc., a venture capital firm that supports and invests in early to mid-stage Healthcare technologies and companies. In addition, Dr. Harris serves as a Director of a number of investment funds, including Babson Capital Funds Trust with over $600m AUM. A veteran astronaut for over eighteen years, he has logged more than 438 hours and traveled over 7.2 million miles in space, as the first African American astronaut who has walked in space.

Christopher Edgerton Warburton

Founding Partner, Lion’s Head
Global Partners

Christopher “Edge” Egerton-Warburton is a Founding Partner of Lion’s Head Global Partners, a London-based merchant bank that provides advisory, financial structuring, capital raising and asset management services, specializing in Development, Agriculture, Infrastructure, Health and renewable energy. Prior to establishing Lion’s Head in 2008, Edge spent 14 years at Goldman Sachs within the Debt Capital Markets group.

Eric Guichard

Founder and CEO, Movement Capital

Harvard-educated investment banker, Mr. Eric-Vincent Guichard is the Founder & CEO of Movement Capital, formerly Homestrings.com, an electronic investment platform that caters to opening up market opportunities to diaspora investments. Prior to this, he founded Gravitas Capital, an institutional asset management company. He serves on several non-profit boards including University of Maryland's Center for Financial Policy, Capital Partners for Education and OIC International – an initiative that encourages economic self-reliance in Africa.

Linda Hill

Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Linda A. Hill is the Wallace Brett Donham Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and chair of the Leadership Initiative. Hill is regarded as one of the top experts on leadership and is the co-author of Collective Genius: The Art and Practice of Leading Innovation, co-founder of Paradox Strategies, and co-creator of the Innovation Quotient. She was named by Thinkers50 as one of the top ten management thinkers in the world in 2013 and received the Thinkers50 Innovation Award in 2015. Hill’s research focuses on implementing global strategies and leading innovation; building innovative organizations and ecosystems; developing leaders for innovation; and the role of the board in governing innovation. Collective Genius was named by Business Insider as one of “The 20 Best Business Books” in 2014 and received the Gold Medal for Leadership, Axiom Business Book Award. Hill has chaired numerous HBS Executive Education programs, including the Young Presidents' Organization Presidents' Seminar and the High Potentials Leadership Program, and Leading and Building a Culture of Innovation.

Sterling Hawkins

Global Leader on Innovation and Transformational Leadership

Sterling Hawkins has become a master of innovation through massive changes and obstacles he has experienced in his own life. As a business leader, entrepreneur investor and futurist, Sterling is an internationally renowned keynote speaker. As a 5th generation retailer and still very active in retail innovation, he has worked with the likes of Stanford, Cornell and the University of Texas to create the future of commerce, and today evaluates over 1,000 innovative technologies annually which are looking to dynamically transform retail and how people fulfill on their wants and needs. He has worked with countless startups, investment groups, retailers, brands and Fortune 500 companies including P&G and Mitsubishi to ignite innovation and innovation thinking inside their organizations. Sterling has been seen in Inc. Magazine, The New York Times, Fast Company, Forbes and other major media outlets. Living at the intersection of in-store, online and the Fourth Industrial Revolution, Sterling is actively shaping the future by helping others create and respond to innovation in a way that betters businesses, communities and the human condition.

Paul B. Scott

Chairman and CEO, Musson Group

Mr. P.B. Scott is the Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Principal Shareholder of the Musson Group. His Chairmanship extends to Musson’s subsidiaries and affiliates; namely Facey Group Ltd, T. Geddes Grant Ltd., General Accident Insurance Company Ltd., Seprod Ltd., and PBS Group Ltd. In addition to his responsibilities at Musson, he serves on several boards and commissions which include being Chairman of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), He is also trustee of the American International School of Kingston. He is a former President of the Private Sector Organization of Jamaica.

Andrew Mahfood

CEO, Wisynco Group Ltd.

Andrew Mahfood is the Chief Executive Officer of Wisynco Group Ltd. one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of consumer goods in the Caribbean representing global brands including Coca-Cola, Unilever, Kellog’s, General Mills and Haagen Daaz alongside locally produced and widely popular local brands such as Wata and CranWata. In 2017 Wisynco Group issued an Initial Public Offering in Jamaica marking the largest IPO in the island’s history. Andrew Mahfood also serves as Chairman of Food for the Poor the largest charity organization in Jamaica and the largest international relief and development organization in the United States.

Jeffrey Hall

CEO, Jamaica Producers Ltd.

Jeffrey Hall is the Chief Executive Officer of Jamaica Producers Group (JP). JP is listed on the Jamaica Stock Exchange and has its primary interests in manufacturing, agri-business and logistics in the Caribbean and Europe. Mr. Hall joined the company in 2002 and has served as CEO since July 2007. Mr. Hall is credited with a turnaround of the Group and under his tenure led an acquisition strategy that included Kingston Wharves (Jamaica’s leading multipurpose port operator and private investor in logistics), Hoogesteger (the leading fresh juice company in Northern Europe), Tortuga International (a leading Caribbean rum-based food souvenir brand), Mavis Bank Coffee Factory (a since divested leader in Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee) and Ram Shipping (a UK based freight forwarder serving all of the English Caribbean territories). He serves on the Board’s Audit and Executive Committees and as a director of its international subsidiaries and associated companies. Mr. Hall presently serves as Chairman of Scotia Group Jamaica, Scotia Investments Jamaica Limited and Kingston Wharves. He is also a Director of the National Housing Trust, Blue Power Group, Eppley Caribbean Property Fund Limited SCC and the Shipping Association of Jamaica Property Limited.

Chris Williams

Co-Founder and CEO, Proven Investments Ltd.

Christopher Williams is a pioneer in Jamaica’s finance space having played an integral role in the success of Proven to date – from raising US $30 million of equity exclusively through a private placement representing one of the largest private or public US dollar offerings in Jamaica's capital market history; posting just over US $10 million of profit in its first two years of operation and being the first company to list on the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s US market. Christopher was formerly the Managing Director of NCB Capital Markets Limited, which he grew into one of Jamaica’s most successful investment houses and leading stock brokerage and primary dealers.

Tim Hentschel

Co-Founder and CEO, HotelPlanner.com

Mr. Tim Hentschel is the Co-Foudner and Chief Executive Officer of HotelPlanner & Meetings.com. Hentschel was an early leader in providing online resources for group travel, becoming a mainstay for group event planners and hotel partners alike. Tim has grown HotelPlanner to $50M in net revenues annually, growing organically YOY while continuing to give back to their community and their employee shareholders. HotelPlanner provides group travel technology expertise to over 5 million group event planners, generating approximately $10 billion in group hotel revenues. He emphasizes a mantra of entrepreneurship through giving back, and supports several great charities through his two annual events; The American Group Travel Awards and The European Group Travel Awards, recognizing the best suppliers in the group travel industry. He has been named the recipient of the 2018 Cornell Hospitality Innovator Award, an honor given annually by the Leland C. and Mary M. Pillsbury Institute for Hospitality Entrepreneurship by his alma mater the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration.

Executive

THE EXECUTIVE
PRODUCERS

Anthony

KIRK-ANTHONY HAMILTON

ENTREPRENEUR/GLOBAL INFLUENCER, CO-FOUNDER AND CURATOR

Kirk-Anthony is architectural designer turned dynamic entrepreneur, investor, community curator and founder of the Infiniti Partnership, The Destination Experience and Tech Beach Retreat. His primary mission is to elevate the Caribbean’s position as a business destination by creating connections with global business ecosystem and catalyze wealth creation opportunities for the region.

Michele-Anne

MICHELE-ANNE HAMILTON

MARKETING ENTREPRENEUR,
CO-FOUNDER AND CURATOR

An experienced marketer with a history of providing brands with excellent personalized service and valuable return on investment. Michele has worked with companies large and small and understands how to build dope brands on any budget. She is an internationally published photographer, her work has been featured in numerous publications as well as on the big screen in Time Square, New York.

David

DR. DAVID WALCOTT

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS AND STRATEGY

A Medical Doctor and Investor, David recently completed his Ph.D. and mini-MBA at the University of Oxford & INSEAD University respectively, as a Rhodes Scholar. He has taught himself 6 foreign languages to be able to connect the Caribbean to the world. He attended the Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2018, and is focused on driving transformation of healthcare in the region through investing in medical tourism, digital health, wellness and medical education.

Committee

THE COMMITTEE

Stephen Facey

CEO, Pan Jam

Paula Kerr Jarrett

CEO, Barnett Ltd

Thalia Lyn

CEO, Island Grill

Sir Paul Altman

Chairman, Altman Real Estate

Mauricio Pulido

CEO, GB Energy

Zachary Harding

CEO, Hyperion Equity LLC.

Chris Reckord

CEO, tTech

Novia McDonald-Whyte

Snr. Editor,The Jamaica Observer

Dr. David Panton

Chairman, Panton Capital

Michael McMorris

CEO, Kronos ID

Community

OUR COMMUNITY

The US$100 Billion Room

A sapshot of Participants and speakers across our series of events includin Techbeach Retreat. We’ve build a global business ecosystem that attracts business luminaries, influencers, celebrities, sports icons, media and royalty.

Hon. Andrew Holness

Prime Minister of
Jamaica

Hon.Wes Edens

Co-Founder
Fortress Investments

Hon.Dr. Patrick Byrne

Founder and Chairman
Overstock.com

Hon.Michael Lee-Chin

Founder and Chairman
Portland Holding

Hon.Jack Dorsey

Co-Founder, CEO and
Chairman, Twitter & Square

Hon.Wes HaLL

Kingsdale Shareholder
Services, Canada

Hon.Marie McKenzie

Global Vice Pres.
Carnival Corp.

Hon.Chris Blackwell

Chairman
Island Outpost

Hon.Paul Scott

Chairman,
The Musson

Hon.Dr. Sabrina Kaye

Founder and Chairman
Fremont Investments

Hon.Peter Blair Henry
Dean

NYU Stern School
of Business

Hon.Paul Doyle

Chairman, Crane
Resorts

Hon.Kelly Tomblin

CEO, Intren

Hon.Michael V. Roberts

Chairman, The Roberts’
Companies

Hon.H.E. Audrey Marks

Jamaica’s Ambassador
to the U.S.

Hon.Prince Michael
of Kent

Hon.Alex McKenzie

President, IFS Securtie

Hon.William Mahfood

Chairman, Wisynco Group

Hon.Michael Rollins

President
RoseHall Development

Hon.Douglas Orane

Former CEO & Chairman,
Grace Kennedy

Hon.Dr. Auliana Poon

Founder and CEO
Tourism Intelligence

Hon.Dr. Bernard Harris

Founder and MD
Vesalius Ventures

Hon.Jeff Pulver

Co-Founder
Vonage

Hon.John Burbank

Founder and CIO
Passport Capital

Hon.Nandi Witter Byer

Director of Technology
Investments, Barclays

Hon.Rania Hoteit

Founder and CEO,
ID4A Technologies

Hon.Julius Erving

NBA Legend

Hon.Tom Desanto

Award Winning Film
Producer, X-Men

Hon.Valerie Mosley

Founder and CEO
Valmo Ventures

Purpose-Impact

Purpose Impact

OUR PURPOSE
AND IMPACT

Promote Entrepreneurship and Investment, Foster Global Connections, Spur Economic Growth and Development and Transform the Global Business Image of our Host Territories. We connect wealth with opportunity as we strive to participate in unlocking the full economic potential of our partner nations.

The Give Back – Building a more Inclusive Jamaica One of our core missions is to ensure we benefit the wider community by partnering with non-profit and philanthropic organizations. Make a difference with us

Events

EVENT SCHEDULE

Main Events : April 4 to 6, 2019

Below is the event schedule for The Destination Experience. Opportunities exist for private sponsor events to be added to the roster

event

WELCOME RECEPTION

4 APRIL
7:00pm-9:30pm

Welcome to Jamaica! A light meet and greet introducing our international guests to their local counterparts. A casual affair fusing island delights and entertainment. Hosted by one of the island’s business luminaries.

event

VISIONARIES’ SUMMIT

5 APRIL
10:00am-5:00pm

An interactive master class in innovation and business, exploring global trends, ground breaking ideas and new technologies with industry pioneers who push beyond the boundaries of reality daily.

event

THE MASTERS’ OF INDUSTRY RECEPTION & FLAGSHIP PARTY

5 APRIL
10:00am-2:00am

A celebration of success featuring world class dining, hand crafted cocktails and entertainment in honour of our business luminaries and our supporting partners. We showcase our host territory through a totally unexpected and exciting setting.

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THE INFLUENCER COMMUNITY DINNERS

6 APRIL
7:00pm-10:00pm

An interactive master class in innovation and business, exploring global trends, ground breaking ideas and new technologies with industry pioneers who push beyond the boundaries of reality daily.

Reason-Attend

Reasons to attend TDE

MEET INDUSTRY GIANTS & ENJOY UNRIVALED ACCESS

You are a trailblazer in not only your industry but also the global community. Our community targets captains of industry and influencers with global reach. Our relaxed non-hierarchical environments make for relationship building seamless.

EXPLORE NEW FRONTIERS AND BE AHEAD OF THE LEARNING CURVE

learn from the best and grow. The Visionaries’ Summit provides the opportunity to engage your peers in organic conversations and stay ahead of the curve on matters of global relevance, pertinent to your business. Our presenters will share their journeys to success and strategies for navigating the challenges and opportunities of the new technology driven multi-dimensional global economy.

UNPARALELLED DIVERSITY VIA OUR MULTI-STAKEHOLDER APPROACH

We successfully bring together leadership from all facets of the business ecosystem, including Business Executives and Titans of Business, Investors, Entrepreneurs, Government Officials, Multi Lateral Agencies, Innovators, Big Media and other influencers across a wide variety of sectors and expertise.

MULTI-DIMENSIONAL EXPERIENCE

We will stimulate your mind and your senses as we provide a variety of curated experiences anchored by our extremely diverse audience representing various geographies and industries.

MIX AND MINGLE

Above all we want you to enjoy yourself. Participate in one or many of our planned activities and you will have an amazing time. There is no better way to truly connect with someone than when they feel relaxed and comfortable and we curate the space for this to happen, seamlessly.

ENJOY BEAUTIFUL JAMAICA

They say ‘Once you go you know,’ ditch your city for a restful but productive weekend on the island of Jamaica, one of the most culturally powerful nations on earth. We promise the people, the food, the ambiance and the scenery will blow your mind.

Invests

WHO INVESTS HERE?

Michael

Michael Lee-Chin

Jamaican born and ‘self-made’, Michael Lee-Chin owns the largest bank in Jamaica and continues to head the island’s Economic Growth Council as the country’s growth czar on a mission to attract investment and drive growth in Jamaica.

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson

The Virgin Atlantic Founder loves Jamaica. In 2016 he acquired BMR Energy as a part of a vision to help drive the region to being Carbon neutral.

John Malone

John Malone

The media Mogul who bought the Formula One also acquired one of the region’s two largest telecoms in what closed 2015 as Latin America’s largest M&A transaction.

Wes Edens

Wes Edens

This business magnate is transforming the energy landspace in the region. He is the Founder of US$70 billion Fortress Investment Group, which was acquired by Softbank in 2017 is also the Founder of New Fortress Energy, a company aggressively investing in energy infrastructure in Jamaica and the Caribbean.

Butch Stewart

Butch Stewart

The Jamaican Founder of the Caribbean's only super brand, Sandals, has been aggressively investing in the region for over 40 years.

Chris Blackwell

Chris Blackwell

The music industry legend and former South Beach hotel magnate, owns some of the island’s most magnificent resort properties. He is best known for his involvement in the careers of Bob Marley, Grace Jones and U2 amongst many others.

Partners

PAST PARTNERS

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