Doing a Double Take at the Jamaica Stock Exchange Best Practices Awards

The Jamaica Stock Exchange has had a phenomenal year! In January, Bloomberg declared it the best performing stock market in the world, and it’s only been uphill since – especially with its world tour and amazing publicity in the final quarter. So if they’re ending 2019 with a bang, then so should I!

When I show up to host an event, what I’m wearing is often just as important as what I say. Attendees at the event will be looking at me multiple times as I guide them through the programme, so it is imperative that I look appropriate and presentable.

If you pay attention to the looks I’ve worn to events this year, you know that I don’t just stop at presentable. I go out of my way to ensure that what I’m wearing is not just representative of the brand colours, but their values as well – like when I blended in with the bananas for JP Foods 90th Anniversary, or channeled the Jamaican Doctor Bird while hosting the IAGR Gala Dinner, which was being held in the Caribbean for the first time in 9 years.

Yet, even with the usual flair and extravagance, I still didn’t think it was enough to match the JSE’s brilliance. Since one Uzuri International dress wasn’t going to cut it, I wore two!

After showing up to the Jamaica Stock Exchange’s Best Practices Awards and hosting the first part of the night in one dress, I went backstage during dinner and changed into another! If there was a Best Practices Award that night for rapid transformation, I think I would have copped it.

The companies that did win awards that night, however, were truly deserving. Both Sagicor Investments Jamaica Limited & NCB Capital Markets Limited tied for the big prize of the night – the Chairman’s Award for the Top Member Dealer (broker). Meanwhile, the Governor General’s Award for Excellence, presented to the top listed companies, was awarded to Lasco Manufacturing Jamaica Limited, listed on the Junior Market, and GraceKennedy Limited & NCB Financial Group Limited, listed on JSE’s Main Market.

Needless to say, our market players are poised for even more greatness, so I’m looking forward to more economic growth in 2020 – and when they do, I’ll just have to come up with a way to top this year’s performance myself!