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André has spent over 25 years developing practical ways to improve performance through small nudges in behavior.
He started as a zoologist, earned his MBA, then built a progressive career in sales, service and marketing. He is the founder of the consulting company, GET Inc., and currently, serves as the Caribbean Commercial Manager for one of the world's most loved brands, Virgin Atlantic Airways.
André has literally given hundreds of keynote speeches and workshops to companies and organizations around the globe. He uses storytelling and humor to help his audiences gain a deep understanding of the subjects he covers. His main goal is to ensure that learners gain functional tools that can help them succeed from "day one."
Alexandre Gabriel was born and raised in France, on a farm in southern Burgundy, where his grandfather taught him how to make wine and distill spirits. In 1989, Alexandre Gabriel came upon an ancient Cognac house and built it into what is known today as Maison Ferrand, in the heart of the Grande Champagne district of Cognac. Through his passion and vision, Alexandre turned the small Cognac House into one of the greatest specialist of artisanal spirits today, producing an award-winning portfolio of sought after brands - Ferrand Cognac, Citadelle Gin, Plantation Rum, Mathilde Liqueurs amongst others. Of the spirits he produces, Alexandre says he thinks of them as "aromatic sculptures" or "gastronomic paintings" and to him they are not merely products but the perfect embodiment of history, emotions and experience. In 2017, Alexandre received the prestigious "Outstanding Contribution to Distilling" Award from the American Distilling Institute, the first time in the history of the award that it has been presented to an individual.
Alexandre's passion for creating exquisite spirits is boundless and the fruits of his labor are appreciated by many, whether bartenders or fine spirit aficionados. He has looked to the past to create spirits for the future - like the Plantation Rum portfolio, uniquely double-aged in Cognac casks according to a special technique he has developed - and has recently set his sights even further into the rum-producing future with his purchase of the famed West Indies Rum Distillery in Barbados. In the purchase of the West Indies Rum Distillery, Ferrand will also have access to excellent Jamaican rum as West Indies Rum Distillery is one third owner of National Jamaican Rum Company with Monymusk Distillery and the famed Long Pond Distillery. Together, this gives Maison Ferrand and Plantation the tools to go even further in its mission for marrying terroir, passion and time for great spirits.
Recognizing the crippling effect of Sargassum on his home island of St. Lucia, Johanan founded the company in 2014, with the vision of valorizing the invasive plant species into world class, organic, crop protection and crop nutrition products.
Under his stewardship, Algas Organics has processed over 1 million pounds of Sargassum seaweed into fertilizer for export regionally and internationally.
Johanan has been recognized for his innovation locally and internationally:
Ian Durant is currently Deputy Director of the Economics Department of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), and was previously an Economist in the Bank. He has done research on debt sustainability and debt restructuring and has worked on policy-based loans for Caribbean countries that involved debt restructuring. Prior to joining CDB, Ian worked in the Research Department of the Central Bank of Barbados. He also worked at the Caribbean Regional Technical Assistance Center (CARTAC) as Macroeconomics Adviser, where he managed technical assistance and capacity building in the area of macroeconomic programming and policy. Ian has a B.Sc. from the University of the West Indies, Barbados, and a M.Sc. from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom
Dr. Wayne Charles-Soverall is a Senior Lecturer in Public Sector Management and PhD Advisor, Co-Coordinator of the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Sector Management, Coordinator of the Public Sector Management Research Group, and Founder/Managing Director of The Iconic Caribbean (Caribbean Icons Project). His current research focuses on public sector management practices, public sector strategic leadership and change management, public service performance, corporate and public governance, public enterprise management, ethnic and social tolerance in multicultural societies, and the political economy of development.
Mr. Ian Blanchard was born in Dominica, but having lived and worked around the world, he considers himself a global citizen and son of the Caribbean Region. He is married to Anne-Marie for over 28 years and they have two wonderful gifts in Ianna & Michael.
IanB or coach IanB as he is affectionately called has been engaging and inspiring audiences with his messages of Personal and Business Development for several years.
A Corporate CEO, Certified Business and Executive coach, Ian has an international perspective; as well the unique experience of working in different cultures and in a number of functional areas. This has enabled him to uncover a wealth of key strategies and techniques for building individuals, teams and organizations.
He has a unique perspective gained from over 30 years of corporate and entrepreneurial exploits. Ian shares these coveted insights in his keynote and motivational engagements.
Ian's highly-valued, actionable and results oriented content along with his witty, commanding and engaging style has made him a favored keynote speaker to corporate, professional organizations and church audiences across the Caribbean.
He speaks on such Topic Areas; Keys to a Success Mindset, Dare 2 Dream, The Awakening - Keys to Personal Growth & Development, Walking in Purpose, Building Healthy organizations and Goal Achievement.
When you are sure you are ready to embark upon a journey to massively improve yourself, your team and business, then give Coach IanB a call.