September 2014 Volume 11

KCOBA Jamaica hosts book launch at UWI

Earl Adams
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The Jamaica chapter of the KC Old Boys’ Association recently coordinated a book launch at the UWI Mona for Jamaican Entrepreneurship written by Dr. Glen Laman, past president of the Atlanta chapter and editor of the KC Times.

The event took place on July 25th 2014 in the multifunctional room of the main library and was chaired by Dr. Patrick Dallas, president of KCOBA Jamaica. A review of the book was provided by Prof. Evan Duggan, Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences.

Professor Rosalea Hamilton, Scotiabank Chair, Entrepreneurship & Development at UTech gave remarks on putting Jamaican entrepreneurship in context. Mr. Earle Spencer, former President, Land Surveyors Association of Jamaica read selected passages from the book. The author discussed his educational journey from primary school in rural St. Ann, to KC and eventually to the US and the writing of his groundbreaking book.

A musical interlude was provided by Lovindeer who had the audience singing along to “Wild Gilbert” and other songs.

Dr. Laman presented copies of Jamaican Entrepreneurship to representatives of the National Library of Jamaica, UTech library, UWI Mona Library and the Kingston College Library. Several entrepreneurs profiled in the book attended the launch and also received copies of the book.  They included:  Former Ambassador to the US Audrey Marks, Lois Sherwood founder of restaurant Associates (Burger King); Simone Chang, daughter of Vincent Chang founder of Tastee Patties and

After closing remarks by Dr. Patrick Dallas everyone enjoyed refreshments provided by Pure Country, Burger King and Tastee Patties while the author conducted a book signing.

The day after the launch a reception was held for Dr. Laman and Mrs. Laman at the home of Dr. Dallas.

Dr. Laman is grateful to all those who played a part in the successful launch of his book in Jamaica: Prof. Evan Duggan, Prof. Rosalea Hamilton and KCOB Earle Spencer.  He is especially thankful to President Dallas and the KCOBA for the warm hospitality afforded to him and his wife, Toni. Special thanks are also due Lovindeer for providing entertainment and to Dr. Anna Perkins who did a stellar job coordinating the various aspects of the launch.

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