Black Meetings and Tourism

March / April 2018

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B M & T ••• March/April 2018 ••• 12 N E W S M A K E R S Mr. Donovan White has been selected to fill the posi- tion of Director of Tourism of the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), after an extensive local and international search. His appointment has been announced by Minister of Tourism, the Honorable Edmund Bartlett. White, a Jamaican national, whose term as head of the country's tourism marketing agency commenced officially on February 15, 2018, brings with him many years of marketing and business development experience. He served recently as vice president of Cable & Wireless Business, Jamaica, where he was responsible for year over year revenue growth of 29 percent and 12 percent in 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 respec- tively. Prior to that, White served as vice president, Marketing, Sales & Media Services at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited (FLOW) leading commercial teams to deliver revenue growth in 2013 and 2014. During that period, he was respon- sible for delivering a 25 percent year over year growth in sales from trade. White has also held the positions of general manager of Caledonia Outdoor Advertising Limited, where he helped to reduce the cost of operations by 25 percent and grow rev- enues by 15 percent and Digicel Group Limited, working as Marketing director for Jamaica, Guyana and the Northern OECS, managing the execution of some of the largest and most successful brand and tactical campaigns. He also served as vice president, Sales & Marketing, CVM Communications Group Limited, growing sales output for four consecutive years between 1998 and 2001. With a solid background in marketing, digital media and business development, the director-designate is expected to build upon the past successes of the Jamaica Tourist Board, help the JTB expand its global reach and continue to forge a strong partnership with the private sector. The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering is proud to announce the selection of Michele Lezama as president and chief executive officer, effec- tive March 26, 2018. Lezama served as the CEO and executive director of The National GEM Consortium (GEM). GEM is dedicated to increasing the number of under- represented individuals who pursue and receive a masters or PhD in engineering, computer science and other applied science fields. During her tenure at GEM, she strategically positioned the consor- tium for advancement by moving their headquarters from its 30- year home in Indiana to the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Prior to GEM, Lezama served as executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). NSBE's mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. She is credited for turning around the organization's financial position, tripling the organization's capital position and creating a long-term investment structure. Under her leadership, NSBE received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring awarded by the White House Office of Science and Technology. "NACME is delighted to have Michele join the organization as president and CEO," said Ray Dempsey, NACME board chairman. "Her transformational leadership style and history of dedication and support of access to education for underrepresented minorities, is a great fit for NACME". Lezama earned her B.S. in Industrial Engineering at Northeastern University, and both her M.S. in Industrial Engineering and MBA in Finance and Accounting from Columbia University. "I am honored and humbled to have been selected as NACME's president and CEO," Lezama said. "As a proud NACME Scholar Alum, I am excited to work with the NACME team to dramatically increase the number of high performing students who gain access to our nation's most rigorous engineering and computer science undergrad- uate programs, to deliver exceptional outcomes for our university and corporate partners and to actively showcase the opportunities and successes of our nation's diverse STEM community". MINISTER OF TOURISM ANNOUNCES DONOVAN WHITE AS NEW DIRECTOR OF TOURISM, JAMAICA TOURIST BOARD NATIONAL ACTION COUNCIL FOR MINORITIES IN ENGINEERING (NACME) ANNOUNCES MICHELE LEZAMA AS PRESIDENT & CEO

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