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JM | Jun 19, 2022

Happy Father’s Day- Business Leaders Edition

Al Edwards

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Happy Father’s Day

It’s Father’s Day and many of Jamaica’s business heads will be taking time out with their families and appreciating those who are precious to them.

Our Today posed a number of questions to them on what it means to be a father.

Don Wehby

Don Wehby- Group CEO of GraceKennedy

Our Today (OT): What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Don Wehby (DW): Be humble, trust your instincts, work hard.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

DW: A lovely lunch with all my children.

OT: -What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

DW: Setting a great example to your children.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

DW: My Dad, Don Wehby Sr.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

DW: Remain close to your children. Tell them you love them. Give them a good education.

Chris Williams

Christopher Williams – CEO of Proven Investments Limited

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/ children?

Chris Williams (CW): You have to respect everybody.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

CW: Traditionally, the boys work out with me on Father’s Day. I may get a Manchester United jersey but lately its value is expected to be going down due to the team’s performances on the pitch. Still, they have a new manager, so we will see.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

CW: Presence as opposed to presents. That distinction should be made clear. You have to be there for your children. That’s what my sons crave.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

CW: Gregory Maine. I have seen the close relationship he has with his daughter and the effort he puts in.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

CW: Children today face so many challenges that we did not have to confront, like cyber bullying. It is very important that, as a father, you bolster their confidence. A father must always be a therapist and also be their greatest cheerleader.

Chris Zacca

Christopher Zacca-President and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?
 
Chris Zacca (CZ): The importance of family.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

CZ: My kids are thinking about me.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

CZ: Ensuring that your kids are better than you and I don’t mean just financially.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

CZ: My brother Edward Zacca Jr.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

CZ: Instill in your children a sense of morality and integrity.

Kadeen Mairs

Kadeen Mairs – Founder and CEO Dequity Capital and Dolla Financial

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Kadeen Mairs (KM): Humility.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

KM: Spending time with my kids.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?
  
KM: Passing on the lessons I have learnt from my experiences.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

KM: Ryan Reid of First Rock.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

KM: Encourage your children to dream big and think outside the box. Stress the importance of focusing on ideas that will impact and change the world for the better.

Micheal McGrane

Michéal McGrane – Head of Sales and Marketing, Toyota Jamaica

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Michéal McGrane (MM): Breathing exercises!

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

MM: A new road bike.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

MM: Pulling your weight with the kids. You have to be present in their lives-always.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

MM: A.P. Matalon and Gerard Fontaine of Fraser, Fontaine & Kong.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

MM: Spend as much time as possible with your kids.

Zachary Harding

Zachary Harding- Founder and Executive Chairman of Delta Capital

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Zachary Harding (ZH): To think for themselves.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

ZH: To be able to spend time with my kids doing something that makes them happy.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

ZH: Being their for your kids regardless of the situation. No matter what, be there for them. They must know that they can depend on you.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

ZH: My brother Jeremy Harding, Sydney Thwaites and Justin Morin.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

ZH: Know what your responsibilities are and take care of them.

Richard Byles

Richard Byles- Governor of the Bank of Jamaica

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Richard Byles (RB): To love their mother and conduct themselves like men.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

RB: To be with my children and wife. Today we are all going out to have Dim Sum for lunch.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

RB: Being a good role model.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

RB: Danny Williams.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

RB: Step up to your responsibilities. Your children are your most important legacy.

Hugh Graham

Hugh Graham – Managing Director of Paramount Trading Jamaica and MP for St Catherine, North Western

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Hugh Graham (HG): To become a mature individual.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

HG: To put me on a motor racing track.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

HG: To be there for your children. Be present in their lives.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

HG: Dean Nevers of Konnexx.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

HG: Look after your children. Show them love.

Stephen Price

Stephen Price- Country Manager ( Jamaica), Flow

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Stephen Price (SP): Hard work is the key to success. You have to focus on what you want to achieve.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

SP: Peace and quiet.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

SP: Recognising the awesome responsibility you have taking a child from a baby to adulthood and beyond. It doesn’t stop.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

SP: Brett Wong.

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

SP: Be involved. Change the paradigm. Parenting by partnership. Accept your responsibilities.

Dennis Chung

Dennis Chung – CEO of Supreme Ventures Services Limited

OT: What do you think is the most important lesson you have taught your child/children?

Dennis Chung (DC): Integrity.

OT: What is your ideal Father’s Day gift?

DC: To spend time with them.

OT: What do you think is the most important part of fatherhood?

DC: Seeing to it that they become independent.

OT: Shout out another Dad who is doing it right.

DC: Al Edwards!

OT: What is your biggest piece of advice for Jamaican Dads?

DC: Talk with your children, invest in them. Teach them.

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