About Us

Helping to facilitate growth and prosperity of Jamaican entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals.

Our Story


The Jamaican Chamber of Commerce of Atlanta, Inc. “JamCham” was founded in May 2014, as a result of a recommendation by an exploratory committee established by the Atlanta Jamaican Association, Inc. (AJA) which had a 2014 goal to provide support for the financial endeavors of the Jamaican community.

There were 22 founding members made up of community leaders, business owners, business professionals, and members of the AJA, and with the full support of Jamaica’s Consul General to Miami, responsible for consular affairs in 13 States of the Southern USA, as well as in the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.

Honorable Patrons

  • Hon. Franz Hall,

  • Jamaican Consul General to Miami

  • Hon. Jewel Scott, Esq.,

  • Jamaican Honorary Consul at Atlanta

Founding Corporate/Government Sponsors

  • Atlanta Hartsfield Airport

  • Aroma Ridge, Coffee Distributors

  • Chef Rob’s Caribbean Café & Upscale Lounge

Our Core Principles


Transparency

Inclusiveness

Professionalism

Innovation

Empowerment

Our Vision

Our vision is to support the growth and prosperity of Jamaican entrepreneurs, business owners, and professionals through increased access, greater empowerment, and a stronger voice across the community of Atlanta, GA and beyond.

Our Mission

  • To help entrepreneurs and business owners grow their businesses.

  • To assist professionals in advancing their careers or starting their own businesses.

  • To ultimately build a more connected, engaged, and successful business community among Jamaicans in metro Atlanta and the wider community.

Board of Directors


Chairman

Dr. David Panton

President

Suzette Arnold

Executive Vice President

Barry Bennett

Secretary

Sonia Balfour-Fears

Treasurer

Raymour Clarke

Patron Consul General

Oliver Mair

Patron Honorary Counsul

Dr. Elaine Bryan

General Counsel

Safiya Byars

Member –At-Large

Ian Laing

Member –At-Large

Karl Chambers

Member –At-Large

Phillip Grant

Member –At-Large

Allan Stewart

Member –At-Large

David Esmie

Member –At-Large

Bindley Sangster

Comptroller (Ex-Officio Officer)

Sandra Gammon

Ex-Officio Officer

Dr. Glen Laman

Board Committees


Organization

The Organization Committee focuses on Regulatory compliance, 501 (c) 6, legal affairs, and bylaws & policy.

Ethics and Contract Negotiations

The Ethics and Contract Negotiations Committee focuses on two separate issues. The first is the Ethical obligations of our organization by laying out a strategy for preventing harm and dealing with ethical situations. The second are the contractual obligations of contract negotiations, maintaining administration and project management activities for contracts for specialized goods and services for the benefit of JamCham and member services.

Finance

The Finance Committee provides financial oversight for JamCham.

Operations Committees / Units


Membership

The Membership Committee focuses on representing and serving JamCham members.

Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnership Committee focuses on ways to attract the support and partnerships needed to meet JamCham’s goals

Public Policy

The Public Policy Committee monitors, recommends and advocates public policy positions supported by JamCham and its members

Marketing & Promotions

The Marketing & Promotions Committee develops, markets and promotes JamCham’s products and services.

Public Relations

The Public Relations Committee is responsible for the development and implementation of a broad range of public relations activities such as community news, events and opportunities.

Financial Controller

The Financial Controller is responsible for Accounting, Internal Audit and Tax reporting for JamCham.