About UsHelping to facilitate growth and prosperity of Jamaican entrepreneurs, businesses and professionals.
Our vision is the growth and prosperity of Jamaican entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals through increased access, greater empowerment and a stronger voice.
- To help entrepreneurs and business owners grow their businesses.
- To assist professionals in advancing their careers or start their own businesses.
- To ultimately build a more connected, engaged, and successful business community among Jamaicans in metro Atlanta and the wider community.
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
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 Bahamas and the Cayman Islands.
- 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
Board of Directors
Dr. David Panton
Executive Vice President
PATRON Honorary Counsul
Dr. Elaine Bryan
Dr. Glen Laman
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
The Finance Committee provides financial oversight for JamCham.
Operations Committees / Units
The Membership Committee focuses on representing and serving JamCham members.
Strategic Partnership Committee focuses on ways to attract the support and partnerships needed to meet JamCham’s goals
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.
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.
The Financial Controller is responsible for Accounting, Internal Audit and Tax reporting for JamCham.
Founding Board of Directors and their Affiliations at the time
Mr. Allan Stewart, President, Atlanta Jamaica Association / President Food Solutions, Inc.
Mr. Astley Leslie, Former regional Labor Administration Advisor to the Caribbean region / Director of the Caribbean Labor Administration Center, Barbados/ Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Labor (Jamaica) / Former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Social security (Jamaica) / Representative – Atlanta Jamaica Association
Mr. Barry Bennett, PE, President, Topical Sports Club / President, Metals & Materials Engineers LLC
Mr. Christopher Stewart, Mortgage Loan Officer, Semper Home Loans
Dr. David Panton, Partner & Co-Founder, Navigation Capital Partners / Chairman, Panton Capital Holdings Group, LLC, Private Equity Investments
Ms. Elizabeth Powell-Jackson, MBA, Paralegal
Hon. Franz Hall, Jamaican Consul General to Miami
Dr. Glen Laman, Author of “Jamaican Entrepreneurship” / Certified Project Manager
Dr. Headley Scott, Successful Businessman and Entrepreneur
Dr. Janice Barrow, President & Managing Professor, Ducere Ars, LLC / Associate Professor of Finance, Kennesaw State University
Mr. Jason Halliburton, Principal-Public Relations & Communications, Halliburton Group
Dr. Jennifer Barker, CPC, Coach / Trainer / Mentor / EFT Practitioner, Jenik Vibrant Futures, Inc.
Hon. Jewel Scott, Esq., Jamaican Honorary Consul at Atlanta/ Attorney, Scott & Turner Law Group, LLC
Mr. Michael Thomas, CEO & Multicultural Project Manager, Infiniti Global Media and Caribbean Media Network
Ms. Nicole Birch, Esq., Managing Attorney, HB Associates, P.C.
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