Sterling, Clients... SAVOUR THE "TREATS" OF A GREAT YEAR

Enjoying the sweet treats at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation are (L-R) Tashi Grant (Business Development & Social Media Consultant), Julia Vaz (PR & Events Consultant – Vaz Communications), Kesi Gardner (Chief Storyteller – The Storyteller Agency)

It was the best of times and... the best of times.

As Sterling Asset Management CEO Charles Ross noted, 2019 proved good for both the equities market and the bond market – in theory – it's rare that they coincide.  He recently told the gathering of clients at the Valencia Room of Kingston's Spanish Court hotel for a special ‘Carnival-themed’ Customer Appreciation mixer that 2019 was a year of rallies on major indices both here and abroad.


Charles Ross (CEO – Sterling Asset Management) shares the good news with investors at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation
"US stocks rallied throughout the year, as did bonds, with yields falling on the year. , The S&P 500 index ending the year up 28%. Risk-on was the prevailing sentiment for the year." On the local market, the JSE, Ross, said gained 34%, slightly better than the 31% gain of 2018. This amid a higher than projected inflation number (6.2%, up from 2.4% in 2018) and the Jamaican dollar, while fluctuating significantly over the year, ended up depreciating by 2.8%.


There was, in short, much to celebrate, and the Sterling crowd was eager to oblige, with guests availing themselves of ‘Sterling dollars’ to participate in a variety of games and activities including Mini Golf, Spin the Wheel, Bingo, Paint & Sip, Ring Toss, Bean Bag Toss, and a circus-themed Photobooth. Paramount among the activities was a special guessing game, where patrons had to write the number of candies (210) in a special jar from Candy Craze; the ‘sweets and treats’ theme was further amplified in the room decor.

There was, as expected, lots of savory eats, including carnival fare like popcorn, corn dogs, cotton candy, as well as hot dogs, beef and pork sliders, and chicken and shrimp pasta, to go along with all the edible sweet-filled centerpieces. The beverages - alcoholic and non-alcoholic - flowed freely throughout the evening.

Among the guests enjoying the circus environment were: Therese Turner Jones (General Manager - Caribbean Country Department at Inter-American Development Bank) and husband Dennis Jones (economist); Karl James – Sugar Association of the Caribbean Chairman; Debra and George Cumming (Directors -  Century 21 Heave-Ho Properties); Steven Sykes (Director of Operations - National Bakery); Donovan Perkins (former president & CEO - Sagicor Bank Jamaica Ltd) and his wife; Patrick Chin (former Director/Chairman, Audit and Finance Committee - KPMG); Prof. David Barker (Emeritus Professor of Geography - UWI); Prof. Tara Dasgupta (Emeritus Professor of Inorganic Chemistry - UWI); Ethan Sinclair (Consultant - Myers Fletcher & Gordon) and his wife.

There were numerous fun prizes for everyone which included wines from Select Brands and gifts from Uncorked.  At night's end, Joan Reid was adjudged to have gotten the correct number of candies in the Candy Craze jar and gained for herself a weekend at the S Hotel in Montego Bay for her skill. The CEO added to the note of gratitude to the clients, thanking them for their support and dedicating the company to continuing the search for the ‘gems’ in the market that would help investors achieve their goals. He highlighted that the high quality of Sterling’s portfolio enabled it to maintain its exemplary capital ratio position (22.5% vs the FSC minimum of 10%).

(L-R) Julia Vaz (CEO – Vaz Communications), Richard Browne (Business Editor – Jamaica Observer), Ian Watson (VP Sales & Marketing – Sterling Asset Management) pose for a quick photo



Joyce Tomlinson sharing a moment at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation with Sterling Asset Management CEO Charles Ross

Dwight Scott – Dwight Scott Advisory Co & Jamaica Loan Shop at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation


Marian Ross (AVP Trading & Investment - Sterling Asset Management) tries to guess the number

Marian Ross (AVP Trading & Investment - Sterling Asset Management) tries to guess the number

(L-R) Judith Ramlogan, (CEO) of the Companies Office of Jamaica (COJ) chatting with Andre Earle (Managing Partner - Earle & Wilson) at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation

 (L-R) Patrick Chin (former Director/Chairman, Audit and Finance Committee - KPMG) and Deryck Rose (former Director – National Safety Ltd) at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation

Karl James - Sugar Association of the Caribbean Chairman enjoying Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation

(L-R) Myrtha DeSulme (Business Consultant at The Haiti-Jamaica Society) in conversation with Donovan Perkins (former president & CEO - Sagicor Bank Jamaica Ltd) and Marian Ross (AVP Trading & Investment - Sterling Asset Management) at Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation.
Therese Turner Jones (General Manager - Caribbean Country Department at Inter-American Development Bank) partaking in the Paint & Sip activity during Sterling’s Carnival Customer Appreciation
FOR MORE INFORMATION, KINDLY CONTACT:
Julia Vaz
Vaz Communications
Telephone: 876-841-2986

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