Select Brands turns 5

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOCIAL - Kim­berly Goodall LIFESTYLE REPORTER

WITH THEIR con­tin­u­ous commitment to pro­vide the best in spir­its, wines, and beers to the Ja­maican mar­ket, Select Brands Ja­maica in­vited their cus­tomers, part­ners and well-wish­ers to join them in an even­ing of cel­e­bra­tion as they ac­knowl­edged five years of ser­vice on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 10.

Ap­proach­ing the Devon House East Lawn, you could feel the ex­cite­ment as Select Brands’ Ta­nia McCon­nell greeted guests with warm smiles that set the tone for the even­ing.

As the lawn filled with high spir­its and con­grat­u­la­tions, man­ag­ing di­rec­tors David McCon­nell and Andrew Des­noes made their way through the crowd, shar­ing their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sup­port of those in at­ten­dance.

Tak­ing to the stage for short for­mal­i­ties, McCon­nell said: “This cel­e­bra­tion is just to say thanks. We couldn’t have done this if you didn’t open your minds to a new bev­er­age com­pany.” He went on to share the story of how he and Des­noes started the com­pany, and ad­vised at­ten­dees to al­ways sur­round them­selves with great part­ners.

Af­ter­wards, Des­noes took over to share his joy. “We have reached our five-year ob­jec­tive. This event is in your hon­our, and we’re looking for­ward to five more years,” he stated.

The cut­ting of the birth­day cake sig­nalled the end of the for­mal­i­ties and at­ten­dees dis­persed to the nu­mer­ous food sta­tions, ready to in­dulge in long­time favourites, fine niche wines, and li­ba­tions of all per­sua­sions.

DARIEN ROBERT­SON/FREE­LANCE PHOTOGRAPHER

Co-man­ag­ing di­rec­tors of Select Brands Andrew Des­noes (left) and David McCon­nell (right) share cake-cut­ting du­ties with wives Natalie Des­noes (sec­ond left) and Ta­nia McCon­nell.

From left: Stacy-Ann Bennett of Pro­gres­sive Gro­cers, Select Brands’ Dominic Beck­ford and Pa­tri­cia Dougall pause from their can­did ban­ter for our lens.

Diane McCon­nell (left) takes a quick photo with friend, Mar­garet Croskery.

From left: Stans­feld Scott’s Raiza and In­dra Cabral share smiles for our lens with Mar­ket­ing Manger of Select Brands Erin Mitchell.

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