JOIHF is honored to have Mr. Anderson in representation of its interest in the international affairs of hockey for the country of Jamaica.
With 32 years of working with the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) in top capacities (1st Vice President), Mr. Anderson’s sports and business acumen excels to the task of assisting JOIHF in meeting its goals of introducing the first Jamaica Ice Hockey team to the Olympics as well as training up and coming potential athlete players via its Grass Roots Program to aspire to greatness in hockey.
He has held positions of Management as well as Chief de Mission.
Mr. Anderson holds successful consummate businessman accolades – ‘the E.F. Hutton speaks’, in market research as CEO and Chairman of his own company, Market Research Services, Ltd (home of the Don Anderson Poll) located in Kingston Jamaica.
Don is an active sportsman himself representing Jamaica at Field Hockey, Squash as well as senior grade Cricket and Soccer.
Edmond Sr. is an experienced mechanical engineer with a diverse background in design, development and manufacturing.
Ed introduced his son EJ to ice hockey and encouraged him to merge his passion for the sport and his Jamaican heritage by pursuing his dream to have Jamaica represented in the Winter Olympics in the sport of ice hockey. It is safe to say that Ed Sr. was the catalyst for the JOIHF coming to fruition.
Bio and picture coming soon!
Edmond Jr.– affectionately known as “EJ" – is an amazing hockey player/coach of Jamaican descent who has 2 decades of tenure in the sport having played for 19 years, 8 as a player/coach.
EJ is currently a master coach at a USA Hockey Level 5 Certification. The love of the sport was shown at age 7, when both father and son went to investigate where EJ could learn to play and what was involved to make it happen.
Bio coming soon.
Dorothy McLeod is the CEO and co-founder of the Jamaican Cultural Alliance, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization, dedicated to cultural exchange.
A native Jamaican, Ms McLeod left her childhood home and moved to the USA where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and a degree in telecommunication from Columbia College Hollywood. As a publicist she has spearheaded many successful publicity campaigns for international clients including; Jamaica Ocho Rios International Jazz Festivals since 1965 (which she also co-produces), the Dominican Republic International Jazz Festival and the New Playwrights Foundation projects. She spent two years in civil service with the U. S. Treasury, Department of Customs, and Fair Housing under the Department of Housing and Urban Development. In 1999 Ms. McLeod established its Your Tour, a travel agency and consulting company.
Sean has over 40+ years of hockey experience including 20+ years of coaching and training players of levels including NCAA and NHL draft picks. After playing Junior and College hockey in Alberta, he started his coaching career in 1999 before moving to Denver, Colorado from Calgary, Alberta in 2000. He has been involved at every capacity in youth hockey including operating his own hockey school, Director of Player Development and Head Coach
Sean holds a Level 5-Master Coaching Certification through USA Hockey and Intermediate Coaches Certificate from Hockey Canada. Sean has worked with the National Hockey League during numerous All-Star games as an on-ice instructor for “NHL Cool Schools" hockey clinics and has worked with NBC Sports, TSN and Hockey Night in Canada providing in-game stats.
Sean was a member of the JOIHF's original delegation that traveled to Jamaica in 2011 and is proud to be part of bringing ice hockey to the island.
Sean resides in Castle Rock, Colorado and is in his 8th year providing management within the IT sector for an S&P 500 real estate investment company.
Gary's business background includes managing and owning several businesses starting in 1982 including a sports equipment sales and representation company, a sport product manufacturing company, a sports clothing manufacturing company and a ice rink specific products/services supply, installation and repair company.
Gary's experience in ice hockey and ice arena facilities spans over 45+ years and 28 years respectively. His ice hockey experience comes from playing ice hockey as a child into college and then professionally in Europe.
Additionally, he has been involved with coaching the sport of ice hockey for 40 years at various levels in both Ablebody and Disabled hockey. Gary's ice arena facilities experience comes from working in ice arenas for 28 years and the formation of his company APS (Arena Products and Services) as a specialty business working within the ice rink industry as a supplier, installation, service, repair company and consultant for 24 years.
Emile G. Spence, a graduate in Economics from the University of the West
Indies, is a retired banker and is interim Chief Representative Officer of JN
Bank Canada Representative Office. He has served the Jamaica National
Group in several strategic capacities, ranging from Branch Manager to Senior
Marketing Executive responsible for marketing, distribution and
and General Manager, JN Money Services; Jamaica
Automobile Association and JN Life Insurance.
Mr. Spence was also JN Group Executive for New Business, Development &
Research, conceptualizing and implementing products and services, at the
corporate and commercial levels. His knowledge of local and overseas
financial markets placed him in a unique position to capitalize on cutting-
edge technologies and products which enhanced the JN Group’s new
He is passionate about sports and is a former national junior field hockey
player. He also represented his high school in athletic field events, and
football (soccer). He is a former vice president of the Kingston Cricket Club
and the Jamaica Men’s Hockey Association. Mr. Spence is member of the
Melbourne Cricket Club and a Director of the Institute of Sports. He has
served on the Fund Raising Committees of the Jamaica Athletics
Administrative Association (JAAA) and the Jamaica Football Association (JFF).
Mr. Spence is a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of St. Andrew and a Trustee
of the Institute of Sports Ltd Pension Plan and the National Health Insurance
Fund Pension Plan. He is also a member of the Projects Committee of the
Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF).
Lieutenant Colonel (ret'd) Geoffrey Roper is a helicopter instructor pilot at the Caribbean Military Aviation School with the Jamaica Defence Force.
He has represented Jamaica in Field Hockey and Squash and the Army in Football and Volleyball.
During military training with the Canadian Armed Forces he developed an interest in Ice Hockey which he has maintained.
He has held a number of board positions in other sports administrations including Field Hockey and Swimming.
Co-founder of the JOIHF venture, G. Webster Smith, was JOIHF's backbone and tireless worked to make the dream of JOIHF become a reality.
Webster, a 20-year veteran of ice skating, was the first ever Black American to garner the credentials of a Master-rated coach by the renown certifying agency, Professional Skaters Association (PSA). He was appointed the first ever non-Asian, to conduct training for the National Figure Skating Team of China. He served as head coach for the Icelandic National Team of the Bjorninn Skating Club, where he led the team to Iceland's first international medal in figure skating.
Webster's legacy and efforts for JOIHF continues through his sister, and JOIHF Director, Judith Smith.