Located in Toronto, Ontario, Port of Spain Holdings Inc. is a privately held holding company with a diverse portfolio that includes businesses operating in the quick service restaurant industry, marketing consulting services, international commercial real estate development and property management.
Port of Spain Holdings Inc. has achieved consistent results with its investment strategy focused on three key pillars to success: 1) developing and maintaining relationships with key industry leaders; 2) strength in operation management 3) disciplined financing structures to minimize risk.
Christopher Samdeo (CEO and President), is an entrepreneur and philanthropist heavily involved in Canadian charitable efforts to support inner city youth. For more than a decade, Christopher has operated his own consulting business providing advice to clients in the financial, pharmaceutical and technology sectors. He brings vision, project management expertise and solid real estate experience to all his business endeavours. Christopher has assisted clients with re-branding campaigns, marketing, securing celebrity endorsements and product development. With his advice and guidance, his clients have achieved tremendous success with increasing their market share, launching new products and establishing new client relationships. Christopher is a co-founder of the Joe Carter Classic; an annual celebrity charity golf tournament. Proceeds raised from the event go to the Children’s Aid Foundation and to date; the event has raised $1.2 million.
Archibald Jollymore (Strategic Planning) has decades of experience leading, scaling, and growing businesses in the restaurant industry in Canada. With a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Technical University of Nova Scotia, the former engineer joined Tim Hortons senior management after Ron Joyce assumed control of the multinational restaurant chain. Showing great initiative, zeal, and drive while working at Tim Hortons, Arch served in multiple executive VP roles during his nearly two decade tenure there, and was largely responsible for securing Tim Hortons position as nationwide leader in sales growth and volume. Following his departure from the Canadian giant, Arch took it upon himself to streamline the restaurant industry as a whole in the region, overseeing the incorporation of various programs to enhance operations and streamline training to foster new management talent. Over the last decade, he has owned and operated a number of major franchises including Tim Hortons, Wendy’s, Swiss Chalet, New York Fries, and Mrs Vanelli’s Pizza and Pasta, employing over 200 staff members and achieving annual sales in excess of $10 million.
Marcela Laborde (Chief Operating Officer) is an extremely passionate and committed professional having 20 years’ direct experience in the real estate industry; including 8 years in commercial and residential brokerage, and 12 years in international property management and luxury vacation rentals. She is a result oriented professional who is dedicated to achieving and surpassing the expectations of her clients. She possesses a broad based business background having founded and operated two successful international real estate firms in the past decade. Having had the opportunity to manage firms with over 50 employees, she has developed the strength, skills and tenacity to see any project to success. Her strengths include strong analytical and problem solving skills, which she has used to add value on behalf of her clients throughout her business career spanning over two decades and several countries.
Jeffrey Neiman (Chief Legal Officer) is one of North America’s most accomplished entrepreneurs specializing in entertainment and sports marketing with an expertise in licensing and promotion. His very unique business style has allowed him to accumulate an impressive list of clients and a long list of accomplishments. For over 25 years he has worked in sponsorship, advertising, client relations, contract negotiation, distribution, event co-ordination, licensing, product development, promotions and strategic planning. In 1997, Jeff was challenged with opening the Canadian office for Universal Studios. He took on the role of Senior Vice President, Consumers Products Group. Jeff was also asked to oversee the Universal Studios offices/agents in Australia and New Zealand leading dynamic and complex multi-level programs as well as assisting Universal Studios domestic (USA) and the UK. His work involved all of the Universal Studios business platforms including Home Entertainment (DVDs), Music, Television, Theatrical (New Film Releases) and Theme Parks. Some of the biggest companies he has worked with have also been majority owners of Universal Studios including; Seagram’s, Vivendi, NBC, General Electric, and now Comcast. He has continually been called upon to deal with initiatives that cross numerous borders and have necessitated very sophisticated, high-level negotiations with multiple partners. His work with Universal has afforded him to develop business globally and has exposed Jeff to some of the world’s largest retailers and brands including Walmart, Toys R Us, Coles/Wesfarmers, Coca-Cola, LG, McDonald’s, Galaries Lafayette and more.
Joe Carter (Chief Marketing Officer/Brand Ambassador), retired Major League baseball All-Star and two-time World Series champion is active in post-baseball life as a businessman, investor, product endorser and philanthropist. Joe specializes in business development and brand marketing, using promotional strategies to create or increase brand awareness and increase sales or secure client relationships. Joe is involved in a number of charitable endeavours in the United States and Canada, including the Joe Carter Classic, which he co-founded with Christopher Samdeo and another business partner.
Julie Doma (Director of Operations Excellence), is an authority in the operations and health and safety sector of the food industry. With over 25 years of experience in the business, she is revered amongst her peers. Julie lived in Slovenia and studied Hotel Tourism and Management which lead her to opened her first restaurant. After being in Slovenia for 10 years, she moved back to Canada where she was hired by Famous Players as a Food Services Manager and spent 5 years opening several franchise concepts in their flagship locations. Tim Hortons took notice of her accomplishments and recruited her to be a District Manager, helping franchisees run efficiently from coast to coast. She worked in many sectors of the business, everything from construction to rolling out special projects to developing training initiatives. After 13 years at Tim Hortons, Julie decided to start a consulting business called “Top Shelf”; The name is apropos since her passion for high standards comes through in all she does. She gained her certification in food safety which has allowed her to teach and proctor food safety courses as well as helping her to maintain her high food safety standards. In her downtime you can find her sailing the dalmatian coast or selling Real Estate. While on her maternity leave, Julie decided to get her Real Estate Licence which is a prime example of her work ethic and desire to challenge herself. Her restaurant in Slovenia just celebrated it’s 30th anniversary.
Drew Hamblin (Chief Strategic Officer) brings over 20 years of international entrepreneurialism and aviation experience to the board. He is currently President of Supermarine Holdings Ltd, which specializes in private equity investments in aviation, technology and retail related businesses. A licensed Commercial Pilot, Drew sits on the board of both the Canadian International Air Show at the CNE and the Vimy Foundation, which raised over $10 million for a new visitors and education centre in Northern France. Drew has been awarded the Top 10 Alumni after 10 Years Award by Bishop’s University, from which he holds a Bachelor of Economics. He has also been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal by the Governor General of Canada.
Lukasz Zareba (Executive Chef) is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Paris. He has worked with the Head Chef’s of Michelin Star rated restaurants in Brussels, Paris and Stockholm. Lukasz has over 15 years experience working in the culinary industry and specializes in classic French cuisine with a modern twist. With his passion for food and his entrepreneurial spirit, Lukasz started Chez Luc Catering, a company that provides catering for corporate events and private functions. With his distinguished culinary skills and penchant for delectable cuisine, Lukasz is responsible for developing menus that promote brand recognition and works collaboratively with other executive staff to identify budget needs, products and supplies to execute an efficient and high quality menu. Lukasz is also responsible for training and overseeing kitchen staff/cooks to be highly efficient and create uniform and high quality meals.
Anthony Crawford (Chief Value Officer) has been in the law enforcement field for more than 10 years. After a career with the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, Anthony joined the Toronto Police Service. Anthony has spearheaded several projects for the Toronto Police Service as a Detective Constable. Anthony is a graduate of Wilfred Laurier University.
Daniel Daley (Chief Technology Officer) is an Information Technology professional with over 12 years experience in Technology management, Network Administration, Process Implementation and Server management. With a wide ranging knowledge in private cloud, administration, datacenter operations and management, Daniel focuses on aligning business needs with the correct technology and processes. Working in both the Private and Public sector he has amassed a wealth of experience and helped companies meet strong targets. His exposure to Legal, Health Care, Financial Institutions, Cloud Service Providers and global companies have brought him deep insight to technological uses in the world today. He holds certifications in Microsoft, Virtual Technologies, and ITIL.
Matthew Betop (Marketing Manager) has more than a decade of experience crafting and perfecting brand identities for clients in every industry from sports to nonprofits. An entrepreneur and business owner himself, Matthew is the founder, creative director, and chief brand strategist of BrandBox Logos, specializing in brand and marketing consulting and graphic design. Matthew’s natural aptitude for branding paired with the technical knowledge of an education in Business Marketing has made him an expert at developing strong client relationships and valuable corporate partnerships.