On January 13, 2009, a book launch ceremony was held for Dr. Julian Ferdinand's book BE INSPIRED. It was held in the evening at Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
Dr. Julian (Jules) Ferdinand is a business consultant. He also lectures in Strategic Management at the Cave Hill School of Business (Barbados) and the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business (Trinidad). He is the Honorary Consul for Spain to St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the former Chief Executive Officer of East Caribbean Group of Companies.
Dr. Ferdinand received initial training in education before embarking on a career in business management. He has a teachers’ training certificate from the University of the West Indies, a Diploma in Special Education from the University of Birmingham in England, and a certificate in Residential Social Work from the Glasspole Child Care Training Centre in Jamaica. He obtained his Masters in Business Administration (Distinction) from the University of the West Indies and holds a Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Bradford (England).
Dr. Ferdinand is a Past President of the Rotary Club of St. Vincent and has served on a number of Boards throughout the Caribbean. These have included the Cave Hill School of Business at the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill, Barbados), the Caribbean Poultry Association, the Caribbean Agri-business Association, The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Development Bank, and The Centre for Enterprise Development. He also represents the private sector on the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States Trade Negotiating Group (OECS/TNG).
King Juan Carlos I of Spain honoured Dr. Ferdinand by granting him the Meritio Civil Cruz (Civil Order Cross) for outstanding service to the government and people of Spain in his capacity of Honorary Consul. He also received special recognition from Rotary International when he became a distinguished Paul Harris Fellow in recognition for his outstanding service to the local community as a member of the Rotary Club of St. Vincent.
Dr. Ferdinand has a weekly column in The Vincentian newspaper. He has written extensively on the need to cultivate habits that retain a focus on constantly improving personal performances.
Mr, Jerry George acted as Master of Ceremonies
Dr. Lennox Adams said a prayer.
Mrs. Roxanne Dalrymple sang two songs at Dr. Ferdinand's request.
Ms. Sabrina Ferdinand, the author's daughter, suggested the title and made some brief remarks.
Mrs. Ercelle John-Thomas, a teacher well-known on St. Vincent, edited the book.
Andrew Cummings QC, a prominent member of the Vincentian community and longtime friend of the author, made some remarks.
Dr. Julian ("Jules") Ferdinand made some final remarks including thanks to those who had contributed effort to the publication of the book.
Among the guests was Sir James Mitchell. former Prime Minister.
Early arrivals: Sir James and friend, Ben Harrison, Sally Eklund, Vivian Child, Shela Pennington
Copies of the book were available for purchase and could be signed by the author.