10-MINUTE MANAGER: Jamal Ifill
Jamal Ifill is managing director of Crystal Forms
Are you where you’ve always wanted to be?
No. I would have been into architectural design and building drawing. I never imagined anything like frameworking existed.
What is your biggest professional challenge?
Export markets. It’s costly and it’s difficult to get product placement.
What is your biggest life challenge?
Not living to my full potential is my biggest life challenge. Experiencing the best of what life has to offer which doesn’t necessarily mean having wealth to enjoy life.
What you look to the future, what do you see?
I’ve stopped looking so far into the future and learning to take it one day at a time.
What is your favourite pastime?
Watching movies and travelling.
What is your favourite meal?
Cou cou and flying fish. I remember having some of the best from Cou Cou Village. It did taste so good I went home and tried to make it myself. I don’t think I have mastered it as yet but it’s a work in progress.
On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
At home resting.
What upsets you the most?
Horrid customer service. Some people want a job until they get it, but I guess sometimes employers don’t do justice for their employees. Also slandering, it goes on too much in our community.
What is your guiding philosophy?
Respect to everyone no matter religious or social background. I’ve seen with my own eyes people live together as one.
If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
There are too many improvements that need to be made that one day alone isn’t enough.