The Signature Society

Our Special Guest/Patron

The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism

Independence Greetings: The Hon. Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism

Recognized for his wide-ranging expertise and accomplishments in the political arena, Honourable Edmund Bartlett has given over thirty-five years of service to Jamaica, working in both chambers of Jamaica’s Parliament – the Senate and House of Representatives.

Mr. Bartlett was first appointed Minister of Tourism in 2007, serving until December 2011. Prior to this appointment, he already had a solid track record of service as an outstanding legislator in central government in both Chambers of Parliament. He served as Minister of State for Information, Broadcasting and Culture in the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister of Youth, Sports & Community Development from 1980 to 1989; later he served as Senator and Opposition Spokesman on various portfolios, including Tourism, from 1989 to 2007. While serving in the shadow Cabinet following his first stint as Tourism Minister, Mr. Bartlett traveled the world forging alliances with strategic partners for global initiatives. He returned to the helm of the Ministry of Tourism following the February 2016 victory at the polls by the Jamaica Labour Party.

Beyond the duties of his assigned portfolio, Minister Bartlett has continually championed the advancement of education, skills training and job creation as ways of improving the lives of his constituents in East Central St. James. He is passionate about education and so his efforts have been about creating scholarships for both students and teachers, thus raising the bar for educational achievements. He has also worked tirelessly to improve the welfare of the elderly and disabled in his constituency.

Mr. Bartlett has also represented Jamaica regionally and internationally and currently chairs the Board of Affiliate Members of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). He is the first person to serve on the executive of both the public and private sector arms of this prestigious organization. During his first tenure as Tourism Minister he served as Vice Chairman of the Executive Council of the UNWTO, representing the Americas. He also served as Vice President for the 19th General Assembly of the UNWTO held in South Korea in 2011.

A graduate of the University of the West Indies, where he majored in accounting, he has worked at the senior management level in the areas of marketing and sales as well as accounting, for major multi-national companies operating in Jamaica, prior to entering elective politics.

Minister Bartlett has been married for over 35 years and has two children. His passions include cricket, dominoes and dancing. At work and at play, he lives by the words of Marcus Garvey, Jamaica’s first National Hero:

“God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own creative genius we make ourselves what we want to be.  Follow always that great law: Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.”

Our Keynote Speaker

Norman Hemming

Keynote Speaker: The Hon. Judge Norman Hemming III, Federal Judge



Norman O. Hemming, III is a federal Administrative Law Judge who oversees Title II and Title XVI cases under the Social Security Act. He is presently the chief judge who supervises a staff of 10 judges and attendant attorneys and other support staff. 
Previously, Norman served as Special Counsel to the United States Attorney with the United States Department of Justice. In this position, he helped to manage a staff of over 230 attorneys and an equal number of support staff based in offices in Key West, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Fort Pierce. Norman split his time pursuing his undergraduate degree in Government and Public Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Cornell University. He is a Merit Fellow graduate of Howard Law School where he served as Associate Editor of the Law Journal and President of the Student Bar Association. He has a theology degree from Shiloh Theological Seminary in Stafford, Virginia, and is an Ordained Minister. 
He presently serves on the Pastor’s Council of Cooper City Church of God. Additionally, Norman has previously served on the Vice-Provost Council for Florida International University, which raises and distributes scholarships to students of FIU who are first in their family to attend college. Norman also previously served on the Board of Easter Seals of Florida and remains active in advocating on behalf of the neurologically challenged. 
Judge Hemming is the recipient of the coveted CAIR Florida award; the 2016 Community Service award from the Pakistani American Association; the Special Agent in Charge Award from the FBI Miami Division; the 2016 Law Enforcement Foundation Award for Prosecutor of the Year; the South Florida High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Award; the 2012 US Department of Justice Hugo Black Award; the US Department of Commerce NOAA Award for interdiction of smuggled endangered species; the Nucleo Polizia Tributaria from the Guardia Di Finanza in Pescara, Italy; and the Noted Judiciary Award from the Jamaican American Bar Association. He is a sought-after speaker at graduation exercises and religious institutions. Concomitantly, Mr. Hemming presently serves on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for Jamaica College.
More importantly, Norman is married for 24 years to his wife Carol, and is the father of two children, Imani, a graduate of Florida State University and Rachel who is a junior at FIU. 

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