Celebrating with MACO and CPJ
Jody-anne Lawrence, Gleaner Writer
MACO Magazine's 15th anniversary and CPJ's 20th transformed CPJ CRU Bar and Kitchen on Lady Musgrave Avenue into party central last Saturday.
Guests not only got the red carpet treatment, but they were treated like VIPs with a complimentary glass of champagne upon arrival. The stars in the sky watched in envy as guests mingled, danced and were served with delightful appetisers. The service by waiters and waitresses at the event exemplified the great service that CPJ has given to their customers over the years and served as proof of why they have been so successful.
President of CPJ, Mark Hart, was very excited about celebrating this milestone. He told Today, "I am very excited about this milestone. In fact, it is hard to believe."
He admitted that CPJ took things one year at a time - not necessarily thinking 20 years ahead - being part of a dynamic business where things are always changing you are unable to look so far ahead.
"Each year, we make great leaps. Now, after 20 years, I am thankful to our managers, employees and most of all, to our customers, which include major hotels and people in hospitality. There are also the people who appreciate our meats, delicious bacon, Taittinger champagne, and so on," said Hart.
His joy was mirrored by CEO and founder of MACO Magazine, Neysha Soodeen. She started the magazine in October 1999, and has seen many magazines come and go, but MACO has managed to not only last, but flourish.
"I launched MACO 15 years ago in Jamaica," said Soodeen. "Throughout time in the Caribbean, we have seen many magazines come and go. MACO is the longest magazine in print in the Caribbean. It is also the only Caribbean magazine distributed throughout the world.
This along with its constant growth, is the reason why Soodeen just has one plan for MACO, "Keep it alive. It has become such a staple within the publishing industry that we cannot afford to lose it."