Tesi Johnson, Gleaner Writer
Annette Salmon, marketing consultant of 20Twenty Strategies Consulting and Jamaica Standard Products, poses with Professor Philip Kotler at a recent Branding Workshop in Chicago. Professor Kotler is the author of many books on marketing, his most popular book is 'Marketing Management', of which he recently published its 12th edition. Philip Kotler is revered as the guru of marketing. He is the recipient of 10 honorary doctorates from various universities around the world. He lectures at the Kellog School of Management, Northwestern University. - Contributed
Stargazing on the green was the name of the game as some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities and 'best golfers'
gathered at Royal Plantation, Ocho Rios, St. Ann, for Sandals Resorts' third annual Celebrity Golf Tournament. Lance Bass from N'Sync and Tori Spelling, daughter of the late Aaron Spelling, where among the famous faces, along with many other actors, models, musicians and even a wrestler, who took part in the fun.
After three days of golfing, and 'cheating', as proclaimed by Billy Bush of Access Hollywood, the festivities came to a close with the Access Hollywood four-course dinner, awards
ceremony, and a swashbuckling shindig.
Billy Bush presented the winning golfers,
those who he said "cheated better than I did," with their prizes of oversized crystal glasses that he suggested they fill with Red Stripe Beer. Geoff Stults, who formed one-third of top winning team, quickly took Bush's suggestion to heart, and was spotted chugging beer from the enormous glass, probably in good preparation for the jam session that was to be led by popular New York-based DJ, Miss Saigon, later that night.
The stars played
Preceding that, the Royal Plantation team of chefs put together a lovely selection of chocolate-based desserts, clearly not aware of the waif-thin requirements of Tinsel Town. Still, the stars came out to play and enjoyed the chocolate fare, before sitting down for a comedic session with famed comedienne Kathy Griffin. No one was safe from the wrath of her tongue, not even the infallible Oprah Winfrey, whom Kathy said behaved as though she were Jesus.
She drew laughs commenting on the mannerisms of her Hollywood peers and Lance Bass, of the popular boy band N'Sync, who had recently come out of the closet, made for an easy target - all in jest, of course. After that, the guests retreated to the Martini Bar where DJ Saigon got the toes twinkling with pop and hip-hop favourites like Beyonce's 'Crazy in Love' and 'Rich Girl' by Gwen Stefani and Rapper Eve.
Among those persent were Billy Bush of Access Hollywood; Lance Bass from N'Sync; reality stars Reichen Lehmkul, Stacy Keibler and Stephen Coletti from Amazing Race, Dancing With the Stars and Laguna Beach respectively; Geoff Stults of the television drama Seventh Heaven; Tori Spelling, daughter of the late Aaron Spelling, and star of the television sitcom So Notorious; Antonio Sabato Jr., once a nominee in People magazine's 50 most beautiful people, but currently plays Dante Damiano on the Bold and the Beautiful; and actor Dean McDermott.