MIAMI (November 13, 2023) – Multi-talented Caribbean-American media maven and vocal powerhouse Vanessa James will host the 2023 Caribbean Media Exchange (CMEx) Leadership Awards and Fundraiser, being held at Loews Coral Gables in Miami on Saturday, December 2, 2023.

The Trinidad-born Miami native, career broadcaster and multimedia business owner of Vanessa James Media (VJ Media) is known for her warm, inviting voiceovers, her insatiable energy and her uncanny ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

“We are absolutely delighted to have Vanessa James as the host for this year’s CMEx awards,” said CMEx President Bevan Springer, who also leads Marketplace Excellence, a global public relations, marketing and media company. “Vanessa’s remarkable talent as a Caribbean-American on-air personality shines through in her engaging and charismatic communications style, which makes her an ideal presence at an event that celebrates such a wide array of Caribbean accomplishments,” he added.

This year’s honorees include Ewald Biemans, Owner & CEO, Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort in Aruba; Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism, Cayman Islands; Stan Hartling, Owner and CEO, The Hartling Group in Turks and Caicos; Joy Jibrilu, CEO, Nassau Paradise Island Promotion Board; Nicola Madden-Greig, OD, President, Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association; Pat Montague, President/CEO, Pat Montague Marketing & Promotions; Beverly Nicholson-Doty, Chief Executive Officer, Figment Design; Kevin O’Reggio, Strategic Account Director, Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc; Michele Paige, CEO, Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association; Dona Regis-Prosper, Secretary-General & CEO, Caribbean Tourism Organization; and Julian Rogers, MBE, Founder, MEDIAROGERS GROUP.

“Prepare for an unforgettable afternoon filled with the musical stylings of a special guest artist, warm camaraderie, exciting surprise giveaways, and a live auction featuring some of the Caribbean’s premier hotels and resorts,” said Springer, who thanked the public and private sector entities who have joined in support of the event.

CMEx is dedicated to enhancing the capacity of the media, government, the travel and tourism industry, and local communities to ensure that the people and the environment of the Caribbean region reap the benefits of the essential tourism industry. Moreover, CMEx extends its support to both Caribbean and American communities through the sharing of expertise, financial contributions, and in-kind assistance.

The 2023 CMEx Leadership Awards and Fundraiser is sponsored and supported by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism, Investments and Aviation; Marketplace Excellence Corporation; Munaluchi Bridal; Rodman Think Branding; St. Kitts Tourism Authority; Tropical Attractions Entertainment Group Inc.; U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Tourism; and Vanessa James Media.

The following hotels and resorts have contributed to the live travel auction, which will raise funds for educational initiatives committed to empowering the region’s youth and tourism professionals:

·        Atlantis Paradise Island, Bahamas

·        Bay Gardens Resorts, St. Lucia

·        Calabash Cove Resort & Spa, St. Lucia

·        Coco Palm, St. Lucia

·        Comfort Suites Paradise Island, Bahamas

·        Fond Doux Eco Resort, St. Lucia

·        Goldwynn Resort & Residences, Bahamas

·        Ladera Resort, St. Lucia

·        Mount Cinnamon Hotel & Beach Club, Grenada

·        Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour, St. Kitts

·        Sailrock South Caicos, Turks and Caicos

·        Spice Island Beach Resort, Grenada

·        The Buccaneer Beach & Golf Resort, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands

·        The Hamilton Beach Villas & Spa, Nevis

·        The Westin Beach Resort & Spa at Frenchman’s Reef, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands

·        The Westin Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic

·        Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club, Dominican Republic

The event takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information, visit