Entrepreneur Lisa Lake, experimented with a few spirited pursuits before spearheading the Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship-Caribbean. Her extensive expertise with business and brand development, successful team management, product delivery, and economic development have all contributed to her strategic vision for the Branson Centre’s support for aspiring Caribbean entrepreneurs.
Prior to the Branson Centre, Lisa served as the Director of Operations for Brand Extensions at Sandals Resorts International, where she helped launch the successful resort chain’s newest brands, Sandals Lifestyle and Island Routes Caribbean Adventure Tours. Preceding her unique journey with Sandals Resorts International, Lisa worked with the OTF Group, a consulting firm focused on issues of competitiveness in developing countries. There she led a market research effort and developed an investment prospectus to support the development of the Scotch Bonnet Pepper, a fiery, key ingredient in Jamaica’s staple spice, jerk.
Lisa holds a BA in Economics (magna cum laude) and a BA in Architectural Studies (magna cum laude) from Tufts University and a Masters of Public Administration in International Development from Harvard University’s Kennedy School. In celebration of Jamaica’s 50th year of independence, in 2012 she was named one of the “50Under50” business leaders shaping Jamaica’s future by The Private Sector Organization of Jamaica and The Jamaica Gleaner. Lisa is married to Yoni Epstein, and the pair recently launched Island Outsourcers, a business process outsourcing firm based in Montego Bay, Jamaica.