University of Miami alumnus David Mullings, Chairman and CEO of Keystone Augusta, his wife, Kathryn, a University of Tampa graduate, and their 6-month old son Luke, had the opportunity to meet and take photos with President Barack Obama in Orlando, Florida after his recent speech at Rollins College.
They took photos with President Obama, also taking the opportunity to give him a Jamaica50 pin of pride as a birthday present. President Obama turned 51 on August 4th and Jamaica celebrates 50 years of Independence on August 6th. Kathryn, a graphic designer and Chief Creative Officer of Kaizen Interactive, created a birthday card for Jamaica’s 50th year of Independence and President Obama signed it.
“We decided that if he did sign it then we would donate the card to the Institute of Jamaica so that it would be in a museum where every Jamaican in the world would have the chance to see it. Some things are more valuable when they are shared” said David Mullings.
It was David’s idea to create the card after receiving confirmation last weekend that they would get to take photos with President Obama. Kathryn obliged and agreed that they should share it instead of keeping it in a private collection.
“As Jamaicans who have benefitted tremendously from the US system we could not pass up the opportunity to bridge the two countries. The timing is simply perfect” said Kathryn Mullings.
The Mullings Family will make arrangements to hand over the signed card to Jamaica and a replica will also be handed over to the Consul General at the Official Jamaica50 Gala in Miami on August 18. President Obama is also sending a Presidential Delegation to Kingston, Jamaica to attend the celebration marking the 50th Independence Anniversary. The Honorable General Colin L. Powell, USA (Retired), Former U.S. Secretary of State, will lead the delegation. Other members include the Honorable Pamela Bridgewater, U.S. Ambassador to Jamaica and the Honorable Yvette Clarke, U.S. House of Representatives, New York.