Replay- Dr. Aris Latham Juicing For Life

Replay- Thomas Jones Making Sure Your Team Is Prepared To Win!


SPARK! B2B Conversations

Thurs. MAY 21st

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Aris Latham



Thursday, May 21st - Video Session @ 1:05PM - 1:10PM EST

Dr. Airs LaTham studied at the University of Legon in Ghana, as well as New York University, and graduated from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) with a B.A. in Education and Spanish. He also completed graduate studies at California State University Fullerton with majors in Linguistics and Bilingual Education. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ernie (Sweet Ernie) Smith he was a polyglot scholar of Swahili, Sanskrit, Italian, Arabic, and Ebonics. Professor LaTham taught Spanish, Swahili and English as a Second Language (ESL) at the secondary school level in New York City and New Jersey. He taught at California’s College of San Mateo, Fullerton Community College, Sullivan Language Institute, Cornell University and Brown University. Dr. LaTham was an administrator at the Tanganyika International School in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He also served as a Bilingual Curriculum Writer and Second Language Specialist for the San Francisco and San Bernardino Unified School Districts in California. Dr. Aris LaTham was the keynote presenter at the 2009 International Vegan Festival in Rio de Janeiro and lectured in the School of Nutrition at Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Florianopolis, Brazil.

Dr. Aris, ‘The Sunfired Gourmet’, has been a complete vegetarian for 50 years and has eaten Sunfired Foods exclusively for the past 44 years. Dr. Aris was voted one of the top vegetarian chefs in the USA by Vegetarian Times Magazine. He has been featured in Essence, Jamaican Eats, Vegetarian Gourmet, Health Quest, Upscale, UK’s Balance, and Japan’s Tarzan Fitness Magazines. Newspapers, including the Washington Post, Philadelphia Enquirer, Harlem’s Amsterdam News, Jamaica’s Gleaner and Observer, have reviewed the Sunfired Ra Cuisine. Dr. Aris was the featured chef at the Raw Food Masters Culinary Showcase at Swept Away Resort in Negril. He has served as an Executive Food Service Consultant to Island Outpost’s Strawberry Hill Resort in Irish Town, The Cave (Negril) and the Kingston Hilton Hotel in Jamaica. In 2014 Dr. LaTham conducted an intensive Sunfired Ra Cuisine - on the job chef training workshop for 65 chefs of the South India Culinary Association in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India (click here). He has developed the menu concept and recipes for Ital café in Fern Tree Spa at Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay, Jamaica. He is currently engaged as a food scientist/artist in residence at Palm Heights Hotel in the Grand Caymans, Cayman Island. His focus is the training of vegetarian and raw food chefs for other major international resorts and hotels, as well as receiving students from all walks of life from around the world. ‘Sunfired Edible Arts’, education, nutrition, detox, catering, and consulting services are available through




Thursday, May 21st - Webinar Session @ 1:10PM - 2:00PM EST

Thomas J. Jones, III, is the current Multi-Property Director of Human Resources for Marriott Hotels where heoversees the human resources functions at Sheraton New Orleans and W  French Quarter Hotels. Prior to the Starwood acquisition by Marriott International, he was the Area Director of Human Resources for Starwood Hotels where he provided human resources oversight for in Charlotte, Savannah, Hilton Head and New Orleans. He has worked for Hyatt Corporation as Director of Human Resources in New Orleans and in San Diego. Thomas also has worked in the gaming industry as a Corporate Training Manager, Director of Human
Resources and a Regional Training Manager. In his spare time, he also consults and is a career coach for various leaders.


Thomas earned a B.A. in Communications from Southern University and a M.A. in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix. He was also an adjunct professor at Kendall College School of Hospitality Management where he taught Human Resources Management and Organizational Culture.

Thomas' community citizenship work includes serving on the Starwood Cares committee, former Chair and current Jefferson Parish Workforce Investment Opportunity Act Board member; former Orleans Parish Workforce Investment Board member; and former chair of the Warren Easton Hospitality Advisory Board. He was also Vice Regional Director for Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Gulf Coast Region.


Digital Business To Business Meet-Up

Thursday, May 21st - Virtual B2B @ 2:00PM - 2:30PM EST

This virtual B2B Matchmaker will allow you to make connections with other business owners. The intention of Spark! is to meet new professionals, ignite new business connections, and maybe find your next big idea or customer. 

Connect in Hopin networking for a 2 minute conversation with another participating professional. If you want to keep in touch you both have the opportunity to connect and share contact information. If you both wish to continue your conversation beyond the 2 minute time limit you can search the person in the PEOPLE tab and invite them to a private side-bar chat within Hopin.