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Joseph John Issa, known as Joe or Joey Issa (born 1 December 1965), is a Jamaican businessman and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder of Cool Group, which comprises over 50 companies. At age 30, Issa’s first business venture was a petrol station named Cool Oasis, which was the catalyst for the Group becoming the largest indigenous operator of petrol stations in Jamaica. In 2003, he set up a telephone card distribution business called Cool Card. Later, he extended the distribution business to include automotive and household products, among others, under the Cool brand. Over the next decade, the Cool brand grew rapidly into a group of over 50 companies engaged in a wide variety of activities.
Joseph John Issa Chairman of Cool Group of Company
1 Early life
3 Business Ventures
6 Honours and awards
Issa was born in Kingston. His father is Chairman of SuperClubs Resort, John Issa, 29 December 1939 – present. Issa’s father was placed among the top 10 personalities of the decade 1990–2000. Issa received his secondary school education at Campion College in Kingston.
In 1985 he became the 11th member of the Issa families to attend College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, where he pursued an accountancy degree, which included one year at the London School of Economics (LSE) in the United Kingdom. He graduated in 1988 and Valedictorian Cum Laude with a number of awards, including the youngest resident Jamaican to become a Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
Upon returning home from university, he joined SuperClubs Resorts, which his father had started in the early 1980s.
Issa started work as the purchasing manager at the Grand Lido Negril, one of SuperClubs chain of resorts. He became Resident Manager of the hotel a year later. During the next three years, Issa helped to reorganize the hotel as a resort for romantic vacations and honeymooners.
In 1991 he assumed the position of general manager of Couples Hotel, the first to be established as an all-inclusive by his father in 1978 when Issa was 12 years old. He oversaw the refurbishment of the hotel. Issa was moved to the money-losing Grand Lido San Souci, which he made profitable within