Kudos for Tortuga’s Simmonds

Marcus and Monique Simmonds have been honoured by ICABA in its salute to South Florida’s 100 Most Accomplished Caribbean Americans. 

The kudos came during a black tie reception at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, 29 June. 

“We are very honoured and humbled to be recognised along with such inspiring and successful fellow Caribbean business people and entrepreneurs,” says Monique Hamaty-Simmonds, chief marketing officer for Tortuga International Holdings, Ltd. Her father, Robert Hamaty and his wife Carlene started the Tortuga Rum Company on Grand Cayman in 1984 and later introduced the Tortuga Rum Cake baked from a generations’ old family recipe.  

In 1997, Monique and Marcus, the chief executive officer, opened Tortuga Imports in Miami to bring Tortuga’s taste of the Islands to the American market. Today, Tortuga Caribbean Rum Cakes are the No. 1 export of the Cayman Islands and have been named Best Cruise Souvenir by Porthole Cruise magazine for eight consecutive years. Tortuga Rum Cakes are shipped to 70 countries, sold in gift and specialty food departments and gourmet stores throughout North America and the Caribbean and on nearly 100 cruise ships.  

In the first event of its kind, ICABA Media Holdings, LLC, celebrated some of South Florida’s most accomplished professionals and entrepreneurs with heritage spanning 14 different Caribbean nations. The 100 honourees were identified through public nominations, recommendations from the steering and host committee and editorial research. The signature ICABA coffee table book showcasing their diverse accomplishments was unveiled at the event and includes features and bios on the honourees.  

ICABA is a South-Florida-based affinity marketing and media company that profiles accomplished black professionals and entrepreneurs in its publications and connects them through its social network – icabaworld.com, and at its signature events. 

Tortuga International is member of the Jamaica Producers Group of companies with bakeries and operations in Grand Cayman, Jamaica and Barbados, as well as a franchise bakery with retail shops in the Bahamas. The company’s Miami, Florida subsidiary, known as the Tortuga Rum Cake Company, handles sales, marketing and North American distribution.  

The Simmonds couple lives in Grand Cayman with their three children, daughters Nadia and Jayda, ages 10 and 8 and five-year-old son Brandon. 


Monique and Marcus Simmonds were recently awarded accolades in South Florida for their work with Tortuga Rum Company. – Photo: Submitted