The Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) elected a new board of directors at its annual general meeting last Thursday, June 21, 2018.
The meeting, held at Courtyard Marriott, Christ Church, had in attendance representatives from 26 companies, executives and members of the secretariat.
Addressing the meeting, Immediate Past President Marlon Waldron said the international business sector could “almost single handedly remedy our foreign exchange crisis”.
However, he said the commitment and cooperation of Government and key stakeholders remains vital to realizing this goal.
“Barbados can no longer remain stationary and paralyzed when the rest of the world is moving to capitalize on new opportunities in areas such as FinTech, artificial intelligence and of course marijuana,” he said without elaborating.
Waldron thanked the board and members for allowing him to serve while urging the organization to embrace change and push new talent.
“I am an eternal optimist and therefore I believe that international business is in good hands, and I would recommend to my successor that younger persons in the industry be embraced and encouraged to serve on committees.
“Those of us who have the skills and knowledge should mentor the younger persons so that we always have a number of educated and skilled individuals equipped to carry on the mandate of this important sector,” he said.
Newly elected president Julia Hope said she was eager and ready to serve as well as optimistic about the sector’s future. She urged members to think about ways in which they could contribute positively to its growth.
“BIBA needs to be saying to Government, ‘How can we help you to help us?’ We have to change our tune and build a true partnership between the private and public sector,” she said.
The new board is as follows:
President: Julia Hope (Innovate LSO)
1st Vice President: Derrick Cummins (J&T Bank & Trust)
2nd Vice President: Tara Frater (Lex Caribbean)
Treasurer: Gregory McConnie (Brookfield International Bank Inc.)
Secretary: Natalia Burke (Harridyal Sodha & Associates)
Ex-officio: Marlon Waldron (AMA Management company Ltd.)
Members: Janice Burke (Wentworth Insurance Co. Ltd.); Christopher Evans (Strategic Risks Solutions Barbados); Melanie Jones (Lex Caribbean); Dominique Pepin (Tailored Tax Solutions); Jamar Selman (Chancery Corporate Services Ltd.); Jeanne Crawford (USA Risk Group Barbados Ltd.); Connie Smith (Tricor Caribbean). (PR)