BCCEC Elects Board Members - Newly elected and returning members of the board of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation. Seated l-r – Ed Rahming (Krys Rahming and Associates), Chamber Treasurer; Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO; I. Chester Cooper (BAF Financial), Chamber Chairman; Robert Myers (V-Trade Supply), Chamber Vice Chairman and Christian Sawyer (Sunryse Shredding), Chamber Secretary.
Standing l-r: Chandler Sands (Campbell Shipping); Lionel Haven (Computitle); Mervin Sweeting (Switcha Bahamas); Disa Campbell (Bahamas Waste); Matt Sweeting (Organization of Young Professionals); Peter Goudie (PGHR Consultants); Anthony Kikivarakis Jr. (Julius Baer Private Banking) and Keshelle Kerr (The Training Authority). Not pictured are Michael Maura (Arawak Port Development); Rosel Wilson-Moxey (Arawak Homes Ltd.); Hubert Edwards (Bank of The Bahamas); Romauld Ferriera (Ferriera & Company); Simon Townsend (KPMG) and Roderick Simmons (Sunshine Tools Rentals).
Nassau, Bahamas - The
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employer’s Confederation (BCCEC) will
face some of the most pressing decisions in its history with familiar
faces at the top and a slew of new directors following its recent annual
general meeting and election of officers.
voice and an effective Chamber of Commerce is a critical to balanced
and sustainable national development. We will continue the mandates we
started in our first term of Small & Medium business development
& support; economic development and the encouragement of innovation
& competitiveness” said I Chester Cooper, Chairman of BCCEC.
The first meeting of the Board was convened yesterday with full attendance of the new Board.
dynamics of doing business in an increasingly global environment make
it more essential than ever to tap into a broad cross-section of talent
and knowledge," said Edison Sumner, Chamber CEO. "The newly-elected
slate of directors represents a wide range of experience and needs and
we believe will serve the Chamber with energy and enthusiasm as we
continue to foster innovation in the private sector."
a nod to its current senior leadership, members of the BCCEC voted to
return its Chairman, Chester Cooper (BAF Financial), and Vice Chairman,
Robert Myers (V-Trade Supply), for another term in office as the two
continue to promote the organization’s mission of developing and
protecting trade activity, as well as the interests of employers in the
spirit of “true tripartism in national, regional and international
his address, Mr. Cooper stressed the importance of the BCCEC as the
main representative of the private sector in continuing to occupy a
“leading role in the national discussion on growth and development” in
the context of the current socio-economic challenges facing the nation.
officers for the administrative year include Christian Sawyer (Sunryse
Shredding) as Secretary and Ed Rahming (Krys Rahming and Associates) as
Treasurer. The Board of Directors received an injection of fresh faces
as 9 of the 14 directors elected for the 2013 - 2014 administrative year
are newly elected members. New members include: Chandler Sands
(Campbell Shipping), Simon Townsend (KPMG), Disa Campbell (Bahamas
Waste), Lionel Haven (Computitle), Anthony Kikivarakis Jr. (Julius Baer
Private Banking), Mervin Sweeting (Switcha Bahamas), Roderick Simmons
(Sunshine Tools Rentals), Matt Sweeting (Organization of Young
Professionals) and Keshelle Kerr (The Training Authority). Returning
directors are Michael Maura (Arawak Port Development), Rosel
Wilson-Moxey (Arawak Homes Ltd.), Hubert Edwards (Bank of The Bahamas),
Romauld Ferriera (Ferriera & Company) and Peter Goudie (PGHR
combination of returning leadership, a combination of top professionals
with active business owners and entrepreneurs strikes an essential
balance as the BCCEC continues its work under Chester Cooper in
promoting local business innovation and competitiveness and a more
enabling business environment," said Sumner. In coming weeks, the BCECC
will hold a number of meetings to determine the way forward as new and
returning officers and directors unite to create a strategic plan of
action for the administrative year. The Chamber continues to sponsor
educational and training workshops through the Chamber Institute and
will shortly launch two new initiatives that would catapult new or