Left to Right: Ocotvia Green, Apprentice; Warren L Rolle, Past Managing Director; Merisha Butler, Apprentice; Dave Smith, Managing Director
To celebrate its 43rd anniversary, The Bahamas Development Bank (BDB)
has selected its second Warren L Rolle apprentice, Merisha Butler.
Butler, who will be studying Economics and Finance at University of The
Bahamas (UB) this fall as a part of her apprenticeship, was selected by a
panel at The Bank based on her impressive resume.
established in 1974 by an act of parliament to provide access to
financing to Bahamians for economic diversification and expansion. The
Bank’s focus on National Development allows for more relaxed terms than
conventional banks. In 1979, Warren Logan Rolle was appointed as The
Bank’s first Managing Director, where he remained until 1988.
celebrate Warren Rolle’s contribution to The Bank, the apprenticeship
program provides a full four year scholarship to an incoming student at
UB along with a paid opportunity to work at The Bank for the duration of
their studies. The program was launched during the Bank’s 42nd
anniversary in 2020. Subsequently, The Bank including the naming of the
selected apprentice during anniversary celebrations.
confidently say that my apprenticeship with The Bahamas Development Bank
has provided me with a wealth of knowledge.” said Octovia Green, The
Bank’s first apprentice. “I am grateful to be a part of an organization
that supports economic development.”
This year’s apprentice, Merisha
Butler, is a recent graduate of Kingsway Academy, and during her time in
high school, she has been active in Key Club, Interact Club, Debate
Club, Track & Field and Dance. Additionally, she has experience as a
tutor, dance instructor and has participated in a number of community
Over the next four years, Butler will be working
across all of the departments to learn how The Bank functions and to
provide a practical example of her studies at UB. The apprenticeship
will also allow her to gain valuable experience and support her dream of
becoming an economist