It is with a view to arming
participants with success tools for investing or to start
their own businesses that the ECCB has launched an annual
Wealth Symposium. This initiative forms part of the ECCB
coordinated Public Education Programme and will be rolled
out in all of the Bank’s member countries. The education
programme has as one of its main objectives, the enhancement
of the financial and entrepreneurial competencies of the
region’s people and emanates from the Bank’s
agenda to promote economic development within the Eastern
Caribbean Currency Union.
The first symposium was
launched in St. Kitts in collaboration with the University
of the West Indies, St. Kitts and Nevis.
Mrs Olivia Edgecombe-Howell
Resident Tutor, UWI St Kitts and Nevis Audio
CEO, Island Bakeries
with Business Ideas – My Formulae for Success”
is a well-known businessman in St Kitts and Nevis,
where he has given years of dedicated service
both in the public and private sector.
Having served for eight years in
the Nevis Island Administration, first as Chief
Statistician and later Parliamentary Secretary
for Tourism, Trade, Industry Development and Planning,
Mr Brand joined the private sector.
1986-1997, he was Manager of Nevis Bakery Ltd.
Today, he is the Managing Director of Island Bakeries
St Kitts, a position he has held since 1997.
Mr Brand is the President of the
St Kitts and Nevis Chamber of Industry and Commerce
and a member of the Mount Olive Masonic Lodge.
He is a former member of the Rotary Club of St
Kitts and the St Kitts Nevis Social Security Board.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from
the University of Calgary, Canada.
In his spare time he enjoys
fishing and sports.
Dreamy Weddings.com and NoFrillsWedding.com
and Mastering My Online Business – Taking
Advantage of New Business Opportunities”
Natalie John is one of the region’s young
entrepreneurs. In 2000 she founded an online company,
Dreamy Weddings and Tours, to assist couples in
planning their dream weddingcruise ships or the
many majestic wedding locations on the islands.
She continued to
nurture the growth and development of her company
while employed in a managerial position at the
Eastern Caribbean SecuritiesExchange until 2005
when she decided to work full time as CEO of her
Today Dreamy Weddings and Tours
has gained international recognition. It has been
acknowledged in numerous magazines including Destination
Weddings & Honeymoon, the Wall Street Journal,
Caribbean Travel & Life , Pride, Sunquest
Skyservice in-flight, Selling Long Haul Travel,
Island Where, She Caribbean and the San Juan Star.
Ms John recently formed a second company Nofrillswedding.com
for the low income and budget conscious clients.
She works with several Caribbean Governments to
create a policy environment supportive of destination
Ms John is also a Consultant to
the ABI Bank Ltd in Antigua. She holds a Bachelor’s
Degree of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University
in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is an associate member
of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Secretaries
& Administrators (ICSA) and a Certified Lifestyle
Specialist for Honeymoons & Destination Weddings.
General Manager, Bank of Nevis
for Investing –
The Bank of Nevis International Fund Ltd”
Rawlinson Isaac has
had a long, distinguished career in the
banking sector. Having spent three years
in the civil service, in 1973 he began working
at the St Kitts Nevis Anguilla National
Bank, where he remained for seven years.
His responsibilities there included internal
auditing, accounting and general supervision.
From 1983 to
1990 he held the position of Manager of
the Nevis Branch, St Kitts Nevis Anguilla
National Bank. He became General Manager
of the Bank of Nevis in 1990 and has remained
in that position for the past 16 years.
Mr Isaac is Chairman of Seabridge
(St Kitts-Nevis) Inc, and a director of
several institutions including the Bank
of Nevis, Bank of Nevis International, Caribbean
Credit Card Corporation, Caribbean Star
Holdings and Stanford Investment Fund.
He holds a Bachelors Degree
in Accounting from the University of the
Virgin Islands, an MBA from the Institute
for Financial Management, University of
Wales/Manchester, a Diploma in Financial
Studies, from the Chartered Institute of
Bankers and a Diploma in Trust and Estate
Practice. He is an Associate of the Institute
of Financial Accountants, and a Fellow of
the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
Mr Isaac was cited
in the Who’s Who among students in
American Universities and Colleges in 1983,
and the International “Who is Who”
of professionals in 1999. A former Chairman
of the National Cultural festival he received
an award for distinguished services given
to cultural development in 1994.
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