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Bevan Springer

President

Bevan is an award-winning journalist and seasoned public relations professional. He has worked as the North American correspondent of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and contributed for media houses such as the Caribbean Media Corporation, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, and Saint Lucia’s Radio 100.

He is well known to the Caribbean Diaspora in the New York tri-state area, having hosted several radio programmes, including the weekly five-hour, radio show, “The Caribbean in Five” on 1190 AM WLIB in New York.

A weekly columnist with New York’s renowned Amsterdam News, Bevan’s international reach includes contributions to the Trinidad Guardian, BBC World Service, New York Daily News, 1600 AM WWRL, UN Radio, and WNBC-TV in New York.

As former North American editor of the Barbados Advocate, Bevan spent several years covering the United Nations where he served as editor of The Islander publication, covering the 1994 Barbados Small Islands Conference, the 1995 Copenhagen Social Summit and the 1995 Women’s Conference in Beijing.

For the past decade, he has produced the popular Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), designed to improve the quality of media coverage of sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.

A former national tennis player of Barbados, Bevan has worked as a sports reporter with the Barbados Nation and Barbados Advocate newspapers.

He is a member of New York’s Christian Cultural Center, SAG-AFTRA, National Association of Black Journalists and United Nations Correspondents Association. He is an alumnus of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada – a member of the United World Colleges’ (UWC) network, and sits on the Leadership Council for the International Institute for Tourism Studies and the Masters of Tourism Administration Program at The George Washington University School of Business.

Recipient of a diploma in public relations from the University of the West Indies and a guest lecturer in public relations at New York University, Bevan has received awards from New York’s City Council, the Council of Barbadian Organizations in New York, BWIA West Indies Airways and the Caribbean Hotel Association. In the summer of 2010, he was conferred with honorary Jamaican citizenship by the Jamaica Consulate in New York, and in June this year, he received the 2012 The Marcella Martinez Award for strengthening the marketing programmes of Caribbean destinations.

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Keisha Nelson

Media Relations Specialist

A dynamic public relations specialist, Keisha has more than six years of experience working with some of the most prestigious and renowned destinations, hotels, and hospitality brands such as the US Virgin Islands; the Island of Mustique; Peter Island Resort & Spa, BVI; Atlantis, Paradise Island; The Tryall Club, Jamaica, Kittitian Hill, St. Kitts; Frenchman’s Reef & Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, St. Thomas; The Ritz-Carlton Orlando and Naples and Montage Hotels & Resorts.

She has extensive experience planning and executing large media events, robust media relations strategies, social media promotions, and brand partnerships to launch various campaigns and initiatives to North American audiences. Keisha is a native of Barbados and a champion for the Caribbean.

Her passion and love for the region is inspiring and her expertise in marketing and promoting the Caribbean is incredibly insightful. She attends industry events and conferences and works closely with Caribbean editors and freelancers to garner coverage in publications such as ISLANDS, Destination Weddings & Honeymoons, The New York Times, USA Today, Coastal Living and more.

Keisha graduated from Berkeley College with a Bachelor of Arts in Marketing and has a Master of Science in Public Relations and Corporate Communications from New York University.

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Greta E. Andzenge

Sales, Strategy and Development Consultant

Spending her childhood sailing the islands of the Caribbean Sea inspired and nurtured, in Greta Andzenge, a passion for sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. Her wide exposure, varied experiences, and intimate local knowledge, collected over a decade, allowed Greta to share the beauty of the Caribbean and of its people and their aspirations with the world.

Early in her career, Greta was a key member of an international travel wholesaler specializing in the Caribbean. Steering the company from start-up through to market viability, Greta directed international sales, product development, and relationship management. Greta’s consummate professionalism led her to the coordination and direction of re-branding campaigns, reviewing and standardizing organizational metrics, managing quality compliance, developing and implementing multi-platform sales, marketing and public relations strategies.

Her multiple organizational skills served her well as chief advisor to key stakeholders and C-suite executives. Her passion for promoting sustainable development extended to non-profit service with agencies supporting local and community development as well as the media. In addition to a BA in Business Administration, Greta holds a Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University School of Business.

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Peter Mansel

Accounting/Information Technology

Pete Mansel is president and co-founder of 4P Group, Inc. a marketing and business planning firm based in the Atlanta, Georgia, area. He has 35+ years of telecommunications operations, marketing, strategic planning and sales experience at senior executive level positions. He has developed numerous business plans for domestic U.S. and Caribbean clients. Currently semi-retired, Pete dedicates a significant amount of his time supporting charitable causes and organizations.

Pete holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Adelphi University and an Executive M.B.A. from Pace University in New York.

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Dr. Karen Springer

Medical Advisor

Born in the United Kingdom and a native of Barbados, Dr. Springer has more than 20 years of experience in the practice of medicine and public health, including work in both hospital and public health clinical settings.

She began her public health career as an Assistant Medical Officer of Health at a polyclinic where she focused on Maternal and Child Health Clinics.

Promoted to the position of Senior Medical Officer in Barbados, Dr. Springer contributed to the development of surveillance systems, which helped the island nation to improve the prevention and control of communicable diseases. She has also played a role in disease outbreak training and investigation of outbreaks.

Dr. Springer is a member of the Hawthorne Memorial Methodist Church and her passions include walking, singing and line dancing.

She is a graduate of University of the West Indies Faculty of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health (Emory University), and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
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Lelei LeLaulu

Editorial

A journalist and communications consultant with wide-ranging experience in the Americas and the Caribbean, Lelei LeLaulu served as a correspondent in Africa, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions for several publications including, the Financial Times of London, TheMiddleEast Magazine, and New African.
His career at the United Nations includes writing and producing radio and television programs as well as editing the UN Report and UN Secretariat News.

In addition to designing communications strategies for the series of global conferences and summits of the 1990s, he reported from the UN for CNN’s “World Report”.

From New York, Lelei was a regular correspondent for a variety of organizations, including Pacifica Radio PBS, Deutsche Welle, Radio France International, Swiss Radio, Sky TV, London, Rand Daily Mail, Radio New Zealand, International Publications of London and hosted “One World One Voice” for PBS TV.

Lelei is vice president of the Caribbean Media Exchange, and coordinator of the Oceania Sustainable Tourism Alliance which uses the world’s largest industry – tourism – to alleviate poverty in the Pacific and Asia.

Lelei set up sustainable tourism projects in Africa, and the Mundo Maya project in Mesoamerica, Brazil and Central America with the Inter-American Development Bank. He is an advisor for National Geographic, The International Institute for Tourism Studies and Master of Tourism Administration Program at George Washington University and writes book reviews for The Washington Times.

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Gail Moaney, APR

Secretary & Treasurer

Gail Moaney is executive vice president and director of Ruder Finn’s travel and economic development practice. Gail has 20 years of experience in agency and corporate public relations and in broadcasting, implementing communications programs for destinations, transportation companies, hotels and resorts, and economic development entities worldwide. She has also served as chief of communications for the State of Ohio Department of Economic Development, managing radio, television and print communications for international trade, science and technology, business development and tourism.

An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Gail has been a member of the board of PRSA NY since 1995. She also sits on the boards of the American Foundation for the University of the West Indies Partnership, Caribbean Media Exchange, Counterpart International, New York Urban League and Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America. Gail is an Adjunct Professor at New York University.

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Dr. Basil Springer

Change Engine Consultant

Dr. Basil Springer has more than 40 years of Project Management experience primarily in the areas of Agricultural Development, Tourism, Tourism Linkages and Enterprise Development. He is a Director of the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx). He was a Management Consulting pioneer (1977) and now leads the charge with the private sector-led Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc. (CBET) to franchise The CBET Shepherding Model™ as a necessary and sufficient strategy for sustainable economic development in small states and emerging nations. He currently promotes the ManoBiz Matrix™ as an action planning and gap analysis tool for start-up businesses.

Dr. Springer trained as a mathematician, statistician and operations research scientist in Jamaica, Wales and London, England. He received a Princess Royal Scholarship to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona where he earned a BSc in Mathematics; he earned an MSc in Statistics at the University of College of Wales, Aberystwyth; and received a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue Doctoral studies and holds a PhD. in Statistics and Operations Research from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. A weekly newspaper columnist with the Barbados Advocate since 1993, Dr. Springer was awarded the Order of Barbados (Gold Crown of Merit) from the Government of Barbados in 2000.

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Simone Skinner

Special Events

Simone Skinner specializes in organizing and planning meetings and conferences, corporate events, and celebrations. Simone, who has a strong background in Project Management with a focus on Meeting and Event Management, has gained significant experience working in the Caribbean’s travel and tourism industry in Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia and her native Trinidad & Tobago. Simone, who speaks French fluently, coordinates the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx) and provides administrative support and special projects assistance to Marketplace Excellence. Solutions, systems and results oriented, Simone holds an undergraduate degree in Hospitality Sales and Meeting Management, graduating magna cum laude from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island.

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Ian Williams

Editorial

An author, freelance writer and broadcaster, Ian Williams appears in print around the globe, and often on television as well, on politics, business and economics. Born in Liverpool, he graduated from Liverpool University after two years’ suspension for protests against its investments in South Africa. Consequently, he had a variegated career path, which included a drinking competition with Chou En Lai, an argument about English literature with Mme Mao and being a rail workers’ union executive, before taking up journalism, briefly taking time off to be a speech/article writer for British Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock in the 1987 election campaign. He is a columnist with www.guardian.co.uk and senior analyst with Foreign Policy in Focus, www.fpif.org. His books include Rum: A Social and Sociable History of the Real Spirit of 1776, The Alms Trade, a study of the role of charities in Britain, and The UN For Beginners.

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Ron Fanfair

Editorial

Ron Fanfair is a top communications professional in Canada. He is a freelance writer-photographer and a journalist at heart. His weekly contributions to Share, Canada’s largest weekly ethnic newspaper, allow him to inform, educate and entertain a wide cross-section of readers on community and international events. Over the years, Ron has conducted interviews with many dignitaries and heads of state, and covered several international events, including the ICC 2007 Cricket World Cup in the Caribbean, 2003 Road World Championships in Hamilton, Ontario, international cricket tours to the Caribbean, World Basketball Championships in Toronto, Basketball Star Isaiah Thomas’ retirement ceremony at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit in 1996, Muhammad Ali’s last two visits to Toronto, and Toronto Raptors’ first season in 1995-1996. Prior to moving to Canada from Guyana in 1985, Ron, who is also the Caribbean Media Corporation’s Canada correspondent, freelanced for the Guyana Chronicle, the now defunct Citizen Midweek newspaper. He also served as senior sports producer and assistant editor with the state-owned Guyana Broadcasting Corporation, and the Caribbean News Agency’s sports correspondent in Guyana. Ron has won several awards, including the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for Community Service and the Guyana Sportswriter of the Year award.

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Margot Jordan

Photography

Margot Jordan is one of the most creative personalities of our time. As a professional photographer, she has been able to capture many historic and cultural events around the world: The U.S. Open (tennis), The Essence Music Festival, Inaugural Celebrations for US President Barack Obama, countless galas and award shows, conventions and conferences. Born and raised in New York City, Margot has worked in television, radio, print and film. An extensive publicity campaign launched by Margot became one of the most notable holiday stories of the 2001 Christmas season. The mainstream American media got to meet her great-grandfather Mac Neil Jordan as he shared stories about his 1920’s voyage from Barbados to New York’s Ellis Island. Today, Margot is one of New York’s most respected event photographers and she plans to release several books based on her diverse body of work. She loves to work with philanthropic organizations; on musical events, and assignments in the Caribbean!

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