A new Board of Directors has been elected to lead the affairs of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA), headed by new President, Connie Smith, Managing Director of Tricor Caribbean.

Smith brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously served as BIBA President in 2011 to 2012, and having worked in the international business sector for over 20 years, both in Barbados and the British Virgin Islands. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) in the United Kingdom, Chairman of the Barbados Branch of ICSA, and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Following the AGM of last evening, Smith commented, “I am looking forward to my second term as President, during which I want to continue to focus on deepening BIBA’s linkages and collaborations with industry stakeholders, improving the public’s awareness of the importance of the sector and its contribution to the Barbados economy, and importantly, championing business facilitation to improve the ease of doing business in Barbados”.

She continued, “Barbados has tremendous potential in service industries and the quality of the relatively large pool of human capital available from Barbados is particularly well suited to exporting weightless professional services offered by players operating within the international business and financial services sector. We really need to focus on making Barbados more competitive and providing high quality services at all levels and within all industries.”

Also elected on the July 3, annual general meeting of the Association at the Barbados Yacht Club on Bay Street, St. Michael, were: First Vice President Andrew Alleyne of Arietis Corporation, Second Vice President Gregory McConnie of Brookfield International Bank, Treasurer Nicholas Crichlow of Marsh Management Services, Secretary Julia Taggart of Cidel Bank & Trust; and Directors Elliott Barrow of RBC Dominion Securities Global, Janice Burke of Wentworth Insurance, Marlon Waldron of DGM Group, Melanie Jones of Lex Caribbean, Peter Douglas of Amphora Group, Cadian Drummond of Harridyal Sodha & Associates, and Dominique Pepin of Ernst & Young.