2001 Annual Awards Dinner A Success
“The BVI Chamber of
Commerce & Hotel Association held their gala 13th Annual Awards
Dinner hosted by Bitter End Yacht Club on Saturday, November 24th.
The event was well supported by over 130 guest from Anegada, Tortola,
Virgin Gorda and St. Thomas.
Guest and awardees to
this major fund raising event for CCHA were treated to an all-local
sumptuous 4-course gourmet dinner prepared under the leadership of
Executive Chef Trevor Nicely, Baker Winston Butler and the Bitter
End Food and Beverage Department. The beef was donated by the
Agriculture Department, the chickens from T&L Organic Poultry,
Ltd and the one of the desserts from La Dolce Vita Italian Ice
Says Awards Committee Co-Chairman, Franka Pickering Managing
Director of Tropical Gift Collection, “This may have been the most
successful awards dinner to date.”
Seventeen 2001 CCHA
awardees were honoured in 13 areas:
Pioneer in Commerce
Captain Evermond Rabsatt
& Captain Warren Stoutt were awarded for their dedication and
expertise in sailing and their shipping companies that have assisted
in the growth of the BVI.
Mr. Leonard is the developer and establisher of Leonard Concrete Co.
This is the only ready concrete business in Virgin Gorda and has
been in business for over a year.
Frank Mahoney - Mr.
Mahoney developed and spearheaded the Music by the Sea Festival.
Vernon Soares Mr.
Soares has the only long line fishing boat in the BVI and for over
30 years has supplied restaurants and hotels in the BVI with fish.
Dr. Jana Downing
Dr. Downing has served the community as a physician since her
arrival in the BVI in 1970. She assisted in starting Fort Charlotte
School for the handicapped, assisted with setting up the Red Cross
blood donor programme. She is also a founding member of the BVI
VISAR since 1988,
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue has, helped in excess of 1,800
persons and saved approximately 175 lives. This at no direct cost to
those they have helped.
Mrs. Edris O’Neal Mrs. O’Neal has worked not only in the
BVI in the service of others but in Guyana, Panama and Costa Rica as
well. In the BVI she has Pastoral responsibilities in the Methodist
Church, has worked with the Boy’s Brigade. Currently she serves as
the President of the BVI Red Cross.
has a environmental programme, “Crystal Green”, designed to
utilize a combination of cutting edge technology and best management
practices to minimize the impact of yachting on the environment.
This programme is the first in the region to be launched by any
yacht chartering company.
KATS The Kids And
The Sea was started by Tom Gerker eleven years ago. To date, more
than 300 children have attended the Basic Programme In addition,
KATS has a Scuba, sailing, boardsailing and swimming programme. More
than 500 children have completed the swimming programme.
Lawrence Gerwyn Penn
Mr. Penn spent his life as a shipwright. He spent his life in
practice at Trellis Bay Ship Yard and Tortola Yacht Services among
other places. He designed and built the first local speedboat from
fiberglass, the “Shooting Star”. His last design was a boat he
built for his grandchildren called “At Last”.
CCHA Volunteer Award
This is a new award
Mrs. Gerker served on the Board of CCHA for 3 years as the
representative of the marine services sector. She served as the
first Chairman of the CCHA BUY BVI Trade Show. This was a Herculean
undertaking. She has also plays a major role in the execution of the
BVI Spring Regatta and KATS.
Mr. McDonald, Managing Director of Island Marine Outfitters is a
28-year resident of the BVI, and was a long time member of the Board
of Director of CCHA serving for 8 years. His portfolio was marine
and environmental issues. Dennis represented and continues to
represent CCHA on governmental committees. Currently he sits on the
Customs Reform Committee. For the past 6 years Dennis has served as
the Chairman of the BVI Spring Regatta Village Committee. This is
truly a Herculean task, which he has shouldered well.
Business of the Year Commerce
VP Bank and Trust (BVI)
Ltd. Six years after opening their doors in the BVI, the
combined bank and trust businesses employ 22 people and are a
significant contributor to the group’s performance. Development is
continuing into new business areas the management of Mutual
and Hedge Funds, Insurance business and, earlier this year, the
provision of commercial bank facilities within the BVI. Yes, you
heard it correctly; VP Bank is now providing commercial loans within
the territory and giving the other banks a measure of competition.
But VP Bank has also been a significant contributor to the BVI on a
The company is the main sponsor for the Classics in the Atrium
The company has been and is contributing regularly to numerous
charitable and educational organizations in the BVI
VP Bank sponsored a study trip to Europe for local artist Lutia
Durant this autumn;
The company sponsored the purchase of two “Wayfarer” boats for
the Royal BVI Yacht Club;
Business of the Year
Bitter End Yacht Club -
The Bitter End has evolved from humble beginnings when, in 1973, the
Hokin family acquired what was then a 6-room inn and restaurant.
Today the Bitter End employs over 240 people in an operation that
consists of two popular restaurants, a snack pub, four full service
bars, two gift shops, an Emporium grocery market, a 25-slip marina,
a 70-mooring anchorage, and a complete marine services chandlery,
workshop and 89 rooms. Well-heeled guests from around the world,
primarily come for the highly regarded Watersports & Activities
Center, as well as the award-winning multi-level sailing and
windsurfing school. There are over 100 watercraft in the
Bitter End fleet. Additionally, the Bitter End offers scuba diving.
This past summer, the
Bitter End was pleased to be named to Travel & Leisure
Magazine’s prestigious “World’s Best List.” The Bitter End
is further proud that Virgin Gorda, its home for the last 28 years,
was named by Travel & Leisure readers as the top island in the
Caribbean, the Bahamas, and Bermuda.
Contributing to 28 years
of success is a staff that is second to none. Over a third of the
staff has been with Bitter End over 10 years, and over 30 have been
on board for 20 years or more.
Businessperson of the
Year - Commerce
Marvin Blyden - The late
Dr. Q. W. Osborne decided to take on a new partner.
He wanted a partner with new ideas, determination and one that will
benefit from working long hours. He found that partner in
Marvin. A new partnership was born thus the name change of the
business from Lagoon Plaza to QwoMar Trading Limited (Q.W. Osborne
Marvin is currently the owner of M.B.'s Ice Service and QwoMar
Trading Limited and part owner of A&M Coin Laundry.
Businessperson of the Year Hospitality
Louis Schwartz -
Louis has developed a wonderful reputation for diversified foods,
great service, and of course, fine hospitality. The Jolly Roger is
known as 'The Heartbeat of the West End' and is home to The Loyal
West End Yacht Club.
devastating effects of Hurricanes Luis and Marilyn, Lou stayed
the course by not abandoning the BVI, but rebuilt The Jolly
The first awards dinner
in 1989 was organized under the leadership of Delma Maduro. Three
awards were given that year. 1989 Business of the Year, Baskin In
The Sun, 1989 Hospitality Business of the Year, Moorings and the
1989 Businessperson of the Year Award went to Roosevelt Smith,
Modern Construction, Ltd.
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