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Kenneth (Ken) Hutton is a Bahamas-based business consultant with years of experience leading and advising some of the country’s leading businesses. He has extensive experience over a wide range of industries including construction and building materials, wholesale and retail, logistics and distribution, shipping and maritime services along with import and export expertise spanning the globe.

Mr. Hutton’s primary role has been in SME reorganizations and mergers and acquisitions having acquired or led the acquisition of over twenty companies since 1996. Mr. Hutton has travelled globally for his companies including throughout North, Central and South America, the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Russia and multiple times into China as far as Mongolia.

Mr. Hutton has deep ties to the local community having served as a director of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce four different times and as President of the Grand Bahama Chamber of Commerce for two consecutive terms. He also served as the first Chairman of the Grand Bahama License Advisory Committee. He is current a director of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Hutton has been active rugby player serving as Head Coach of the Bahamas National Rugby Team in addition to serving as President of the Freeport Rugby Football Club and as a Director of the Bahamas Rugby Union for two years.

Mr. Hutton is member of the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants and is a director and Treasurer of the Bahamas sub-chapter.

Ruth Saunders is a Director of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce where she also serves on the Education Committee/ Publications.

Mrs. Saunders has been involved in many areas of Abaco’s activities for the past 16 years. She has been the Coordinator for Regatta Time in Abaco for most of those years, is on the Finance Committee of Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue, is the Secretary of MH/SC local government sub-committee, is a committee member of the All Abaco Agri-Expo and assists with the annual fund-raising Pink Rose Bowl Ball Committee.

She has owned the Abaco Print Shop for more that 10 years and has published the Destination Abaco magazine that promotes Abaco even longer. She recently acquired the Abaco Signs and Embroidery business. She began as a graphic artist and also has a teaching degree. She taught in Nassau for 11 years before moving to Abaco. She is dedicated to make Abaco a better place.

Since moving from the capital and making Abaco her home in 2009, Brenda has a yearning to see the community of Abaco grow and prosper. She has held the position of Director of Finance at The Abaco Club on Winding Bay for some 5 years, and is currently the Director of Finance for both Schooner Bay Ventures and Talcove Construction. Her finance career has span the banking industry with Barclays Bank and ship management with Navios Ship Management, before moving into the country's #1 industry - hospitality, with the Atlantis and One and Only Ocean Club, both on Paradise Island. Her financial expertise include hotels, condo-hotels, timeshare, condominium, home owner and property owner associations, and construction.

A graduate of Saint Augustine's College Nassau, she holds an Associate Degree from the College of the Bahamas, (now University of the Bahamas) and a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a Finance major, from Nova Southeastern University, Florida and a Certified Hospitality Accountant Executive (C.H.A.E.) designation from the Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (H.F.T.P.)

Brenda also has a passion for credit union movements, and has served on the board of directors for the Bahama Islands Resort and Casinos Cooperative Credit Union (BIRCCCU) for over 10 years.

  • Graduated Head Girl, SAC Nassau, Bahamas 1971
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City Associated Trained in perfume and cosmetology in Paris, France

  • Owned & Operated Cafe' De Vidi in Venice, Italy 1975-1981
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Owned & Operated London Pacesetter & Gone Bananas clothing boutiques on GBI for over 20 years
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Nassau Cruises Purchasing Manager, Nassau, Bahamas
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Trained & Licensed Sivananda Yoga Instructor, P. I. Nassau

  • Licensed real estate sales agent for Dunmore Reality Limited

Currently:

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Sales, Marketing, Product Development & Distribution Abaco Neem Ltd.
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Deputy Abaco Chamber of Commerce

  • Life Practitioner, Care Giver, Humanitarian
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And according to my husband, a wonderful wife!

David Ralph began his years in The Bahamas when he went to Grand Bahama in 1957 as a young man working for the lumber operation at North Riding Point. He began his Abaco experiences in 1959 when the lumber operation moved to Snake Cay.

After Owens Illinois left Abaco, Mr. Ralph purchased a small marina in Hope Town. During his 12 years there he gained valuable insights into the fledgling but growing tourism industry as he managed second home properties, some of which were rented to guests.

Remarks made by a government official directed at Abaco’s second homeowners caused Mr. Ralph put together a four-page report on the positive impact these properties have had on the Abaco economy and its growth. Elements of this report are often quoted by government officials in encouraging similar investments elsewhere in The Bahamas.

The Ralphs moved to Marsh Harbour where they began The Abaconian newspaper and published it for 18 years providing it free to all settlements on Abaco.

Mr. Ralph and his wife have been associated with the popular summer Regatta Time in Abaco race series since the mid-1970s, and he is currently the event’s commodore. The Ministry of Tourism awarded the Ralph’s its coveted Cacique award as a tourism leader. He is currently a member of the Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire Department having served since 1987.

Mr. Ralph has always been community-minded. He was part of the initial efforts of a Chamber in the mid 1970s and is . He is presently a Director of the Abaco Chamber of Commerce.

St. George Riviere First arrived on Abaco in July 1965.

Employed by L.T.D. Surveying & Engineering as a Land Surveyor, was transferred to Freeport, Grand Bahama in September 1970 as Manager of the company’s Grand Bahama operations with responsibilities for Abaco, Bimini, Grand Bahama and Andros.

Relocated to Abaco in August 1979 with same responsibilities. In 1994, Riviere & Associates was established in Abaco, to provide land and engineering surveys and related services. The company opened an office in the Freeport, Grand Bahama area in 1996, providing services to communities from Grand Bahama to Inagua.

Personally performed surveys on all Bahamian Islands with the exception of Ragged Island. Presently semi-retired.
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