Cacique Award Finalists Announced

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Cacique 2013Ministry of Tourism Permanent Secretary Dr. Patricia Rogers and Bahamas Hotel Association President Stuart Bowe have announced the finalists for the Cacique Awards following a review by independent selection committees for BHA and the Ministry of an impressive slate of nominees submitted by the public and BHA members.

“There is general agreement that this year provided one of the strongest groups of nominees that we’ve had in recent years,” said Dr. Patricia Rodgers, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism. “In fact, there were a number of nominees whose accomplishments were so varied and equally outstanding that they were considered in more than one category.  We thank the general public for their efforts.”

President Bowe echoed those sentiments adding “We are pleased to recognize individuals in the industry for outstanding contributions to the development of tourism in the Bahamas through exceptional performance.  Those chosen for recognition exemplify the service and the spirit of our hospitality business.   We congratulate all those individuals who were nominated and applaud their companies for recognizing their talent.”

The top honors will be announced and presented at the Cacique Awards and People’s Choice Music Program – an outstanding event planned for January 27th at the Wyndham’s Rainforest Theatre.

The finalists for the 15th Cacique Awards are:

Employee of the Year

Donna Johnson
Housekeeper
British Colonial Hilton

Charlessa Rolle
Guest Services Representative
Wyndham Nassau Resort

Alva Wilbert “Bert” Adderley
Water Activities
Cape Santa Maria Resort

Supervisor of the Year

Sharacha Frazier-McDonald
Guest Services Representative Supervisor,
British Colonial Hilton

Renardo Sweeting
Bell, Luggage & Transportation Asst. Manager
Grand Lucayan Resort

Tia Duncombe
Revenue Manager
Comfort Suites

Manager of the Year

Ricardo Brown
Housekeeping & Public Space Director,
Atlantis

Lynn O. P. Johnson
Catering and Convention Services,
Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort

Mark Rolle
Property Services Director,
British Colonial Hilton

Sales Supervisor of the Year

Shantillya C. Sands
Director of Sales,
Comfort Suites

Desiree Moxey
Catering & Convention Services Director,
Wyndham Nassau Resort

Chef of the Year

Elijah Bowe
Chef
Graycliff Restaurant

Devin Johnson
Executive Chef
Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort

Cheryl McKenzie
Executive Sous Chef,
British Colonial Hilton

Transportation

Paul Sydney Levarity
Bimini
Airport Services Agent

Capt. Jack Stuart
Nassau
Mailboat Captain

Capt. Eugene Munroe
Nassau
Harbour Pilot

Human Resources Development

Candace Key
Abaco
Reef Etiquette Brochure

Janelle Cambridge
Tourism Studies Instructor,
Anatol Rodgers High School

Carolyn Hanna-Major
Director, Human Resources,
Sandals Royal Bahamian

Sports, Leisure & Events

Andra Charles Smith
Andros
Bonefish Guide

Bonefish “Ebbie” David
Bimini
Bonefish Guide

Malcolm Spicer
Abaco
Event Planner

Creative Arts

Jamaal Rolle
Nassau
Artist

Merton Thompson
Andros
Fabric Designer

Maria Govan
Nassau
Filmmaker

Sustainable Tourism

UNEXSO
Grand Bahama-Dive Operator

Candace Key
Abaco
Reef Etiquette Brochure

Bimini Biological Field Station
Bimini
Shark Lab

Minister’s Award for Hospitality

Arnold Roy Rodgers
Manager, VIP Services LPIA,
Kerzner International

Elliott Green
Mangrove Cay Inn,
Andros

Paul Sydney Levarity
Bimini
Airport Services Agent

PEOPLE’S CHOICE MUSIC AWARDS

Gospel
Terrence Forbes
Caribbean Medley

Adrian Edgecombe
& Harvest Generation
Overcomer (Israel’s & Song)

Terez Davis
Let Us Sing Hallelujah

Secular

Dillion McKenzie
Da Gaulin Song

Dillon McKenzie
Dog Don’t Bark at Parked Car

Puzzle
Jobless

The BHA awards program was initiated in 1987 in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Bahamas Hotel Association.  At that time BHA commissioned Bahamian artist Quentin Minnis to create the Duho, which has become the symbol of the Cacique Award.

In 1995, the Ministry of Tourism and BHA announced the establishment of the Cacique Awards – a merging of the Ministry’s awards with the BHA awards to create a new program designed to recognize the role played in national life by those individuals who make particularly valuable contributions to the growth and development of tourism in the Bahamas.

“We commend the Ministry of Tourism for taking this awards program to new heights and helping to make it one of the most prestigious national honors one can receive” states President Bowe.  The organizations thanked their respective selection committees, the Ministry’s Blue Ribbon Committee Chaired by Mr. Antonius Roberts and the BHA Selection Committee Chaired by Ms. Barbara Hanna-Cox.

Bahamas Hotel Association (BHA)