#Providenciales, June 6, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Five young, prominent Turks and Caicos residents have been selected by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) to participate in the upcoming Young Leaders’ Forum, set to take place on June 21- 23, 2019 in Miami, Florida.
The CHTA, which is the parent organization to all regional National Hotel & Tourism associations (including the TCHTA), is excited to welcome Tanya Williams – Revenue Manager of The Somerset at Grace Bay, Karen King – Human Resources Manager of Point Grace, Snjezana Andrews – Proprietor of Clearwater Capital, Sonia Simmons – Member Associate of the TCHTA and Judith Guerrier of The Shore Club to this People Development Initiative program.
These ladies will join other young leaders from across the Caribbean region as the inaugural class of the Young Leaders’ Forum and will embark on a year-long journey which begins with their attendance at the upcoming Caribbean Hospitality Industry Exchange Forum (CHIEF) at the Hyatt Regency Miami.
“I am so proud of these ladies for being selected by the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association to participate in their regional Young Leaders’ Forum,” said an excited Stacy Cox, CEO of the TCHTA. “This opportunity will allow them to engage with industry leaders through a series of discussions, learning opportunities and engagements.
This great opportunity brings with it growth for the destination as these ladies will be able to attend CHTA meetings, and be part of both regional and local mentorship programs.” Cox said.
Earlier this year the CHTA announced that they were looking for candidates above a supervisory level that were between the ages of 25-45 years old with proven leadership skills and a passion for the hospitality industry to join the Young Leaders’ Forum. Turks and Caicos was able to secure 5 of the 21 Young Leaders’ spots in the Caribbean.
The proprietor of Clearwater Capital Ltd. Snjezana Andrews said that she is looking forward to making her contribution a member of the inaugural class of this forum. “I am honored to be one of the few lucky selectees to take part in this great initiative that will allow me to learn, evolve, and develop in this Industry.” She said, “My goal is to one day own and manage my own high-end Resort Property and to be given the opportunity to rub shoulders while learning from some of the most prominent and brightest leaders in the Caribbean Tourism community is an opportunity that is far beyond words.”
Among the benefits, the five local candidates will be responsible for spearheading quarterly discussions on leadership matters and industry topics. They will engage in mentorship programs with past CHTA presidents, Directors Emeritus, and senior leaders.
TCHTA Member Associate Sonia Simmons also commented on her selection. “The idea of having accessibility to the great minds that make tourism in our region work as well as it does is truly exciting for me,” She said, “This industry is a remarkable one, and there are so many facets to explore. Being a part of the wider picture and having the opportunity to see things through a different lens is invaluable. I am honoured to have been chosen, and I look forward to using everything I will learn to be a part of the continued success of brand Turks and Caicos.”
The group will be eligible to attend all CHTA Committee meetings and will have the opportunity to shadow individuals in leadership positions throughout the Caribbean region. At the end of their one-year-term, each participant will provide a published case study on leadership.