Fellow Toastmasters, I have been nominated by the International Leadership Committee (ILC) of Toastmasters International as a candidate for International Director, Region 8.
I have gained considerable leadership and communication training since I joined Toastmasters 30 years ago and I am indebted to this organization. Additionally, the exposure I’ve had professionally in the insurance sector of the financial services industry for the past 33 years has developed my critical thinking and strategic planning skills thereby preparing me for an opportunity such as this.
Professionally, I’m an Executive Financial Services Representative with Colina Insurance Company in The Bahamas. I am a recognized expert in the areas of Life and Health Insurance and Employee Benefits.
I am a Life Member of the prestigious Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), headquartered in Illinois, MDRT is considered the hallmark of excellence in the insurance industry globally. I’ve also served on the Executive Management Committee of MDRT as a Provisional Vice President. I have experience in team building and leadership, budgeting and fiscal management and sales forecasting and setting targets, training and human resource development, advising on new product development and product & procedures manuals. Additionally, I am the co-founder of a growing independent Insurance Brokerage Agency in Nassau, Bahamas with 8 years of operation. I have also served on the board of my church for several years. This varied exposure has prepared me to make a positive contribution to the Board of Directors and its strategic approach to realizing exponential growth in Toastmasters.
In addition to having a broad prospective of and deep appreciation for cultural and ethnic diversity, I have a deep love for and personal indebtedness to Toastmasters. Its 4 core values are consistent with the values instilled in me since my birth, by which I’m guided daily. The knowledge and leadership experience acquired over the years in Toastmasters have transcended to my professional life immeasurably. It has given me the ability to search for creative and effective ways to eliminate barriers and bring about positive improvements in myself and others. I would be thrilled by the opportunity to contribute to the further growth and development of our members globally, as well as the strategic direction of our organization from the board level. This is why I am inspired to serve as an International Director.
Outside of Toastmasters and work, I find balance by giving back to my community through volunteer community service. Additionally, I maintain a healthy mind and body through my two main hobbies of photography and long-distance running. My faith and my family which includes my wife of 34 years and our 2 daughters factor heavily in my list of priorities.
I look forward to speaking to many of you in the months ahead so, please take a moment to write a comment or let me know if there’s anyway perhaps I can contribute to your personal journey in Toastmasters.