Bevan is an award-winning journalist and seasoned public relations professional. He has worked as the North American correspondent of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union and contributed for media houses such as the Caribbean Media Corporation, the Caribbean Broadcasting Corporation, and Saint Lucia’s Radio 100.
He is well known to the Caribbean Diaspora in the New York tri-state area, having hosted several radio programmes, including the weekly five-hour, radio show, “The Caribbean in Five” on 1190 AM WLIB in New York.
A weekly columnist with New York’s renowned Amsterdam News, Bevan’s international reach includes contributions to the Trinidad Guardian, BBC World Service, New York Daily News, 1600 AM WWRL, UN Radio, and WNBC-TV in New York. As former North American editor of the Barbados Advocate, Bevan spent several years covering the United Nations where he served as editor of The Islander publication, covering the 1994 Barbados Small Islands Conference, the 1995 Copenhagen Social Summit and the 1995 Women’s Conference in Beijing. For the past decade, he has produced the popular Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx), designed to improve the quality of media coverage of sustainable tourism in the Caribbean.
A former national tennis player of Barbados, Bevan has worked as a sports reporter with the Barbados Nation and Barbados Advocate newspapers.
He is a member of New York’s Christian Cultural Center, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Association of Black Journalists and United Nations Correspondents Association. He is an alumnus of Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific in British Columbia, Canada – a member of the United World Colleges’ (UWC) network, and sits on the Leadership Council for the International Institute for Tourism Studies and the Masters of Tourism Administration Program at The George Washington University School of Business.
Recipient of a diploma in public relations from the University of the West Indies and a guest lecturer in public relations at New York University, Bevan has received awards from New York’s City Council, the Council of Barbadian Organizations in New York, BWIA West Indies Airways and the Caribbean Hotel Association. In the summer of 2010, he was conferred with honorary Jamaican citizenship by the Jamaica Consulate in New York, and in June this year, he received the 2012 The Marcella Martinez Award for strengthening the marketing programmes of Caribbean destinations.
Gail Moaney, APR
Gail L. Moaney, APR, is founding managing partner and director of Finn Partners’ Travel/Lifestyle Practice. Gail has over 20 years of experience in agency and corporate public relations and in television broadcasting, implementing communications programs for destinations, transportation companies, hotels and resorts, and economic development entities worldwide. She oversees a group of 50 communications professionals servicing clients which have included Air France KLM, Air Jamaica, Barbados Tourism Authority, Cruise Lines International Association, Denihan Hospitality Group, Ecuador Travel, EL AL Israel Airlines, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Grace Foods, Greater Fort Lauderdale, Hilton Worldwide, Hotelbeds, Hotels.com, Hyundai Hope on Wheels, I Love New York, Jamaica Tourist Board, and South African Airways.
Gail held the position of chief of communications for the State of Ohio Department of Economic Development, managing radio, television and print communications for tourism, international trade, science and technology, and business development. Earlier, she spent 12 years in broadcasting as a producer and executive producer for NBC/WRC-TV, PBS (Public Broadcasting System) and Warner Amex Cable Communications.
A fine arts graduate of Howard University, Gail holds an MA degree from American University in broadcasting production and management. An accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), she has been a member of the Board of Directors of PRSA NY since 1995. She is a member of the Travel & Tourism Research Association; The Caribbean Tourism Organization; Women in Communications Inc.; and the Hotel Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI). She is also an allied member of the American Society of Travel Agents.
Awards and honors include PRSA’s McEachern and Prism Award; International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)’s Gold Quill Award; National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS)’s Emmy Awards; HSMAI Adrian Awards; Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) MarCom Creative Award; and Travel Weekly’s Magellan Awards. She was also the recipient of Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business Award.
Gail currently sits on the boards of the New York Urban League, the American Foundation for The University of The West Indies and the Lagrant Foundation. She has served as a Board Member for Counterpart International and Opportunities Industrialization Centers of America. She is an adjunct professor in the Marketing and Public Relations Department of New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Dr. Basil Springer
Dr. Basil Springer has more than 40 years of Project Management experience primarily in the areas of Agricultural Development, Tourism, Tourism Linkages and Enterprise Development. He is a Director of the Caribbean Media Exchange on Sustainable Tourism (CMEx). He was a Management Consulting pioneer (1977) and now leads the charge with the private sector-led Caribbean Business Enterprise Trust Inc. (CBET) to franchise The CBET Shepherding Model™ as a necessary and sufficient strategy for sustainable economic development in small states and emerging nations. He currently promotes the ManoBiz Matrix™ as an action planning and gap analysis tool for start-up businesses. Dr. Springer trained as a mathematician, statistician and operations research scientist in Jamaica, Wales and London, England. He received a Princess Royal Scholarship to pursue undergraduate studies at the University of the West Indies, Mona where he earned a BSc in Mathematics; he earned an MSc in Statistics at the University of College of Wales, Aberystwyth; and received a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue Doctoral studies and holds a PhD. in Statistics and Operations Research from the Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London. A weekly newspaper columnist with the Barbados Advocate since 1993, Dr. Springer was awarded the Order of Barbados (Gold Crown of Merit) from the Government of Barbados in 2000.
Greta E. Andzenge
Spending her childhood sailing the islands of the Caribbean Sea inspired and nurtured, in Greta Andzenge, a passion for sustainable tourism development in the Caribbean and Latin American regions. Her wide exposure, varied experiences, and intimate local knowledge, collected over a decade, allowed Greta to share the beauty of the Caribbean and of its people and their aspirations with the world.
Early in her career, Greta was a key member of an international travel wholesaler specializing in the Caribbean. Steering the company from start-up through to market viability, Greta directed international sales, product development, and relationship management. Greta’s consummate professionalism led her to the coordination and direction of re-branding campaigns, reviewing and standardizing organizational metrics, managing quality compliance, developing and implementing multi-platform sales, marketing and public relations strategies.
Her multiple organizational skills served her well as chief advisor to key stakeholders and C-suite executives. Her passion for promoting sustainable development extended to non-profit service with agencies supporting local and community development as well as the media. In addition to a BA in Business Administration, Greta holds a Master of Tourism Administration from The George Washington University School of Business.