Who's Who in Business TCI Issue 4

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Issue 4

20222023


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CONTENTS

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6 MESSAGE FROM THE CEO OF THE TURKS & CAICOS HOTEL AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION

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34 ANCY DORISCA TAKING STRING ART TO NEW HEIGHTS

30 THE FOUNDATION TO PIVOT

HOW TO BECOME FINANCIALLY STABLE

18 FINANCIAL PLANNING – INSURANCE FOR WEALTH BUILDING

22 REALISING NEW OPPORTUNITIES: TAKING ON TOMORROW

26 TCREA DEVELOPING NEXT GENERATION OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS 4

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37 $175 MILLION THE STRAND RESORT TO EPITOMIZE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY

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WE ARE LEADING THE WAY TO A CLEANER ENERGY FUTURE

Our executive team: (L-R) Vice President of Corporate Services and CFO Aisha Laporte; Vice President of Grand Turk and Sister Island Operations Allan Robinson; President and CEO Ruth Forbes; Senior Vice President of Operations Devon Cox; Vice President of Engineering and Energy Production and Delivery Don Forsyth (seated); and Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning Rachell Roullet.

In a rapidly evolving electricity sector, energy leaders of today are focused on driving the transformation to cleaner, more sustainable energy sources. At FortisTCI, our purpose and passion are unwavering – to serve our customers, community, and the Turks and Caicos Islands with the safe, reliable, and least-cost electricity they need – whenever and wherever. Every day, we are working towards an energy future that is cleaner, more resilient, reliable, and sustainable.

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CEO NOTES

A MESSAGE FROM THE CEO

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elcome to another exciting opportunity to celebrate the robust business landscape of the Turks and Caicos Islands! Our destination is putting COVID in its rear view, and a reflection of that harrowing period has left us with an enlightening outlook. Much like the note-worthy rebounding of our tourism and real estate sectors, the post-COVID overview of business in Turks and Stacy Cox, CEO of Turks & Caicos Caicos shows that although Hotel and Tourism Association operational momentum slowed, the pandemic gave birth to a new way of doing business and was the catalyst to a fresh crop of businesses led by those who made the brave move to enter the entrepreneurial space. This 4th edition of the Who’s Who in Business TCI magazine looks at how the ‘tomorrow’ of business in Turks and Caicos has been shaped by the crisis of yesterday. Our previous edition paid homage to the professionals who steered the country through to the other side of the pandemic. Now, we look at where we are on the other side - the brighter side – and reflect on the good news. There is no doubt there are new things to discover in these pages. Businesses in Turks and Caicos have begun to think and operate differently. New customer-driven experiences have been adopted, and businesses that have operated for decades have introduced new features in order to adapt and ensure longevity. “The seed must grow regardless of the fact that it is planted in stone.” Business in Turks and Caicos today is a testament to this, and we are excited to see continued growth. I encourage you to take your time and enjoy the magazine, cover to cover. Learn new things about the organizations here. Read the articles and get to know this fresh side of business in Turks and Caicos. We are proud that Who’s Who is the go-to business directory for staying informed and is an essential resource for doing business here. Thanks to our advertisers, writers, and readers. Your continued support is invaluable. We are delighted to bring you this latest edition and I hope you enjoy it.

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FRESH, SERVICE, TRUST Graceway Supermarkets has long been a reliable supplier of fresh produce of the highest quality that our customers can trust. We are extremely proud to have served the Turks & Caicos Islands for nearly 25 years.

A GREAT PLACE TO WORK A great shopping experience is created by having a great team of people. We are very proud to have many employees who have been with us for more than 20 years. As a growing company it’s been highly satisfying to see employees promoted through the ranks to senior positions.

COMMUNITY EFFORTS We have a long and successful history of charitable and community initiatives throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands from disaster relief, scholarships, sports, environmental work, and many other notable deeds. Graceway Communities is the umbrella for all our social and charitable efforts for the good of the TCI. It’s a great pleasure to support the many causes which are supported through our stores.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2021 - 2023

TREVOR MUSGROVE PRESIDENT

MONA BEESON SECRETARY

TAPARAHI TIBBLE VICE PRESIDENT

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STACY COX CEO

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BANKING FINANCE & ECONOMY

HOW TO BECOME FINANCIALLY STABLE

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ast time we spoke about creating and maintaining an emergency fund (see magazine issue #3), but how do we get to that point where we have enough savings to create such a fund? I will share some steps on getting started on the journey to saving money and achieve financial freedom. Having a savings account is as normal as having a job in these times. Many employers require their employees to have at least one savings account for wages to be credited to. You should therefore have experience with having access to an account. Building a good savings relationship with a Bank or Credit Union is always a good idea, especially if you intend to approach them in the future for a mortgage or loan. Large projects often require financial assistance, and it is beneficial to have a good relationship with would-be investors and lenders. Firstly, begin with a specific goal in mind. We can save towards a new car, a home, courses to further our education or any other project that will require more money than we earn each month. Let’s set a goal of saving towards a total of three months of our monthly expenses that we intend to use towards an emergency fund. Here’s a scenario, our client’s name is Mary. She is a millennial, working for just over two years and is ready to get her finances in order and is therefore setting some financial goals. Mary’s net monthly salary is $2,200. Her total monthly expenses are around $1,950. Her goal would be to save at least $5,850 to cover her expenses for a period of three months without an income. She decided $6,000 would be her targeted goal to save and use towards her emergency fund. We can tell right away that Mary’s margins are very thin, and she would need to be very careful with her spending outside of her monthly $1,950 commitments. She has around $250 available to save but let’s not use all of that. Another step towards good saving habits is to save just enough that you will not “miss it” or “feel it” when it is deducted from your salary. I am sure Mary will want to enjoy some of her wages and treat herself from time to time and saving all her disposable income will surely go against that. Financial advisors and bankers usually advocate for saving at least 10% of your salary towards investments and retirement. Some cultures even suggest saving at least 20%. However, in Mary’s case it would be more realistic for her to save 5% ($110 after taxes) of her salary towards her immediate goal. It is important for her

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not to have to dip into her savings for any reason and to be comfortable enough to do this every month. She can always review her situation after a pay raise or if/ when more funds become available after an ongoing projected expense has been paid off. The third step would be to set up a direct salary deduction so the $110 is automatically taken out of her salary and sent to a separate savings only account. Some employers like to limit the number of deductions done per employee so it may be prudent to have the money deducted from the account where her salary is sent to the savings only account. Some financial institutions’ Online Banking platforms allow customers to schedule


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recurring transfers to other accounts. Mary can set up recurring transfers in her Online Banking account and review after a year. This is the best way not to “feel it” when saving. Most people who use this method to save are often pleasantly surprised when they receive their quarterly-annual statements and see their savings total. It is all about comfort and consistency when it comes to being successful at saving towards your financial goals. After just one year, Mary would have saved $1,320 (plus interest) without even “feeling it” and would be well on her way to achieving her goal in another three years or so. Remember, these figures are just examples, and we

could always adjust where needed to have a more suited outcome.

This is how we get started: 1: Have a financial goal in mind 2: Save 5%-10% of your total salary (After taxes) 3: Have your savings deducted directly from your salary into a savings only account 4: Analyse your finances and savings annually and adjust accordingly. Save more as more funds become available.

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Leonard Patrick Chief Financial Officer

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INSURANCE

FINANCIAL PLANNING – INSURANCE FOR WEALTH BUILDING Critical illness policies, health insurance, and personal accident products are some insurance covers that provide for treatment cost or financial relief for predetermined illnesses, medical conditions, bodily injury, and disability.

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nvestment, asset acquisition, and owning a business are a few of the options that come to mind when we think about building wealth. However, very few persons think about protecting their wealth and income, or the contribution insurance can make to their financial portfolio. Insurance is one of the most cost-effective methods to build, protect, preserve, and transfer your wealth. BUILD: There are several types of life insurance products that build cash value over time which can be encashed, borrowed, or used as collateral. Some provide flexibility to invest in various funds

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that accelerate your returns and tax incentives are also provided in many jurisdictions. Pension plans can provide lump sum payments or annuities at retirement. Living and survivor benefits are available for beneficiaries. PROTECT & PRESERVE: It is joyous to reap the fruits of our labour, be that as it may, adverse unforeseen events can steal that joy and create mayhem. Insurance can help to minimize this as follows: •

Protect physical assets: Reimbursement for loss or damage due to natural disasters, fire, accidents of various kinds, theft, and burglary.


INSURANCE purpose, professional indemnity, general liability, bonds, employers’ liability, and public liability products are utilized as appropriate. PROTECT YOUR FAMILY AND LOVED ONES: This probably strikes an emotional chord with most persons. We want our children to go to college, provide financial stability for our family, and perhaps a family home among other things. However, the main income earner or earners may encounter unforeseen circumstances that can shatter the beautiful dream. Several covers previously described assist in building and preserving income and wealth for the betterment of your loved ones. PROTECTION IN THE DIGITAL SPACE: Almost all transactions now take place within the digital arena. This can expose us to phenomenal financial losses that can occur within seconds. Ranging from identity theft, credit card or bank fraud, exposure of personal information, loss of access to software and networks, data breaches, reputational damage, the list is virtually endless. The objective is to carry out a malicious cyber act often for financial gain. Cyber liability insurance protects businesses from costs associated with data breach, malicious software attack and other cyber risks. Standard coverage may include three elements as below:

Protect income: Insurance can compensate for business income interruption (rental or profit, standing charges, wages payable) due to loss of, or damage to physical asset insured. There is also “keyman” life insurance that helps a business to replace lost revenue due to the death of the key person.

PROTECT HEALTH AND WELLBEING: Our ability to earn or preserve income can be impaired if we fall ill. Health cost is a leading cause of bankruptcy in some countries. Critical illness policies, health insurance, and personal accident products are some insurance covers that provide for treatment cost or financial relief for predetermined illnesses, medical conditions, bodily injury, and disability. PROTECT YOURSELF AND BUSINESS FROM LEGAL LIABILITIES TO THIRD PARTIES (OTHERS) AND FIDUCIARY OBLIGATIONS: Some of these obligations are prescribed by law or regulations. However, you can also be held liable for amounts above the regulatory limit. Costly legal services may be required to defend frivolous suits or alternately a high award for damages could be levied against you. Insurance can assist in defraying costs and possibly avoidance of bankruptcy and reputational damage. For this

• Third party liability risks (data breach resulting in exposure, loss, or denial of access to personal or corporate stakeholders, information) • Administrative procedures (regulatory fines and investigation costs) • First party coverage (crisis management costs, cyber extortion costs). These products are highly customizable based on type of industry, size of account and unique risk characteristics. TRANSFER YOUR WEALTH: Insurance is a costeffective method of providing generational wealth when we can pass on a tax-free lump sum to our beneficiaries. Persons with large estates often include life insurance as a tool to cover the cost of tax liabilities that can arise in the transfer of properties. Life or creditor life insurance benefits can also be utilized to settle outstanding loans and liabilities as well as final expenses and therefore free the estate of financial burdens or undue hardships. Have a conversation with your insurance provider to determine what covers suit your needs. Lack of preparation can leave us in financial ruin. However, a solid plan ensures that insurance is in place when we need it most.

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ECONOMY

REALISING NEW OPPORTUNITIES: TAKING ON TOMORROW “As an entrepreneur, I believe in designing and building systems that meet the overall needs of an advertising agency.

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NNOVATION, convenience and adding value to the Turks and Caicos Islands’ luxury brand, Paradise Ports Advertising is setting the standard for world class advertising on these shores. With few customers and limited competition, Mr. Sean Bassett, Chief Executive of Paradise Ports Advertising stepped out on faith over a decade ago – setting up one of the first Turks and Caicos Islander owned advertising firms in these Beautiful by Nature Islands. It was not just advertising that interested him, Mr. Bassett saw a niche market and went after it with zeal: airport advertising. An environment like no other, the airport is a place where people are positive, excited, receptive, and where advertising is part of the journey. For decades, airport advertising has been one of the most reliable and effective forms of out of home advertising. From reach to audience to receptivity, the medium ranks near the top of nearly every measure. But here in Turks and Caicos Islands not much has changed in this area, and during the pandemic Mr. Bassett saw an opportunity to revitalise the islands’ airports, positioning the country to bounce back better than before after the forced closure of airports around the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A Request for Proposals (RFP) had been issued by the Turks and Caicos Islands Airport Authority (TCIAA) for the airport advertising contract in 2021. Months of strategic planning, submissions and inperson presentations ensued, culminating in the TCIAA granting Paradise Ports Advertising a multiyear contract to uphold, expand, and improve the advertising experience in the country’s international airports in Providenciales and Grand Turk. “As an entrepreneur, I believe in designing and building systems that meet the overall needs of an advertising agency. We have a system for sales, marketing, airport tours, customer service, and much more,” the CEO said. He added: “This strategy limits the risks involved in this kind of venture and sets us up for longevity and profitability.”

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Proof of airport advertising’s success is detailed in Nielsen Airport Insights Study 2018, which reports that 42% of frequent flyers will visit a website or store after seeing a brand’s airport ad. 90% of travellers likely to shop at a brand’s brick and mortar location after seeing an airport ad, while one in five say they have bought an item they saw advertised in the airport. Paradise Ports Advertising has revamped the infrastructure in both terminals, improving the quality of ads, adding larger screens with higher resolutions, and a dashboard that supplies airport arrivals and departure data. One of the agency’s first steps was enabling the use of Quick Response (QR) Codes in specific areas in the airport terminals. A quick scan of the code results in the user having immediate access to a website or landing page that provides more information about the product or service, and even discounts or special offers. This automated digital strategy will connect with many other advertising channels to make the most of the captive audience at airports. The introduction of a 150inch video wall and a digital network with 4k screens in the Providenciales Airport arrivals terminal heads the digital approach. Bassett has his sights set on a different concept for the departure lounge, one which incorporates a window and column wrap. Additionally, there are also concepts that will incorporate the use of floral backdrops featuring native flowers. The installation of standing ads, a digital screen network, and other modern upgrades at the JAGS McCartney International Airport in Grand Turk, the island’s main port of entry is poised to take on a livelier, more colourful appearance. The aesthetic upgrades to the Grand Turk airport fall in line with the TCIAA’s strategic redevelopment plan for the country’s ports, with the government signaling its intention to apply for certification that will allow larger airlines to call into the nation’s airport, opening up more opportunities for the capital.


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Mr. Bassett believes that the agency’s advertising programme plays a vital role in the overall representation of product delivery of not just the airports, but the country’s luxury brand. The CEO said the agency’s comprehensive advertising scheme is key to welcoming travelers back to the islands. “I see our advertising programmes becoming

trendsetters across the Caribbean and on par with other major airports globally through continued investment, innovation, and improved software.”Connecting TCI businesses to the world is the company's goal, identical to its parent company, Connect Digital Marketing, a marketing firm of which Mr. Bassett is also the sole proprietor.

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REAL ESTATE

TCREA DEVELOPING NEXT GENERATION OF REAL ESTATE Professionals With Mentorship Programme

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he future of the real estate landscape in this island chain appears it will be in good hands, thanks to the Turks and Caicos Real Estate Association (TCREA), which, in the spring, launched its Mentorship Programme. The initiative is geared to equip the next generation of real estate professionals in the country, as this territory continues to be a pulling card among international travelers and people seeking all kinds of opportunities here. The Mentorship Programme is the brainchild of TCREA’s Ambassador Trevor Musgrove, who is also President of the Turks & Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association (TCHTA). The programme began in May, after all the applications were vetted and the individuals chosen. Musgrove explained that at the end of the training, students would undergo a mock exam, from which they would attain their ‘real estate license’. The Programme encapsulates high school students between the ages of 14 to 17. Under the initiative, 10 students were chosen for the first year, and are slated to learn the basic principles of the real estate market, what makes the market tick as well as the procedures for selling a property on the high and low end. The applicants chosen from the inaugural slate of real estate mentees are: Dashawn Brooks and Alyssa Callum from the Clement Howell High school; Olique Stubbs and Lewis Walkin, Jr. from the Raymond Gardiner High; Aniyah Bovie of Precious Treasures; Shamya Missick from the Maranatha Academy; Pavla Lalakova and Andino Parker from the British West Indies Collegiate; Abnise Noel and Antoine Gedeon from the Louise Garland Thomas High. Under the initiative the students will have a monthly educational module and inperson sessions with their mentors where they put their real estate acumen to the test in interactive sessions, field trips, and more.

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REAL ESTATE number one industry, and we know that real estate is just taking off. So, to provide our students with hands on experience is more than welcomed, as it would facilitate an easy transition into the real estate field.” She said the Internship and Apprenticeship Policy, which cabinet approved and passed in the House of Assembly, would provide opportunities for Turks and Caicos Islands Community College, as well as students studying overseas, to directly aligned with their skillset in the areas of study, during school breaks.

Manfred Smith The mentees are engaged in several real estate activities, including attending open house scenarios, to see what they entail. Musgrove described the programme as an exciting one for him, stating that it was very personal, since he believes that mentorship is the key to developing young people. “I believe this programme will be a one-ofa-kind opportunity for high school students to experience this booming real estate industry,” he said. Programme mentor Manfred Smith of Sotheby’s Turks & Caicos said he was elated that TCREA has launched such an inspiring initiative. “We are excited about providing this opportunity to introduce high school students to the real estate industry. From the initial feedback, the students are also very keen to learn, which makes it rewarding for all as we contribute to the development of tomorrow's professionals,” Smith said. In supporting the venture, Minister of Education Hon. Rachel Taylor that the TCREA Mentorship Programme

woud give country’s youth a great opportunity at learning mode of operation of the real estate field from a young age. “I am sure that many people would hear us speak about our Youth Policy that as recently passed. We are so grateful for the opportunity to partner, and the reason being is that it affords our students the opportunity to gain from the mentorship programme,” Taylor explained. She said the programme was more that welcome because it would seek to address parts of the National Skills Audit gap. “When we look at the National Skills Audit of 2017, it speaks to a sub-skill gap within our students. It speaks to the gap in critical thinking, team building, analytical skills, communication, customer services. And when I looked at the outline of the (TCREA Mentorship) programme I was quite pleased, and we did not hesitate to endorse it. “I like the idea of this programme because tourism is indeed our

Jasmine Thomas, Director of Youth Affairs also hailed the programme, saying that it was timely. “We want to develop not just resilient youth, but we also want to develop youth, where we are co-creating their futures in order to be productive citizens within the Turks and Caicos Islands. And I think the best way we can do that is to mentor the youth,” she said. Blair McPherson of Remax, and who has been in local real estate for the past 21 years, referred to the initiative as a great opportunity for him to serve Turks and Caicos Islands even more, calling it a ‘flagship programme for the youth’. He said the programme would encourage young people to participate in what he has deemed ‘a wonderful career’ for him in the TCI. “I would be excited to pass on my expertise and what I have learnt in the Turks and Caicos Islands over the past 21 years, and hopefully help the youth to make it their career…I am excited about it,” he said. TCREA said it hopes that the Mentorship Programme will garner interest and appreciation for the industry among high-schoolers and will act as springboard to the development of the next generation of local real estate professionals in these islands. Who’s Who in Business TCI

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EDUCATION

THE FOUNDATION TO PIVOT In March 2020 much of the world was forced to shut down. The effects of COVID19 at that point were unpredictable and we could not even imagine what coming out of this period would look like.

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ast forward two and a half years later, many of us, including myself, have had to add the word ‘pivot’ to our vocabulary. In addition to the health, emotional, and financial challenges that few have been immune to, we have also experienced how quickly our ‘normal’ can change and how essential it is to be able to pivot. As a mother, as an educator, and as a trainer, I often found myself reflecting on how we can prepare our children to pivot. With what skills do we need to equip them to help them pivot in an unpredictable future? The answer to my question is: good foundational skills. These skills have always been key to becoming a successful adult. We have often focused primarily

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on the essential building blocks of reading, writing and arithmetic, but I challenge you to expand your definition of ‘good foundational skills’. We must include social emotional development. Let’s think of reading, writing and arithmetic as the skills that are built on the first few levels of a high rise building that are needed in order for any other skills or levels to be added. Although these first few levels are very important, we cannot underestimate the foundation that goes into the ground even before we can focus on these first few levels. This foundation is the core health of the building, and its strength is essential to continue adding and supporting other levels. Examples of these social emotional skills, the extra


EDUCATION foundational skills, are listening, cooperating, problem solving, and so on. Studies have linked social emotional skills in early childhood to future success. If children are helpful, develop resilience, share, cooperate, have grit, listen well, and resolve conflicts together in early childhood, they are likely to continue to build on these skills as they age. The good news about these foundational skills is that they can be taught. We are often extremely intentional about developing the academic skills of our children but expect the social emotional skills to develop on their own. If we want our children to be good communicators, work well with others, be creative problem solvers, be productive, be able to manage and resolve conflicts, be resilient, we need to look for everyday opportunities to teach them these skills.

These opportunities must go beyond the classrooms and into our homes and communities. In helping our children to develop their social emotional skills, we will not only be preparing them for academic success and the ability to pivot, but also for success in workplace. As our children get older and enter the workforce, they will begin to see that although their IQ (Intelligence Quotient) is important and will often be what affords them initial opportunities, their EQ / EI (Emotional Quotient/ Emotional Intelligence) will likely be what drives their ability to get promotions and continuously thrive in the workplace. As you continue to help your children develop those social emotional skills as an important foundation, know that in doing so you are giving them the tools they will need to be able to ‘pivot’ their way to success.

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ENTREPRENEURSHIP

ANCY DORISCA TAKING STRING ART TO NEW HEIGHTS

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n the landscape of visual art, string art is touted amongst the most intricate, but such task is not complex enough to daunt the mega-talented Ancy Dorisca from taking on such a challenge. String art, or pin and thread art, characterized by an arrangement of colored thread strung between points to arrange symmetrical patterns, which brings to life the creativity of the artist. This can range from human, a ship's sails, an animal or a scenery. Dorisca, who described himself as a sculptural string artist, instead of needles, he works with nails and strings on a wooden backboard. “The art that I do is surrealism,” he said. “That is my main art, I love the surrealness of it, because it is taking familiar objects and strings them together in unfamiliar ways but bringing them together is so unorthodox” After falling in love with visual art from a very young age, Dorisca was not happy with the narrow variety of artistry he was seeing, and so decided to challenge himself with this complex occupation. “When I was younger, I always loved art, two of my favourite artists are Caravaggio and Salvador Dalí. I am a big proponent of artist rendering their style and uniqueness in their pieces and therefore I have an appreciation of the myriad of beach scenery I see around me. At this point, Dorisca is the only on string artist, specializing in what he described as ‘Surrealism’, in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

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“When it comes to the work that I do, you won’t find it anywhere else on island because to the level of intricacy it demands and the contrasting colours I use are unique,” he remarked. “To the naked eye it looks simple, where you put some nails here and put some strings around them and connect the dots, but it is far more complex than that. When it comes to string art, my development process is that the design comes first, and you have to design it to a certain size that you want to make the complete piece.


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“Everything has to be planned ahead of time, you can’t just go and improvise on the fly. You have to design to a specific size. No matter what the subject matter is, you have to design it a certain way because you are dealing with a 3-dimensional object. It cannot be drawn too realistically or bland, as the finished product would not be appeasing because you have got all the perceptions wrong,” Dorisca explained. He pointed out that when it comes to string art, there are important points that the nails must be positioned to get the correct imagery. Dorisca says he is encouraged by the level of feedback from the public regarding his work. So far, he has staged one exhibition, which said exceeded his expectation.

That show, he said, has spurred him to seek to stage other exhibitions. “I have already done a show on Providenciales in May 2022, which was called vertical, and the reception was good. It was a small show that I held at TRIBE, and it went much better than I expected. I received assistance from other artists, some of them contributed their pieces, and it was a phenomenal show. “I plan to do another one by the end of this year, along with showing my pieces at other galleries as well as entering international show,” he said. “Right now, I have a lot of clients that are Europeans and some Americans. But I would like to branch out more a little bit beyond that. And I would also like to present my art at home in the Turks and Caicos,” he said. Who’s Who in Business TCI

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$175 MILLION STRAND RESORT TO EPITOMIZE ULTIMATE IN LUXURY The Strand Turks and Caicos – a $175million family resort development nestled on a 2,330 frontage in Cooper Jack Bay, Providenciales is shaping up to become the poster child for ultimate luxury in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Already under construction, when completed, The Strand is earmarked to be outfitted with amenities slated to rival places such as Aspen and Vail in the United States, and Riviera Maya and Punta Mita in Mexico. “I call the Strand a Residential Resort,” said John Fair, Managing Director and Developer of the property. “It is unique in Turks and Caicos. It is 46 pieces of real estate that are for sale of different types with ultrafive-star amenities organized in a club concept.” He said 46 units will be available for sale. On one section there will be nine family homes which range between $7 million and $10 million in prices. The center of the project boasts 31 two- and threebedroom townhomes, which Fair described as the heart of the hospitality operation because that section features a little more than 80 keys. Fair explained, “The Strand will have custom homes starting at 9 million dollars, with large frontage on one side with a private boat slip on the other side. The resort will feature a marina, a reception building, concierge, a boutique, fitness center and many other amenities.” The Strand Turks and Caicos, according to Fair, markets the very high-end throughout North America, Europe, parts of South America and the Caribbean. The Strand was born of the need for more sophisticated residential offering and aquiring the land to build these is akin to striking a gold mine. “You are 10 minutes to everywhere, and you have an incredible bay that’s over five feet deep and hard sandy bottom, and crystal-clear water. This is where I can create what I want to create,” the Developer clarified. “At The Strand, we don’t have a Strata, which is unique.

And so, we are all organise as a club. The members of the club are the homeowners, the restaurant, the beach and the bar will be open to the public. “The difference is, when you are organized as a club instead of a Strata, it just gives the thing a whole different feeling, and it makes the service and the relationship between the staff and the homeowners and their guests very unique,” Fair continued. Construction has already begun with the fivebedroom homes, each with two swimming pools, 25-foot-high great room ceilings and other unique features. He said pre-sale has been phenomenal, targeting owners who are buying for their family for generations to come, with the option to earn rental income when not in use. The development will also be outfitted with two Pickleball courts and a tennis court. Paddleboard activities, sailing and sunset cruises in the bay are the added attractions at The Strand. The restaurants will cater to the desires of the guests, both casual and formal options and covered seating. Fair said also that the property houses an outdoor grill and pizza oven. He said, too, that instead of room service, The Strand would offer meal delivery. “We want to focus on seafood, and we are really going to try to work hard to do it right. We want to work with some local fishermen and vendors, and we will even help them with equipment and everything else just to make sure that the fish is fresh and perfect.

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ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT

FORTIS TCI PARTNERS WITH SAM’S CLUB AND CARGO EXPRESS/ TROPICAL SHIPPING FOR SOLAR ENERGY

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ortisTCI is pleased to announce that Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping and Sam's Club have signed onto the Utility-Owned Renewable Energy (UORE) program. FortisTCI has leased the 18,000 square foot roof space of Sam’s Club, a grocery wholesale business on Leeward Highway in Providenciales, to install a 312.8 kW solar photovoltaic system. Once commissioned, the system will produce renewable energy for the country’s electricity grid and avoid approximately 317 metric tons of carbon emissions annually.

(L-R) Vice President of Innovation, Technology and Strategic Planning at FortisTCI, Rachell Roullet, President and CEO at FortisTCI, Ruth Forbes, Owner and Manager of Sam's Club, Gus Karagianis, and Manager of Innovation and Resource Planning, TeAnn Thomas.

FortisTCI has also leased the 13,000 square foot roof space of Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping’s building on South Dock Road in Providenciales to install a 200 kW solar photovoltaic system. The system is projected to avoid approximately 188 metric tons of carbon emissions annually once commissioned. Both systems will be installed by the end of 2022. The UORE program, operated by FortisTCI, has been in place since 2015. The program now has 18 partnerships following the recent signees, which will increase the number of solar energy system installations across partner properties. Customers undergo a pre-qualification process, and successful applicants receive incentives for leasing their roof space and the solar energy produced by the system. FortisTCI purchases, install, maintains, and owns the solar system at these properties at no cost to the customer. Commenting on the partnership, Director of Cargo Express/Tropical Shipping, Carl Simmons stated: "The Cargo Express brand is eager to partner with FortisTCI in advancing renewable energy initiatives in the TCI. This partnership allows us to protect the environment

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by generating electricity using solar energy, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuels. The installation of solar panels on Cargo Express's 13,000 square foot roof will benefit our organizations and the wider community." Owner and Manager of Sam's Club, Gus Karagianis stated: "I am very fortunate to qualify for the UORE program operated by FortisTCI. I hope that more businesses that can qualify for the program, embrace the opportunity, and one rooftop at a time, we can all make a difference in creating a more sustainable energy future." President and CEO at FortisTCI Ruth Forbes stated: "We wish to commend our newest UORE customers for supporting the journey to a more sustainable energy future. Roof-mounted solar installations have allowed us to steadily increase our solar footprint year-over-year. Our studies have found that at least four acres of land are needed to produce 1MW of solar energy. Therefore, we continue to maximize roof spaces through customer partnerships. We also continue to pursue regulatory reform to advance our clean energy plan, which includes investing in utility-scale solar projects. By December 2022, we expect to have at least 2.6 MW of solar energy installed on the grid."


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DIRECTORY LISTING AUTOMOBILE REPAIRS, SERVICE & RENTAL

GENESIS AUTO MOBILE ENTERPRISE (GAME) 46 Industrial Drive Bypass Road Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 941 4263 or 649 245 2295 - See ad on page 29-

BUSINESS SERVICES

BLUE HERON AVIATION Tel: 649 941 8000 or 649 431 7730 Concierge@BlueheronFBO.com - See ad on page 29-

CARGO EXPRESS 70 SOUTH DOCK ROAD, PROVIDENCIALES TEL:649-941-5006 - See ad on page 2 PTS EQUIPMENT RENTAL 1140 Leeward Hwy Providenciales TCI Tel: 649-941-4234 Email: info@ptsequipment.net

BANKS

CIBC FIRSTCARIBBEAN INTERNATIONAL BANK (BAHAMAS) LTD. Leeward Highway Box 236 Providenciales, TCI Tel: 649 941 1651 Salt Mills Plaza, Grace Bay Rd. Providenciales, TCI Tel: 649 941 4558 Queen & Barrack St. Box 258 Grand Turk, TCI Tel: 649 946 2831 - See ad on page 21 -

BEAUTY EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES

FLICK SCREEN MOBILE MEDIA LTD. TEL: 649 247 2244 OR 649 331 3545 EMAIL: FLICKSCREENMOBILEMEDIA@GMAIL.COM

PARADISE PORTS ADVERTISING WEBSITE: WWW.PARADISEPORTS.COM EMAIL: BUSINESS@PARADISEPORTS.COM - See ad on page 24 -

VIP FLYERS CLUB PROVIDENCIALES INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TEL: 649 946 4000 EMAIL: RESERVATIONS@VIPFLYERSLOUNGE.COM - See ad on page 3-

GAS & FUEL

BASIC ESSENTIALS 21 Elite Plaza Airport Road, Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 941 5876 - See ad on page 13 -

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AIRPORT EXPRESS 61A Airport Road Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 941 3993


DIRECTORY LISTING

CAICOS OIL LTD South Dock Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 941 7872 Or 649 941 7873 Facsimile: 649 941 7874

CSC INSURANCE BROKERS LTD. Suite 2G, Courtyard Plaza Leeward Highway, Providenciales, TCI Tel: 649-941-7975 | Mobile: 649-232-0010 www.cscinsurance.org - See ad on page 25 -

HEALTH CARE

FAMILYCARE 121 BLUE MOUNTAIN ROAD, HORIZON HOUSE, UNIT B, PROVIDENCIALES TEL: 649-941-5202 WEBSITE:WWW.FAMILYCARETCI.COM - See ad on page 24 -

INTERHEALTH CANADA HOSPITAL RD,PRIVIDENCIALES TEL: 649-941-2800 -See ad on pages - 16 & 17 -

INSURANCE AGENTS & BROKERS

GK INSURANCE BROKERS UNIT 53 SALT MILLS PLAZA GRACE BAY PROVIDENCIALES TEL: 649-946-4823 EMAIL: MARIE.G.BECKFORD@GKCO.COM - See ad on page 20 -

J S JOHNSON & COMPANY (TURKS & CAICOS) LTD Box 229 Graceway Plaza Unit B103 Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 946 4761 Or 649 941 5624 E-Mail: Info@jsjohnson.com Web: www.jsjohnson.com - See ad on page 28 -

INVESTMENT

CG INSURANCE REGENT VILLAGE WEST VENTURA DRIVE UNIT J102-J104 GRACE BAY, PROVIDENCIALES TEL: 649-941-3195 WEBSITE: TURKSANDCAICOS.CGCORAISLE.COM - See ad on page 20 -

INVEST TURKS AND CAICOS AGENCY Courtyard Plaza 2D Leeward Hwy Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 338 4772 E-Mail: info@investturksandcaicos.tc Web: www.investurksandcaicos.tc - See ad on page 7 -

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DIRECTORY LISTING PEST CONTROL & EXTERMINATOR SERVICES

PARKWAY PEST SOLUTIONS Leeward Highway Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 332 2847 Email: peter@parkwaypestsolutions.tc Web: www.parkwaypestsolutions.tc - See ad on page 28 -

PAINT & PAINT SUPPLIES

SECURITY COMPANIES WC SECURITY SERVICES Tel: 649 339 6577 Email: info@wcsstci.com

SUPERMARKETS & GROCERS RETAIL

GRACEWAY IGA SUPERMARKET Graceway Plaza, Leeward Highway, Providenciales, TCI Tel: (649) 941 5000

TCI PAINT & SUPPLY 1115 Leeward Hwy Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 941 7432 - See ad on page 12 –

RESORT

BOHIO RESORT EMAIL: INFO@BOHIORESORT.COM OR INFO@EMERALDESCAPEGT.COM - See ad on page 28 –

RESTAURANT

GRACEWAY GOURMET SUPERMARKET Grace Bay Providenciales TCI Tel: 649 333 5000

GRACEWAY SMART SUPERMARKET Town Center Mall Downtown Providencciales TCI Tel: 649 946 5525 - See ad on pages 8 & 9 –

UTILITY

THE PATTY PLACE Tel: 649-339-9001 Email: thepattyplace@gmail.com - See ad on page 33 -

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FORTIS TCI 1030 Leeward Highway P. O. Box 132, Providenciales TCI Providenciales: 649 946 4313 North/Middle Caicos: 649 946 7131 Grand Turk/Salt Cay: 649 946 2402 Email: corpcomm@fortistci.com - See ad on page 5-


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