Executive Director of AMCHAM Leaves…

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Editor’s Note

Lisa Chamely-Aqui

lisaHow time flies when you’re having fun! Five and a half years of my professional life have come and gone in the blink of an eye, and it is impossible to capture all the highlights in 2 or 3 paragraphs.

As Executive Director of AMCHAM, I’ve had the privilege of learning from “captains of industry” – in the persons of AMCHAM Presidents, Boards and Committee members, and our membership in general. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with US and T&T government officials, including the leadership of the US Embassy here in Port of Spain. My horizons have been broadened through exposure to our Washington-based parent organisation – AACCLA, and my peer group of AMCHAM CEOs throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Above all of those unique “perks”, I have had the enviable joy of leading a small yet diverse group of professionals with whom I’ve worked at the AMCHAM secretariat.

The AMCHAM I am leaving is a vigorous organisation. Its strength is built on the foundation of companies who have been there since its inception, and whose principals give of their time, expertise and resources to entrench our institutional memory, and guide us through each stage in our development. Its influence is derived from the strong support of key executives within its 290 member companies (multi-nationals and Trinidad & Tobago companies alike). Its niche rests in the unique linkages provided by its Washington, LAC and US Embassy alliances. Its potency is the productivity and dedication to high service standards from each member of our secretariat team. Its backbone is the high calibre of Directors and Presidents elected to successive Boards, who are strategic, politically non-partisan and truly focused on representing the membership to the best of their ability. I have been truly fortunate to be a part of this exceptionally talented team of caring professionals, and thankful that I was embraced by all of you, for such a long time.

As my family embarks upon our new adventure, I carry with me all of your warm words of encouragement. I’ve eaten lots of cascadura in my life – so it’s definitely not ‘good-bye’, but ‘ah go see yuh later’. This move is in essence a part of globalisation, and since I’ve advocated its benefits for the past five years, it’s my opportunity to practice what I’ve preached. Thank you all for enriching my life, and may God bless you, our AMCHAM, and our beloved Trinidad and Tobago.

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