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Hayden G.S. Blades Jr., B.Sc., M.B.A
President, Business Insight Ltd. (BI)
BI is a business consulting and economic research firm domiciled in Trinidad and Tobago. Blades is also a part-time host of a business program on the Caribbean Communications Network television station as well as a moderator for major conferences and seminars.
Prior to assuming the presidency of BI, Blades served as the senior economist (assistant general manager) of the Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago (RBTT) Group, as well as the manager in the group risk management and finance division. Additionally, has also served as manager and senior consultant to the Corporate Finance Division of Ernst and Young and was involved in the development of business improvement initiatives for local and regional companies.
Blades is also a part-time lecturer in economics and strategic planning for the University of London, Edinburgh Business School and the University of the West Indies Graduate School of Business.
Principal and Founder, Quantum Governance, L3C
Michael Daigneault, principal and founder, Quantum Governance, L3C, is an experienced consultant and trainer who is frequently asked to counsel nonprofit boards concerning vital governance challenges. Through Quantum Governance, he provides consulting, training, research, facilitation and retreat services to corporations, credit unions, and nonprofits.
He has worked closely with a number of corporate clients such as Capital One, Con Edison, Credit Suisse, Target and Time Warner to develop cutting edge community involvement, philanthropic, and leadership development programs centered on the training of executives and employees to more effectively sit on nonprofit boards.
He has published articles on these topics for a wide variety of trade journals and magazines. He has also taught both “Advanced Board Consulting” and “Board Facilitation.”
He also experience in the field of organizational ethics, having been the President of the Ethics Resource Center (ERC) for six years. Prior to becoming the President of the ERC, he was the founder and President of Ethics, Inc., a private consulting and training firm specializing in business ethics for the private, nonprofit and public sectors.
Daigneault is a three-time graduate of Georgetown, holding a B.A. from the College in Philosophy where he was the top graduate in Philosophy, a J.D. from the Law Center as well as a Masters Degree in Law from the Law Center. He was the first person to graduate from the Georgetown Law Center with a Masters in Law with a concentration in Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility.
Keensdee Productions Ltd.
Paul Keens-Douglas is one of the most eloquent and best-known storytellers and social commentators in the English-speaking Caribbean. Born in Trinidad, he spent his early childhood in Grenada, where he attended Wesley Hall Methodist School and Presentation Boys College.
He holds diplomas in Commercial Broadcasting and Radio/TV Production from Announcer Training Studios and RCA Institutes of New York, a B.A (Honors) Degree in Sociology from Sir George Williams University (Concordia), Montreal, Canada, has done two years post-graduate work at the University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica and has a wide and varied background in Theatre and the Creative Arts.
His work profile includes Barclays Bank Grenada/ Rediffusion Network/Radio Trinidad/ McCann-Erickson (Trinidad) Ltd./ Northern Electric Co. Ltd (Montreal).
A self-published author, he has to his credit nine volumes of work, fifteen albums, three videos, sixteen CD’s and two DVD’s. His stories have been featured in many anthologies and well-known international publications, and have been translated into French, German and Japanese.
A pioneer in the development of the oral traditions and the use of the vernacular as a literary form, he produces the annual Tim Tim show and carnival Talk Tent which he started in 1983, and makes regular tours of the Caribbean territories and metropolitan countries. His awards include the Humming Bird Silver-Culture/ Zora Neale Hurston-Folklore/ The Pan-African Community Award/The President’s Award/ Cacique Award -Drama/ First Citizens Maestro Extraordinaire/ Rotary International Citation/University Of The Virgin Islands Community Service/ Queen’s Hall Award
His company, Keensdee Productions Ltd., focuses on management and staff training, with an emphasis on inter-personal and cross-cultural communication.
Corporate Culture and Leadership Strategist, Best-Selling Author
As a bestselling author and leadership expert, Freiberg has dedicated her career to helping executives and managers practice the art of leadership.
Freiberg is the author of NANOVATION: How a Little Car Can Teach the World to Think Big and Act Bold. Freiberg and her husband Kevin are also authors of their international best seller NUTS! Southwest Airlines’ Crazy Recipe for Business and Personal Success, BOOM! 7 Choices for Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual! and GUTS! Companies that Blow the Doors Off Business-As-Usual.
Freiberg is recognized as one of the “Top 30 Best Minds on Leadership” by Leadership Excellence magazine, and is one of the most sought-after female business speakers in the nation.
Her articles and interviews have been published in the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Investor’s Business Daily, Dubai’s CapitalME, India’s Management Next, India’s Business Standard, India’s Economic Times and India’s Financial Times.
President, Hunt International
As president of Hunt International for more than 20 years, Milton Hunt has lived all that he teaches and speaks in his Employee Training, Motivational Speaking, and Employee Coaching services and programs.
Hunt is a Native American, a member of the Lumbee tribe. Having embraced his heritage, the principles, methods, and messages he utilizes and shares with clients and audiences are a blend of both professional expertise and personal experience. Hunt recognizes vulnerabilities among populations and unifies cultural and generational differences among individuals and groups of all ages. Hunt has trained and coached in the corporate, government and private sectors. He also is a keynote and motivational speaker—an “edu-tainer,” known for delivering powerful and proven ideas in informative, captivating, and exciting ways. In all endeavors, Hunt performs with high energy and immense dedication. He is passionate in his delivery, and he has only one goal in mind: your success.
President and Founder, NO NET Solutions
Janning is a financial services veteran with over 25 years of management and executive leadership experience. During his 13-year tenure at FORUM Credit Union, starting as their corporate trainer and finishing as their vice president of organizational development, he created over 1,000 hours of learning and organizational development programs to support their $700 million in asset growth.
His expertise helped FORUM capture Best Places to Work in Indiana awards in 2008 and 2012, along with a Top Place to Work award in 2010 from the Indianapolis Star. He has earned national accolades for overall training excellence from Training Magazine and the American Society of Training and Development. The Credit Union National Association named him a national Training Professional of the Year, and Training Magazine called him one of the top trainers in the world under the age of 40. He’s the only person in the history of the credit union movement to hold all of these honors. In addition to delivering leadership development and training services across the country, he shares his insights as an editor for CU Water Cooler and is a regular contributor to credit union publications like Credit Union Management magazine.
He has been certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources from the Society of Human Resource Management. He’s also a professional voiceover artist, stage and radio actor, published author, and former crisis and suicide counselor.
President, People Perspectives LLC
Since 2000, Kerry Liberman has been the president of People Perspectives LLC, a specialized consulting firm offering employee engagement/satisfaction surveys, internal service surveys, and member surveys to its credit union clients. Before starting People Perspectives, Liberman was a human resources director for a credit union in Virginia. Prior to that, she was a training consultant for a large training division of the U.S. Navy and a human resources consultant for an international consulting firm. Liberman has given numerous professional presentations. In addition, she has been published in a number of business journals, including The Journal of Compensation & Benefits and Credit Union Management™ magazine. She also writes a regular column, “The Employee Pulse,” for Credit Union Management. Liberman has a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from the University of Central Florida.
President, Your Full Potential, LLC
Sean McDonald is the president of Your Full Potential, LLC and the founder of the Credit Union Business Development Academy. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences for the credit union industry and has also worked with companies in the manufacturing, direct sales, and retail industries. Some of his clients include Credit Union National Association, CUNA CPD, CUNA Councils, and CU Conferences, Inc. McDonald has also presented for several credit union leagues and associations and has conducted strategic planning and training sessions for several individual credit unions throughout the country.
McDonald has written extensively on many professional and personal growth topics and his work has been published in a variety of newspapers, trade magazines, and industry publications. He has been interviewed and featured in Credit Union Times, Credit Union Journal, CU Insight, and others. His first book, Stop Complaining! Start Growing! Lessons on Growing Your Business & Career focuses on professional and personal growth tactics and is available on Amazon.
He is a member of the National Speaker’s Association and the American Society for Training & Development. He is the Chair of the Credit Union National Association’s Marketing & Business Development Council Executive Committee, a member of the National Association of Federal Credit Union’s Awards Committee, a member of the Professional Advisory & Government Affairs Committees at the New Jersey Credit Union League, and also serves on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Hudson County, Inc. In March 2008, he was the recipient of the Business Development Professional of the Year award from the Credit Union National Association’s Marketing & Business Development Council.
Anthony Pierre, CA, FCCA, CFC,
Partner Deloitte and Touche, Trinidad
Anthony Pierre is a partner with Deloitte and Touche, Trinidad, where he leads the firm’s enterprise risks services practice.
Pierre acts as auditor to several credit unions in Trinidad and Tobago and consults with many others in the areas of internal audit, risks management, business processes consulting, and financial reporting.
His experience also includes five years as head of the Credit Union Supervisory Unit of the Ministry of Finance, Trinidad and Tobago.
Pierre is a practicing member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago, a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, and an Associate of the Institute of Certified Financial Consultants.
He has served on the Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Trinidad and Tobago for the past 13 years and as president for three years. He is the secretary of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of the Caribbean, and a Director of Junior Achievement of Trinidad and Tobago.
CEO, National Workers Co-operative, Nassau, Bahamas
Poitier began his career as a customer service representative at Commonwealth Bank, which was followed by a position at The Royal Bank of Canada as a Manager Trainee, and eventually a loan manager. Poitier later served as special projects officer at the Bahamas Development Bank, assistant manager at Workers Bank, investment manager for Global Life Assurance Ltd., and branch manager for the British American Bank. He later moved on to the Corporate Office of Bank of the Bahamas to gain experience in commercial/corporate banking before assuming his current position.
An alumni and past vice president of the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), an international non-profit organization that works with leaders in business and higher education, Poitier has also been the director, treasurer, and past president of the Kiwanis Club of Over The Hill. He has received several awards from the club. Poitier is currently the club’s public relations chairman.
He also serves as the director on the board of the Union Health and Welfare Fund, a self funding health plan for union and credit union members.
Poitier studied at University of the Southwest in Hobbs, New Mexico, where he graduated in BBA–Management Degree. He also attended the CaribDE course in Ocho Rios Jamaica in 2010 successfully completing it and earning the designation CaribDE (Caribbean Development Educator).
Coming from humble beginnings he realizes the importance of helping others as others helped him along his personal and professional journey, and this is the underlying factor for his love of the Cooperative Movement and its’ global theme, “People Helping People.”
In addition to his family, one of his greatest accomplishments was being part of the process that caused national workers to be given a Visionary Award by the Bahamas Cooperative League in 2010 for its successful implementation of innovative and progressive strategies leading to the advancement of the Bahamian Credit Union System.
Chair, World Council of Credit Unions Board of Directors
Manuel Rabines represents the Peruvian credit union movement as a delegate of Federación Nacional de Cooperativas de Ahorro y Crédito del Perú (FENACREP).
When FENACREP became a direct member of World Council in 2001 at the World Credit Union Conference and annual general meeting in Killarney, Ireland, Rabines was re-elected to the World Council board of directors, having previously represented another organization on the board since 1999. He serves on the audit and risk management committee.
Rabines joined the Peruvian credit union movement in August 1962 as general manager of the Santa Elisa Cooperative, an organization with 278,000 members. From 1977–84, he was manager of technical assistance and general manager of Confederación Latinoamericana de Ahorro y Crédito (COLAC) and also served on the World Council management committee.
Since 1988, Rabines has held the position of general manager of FENACREP, with an interruption of two years from 1990-92, during which time he served as Peru’s deputy Minister of Labor. As a representative of the Peruvian credit union movement, he was president of COLAC until October 2000 and of the Confederated Bank of Latin America until October 1999.
In the academic arena, Rabines was a professor of financial analysis at the Private University of Lima. Rabines is a certified public accountant with a master’s degree in business administration.
Desmond Sabir, MBA, BSP
Desmond Sabir holds an MBA from the Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University, Scotland, United Kingdom and is currently a doctoral student at the University of the West Indies Cave Hill Campus, Barbados pursuing a Master of Philosophy in Management, researching the factors affecting Strategy Implementation.
Sabir completed a Balanced Scorecard Professional Certificate from the Balanced Scorecard Institute, Washington D.C. and George Washington University.
In 2007 he assisted the Barbados Local Organising Committee for the Cricket World Cup held in the Caribbean, and was responsible for the coordination of all ground transportation required for that event.
Sabir has been a Member of the Public Transport Co-operative Credit Union Ltd. since 1978 and is also a member of the Barbados Workers Union Co-operative Credit Union Ltd.
For over 25 years, Tumolo has worked to build successful, healthy organizations that contribute to the well-being of their owners, employees, customers and other stakeholders. With a unique combination of practical management experience, deep understanding of management concepts and theories, and a strong desire to have a positive impact, Tumolo has earned a reputation for solving problems and generating results for entrepreneurial and mid-size companies, Fortune 100 corporations, and non-profit organizations in multiple industries.
Tumolo consults with organizations on issues of strategy implementation and organizational alignment. She has led teams to develop and implement large-scale systems and process improvements, establish strategic performance measurement systems, and evaluate the profitability of products, services, and companies. She coaches executives to achieve business and personal goals and overcome barriers to high performance.
As a researcher, Tumolo explores how individual engagement, customer relationships and different management practices affect organizational performance. She is co-author of the award-winning book: Leveraging the New Human Capital: Adaptive Strategies, Results Achieved and Stories of Transformation. The book represents the culmination of a comprehensive research project examining how high performance work practices and employee strategies affect individual and firm performance.
Tumolo conducts executive training in the areas of leadership, strategy, employee engagement and performance management. She currently teaches in the MBA program at St. Georges University and has taught leadership, management, strategy, and organizational behavior courses at California State University at Fullerton, Temple University, Salisbury University, and The College of New Jersey.
Tumolo earned a Ph.D. in executive management from the Drucker Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University, an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, a BS in accounting from St. Joseph’s University, and was a Certified Public Accountant.
Lee Wetherington, AAP
Director of Strategic Insight, ProfitStars®, a division of Jack Henry & Associates®
Wetherington directs the development of actionable insight and strategy for the financial services industry. To this end, he creates programs, presentations, and articles designed to orient and educate financial executives on the trends and implications of new technologies. He routinely delivers keynotes nationwide focusing upon opportunities and challenges in payments and the online channel, and he is widely renowned for his unique style of comedic delivery.
Wetherington has delivered over 300 keynotes for state and national trade groups, including the Texas Credit Union League, Symitar, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the National Automated Clearinghouse Association (NACHA). He also serves as the technology faculty chair for several regional schools of finance. Wetherington’s articles and commentary have been published widely across the financial services industry. Wetherington received bachelor degrees in economics and English from Duke University in 1990, and, in 1993, he completed graduate studies at Emory University. In 1995, he earned the distinguished Accredited ACH Professional (AAP) certification from the National Automated Clearing House Association (NACHA).
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