Council Chairperson, Founder
A native Bahamian, Robert Myers returned home in 1982 after completing his education in England and the United States. Robert has long been dedicated to civic engagement for improvement of The Bahamas as is evidenced by his many efforts as a former Rotarian and past-chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation.
As the founder and Co-Chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation, Robert led the efforts to negotiate VAT taxes down from a proposed 15 per cent to 7.5 per cent and eliminate almost all exemptions. Robert and a group of other concerned Bahamians, founded The Organization for Responsible Governance, an apolitical not-for-profit civic foundation, to address the underlying policy and governance issues that limit the future success of our country and our people.
A leader of private industry, Robert is shareholder and director of several Bahamian-owned and operated businesses under the umbrella of Caribbean Group, where he serves as president.
Councilor, Co-Chair of Public Education and Messaging Committee
Lana Lee-Brogdon owns and operates Wok N Roll Chinese Restaurant and Bar on Cable Beach and is president of New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners Ltd., a family-owned business now in its 55th year. She is a co-founder of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) and is currently serving her third year as a Director on the Board of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce & Employers Confederation. She was also the Public Relations Director for the Coalition for Responsible Taxation.
Based in Nassau, Michael is a Partner at Lennox Paton Legal Firm and head of its Corporate and Commercial, Investment Funds and Banking and Finance Groups. Michael is ranked Band 1 by Chambers Global Guide in the area of General Business Law. Michael is also a qualified Certified Public Accountant (non practising).
Educated at Radley College, England (1981), Tulane University, USA (1985) and the University of Westminster, England (1990, Michael has been admitted to the Bar of England and Wales (1991), the Bahamas Bar Association (1991) and the State of Louisiana Board of Certified Public Accountants (1986). He is a member of Lincolns Inn, the International Bar Association and the International Tax Planning Association. He is a former Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board and is currently the Director of Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (since 2001) and the Co-Chairman for the Bahamas Government Task Force on Private Pensions (since 2009).
Troy D’Arville has been President and Chief Executive Officer for Furniture Plus & The Plus Group of Companies in Nassau, Bahamas for over twenty (20) years. His background and experience includes Retail Furniture, Consumer Credit & Finance, Retail Shopping Centers, Real Estate and Investments.
He is a highly regarded, innovative entrepreneur who sits on the boards of other diverse businesses such as CMA Insurance, Source River Holdings, and previously the YPO Bahamas Chapter.A firm believer in continuing education both personally and organizationally, Troy has attended the YPO Harvard Business School seminar for executive education for the last seven years and continually identifies and supports employee development within his organization.
Mr. D’Arville holds a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing & Business Administration from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. He is married with children.
Galen Saunders is currently the General Manager and President of More FM Company Ltd. and owner of More 94 FM, The Bahamas Super Station - a top-rated station in the Bahamian media market. He is also a part owner/director of Bahamas Broadcast Services a subsidiary of More FM Company Ltd. specializing in all aspects of broadcast services inclusive of programming services, syndication, production, and online services.
Mr. Saunders was educated in the Bahamas, England in UK, and the United States receiving degrees in Business Administration, and Computer Management from Prospect Hall College, Miami, Florida in 1983. He has worked primarily in the information technology and Entertainment Marketing fields including: Director of Bahamas Digital Networks, a Nassau-based Internet Service Provider; President of Ballhead Productions specializing in Event Marketing and Concert Promotions; President and owner of Jade Imports Company Ltd. specializing in importing family and estate wines from around the world and President of OMNI INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED, a full-service management and consulting firm specializing in entertainment and marketing services, IT & Communications solutions, and international business management.
Rupert W. Roberts, Jr., OBE
A leading businessman, Mr. Rupert Roberts, Jr. is President of Super Value Food Stores and has extensive holdings in commercial real estate and financial ventures throughout The Bahamas. Those interests include South Bimini International Ltd., Bahamas Paper Converting and Discount Limited. As founder of Super Value, Mr. Roberts Mart Limited, Chekard Limited and Global Bahamas created the country’s largest all-Bahamian food store chain. A former chairman of Commonwealth Bank, Mr. Roberts has served on the Board of Directors since 1984.
Krystynia Lee d’Arville
Co-Chair of Public Education and Messaging Committee
Krystynia Lee d'Arville was born and raised in Nassau, The Bahamas. She attended St. Augustine's College and graduated from International Fine Arts College with a degree in Merchandising and Design. Krystynia has a strong retail and marketing background working with companies like Tommy Hilfiger, Macy's and Saks Fifth Avenue. Today she is the Vice President of Sales, Marketing & Organizational Development at Furniture Plus and The Plus Group of Companies where she has been developing programs and solutions since 1998.
Krystynia strives to establish Furniture Plus as a leader in workplace satisfaction in The Bahamas. A core foundation of her portfolio is to help develop individual capacity in order to build and sustain the organization's capacity and growth. This principle drives the rest of her endeavors in furniture retail, consumer finance, real estate and championing children's causes.
Her passion for children segued into establishing the Charity of Hope Foundation in 2004. Its mission is to facilitate and advocate for building better communities and enriching the lives of children. She also enjoys reading, boating, kickboxing, painting, traveling and exploring, but her first love is writing.
Public Education and Messaging Committee
Derek Osborne is a Partner at Morneau Shepell and Chairman of the National Health Care Insurance Committee and a Director of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers' Confederation.
Mr. Osborne is a senior pension actuary and expert in social security schemes, who has been servicing government and business clients in the Bahamas, Caribbean and South America for more than 15 years.