St Ann Chamber appoints advisory committee
THE ST ANN Chamber of Commerce (SACOC), headed by president Oral Heaven, has pioneered a move that sees the formation of an advisory committee made up of former presidents.
According to Heaven, five past presidents of the St Ann Chamber have accepted an invitation to serve on the chamber's Past Presidents Advisory Committee (PPAC). The five are Joe Issa, Pauline Haughton, Dr John McDowell, Jeanne Dixon, and Horace Wildes.
The committee is to assist the chamber in its efforts to better serve its membership.
"The mandate of the SACOC PPAC is simple: to assist the board of directors of the SACOC on issues affecting our membership," Heaven told The Gleaner.
"We are aware of the experience and the significant contribution that these past presidents have made - and continue to make - to our parish and, by extension, our country. We are, therefore, thankful that they have decided to assist this chamber and our parish as we focus on growth and development."
The PPAC will, from time to time, be provided with excerpts of minutes of SACOC board meetings and requested to make an input on matters relating to development and lobbying plans of the chamber.
Additionally, the chamber will ask PPAC members to bring to its attention concerns or issues that they are aware of.
PROMOTED AT SAGICOR BANK
Meanwhile, Heaven, who is serving his second consecutive term as president of the St Ann Chamber of Commerce, has been elevated in his post at Sagicor.
Following two successful years as branch manager for Sagicor Bank Ocho Rios, Heaven was in October appointed regional manager - North for the bank.
In his capacity as regional manager - North, Heaven will be responsible for growing the bank in the parishes stretching from St Ann to Westmoreland.
Heaven is quite familiar with the parishes now under his purview as he was born in Westmoreland. His family currently resides in St James, and St Ann has been his adopted parish over the last few years. Heaven serves as a justice of the peace for St Ann.