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New AMCHAM president

Published:Friday | December 21, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Diana Stewart, former president of AMCHAM (third left) handed over the presidency to Derrick Nemhard (right) on Wednesday. Ian Forbes, from left and Becky Stockhausen, Amcham executive director, join in on the toasts to Stewart. -Winston Sill/Freelance Photographer

Sacha Walters-Gregory, Staff Reporter

Diana Stewart handed over the reins as president of the American Chamber of Commerce Jamaica (AMCHAM) on Wednesday.

Derrick Nembhard, managing director of the Jamaica Flour Mills, took those reins from the four-year-serving president.

Stewart, who is also managing director of Stewart's Automotive Group and president of the Rent-A-Car Association, formally submitted her resignation during a small meeting at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel, where United States ambassador to Jamaica, Pamela Bridgewater, presented her with a plaque for her dedication and achievements. The ambassador's award was specially established by Bridgewater and has only been given to one other recipient before Stewart.

The incoming president acknowledged Stewart's stellar service.

"Thank you for your years of dedicated service, and you have now made it harder for me to follow in your footsteps," said Nembhard when toasting Stewart.


Stewart's next move is to turn more attention to the family business.

"I want to be more involved, a lot more, with the business. We've employed a lot more new people ... . I have a lot of good years in me yet," said the 70-year-old businesswoman.

"One of the many highlights for me is our involvement in the inception of the CHASE Peace Park, the Grants Pen Community Policing Centre and the rebuilt Edna Manley Health Centre, which continue to operate and stand as beacons of change in that inner-city community," she said in the press release issued at the function.

Going forward, the new president of AMCHAM will continue with the work of the chamber.

"Our primary focus is to act as a liaison between Jamaican and American businesses," said Nembhard, adding, "they're our largest trading partner."