The Access Accelerator congratulates and welcomes the newest members to our Executive Team!
In her new role, Ria is responsible for the planning and coordination of the administrative functions of the Access Accelerator, along with the development and oversight of the organization’s corporate strategies.
Ria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from Nova Southeastern University and an Associates of Arts Degree in Computer Data Processing from the University of The Bahamas. She also has a certificate from the Monitoring and Evaluation Certification Programme with the International Training Center (ITC) International Labor Organization (ILO) and is currently pursuing a Certified Six Sigma Green Belt Certification with the International Association for Six Sigma Certification (IASSC).
A veteran banker for more than 19 years, Ria is an Amazon best-selling author and a Certified Improve Your Business (IYB) Trainer with the (ILO). She is also a Distinguished Toastmaster, speaker, current Marketing Chair for the Caribbean Institute of Management Consultants (CIMC) and former radio show host on Guardian Radio 96.9 FM.
Passionate about working with women, she is a Certified Life Coach, Personal Financial Coach, Certified GrowthWheel Business Advisor, Accredited SME Consultant with the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants and a facilitator for the United States Embassy’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Program.
As the Wells of Wealth Cultivators (W.O.W.C.) founder, Ria annually hosts The WOW Experience, which brings both local and international expert speakers together to empower women with entrepreneurial aspirations and goals. She is the proud mother of two children, Oral and Ramiyah.
Join us in congratulating Ria!
In Samantha’s new role she is responsible for fostering and maintaining relationships with relevant regulatory agencies, corporate and community partners. With more than 15 years of professional experience, Samantha is known for her driving performance, maximizing operational excellence and project management skills. She most recently served as a Manager in Risk Advisory and Consulting at one of the “Big Four” firms in The Bahamas, where she led the regulatory risk and governance service line.
Prior to that, she was the Programme Manager in the Economic Development and Planning Unit with the Government of The Bahamas, responsible for the management, process and activities of the National Development Plan. She has also had the opportunity to collaborate with multilateral organizations such as the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the World Bank (WB).
Samantha has led teams on national initiatives such as the Caribbean Growth Forum and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from the College of Saint Benedict and a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Barry University. Over the years, she has earned several distinctions including the Certified International Project Manager from the American Academy of Project Management.
Having taken on the responsibility of leadership roles in both professional and non-profit organizations, she has worked with the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC), the Caribbean Institute of Certified Management Consultants (CIMC) and other community outreach initiatives. She is the proud mother of one son, Ayden.
Congratulations once again, Sam!