Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG) Team
Robert Myers -Chairman and founder of the Council of the Organization for Responsible Governance (ORG)
Mr. Myers is a shareholder and director in a number of Bahamian-owned and operated businesses that come under the umbrella of Caribbean Group, where he serves as president. Former chairman of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce &Employers Confederation, he was also the founder and Co-Chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Taxation that negotiated VAT taxes down from a proposed 15 per cent to 7.5 per cent and eliminated almost all exemptions.
Rupert W. Roberts, Jr., OBE- Councilor, ORG
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.
Lana Lee-Brogdon- Councilor, ORG; Co-Chair of Public Education and Messaging Committee
Lana Lee-Brogdon is president of New Oriental Laundry and Cleaners Ltd., a family-owned business now in its 55th year, and also owns and operates Wok N Roll Chinese Restaurant and Bar on Cable Beach. 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.
Dionisio D’Aguilar- Councilor, ORG
For the past 20 years, Mr. Dionisio D'Aguilar has served as the President of Superwash. Superwash operates the nine largest laundromats in the country and currently employs about 100 Bahamians.
Prior to joining Superwash, Mr. D'Aguilar worked as an accountant for five years in New York City and qualified as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). He attended Cornell University in Upstate New York where he obtained a graduate degree in 1987 in Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and an undergraduate degree in Hotel Administration in 1986.
Mr. D'Aguilar currently serves as a Director of JS Johnson Insurance, a Director of Baha Mar, Chairman of AML Foods - owners of Fresh Markets and the Chairman of The Bahamas Breast Cancer Initiative Foundation. He was also President of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce from 2007 to 2009. Born in Nassau, married for 23 years, he is the father of two sons, Alexander and Oliver.
Michael Paton, Councilor, ORG
Based in Nassau, Michael is a Partner of the 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 has spoken at numerous international conferences, has written numerous articles, and has authorized several chapters for practitioner texts on Bahamian legal issues.
Michael is former Chairman of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2002-2004). Michael is also a qualified Certified Public Accountant (non practising).
Michael received his education at Radley College, England (1981), Tulane University, USA (1985) and the University of Westminster, England (1990). He 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 has held the position of Director of the Bahamas Financial Services Board (2002-2006), and is currently the Director Bahamas Air Sea Rescue Association (since 2001) and the Co-Chairman Bahamas Government Task Force on Private Pensions (since 2009).
Michael's areas of practice include Corporate, Finance, Banking, Securities, Mergers & Acquisitions, Investment Funds, Trusts and Foundations.
Troy D’arville- Councilor, ORG
Mr. 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 diversified businesses such as CMA Insurance, Source River Holdings, and previously the YPO Bahamas Chapter.
Mr. D’Arville firmly believes in continuing education both personally and organizationally, having for the last seven years attended the YPO Harvard Business School seminar for executive education as well as internally identifying and supporting employee development.
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-Councilor, ORG
Mr. Galen T. 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 tier rated station in the Bahamian radio 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 throughout the Bahamas 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 - Bahamas Digital Networks, a Nassau-based Internet Service Provider,
President - Ballhead Productions specializing in Event Marketing and Concert Promotions,
President - B-Boys Entertainment specializing in nightclub promotions (live comedy, music performances, etc.), and
President of Computer Software Synthesis, a Nassau-based technology and software provider.
President and owner of Jade Imports Company Ltd. – Specializing in importing family and estate wines from around the world inclusive of old world and new world wines from (California, Australia, Oregon, Europe, South Africa, and South America).
President - OMNI INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT COMPANY LIMITED – a full-service management and consulting firm specializing in entertainment and marketing services, business innovative marketing strategies, IT & Communications solutions, international business management, consultancy, provider for SMB’s and Enterprise size companies globally
In addition to the knowledge he has gained from being involved in the various businesses listed, Mr. Saunders skills as an administrator and his understanding of promotional sales, marketing, and financial analysis all contribute to his unique qualification in the Bahamian market.
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.
Derek Osborne- 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.
Matthew Aubry- Executive Director, ORG
Matthew Aubry is a Licensed Master Social Worker and a graduate of the Hunter School of Social Work. Matthew has more than 24 years’ experience leading dynamic teams at award winning not for profit organizations. He served as the Director of Development and Public Affairs, at YAI Network leading fundraising, marketing and advocacy efforts. He also led an international training initiative and worked to build capacity for disability organizations in Jordan, India, Bangladesh, The Bahamas and The United Emirates. Subsequently, he was the Director of External Relations for Action Against Hunger, an internationally renowned global humanitarian and hunger relief organization. In the Bahamas, Matt has served as the Director of Community Relations and Partnerships for Baha Mar; overseeing the BELIEVE Foundation. Additionally, he has served as a consultant for REACH, Young Marine Explorers, The Seahorse Institute and the Ministry of Social Services. Matt is recognized with an expertise in fundraising, marketing and not for profit management. He has lectured at Baruch University, Adelphi University and New York University.