St. Andrew’s Careers Fair

This is a special note we received from Nivia Bodie over at St. Andrews School thanking us for our participation at this year’s Career Fair…We were happy to be a part of it!

Good Afternoon,

A heartfelt thank you is extended to you for your participation at the Careers Fair. Your enthusiasm, energy, excitement and passion made the event memorable and meaningful for the students of St Andrew’s School.

The students are still reflecting on how much they enjoyed chatting with you and learning more about the wide variety of career opportunities available to them. Many student’s discovered new areas of interest and others were reassured that they are on the correct career path.

​Again, our sincere thanks for making the students of St Andrew’s School your priority on that rainy Wednesday morning. We appreciate you!

Please find below a few pictures from the event. Please enjoy and share with your colleagues.

Warm regards,

Nivia Bodie


Bahamas’ One&Only Ocean Club Planning Renovation Project

April 14, 2015 | 10:13 pm

Above: a rendering of the renovated guest rooms

By the Caribbean Journal staff

The One&Only Ocean Club resort on the Bahamas’ Paradise Island is planning a renovation project.

The changes will include completely renovated and expanded guest rooms and suites in the resort’s Hartford Wing, along with the expansion of dining options at its signature Dune eatery.

“The planned enhancements are consistent with the secluded private-estate feel of the resort, but will elevate its sophistication and offerings and enrich the guest experience,” said Jonah Sonnenborn, Head of Real Estate at Access Industries, which owns the resort. “The new Hartford wing and dining options will amplify the already extraordinary experience of this spectacular property, with its unmatched beachfront and historic Versailles gardens.”


The update will mean that every room in the Hartford Wing will increase in size by 110 square feet, with either ocean or resort garden views, along with new furnishings and design changes.

“One&Only Ocean Club is an iconic, exclusive resort and the planned renovations will make it better than ever,” said Mark DeCocinis, President/Chief Operating Officer, One&Only Resorts. “With our passionate team led by General Manager John Conway, we will continue to focus on providing guests the best service in The Bahamas.”

The renovation is being conducted in collaboration with design consultants HKS Architects and Jeffrey Beers International.

Benny Shabtai Ties the Knot in the Bahamas at Lavish 3-Day Wedding


Israeli businessman Benny Shabtai exchanged wedding vows recently with new bride Stacey Cooper.

Multi-millionaire Israeli businessman Benny Shabtai exchanged wedding vows recently with new bride Stacey Cooper; the 2001 winner of the Mrs. Globe beauty pageant.

The bevy of high profile guests were still buzzing about the exquisite nature of the nuptials including the breathtaking fireworks display, the ceremony on the beach and the musical performances of the iconic rock group Chicago and the contemporary Gipsy Kings.

Hoisting a glass to toast the couple were a veritable cornucopia of celebs including Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn, Denise Rich, Jacob (the Jeweler) Arabo, Tao’s Mark Packer, former OJ Simpson defense attorney Robert Shapiro, Hotel Hugo’s Morris Moinian and Seth Greenberg, who just opened a Serafina restaurant in Boston.

The genesis of Shabtai’s initial fortune emanated from the jewelry business. Serving as the founder of the Raymond Weil luxury watchmaker’s brand in the United States, Shabtai’s family currently owns the Di Modolo jewelry company. Since his humble beginnings peddling watches on the streets of New York City, Shabtai has also diversified his business interests through his embrace of the technological revolution.

Last year, he earned approximately half a billion dollars for himself, his brother and his nephew when he sold off his family’s percentage in the free smartphone messaging app Viber. The brainchild of four Israeli entrepreneurs and claiming over 300 million users, Viber is considered high up on the list of tech startups in recent years and the chat among techie insiders is that it has directly challenged the more entrenched Skype.

Indebted to America for the multitude of opportunities afforded him to succeed in his business endeavors, Shabtai also remembers his roots in Israel. Born in Tel Aviv and having proudly served with the Israel Defense Forces in the Golan Heights during the 1967 Six Day War, Shabtai has made concerted efforts to give back to both countries in significant ways.

Having been asked by a general in the IDF nearly two decades ago to take over the then fledging American fundraising arm of Israel’s military, Shabtai immediately agreed. He used his business acumen to transform the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) from a relatively small charity that barely attracted a few hundred people to their gala dinner at New York’s Waldorf Astoria to the impressive numbers of well over 1000. He is now a permanent board member of the organization.

In an interview with Haaretz newspaper, Shabtai said: “You have an amazing product, which is Israeli soldiers. Let me take a chance and create another product for people to understand what an amazing product we have here.’”

In other business realms, it has been reported that last year Shabtai ventured into historic landmark real estate arena by purchasing the New Haven, Connecticut 19th century Anderson Mansion. The stately edifice is replete with marble fireplaces and larger than life stained glass windows. A renovation and endowment campaign that will run into the multi-million dollar range is planned and the home which will open in the fall will serve as the new gateway to the Yale University campus.

And speaking of Yale University, it appears that the iconic Ivy League institution of higher learning has attracted Shabtai’s attention in a number of ways. He has funded “a Jewish leadership society there – one that regularly attracts the most successful names in business, journalism, arts, politics, academia and religion to its table,” according to the Haaretz report.


“Light it Up Blue” – for Autism Awareness

Prime Minister Christie gives address at World Autism Awareness Day…

NASSAU, The Bahamas – On World Autism Awareness Day, April 2, the traditional “Light it up Blue” ceremony was held in Rawson Square in recognition of the need for support for those affected by Autism and related challenges.  Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie gave the keynote address.

Also speaking to the audience were the President of Trinidad and Tobago His Excellency Anthony Carmona and his wife, Reema Carmona who is a patron and advocate for support of persons with disabilities.

The Bahamas REACH organization – Resource and Educational Source for Autism and Other Related Challenges – the prime supporter and advocate for the autistic and their families in the community received a cheque donation from Junior Achievement.  Pictured at the Rawson Square ceremony seated in first row, from left: Minister of Social Services & Community Development the Hon. Melanie Griffin; HE Reema Carmona; President of Trinidad & Tobago HE Anthony Carmona; President of REACH Mario Carey; Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Immigration the Hon. Fred Mitchell.

In the second photo below, President of REACH Mario Carey, right, accepts the donation from Junior Achievement.  (BIS Photos/Peter Ramsay).

Bahamas Real Estate | Autism Awareness Month Begins This April

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All throughout the month of April, REACH and its affiliates (Resources and Education for Autism and Related Challenges) are commemorating Autism Awareness Month.  The month-long activities begin with Light It Up Blue on April 2nd (World Autism Awareness Day) at Rawson Square featuring a keynote address from the Prime Minister, RT Hon. Perry G. Christie.

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Bahamas Real Estate | Rotaract Club of East Nassau To Host Professional Development Meeting

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Meeting Monday February 23rd

There will be a professional development meeting Monday February 23rd, 2015 at Van Breugels.

In the spirit of fun and unity, our Professional Development meetings will be color-themed. In this regard, everyone is asked to wear RED on Monday as we are still in the month of love 🙂 .In respect of World Understanding Month, our guest speaker will be Kim Gibson from R.E.A.C.H. Bahamas for Autism.As usual, fellowship will begin at 6:00pm and the meeting will start at 6:30pm.  Puppy will be bringing treats for all so come out and enjoy!

Hope to see you there !

Bahamas Real Estate | Mario A. Carey Special Guest on Blueprint Radio Show – Listen Here!

Mario A. Carey Special Guest on Blueprint Radio Show

Just in case you missed the show! Here’s a copy of the show for you to listen to!

Listen to Real Estate Broker, Mario Carey talk about his career and how his profession impacts the Built Environment in The Bahamas. Mr. Carey also shares his views on the future development of the country, and share some insightful ideas on how he grew to be the professional that he is and how he sees progress being made in The Bahamas through the Real Estate Industry.

Click play and feel free to share your thoughts and views on the discussion.

L-R: Architect Michael Diggiss (Co-Host); Engineer Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming (Host); Realtor Mario Carey (Guest); and Engineer Hammond Rahming (Co-Host).

L-R: Architect Michael Diggiss (Co-Host); Engineer Lelawattee Manoo-Rahming (Host); Realtor Mario Carey (Guest); and Engineer Hammond Rahming (Co-Host).