Board of Directors

    Christopher Alcazar
    President

    Committed to constantly connecting, building, and empowering people, Vemco’s CEO, Christopher Alcazar, is all about the individuals behind the business. While driven by results, impact, and disruptive innovation, he believes the growth of the person is what is most essential to the development of a company. He lives by the philosophy that you don’t just get things done, you get it done right! As a frontrunner in business and devoted husband and father of two wonderful girls, Christopher leads a company with passion by constantly challenging himself and others to do things differently and stay ahead of the game.
    Passionate about changing the landscape of the economy of Trinidad and Tobago- its people, its development, its economy, its social aspects- Christopher has diversified his portfolio by currently serving as the President of the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturing Association (TTMA). This allows him to be a voice for manufacturers trying to get their business going and sees the association as an opportunity to improve the way people serve on a national scale and thus can contribute to nation-wide development.
    His sheer business expertise and meticulous monitoring of global trends and best practices allow him to position Vemco a step ahead of its competitors. As a graduate in Business from the University of Tampa, Florida and a background in business development, product conceptualisation, and marketing, Christopher Alcazar has always been an advocate of growing export market share within CARICOM, Latin America and key international markets.
    Christopher’s previous experience at Associated Brands Industries Ltd (ABIL) laid the foundation for his knowledge in the creation of home grown products which would eventually be exported to other territories.
    He believes that the people of Vemco are critical to the company’s success, and by cultivating a team with the right determination and desire to grow the business locally, regionally and internationally, possibilities are endless. This is why he is heavily invested in developing the human resources of the company by working with all parties within the production process and supply chain to ensure product availability and consistency.
    In the words of Christopher Alcazar, “We have to take risks and we are going to fail in some areas, but, we need to learn from those failures and move on.” To him, that defines both our legacy and future success.

    Franka Costelloe
    1st Vice President

    Ms. Costelloe holds a (MSC) Master’s Degree in Building and Construction Management (with distinction), an (MBOS) Associate Degree in Project Management and a (BSC) Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Human Resources and Masters Certificate in Coprorate Governance.

    Franka Costelloe is a Director of Lifetime Roofing Ltd; a manufacturer, distributor and contractor specialized in metal and flat roof waterproofing. She has experience in various departments including; Human Resources, Project Management, Contracts, Budget Planning & Administration, Sales and Marketing.

    Ms. Costelloe currently sits on the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturer’s Association Board, First Citizens, First Citizens Investment Services, First Citizens Trustee and Chairs the Human Resource Committee of First Citizens.

    Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed
    2nd Vice President

    Dr. Mikaeel Mohammed is a graduate of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, where he attained his M.B., B.Ch, B.A.O. credentials. He holds certifications in executive leadership from various Business schools, most recently, Harvard Business School.At present Dr. Mohammed is Chief Executive Officer of Jaleel Distributors Limited, S.M. Jaleel’s Sales and Distribution Company.Dr. Mohammed also functions as a Director and Corporate Secretary of S.M. Jaleel and is the owner of several independent successful business enterprises.

    Robin Lewis
    Director

    Robin Lewis joined First Citizens as the GM Retail and Commercial Banking in April of 2012. He holds a Diploma in Business Management from the University of The West Indies and an MBA from the University of Lincoln in London. Mr. Lewis is a career banker with over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry. The majority of his career was spent with a local financial services provider gaining experience in all aspects of banking operations. His prior appointment was at director level with another major regional financial institution with responsibility for Banking Operations for the Retail Wealth and Small Business groups, also including Branch Banking, Electronic Channels and Call Centres. He currently sits on the Board of the Trinidad & Tobago Manufacturers’ Association.

    Anthony Farah
    Director

    Anthony G. Farah is the General Manager of MDC-UM, the largest manufacturer of office furniture in the region. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration from Miami Dade Community College, Mr. Farah gained 17 years of experience from a host of industries in the United States. Anthony returned to Trinidad to help develop MDC-UM’s strategic alliances with large furniture manufacturers in North America, China, Europe and India. As a consultant and project manager he has helped ensure that local content is maximized on projects in the Caribbean.

    Phillip Agostini
    Director

    Mr. Philippe Agositini is the current Executive Chairman of CGA Ltd since assuming the office in 2003. Previously, Mr. Agostini served as a Chairman and Director of CGA Limited from 2003-1995 and 1985-1995 respectively. Mr. Agostini is also the Managing Director of F.A. Agostini Estates Ltd, a family holding company. Mr. Agostini has served on many other associations. He is the Past President of the Agricultural Society of T & T, Past Chairman of Cocoa Research Advisory Committee (aka the cocoa Research Unit at UWI), Founder/ President of the Caribbean Agribusiness Association and the Chairman of the Caribbean Oils & Fats Association and others.

    George Naime
    Director

    Ryan Lewis
    Director

    Ryan Lewis is the Executive Director of Label House Group Limited. Mr. Lewis has extensive experience in marketing and finance having worked both locally and abroad. Mr. Lewis holds an MBA Marketing and Finance from University of Miami and a B.Sc. Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology.

    Ian Mitchell
    Director

    Mr. Ian Mitchell has over nineteen years experience in the manufacturing sector, having held managerial positions at WITCO and Bermudez Biscuit Company Limited where he last served as General Manager. Mr. Mitchell holds an International MBA as well as a B.Sc. Industrial Engineering, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Finance. Mr. Mitchell was a mentor with the Arthur Lok Jack Graduate School of Business and is currently the Managing Director at ANSA Polymer.

    Rodney Cowan
    Director

    Rodney Cowan is the Marketing Manager of Trinidad Cement Limited operations in Trinidad and supports the Commercial activities of the Barbados business unit. He is the holder of a B.Sc. in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies (St Augustine) and earned an MBA from the Herriot-Watt University.Mr. Cowan currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Trinidad and Tobago Contractor’s Association.

    Dale Parson
    Director

    Dale Parson is the CEO of KPL Group Ltd, a diversified group in the Manufacturing and Distribution Industry in Paints, Adhesives, and Brewery/Beverage products. Mr. Parson holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Strategic Leadership and Management from the University of the West Indies. He is currently pursuing his PhD in Business Administration with concentration in Marketing. Mr.Parson is a member of Board of Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (BOETT) and Association of Professional Engineers of Trinidad and Tobago (APETT). As the Chief Executive Officer of a regionally recognised privately held organisation, Mr. Parson has acquired extensive knowledge and experience in manufacturing, competitiveness, international trade, management, international business operations and strategic planning. His background provides the TTMA board with a broad scope of expertise in the manufacturing industry particularly in strategic planning, trade agreement negotiations and competitiveness.

    Tricia Coosal
    Director

    Tricia Coosal is a graduate of the University of Miami with an MBA from Nova Southeastern University. Ms.Coosal has over six years experience as an Executive Director of Finance and Administration at Coosal's Group of Companies. Ms.Coosal is also Founder, Managing Director and Corporate Secretary of Top Class Distributors Limited.

    Patricio Torres
    Director

    Gary Awai
    Director

    Mr. Awai has a banking career spanning over 30 years, in which he has held several senior management positions at various local banks including most recently, Deputy CEO at Intercommercial Bank Limited (now JMMB Bank). He is a Chartered Professional Accountant and member of the Society of Management Accountants of Nova Scotia, Canada, holds a Masters in Business Administration from Andrews University, Michigan and Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada. He has an extensive background in Treasury Risk Management, Strategic Management Accounting, Correspondent Banking, Structured Trade Finance, Compliance, Corporate Finance and Marketing and Sales, with strong emphasis in Treasury Operations, specifically Foreign Exchange and Dealing, where he has spent much of my career to date. Mr. Awai is a founder member of the Caribbean Financial Planning Association and a former director and past Vice President of both the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago and the Institute of Banking and Finance. He has also sat on the Trade Committee of the Bankers’ Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BATT). Additionally, He has been a part-time lecturer in the Special Degree in Banking and Finance at the University of the West Indies for the past eleven (12) years.

    John De Silva
    Director

    John De Silva is an experienced FMCG Executive and was appointed Managing Director of Unilever Caribbean Ltd. in November 2017. Mr. De Silva has over 20 years experience in General Management, Supply Chain, Operations, and Finance, having worked in Trinidad, Jamaica, Switzerland, The Dominican Republic and Mexico. Most of that time was spent with Nestlé, holding senior executive positions including Director at Nestlé Jamaica, General Manager of Nestlé Caribbean Inc., and Nestlé Professional’s Head of Supply Chain and Operations for Latin America.He has led the integration of acquired businesses, established Regional Shared Services, developed and executed manufacturing and operations improvement strategies, implemented Customer Service Excellence initiatives and turned around under-performing commercial operations through Consumer and Customer engagement, restructuring and cost-reduction and strengthening of Global Brands.John is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants of the UK and an alumnus of IMD Business School, Switzerland.

    Colin S. Sabga
    Corporate Secretary

    Mr.Colin Sabga holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol with a specialization in Private Equity, and a Masters of Law (with distinction) from University College London with a specialization in International Banking and Finance. He subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at the College of Law, London and the Legal Education Certificate at the Hugh Wooding Law School.
    He is a member of the Honorary Society of the Inner Temple and the Law Society of Trinidad & Tobago.In 2013, Colin joined the BCL Group of Companies full time as Executive Director responsible for new business development.

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