Board of Directors

    Tricia Coosal
    President

    Ms. Tricia Coosal is an Executive Director of Finance and Administration at the Coosal’s Group of Companies which allows the management and execution of a wide range of economic aspects. Her role in the 70-year-old plus Coosal’s Group allows her to possess a broad range of managerial skills, which is not only limited to finance and administration but extends to manufacturing, wholesale and retail. Managing and overseeing various departments such as Finance, Audit, Marketing, Sales, Human Resources, Information Technology, Security Management and Future Business Development also comprise her portfolio. She possesses administrative and financial background in the development of strong organisational systems and processes.

    Ms. Coosal is the current President of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA), a member of the Private Sector / Civil Society Group (PSCSG) and Trustee of Guardian Neediest Cases Fund (GNCF). She is also the Founder, Managing Director and Corporate Secretary of Top Class Distributors Limited, a Company which falls under her sole jurisdiction.

    Ms. Coosal holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a minor in English and a Master’s in Business Administration. After completion of her studies, she joined the Coosal’s Group of Companies in 2011. Currently is the Chair of the TTMA’s Legislative Committee and sits on TTMA's Productivity Committee.

    Ryan Lewis
    Vice President

    Executive Director, Label House Group Limited
    Ryan Lewis leads LH’s Sale Department, with customers throughout the Caribbean and South American region, and also oversees the company’s ongoing expansion efforts into emerging markets. He currently serves as Vice President on the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association’s Board of Directors and is a council member of the NCSD working group for the EMA.

    Previously, he held the position of General Manager and Marketing Manager at Restaurant Holdings Limited where he managed supplier relationships, both International and Regional, to maintain a steady flow of inputs. Additionally, he was responsible for strategic marketing planning, execution, and development of brands in Trinidad & Tobago and St. Lucia. He created and launched promotional programs for Burger King and Popeyes to drive traffic and build ticket average and developed programs to help build brand identity and maintain the brand promise. He holds an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the University of Miami, is an alumni of Fatima College, and a sports enthusiast.”

    Mr. Lewis is currently the chair of TTMA's Export Marketing Committee, and sits on its Finance, Asset Management and Marketing Committees.

    Dale Parson
    Vice President

    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.

    Mr. Parson is currently is the Chair of the TTMA’s Infrastructure Committee (formerly Transport and Logistics) and is the Vice Chair of the Export Marketing Committee.

    Emil Ramkissoon
    Corporate Secretary

    Emil Ramkissoon is a Director at New Wave Marketing Ltd, a manufacturer of PVC pipes and fittings throughout the Region; his portfolio includes comprehensive management of the company. Emil is also a Director of REPSCO Ltd- a construction and real estate development firm.

    Mr. Ramkissoon holds a Bachelors of Law (LL.B) from BPP University, London, and a law degree LPC from the University of Westminster, London. He returned to Trinidad and completed the in-service attachment at Pollonais, Blanc, de la Bastide, and Jacelon. Thereupon, he was admitted to practice law in the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago in 2018. Mr. Ramkissoon graduated with a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Nova Southeastern University, Ft Lauderdale.

    He is a member of the Law Association of Trinidad and Tobago (LATT). Mr. Ramkissoon is currently the Vice Chair of TTMA’s Marketing Committee, and sits on the Legislative and Membership Committees. He is also the current Corporate Secretary of TTMA’s Board.

    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. Mr. Farah is currently a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and Vice Chair of TTMA’s Membership and Standing Committees, and a member HR Committee.

    George Naime
    Director

    George Naime (GN) a former student if Harrisons College, is a founding partner of the B. E. Naime Group of companies (BEN) that was established in 1980 in Barbados. After the sale of the retail and manufacturing divisions of the BEN group in Barbados, Mr. Naime relocated to Trinidad and Tobago in 1992 and launched the PROTOX Aerosol Insecticide and Angel Liquid Detergent range of products.

    In 1993, Mr. Naime was also responsible for expanding the BEN group into the Energy Sector of Trinidad and Tobago by the establishment of Aerogas Processors Limited (APL) in 1998. A joint venture with the Rahael Group of companies. In 2012, with his partners, Joseph Naime and Tony Paul formed a company, BEN LNG, which is geared to provide supply chain solutions for applications of Natural Gas Derivatives as power plant displacement Fuels in the Caribbean. He also established Five Star Private Members Club in 2012. In 2016, he was appointed Director of TTMA, currently Chair of TTMA’s Standing Committee on Trade, Vice Chair of Productivity Committee, and a member of the TTMA’s Export Marketing Committee and was also appointed on Cariri’s Board.

    Gary Awai
    Director

    Mr. Awai is currently the Chief Executive Officer (Ag.) at Development Finance Limited where he has worked for the last five and a half years. He has a banking career spanning over 35 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 Trading and Dealing, where he has spent much of his career.

    Mr, Awai is member of the Academic Council of UWI Roytec and Director and Vice Chair of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (Trinidad and Tobago Chapter). He has also previously served as Vice President of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago, a Director of the Institute of Banking and Finance, and has been part-time lecturer in the Special Degree in Banking and Finance at the University of the West Indies for the period 2007 to 2017.

    Mr. Awai is the Chairman of TTMA’s Membership Committee.

    Guillermo Rojo De Diego
    Director

    Country Manager for Trinidad and Tobago – TCL, RML, TPL, TPM.
    Mr. Guillermo Rojo de Diego was appointed Country Manager for Trinidad and Tobago on February 6, 2019. Prior to this appointment he held the position of Country Manager, CEMEX Guatemala for three and a half years.

    An experienced professional with a 20 year history of working in the building materials industry in Spain, Morocco, Italy, Guatemala and now Trinidad and Tobago. Mr. Rojo de Diego assumed growing responsibilities within several CEMEX holding companies in a variety of areas such as technical, commercial, operations management and strategic planning in various businesses such as cement, concrete, mortar and aggregates.

    Mr. Rojo de Diego holds an International MBA from INSEAD, France, along with a major degree in Geological Sciences from Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain & Universidade de Ciencias de Lisboa, Portugal. Mr. Rojo de Diego is fluent in Spanish, English and French. Mr. Rojo is the Vice Chair of TTMA’s Infrastructure and a members of TTMA's Standing Committee.

    Josiane Khan
    Director

    Josiane Khan is the Anti-Illicit Trade Manager at West Indian Tobacco with over 20 years of experience in Government & Corporate Affairs and Media & Communications.
    Josiane sits on the leadership team with responsibility for both the local market and the Group’s Caribbean subsidiary which spans the English, French & Dutch speaking islands where she oversees illicit trade prevention.

    She is the Vice Chair of TTMA’s Legislative Committee, a member of the Marketing Committee, and sits on the Illicit Trade desk and has served on the NOVA Committee at the Trinidad & Tobago Chamber of Industry & Commerce for several years.

    In 2018, Josiane was appointed as Technical Secretary at the Bahamas Bureau of Quality Standards to support the development of a national standard related to tobacco products in her capacity as Government & External Affairs Manager for the Caribbean.

    Prior to her tenure at the BAT Group, she worked at an advertising agency as Client Service Director, leading several public relations and advocacy initiatives for both the private and public sector, locally and regionally.

    Josiane holds a master’s degree in Mass Communication from the University of Leicester, United Kingdom and a certificate in Protocol & Diplomatic Law from the Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean.

    Sana Ragbir
    Director

    Sana is currently the General Manager of First Citizens Investment Services Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of First Citizens Bank Limited. She has primary responsibility for the operations of the four countries that FCIS operates in. She has over 17 years’ experience in investment banking including more than 3 years’ experience with a large international investment banker. During her career, she has accumulated extensive experience in the international and regional securities markets.

    Sana is a prior Board member of American Chamber of Commerce of Trinidad & Tobago from 2016 to 2020, and a prior member of the Board of Directors of the Securities Dealers Association of Trinidad and Tobago from 2011 to 2015. She is a current member of the CFA Society of Trinidad and Tobago and the international CFA Institute.

    Sana obtained a Masters in Business Administration from Columbia Business School in New York and is also a Chartered Financial Analyst. She earned her Bachelors in Science from the University of the West Indies in Chemistry/Management where she graduated with First Class Honours. Ms. Ragbir is the Chair of TTMA’s HR Committee and sits on Membership Committee.


    Roger Roach
    Director

    Roger A. Roach is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lazuri Apparel Limited – a premier Manufacturer and Exporter of Corporate and Industrial Clothing and an authorized licensee for the Van Heusen brand in the Caribbean.

    He was re-elected to the TTMA Board of Directors in April 2020, and currently serves as Chairman of the Finance Committee and Member of the Export Marketing, Infrastructure and Productivity Committees. He served previously from 2013 to 2017 and during this period, he Chaired the Cabinet Appointed Standing Committee on Trade and Related Matters and the Advocacy Committee.

    Mr. Roach is also a Director on the Board of Evolving Technologies and Enterprise Development Company Limited (eTeck) and has a deep commercial understanding of local and CARICOM markets having served in executive leadership roles with major regional companies in the manufacturing and distribution sectors.

    He is the former Managing Director of ANSA Coatings Limited, the largest manufacturer and distributor of Decorative, Automotive, Industrial and Marine Paints in the Caribbean and also served as the Chief Executive Officer of Langston Roach Industries Limited, one of the largest and most diversified manufacturers and distributers of cleaning chemicals and beauty products in the region.

    He holds a BSc. in Economics & Management and a Post Graduate Diploma in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of the West Indies, as well as an International Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Arthur Lok Jack School of Business where he specialised in International Marketing

    Carla Furlonge-Walker
    Director

    Mrs. Carla Furlonge-Walker is a versatile and seasoned professional with over eighteen (18) years progressive experience in FMCG Marketing, Commercial and Business Operations with over ten (10) of these years intensively focused on Executive Leadership.

    Mrs. Furlonge-Walker is currently in the position of ANSA McAL Head of External Affairs - Beverage Sector, Caribbean Development Company/ Carib Brewery Limited. She is currently a Director of the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers’ Association (TTMA) and previously served as a director at Carib Brewery Limited, Grenada Breweries Limited, DCI Miami Inc., Alstons Marketing Company (AMCO) and Trinidad Broadcasting Company (TBC).

    Further to this, Mrs. Furlonge-Walker previously held the positions of Head of Commercial at RAMCO Industries (Rahamut Group of Companies), Vice President of Subway, Prestige Holdings Limited, Marketing Director and Global Marketing Manager at Carib Brewery Limited.

    Mrs. Furlonge-Walker holds a Master of Business Administration (Marketing) from the University of Leicester (London), a Post Graduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing (London) and a Higher Group Diploma in Principles of Management from London Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

    Mrs. Furlonge-Walker is the Chair of TTMA’s Marketing Committee and sits on the Export Marketing and Legislative Committees.


    Mr. Rudy Rampersad
    Director

    Rudy Rampersad is Head of Regional Initiatives at Ramps Logistics Ltd. Ramps Logistics is a supply chain technology company that provides end-to-end integrated logistics solutions globally. Rudy transitioned into the organization years ago after successfully pursuing a BSc in Business Management from the University of the West Indies. This progression was natural based on Ramps being a family-owned company established 36 years ago. Being the youngest of his siblings, Rudy took up the challenge to apply his technical knowledge with his passion for operations to charter an even brighter future for Ramps.

    As a visionary and champion for change, Rudy has an affinity for providing new opportunities for growth and development. He uses his position on the Guyana Oil and Gas Chamber board to encourage and motivate new talents. Rudy has also played an integral part in Ramps; expansion internationally, now with offices in Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Houston, Miami, Mexico, and Colombia. Rudy's ability to get things, no matter the circumstances, led to the successful execution of many projects within the oil and gas, distribution, and manufacturing sectors. These projects have inevitably led to Ramps Logistics being awarded the Supplier of Services award (2019) by the Trinidad and Tobago Manufacturers' Association.

    Mr. Rampersad sits on TTMA's Standing and Infrastructure Committees.

    Mr. Barry Fakoory
    Director

    Born into a family whose Business started in 1928 (93 years ago) and the holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Ryerson University in Canada, majoring in Business Management/Minor in Marketing, supported with a Diploma from Seneca College in Canada in Business Administration. Barry Fakoory has become an Authority in the Food Packaging Industry but has gained tremendous experience working in manufacturing, distribution, and offshore services for the petrochemical industry. When it comes to making decisions Barry’s passion for truth overrides the possibility that the decision may not work in his favour. He is thorough and his appetite to learn and explore in limitless.

    He is currently a member of the TTMA's Legislative and Standing Committees and is also a member of the Trinidad and Tobago Bureau of Standards Committee currently developing a National Standard for Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Products and Packaging. He also sits on the TTBS National Mirror Committee overseeing the development of the Regional Standard for Biodegradable Materials for Food Contact Products and Packaging. He has a certificate in the Principles of Waste Reduction, Recycling and Solid Waste Management from the SBCS and a certificate in Creating a Circular Economy in Trinidad and Tobago from the University of the West Indies. Barry is a Director at Floors WD Limited and Fakoory and Company Limited, but his day-to-day responsibilities lie primarily in the Research and Development of Sustainable Packaging for VF Packaging Ltd where he is the Sales Director. He has overseen the company’s process in attaining internationally recognised certification from the Biodegradable Products Institute to manufacture Certified Compostable/Biodegradable Products for the region.

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