About the DHTA
The Dominica Hotel & Tourism Association (DHTA), first established in 1972, is a non-profit organization providing centralized and innovative information, advocacy, and leadership for the tourism industry in Dominica.
DHTA Board of Directors for the year 2014-2015
President - Gregor Nassief is Owner/Director of Secret Bay and Executive Chairman of the Fort Young Hotel, as well as Founder and CEO of Cerca Technology, a Latin America based Software Implementation company founded in 1993. Gregor is also a Director of Agostini Limited in Trinidad and a member of the board of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth as well as Crime Stoppers Dominica. Gregor was born in Dominica and studied information technology and finance at New York University. He is married to Venezuelan Sandra Vivas. They currently reside in Trafalgar, Dominica with their two children Gaston and Manuela.
First Vice President - Simon Walsh
Director/Accommodation - Marvlyn Alexander James is presently the General Manager of the Fort Young Hotel and has been in that position for the last 14 months.
She has worked within the Tourism Industry for the past 15 years, nine of those years at the now defunct National Development Corporation and the Discover Dominica Authority. She has held a number of progressively responsible positions to include, Tourism Officer, STEP Coordinator, Quality Assurance Officer; Head of Marketing and acted in the position of Director of Tourism on several occasions. She is presently serving on the Marketing Committee of the Discover Dominica Authority.
Before joining the Private Sector Mrs. James headed the implementation of the Tourism Sector Development Programme, an EC$10m European Union funded project and was instrumental in setting up the National Community Tourism Association and working with several community groups to improve on the quality and packaging of their tourism product.
Marvlyn holds Bachelor of Science with Honors in Management and Marketing from the University of the West Indies and undergone graduate courses leading to an MBA at the University of Leicester. She is also a Certified Hospitality Department Trainer.
Director/Tourism Services - Arienne Perryman began her studies in London Ontario, majoring in International Development & French. Her university career allowed her study abroad opportunities in France, Panama and The United States. In between her Bachelors & Msc. She took advantage of a teaching opportunity to Michoacán Mexico. She moved back to Dominica in 2006/7 and accepted a position at the Discover Dominica Authority as a Marketing Executive responsible for France, French West Indies and The Caribbean. This was an ideal segway into her current role as Manager of Castle Comfort Lodge/Dive Dominica, a family owned and operated business. She has sat on the DHTA Board in 2012/3 and her role as Secretary in 2014 immediately led to Vice President responsible for Tourism Services.
Director/Related Services - Jacqueline Dupigny iis a Small Business Operator of KAI K Boutique and Cartwheel Café. She holds a Certificate from the Barbados Hotel School in Institutional Catering and Hospitality Services, as well as a Diploma in Business Management University of the West Indies (UWI). Jaqueline is also a Founding member of the Society for Historic Architecture and Enhancement (SHAPE).
Director - On February 16, 2009 Mr. Colin Piper officially took office as the CEO and Director of Tourism of Discover Dominica Authority. Mr. Piper has over two decades of sales, marketing and operations experience both domestically and internationally. Prior to his appointment as CEO, Mr. Piper worked for Microsoft Corporation, where he developed strategies for sales to the financial services sector. These sales strategies generated over $12 million in sales of software products for computing devices worldwide to clients including US Bank, the 6th largest bank in the US, and Ameriprise Financial, the 3rd largest financial advisory firm in the US ranked by number of advisors. He held similar positions at Thomson Reuters and IBM, where he cultivated and advanced his professional career.
Mr. Piper further spent two years working as a key member of the management team of the National Development Corporation for Dominica. He played a vital role in operationalizing the World Creole Music Festival and acted as the Executive Director for the 2001 staging of the Festival. Mr. Piper also was a principal of FreeStyle Inc, a leading local media consultancy firm, where he helped develop destination marketing campaigns to grow the destination’s tourism industry. Mr. Piper served two years as treasurer of the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association where he implemented fiscal policy to balance the books.
Mr. Piper manages a staff of 25 individuals and is the chairman of the Dominica Festivals Committee. In his capacity as CEO and Director of Tourism, Mr. Piper is responsible for the areas of Destination Marketing and Product Development. In his most recent tenure he has implemented the Nature Island Challenge and the Dominica Film Challenge, two events that have generated content for the destination and utilized the digital space to distribute such content.
Mr. Piper is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Carlson School Of Management, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Finance and his MBA in Marketing, Finance and Strategic Management.
Executive Vice President – Stephanie Astaphan is from the Roseau Valley. Stephanie has an economics background, with work-study experience in non-profit management, project administration and research. She earned a postgraduate degree in international economics from the University of the West Indies, with specialization in the area of trade and sustainable development economics. Stephanie serves as Co-Founder/Director of Operations of the DREAM Foundation, a non-profit organization founded on a commitment to support the development of Holistic education in Dominica. She has also served as consultant and board member to the DHTA, providing support on a number of the Association’s core services and working closely with the Association and it’s Board of Directors to restructure and strengthen the Association.
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