Biographies for 2012 AGM Director Nominations


Monique Cartwright has been practicing law since 1996. She started her career as an Associate in the corporate banking department of Shearn, Delamore & Co, one of the largest law firms in Malaysia. She moved back to The Bahamas in early 2001 and immediately thereafter became a Senior Associate in the offshore department of Graham, Thompson & Co. In 2004 she became a Partner in the law firm of King & Co., located in Sandyport Olde Town.

Monique has worked principally in the areas of property, property development, corporate, commercial, shipping, investment fund, banking and securities law.

Monique holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tulane University (USA), a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Bristol (England) and a Master of Laws degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science (England). Monique has been a member of both the English Bar and The Bahamas Bar since 1994 and the Malaysian Bar since 1998.



Edward Gardner has been a resident of Sandyport since 2001 and a Sandyport Homeowners Association Director since 2010. His professional business experience has primarily been involved in the Wines & Spirits industry in the United States and the Bahamas along with a brief period managing a cargo transportation company here in the Bahamas called Crowley Liner Services. Presently he is the Vice President of Retail and Purchasing for Bristol Wines & Spirits. He has a Bachelors of Science Degree from Florida State University.

He and his family truly enjoy the Sandyport community. His three children, Alexandra 12, Ted 11 and Emilia 8, attend the Tambearly School and his wife, Paula, is a homemaker. He has been active in the community organizing the shipment of the playground equipment for the original playground free of charge via Crowley Liner Services. He played a role as a committee member on the original Sandyport Homeowners Association board by assisting management with the purchasing and logistics of the materials to landscape the entrance of Sandyport at a considerable cost savings. Appointed to the Sandyport Homeowners Board since 2010, he has been active in assisting management and attends all Directors meetings. He is also a supporter and contributor to the Sandyport Social Committee that organized the October Social and the 1st Annual Sandyport Christmas Tree Lighting Party benefitting Sandyport Children and fundraiser for charity. Along with his involvement in all of these activities he is also a Junior Baseball League of Nassau little league coach and has coached many Sandyport children over the past 6 years. Sandyport continues to be a great location to live and raise a family. Edward is committed to improving the Sandyport community and our investments as homeowners.



Mr. Holcombe has been a member of the elected Board of Directors and Treasurer of Sandyport Homeowners Association for the last two years and has been resident of Sandyport since 2003.  During this period, the HOA has increased its reserves, reduced the provision for bad debts, improved cash flow and delivered on budget.  Mr. Holcombe has over 22 years of banking and corporate finance experience having completed over US$12 billion of financing and advisory transactions.  He has significant experience in M&A advisory, and public and private debt and equity financings. Currently, Mr. Holcombe is a Senior Advisor to Providence Advisors Limited, a  financial services firm based in the Bahamas and Managing Partner of Stirling Partners (Bahamas) Ltd., a Bahamas financial advisory firm.   Formerly, he was Managing Director and Head of Asset Management for Madison Williams Holdings, LLC, and Head of Corporate Development/Private Equity of GEM Global Equities Management S.A.  He has also worked as an senior investment banker at Global Hunter Securities, Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette, Gleacher NatWest/NatWest Markets, and ING Capital.  Also, Mr. Holcombe acted as CEO, President and CFO of a public U.S. company which he was hired to restructure.  Locally, Mr. Holcombe is the co-founder of MS Corporate Ltd., a Nassau based private-equity firm focused on Bahamian investments in start-up companies and the lower middle-market. Mr. Holcombe has been a Board Director of 10 private and public companies, and, Treasurer and Director of two other Homeowner Associations in New York and Florida. Mr. Holcombe holds a B.A. from Colgate University and graduated from the Chemical Banking Corporation Global Management Training Program in New York City. Furthermore, Mr. Holcombe is involved with the Alumni Admissions Program and Maroon Mentor Program at Colgate University.  Also, he is the proud coach of the Junior League Baseball Nassau Blue Claws and Cubs teams.   The Holcombe family owns two homes in Sandyport.  Mr. Holcombe is a permanent resident of the Bahamas, married to a Bahamian citizen, Tara Klonaris, and has 2 children.



Born: May 22, 1957
Married:Lisa (32 years)
Children: Ryan and David
Retired partner from Deloitte & Touche after approx.30 years in the accounting profession.




Kim was born in Cape Town, South Africa and has travelled extensively throughout the world.  She has worked and lived in Zanzibar, England,  Europe, Australia, Canada and the Cayman Islands.  Kim has been involved with a number of projects within the community, is a regular volunteer at the Humane Society and Baark and serves on the Sandyport Social Committee.  She is married with two young boys and has been living in Sandyport for 5 years.




DOB: 28th December 1944
Nationality: British
Status: Married, Permanent Resident of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Owner: 131 Sandyport Drive, Sandyport, Nassau

Background: Has lived in Nassau since 1998 and for the period Jan 1998 – Dec 2003 was CEO of United European Bank and Trust Ltd ( part of BNP Paribas group). 2004 to date Managing Director, Octogone Fund Management Ltd.




Michael V. Roberts is the classic American entrepreneur. Born to middle class hard working parents, educated in the public schools, he worked his way through college and law school to become a successful businessmen. Throughout his rise in business, Mr. Roberts maintained a strong commitment to giving back to the community of which he came. Mr Roberts is a permanent resident of the Bahamas. He first invested in Sandyport in 1998 where he built and lived in one of the two first build homes on Water Colour Cay. He and his brother are now the largest property owners in the residential gated community of Sandyport. Mr. Roberts’ broad range of professional knowledge and experience developed as a business owner and encompasses the application of innovative financing strategies for large public projects, public-private sector development negotiation strategies, and successful management techniques for urban commercial properties. His leadership in the creation of innovative strategies for financing of redevelopment projects. In the decades that followed, Mr. Roberts used his extraordinary and creative leadership abilities to build a business empire that encompasses television and radio broadcasting, real estate development, plus hotel ownership and management. Mr. Roberts received his Juris Doctorate degree from St. Louis University in 1974. Prior to graduation from law school, the International Institute of Human Rights, Strasbourg, France (1973); and The Hague, Academy of International Law, The Hague, Holland (1972). Mr. Roberts holds three Honorary Doctorates and is the author the best sellers book Action Has No Season.



Born: Nassau September 26 1952

Married to: Betty A. Roberts 37 years

Work Experience: 42 years in Food Distribution Industry

Vice Commodore Nassau Yacht Club 2005, 2006, 2012

Commodore Nassau Yacht Club 2008, 2009




Robert “Sandy” Sands started his career at the Nassau Beach Hotel in 1971. He subsequently spent terms as General Manager at various hotels in the Caribbean and The Bahamas (Guyana Pegasus, Jamaica Pegasus, Carnival’s Crystal Palace Casino, Crystal Palace Riviera Tower (Formerly Cable Beach Hotel) and worked for three-years as Vice President & General Manager of the Nassau Wyndham Resort & Crystal Palace Casino before returning to the Nassau Beach Hotel in 2004. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Arts Degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism Administration from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.

In 1993, he received the coveted Cacique “Hotelier of the Year” Award for his outstanding contributions to the development of tourism in The Bahamas. In 1997, he was awarded the Bahamas Silver Jubilee Medal for Tourism.

In May 2005, Baha Mar Ltd. announced the appointment of Robert Sands to Senior Vice President of Administration and External Relations. In this role, he assumed responsibility for the development and execution of Baha Mar’s government relations, corporate outreach initiatives, all government and external affairs, industrial relations and human capital programs.

Mr. Sands, 58, is the Honorary Consul General to Japan, President of The Bahamas Hotel Employer’s Association; the Past President and a Director of The Bahamas Hotel Association; Trustee both of The Hotel Industry Management and Allied Pension Funds; Past Chairman and Director of The Nassau/Cable Beach/Paradise Island Promotion Board; Member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army; Member of the Vestry, St. Christopher’s Anglican Church; Director, Elizabeth Estates Children’s Home; Member, Vice Chairman and Director of AML Foods Ltd. and Director of Providence Advisors Ltd.; He also held previous Board Directorships with the Bahamas International Security Exchange (BISX), Bahamasair Director of National Insurance Board Director of Paradise Fisheries and The Bank of The Bahamas.

He is married to former Senator The Honourable Michelle Pindling-Sands. He has five children; Delano, Omar, Ashley, Lauren and Holly and one grandchild.



Stanja Seivright has managed campaigns and strategic advertising programs for some of the world’s largest multinational organizations. She started off in advertising working for Grey Jamaica (Grimax Advertising Ltd.) leading account teams in the region on the Procter & Gamble, American Airlines, and McDonald’s businesses.

After Grey, Stanja spent two years at MTV Networks in New York as Advertising Manager for Nickelodeon where she managed and executed Nickelodeon’s biggest brand initiative to date “Nick Nation”. She was later appointed task force leader for the network’s re-launch of “Nick at Nite” and the formal presentation to the New York media community.

Stanja’s bilingual capabilities then took her to lead overall strategy and creative development for multicultural advertising programs on the Verizon Wireless and Johnson & Johnson accounts on behalf of Inter Public Group’s multicultural agency in New York. While there, she was promoted to VP, Group Account Director-Hispanic Initiatives.

After leaving New York she headed to Miami to lead strategic development and execution of Hispanic customer acquisition and retention programs on the Bellsouth and Nestle accounts for French advertising group-Publicis. After marriage and two children, she relocated with her family to The Bahamas following her husband’s career with the hotel chain Sandals.

Fluent in French and Spanish, Stanja holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in French with a minor in Spanish and International Relations from Regis College in Massachusetts. Stanja has taught French at Tambearly School and is the local volunteer coordinator for the annual Bahamas Trike-A-Thon event for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, held for the past 2 years at Sandyport.

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