April 24, 2013
The Hon. Fred Mitchell
Minister of Immigration & Foreign Affairs
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
I wish to write this letter with reference to an article appearing in the Tribune concerning Atlantis Resort & Casino inability to fill over 250 vacant positions. Honorable Minister it is disheartening to realize that in 2013 Bahamians are discriminated against for employment in the Bahamas. I am currently unemployed and have applied to this company for various vacant positions and have never received more than a computer generated response to my applications. I am well qualified for many of the positions advertised possessing a Bachelors degree in both Marketing and Finance and a Masters in Business Administration as well. Additionally, I have international experience having worked in the United States for over 10 years. It concerns me that people who want to work, qualified and possess a clean criminal record are denied employment for vacant jobs. I know I am not alone in this. Is this an issue that can be addressed in a national forum? Are these organizations that continue to boost of the economic benefit it provides to our small island nation truly what the portray themselves to be?
Honorable Minister I commend you on your recent initiatives and eagerly await continued initiatives in the quest for true Bahamianization of the workforce.
Alfred R. Spence
ALFRED R. SPENCE
Apt. #2 East St. South
OBJECTIVE: To contribute to an organization that strives for excellence in customer service and client relationships.
Western Governors University, Salt Lake City, Utah 01/2008-01/2009
Masters of Business Administration, with Management & Strategy emphasis.
University of West Florida, Pensacola, Florida 08/2001-4/2003
Bachelor of Science in Finance, with a concentration in Financial Management.
Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland 08/1995-5/1999
Bachelor of Science in Marketing, with a concentration in consumer behavior and professional sales and marketing campaigns.
BAF Financial & Insurance (Bahamas) Ltd. July 2011-Sep 2012
Accounts Administrator-Accounting Department
Responsible for preparing and maintaining financial statements, financial reporting to external agencies, budgeting, bank reconciliation for the following BAF entities: Bramer General Insurance Brokers Ltd., BAF General Insurance Turks and Caicos, Navy Lion Investment Ltd. and the reconciling cashier’s end-of-day tills for Cash-N-Go stores and BAF Financial offices. Also lead the team for yearly property appraisals for all BAF properties. Managed all bank accounts related to these entities. Liaise with all external Insurance carriers and managers of Turks and Caicos and Nassau Branches.
Fidelity Bank Bahamas Ltd. Nov 2010- July 2011
Robin Hood Branch
Customer Service Representative
Responsible for the maintenance of all client accounts and the facilitation
of Western Union money transfers. Also performed routine teller transactions for Fidelity Bank.
Seminole Tribe of Florida Tribal Headquarters June 2004-March 2010
Staff Accountant, Fixed Asset Account, Accounts Payable Specialist
Responsible for weekly Bank reconciliations and Payroll cash requirements for over 2,000 employees. Facilitated and maintained the Asset Management database for all Seminole properties. Assisted in the preparation of yearly financial statements for combined Seminole and Hard Rock properties. Worked in accounts payables, receivables and employee loan programs. Prepared quarterly SUTA (payroll tax information) for IRS. Worked with various governmental grants obtained by the Seminole Tribe. Worked extensively with the Self-Insurance and risk management departments of the Tribe. Analyzed the issuance and redemption of bonds used for expansion and acquisition of Hard Rock International.
Morgan Stanley Pensacola Branch Apr 2002-Dec 2002
Trained with a number of financial advisors in: trading, seminars, prospecting and portfolio management.
Scotia Bank (Bahamas) Ltd. March 1999-Aug 2001
Customer Service Representative
Performed routine teller transactions and participate in initial Sales Delivery Platform Program initiated in the Caribbean. Participated in numerous car shows and loan referral programs.
Accounts Payable Specialist
The Institute of Management and Administration 12/16/06
Registered Financial Associate
International Association of Registered Financial Consultants- 7/1/05
Master Financial Professional
American Academy of Financial Management 6/14/05
Toastmasters International Club 1600 12/19/00
Chartered Financial Analyst of Miami
Member since 2005
Institute of Certified Bankers
Associated Member August 2005.
Proficiency in all software applications associated with Microsoft Office Suites.
Excellent command of Microsoft Excel, Access, Power Point and Word.
Proficient with AccPac and QuickBooks Accounting software application.
Mr. Nathaniel Butler, Executive Officer, the National Insurance Board
502-1521 (Direct line).
Mr. Darren Bain, Lawyer, C.F. Butler & Associates
Kenwood Pratt, Chela-Tech medical laboratory, Lab Manager