Contributors Bios - Winter 2011
DR. MICHAEL CONNORS
A fine and decorative arts scholar, antiquarian and thirty-year veteran in his field, Michael received his Ph.D. from New York University, where he taught for fifteen years. Having established Michael Connors International Inc. in the 1980s, Michael’s comprehensive authority has made him a key resource for dealers, designers, private collectors and museums alike.
Heading up the Corporate Finance division of KPMG in the Cayman Island and BVI, Tully has been advising private and public sector clients since 2000. Before coming to Cayman, he worked in London with KPMG Corporate Finance and, before that, with Citi Capital Strategies in the USA. Tully’s experience includes advising clients on acquisitions or disposals, debt and equity fundraising, strategic options reviews and valuations.
JOHN DOAK, ARCHITECT
Calling the Cayman Islands home since 1979, ‘Imagineer’ John formed his own firm, John Doak Architecture, in 2001. With an emphasis on constructing buildings that respect local vernacular style, he is proud to perpetuate the cultural legacy of the islands in which he works. When not at the office, John can be found blasting Pavarotti while relaxing with his family, rum in hand.
RICHARD FINNEGAN, ARCHITECT
Canadian-born and trained, Richard practiced with modernist firm di Castri Architects and taught at the Pacific Design College before relocating to the British Virgin Islands in 1998 to work as a Director at RDP Architects, Engineers + Interiors. An advocate of preserving heritage structures in the Virgin Islands, Richard is also committed to designing new buildings that are socially, economically and environmentally responsible. An aficionado of all things vintage, in his spare time Richard can be found tooling around in his classic car or maintaining his forty year old sailboat.
A resident of the Cayman Islands for the past thirteen years, Canadianborn Marcia is a fulltime ‘domestic goddess’ to her three children and has a keen interest in the arts. A volunteer for the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands and the Central Caribbean Marine Institute, she loves to run and travel whenever possible. This past year she carved out her own aerie above her garage where she is pursuing her passion for painting and all things creative. In this issue Marcia wets her feet with RL and reviews St Kitts artist, Kate Spencer.
A Senior Associate with law firm O’Neal Webster in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) since 2004, Willa grew up in St Kitts and Nevis. A nomad at heart, Willa chose to study in Barbados, Jamaica, Washington and Europe before settling in BVI. When not travelling abroad, Willa can be found planning her next adventure or entertaining at home. In this issue Willa outlines the legal ins and outs of buying property in BVI.
SIMON J. WATSON BSC IRRV (HONS) FRICS PARTNER
A practicing Chartered Valuation Surveyor for over twenty years, a founding Board Member of the regional chapter of The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, RICS Caribbean, and the first accredited RICS Assessor in Valuations in the region, Simon put his experience to good use as a founding partner of Charterland Ltd. Originally from England, he now lives permanently in the Cayman Islands and is an ardent Clash fan.
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