The First 30


ORJAN LINDROTH - President of Lindroth Development Company, is a Nassau based community builder whose projects emphasize sustainable architectural patterns as means of addressing modern ecological challenges and preserving local cultural identities. Orjan was born in Sweden, but grew up in The Bahamas where he attended St. Andrew's School in Nassau. He later graduated from The London School of Economics and Political Science with an Honours degree in Economics. After an international career in construction, design and property development - including significant projects in British Columbia, Alaska and the south of France - Orjan returned to The Bahamas in 1993, where he has developed several successful properties, including Old Fort Club and Islands at Old Fort, as well as producing, A Living Tradition, the first Bahamian architectural pattern book.

Orjan is part of a team of Bahamian pioneers currently building Schooner Bay, a village in South Abaco that is setting new benchmarks for thoughtful, sustainable development. He believes that The Bahamas can play a leadership role in the 21st Century by showing how sustainable living can enhance the cultural, environmental and economic health of island communities. Orjan lives in Nassau with his wife, Amanda, a noted interior designer, former President of The Bahamas Historical Society and a current board member of the Antiquities, Monuments and Museums Corporations, the principal heritage conservation agency of The Bahamas.
ED FIELDS - is the son of a former police Superintendent and Hotel Cashier. He was born in 1958 at the Princess Margaret Hospital and lived the first half of his life on the Fort (Fincastle) Hill off of East Street and in Boyd Subdivision, Chippingham up until he graduated from Graduate School in 1985.
PHILIP SIMON - is the former Executive Director of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and General Manager of Shipston Group Ltd., a diversified international investment holding company. He was born on the island of New Providence with parental roots in Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama and Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera.
LESLIE SEALY – was born at home on Peter Street and grew up in Bain Town, Nassau, Bahamas. His mother was Nurse Ursula Sealy for whom Sealy Ward in the Princess Margaret Hospital is named.
JOHN PINDER - was born in Nassau, his early education started at Sandilands Primary School, and L.W. Young Junior. He graduated from R. M. Bailey Senior High School in 1979.
NANCY KELLY is President and CEO of Kelly’s Home Centre Ltd. and President of Nassau Motor Company, is a business visionary with vast experience in retail merchandising. For many years, she has been the main buyer of china, crystal, software, stationery and seasonal products. She graduated from Smith College, Cum Laude with an honors degree in Economics.
NEIL C. ELLIS - is a proud Biminite and former business executive turned pastor. At an early age his oratorical skills catapulted him into the national spotlight and won him a scholarship to attend St. John’s College in Nassau. Having served as president of the College of the Bahamas Union of Students,
JACKSON BURNSIDE - is an Architect, Artist and Designer with broad experience locally and globally. Born in Nassau on East Street, he claims roots in Cat Island, Inagua, Long Cay, Rum Cay, Abaco, Grant’s Town and Bain Town. He is married to Pamela and is the father of two daughters, Ebony and Orchid. He is a graduate of Lincoln University (Pennsylvania) and the Graduate School of Fine Arts of the University
FRANKLYN R. WILSON - grew up in Ross Corner as the youngest of ten children from the union of Stanley and Della Wilson. He attended St. Barnabas Day School, Western Junior & Senior, St. Johns
ANTONIO “TOONS” BUTLER JR - was born on March 8, 1990 on the island of New Providence. He is the second child, and the only son of Antonio Butler Sr., a businessman and Colajean Darville-Butler, an educator/researcher. Currently, a Junior at The College of The Bahamas (COB) pursuing a degree in Economics and Finance, Antonio Jr. serves as President of The College of The Bahamas Union of
DIONNE BENJAMIN-SMITH - was born in Nassau, The Bahamas as the 12th child of Crispin and Catherine Benjamin. Both parents were lifelong civil servants of The Bahamas Government who instilled in their children the love of country and excellence in anything they put their hands to.