Toastmasters members elect Anthony Longley to international board
Bahamian Anthony “Tony” Longley has been elected to the board of directors of Toastmasters International, the world’s leading organization devoted to communication and leadership skills development. Longley was elected to serve the 2018–2020 two-year term at the organization’s 87th annual international convention, held Aug. 22–25 in Chicago, Ill.
As a member of the Toastmasters International board of directors, Longley is a “working ambassador” for the organization. He works with the board to develop and support the policies and procedures that guide Toastmasters International in fulfilling its mission.
Longley is an executive financial services representative at Colina Insurance Ltd., where he has worked for the past 27 years. Longley has extensive experience in personal finance planning, selling individual life and health insurance products and employee benefits planning. Additionally, he performs confidential financial needs analyses to determine risks and vulnerabilities for his clients.
A “life member” of the Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Longley was appointed to the management committee of MDRT, where he headed the International Membership Communications Committee (IMCC). Working remotely, he led a multinational network consisting of hundreds of members, where he promoted the organization’s intrinsic value of membership. He also served as a board member and is a current member of the Communications Committee for the Saint Matthew’s Anglican Church.
A Toastmaster since 1987, Longley is a member of his home club, First Bahamas Branch Toastmasters Club 1600, in Nassau, as well as Healing Communicators and the Ernest T. Strachan Advanced Toastmasters Clubs. He has held a number of high-profile leadership positions within Toastmasters including District 47 governor. He has attained the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) designation — the highest level of educational achievement in the organization. In recognition of his outstanding contribution and commitment to the ideals of Toastmasters in District 47 (South-East Fl & The Bahamas), Longley was presented the coveted Presidential Citation award by the 2015-2016 International President Jim Kokocki. This honor was bestowed at the international convention held in Washington, D.C. in August 2016.
Longley, who joined Toastmasters to help control his stuttering, says, “I often share stories of my journey including my challenges and triumphs with new and prospective members. I let them know that they too can reap the same rewards once they commit to the investment of time and effort as I had to do.”
Toastmasters International is a worldwide nonprofit educational organization that empowers individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, the organization’s membership exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. Since 1924, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders.