BIA names Orry J. Sands a lifetime achievement honoree
The Bahamas Insurance Association (BIA) recently named Orry J. Sands as its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree for the property and casualty sector.
“Orry J. Sands is the managing partner of Orry J. Sands & Company Ltd., a Bahamian general insurance agency for over thirty years. She has been in the insurance industry for almost 50 years and is a trailblazer and one of the most accomplished leaders of our industry,” expressed Warren Rolle, chairman for the BIA. “Our honoree is extremely knowledgeable of the insurance industry. She has set a strong example for the younger generation, always having demonstrated a strong work ethic and an appreciation for the importance of staying abreast of the industry and its developments. As a compelling advocate for insurance education, she has been a mentor to many and is most deserving of this recognition.”
Sands was the first Bahamian female to achieve the highest insurance designation of Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and later launched her own insurance agency in 1985, which continues to operate from its offices at 300 Shirley Street in New Providence.
Accepting her award, Sands acknowledged her entrance into the insurance industry was somewhat accidental, but one of the most rewarding decisions of her life. She expressed gratitude to the many persons who would have contributed to her five-decade-long career, most significantly her family.
Coordinator for the BIA Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson, added her congratulations to Sands, “Our honoree has been an asset to the insurance industry and her story of success and triumph is to be greatly admired, celebrated and emulated.”