Maura steps down at APD
Mike Maura has resigned as president of the Arawak Port Development (APD).
He told The Nassau Guardian that he resigned from the position on May 1 and started his new position with Global Ports Holding as regional director of the Americas yesterday.
Dion Bethel, former vice president and CFO of APD, will succeed him as president.
“I feel that my time with the company was well spent,” Maura told The Nassau Guardian.
“I believe I’ve made a significant impact on the organization. I’m very proud of the fact that I’ve helped to build a phenomenal team of Bahamians.
“I am proud to say that my departure is not going to negatively impact APD in anyway.
“I’m excited that it’s actually going to create opportunities for other Bahamians.
“I’m excited that a good friend of mine, and someone that I’ve worked closely with for the last nine years, joined APD in late 2010 as the vice president and CFO. And as I contemplated whether it was time for me to leave, I thought of him and I thought, ‘Here’s a guy who’s put in a lot of good work, he’s put his heart and soul into the business as well’.
“He understands the business very well and Dion Bethel has been our vice president since late 2010, and so he is the logical, and he is the appropriate, candidate; the best candidate to take over as president of the company.”
Maura touted his record and involvement in the relocation of commercial shipping from downtown Bay Street to Arawak Cay.
He noted that while he is proud of the work he has done, he is also excited to get back to the work he did prior to joining the APD.
“Before I joined APD I was working for Tropical Shipping and I had responsibilities for all of the ports in The Bahamas that they served; as well as I was involved in working with some of the ports that they have throughout the Caribbean,” Maura continued.
“So what I’m doing now is I’ve joined Global Ports Holding as their regional director of the Americas and so I will have the responsibility for their cruise port operations throughout the Caribbean and that’s exciting to me.
“I’m excited to once again have the opportunity to get involved in developing ports and building teams and establishing investment class cruise port facilities.
“I’m also proud of the fact that I’m a Bahamian. In our little, small country we have tremendous talent and I’m grateful that I’m being given this opportunity to show what Bahamians can do.”
Maura will remain on as chairman of APD.
“Dion’s a very capable guy, but for the purpose of just ensuring that there is continuity and that we have a smooth transition, and the fact that I know the business inside and out, I am going to remain on for a while as chairman and I’ll continue to support him 110 percent.”
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications