The BTA Board of Directors is made up of nine men and women who are passionate about Bermuda and seeing her succeed. They bring a wealth of diverse corporate and tourism-related experience to their respective roles.
David Dodwell is the owner of The Reefs Hotel & Club in Bermuda and Nisbet Plantation Beach Club in Nevis. He has more than four decades of experience in the hospitality industry. The Reefs was the first Bermuda resort to earn the top spot as the #1 Atlantic resort in the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards. The Nisbet Plantation was named the #1 resort in the Caribbean, Bahamas and Bermuda two years in a row by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. Mr. Dodwell is a former Minister of Tourism for Bermuda, once served as the President of the Bermuda Hotel Association and is a member of the Resort Committee of the American Hospitality & Lodging Association. He was also named Caribbean Hotelier of the Year in 2010. Mr. Dodwell graduated from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration.
Phil Barnett is the Director and President of the Island Restaurant Group. Prior to the Island Restaurant Group, Mr. Barnett was a General Manager for Spectra Group of Great Restaurants. Mr. Barnett serves as a board member on the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Barnett holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia.
Peter Everson is the President of PEConsultants Ltd. He has extensive experience in investment banking, fund management, private equity and private banking. Prior to PEConsultants, Mr. Everson was the CEO of Schroders. Mr. Everson serves as a non-executive director for Delphi Management Limited and Shell Trust Bermuda Limited and a board member for the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce and the Association of Bermuda International Companies. Mr. Everson holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Leicester.
Earl (Butch) Graves Jr.
Earl (Butch) Graves Jr. is president & CEO of BLACK ENTERPRISE. He is responsible for the strategic positioning and overall profitability of the corporation which includes magazine publishing, television production, digital media, and business and lifestyle events. Butch joined BLACK ENTERPRISE in 1988 after earning his M.B.A. from Harvard University. After holding several positions within advertising & marketing, he was appointed president and chief operating officer in 1998 and named CEO in 2006. Under his guidance BLACK ENTERPRISE has expanded the reach of its signature magazine to include more than 4 million readers, redefined its Wealth for Life mission for the digital age with a revitalized multimedia website and iPad edition, and successfully launched broadcasts of Our World with Black Enterprise and the Black Enterprise Business Report into television syndication. Butch received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University in 1984.
Jessica Mello is Director of Consulting Services, Deloitte Bermuda, serving banking and public sector clients in Bermuda and the Caribbean. Before joining Deloitte Bermuda in 2011, she worked in the Economics practice at AECOM, a Fortune 500 infrastructure consulting firm. She was based in London and worked with clients in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, and China. Jessica is experienced in economic planning, feasibility analysis and strategy for tourism destinations. She has worked with visitor attractions, mixed-use destination resorts, entertainment retail districts, sporting destinations, iconic structures, waterfronts, and infrastructure. Ms. Mello has an MBA from London Business School and a BA from Middlebury College. She is also a member of the Bermuda Chamber of Commerce Economics Committee and served as a Performance Committee Analyst for the Bermuda SAGE Commission.
Allison Reid is the Senior Vice President of Real Estate of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Ms. Reid has extensive experience in hospitality and finance. Prior to being the Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Ms. Reid served as the Vice President of Owner Relations at Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Ms. Reid also has served in various finance positions at Interstate Hotels and ITT Sheraton Corporation. Ms. Reid is currently a member of the management board of EquityCo, LLC and OpBiz LLC. She also serves as the Vice President of Investor Relations of Starwood Hotel & Resorts Worldwide Inc. Ms. Reid holds a Bachelor of Science in both Accounting and Hotel and Institutional Management from Bryant College.
Paul Telford is the Hotel Manager at the Rosewood Tucker’s Point resort in Bermuda. Mr. Telford has 13 years international management experience in luxury hotels. His experiences have been both on the island of Bermuda initially in Food & Beverage operations and then off island with Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts where he started in Food & Beverage Management, and then transitioned into the Rooms Division. Mr. Telford’s most recent postings have seen him at Hotels & Resorts such as the Four Seasons Washington DC a Forbes 5 Star Hotel, the Four Seasons Punta Mita, Mexico, and The Kahala Hotel in Honolulu Hawaii, a Forbes 4 Star Resort & Spa before returning to Bermuda in 2008 to join the opening team of Tucker’s Point Hotel & Spa. Mr. Telford has a Bachelors Degree in International Hotel Management from the University of Buckingham.
Allison Towlson is the Regional Executive and Chief Operating Officer for ACE. She has extensive background in underwriting operations, corporate reporting, training and development and marketing in the insurance industry. Prior to ACE, Ms. Towlson served as the Assistant Vice President of Sedgwick Global Broking in Bermuda, and as an underwriter and claims administrator at Alexander Insurance Managers in Bermuda. Ms. Towlson serves as a Chairperson for the Insurance Development Council, board member for the Bermuda Business Development Corporation, associate for the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII), a mentor under the Bermuda Foundation for Insurance Studies in Bermuda and a member of the Association of Bermuda Insurers and Reinsurance (ABIR) working committee on contract certainty. Ms. Towlson holds an Associate’s Degree from the Chartered Insurance Institute.