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the 2024 Anchor Awards

"Talent in your backyard: Caribbean Excellence"

 The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation (ACMF) hosts its seventh annual Gala.  We celebrate and thank our sponsors, donors, partners and academic institutions for their work with the Foundation. We look forward to welcoming you to the 2024 Anchor Awards. Be there!

Sincerest Gratitude to our Sponsors

Awards Gala Presenters

Gala Patron:
Gala Chairman:

Presenting Sponsor:

Arya Ali

First Lady Of Guyana

Tim Martin

President of Tropical Shipping


Transforming lives through maritime education

Our work is more than funding education for disadvantaged Caribbean youth who aspire to be part of the global shipping industry. Our work helps lift individuals and their families ‘out of poverty’.

This is what we hear month after month from our students whose only dream is to work in shipping, hopefully with your company at sea or shoreside.

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Trusted by our Strategic Partners

Advocating for maritime students in the Caribbean

The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation mission is to Alleviate poverty and transform lives in the Caribbean through maritime education and community development.

The Foundation

We believe that the maritime industry has a critical and unique role to play in reducing poverty, addressing gender inequality issues, and spurring economic growth in the Caribbean. (

Our Scholarships

The Foundation funds scholarships, grants, equipment for maritime training and education in the Caribbean. We extend scholarships to students attending or planning to attend any of our academic partners.

Career Exchange

The ACMF currently operates a Career Exchange Programme. We encourage students to complete their profile on the jobs board ( even if they have not yet graduated. The platform is free to employers and candidates.”

Board of Directors

  • Geneive Brown Metzger, LLD Hon, President & Executive Director
  • Fern J. Khan, Vice President & Chair, Nomination Committee
    Dean Emerita, Bank Street College
  • Emerson Alleyne, Secretary
    Former Executive Vice President, Shipping Association of Barbados
  • Elsie Rosario, Treasurer
    Director, Finance, Crowley Liner Services, Inc.
  • Captain Rawle Baddaloo
    Co-Leader, Caribbean Marine Environment Protection Association (CARIBMEPA)
  • Stephen Bell
    Vice President, Caribbean, Seaboard Marine Limited
  • Andrew O. Coggins, Jr., Ph.D., CDR, USN (Ret)
    Clinical Professor of Management, Lubin School of Business, PACE University
  • Juan Carlos Croston
    CEO, Vice President Marketing & Corporate Affairs, MIT
  • Cynthia Hudson
    CEO, HudsonAnalytix & Hudson Marine
  • Giora Israel
    President, Giora Israel LLC
  • Roland Malins-Smith, LLD Hon
  • Jennifer Nugent-Hill
    Director of Government and Community Affairs, Tropical Shipping
  • Michelle Otero Valdes, Esq.
    The Law Offices of Michelle Otero Valdés
  • Veronica Ramsundar, PhD,
    Assistant Professor, School of Business, Miami Dade College
  • Richard Scheff, General Counsel
    Partner, Faegre & Drinker

2024 Anchor Awards Dinner Committee

  • Chair: Jennifer Nugent-Hill,
    Director, Governmental & Community Affairs, Tropical Shipping USA
  • Lori Baer, Executive Director,
    Port Everglades Association
  • Roland and Loretta Malins-Smith
  • Helen OConnell, Director,
    Corporate Responsibility Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
  • Maya Nottage,
    Regional Marketing Manager at Nassau Cruise Port
  • Juan Carlos Croston,
    Vice President, Mkt and Corporate Affairs, MIT
  • Russell Benford,
    VP, Govt. Relations, Americas, Royal Caribbean Group
  • Stephen Bell,
    Regional VP, Seaboard Marine
  • Claudine Pohl,
    CEO, Lemoneight Communications
  • Roger Blum,
    Principal, Cruise and Port Advisors, Inc

Caribbean Academic

Thanks to our Sponsors & Donors