USVIEDA Board Elects New Officers

Outgoing USVIEDA Board Chairman Jose` A. Penn (left) passes on the gavel to newly-elected USVIEDA Board Chairman Kevin A. Rodriquez at the USVIEDA Board Meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. (Photo by Semele A.C. George/USVIEDA)

The U.S. Virgin Islands Economic Development Authority (USVIEDA) elected three new board members — Kevin A. Rodriquez, Gary Molloy and Haldane Davies Ph.D. — to be officers on Wednesday, May 15.

This election took place at the USVIEDA office on St. Thomas in Nisky Shopping Center and via videoconference at William D. Roebuck Industrial Park conference room on St. Croix. They will serve in their new capacities, effective immediately.

Kevin A. Rodriquez, deputy chief of staff to the Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands, was elected as the new chairman of the board, replacing Jose’ A. Penn who has served as the USVIEDA Board chairman since 2014.

“As the newly-elected chairperson of the USVIEDA Board, I definitely look forward to working with the commissioners and staff members relative to advancing the economic progress of our territory, particularly through the work of the authority and our relationships with our partners in the public and private sectors,” said Rodriquez.

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Penn, who will continue to serve as a board member, reflected on his tenure while welcoming the incoming board officers.

“As a member of the USVIEDA Governing Board from April 2004 to present, and being the Board Chairman from December 2014 to May 15, 2019, I’ve had the privilege of serving our territory in a most meaningful way,” said Penn. “The best part of providing community service has been working and collaborating with USVIEDA management and staff, along with my fellow board members. I extend best wishes to the incoming board officers as we continue to work towards an improved quality of life for our territory,” he said.

Gary Molloy, commissioner-designee for the Virgin Islands Department of Labor, was elected vice chairman of the USVIEDA Board, replacing outgoing vice chairman Philip Payne. Molloy deemed his election an honor and an opportunity.

“I am honored to be elected as the Vice Chair of the USVIEDA Board. It is very important that this authority fulfill its role to work tirelessly to help improve the USVI economy,” said Vice Chair Molloy.

“This opportunity to be a part of the leadership on the USVIEDA Board comes at a critical time as our community is still recovering from the two natural disasters while it works simultaneously to attract various industries that can build, support and sustain economic development; increase the Virgin Islands’ ability to be competitive; and ensure that our territory has the necessary tools and resources to create opportunities for jobs and capital investment,” said Molloy.

Previous board member Haldane Davies Ph.D. was also elected as the new board secretary, replacing Avery Lewis.

“It is a privilege to work alongside our board members who make countless, important decisions that are in our territory’s best interest,” said Kamal I. Latham, USVIEDA chief executive officer.

“I am extremely grateful for the diligent leadership, service and guidance of our previous board members and officers, and I look forward to building new relationships under the leadership of our incoming board officers,” he said.

To learn more about the USVIEDA, visit www.usvieda.org.

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  1. Congrats to Kevin Rodriguez. You have big shoes to follow… Mr. Jose Penn did a fantastic job with the rest of the EDC team vetting EDC beneficiary companies. The program is so important for the USVI, don’t be fooled by those business people who have demonstrated previously to the EDC that the will not follow the rules. “some” business owners who have demonstrated that they completely lack any integrity at all, that they will outright lie and manipulate situations to suit their own purpose. That purpose being attempting to continually run their businesses as cheaply as possIble. Some are neglecting the safety of their operations their staffs, and not really meeting their obligations that they agreed to when applying to get into the program such as supplying good jobs to LOCAL residents, using licensed insured Local Contractors when necessary, not hiring illegal workers who they can pay poorly and who help them to make their business appear as though it can be run with LESS than enough full time staffSome would rather manipulate the carefully thought out requirements put in place by EDC, thus by breaking rules will allow them to provide less benefits, benefits that they are required to provide; 401k, vacation and paid sick leave, continued education opportunity, not bogus in house training programs which the employee never gains a better position after completing
    Bring business into the program that truly want to enhance the product that they are here to offer to our local residents and to the visitors that we rely on to support our tourism product, BUSINESSES that are safe to patronize, businesses that have been professionally INSPECTED for safety so that we don’t look less than adequately prepared to handle potentially dangerous situations. I have experienced the bad side of what an EDC beneficiary will attempt. It is sad that a great program such as EDA needs to be extremely careful, there are so many angles a dishonest business owner attempt. Check them out carefully. When you discover that they circumvented rules for their own monetary gain EDA should be able to require the monies that the business saved in Business Tax and in Excise Tax be returned to the coffers of the USVI.

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