Board of Directors
Nikheel Advani: COO & Principal : Grace Bay Resorts
In his role as Chief Operating Officer and Principal, Nikheel Advani oversees overall operations, branding, sales & marketing and resort development of Grace Bay Resorts. He joined Grace Bay Club in August 2004 as Managing Director, serving as the top operational executive in the expansion and renovation of Grace Bay Club as it evolved from a $15 million, 21‐room boutique hotel to a full‐ service luxury resort boasting 82 suites and residences, now valued at over $250 million. Most recently he was responsible for the successful opening of the $100 million Veranda Resort & Residences in February 2010.
Nikheel spent seven years with Ritz‐Carlton Hotel Company internationally, specializing in hotel openings and operations, moving within the organization from Food & Beverage Manager to Executive Assistant Manager in Ritz‐Carlton properties spanning Singapore to New York City. In 2007, Grace Bay Club became a member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World, where Nikheel is currently a member of the Global Marketing Advisory Committee. In 2012, Nikheel was honored with the ‘Ultimate Hotelier Award’ award by Island Destinations, The Authority for Luxury Travel. Island Destinations.
Training and mentoring staff at Grace Bay Resorts is a priority for Nikheel, who founded Grace Bay Club Hotel School. He serves as Vice President on the board of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association and has been a board member for 3 years. Nikheel is a strong believer in giving back to the community and sits on the board of The Bodhi Tree Foundation. He also teaches and speaks at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and the Les Roches International School of Hotel Management. A Singapore national, he began his hotel education at Shatec, he is fluent in English and Mandarin and proficient in French and Hindi.
Mona Beeson: General Manager - The Sands at Grace Bay
Mona’s career began with Western International Hotels in Food & Beverage in Costa Mesa, California. In the following years Mona furthered her career as Director of Rooms Operations, at the Albuquerque Marriott Hotel in New Mexico, as Resident Manager at Marriott’s Grand Hotel Resort in Point Clear, Alabama, as Executive Director of Rooms Division at the Crystal Palace Resort and Casino in Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas, as Front Office Manager at New Orleans Marriott, Louisiana, as General Manager at Courtyard by Marriott in Metairie, Louisiana and as Director of Operations at JW Marriott, Houston, Texas.
Mona then set course for Sea and Sun as Resident Manager for Regent Palms Resort, voted one of Robb Report’s “Top 100 Resorts In The World”, in Caribbean Travel & Life “Readers Choice Awards for both Most Luxurious Resort and Best Hotel Spa” and in the World Travel Awards for “Turks and Caicos Leading Hotel Award.”
Mona now serves as General Manager of The Sands at Grace Bay, sister hotel to Regent Palms. The Sands at Grace Bay is awarded Condé Nast Traveler, Best in the World, Reader's Choice Award, Top 30 Hotels in the Caribbean the Atlantic, and Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence.
Stacy Cox: Executive Director - Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association
Stacy has served in the industry for more than two decades. A native of the Bahamas, Stacy began her career in the Bahamas at the now Atlantis Resort where she was awarded the Cacique Award, one of the Bahamas most prestigious tourism industry award.
Since relocating to the Turks and Caicos 1997, she has held several General Manager positions, served as a Board Member for TCHTA, co-founder of TCI Hospitality Adventure – Lit’l Chef program, and many other Tourism related projects.
Stacy joined TCHTA as Association Executive September 2011.
Don Dagenais: General Manager - Beaches Turks & Caicos
Donald R. Dagenais, a Canadian national, is an accomplished General Manager with over 30 years of experience. Being born and raised in Canada he is fluent in English and French. He holds a degree in Business Administration and also attended the ACCOR Academy, in Paris France, where he formally gained insightful training in the field of hotel management. Although Donald holds many more accolades he is a firm believer that learning is not a product of schooling but the lifelong attempt to acquire it.
His early career ambitions took him to major hotel groups in Ontario, Quebec and Alberta Canada. This experience gave him viable insight into the inner workings of corporate hotels. He has spent 25 years working as a General Manager in the Caribbean on the islands of St. Kitts, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Antigua, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic and of course the Turks and Caicos Islands, from boutique properties to all-inclusive and six star resorts. During these years he was privileged to have worked shoulder-to-shoulder with some of the most talented people in the Industry. Many of these people are still mentors to his work today. Donald is now in his sixth tenure as General Manager of Beaches Resort and Spa, Turks and Caicos. Under his guidance he has seen the construction and opening of the Italian Village in 2009 and the induction of the former Veranda Resort now the newly added Key West Village at the resort. He also held General Manager Position at Beaches Boscobel, Beaches Sandy Bay and Sandals Inn in Jamaica.
He has also added to his credit a stellar track record of managing international hotels and has developed a well-deserved reputation of delivering the Beaches/Sandals Company's “Luxury Included” promises to both the Travel Trade and to the teams that he manages - these deliverables are seen daily in the consistently high levels of performance of Beaches Turks and Caicos.
Recognizing the many brilliant people who have touched and shaped his career, he realized how deeply these people influenced his successes. This realization focused his attention on working closely with his invaluable team members to help him steer the Beaches Resort flagship resort into the next millennium.
Ian McLeod: Director - Ocean Club Resorts
Born in the U.K. and raised in Canada, Ian has called the Turks & Caicos home since 1995 where he and his family are proud to have been granted Turks & Caicos Islander status. Educated at Sir George Williams University, Ian worked in ski resorts in Canada, the US and Australia prior to getting into the hotel business in the 1970s and attending Cornell University. Ian has managed and opened hotels and resorts for Hilton, Four Seasons, Hyatt, Wyndham and Radisson in North America, the Middle East, Asia and four countries in the Caribbean. In the Turks & Caicos Ian has served on the Tourist Board, the National Parks Environmental Advisory Committee, is a past two term President of TCHTA and is President of Crime Stoppers.
John Smith: CEO -TCI Airports Authority- Ex Officio Member
John is a Chartered Manager with over 28 years international experience in the aviation industry. Among other areas of specialization he is trained in Six Sigma and Lean Manufacturing techniques. He has a MBA (UK), Dip. Tourism and travel agency management, inter alia. He has held executive positions in Engineering Maintenance Organizations, Airlines, and, Airports. He remains a member of the Chartered Managers Institute (UK), Royal Aeronautical Society (UK) and Institute of Directors (UK). John enjoys and focuses on recovering troubled organizations, developing and implementing change. Mr Smith places much emphasis on the TAR principles – Transparency, Accountability and Responsibility, embracing humility as a pillar of strength and performance the bedrock of achievement.
Séamus Day: Developer - Ex Officio Member
Séamus has lived and worked on Grand Turk for the last 14 years and has owned and operated various tourist and aviation related businesses over that period. Séamus now works in capital raising, business development and venture capital for funding major development projects around the region. Séamus sits on the TCIG Infrastructure Funding Board and is chairman of Community In Action, a TCI not for profit, which assists the old, young, and the vulnerable in society. Séamus is an avid big game fisherman, fine cabinetmaker and scuba diver.