Reuben K Byrd 

Senior Vice President of Operations at Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited, Marine

About Reuben K Byrd 

Grand Bahama Shipyard, Limited, Supports the Community

Chief Operating Officer Reuben K Byrd joined Grand Bahama Shipyard, Limited, in 2009. Under the leadership of Reuben K. Byrd, the company has improved productivity, training programs, and revenue.

Grand Bahama Shipyard, Limited, is headquartered in Freeport, Bahamas. The company has grown to be a household name in the international shipping industry. Grand Bahama Shipyard specializes in docks, ship repairs, ship conversions, and fabrication. Providing quality service and care, the organization maintains the strict standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and International Organization for Standardization.

Beyond its core business, Grand Bahama Shipyard also focuses on its civic social responsibility. Involved in building a strong community, the company is preparing for its 5th Annual Fishing Tournament, which will take place in March 2015. The fundraising event raises vital donations that support local schools in East and West Grand Bahama. Past tournaments have made it possible for Bartlett Hill Primary School to purchase a new freezer, revitalize its existing playground,obtain sports equipment and install computer labs with smart boards.

To learn more about the company’s community work, visit www.grandbahamashipyard.com.

Golf in the Bahamas

Reuben K. Byrd joined Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited in 2009 and now serves as its Chief Operating Officer. In addition to leading the firm to increased production and revenue results, he also made significant changes to the company’s apprenticeship program. When he is not pursuing his professional objectives, Reuben K. Byrd enjoys golfing on one of the island nation’s numerous courses.

Although the island nation is made up of more than 700 islands, most are small and do not have the space to support a golf course. Golf courses in the Bahamas are generally found on four islands: Grand Bahama, New Providence (Nassau), Great Exuma, and Treasure Cay in the Abacos Islands.

Grand Bahama is home to several golf courses, all in or around Freeport. The Reef Course at the Westin and Sheraton Our Lucaya Beach and Golf Resort, designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., delivers 18 holes of par-72 championship golf. Water is a factor on 13 of the holes, and while the greens are large and relatively flat, they are well-protected by the course’s 57 bunkers. The Lucayan Golf Course, also part of Our Lucaya, is the Bahamas’ oldest course. Designed by Dick Wilson, it rewards the precision shot-maker more than the long-distance driver. Grand Bahama also is home to the Ruby and Emerald golf courses.

New Providence Island, where the nation’s capital of Nassau is situated, also hosts several top-rated golf courses, including the Blue Shark Golf Club, the One & Only Ocean Club Golf Resort (Paradise Island), the Albany Golf Course, and the Radisson Cable Beach Resort Gold Club.

Golf courses are also located on the Exuma Islands, a collection of two large islands and more than 300 small islands. Two of the Exuma’s premier courses, the Four Seasons Golf Club and Oceana Heights are both located on Emerald Bay. The Abacos, another collection of nearly 200 small islands, hosts the Abaco Club on Winding Bay and the Treasure Cay Hotel Resort and Marina.

UNICEF Responds to Ebola Outbreak

Reuben K. Byrd is an operations executive at Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited. He is also a philanthropist. Reuben K. Byrd regularly contributes to organizations that help the homeless in the Bahamas and to UNICEF.

The 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest of its kind. Affecting Nigeria, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Liberia, the Ebola virus had taken the lives of 1,427 people as of August 22, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In response to this event, UNICEF deployed planes filled with medical supplies to West Africa in August. The cargo planes left Copenhagen and landed in Monrovia, Liberia on the 23rd. On board were emergency supplies, including latex gloves and concentrated chlorine that would protect health workers and contain the spread of the infection. In addition, UNICEF sent oral rehydration salts, intravenous fluids, and ready-to-use therapeutic food. The supplies were distributed to healthcare facilities in the region that were critically short of medical necessities.

UNICEF has provided more than $2 million in aid since the Ebola outbreak was announced. The support includes sanitation equipment, protective gear for health workers, and transportation necessary for moving workers to areas that need attention.

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