The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce was established in 1965 by 10 visionary business and civic leaders representing the various districts in the Cayman Islands.
In 1964 Administrator John A. Cumber called for the establishment of a Chamber of Commerce in the Cayman Islands. (An attempt by merchants 7-10 years earlier was unsuccessful). Mr. Cumber appointed the late Harry McCoy, a senior civil servant to the task of creating a local Chamber of Commerce. The Government was seeking to communicate with one organisation that would serve to represent the collective voice of business in the Islands at that time.
Attorneys, the late William S. Walker and the late Warren Conolly assisted Mr. McCoy with drafting the Chamber’s constitution. Mr. McCoy assembled active business and political leaders at the time from various districts who agreed to serve as the founding members. The founding fathers included:
Anton B. Bodden*, a merchant and Member of the Legislative Assembly from Bodden Town Cardinall DaCosta, a George Town businessman A Colin Panton*, a businessman and member of the Legislative Assembly from George Town John B. Smith*, a merchant from North Side Harry M. McCoy*, a civil servant William S. Walker*, a barrister-at-law from George Town Derek B. Wight*, a merchant from George Town Capt. Theo Bodden*, a merchant from George Town Warren Conolly*, a merchant, law agent and Member of the Legislative Assembly from East End T.W. Farrington*, a merchant and Member of the Legislative Assembly from West Bay
These “founding fathers” worked together to draft and approve 17 objectives for the organisation that would stand the test of time. In fact, since the document was drafted and registered with Government in March 1965 only minor amendments have been approved, demonstrating the trailblazing vision that has defined the work of the Chamber for five decades.
Many distinguished business leaders have served as President of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce. These men and women dedicated themselves along with the Council members who served with them to the advancement of the work of the organisation. The Chamber owes a great deal of respect and gratitude to these volunteer leaders and thanks them for their service to membership and the community.
Benson O. Ebanks Captain Theo Bodden* Clifton Hunter* Norberg K. Thompson* Captain Theo Bodden* Colin Whitelock* William S. Walker* K. Parker Tibbetts Jr. William H. Adam Nick Duggan* Seth Thomas Bodden Berna Thompson-Cummins David G. Bird Roy M. McTaggart Robert Wood David G. Bird Casey Gill Gailya C. Hall David Foster* W. Burns Conolly, AIA Conor O’Dea Sophia Ann Harris Joseph Hew Morgan DaCosta Angelyn Hernandez James Tibbetts Eddie Thompson Stuart Bostock James O'Neill David Kirkaldy Chris Duggan Johann Moxam Barry Bodden Paul Pearson Kyle Broadhurst Paul Byles Christopher Kirkconnell
Today the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is regarded as the most representative and influential private sector organisation and is the leading voice within Cayman’s business community, working alongside Government representing its members and helping to further business development across the Islands. Members range from small local businesses through to mid-sized companies to global institutions. The Chamber works tirelessly to advocate the needs of its members while at the same time offering a wide range of facilities and services to help promote and enhance Cayman’s business offering
The Chamber has a rich history of advocating for and promoting the business community. We are proud of the fact that we have played, and continue to play, an integral part in the successful growth and development of our Islands.