Past President, Keith Parker Tibbetts Jr. a great supporter of the Chamber passes away on Monday, 5th June 2021
President Mike Gibbs, the Council and Staff wish to express our condolences to the family and friends of Keith Parker Tibbetts, Jr., who died on Monday, 5th June. Mr. Parker, as he was fondly known, served as President of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce from 1979-82. He was an advocate for the business community and the rights of people with special needs. His drive to ensure all people are given a good quality of life came from his own disability – an amputation as a result of diabetes complications.
The Chamber awarded Mr. Parker its Lifetime Achievement Award in Business in 2018 and he received the Cayman Islands Certificate and Badge of Honour during the Queen’s Birthday celebration in 2017. He described the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award as one of his proudest achievements.
Mr. Parker’s first business was an auto junkyard in George Town – launched with two partners in 1973. In 2005, he was one of three who founded Associated Industries, which is now a fully diversified rental company – continuing to support Cayman’s construction, automotive and equipment needs. The original Associated Industries has since expanded to: Ace, AI Rentals, Parkers, and Save the Date Weddings & Events Planners.
“Mr. Parker was a dedicated supporter of the Chamber and many other community groups. He attended and sponsored many Chamber events and was the largest exhibitor for many years in the annual Chamber of Commerce Business Expo at the Lions Centre in the 1990s. He was active on several Chamber committees and was always advocating for the rights of Caymanians and their ability to succeed in business and in life. He will be missed,” said CEO Wil Pineau.