Board of Directors
Nikheel Advani: COO & Principal : Grace Bay Resorts
When Nikheel Advani arrived at Grace Bay Club in 2004, his vision was to elevate luxury service at the resort and redefine exceptional experiences in the Caribbean.
Internationally acknowledged as one of the most distinguished hoteliers, he possesses an unwavering commitment to personal guest satisfaction — a focus that inspires each member of the Grace Bay Resorts team, and a sensibility that is palpable when on every property that carries the Grace Bay Resorts brand. Through his drive to deliver handmade luxury experiences to guests, Nikheel has transformed how Grace Bay Resorts delivers its elite level of bespoke touch points. His vision and commitment to excellence has been extensively recognized. In 2012, he was honored with the ‘Ultimate Hotelier of the Year’ award by Island Destinations. Under his leadership, Grace Bay Club was most recently awarded 'Member of the Year' for its team’s outstanding collaboration and partnership amongst the prestigious hotels within Leading Hotels of the World.
As Chief Operating Officer and Principal, Advani has played an integral role in Grace Bay Resorts' overall growth. He served as the top operational executive in the successful expansion and renovation of Grace Bay Club from a USD 15 million, 21-room boutique hotel to a USD 250 million, full–service luxury resort with 82 suites and Estate residences. Nikheel also expanded the brand with The Veranda Resort, West Bay Club and the exclusive 'micro resort' of luxury beach residences, The Private Villa Collection. Today, in addition to managing strategic oversight and growth, Nikheel provides leadership to the dynamic and influential sales and marketing powerhouse team of Grace Bay Resorts' branded properties.
Nikheel holds expertise and insight gained from decades at the helm of some of the most celebrated brands in the industry. He came to Grace Bay Club after serving as Hotel Manager of the renowned Raffles Hotel Singapore, where he also served as the Food and Beverage Champion for the entire Asia Pacific region. Prior to his time at Raffles, he held senior leadership roles in the opening of seven Ritz-Carlton properties, including New York, Singapore and Osaka.
When he’s not managing resort development, Nikheel is teaching at Cornell University, speaking at Les Roches and sits on various boards including Leading Hotels of the World and The Bondhi Tree Foundation. He is also an active member in the local community serving on the British Governors Business Advisory Group and is the Vice President of the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association. Passionate about training, mentoring and maximizing human potential, Nikheel also serves as Chairman of the Board for the Turks and Caicos International University. Advani graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with an honors degree in Hotel, Restaurant and Travel Administration, and successfully completed the General Manager Program at Harvard Business School.
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.
Todd Foss : CEO - Inn at Grace Bay
Todd has enjoyed serving his first full term on the TCHTA board representing Allied members. Throughout his career in education and business, Todd experienced working with numerous committees and boards including twelve years as a volunteer consultant for Special Olympics Canada, and as a member of that organization’s National Games Committee. He co-founded and built a sports association and governing body that organized sporting opportunities for over ten-thousand Jr. and Sr. High School students. Also, for the past nine years, Todd has been the Advisory Board Chair of the Turks and Caicos Salvation Army.
Todd and his wife Leslie have called Turks and Caicos their home for the past eleven years. Before moving to TCI, Todd’s background was in Education and School-Based Administration. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Studies, an Honours degree in Indigenous Studies, a Bachelor degree in Education and a Master’s of Business Administration. During their time in Turks and Caicos, they have invested and worked hard to create over forty-five new jobs in the country and are one of the largest allied members of the TCHTA.
Todd’s goals are to continue to support and build opportunities for local youth to gain experience in tourism and its related industries. As a long time sponsor of the TCI Youth Parliament, Todd knows first-hand the quality of young persons’ ready to engage themselves in all types of tourism-related occupations. His priority is to lead the TCHTA Allied Members to establish and support internationally recognized training programs here in the TCI that offer certifications in areas such as mechanics, graphic artists, culinary chefs, boat captains, property managers, and all the other trades and disciplines necessary for a strong local labor force. The expansion of certificate and diploma programs will ensure the opportunity for allied members to take advantage of a growth orientated tourism industry in each of the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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.