Founder, BedfordBaker Group
Vincent Vanderpool-Wallace’s experience as co-president of Resorts International, then the largest private company in The Bahamas, as Director-General of Bahamas Tourism, as Secretary General & CEO of the Caribbean Tourism Organization and most recently as Minister of Tourism of The Bahamas has made him a much sought after speaker and advisor to both private companies and governments in the tourism and hospitality arena. He has been the principal architect of policies to ensure robust public-private sector cooperation in all of his initiatives as a result of bringing a unique perspective to the growth and development of businesses and destinations that rely on hospitality for their profitability and their economies. His tenure covered the best performing years in Bahamas tourism whether measured by total visitors, by hotel visitors, by cruise visitors, by tourism revenues or by levels of visitor satisfaction.
He is a graduate of Harvard University (BA, cum laude) and the University of Miami (MBA) from which he graduated at the top of his class. He has won a number of awards including being named at the 50th Anniversary of the Caribbean Tourism Organization as one of the 50 most influential people in Caribbean Tourism in the past 50 years, being selected by Fast Company magazine as one of the Fast 50 global champions of innovation as well as awards for Lifetime Achievement from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association (HSMAI) and from the Association of Travel Marketing Executives International (ATME). He was also named as one of the most extraordinary minds in Hospitality and Travel by HSMAI. In 2009, he was included in Her Majesty the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and awarded a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for his contributions to the development of Tourism. In 2010 at the World Tourism Organization’s Summit at World Travel Market in London, he was one of six Ministers of Tourism from around the world selected to give advice of the best way forward out of the Great Recession. More recently, he was selected to serve as a member of the Executive Committee of the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA).
Mr Vanderpool-Wallace has four academically and athletically gifted children. He was elected to the Harvard Varsity Club Hall of Fame and has been listed among the prominent Harvard Alumni who also excelled in athletics. He lives and works out of Nassau, Bahamas and Miami, Florida.