In a changing of the guard,
long-serving president of the Cayman Contractors’ Association Steve Hawley has
The Association’s new president is
Rayal Bodden, who was unanimously elected by the members.
Mr Hawley said it was not wise to
have any one person remain president of an association for too long.
“The CCA is fortunate in having
quite a few very capable, very dedicated members and I felt that it was time to
pass the baton. I was particularly interested in seeing a younger contractor in
a leadership role and I am very pleased that Rayal Bodden has accepted the
Presidency,” said Mr. Hawley.
Incoming President Rayal Bodden is
a Director of Robson’s Construction. Mr. Bodden’s name is associated with
Captain Rayal Bodden, one of Cayman’s finest shipbuilders during the great
Caymanian shipbuilding era. Since that time, Mr. Bodden’s family has been
continually involved in the construction industry and he follows the tradition
that was taught to him by his forebears.
“I was raised by a very traditional Caymanian
family and ethics were always at the centre of my training.
“The CCA works to assure that all
its members follow a high standard of ethics in the industry and the
continuation of that standard in the industry will be a prime focus for me as
President,” commented Bodden.
Past President Tommie Bodden commented
it was wonderful to have a young man of Bodden’s stature as the Association’s
“The CCA is an unusually democratic
association and we all have an equal say, but it’s important to us that we have
a spokesman whom we all respect and we all have a very high regard for Rayal.
We had a fine president in Steve Hawley and we all feel that Rayal is the best
choice to succeed him.”
Mr. Hawley noted that the CCA has a
full plate ahead for 2010 and said Bodden is quite eager to move ahead with the
work at hand.
“He will have the support and
assistance of all of us members. I look forward to serving under him.”
Mr. Bodden observed the Association’s
membership does not change direction dramatically with a change in president,
as the members are quite united in their view of what they are there to do.
“The CCA has always striven to assure that the
construction industry serves the Caymanian public well.
“That interest became heightened
after Hurricane Ivan and since that time, the CCA has worked tirelessly to do
everything it can to create increased consumer protection and to assist
up-and-coming contractors to establish and maintain high standards. Like
previous presidents, my task is to continue that effort to the best of my ability.
I look forward to doing just that,” he said.
Bodden invited contractors
interested in joining the Association to investigate its website.
“I would be happy to hear from any
contractors who are interested in membership.
“The CCA welcomes all contractors
to join, regardless of their size. All contractors and subcontractors can
benefit from membership,” he added.