Brac Cayman National building named after former chairman

Cayman National Bank in the Cayman Islands - PHOTO: TANEOS RAMSAY

The Cayman National Bank branch on Cayman Brac was recently dedicated to former bank chairman Benson Ebanks.

According to a press release, on Thursday, Oct. 20 customers, business owners, shareholders, staff and members of the CNB board of directors gathered for a ceremony acknowledging Mr. Ebanks by naming the newly expanded customer service center the Benson O. Ebanks Building.

The release states the dedication of the building was a decision by the board of directors who wanted to pay tribute to Mr. Ebanks for his long and dedicated service and contributions to Cayman National. Mr. Ebanks served as chairman of the board for 36 years beginning from the company’s inception in 1974.

Bank president Ormond Williams served as the master of ceremonies and gave a warm welcome to all in attendance. Remarks were made by Stuart Dack, Cayman National Corporation CEO, District Commissioner Ernie Scott on behalf of Deputy Premier and Sister Islands MLA Moses Kirkconnell, and by current chairman of the board Truman Bodden.

Mr. Bodden spoke of Mr. Ebanks’s accomplishments, his character and loyalty, and the vision which he shared with the late founding father of the bank Peter Tomkins and the other founding shareholders and directors, and his overall good nature. In addition to being the bank’s longest standing chairman, Mr. Ebanks held a long and distinguished career in banking and was instrumental in Cayman National establishing a presence in Cayman Brac.

Mr. Ebanks, Mr. Scott and Mr. Bodden participated in the official unveiling of the building name, and Zanda McLean, manager of the Cayman Brac Customer Service Centre, and Mr. Dack cut the ribbon to officially open the newly expanded branch. Mr. Ebanks’s daughter Janet Hislop expressed appreciation for this acknowledgement on behalf of her father.

The building was blessed with a prayer by Pastor Joel Scott of the Crossroad United Baptist Church.

The ceremony ended with a reception and light refreshments provided by the Brac Reef Beach Resort.

The release also notes that the Cayman National Bank board of directors held their monthly executive committee meeting on the same day in Cayman Brac at the Brac Reef Beach Resort, with all directors present.

“We recognize the importance of Little Cayman and Cayman Brac [customer service centers] to our business strategy, so we believe it is important that the Board hold meetings in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman from time to time,” said Mr. Williams.

“This also gives the directors an opportunity to tour the islands to understand our customers and become more aware of business opportunities.”

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