Russell HarriganChairman & CEO
He has worked all his professional life in the tourism/hospitality industry, working at several local resorts after his initial training in St. Lucia. In 1981, he pursued his first degree in Tourism/Hospitality Management at the Bahamas School of Hospitality Management. He graduated with a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management from Florida International University in 1986 and went on to work in middle management at Carambola Resort on St. Croix. In 1988, he joined the BVI Tourist Board as Sales Manager of the San Francisco Office. He served as Director of Tourism from 1989 to 1997. In September of 1997, he established Oyster Global Marketing Group, parent company of Oyster Publications.
Portia HarriganManaging Director
Portia joined the company as Managing Director in August of 2005. She brings to Oyster a significant amount of experience in tourism, marketing and promotions gained from working at various management levels in the hospitality industry, and from owning and managing an upscale boutique and teashop which targeted the tourism sector. She has also been active in community organizations and was the brain thrust behind the establishment of the very successful annual Christmas on Main Street over a decade ago.
Portia’s primary responsibilities at Oyster include editorial oversight of Business BVI and managing Business BVI Signature Events. Launched in 2007, BusinessBVI Signature Events to date has hosted nine very successful events, including the highly acclaimed Women of Power Summit, held every other year and the BVI Business Outlook Conference, held in January each year. In November 2011, Portia launched eWoman Magazine, catering to the the growing population of educated, discerning Caribbean women.
Portia, a Bahamian by birth is a 1988 graduate of Florida International University’s School of Hospitality Management.
Kate MullanMarketing Communications Manager
Kate joins Oyster as a Marketing Communications Manager and brings with her the expertise to enhance Oyster’s digital marketing offering, alongside Oyster’s traditional media activity in PR and events management.
Kate graduated from the University of Southampton with a 2:1 BA (Hons) in English Literature. She previously worked at a global advertising agency in London, specialising in digital media. She is IPA qualified and has a strong background in search and social media.
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