On the 10th Anniversary of its [Industry Excellence Awards Programme](https://bfsb-bahamas.com/news.php?cmd=view&id=2979&pre=y), BFSB introduced a new award to recognise persons who have contributed specifically to the development of individuals within the financial services industry – through a mentoring role. Over the years this remarkable woman has mentored many, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. She is indeed a woman of substance, with a love for humankind, and over the years has contributed significantly to the development of her people, the country and the financial services industry.

Eve Poitier is a trailblazer in many ways and has given tirelessly of herself to the development of her country – particularly in the area of human resource development, and with a primary focus on the financial services sector.

In 1981 she became the first Bahamian and first Bahamian female to become a chartered financial analyst and encouraged many more to obtain this qualification. Students whom she has taught have obtained some of the highest grades on this exam.

Prior to joining the faculty of the College of The Bahamas full time on August 27, 1979 she worked in the financial services industry as a Consulting Economist to the Marketing House Group, Trust Corporation of Bahamas Limited as an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager, British American Insurance Company Limited as a Security Analyst, and Nassau Bank and Trust Company as an Economic Analyst.

Some highlights of her many accomplishments:

* Framed the COB’s associate and bachelor degrees in economics, banking, banking and finance and banking and finance with a foreign language.

* Assisted in the development of all of the associate and bachelor degrees in the School of Business.

* Has served the Bahamas Institute of Financial Services for 30+ years in her capacity as coordinator of the banking and finance programme in the school of business , cob. Even as a retired associate professor, she continues to give her support to the institute by coordinating the G-12 programme for senior high school students.

* Compiled the investment guide to The Bahamas; and edited, compiled and produced the business challenge magazine at the College of The Bahamas.

* She was one of the publishers who produced the first comic book on banking in The Bahamas for primary school students – in collaboration with the Central Bank of The Bahamas

* Introduced the investor education programme for high school students from C.C. Sweeting and Government High Schools; this programme has been expanded to students in both public and private schools.

Eve Poitier has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (1970) and a Master of Business Administration in Business Economics (1971) from Pace University, New York. She is married to Mr. Maxwell Poitier and is the proud parent of two daughters, one son and two grandsons.

*Photo Caption: Left to Right: BFSB Chairman Paul Winder, Eve Poitier, and Deputy Prime Minister the Hon. T. Brent Symonette.*