Meet our team
president & Co-FOUNDER
Jim Scott, English born and raised, has until very recently lived and worked all his adult life abroad. After serving as a deck officer in the British Merchant Navy, he held upper management positions related to ocean shipping and port operations for over 25 years. He spent 18 years in the British Virgin Islands, and for many years prior to the start of his shipping career there served as captain of private and charter yachts up to 118’.
Jim co-founded several BVI organizations and served in various board positions, including president of Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) in which he was a senior coordinator for nine years. He was also adjunct professor of nautical studies at the H. Lavity Stoutt Community College on Tortola. Jim devoted much of his life in the BVI to community service, including:
- teacher/founding director, Kids And The Sea (KATS-BVI) youth developmental program;
- BVI Hotel and Commerce Association (now BVICCHA) in which he founded and chaired the disaster preparedness committee;
- private sector representative, BVI National Emergency Advisory Council (NEAC);
- private sector representative, Office of Disaster Preparedness (now DDM); and
- founding vice president of Rotary Club of Tortola II.
Jim coordinated the BVI and USVI marine community communication and relief effort during and after Hurricane Hugo, the most devastating hurricane to hit the BVI prior to Irma. Two of his children, both born in Tortola, were there when Hurricane Irma struck. His youngest son was also there for Hurricane Maria.
Jim's eldest son was at school in the BVI until age 13. Jim is a published author and poet with three books in print, including several stories and poems inspired by his life in the BVI.
Coo/CFO & Co-FOUNDER
Lauren Taylor is a Darden MBA (1997) and tech entrepreneur with 20 years senior executive experience in various C-suite roles. Since 2002 Lauren Taylor Consulting has provided training to senior executives on leadership, strategy, financial acumen, and team building. After helping found a water/wastewater technologies company, she left the corporate sector to join an international development NGO and served as the Communications Director for a solar nonprofit bringing aid to remote villages in the developing world. In 2009 Lauren founded End Slavery Now, a global anti-slavery nonprofit with three tech platforms to support NGOs, governments, corporations, and volunteer abolitionists in the fight against human trafficking. She serves as a judge and mentor for the Mentor Capital Network's global Sustainable Business Plan Competition; reviewing and advising on solar, water, food, and ecotourism entries.
Prior to Darden, Lauren lived and worked in and around the BVI from 1984 until 1991. Residing in Frenchman's Cay, Brewer's Bay, and later Road Town, she was the executive chef at Skyworld from 1984-1986, a PADI rescue diver for Aquatic Centres from 1985-1986, and a PADI divemaster and instructor for Underwater Safaris in 1986. As a chef in the yachting industry she worked in and around the BVI from 1986-1991 on M/Ys Shona Boy, Temptress, My Way, Netanya II, Atlantique, and Margaux Rose; and S/Y Scuttlebutt. A lifelong environmentalist, it was her experience here that made her passionate about solar power, water, sustainability, and international development.
BVI Volunteers Team Leaders
Captains/Crew Team - Stuart Isaacs
commercial divers team - joy elvin
Communications Team - Lauren Taylor
Evacuations Team - Robb Stein
Fundraising Team - Jennifer Tripp (USA) & Leslie Schellings (UK)
landscaping/reforestation team - joy elvin
Medical Team - Jeremy Holleb
PR/Media team - Kat Bunting
Supply Coordination Team - Margo Karipides Richardson
Supply Delivery Team - jim scott
Board of Directors
Dana Hokin is Director Of Gorda Estates Ltd., owner of the Bitter End Yacht Club. She is the immediate past Managing Director and CEO of the Bitter End Yacht Club having held that position for 20 years. She is a global hospitality industry leader, and as Managing Director was responsible for the overall profitability and expansion of the company’s brand. She joined the organization in 1994 as Sales and Marketing Director in order to reposition the asset for growth. In 1997, she was named Deputy Managing Director and shortly thereafter Managing Director.
Dana possesses a unique set of management and marketing skills with a proven track record in resort revenue generation and redevelopment. Her key areas of expertise are in management, public-private sector partnerships, remote destination logistics, marina development, food and beverage, branding and retail. Under Ms. Hokin’s leadership, the Bitter End Yacht Club brand has flourished and the resort has consistently been rated one of the top resorts in the Caribbean and one of the top in the world by both Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure Magazine.
Cameron McColl is a serial entrepreneur hailing originally from Scotland. Armed with a degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Edinburgh University, he worked for several years as an electronics design engineer before founding his first tech startup at the age of 30. McColl McGregor Ltd, Scotland's first computer networked call-centre and database design company, specialized in the high-tech and finance sectors, where Cameron served as CEO until its acquisition in 1992 by Ivory & Sime plc, a UK fund manager with in excess of ₤7 billion under management.
After two more successful startups and an investment and board role in a fourth, in 2000 Cameron acquired and took the role of Chairman, and major shareholder in Nanny Cay Resort & Marina Ltd, in Tortola, British Virgin Islands, buying the company out of receivership. Since acquisition, the now 40 acre facility has been substantially improved with additional expansion underway creating a total of 300 slips, including 7 megayacht slips, storage on land for 300 boats, a 40 bedroom hotel, 32 townhouses, 38 marine-related businesses, and new land for 7 additional blocks of luxury condos. Nanny Cay is now one of the leading marinas and resorts in the Caribbean, hosting a number of high profile events each year.
In addition to these activities, Cameron has served in a number of non-exec positions on the Boards of a variety of technology companies, as well as nonprofits. He is based in the BVI, and travels extensively throughout the year.
Colin O'Neal is a BVI citizen and the CEO of JOMA (Properties) Ltd. A graduate of Boston University and the University of the West Indies, and the Norman Manley Law School at the University of the West Indies, he has been a practicing lawyer for almost twenty years. Colin founded the O'Neal Webster law firm in 1989 and practiced real estate and commercial law, representing domestic and international clients in a wide range of transactions. He also served as President of the British Virgin Islands Bar Association and has chaired numerous public commissions and associations, including the Public Service Commission and the Recreation Trust. In 2005, he became Chief Executive Officer of JOMA (Properties) Ltd., a closely held real estate development company.
In addition to his role as CEO of JOMA, Colin O'Neal continues his long standing involvement in public service. He currently serves as Deputy Chairman of the Financial Services Commission of the British Virgin Islands which is the regulatory body governing the financial services sector in the British Virgin Islands, and continues membership on several other associations, including the Main Street Association, dedicated to the improvement and revitalization of the historic district of Road Town, Tortola.
He is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and BOMA International and other professional bodies related to law and real estate.
Dalan Vanterpool is an education and entertainment entrepreneur from the British Virgin Islands. Private banker by day, musician and podcast host by night. Over the past 15 years, school, work and play allowed him to experience diverse cultures in the United States, South Africa, Latin America, and Europe.
Since 2012 Dalan has been leading d Spot Jazz, a movement to advance music, poetry and other performing arts in the Caribbean. As a musician he specializes in saxophone, with training in theology and jazz. He also founded DV Global Entertainment, creating a professional portal for local artists to interact with high net worth clients.
Dalan believes there is a fire burning inside each person, but we find two common challenges. In one case their passion is burning so low that it can’t generate enough heat to change the state of their lives. Or, their passion is burning very high, but lacks the focus needed to make progress in a specific direction.
Dalan is committed to helping people improve their performance, monetize their passions, and get over working for money, so they can work for humanity.