Glenn Jones To Transition To Full Time At BTA

January 16, 2015

glenn jones bermudaThe Bermuda Tourism Authority [BTA] will transition Glenn Jones from a part-time role to a fulltime one after a four-month stint with the organization.

Mr Jones was brought onboard as Stakeholder Relations Advisor in September 2014 and will begin a new role as Director of Public & Stakeholder Relations, January 16, 2015.

“We conducted an extensive recruitment effort for this new position and received applications from many qualified applicants,” said Karla Lacey, the BTA’s Chief Operations Officer.

“We believe our stakeholders will be pleased Glenn was the successful applicant because many have told us he has had a tremendous and positive impact in what was a limited role and a limited amount of time. We expect that positive impact will be further magnified as he joins us fulltime.”

Mr Jones, a Bermudian, has 15 years of experience domestically and internationally in media and communications strategy, encompassing tourism and public policy.

In his new position as Director of Public & Stakeholder Relations he will be responsible for delivering information to, and gauging feedback from, a collection of groups with direct interest in the tourism industry.

Restaurateurs, retailers, Members of Parliament, hoteliers, and labour unions are a sample of the constituencies the Stakeholder Relations Advisor will dialogue with. The position also has a responsibility for working closely with local media.

Mr. Jones said, “In the limited amount of time I’ve been on the job I haven’t been able to reach all the stakeholder constituencies, but the ones I have reached have been completely welcoming and fully cooperative. I look forward to partnering with them and all the other stakeholders on growing Bermuda’s tourism economy.

“I’m blessed with the good fortune of having options at this point in my career and I’m inspired most by the work going on at the Tourism Authority because I see an improved tourism industry as having the kind of economic impact that improves the lives of many people in our community. I can’t think of any other area in our economy that holds as much promise for growth.”

The BTA said last year it had intended to create this new role in 2015 because stakeholder advocacy and community outreach is an important component of success for destination marketing organizations worldwide.

There are currently 38 fulltime staff members at the BTA in Bermuda and New York City. More than 90% of staff is Bermudian.

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  1. Sky Pilot says:

    and how did we know that this was going to happen from the get go,nothing changes in Bermuda,same s***,different day.

    • Truth(Original) says:

      What are you talking about? What would you have liked to see happen?

    • Umm.... says:

      Regardless of how you feel about how this happened, Glenn is supremely qualified. And he is a Bermudian. Qualified and Bermudian. I thought that was what we (Bermudians) want. Knowing him personally, I’m happy he was brought on board full-time.

    • Hurricane says:

      Did you want him to be out of work @ Sky Pilot? Give me a break!

  2. js says:

    who were the other qualified applicants dumb enough to apply for this post

  3. Bermy Always says:

    Congrats to Glenn on his “new” role, I’m sure he will do great. However I don’t understand why BTA would advertise and interview people if they intended on keeping Glenn on. Sounds like protocol to me….

    • Sky Pilot says:

      There are a lot of people that are wondering the same thing!
      as I said,it’s SSDD.

  4. UpsetwithVerdict says:

    well done Glenn! great guy for the post!

  5. somuchless says:

    Friends and family skipper. All looking out for their own. I feel bad for those who applied while the bta knew that they would keep Glenn

  6. Tony Brannon says:

    Congrats Glenn

  7. LaVerne Furbert says:

    “We conducted an extensive recruitment effort for this new position and received applications from many qualified applicants,” said Karla Lacey, the BTA’s Chief Operations Officer.”
    I can’t recall ever seeing an ad for this position. How extensive was the recruitment effort? Don’t get me wrong, I think that Glenn Jones is eminently qualified, but “an extensive recruitment effort”? Isn’t that stretching it?

    • Hurricane says:

      Yes, it’s as though they are trying to cover something up for no apparent reason

    • Watching says:

      The post was advertised in local media. I recall seeing it. Secondly if a bermudian is being awarded the post it technically doesn’t have to be advertised.

    • Creamy says:

      You would rather a non Bermudian had been hired Laverne?

  8. Smh says:

    No pleasing us bermudians. Miserable people…stop being crabs in a bucket and congratulate a brotha.

  9. MB says:

    Oh for goodness sake I have heard it all. You hire a Bermudian and a highly qualified and perfect candidate at that and still people complain.
    ..including a Bermudian who speaks out at every chance against people perceived as not Bermudians this person can’t just say congrats but has to find some semantic technicality just to have something negative to say. To all of you I say – get a life. Glenn rocks! BTA is lucky to have him.

  10. Lick My Chicken says:

    I’m quite sure the position was tailored for him. HMMMMMMM

  11. Bda says:

    It is great to see Glenn in this position, he will do bermuda proud. But what would you think if you applied or worse interviewed for the job to only find out they hired the person who was already doing the job part time. I’d think it was a big waste of my time and simply a check the box exercise for the BTA. Bottom line if they intended to hire Glenn then don’t give others false hope. The job market is hard right now and people are feeling discouraged…don’t advertise jobs that aren’t really available. Smh

  12. Awesome says:

    Glenn is the perfect ambassasor to promote Bermuda. BTA is lucky to have him! Well deserved, Glenn!

  13. B 4 Real says:

    Congrats to Glen, and why should it be remarkable that a Bermudian is hired full time over a foreign national? Thus is the erosion of a society to sustain itself when it denies it’s people.

  14. Unbelievable says:

    Congrats Glenn! You are an asset to the BTA!

  15. mixitup says:

    Good for him! And yes there Are Bermudians able and capable.. Glen is most definitely one of them.

  16. Pat Adderley says:

    Sometimes you have to work with people to know what they really can produce, and he produced and so was in the running for the full time position. Being sure was what they did and in fact they ended up with what we all want a Bermudian who can do the job and do it well…what is there to complain about..God help us if we don’t turn our thinking to positive and soon…

  17. Cafe Au Lait says:

    Maybe it was advertised, maybe not. He us Bermudian so it doesn’t matter. Some people just want to moan and groan. get up and DO SOMETHING!!

  18. Dr. the Hon. Ewart F. Brown says:

    Congrats Glenn! Enjoy your journey and ignore the toxic ones!

  19. Ace girl says:

    Congratulations Glenn! However, it would be most helpful to the local taxpayer to have a listing of all BTA employees, their roles and their salaries in the interests of openness and transparency. Since according to Mr. Hanbury there is no governmental intervention who deems it necessary to have yet one more employee? I think the public at large would be astounded at the number of positions that it takes to run this entity. And to think we had to dissolve the DOT because of its ineffectiveness and bureaucratic approach. Report card please Mr. Hanbury, after all, a true Authority is based on efficiency and effectiveness and goal achievement. It is also my understanding that when goals are not met new Authorities are put in place. It would be most helpful to know what this Authoity’s goals are and how many have been achieved thus far.