SUZANNE BLACK BEM, D.H.L., B.S., BRI
Suzanne is a broker with over 10 years experience committed to offering clients the very best possible assistance to buy, sell and rent real estate specializing in satisfying challenging requests to meet their specific and multi-layered needs. With a background which includes the international business and financial sectors she believes in ‘hands on’ services supported by an extensive career assisting clients from The Bahamas and abroad.
For her contributions to national development in the financial services sector she was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours and the Bahamas Silver Jubilee Anniversary of Independence Award. An Honourary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree (D.H.L.) was awarded by Sojourner-Douglass College.
Suzanne’s career includes marketing, business development and health care services as manager for Allied Bank International, a New York headquartered consortium-owned international bank and President and Chief Operating Officer of The Lyford Cay Members’ Club.
Considered a trailblazer, she was the first woman and Bahamian to head an international bank branch, an international private members’ club, to chair international financial conferences for The Central Bank of The Bahamas and the Association of International Banks and Trust Companies in The Bahamas (AIBT) and to Co-chair a conference for the AIBT and Euromoney. Suzanne attended the University of Tampa, the American Graduate School for International Management and the Canadian National Voice Intensive at the University of British Columbia.
She has been a host and co-host for Guardian Talk Radio and has featured in radio and television shows including Portraits, a television show produced by Cable Bahamas, and Dr. David Allen’s Love 97 radio and television shows People Helping People, most recently on the topic of Resilience. Featured speaking presentations have included Rotary clubs, the Offshore Post Graduate Seminar in Jesus College, Oxford and the 50th
Anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in The Bahamas hosted by The Bureau of Women’s Affairs in collaboration with the University of The Bahamas.
Other honours and awards include the 2019 - 25 Most Influential Women in Business Award, Association of International Banks & Trust Companies Appreciation Award, International Women’s Forum (IWF) Women Who Make a Difference Award, Zonta Club of New Providence Living Legends Award and the Bahamas Humane Society Be Humane Award.
A former Co-Chair and current Honorary Board member of the Bahamas Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Programme, she was Master of Ceremony and a host for Royal visits. Suzanne is the Founder and a past President of IWF Bahamas, a member forum of the International Women’s Forum headquartered in Washington, D.C.