Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams has appointed the founder, president and chief executive officer of the Brooklyn-based Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CACCI), Roy Hastick, as a Brooklyn Ambassador. Dr. Hastick was born in Grenada. See excerpts below:
“It is my pleasure and honor to officially inform you that you have been selected to be a Brooklyn Ambassador,” said Sandra Chapman, the Guyanese-born chief program officer in the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, in a letter to Hastick, made available to Caribbean Life.
[. . .] As Brooklyn Ambassador, Hastick is expected to attend community meetings, workshops, conferences and events on behalf of the Borough president, according to Chapman.
[. . .] Born in Grenada, Dr. Hastick migrated to the United States in 1972 and worked for several years as an administrator, community advocate, entrepreneur, and newspaper publisher. In 1985, he founded CACCI with 10 members. Under his leadership, CACCI has become a well-recognized and well-respected organization with more than 1,700 members in the Tri-State area and in the Caribbean.
For the past 30 years, Hastick said CACCI has sustained and developed its mission to advocate on behalf of Caribbean American, African American, and other small businesses.
He has been credited for his tireless efforts to put in place a structure that serves the small business community, promotes economic development, and continues to foster a climate of unity and harmony among diverse cultures.
In collaboration with the CACCI membership and the wider community, CACCI organizes emergency responses to hurricanes, flooding and other natural disasters in the Caribbean region, including St. Kitts-Nevis, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Puerto Rico and Haiti.
Hastick said CACCI has hosted numerous Caribbean heads of state on their visits to New York. He participates annually in planning of the Annual National Caribbean Heritage Month Conferences and instituted the annual economic development brunch, which is held in Washington, D.C.
An ardent advocate of two-way trade between the United States and the Caribbean region, Hastick served as an elected delegate to the 1995 White House Conference on Small Business, and successfully campaigned to get two-way trade with the Caribbean region into the final recommendations that were submitted to the U.S. Congress.
CACCI manages the NYC-owned Brooklyn-based micro enterprise incubator, a 9,000 sq. ft. Flatbush Caton Vendors Market, which houses more than 40 vendors who sell a variety of African and Caribbean artifacts and a small business service center, which provides business counseling services. [. . .]
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