Karen Casey ~ President
Karen Casey has over 25 years’ experience in the food service industry and was named President of Sysco Bahamas in 2020 after serving as Executive Vice President. She was instrumental in the technological, operational and financial advancements of Sysco Bahamas and lead the integration and optimization of “The Sysco Way” of business.
Prior to Sysco Bahamas, Karen was President of Buckhead Meat Northeast, a Sysco Specialty Meat Company. She has also held the position of CFO of Sysco Metro New York as well as Sysco Long Island.
Karen gained additional industry experience in the position of VP Operations and Controller of Lancaster Foods, a produce distributor and manufacturer located in Maryland.
Karen earned degrees in management and accounting from VA Tech as well as a Masters Degree in Taxation from Seton Hall University. She began her career as a Certified Public Accountant managing accounts in the food distribution and food manufacturing industries.
Ron Hepburn, CPA ~ Chief Financial Officer, VP of Finance
Ron Hepburn is a Retail and Finance professional with significant experience in strategy development, budgeting, revenue management, team development, financial reporting and analysis.
Prior to his role at Sysco Bahamas, Ron performed as the Retail Director for Heineken’s Bahamian-domiciled company, Commonwealth Brewery Limited, also serving as a member of its board of directors. In his years as Retail Director he was responsible for strategy, brand building, improving market share and enhancing financial performance. During his 10 years with the Company he held multiple leadership roles within the Finance, Sales and Supply Chain functions where he was responsible for financial review and reporting, internal audit, customer service, logistics and warehouse management.
Over the course of Ron’s career, he has worked in the assurance practice for PwC, catering to clients in Oil and Gas, Banking and SME sectors. Prior to this he was an internal auditor at the quasi-government energy company, Bahamas Electricity Company (now Bahamas Power and Light).
Ron studied at The College of the Bahamas (now University of the Bahamas), thereafter obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce from Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia, Canada.
He is a licensed Public Accountant in the State of New Hampshire and in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.
Nikia Forbes ~ HR Director
Nikia Forbes was appointed as the HR Director of Sysco Bahamas in July 2020 working strategically with leadership to successfully execute local, regional and corporate initiatives. She has over 20 years of experience in Business and has worked in the banking, hospitality and telecommunications industries. Prior to joining Sysco Bahamas, she was employed at RBC Royal Bank, Atlantis, Paradise Island as a Compensation & Benefits Manager and at BTC as an HR Manager.
Nikia holds an Associate degree in Banking from the University of the Bahamas; a bachelor’s degree in Business and Professional Management from Nova Southeastern University; and a master’s degree in Organizational Learning and Leadership from Barry University. She is a member the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF), Toast Masters International and a committee member of The Bahamas Chamber of Commerce Employer’s Federation and the Global Corporate Social Responsibility committee. Nikia is also a member of in the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) and The Bahamas Society of Human Resource Management (BSHRM) and served on the board. She is a SHRM Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) and a Professional in Human Resources International (PHRi).
Richard Flint ~ VP of Sales
Richard Flint is a native of England but moved to the Bahamas at a very early age before moving to Vancouver Canada. He has over 30 years of experience in the hospitality industry and moved up the ranks from a dishwasher in his teen years to a Red Seal Chef. He continued to excel and served as an Executive Chef at many high-end golf and tennis resorts, hotels and fine dining establishments where he used Sysco as a main supplier.
He joined the Sysco family in 2004 as a Marketing Associate and won multiple Chairman’s Club awards as well as Torchbearer awards and achieved the Marketing Associate of the year award.
Richard is a proven leader and moved into a District Sales Manager role for several years before taking on a Business Development role. He transferred to Sysco Bahamas Food Services in 2014 to help with the opening of a brand new 4.3-billion-dollar resort becoming the DSM for the Food Service division. He achieved double digit sales growth year after year driving market-leading growth and receiving a Pace Setter awards for two consecutive years. He was promoted to the Director of Sales overseeing all sales operations which included the Family Islands Division, Retail Division as well as our TRS Food Service Division before becoming the VP of Sales in 2019. In this role, Richard has responsibility for driving Sysco Bahamas’ sales strategy and initiatives.
Phil Duncombe ~ VP of Operations
Phill has leadership oversight responsibility for all of operations in Sysco Bahamas as the Vice President of Operations. Phill began his career with Sysco in 2013 but prior to that worked for Bahamas Food Services in the IT and Maintenance Departments since 2000. He brings more than 20 years of experience to this new role inclusive of IT, electrical, mechanical and structural engineering. Phill advanced through leadership positions of increasing responsibility, including Director of Operations. He is an integral member of our leadership team producing consistent results in shaping company strategy along with ensuring a culture of engagement, problem solving and continuous improvement.
Tiffani Evans – Director of Merchandising~
Tiffani Evans is a native of the United States but was raised in the Bahamas with a rich generation of Bahamian roots. She was appointed as the Director of Merchandising of Sysco Bahamas Food Services in March 2020 with responsibility for overseeing merchandising functions including category management and analytics, product innovation, strategic sourcing, supplier relationships, international procurement as well as field merchandising.
Tiffani has over 20 years of foodservice industry experience and previously held the position of Profit Management Manager at Sysco Bahamas. Prior to joining Sysco Bahamas, she served as the President of Prime Bahamas Ltd. for 10 years, which was later purchased by Bahamas Food Services. Tiffani has broad experience in purchasing, sales, product development, marketing, operations and general management.
She is a member of the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) and serves on the Global Corporate Social Responsibility committee.