FirstRock Private Equity Limited (FRPE) is a private equity investment holding company incorporated in Barbados that focuses on providing smart capital to SMEs across the Caribbean and Latin America utilizing an active management approach.
FRPE is being led by an experienced management team and board of directors with over 50+ years of entrepreneurial and financial experience.
To create long-term sustainable growth and value by partnering with the stakeholders of our portfolio companies.
To be the leading Private Equity partner for SMEs in Latin America and Caribbean Region.
Hon. Orette Bruce Golding is a former Jamaican politician who served as the eighth Prime Minister of Jamaica from 11 September 2007 to 23 October 2011. Bruce Golding’s appointment to the Office of Prime Minister represented a significant milestone in a journey that began in 1972. At age 24, he became the youngest person to be elected to Gordon House, Jamaica’s House of Representatives.
Shortly after graduating with a Degree in Economics from the University of the West Indies, he was elected Vice Chairman of the JLP Constituency Executive for West St. Catherine. His early political career saw him serving the JLP as General Secretary from 1974-1984 and as Chairman from 1984-1985.
He was Member of Parliament for 19 years for the West St. Catherine and Central St. Catherine constituencies and a Senator for nine years.
Christopher P. Yeung is the Managing Director of FirstRock Private Equity Limited (FRPE) and provides executive leadership over the portfolio companies’ holdings and is responsible for the achievement of the company’s strategic goals and objectives, as identified by the Board of Directors. He has over 10 years of experience in finance and banking, specializing in debt & equity financing, mergers & acquisitions, financial advisory, financial analysis, treasury, and asset management.
Prior to joining FRPE, he served in various leadership roles managing Private Equity, Corporate Finance, and Treasury teams for Proven Investments Limited. Mr. Yeung holds a BSc in Financial Economics from Centre College, USA, and an MBA (distinction) in Banking and Finance from the University of West Indies, Jamaica. He currently serves as Deputy Chairman for Dolla Financial Services Limited.
Ian Kelly is the Group Chief Financial Officer for the Derrimon Group and Divisional Director for Sampars. Ian is also the Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Limited and Woodcats International Limited. He is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds both Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Accounting from The University of the West Indies.
Ian also completed the Executive Development Program at Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania.
He serves on several Boards which include TyDixon Primary School, Reggae Marathon, FosRich Group of Companies Limited, Caribbean Flavours and Fragrances Limited, Woodcats International Limited and he is the Chairman of The Governor General Jamaica Trust.
Ryan Reid is the Co-founder and Group CEO of First Rock Group. He has 13 years of experience in the real and financial sectors (8 years at the executive level in the financial sector); formerly had responsibilities of leading sales, services, accounting, investments, and corporate finance teams.
Ryan is a director of multiple private sector companies. Ryan read for his Bsc in Banking and Finance and his MBA in General Management with the University of the West Indies and the University of Wales, respectively. He also studied at Wharton Business School with a focus on Distressed Asset Investing. He is a member of the First Angels Investor Group and the Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He is also a Justice of the Peace for the Parish of St. Andrew.
Tania Waldron-Gooden is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Caribbean Assurance Brokers Limited. She has fourteen years of experience in areas such as Investment Banking, Research, New Product Development, Pension Fund, and Portfolio Management.
Tania was previously the Director – Investment Banking and Executive Director at Mayberry Investments Limited. Tania is the Mentor and Director of Main Event Entertainment Group, Express Catering Limited, and the Mentor for Derrimon Trading Company Limited and Caribbean Flavours & Fragrances Limited. She is also a Director of Chicken Mistress Limited and Island Grill Holdings Limited.
Tania holds a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc. – Hons.) in Geology from the University of the West Indies. Tania also holds a Master of Business Administration degree (M.B.A) from the University of Sunderland in the U.K. Tania has completed the Jamaica Securities Course as well as the Canadian Securities Course administered by the Canadian Securities Institute.
Stacey Halsall- Peart has amassed over 20 years of experience working at the senior management level specifically in technology. She is a graduate of the University of Technology, and the University of Miami with an MBA in Finance and Telecommunications, Mrs. Peart currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer of AIS and oversees the day-to-day operations of the company with ultimate responsibility for developing the strategic vision for its continuous evolution.
Before becoming COO, Mrs. Peart served in a number of capacities at AIS including managing the technical department where she led a team of hardware and software engineers, and customer service specialists with record-level customer satisfaction.
Dr. Michael Banbury is a Medical Doctor with a specialty in Primary Care and Diabetology. Dr. Banbury is a graduate of the University of the West Indies School of Medicine where he earned his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (M.B.B.S) and the Wharton Business School where his focus was on Distressed Asset Investing. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health (F.R.S.P.H).
Dr. Banbury serves at the Board level of various Private and Public sector entities and brings a wealth of management and business development experience. He is also a Co-founder of FirstRock Capital Holdings Limited.