“Bank on ME” contestants face the judges

Over 24 entrepreneurs supported by scores of colleagues, family and friends swarmed Scotiabank, Sky Mall at the recent shooting of two audition shows for Season 2 of “Bank on ME“, The Reality Show that means Business.

This was the contestants' first time facing the "Bank on ME" Season Two judging panel of dynamic and experienced businesspersons.  With two familiar faces from Season 1 - Shelly Williams, founder and owner of Platinum Services,  leaders in VIP airport services and the W Salons and Richard Haynes,  Marketing Executive, Co-Founder of Baje International and CEO of South Central Entertainment and Marketing, there were two new faces for Season 2 in Ryan Hunte, Business Banking Manager at Scotia Bank and Edward 'Eddy' Abed, Managing Director of Abed & Co. Ltd. and Senior Vice President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

This was the contestants’ first time facing the “Bank on ME” Season Two judging panel of dynamic and experienced businesspersons. With two familiar faces from Season 1 – Shelly Williams, founder and owner of Platinum Services, leaders in VIP airport services and the W Salons and Richard Haynes, Marketing Executive, Co-Founder of Baje International and CEO of South Central Entertainment and Marketing, there were two new faces for Season 2 in Ryan Hunte, Business Banking Manager at Scotia Bank and Edward ‘Eddy’ Abed, Managing Director of Abed & Co. Ltd. and Senior Vice President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The guest Judge for this important shoot was Roseanne Myers, General Manager at Atlantis Submarines who was a popular guest judge on the inaugural series. She observed: “It was with great pleasure that I accepted the invitation to return to Bank on Me as a guest judge for Season 2. Having benefitted from the exposure to the process in Season 1, and having watched almost all of the episodes that followed, I was happy to be part of the team. Through contracts with Atlantis Submarines I was privileged to work with a couple of contestants from last year, and sell their products or use their services as a result of my exposure to their companies through Bank on ME.”

“It was very clear that contestants this year had prepared well and practiced pitches which ensured we had a fairly smooth day of taping. The range of businesses was encouraging and I deeply admired all of these individuals who boldly took this step to gain immediate exposure for their enterprises and by applying to actively seek out expertise and funding to take good ideas to sound businesses.” Myers added.

Season 2 of "Bank on ME", The Reality Show that means Business is currently in production and scheduled to be aired in January/February 2015 on CBC TV Channel 8 and stations throughout the Caribbean. The 24 contestants participated in a workshop on pitching staged by the Cave Hill School of Business prior to the taping of the audition shows. In Season 2 there will be more exposure at this stage since the pitches will be spread over two shows.

Season 2 of “Bank on ME”, The Reality Show that means Business is currently in production and scheduled to be aired in January/February 2015 on CBC TV Channel 8 and stations throughout the Caribbean. The 24 contestants participated in a workshop on pitching staged by the Cave Hill School of Business prior to the taping of the audition shows. In Season 2 there will be more exposure at this stage since the pitches will be spread over two shows.

What a great turn out,” remarked Lisa Cole, Senior Marketing Manager at Scotiabank. “I am so impressed at the quality and variety of the businesses, many of whom just need to get their products or services in front of the public. The exposure from the show can really make a difference for many of these businesses.”

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