The Bahamas Press Club 2014
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Henry Eugene Saunders
Henry Eugene Saunders was born in New Providence on November 16th, 1935 to proud parents Thomas and Miriam Saunders. He received his early education at Quarry Mission School, Western Junior School going on to Southern Senior School and St. Augustine’s College.
As a mere boy of 16 he started a job as a bar boy at Hog Island (Paradise Island). This was a stepping stone to becoming a full-fledged bartender and private Butler for more than 14 years.
In 1955 he decided to go into the trucking business purchasing his first truck which he drove himself. Eventually he acquired other trucks and became employer to many young men at the time. Later he went into customs brokerage and had to hire other staff. Henry then expanded into heavy equipment and development and has been instrumental in many projects contributing to the direct building of The Bahamas. In 1963 he introduced a school bus service through his company, Swan Jitney.
In 1965 he moved his trucking and development company to Carmichael road, thus pioneering commercial businesses in that area. At that time he predicted a business boom at that location which quickly became evident as company after company eventually moved in and continue to do so even now.
In 1993, at the encouragement of his son, Galen, along with Bradley Gibson, Henry applied for and was granted a radio station license that eventually evolved into MORE 94 FM, of which he became President and CEO, a role that he continues to hold. Just before the turn of the century, Henry decided to label the Carmichael Road area as “City 2000”, a term which though loosely used, is actually a registered trademark.
Henry is an ardent worshipper at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral and is quite active in his parish. His faith is deeply rooted in his God and Savior Jesus Christ and he tries to live accordingly. He is an absolute work-a-holic, however, he does take time to relax and enjoy life with his loving family.
Henry is the recipient of various awards for business leadership, community services and in 2003 received the Cross Pro-Ecclesia et Pontifice from Pope John Paul II for service to the Church.