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G. A. Harrison ‘Harry’ Pilgrim BA, CLU, MBA

Harry Pilgrim is a former Regional Manager for Sagicor Capital Life’s insurance operations in Belize. He held that position for twelve (12) years, up to December 2012. Currently, he is an Alternate Director on the National Health Insurance Committee of the Social Security Board of Belize, Alternate Chairman of the Board of Management of the Anglican Cathedral College (formerly the St. Michael’s College – his alma mater), and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Belize. He is also seen as a "perennial contributor" to the Kidney Association of Belize.

He is also a founding member and past president of the Life Underwriters Association of Belize (LUABz), now Belize Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (BelAIFA). He has been a moderator for life industry education programmes, and has served as the Public Relations Director on the Executive of the Caribbean Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (CARAIFA) not once, but twice.

Our 2015 Inductee’s commitment to the Industry is unchallenged in Belize and throughout the Caribbean.  He is seen as the quintessential “insurance man”, always immaculately dressed, always knowledgeable and willing to share information with clients and prospects and always delivering quality service.

He was Secretary for many years, during the 1970’s and 1980’s, of the Belize Insurance Association (BIA), and has participated in numerous regional meetings of the Insurance Association of the Caribbean (IAC).  He was among the few brave souls that organized the first IAC Conference that was held in Belize.

He was also very influential in bringing the first CARAIFA Congress to Belize in 1998. He spearheaded the return of Congress in 2001 and took the reins, as Congress Director, of the 2012 Congress, in Belize.  He has been a prolific attendee at Congress, beginning with Barbados in 1992 and participating in more than twelve (12) others. At many of these congresses, he was host of the Hospitality Suite, where congress attendees gathered to ‘let down their hair’ and socialize with their colleagues at the end of the day’s session.

The CARAIFA congresses strengthened his commitment to his chosen career, worked miracles on the performance of many of the advisors he introduced to CARAIFA’s Congresses and provided opportunities to forge enduring friendships with persons who were themselves among the CARAIFA faithful.

He attended St. Michael’s College in Belize City, Belize and Calabar High School in Kingston, Jamaica before completing a Bachelor’s degree with History as a major at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Jamaica. There he also excelled at Track and Football, and played Cricket for the 2nd Division Team.  He represented Belize in Track at the Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo in 1974.

At UWI Mona, our CARAIFA Hall of Fame Inductee held office in the Student Government, initially, as the Arts Faculty Representative then as Second Vice President of the UWI Undergraduate Guild Council. That position made him Chairman of the Student Union Committee, more commonly called "Union Chairman". He served under the Presidencies of several individuals who have become prominent contemporary political figures. These include Robert “Bobby” Pickersgill of Jamaica, Ralph Gonsalves of St. Vincent & the Grenadines, and retired Jamaican diplomat Douglas Saunders.

With his personal and professional lives being “fully integrated”; he has retained an enduring interest in education and training, as the keys to the treasures of a full and rewarding life.

He returned home, from Jamaica, in 1973 and taught at two High Schools in Belize (becoming principal of one) before making a complete career switch in 1977, (the year CARAIFA’s precursor CALU was formed) becoming a Life Underwriter with Caribbean Atlantic Life.  He immediately sought to qualify himself formally in his new area of activity, obtaining the Life Underwriters Association Training Certificate (LUATC), Associate in Customer Service (ACS) and Associate in Insurance Agency Administration (AIAA) designations, before becoming a Chartered Life Underwriter in 1998.  In 2004 he obtained the Master in Business Administration (MBA) from UWI, Cave Hill, Barbados.

Today, our Hall of Fame Inductee focuses on enhancing marketing and service delivery in two (2) insurance agencies with which he is associated.  Operating under the banner Diversified Life Solutions Belize Ltd., the agencies provide property, casualty, life, health and pension services to a diverse corporate and governmental clientele.

He is father of four (4) children, Karla, Andrew, Giselle and Adrianne, and grandfather of two (2) boys.

He has held effective leadership positions in community, church and civic organizations; Secretary, then President, of the Belize Cricket Association; President of the Council for Voluntary Social Services; and Treasurer on the Executive of the Belize Athletics Association.  He has also served as a political activist for a period spanning sixteen (16) years. The work he did on the campaign trail bore the best fruits possible - the election of a deputy prime minister and a prime minister of Belize.

His unwavering support and invaluable contribution to his local association – BelAIFA - also earned him the CARAIFA President’s Appreciation Award for 2014.

He loves listening to music of virtually every genre, enjoys boating and fishing, and is an ardent admirer of "all that is beautiful in God's creation". He embraces Christian religious ideals and worships at the St. John’s Anglican Cathedral.   He is also a member of the Prince Hall Masonic fraternity.

From sports, and from living, he has learned that when life bowls you "bouncers", you can play safe, and dodge, or you can face them -- and something great may happen.

As a result of his extraordinary contributions to enhancing the professional practice and image of life insurance practitioners throughout the Caribbean, it is CARAIFA’s distinct pleasure,  to induct into its Hall of Fame,  Gilbert Andrew Harrison (“Harry”) Pilgrim BA, CLU, MBA.