Hon. Mark Vanterpool

Government of Virgin Islands
Minister of Communication & Works District 4 Representative

The Honourable Mark H. Vanterpool is Minister for Communications and Works for the Government of the Virgin Islands, and the Representative in the House of Assembly for District Four, which includes the Capital City of Road Town. Prior to his political career, Honourable Vanterpool dedicated much of his time to service, through sports management, as President of the local Basketball Federation for 15 years, and President of the BVI Olympic Committee for four years, leading the first BVI Olympic Team to the Olympic Games in 1984.

Following a short teaching career in 1974, he began what would turn out to be anillustrious banking career with Barclays Bank PLC, until 1988. He was initially employed as a teller, but worked his way up to the position of Assistant Vice President of Operations. During that time, he received training in all facets of banking, such as credit, computer operations, money market and investment and general banking, in locations including New York, London and Barbados.  During his political career, from 1999 to the present, Honourable Vanterpool represented the Virgin Islands at several regional and international conferences, and in several countries around the world, such as St. Kitts/Nevis, South Africa, Spain, Australia, China, the U.S. and U.K.

In 1988, the entrepreneur in him took precedence, and as President and Chief Executive Officer, he founded K-Mark’s Foods – which started out as a Mom and Pop grocery store, but has now burgeoned into one of the Territory's leading supermarkets, offering a retail service to everyday shoppers, restaurants and the yachting industry. His astuteness earned him an award as the BVI Hotel and Commerce Association’s Business Person of the Year, 1994. Honourable Vanterpool has developed several commercial properties in Road Town, through partnerships and family ownership. He also unsuccessfully attempted to venture into hotel development, during 2006 to 2010.

Academically, his latest achievement was an Executive Diploma in Management from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) in 2009, and he was also awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in Business Management from the Manchester Metropolitan University.