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Marcus James

Marcus James was appointed CEO and Executive Director in 2000. He is responsible for the attainment of the strategic goals of the organization which are established by the Board of Directors in keeping with the organization's Mission and Vision.

Mr. James is the founder and CEO of Access Financial Services Ltd. Under his leadership, Access has grown exponentially with over J$15B in loans disbursed to the microfinance sector and the Company receiving numerous industry awards.

Mr. James' journey to Access took him through the banking sector. In 1994, he joined Corporate Merchant Bank as a Credit Officer and in 1997 he assumed the position of Officer in Charge of the Merchant Bank. A brief stint in a family owned business followed in 1998, after which he joined Paymaster Jamaica Limited in 1999 as Operations Manager. This experience gave him valuable insights in entrepreneurship and management which he would later employ at Access.

Mr. James is the Chairman of the Postal Corporation of Jamaica Limited, and Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAAJ) Pension Fund. He is board member of Tennis Jamaica and British Caribbean Insurance Company (BCIC) where he chairs the Company's Investment Committee. He is a founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Jamaica (YEA) and was nominated for the 2013 Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award.  

Mr. James holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Banking and Finance with Distinction from the University of the West Indies (1999), and a Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A) from Western Carolina University (1994) with a major in Finance and Accounting.