(CMR) Paul Harris, chairman of International Management Services, celebrates his 80th birthday today, 30 November. The International Management Services Ltd (IMS) team would like to wish their chairman many happy returns on this special day. The following is a tribute to Harris from his staff:
Paul is a well-known figure in the Cayman Islands. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Whinney (now Ernst and Young) in London before coming to the Cayman Islands in his twenties in 1967, where he became the first British chartered accountant to take up residence and practice in the Islands.
He opened the first accounting office in the Cayman Islands for what is now Ernst & Young and later acted as Cayman correspondent for the international firm Ernst & Ernst. He founded International Management Services Ltd (IMS) in 1974, and in 2015 he was honored by the Cayman Islands Institute of Professional Accountants CIIPA (formerly CISPA) as a pioneer of the industry.
He was one of the founders in 1970, and the association has now grown to be the largest professional association in the Cayman Islands, with approximately 1,000 members. He was also instrumental in setting up the Cayman Islands Company Managers Association and the Cayman Islands Directors Association and should therefore be recognized for his contributions to establishing the financial services industry in Cayman.
Many people will recall Paul’s earlier days in the Islands, his love of boats and his stint as a dealer for Bayliner and more recently the donation of a boat to the Sailing Club; and who could forget his dallying with nightclubs at the Beach Club and Tiffany’s as well being an offshore racer competing in the Million Dollar Run.
We are happy he stuck with his day job and made IMS the success that it is today!”
Happy Birthday Paul