Linda Turnquest has been an invaluable member of the Grand Bahama Shipyard team since its inception. She received her Bachelors in Accounting from the University Of Houston, University Park, with a minor in Computer Science, and later passed the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant Examination on her first attempt.
Linda began her career at Chevron Oil Bahamas Ltd. a subsidiary of Chevron International Oil Company of San Francisco, California as a staff accountant, and later transferred to Bahamas Oil Refining Company (BORCO). She worked in all areas of the Finance Department, and was also afforded the opportunity to work in San Francisco for a period of time. During her years at BORCO, Linda traveled throughout the U.S. and received numerous certifications in Management, Finance and Computer Networks. Linda left Bahamas Oil Refining Company as the Computer Co-Coordinator & Management Accountant in 1997 to take up employment at the Freeport Harbor Company/Freeport Container Port Limited, a member of Hutchison Ports Holdings Group, as Financial/Management Accountant. She was responsible for setting up and establishing the Finance Department for the Freeport Container Port, and was responsible for all aspects of its financial reporting and requirements.
Due to her success at Freeport Container Port she was seconded to Hutchison Westports in Felixstowe, England to further solidify her involvement and understanding of the Hutchison Group of Companies. During this time Linda was also afforded the opportunity to represent Freeport Container Port in Hong Kong, where she met the chairman of Hutchison Whampoa Limited, Mr. Li Ka-shing, one of the richest men in Hong Kong. Upon returning to Freeport in 2001 and because of her success in the industrial sector, she was offered the position of Finance Manager, at the Grand Bahama Shipyard Limited. She was challenged with setting up the Finance Department and develop a computerized accounting system for this greenfield site in Freeport. Linda is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Grand Bahama Shipyard, one of the fastest growing companies in Grand Bahama and boasts of being responsible for the finances and computers of a company with annual revenues of over $133 million and over 700 employees. She is currently the first woman and Bahamian to be a member of the senior management team.