The year was 1988 when Spence M. Finlayson resigned from his lucrative job as an advertising sales consultant for Batelco’s Yellow Pages Department, to begin his entrepreneurial pursuits with the formation of his own training company, Spence Finlayson & Associates Sales Training Consultants.

Mr. Finlayson became a very popular motivational speaker conducting numerous workshops and seminars for major local companies, government agencies and other organizations. Additionally, he became a certified trainer in 1988 at the prestigious Integrity Training Systems Institute in Dallas, Texas.

In 1993 the master motivator Spence Finlayson moved to the Cayman Islands where he became an instant success making numerous motivational presentations and conducting seminars and workshops for the public and private sector. At this time Finlayson changed his firm’s name to Motivation International and proceeded to conduct workshops in over 14 Caribbean countries including St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent & The Grenadines, Turks & Caicos, Curacao, Aruba, St. Maarten, Anguilla, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, and Grenada.

In 2005-2006 after returning home to his native Bahamas, he made an important name change to his company to The Phoenix Institute for Positive Development and Empowerment. He explained that the name phoenix came from the mythical bird from Egyptian and Greek mythology. This bird represented new birth or born again to the early Christians. The master motivator was “reborn” and continues to believe and trust in his Almighty God.

He is the creator and host of an exciting international motivational television show called Dare to Be Great which airs in 21 Caribbean countries and The Bahamas.