Fortress Fund Managers is the leading mutual fund manager in Barbados, managing investments on behalf of thousands of individuals, pension funds, insurance companies and other institutions. We help people from all walks of life to save and grow their money for the future. We have been doing this since 1996.
Our only business is managing funds on behalf of our clients. Our only mission is creating great investment products and providing outstanding service to our clients.
Wherever we invest, our objective is simple and consistent: to build portfolios of high-quality, resilient securities at reasonable prices. History shows there is no better way to preserve and build wealth over many years.
Our range of mutual funds covers the long-term asset classes of equities and fixed income. This includes domestic Barbados funds with Caribbean exposure. It also includes global funds with exposure to investments around the world. Our clients can select the one, or a combination, that best suits their needs and objectives.
Building on the strength and simplicity of our funds, we are also a leading provider of investment management and pension administration services to defined contribution and defined benefit plans of all sizes. Our pension-related services in Barbados also include Registered Retirement Savings Plans, “drawdown” annuities to provide income to retirees from their accumulated savings, and a Multi-Employer Pension Plan for companies who wish to completely outsource their pension plans.
Island Securities Ltd – is a private investment company, owned 100% by Roger Cave, Fortress’ investment director.
The Nation Corporation – is the largest news and media company in Barbados. Its principal subsidiary, the Nation Publishing Co. Limited publishes the leading daily newspaper. Another subsidiary, STARCOM Network Inc., operates four radio stations, including the Voice of Barbados.
Cave Shepherd & Co. Limited – is a public company listed on the Barbados Stock Exchange. Cave Shepherd is a diverse and multi-faceted regional organisation with interests in retail, tourism, financial services, property development, renewable energy, and international business.
Fortress Staff Share Scheme – a vehicle for share ownership for employees of Fortress Fund Managers.
Fortress Fund Managers Limited makes an annual donation to The Barbados Community Foundation, a charitable foundation registered under the Charities Act, Cap. 243. The purpose of the Foundation is to enhance the quality of life in Barbados by sourcing and managing funds, which will be distributed to needy organisations at the discretion of its trustees.
The company also makes donations to a number of organisations and individuals annually through its internal Charitable Giving Committee.
Directors and Administration
Sir Geoffrey Cave – Chairman
Roger Cave – Investment Manager
Ernst & Young
Fortress Fund Managers
Upper Collymore Rock
Roger Cave CA, CFA – Investment Director
Roger Cave is the founder and Investment Director of Fortress Fund Managers. He has managed the Fortress funds since 1996, achieving some of the best long term track records in the region. Prior to founding Fortress, Roger worked with PriceWaterhouse and the Commonwealth Development Corporation in Barbados as well as Coopers & Lybrand in Toronto. He is a CFA charterholder and a Chartered Accountant. Roger is a non-executive director of various organizations including Cave Shepherd & Company, SigniaGlobe Financial Group, DGM Financial Group and Overseas Asset Management. Roger is responsible for the overall investment and business strategy at Fortress.
Peter Arender, CFA – Chief Investment Officer, Fortress Advisory & Investment Services
Peter Arender is Chief Investment Officer of Fortress Advisory & Investment Services in Barbados, where he is responsible for investments across Fortress’ range of mutual funds and segregated portfolios. He has over 25 years’ varied experience in financial markets and joined Fortress in 2009. Prior to that, he was Chief Investment Officer of a privately held offshore bank in Barbados. He was portfolio manager at Acker Finley Asset Management in Toronto for five years, and a Vice President of Institutional Bond Sales at Toronto Dominion Securities for six years. His focus is on developing and applying highly disciplined strategies to the portfolio management process. He is a CFA charterholder, a past member of the board of the CFA Society Barbados, and a past president of the CFA Society Toronto.
Dionne Thompson BSc., FCCA – Chief Financial Officer
Dionne Thompson is the Chief Financial Officer. She joined Fortress in 2006 and is a qualified accountant. Dionne previously worked as a manager in the Advisory Services Division at PwC Barbados with over seven years’ experience in various roles at the professional services firm. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Barbados and the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.
Rene Delmas BSc, FLMI – Pension Director
René Delmas is the Pension Director. He joined Fortress in 2003 when the Fortress Caribbean Pension Fund was launched. He is responsible for all aspects of marketing and administration of the Pension Fund. He has more than 30 years’ experience in the pension industry, having had responsibility for the pension portfolio of one of the largest Caribbean insurers for many years. René is a Fellow of the Life Management Institute.