Castries, Saint Lucia: Wadi Zakhour, on August 25th 2022, was elected to the Board of Directors of the SLHTA for the first time. He is the Representative for Independent Restaurants and Food and Beverage Suppliers.
Zakhour is the General Manager of Lazy Lagoon Trading – an F&B distribution company. Lazy Lagoon offers a wide range of food products (Frozen, Chilled and Shelf-stable), as well as a Spirits and Wine portfolio offered to the hospitality industry in Saint Lucia. He is also co-owner of La Mesa Restaurant at the Rodney Bay Marina, which incorporates all the Latin flavours with local ingredients for tourists and local customers’ enjoyment.
Zakhour has over 28 years of experience in finance, international trade, product sourcing and supply chain, with over 18 years servicing the hospitality industry. Zakhour has worked with multinational firms in Japan, the United States of America, Central America, Trinidad & Tobago and Venezuela and has always focused on Trade, Business Development and Mergers & Acquisitions.
Zakhour is eager to start adding value to the Restaurant and F&B Suppliers sectors. He believes in Saint Lucian culinary products and services, which can significantly improve the experience for our visitors and Saint Lucia as a Touristic Product.
His main objective is to make sure both sectors are able to add value to the market, taking into account the large number of members seeking the same goals: offering profitability to their shareholders/families while showcasing their products.
Zakhour is a Venezuelan by birth but considers himself a Saint Lucian after living here for over 17 years. Zakhour holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Florida, Master’s in Finance from IESA and an Electrical Engineering Degree from Simon Bolivar University (Venezuela).