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About Spence About The Phoenix Institute
  • Spence M. Finlayson is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of personal and professional achievement, whose purpose is to make a positive contribution to the lives of millions of others.

    He has been inspiring individuals, companies, athletes and organizations to reach their true potential for over a quarter of a century.

    He is the founder, president & CEO of The Phoenix Institute For Positive Development & Empowerment, a human resources development firm committed to delivering sound principles for creating motivation, inspiration and empowerment.

    He is a graduate of St. Augustine’s College and the Bahamas Hotel Training College where he received an Associate Degree in Hotel Management in 1977. Additionally, he became a certified corporate trainer in 1988 at the prestigious Integrity Training Systems Institute in Dallas, Texas.

    Finlayson has created numerous radio and television programs including The Possible Dream Tv Show, Essence of Success radio show and Mind Your Own Business radio show.

    His current television show Dare To Be Great made its debut in 2008 and is broadcasted in the Bahamas and in 21 Caribbean countries. He is an avid reader, sports fan and Motown Music specialist.

    Spence Finlayson, a former high school track and field star has conducted seminars and workshops in over 20 foreign countries. A former Rotarian of The Year, he rose from humble beginnings in the Bahamas to become a recognized leader in his field.

    He is a results oriented individual who catalyses people into action. He resides in Nassau with his wife and daughter.

  • "If you knew who walked beside you at all times on the path that you have chosen, you can never experience fear or doubt again."
  • AT A GLANCE-THE PHOENIX INSTITUTE FOR POSITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND EMPOWERMENT


    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.