Robert Hernandez
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Meet Robert Hernandez of Trinidad & Tobago

Pan Movement For Innovation, Development And National Unity

A dedicated Pan Lover, Steelband leader, seasoned professional with extensive experience in Corporate Governance and Executive Management. A proven track record as a successful negotiator and business consultant.

Manager of Highlanders Steel Orchestra and current Secretary of the Northern Region of Pan Trinbago. Served two terms as Chairman of the School Board at Success Laventille Secondary School. Member of the Leadership Team that facilitated an Educational and Cultural Exchange Programme with Cuba, taking the school’s steel orchestra on a 10-day-trip to Cuba.

Facilitated with the Unit Trust Corporation to train Northern Region’s member bands in Financial Management for Steel Bands, and with the St. John Ambulance Brigade for training in First Aid and CPR. Coordinated with the T&T Defence Force in conducting the largest Annual Food Drive, and provided three (3) Hamper Distributions to Northern Region member bands during the ongoing Pandemic.

Successfully negotiated a ninety-nine (99) year lease with NP (National Petroleum) for Highlanders Steel Orchestra to acquire a Pan Yard Home on the Eastern Main Road in Success Village, Laventille. Following this, another successful negotiation resulted in Highlanders getting approval from the East Port of Spain Development Company to construct a modern Pan Theatre and Home Work/After School Centre in the newly acquired Pan Yard. Construction is currently underway and the facility is near completion. Under its current management and leadership, Highlanders was a finalist in the recent 2020 National Panorama Competition, placing 6th in the Small Band Category.


Born and raised in Success Village, Laventille, his early education was at the Ideal High School in Belmont before migrating to the US. Further studies included obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Management at City University of New York, and a MBA Degree in General Management at Dowling College, Long Island, New York. Additional studies included a Diploma in Executive Leadership at Duke University, Richmond, Virginia.

Professional working experience included working as a Senior Operations Manager for the United States Postal Service, responsible for the administration of Postal Services for fifty-five (55) Postal Districts. Upon returning to Trinidad, served as the General Manager Operations and Managing Director (ag.) at the Trinidad and Tobago Postal Corporation.

Demonstrated experience in leading effective teams by working with a cross section of senior government officials and members of the corporate sector in developing a Postal Code and an internationally accepted Addressing Standard for Trinidad and Tobago. This project was approved by the Government and is currently being rolled out nationwide.

It is recognized that the following issues are of major concern to our membership, and will be given top priority and addressed in the next term of office:

  • Constitutional Reform
  • Comprehensive review of the finances of Pan Trinbago
  • Pan Yard Development and Legitimization of Tenure
  • A Headquarters Complex for Pan Trinbago
  • Equitable financial assistance to unsponsored steelbands and pan players
  • Initiative to secure Corporate Sponsorship for Steelbands
  • Development Training in Steel Band Operations and Management (A business model)
  • Regaining stakeholder confidence in Pan Trinbago
  • Continue working with UWI [The University of the West Indies] & UTT [The University of Trinidad and Tobago] in further developing technological improvements within the Steel Pan Industry
  • Pursue organizational development by removing barriers, building bridges and achieving National Unity.
Pan Movement For Innovation, Development And National Unity

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