After almost 30 years at Sandals Resorts, Robert Stewart is founder and managing director of Geophysx Jamaica, an exploration junior searching locally for greenfield metallic mineral discoveries. We hold that Jamaica is “lost in time” and under-explored. Hard rock mining for metals, as an industry, has not existed here in a significant way since the 1850’s, when most mining was abandoned as miners left for California.
We are engaged in the largest and most comprehensive campaign in the history of the island. In 2 years, we have covered most of the island, including over 20,000 assays to date. With 25 local geologists in 8 field teams and some of the best and brightest minds in exploration, the experience of our extended team exceeds 300 years.
We are founded and operated on sustainable principles – in how we operate in local communities, and how we conduct our exploration activities. We operate to the highest internationally recognized standards, whether required to or not, to build trust and a strong social license, including voluntarily submitting to and being licensed by NEPA, the local environmental agency.
Besides traditional geochemistry and ground-based observation, we also employ novel assay methodologies, as well as modern ground and airborne geophysical techniques. Going beyond the UAV “drone” surveys performed to date, we shortly start our helicopter geophysical campaign, and we also operate an in-house diamond drill core sampling program.
We are the largest license holder in the island, with wholly owned exclusive licenses of more than 2,200 square Km, and dozens of exciting prospects. Working with faculty from the University of the West Indies, we have developed a new working hypothesis for some of the most important geological features, and are also assisting in the development of a new set of geological maps for the island.
In Robert’s previous roles at Sandals, he created and built the IT division. In 1993 he designed and developed Sandals’ Central Reservations System, which went live in October 1994, as a fully client-server system written in Oracle. The system is still used today, supported by the in house team he created. In 1995, he oversaw the company’s debut on the World Wide Web and he later initiated the development of the web booking system, and interfaces to the airline systems. Other roles within Sandals included development of database marketing and integration of various lifestyle demographic clustering systems, and creating the loyalty program in 1999. He also ran sales for the UK and Europe between 2001 and 2006.
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