Preston Pétain Hume Stoutt is a fourth generation BV Islander; the son of the Hilda Elizabeth Stoutt (Smith) and the late Honorable Hamilton Lavity Stoutt. He grew up in a home where he was the youngest son of six children; born on August 20, 1973.
Growing up the son of the first and longest serving Chief Minister of the BVI, instilled a commitment to public service within Preston from a very early age. It was in those formidable years where Preston learned the inner-workings of the BVI government and the good that could come of it and the benefit it could have upon the people of the BVI if implemented properly.
In those early years, Preston attended both Captain Fishy’s Elementary and St. George’s Primary schools. He would later attend Mapp’s College in Barbados, Ridley College in St. Catherines, Ontario and Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where he studied Economics. It was during these years of matriculating abroad that not only opened up his perspective globally, but where he began to formulate his vision for the BVI.
Preston had returned home from his formal education shortly before the untimely passing of his father. This was a pivotal moment for Preston. It was now time to focus on giving back to those who had given him so much: his family and his community. It was time for him to take what he had learned from his parents and through is education, and apply it to the business community of the BVI.
Over the past fifteen years, Preston has successfully worked in the hospitality industry, both in the short-term leasing and hotel markets. He has also worked in the Financial Services Industry for over seven years and was a member of the Council of Association of Registered Agents.
Through an entrepreneurial spirit, Preston was a partner in a start-up company that revolutionized communications and entertainment within the yacht charter industry using advanced technologies.
Preston has also operated as a food supply importer/exporter to small hotels, restaurants and private homes. It was within this industry that gave him a unique perspective on the increasing food prices that the people of the BVI have witnessed in recent years.
It is through this cross-section of family, public service, education, economic opportunity and perseverance that have prepared Preston to advance the Territory in a way that brings about a fairness and prosperity for all BV Islanders.