Ernest Dwight Biography


Virgin Holidays was the first private organization to establish a corporate scholarship program through the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Foundation.


Interval International, a prominent worldwide provider of vacation services together with their participating member resorts donated nearly half a million dollars over the last 15 years.


“Being the recipient of the scholarship grant from CHTAEF has enriched my life. … I am eternally indebted to CHTAEF for making my dreams a reality.”


Over 750 hospitality professionals training in 2019 alone!


Developing meaningful programs for today’s Caribbean hospitality professionals.


Over $2.5 million in scholarships awarded

Ernest Dwight (BA Economics & Business, Belmont Abbey College, 1970) is the founder and former owner/president of SouthWood, the Image, Identity & Signage Specialists, from which he retired in 2016. He is a board member of Hands for Haiti ( , which operates a Catholic school in  rural northern Haiti. He is a recognized speaker/author on wayfinding, branding and signage. A lifelong resident of Charlotte, NC, Ernest and his late wife Vicky have 4 children and 8 grandchildren.