The Honourable Mark Vanterpool
Former Cabinet Minister, British Virgin Islands
Mark Vanterpool is a politician and a former Cabinet Minister in the British Virgin Islands.
Early life and education
Mark Vanterpool was born on 3 July 1956. He graduated from the BVI High School in 1972 and went on to Wright State University and H. Lavity Stoutt Community College.
He worked for a short period as an office clerk with J.R. O'Neal Ltd. in 1972, and later spent a year as a trainee Elementary School Teacher at the Road Town Primary School (now Althea Scatliffe Primary).
In 1974, he joined Barclays Bank PLC where he received extensive management training and experience in all facets of banking through their locations in the British Virgin Islands, New York, the United Kingdom, Barbados and Anguilla.
In 1988, he resigned from Barclays Bank to take up his new role as Chief Executive Officer of his family food business known as K-Mark's Foods, which has approximately one hundred and twenty employees today. In recent years he embarked on studies with the H. L. Stoutt Community College and Wright State University.
On 17 May 1999, Vanterpool was elected to the Legislative Council of the Virgin Islands to represent the people of the Fourth Electoral District, the capital, Road Town and its surroundings.
The 16 June 2003 election resulted in his return to the Legislature, but on the Opposition bench, after the defeat of The Virgin Islands Party (VIP), on whose slate he ran for the first time since leaving the National Democratic Party (NDP).
Returning to the NDP, Vanterpool lost his bid for re-election in the 2007 election. He however returned to Parliament as the representative for the Fourth Electoral District in the 2011 election on the NDP ticket. He was appointed Minister for Communications and Works. He was re-elected in 2015 and reappointed to the Cabinet.
Vanterpool is married to wife Judith E. Christopher, with two sons, Deon and Dalan.