The SUNSHINE Awards Program is often described as an organization that embraces cultural diversity giving enhanced credence to the much-vaunted concept of “unity in diversity.” One should also note that cultural diversity and the performing arts in this global village where we all reside play a major role in crystallizing the values of discipline and ethics in society. Social skills and education have deep roots in the performing arts and culture.

Gilman T. Figaro, Sr

Chairman and Founder

The road to success for many individuals is often paved with hardships and hard work which force them to draw upon their inner resources to stay the course and attain their goal even in the absence of popular support. Those who prevail manage to achieve success through perseverance and determination, giving testament to their strong desire and dedication to make tangible contributions for a better world.

Gil Figaro is one person who has prevailed with all those disciplines not only as an immigrant from Trinidad and Tobago but also as an individual who believes that his daily objective is to make a difference in peoples’ lives. To accomplish this goal, he founded the SUNSHINE Awards Program in 1989 to recognize excellence in the performing arts, education, humanity, science and sports in the various Caribbean countries. Over the years, the program has expanded in depth and breadth with a global view including countries from Africa, Europe, South America and Central America. This program has evolved into an annual black-tie event staged every October.


Gil has received multiple, recognitions, Awards and Proclamations, including a State of New Jersey Senate Resolution (2013), the Caribbean Tourism Organization Distinguished Caribbean Citizen Award (2019), and his alma mater’s, St. Benedict’s College of Trinidad and Tobago Golden Jubilee Award for making a difference in our world. He is also blessed with over 35 years of sales experience combined with Executive and Sales Performance Coaching credentials assisting global businesses, of various sizes, spanning multiple industries to eliminate business challenges and accomplish goals and objectives.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from St Francis College and an MBA from Long Island University.

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