The Honourable Lt. Gov. Eugene Bernard Holiday was born on St. Maarten in 1962.
In 1979, at the age of sixteen, he left St. Maarten for the Netherlands to further his education. He graduated from the Catholic University of Brabant, in Tilburg, with a doctoral degree in Economics in 1987 after which he moved to Curaçao to begin his career as an analyst and policy advisor at the Central Bank of the Netherlands Antilles.
In 1995, the then 32 year old Holiday returned home to St. Maarten to take up the position of Managing Director of the Windward Island Airways International Ltd. Three years later, he was appointed President Director of the Princess Juliana International Airport Operating Company and fora little over a decade, he played a crucial role in the development of the airport and air traffic control business on St. Maarten, reorganising the company into a service-oriented business and leading a complete transformation of the aviation infrastructure and landscape of the island.
Appointed by royal decree and having taken the oath before H.M. Princes Beatrix he took office as the first Governor of St. Maarten on October 10, 2010 at the age of 47. In his capacity as Governor, he represents H.M. King Willem Alexander on St. Maarten and serves as Head of State for St. Maarten. As Governor he also represents the Kingdom Government on St. Maarten.
During the DCNA board meeting on Curaçao in October 2012, Lt. Governor Holiday emphasised the importance of nature on the Dutch Caribbean islands and that all levels of society should be aware of it. He expressed his gratitude and support for the good work DCNA does and the alliance DCNA makes between the islands.
(Photo taken during DCNA Board meeting on Curacao, October 2012).