How we started


Siblings Jessica Tibbetts, Emily Allenbach and Michael Tibbetts are the third-generation owners of JEM Worldwide and its Cayman Island and Turks and Caicos Islands subsidiary businesses. JEM Worldwide is a multi-generational business with continued investment to ensure its success for future generations. JEM Worldwide has been owned and operated by the Tibbetts family since their first resort opened in 1978.

The company was founded by Linton N. Tibbetts, O.B.E., a native son of Cayman Brac in the Cayman Islands who lived the American dream. He came to the U.S. with only a few dollars and became a serial entrepreneur through a more than 65-year career. His ventures included lumber and building materials, hospitality, airlines, banking, and real estate. Leveraging his success in the US, he played a key role in developing businesses throughout his native Cayman Islands including the Cayman Brac Beach Resort, Little Cayman Beach Resort, grocery stores, a building materials company and electric utility. Mr. T was awarded the designation of Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 2003 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace for his service to his native Cayman Islands. He passed away in 2011 at the age of 88.

Linton’s son Dan also played a prominent role in building the family resort business. He built the Little Cayman Beach Resort in 1993 and launched Reef Divers, a valet dive operation on both Little Cayman and Cayman Brac. As the founder of Reef Divers, Dan Tibbetts was a dive tourism pioneer in the Cayman Islands. Dan also had a career as a developer building multiple condominiums and other projects and instilled in his children a love for the Islands.

Dan Tibbetts passed away in 2006 and his businesses have continued to grow under the leadership of his three children Jessica Tibbetts, Emily Tibbetts Allenbach and Michael Tibbetts.


Construction of the original Brac Reef Beach Resort (later sold to the Divi Corporation) begins
Opening of the second Brac Reef Beach Resort
Village Square stores open on Little Cayman
Little Cayman Beach Resort opens and Reef Divers is launched in Little Cayman and Cayman Brac
A Russian frigate, renamed the MV Capt Keith Tibbetts, is sunk off the northwest coast of Cayman Brac to create a unique dive site
The Club Condominiums at Little Cayman are finished
Dan Tibbetts passes away and siblings Jessica, Emily and Michael begin leading JEM Worldwide
Hurricane Paloma devastates the Brac Reef Beach Resort requiring an extensive renovation effort with a reopening 2009
Linton Tibbetts passes away at the age of 88
Cayman Brac Beach Resort reopens after an extensive renovation including the construction of a new pool and beachfront bar and restaurant
Little Cayman Beach Resort completes extensive renovation of the guest lobby and the Birds of Paradise restaurant
Ironwood Crest apartments on Little Cayman are completed
East Bay Resort in the Turks and Caicos Islands is acquired and Reef Divers South Caicos is launched
Salterra Resort & Spa, is scheduled to open in late 2024
MAREA luxury villas on Little Cayman are set to be completed