THE Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) last Wednesday inducted the first truly grassroots businessman, Carimed’s Glen Christian’s into its hallowed Hall of Fame in an evening of glitz and glamour witnesed by a packed ballroom at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston. The Glen Christian story is yet another Jamaican best seller.
Glen Christian learnt the art of business at the feet of his mother, Evelyn, one of those hardy rural women who helped build Jamaica from the bottom up. Evelyn Christian religiously took the weekly trek from the farming district of Brandon Hill, Clarendon to the mecca of markets, the Coronation Market in the island’s capital. When she couldn’t make it, she would send Glen.
It was a two-way trade that was as efficient as it was rudimentary. Ground provisions were purchased at the community farm gate. The goods were moved by market truck to what is the largest commercial district in the English-speaking Caribbean. The proceeds from the usually brisk sale was in turn used as capital to buy wholesale goods for re-sale to the shops in the teeming rural townships and districts. That indomitable spirit of entrepreneurism would be Glen Christian’s certain destiny.
Published in the Jamaica Observer
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