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Glen Christian to be inducted in PSOJ Hall of Fame

Published:Sunday | October 5, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Chairman and owner of the Cari-Med group of companies, Glenford Christian. - File

Pharmaceuticals and distribution maven Glenford 'Glen' Christian will be this year's 22nd inductee into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Hall of Fame.

Christian, the chairman of Cari-Med Limited and Kirk Distributors Limited, joins a list of corporate giants that last included Antony 'Tony' Hart. The year before, in 2012, PSOJ inducted its first female into the Hall of Fame - Restaurants of Jamaica/KFC Jamaica matriarch, Lorna Myers.

Christian, a former pharmaceuticals salesman who now owns what is described as the leading distributor of pharmaceutical products in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean, will be officially inducted at a gala event scheduled for October 29 at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel.

Since 1992, the PSOJ has paid tribute to a private sector leader who has made sustained contributions to the development of the private sector over a minimum of 25 years.

He or she must also demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the industry in which his/her company operates and "an unwavering commitment to the advancement of his industry and to national development", as stipulated by the private sector body.

Christian began his working life as a teacher in Kingston before joining the sales staff at HD Hopwood, selling pharmaceuticals before rising to the position of sale manager.

With Marva, his wife, the couple entered business as operators of the Portmore Pharmacy from 1979-1987. In 1986, Christian established Cari-Med with just three employees, growing that operation into a Caribbean-wide distribution network which now employs over 413 persons.

EXPANSION

The entrepreneur expanded from pharmaceuticals in 2005 when he acquired the assets of Colgate Palmolive and launched Kirk Distributors, which distributes consumer products.

Together, both companies currently employ over 640 employees.

Over time, Christian also invested significantly in education. In 2010, he established the Evelyn Mitchell Infant School and Centre of Excellence, named in honour of his mother in Clarendon. He also recently completed refurbishing and re-equipping the computer lab at his alma mater, Brandon Hill Primary, also in Clarendon.

PSOJ President Chris Zacca was quoted in a PSOJ release on the upcoming event as saying "Glen is one of the most prolific examples of a home-grown entrepreneur and business leader. Having risen from the depths of poverty to be the success that he is today, his story is one of hard work, integrity, determination and vision."

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