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Earl Jarrett for PSOJ Hall of Fame

Published:Friday | September 18, 2015 | 9:01 AM
Earl Jarrett, general manager of Jamaica National Building Society.

General Manager of the Jamaica National Building Society (JNBS), Earl Jarrett, is to join other pantheons of business and industry as this year's selectee for the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Hall of Fame.

The PSOJ will wine and dine and then induct Jarrett on October 28. He joins a list of 22 others, who were all appraised on at least 25 years of contribution to business and nation building, the last of whom was Dr Glenford 'Glen Christian, chairman of Cari-Med Limited. The first inductee was the late Carlton Alexander.

Jarrett is a chartered accountant who began his career at Peat Marwick, now known as KPMG. His rÈsumÈ also includes senior positions at companies such as T. Geddes Grant/Musson Group and NEM Insurance Company.

His tenure at JNBS began in 1997 as executive with responsibility for compliance and overseas subsidiaries. His promotion to general manager came two years later in 1999.

As group boss of JNBS, which is in the business of mortgages and financial services, Jarrett heads Jamaica's largest building society. He sits on the company's Board of directors, which itself is chaired by another PSOJ Hall of Fame member, Oliver Clarke.

Jarrett is also a director of all JNBS' local and overseas subsidiaries, as well as the JNBS Foundation, the charitable arm of the JN group.

The PSOJ notes that Jarrett has had a long history of involvement with the umbrella group, serving as honorary secretary on PSOJ's executive committee, and chairman of the trade policy committee from 2009-2012.

Jarrett also serves on various boards, including as chairman of Caribbean Association of Housing Finance Institutions, Jamaica Cancer Society, Jamaican Diaspora Foundation and Mona GeoInformatics Institute, Electoral Commission of Jamaica, and is a member of the University of the West Indies Mona Campus Council, among others.

"Earl is someone whom I have known and worked with for quite some time now. I have always been impressed with his stewardship of Jamaica National, and the impact he has made on the industry," said PSOJ President William Mahfood in a statement announcing Jarrett's selection for the Hall of Fame.

"Similarly, I am always amazed that even while growing the organisation, he has found time to contribute to society, such as the fantastic work he has done with the Jamaica Cancer Society."

The Hall of Fame inductions began in 1992.

neville.graham@gleanerjm.com