One-on-One with Ricardo Allen
It is said that while some people watch things happen others are too busy making things happen. The latter may be an accurate description of Ricardo Allen, managing director, of One-on-One Educational Services Ltd and 2013 Fulbright Scholarship awardee.
At the start of his high school life Ricardo moved from Falmouth, Trelawny to August Town, in St Andrew, to attend that famous Hope Road institution, Jamaica College. Even though his experience between first and fifth forms could be described as tumultuous, the resilient young man was accepted to the sixth form.
Considering this to be his second chance he found new drive and determination and set out to prove just how much he appreciated this chance. The result of his new attitude was attaining five distinctions and six credits over the two years in sixth form. Added to this, in 2008 he was awarded a scholarship to pursue a degree in actuarial sciences at the University of the West Indies. Continuing along his path of academic success, in 2010 Allen became a Rhodes Scholarship finalist and then a Fulbright Scholarship awardee in 2013.
In May 2014 Ricardo made a bold move, one that could have been considered as him ‘having more guts than brains,’ when he chose to forfeit the Fulbright scholarship, and resign from his job as a structured product analyst at Sagicor, Jamaica. He made these drastic steps so he could focus on the growth of his company, One-on-One Educational Services Ltd.
Now at the helm of a growing business in 2013 he saw his company, One-on-One Educational Services Ltd, receive capital in the amount of $5 million from five shareholders. This was successfully used to leverage the brand as it went online. Plus, the shareholders were willing to provide an additional $12 million to be used for further expansion as One-on-One aimed to meet the growing needs of the educational system in Jamaica and across the Caribbean. One-on-One's major shareholders includes some of the movers and shakers and biggest names in Jamaican business. These include R. Danny Williams and Douglas Orane, among others.
One-on-One is an educational services company that offers extra classes, personal tutoring services and e-Learning solutions through mentorship and personalised attention. In an innovative and pioneering move the company recently launched its latest product offering from the award winning mYLocker e-Learning platform which offers to students lessons that assist in their preparation for CSEC and CAPE examinations. The mYLocker e-Learning platform copped the award for Best Innovation in Education in the National Innovation Awards in November 2014.
Under Ricardo Allen’s leadership, One-on-One has grown from a small tutoring programme catering to six students to a fully-fledged educational service with more than 300 students. The company has maintained a very high standard of academic excellence and boasts a 97-100 per cent pass rate. In 2014, One-on-One recorded 100 per cent passes in CSEC mathematics from 103 students taking the exam. As if this wasn’t enough, the top national award for CSEC mathematics was awarded to one of their students, Michael Pryce.
With Allen’s amazing track record in both academics and now in business, One-on-One Educational Services Ltd. is set to make an enormous impact on the lives of so many students in the Caribbean. Ricardo Allen has combined his love of academics and passion for helping others into an innovative business that is dedicated to teaching and inspiring students to learn.