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NCB Banker retires

Published:Monday | July 11, 2016 | 7:00 AM
Patrick Hylton, group managing director of National Commercial Bank (left), has Norman Reid (second left), his daughter Rochelle Reid-James and Deputy Group Managing Director Dennis Cohen in a happy mood during a cocktail reception hosted to honour Reid for giving 40 years of service to the bank.
Norman Reid (second left) is joined by his daughter Rochelle Reid-James, wife Pauline and son Ryan at a recent cocktail reception hosted at the Seawind Beach Club to mark his 40 years of unstinting service to the NCB.
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The National Commercial Bank's (NCB) Norman Reid, who blazed a trail of excellence for 40 years at the bank, is now heading into retirement.

Reid entered banking in May Pen, Clarendon - fresh out of Clarendon College. He worked for a year before pursuing further studies and, upon completion, he rejoined the bank in 1979.

He worked diligently, receiving promotions along the way to becoming the manager of a number of branches, including Montego Bay, and eventually became senior assistant general manager for the retail banking division - the position from which he retired.

ONLY EMPLOYER

NCB has been the only place of work for Reid who, despite numerous offers, remained totally committed to the bank.

"I always felt that being at NCB was part of my Christian duty and I saw the opportunity to groom and train and develop others, "said Reid, who was treated to a lavish cocktail reception by the bank for his milestone.

Group Managing Director, Patrick Hylton describes Reid's contribution to NCB as unique.

"It is so based on the legacy that he has built, particularly as it relates to managers in the NCB network. Norman has 'graduated' a number of managers, as many who have been promoted would have passed through his tutelage," said Hylton.

Reid lauded his wife of 34 years, Pauline, principal of Holland High School in Trelawny.

"We have been very supportive of each other's careers," he said. Meanwhile, his wife describes him as loyal, hard-working, passionate and an excellent father to their two children - son Ryan, a banker, and daughter Rochelle, a human resource officer.

Number crunching

He will no longer be crunching the numbers at NCB. Reid, who has lived and worked in Montego Bay for the past 12years, will be fully occupied with his numerous civic responsibilities: serving on the board of the Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, the Export /Import Bank, and his work with the Anglican church in Chapleton, Clarendon.

His advice to young people entering the world of work is: "The minute you start working - begin saving towards retirement. Don't wait until the last five years of your working life," Reid said.