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Glen Christian

Published:Tuesday | November 1, 2016 | 11:00 AM

The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) will on Thursday confer honorary degrees, Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa (Hon LLD), on Glen Christian, the CEO and chairman of Cari-Med Limited, and Olympian Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce at the university's graduation ceremony at the National Arena, in Kingston.

Dr Christian's extraordinary journey in the pharmaceutical industry began in 1971 as a general sales representative with H.D. Hopwood Limited. Fraser-Pryce, OD, took the world by storm and ascended to prominence at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, when, at 21 years old, she became the first Caribbean woman to win 100m gold at the Olympics, running 10.78 seconds. In 2012, she successfully defended her 100m title, becoming the third woman to win two consecutive 100 m events at the Olympics.

Here are a few quotes from Christian.

"The future demands and direction of our education are primarily driven by the speed and impact of technology, which challenges the way we live and operate. If we, as a society/nation, fail to embrace technology, we are then headed in the wrong direction."

"The initiatives that we support reflect our fundamental belief that health and wellness should be everyone's priority. I am continuously inspired and encouraged to continue to strive for excellence in health and wellness. A healthy nation is a wealthy nation, for where there is health and wellness, there is progress."

"We cannot afford to roll over and die. I say 'yes we can', if, we see the global financial crisis as a wake-up call and realise that there are some luxuries we can no longer afford."

"As long as we maintain garrisons, give contracts to political dons and 'shottas' connected to political parties, and the interests of Jamaica are sidetracked because party interests take precedence. We cannot truly be open for business if we are not closed to crime."

"If this country does not panic in the face of the storm clouds that face us in 2009, but become emboldened to put aside our differences and work in unity to achieve some critical targets, we would have won."

"Many people go into business with a 'hope seh' and 'what if' attitude. However, these casual dependencies do not go very well with productivity. You must be strategic."

"Business is difficult. If it were easy, everyone would be successful. Many persons become overshadowed with the prospect of being their own boss and signing their own cheque, but the truth is, if you want to make a million dollars, you must be able to solve a million-dollar question."

"The time is now. You must be determined to be something good."

"Love business, love people, not money. If you go into business just for money, you are not going to invest your profits into the business, neither training people, which are integral ingredients for any sector to grow."

"Do not confuse cash flow with profit. You could be profitable on paper but unable to pay your bills, and if that happens repeatedly, you are bound to become bankrupt. Therefore, it is smart business practise to pay attention to cash flow."

"I, especially, want to implore young entrepreneurs, do not take money out of the business to pursue a certain lifestyle. Ensure that you pay your loans and invest in educating yourself. The road to success is paved with failures, and so you must be willing to take risks."