Robert Levy, chairman of the Jamaica Broilers Group, has attributed his business' success to his belief in God.
At The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on Tuesday night, when he was inducted into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Hall of Fame, the businessman spoke about the importance of faith as an ingredient for success.
"I never forget where I'm coming from," he said. He told the many friends and persons from the business sector who attended the ceremony that he was a school dropout.
"I was a foul mouth, and at the age of 30 I became very angry and indisciplined," he said, as he related that he had left his father's company to go on his own, and that was when God changed his life.
"I started to read the Bible and learned how He could love the ugly duckling. I started to learn discipline and respect for those in authority," he said, noting that this transformed his life.
Levy later returned to his father's fold, and by 1978 had assumed the post of director of development, where he was able to direct the company to becoming one of Jamaica's most successful companies.
On Tuesday night, Levy became the 18th recipient of the prestigious award, which is given annually to an individual who has made innovative and sustained contributions to the development of the private sector for at least 25 years.
The Jamaica Broilers chairman was recognised for successfully building his company, started by his father in 1958. But, more important, he was recognised for the contribution he has made to building the agro sector.
In 2009, Levy handed over the company to his son, Christopher, and became chairman of the group. Levy heaped praises on his son who, he said, has successfully been moving the company forward.
Levy was described by R. Danny Williams during the video presentation as a man of integrity. "He is a gentleman, impeccable, honest and he is not petty," said Williams.
PSOJ President Joseph M. Matalon added to that, noting that Levy was an exemplary role model for young entrepreneurs and those considering a future in business. "Tonight, we are paying tribute to a man whose business has become a household name in Jamaica, and who is himself held in the highest esteem, not just by Jamaicans, but also by business colleagues around the globe."