At an age when most young men would be enjoying their youth, 22 year-old Tyrone Wilson was launching his own online company, eMedia Interactive Ltd.
"I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I sought to learn from my experience in the work world. I fell in love with media while working at The Gleaner, so I decided I wanted a business that incorporated media, technology and online," he shared.
Today, the four-year-old vibrant organisation, with a staff of 20, has expanded to publishing online magazines for a wide range of companies and a $30- million PanCaribbean investment saw the April launch of the Caribbean region's first online television.
"We consider ourselves game-changers, very technologically driven. Always abreast of the latest technology, we make sure our website is always innovative," Wilson said.
At 26, this young entrepreneur is being honoured as one of the '50UnderFifty Business Leaders Shaping Jamaica's Future' by the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica and The Gleaner, in celebration of Jamaica's 50th year of Independence.
"We try to play our part in the growth of Jamaica by providing employment, being environmentally friendly and advancing a business that is moving with the times. We are looking to open up the whole industry in online media and being quite competitive," said the president and chief executive officer.
"We will also play our part in giving back to the nation through community involvement, such as working with Governor General Sir Patrick Allen's 'I Believe' initiative, and bringing computer usage and Internet access to a lot of communities."
The Jamaica College graduate who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in banking and finance from the University of the West Indies, said that when not on the job 24/7, he makes time for his big passion - basketball.
The 50UnderFifty awardees will be honoured at a banquet to be held on November 29.