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Reformed businessman to speak to Boys’ Town on philosophy of entrepreneurship

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Reformed businessman to speak to Boys' Town on philosophy of entrepreneurship

Bernhard 'Berny' Dohrmann, chairman of CEO Space International, is in Jamaica this week to lead a discourse on 'Cooperative Capitalism: Key to Effective Corporate Social Responsibility' on Saturday at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston.

Dohrmann, whose company was the #1 ranked entrepreneur educational facility in the world in 2015, has since 2014 been devoting his life to volunteer work to assist nations in rapidly developing their entrepreneur communities changing the world one country at a time.

Dohrmann, at age 45, was sentenced to serve 28 months in a Federal prison on a contempt of court conviction, after investigations by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the US Attorney's office which began in 1989. He was indicted in 1991 and the trial took place in 1995.

After serving his sentence, he emerged with a new determination to play by the rules.

His signature company, CEO SPACE, has been hailed by participants and publications such as Forbes magazine with terms like "honesty, integrity, transparent".

Dohrmann now uses his conviction as material for teaching and his company is open and transparent about them. He has emerged as one of the foremost promoters and defenders of strong and detailed regulations and vigorous enforcement by the SEC.

He advises entrepreneurs on their responsibility to comply.

Dohrmann's story of reform, considered no different from many of the constituents served by Boys' Town, is the reason his presence has been deemed of significance to the 75th anniversary of the institution.

"Please know that his story of reform is one that should be talked about. It is a story that should be heard as it tells of a person who was convicted of a crime, did his time, and has changed into a man that is now one of the best in the world at what he does," said Charles Hyatt, a member of the Boys' Town board.

"He is not asking people to invest their money in stock, he's asking people to invest their money in themselves. The information he has is information that has helped countless companies grow positively."

The discourse on 'cooperative capitalism', starts at 7 p.m., with doors opening from 6 p.m. The event is free.