Richard Byles inducted into the PSOJ’s Hall of Fame
Chairman of the Sagicor Group Jamaica Richard Byles was inducted in the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Hall of Fame at a glittering banquet held at the Jamaica Pegasus last night.
Leaders of the country’s business community turned out to celebrate this award with a man who is regarded as a titan in Jamaica’s finance and business landscape.
The laudatory commendations spoke truth to power as Byles accomplishments and his serene and accommodating manner were acknowledged by all.
A committed family man who always credits his wife Jacinth and two sons as forming the epicenter of his life, the affection and respect was most certainly palpable during the ceremony.
It is a rare feat indeed when a business leader can bestow success on whatever institution he or she heads but that has been the case with Byles and he has done so for close on 30 years.
PanJam, Sagicor, Red Stripe, EPOC – he has left an indelible mark, stamping his imprimatur and leaving them far better than he found them.
On receiving his citation from PSOJ President P.B Scott, Byles said: “I would like to thank the PSOJ most sincerely for this honour. I am humbled when I think of the other honourees in this Hall of Fame.”
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Richard Byles inducted
“I am also keenly aware that I am standing on the shoulders of many giants without whom I would not be receiving this award tonight; amongst them are Maurice Facey, Rita Humphries, Danny Williams and Dodridge Miller. I thank them for the encouragement and the opportunities they have afforded me.”
“People believe that the success at Sagicor and PanJam is because of me. Not true really. It is because of my colleagues and the thousands of Team members at both institutions that we were able to deliver the record performances. A big thank you to them all.
“To my wife of nearly 36 years, Jacinth, the co-Chair in our household and my two sons Pavel and Yannick, I could not have done it without your support and encouragement. Thank you for allowing me the 5 am's at office, the Saturdays and sometimes Sundays. It is you, my family that inspires the extra-ordinary in me.
“Jamaica and its institutions have been good to me, not the least of which are Jamaica College and the University of the West Indies and I am grateful to them for their role in giving me an excellent education and a memorable youth. They have helped to foster in me a deep commitment to country and social justice.
“When I look back on my career, notwithstanding the business successes, one of the most intense but eventually most fruitful experiences for me was my Co-Chairing of EPOC, the Economic Programme Oversight Committee.
“From the beginning I was convinced Jamaica could make it. I was totally engaged for those 3 years and was happy to contribute what I could to Jamaica. Not enough is said and remembered about the persons who played a critical role in that struggle, the numerous government employees who delivered on the programme’s stretch targets, the Ministers of government, notably Mark Golding who contributed directly and significantly to get the massive legislative agenda done, and of course the then Minister of Finance, Peter Phillips. Jamaica owes all of you a great debt of gratitude.”