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Tony Hart to be inducted into PSOJ Hall of Fame
2013-09-12 10:28:28 | (0 Comments)
Businessman Antony ‘Tony’ Hart, who has been credited with developing Montego Bay into the second city it is today, will be the first person from the west of the island to be inducted into the Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica (PSOJ) Hall of Fame.
Tony Hart - File
The induction ceremony is scheduled for October 31 at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.
“This giant of the west is responsible for a number of major developments in Montego Bay, with perhaps the most well-known being the Montego Bay Freeport, which he conceived, promoted and saw through to completion,” the PSOJ said in a release.
The project began in 1967 and included dredging the sea in some areas. It ultimately led to the creation of 350 acres of land and four berths, and is today home to a booming industrial estate, the free-zone, up-scale residential complexes, numerous resort offerings, a beach club, the Montego Bay Yacht Club and the parish's largest port.
After the completion of the Freeport, Hart, who is now retired, acted as chairman of the Hart Group of Companies, which at one time included an apparel operation with more than 3,000 employees, a savings and loans company, an Avis Car Rental licencee, a stevedoring company, a hardware business, port management, a safety supply company, and five farms. One of these farms, Good Hope, is now one of the premier visitor attractions in Trelawny, the release said.
He has served as chairman on a number of government boards including Air Jamaica, the Coconut Industry Board and Caymanas Track Limited. Hart also served on the boards of other companies and government agencies including Bank of Nova Scotia, Jamaica Development Bank and Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College.
“Hart is also a dedicated humanitarian and philanthropist, having given generously to various causes,” the PSOJ said.
“He is especially passionate about primary education and has played a major role in the establishment of computer centres in a number of primary schools, including a state-of-the-art lab at the Corinaldi Avenue Primary School in Montego Bay,” the release said.
“Hart believes that computer literacy is the key to ensuring Jamaican students’ readiness for the global labour market and has the admirable goal of bringing technology to at least one local primary school each year,” it added.
PSOJ President Chris Zacca said Hart “has been a significant force in the private sector ever since he founded the first record manufacturing company here in 1951. He has also served his country in a number of areas spanning politics, education and government, and provides a model example of a real business leader. Tony Hart is a true visionary and without a doubt fits all the criteria for selection into our Hall of Fame.”
Each year, since 1992, the PSOJ pays tribute to a private sector leader who has made innovative and sustained contributions to development over a minimum of 25 years, has demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the industry in which his/her company operates and demonstrates an unswerving commitment to the advancement of the industry and to national development.
Source: The Gleaner/Power 106 News
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