Tony Hart leaves busi­ness to fo­cus on phi­lan­thropy

Jamaica Gleaner - - BUSINESS - Neville Gra­ham Busi­ness Re­porter neville.gra­ham@glean­

BUSI­NESS­MAN ANTONY ‘Tony’ Hart has given up his board seat at Caribbean Pro­duc­ers Ja­maica (CPJ), end­ing a nine-year run.

The busi­ness leg­end re­tires to­day, November 30, hav­ing served as a di­rec­tor of the fam­ily-con­trolled dis­tri­bu­tion and meat pro­cess­ing com­pany from April 2007.

Com­ment­ing on the de­vel­op­ment, CPJ Chair­man Mark Hart said his fa­ther has been sig­nalling his in­ten­tion to step down from the board for some time but has been de­lay­ing the move.

“We’ve been try­ing to get him to stay on, and it just came to a point where he said it’s time,” Hart said.

He feels the move is part of his fa­ther’s tran­si­tion from busi­ness mogul to full-time phi­lan­thropist.

“He was just al­ways avail­able to of­fer his ad­vice and sup­port over the years. He still is, but I think he just want to take a step back from the daily grind of the cor­po­rate world and deepen his in­volve­ment in phil­an­thropic pur­suits. I know he has struc­tured his share­hold­ings and own­er­ship to match that process of disen­gage­ment,” Hart said.


Tony Hart will con­tinue as chair­man of St Mary’s Prepara­tory School and has al­ready started to work with the Board of Hosanna Prep in Mon­tego Bay. Prin­ci­pal of St.Mary’s, An­thony Tay­lor, lauds Hart as a tire­less worker and the con­sum­mate phi­lan­thropist.

“He has been at St Mary’s Prep be­fore I came eight years ago, and I am sure he is go­ing nowhere soon. He is one of those Ja­maicans that knows no bound­aries. His sup­port has been tremen­dous and as soon there is a new pro­ject he is there ready to help in any way,” Tay­lor said.

Mark cited his fa­ther’s re­source­ful­ness, in­no­va­tive­ness and vi­sion­ary think­ing as the rea­sons he will be missed at CPJ.

“For my own part, he has been a great ad­viser and sup­port­ive in var­i­ous en­deav­ours. When the hard ques­tions came up, he’s al­ways been the per­son I could turn to as a tremen­dous re­source. He wasn’t in­volved day to day but you can bet that when there was a new ini­tia­tive he would be there just as ex­ited as everyone else and he came in as one with in­no­va­tive think­ing and a vi­sion­ary ap­proach,” Mark said.

Busi­ness­man Antony ‘Tony’ Hart holds the ci­ta­tion pre­sented to him at his in­duc­tion in the PSOJ Hall of Fame in 2013. Hart is giv­ing up busi­ness-re­lated pur­suits to fo­cus on phi­lantro­phy.

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