Well-Known Busi­ness­man Re­counts his Steps to Suc­cess in New Book

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - Guy El­lis Jour­nal­ist and Au­thor

M ICHAEL CHAS­TANET is un­doubt­edly one of the most suc­cess­ful and ac­com­plished Saint Lu­cian busi­ness­men of all time. Nei­ther ti­tle has ever been for­mally con­ferred upon him but that is of no con­se­quence. The fac­tors that qual­ify him to be so rec­og­nized have been vis­i­ble for all to see for more than 60 years.

Chas­tanet’s in­ter­est in busi­ness had its early ground­ing in his mother, who op­er­ated a fam­ily bak­ery, and his father, whose pas­sion was in ship­ping. To­gether the par­ents cre­ated the en­vi­ron­ment which must have piqued young Michael’s in­ter­est, re­sult­ing in his early en­try into ac­tive ser­vice in the ship­ping busi­ness while still a teenager.

Michael Chas­tanet’s con­tri­bu­tion to the de­vel­op­ment of intra- and in­ter-is­land travel by sea, mov­ing pas­sen­gers and cargo in Saint Lu­cia and the East­ern Caribbean, is now leg­endary. Some peo­ple will have no dif­fi­culty re­call­ing such ves­sels’ names as ‘Michael David’, ‘Grenville Lass’ ‘Chris­tine C’ and oth­ers which pi­o­neered early trans­porta­tion by sea in Saint Lu­cia and in the re­gion. But not much is known of Chas­tanet’s ex­ploits fur­ther afield, in the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity. This book, his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, fills that void.

Read­ers will find it re­mark­able that a young man from one of the most back­ward is­lands in the Caribbean, as Saint Lu­cia was at the time, could have stamped his pres­ence on the busi­ness of in­ter­na­tional trade and com­merce to the ex­tent that he did in the Caribbean and the Amer­i­cas, then all the way to the Pa­cific, Europe and Africa.

Along the way, Chas­tanet demon­strated his as­tute busi­ness acu­men in the buy­ing and sell­ing of ships and by po­si­tion­ing him­self in the right places at the right times to ef­fect im­por­tant busi­ness deals and de­ci­sions.

Later, he switched his in­ter­ests into the real es­tate and su­per­mar­ket busi­nesses and into tourism. Now, hav­ing just cel­e­brated his 80th birth­day, there are no signs that he in­tends to slow down; in­deed, he con­tin­ues to break new busi­ness ground. It is ob­vi­ous that this will be his legacy; one that will eas­ily match his im­pos­ing phys­i­cal stature; one that will be left to his chil­dren to carry through.

This au­to­bi­og­ra­phy also of­fers in­sights into Chas­tanet’s early life, in­clud­ing mo­ments of near tragedy and in­tro­spec­tion, and how he con­fronted them. It’s a part of the Chas­tanet saga that has never pub­licly been told be­fore.

For one who was not for­tu­nate to have ac­quired a univer­sity education, Michael Chas­tanet’s achieve­ments have been noth­ing short of re­mark­able. His is a story of vi­sion, hard work, bold de­ci­sion­mak­ing and en­ter­prise. It is a story which should in­spire his coun­try­men to the heights of per­sonal and cor­po­rate achieve­ment. Now avail­able for sale at the Star Pub­lish­ing com­pany. Open­ing on Tues­day 23rd Fe­bru­ary, 2016. Call: 450-7827 ext 2236

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