The Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM) is set to host the inaugural James Moss-Solomon Memorial Lecture at the Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona, next Wednesday (November 30).
Moss-Solomon, affectionately known as Jimmy, was a former president of the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce, and ex-chairman of the Board of Directors of the UHWI.
He was a renowned Jamaican business leader, philanthropist, educator and mentor.
Dr David McBean, executive director of the MSBM, told Our Today that Jamaica lost a gifted and loyal son of the soil, when Moss-Solomon died last January at age 70, and the best way to highlight his innumerable contributions to the MSBM and the Jamaican society was to name a lecture series after him.
“We thought a good way to honour Jimmy is to have a lecture series named in his honour, and this marks the inaugural staging of an event we hope to continue,” McBean said.
McBean noted that Moss-Solomom was instrumental in his role as executive-in-residence at the MSBM and had been a part of the family for more than 10 years.
“He had spent over a decade with the school and was very involved with the faculty, from educating students to arranging field projects and, because of this, we were always thinking of special ways to honour Jimmy,” the executive director noted.
Throughout the years, Moss-Solomon has been lauded as an excellent leader. He is considered a stalwart of the GraceKennedy Group where he was a senior executive for several decades. He was also the founding director of the GraceKennedy Foundation.
“Jimmy was an excellent executive-in-residence. He was very passionate about leadership; he would organise for CEOs to come in for discussions. He has given remarkable service to the school and it’s only fitting we honour him for his service,” McBean said.
He added that Moss-Solomon was active in the school’s activities and was instrumental in conducting lecture series and webinars.
“It’s a big loss to us,” McBean said.
The lecture will be held under the theme ‘From Local to Global: Challenges and Benefits for Caribbean Firms’.
McBean said the lecture series, which will honour the life and legacy of Moss-Solomon, also forms a part of the school’s outreach.
“We had always planned to have a series of events to commemorate 10 years as a unified school. So, this lecture series really forms part of our outreach. As a business school, our remit is to build bridges to the business community. Through the lecture we aim to bring together members of academia and industry to contend with the business and management issues which were so dear to him.”
The inaugural lecture will be delivered by GraceKennedy Group CEO Senator Don Wehby.
“Jimmy was deeply involved with GraceKennedy. He was very instrumental in growing the company, it all just came together naturally to have Don Wehby deliver the lecture,” McBean noted.
“Don Wehby, in his own right, would have been an excellent choice to deliver this lecture, given GraceKennedy’s positioning as one of our firms that has grown from being a local brand to a Caribbean and now global brand,” McBean continued.
The lecture is a part of a series of celebrations for the 10th anniversary of the merger of the Mona School of Business (MSB) and the Department of Management Studies (DOMS) to form the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM).
“We hope to continue the lecture, and we are encouraging persons to attend the lecture or watch online,” McBean said.