Lloyd Alfredo Vermont, Sr., F.J.I.M (Fellow, Jamaica Institute of Management) was born in Duanvale, Trelawny on July 26, 1938, to Noel George Vermont and Ermine Louise Loman Vermont. He attended Duanvale Primary School, Holwood Technical High School and the Jamaica School of Agriculture from which he graduated in 1961.
He worked as an Entomology Research Assistant with the Sugar Industry Research Institute and then as a Technical Assistant in a Groundwater Research project sponsored by the UNDP. In 1971, he entered the Life Insurance Field joining Imperial Life of Canada where he began to make his mark. During 1980 -1981, he became President of the Life Underwriters Association of Jamaica (LUAJ). In 1985, he became Executive Branch Manager of Jamaica Mutual Life Assurance Society at Half Way Tree and in 1988, the Life Underwriters Association named him Outstanding Member of the Year. Apart from his career accomplishments, Mr. Vermont has contributed significantly to the development of Jamaica through his public service. From 1989 to 1991 he served as Chairman of Jamaica Institute of Management (JIM), a Non-profit membership organization established in 1967 by a group of businessmen to promote professional management and raise the standard of management in Jamaica, in both the private and public sectors in the absence of an MBA program.
It was during his tenure that he introduced the Barry University MBA program to Jamaica. JIM School of Advanced Management is now the Business School of the University of Technology. Between 1997 and 2001, Mr. Vermont has served as served as Chairman of the powerful Broadcasting Commission of Jamaica, which set the standards for what is aired on the country's airwaves 1997-2001. He is a former chairman, Student Development and Welfare Committee, Board of Governors of his alma mater, Holmwood Technical High School. He is a past director of Kingston Jaycees and was Mentor to At-risk boys, Youth Opportunities Unlimited (YOU) 2005-2012. He has been a trustee of the Jamaica Medical Foundation since its inception in 1991 and served as its Hon. Secretary between 2001 and 2014. This foundation also funds medical research and makes donations to individuals and organizations with medical challenges. Mr. Vermont is also a published writer; he has written more than 55 pamphlets on various aspects of Marketing Sales and Management. In 1967 he and his team won The Seprod Golden Award which is the Press Association of Jamaica's (PAJ) premier Journalism Award, for a paper titled, “Five Year Development Plan for Jamaica” in association with the Daily Gleaners Young Jamaican Cabinet. His team assumed the role of the Ministry of Education. Other papers include Life Insurance as a Financial Tool, Life Insurance and the Worker and The Purpose of our Business. During the 1970s to 1990s, he was a frequent social commentator in the Daily Gleaner. Mr. Vermont is a self- taught Life Coach, Self-Empowerment Strategist & Investor Educator and currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Transform Yourself Now Limited, a company whose mission has two prongs which are, “To encourage Caribbean Peoples to cultivate a can-do persona and to grow the number of Caribbean Investors in Caribbean Stocks and Bonds (wherever in the world they live and work).” Growing up poor and feeling the numbness of poverty has motivated Lloyd Vermont, Sr.to grasp every opportunity he gets to make life better for himself and for those who come after him. He posits that: a) People Transformation: We already have the power within. We do not need anybody else's permission (other than our own) to excel. Our future is in our thoughts. We become what we believe and think about. b) Investor Education: The ingredients for wealth creation are free to all, rich or poor, big or small, black, white or green! This includes Time (as measured in decades) and the miracle of compounding. Family wealth is a resulting phenomenon. So is continuing poverty. Despite having left Duanvale more than fifty years ago, Lloyd Vermont has never forgotten the village at the northern end of the Cockpit Country and its people who helped to mold his formative years.
He understands and has experienced the limited opportunities available to young people in rural Jamaica and most children who have ever won a place to an institution of higher learning have received a congratulatory and encouraging letter from Mr. Vermont. He has met and feted those who he was able to and has become a father figure for many both socially and economically. Mr. Vermont carries the spirit of Barnabas, the encourager; his mentorship goes beyond encouraging those on academic pursuits but anyone who carries the Duanvale flag high in any way and anyone who needs his help. He has helped many to launch and established their careers; he wants the best for everyone, everywhere. Mr. Vermonts life epitomizes the UBUNTU principle which translates into - I am because you are. We need each other if we are going to succeed and in helping others, we help ourselves. One of his ambitions is to “To encourage the Diaspora to become the best that we can be individually and collectively; to help coax the Diaspora to change our way of thinking so that, together, we can change the quality of our lives”. My greatest hope, he writes is, “That our young bright students will break, and throw away the mold that shaped us primarily into consumers and blaze new trails in science, technology, and entrepreneurship so that our children, grandchildren, and others yet unborn will experience a mighty renaissance in our standard of living.” His family motto which is written on its coat of arms is: Education & Entrepreneurship—best two “trains” from poverty to prosperity embodies this hope. Mr. Vermont has received many recognitions include being listed in The Jamaica Gleaner, Discover Jamaica Whos Who. He is listed among the Notables of the South Florida Chapter of Holmwood Alumni Association. When he heard that we wanted to start an Alumni Association he was ecstatic and shared his longing to establish a database of Duanvale Alumni from which talent bank to help the community could be culled. He has given valuable advice in building the organization, offered his services in other areas and he is trying to help the association. He is a full member with all rights and we are grateful for his commitment. We will see more of his contribution when our website is up and running. Lloyd Alfredo Vermont, you are a giant among men. You have walked with kings and have never lost the common touch. Like Nehemiah, you will never rest until your community is rebuilt. Like Barnabas, you will stand by anyone who needs help because you think that all of us can achieve something great. Today your birthplace has risen to call you blessed and we salute you for your accomplishments.
In the spirit of UBUNTO, we are, because you are. Kutoka kwenye ufukara na kufanikiwa - Coming from poverty to success!
TRIBUTE TO MR. VERMONT FROM MRS. MONICA TAYLOR
Lloyd Vermont epitomizes the saying `it´s not where you are from but where you are going´. Lloyd grew up in the district of Duanvale in Trelawny where he experienced his own struggles and hardship. Life was hard but Lloyd was determined that this would not define his future. He was an apt student who absorbed what was taught like a sponge. Although Lloyd´s mother could not provide him with textbooks, he easily topped any class as he had a memory like an elephant. He would borrow the textbook of one of his classmates and in no time he would know the book from cover to cover. His classmates soon discovered that they while they had to `beat´ the book, Lloyd´s abilities could easily have made him a genius. Growing up in the community, Lloyd was loved. He was well spoken and one could easily have mistaken his accent for that of a foreigner. Lloyd was an active member of the community and was a part of the young people´s group meetings and the football team. He was also the unofficial town crier. When the school had any functions that required the participation of the community, the then principal would give him the school bell and he would walk around ringing the bell and making the necessary announcements. Mr. Vermont left the Duanvale All Age School to attend the Holmwood Technical High School where he was awarded a scholarship. After successfully completing the Holmwood Technical High School he pursued further studies at the Jamaica School of Agriculture. Life was still not without challenges but through hard work and perseverance Lloyd conquered the impossible and carved a path to success for himself. He never forgot about the little district that he grew up in and was concerned about the welfare of many of the children who faced similar challenges as his. He was resolute that no child would be denied the opportunity of further studies, as long as he had the ability to assist. Lloyd has sponsored many children through high school and university. He was generous but was never boastful about the assistance he gave. Whatever he did and however he did it, one would not know the full details. Today, I salute this man, though small in stature but big in heart. Thank you, Mr. Vermont, for your indelible contribution. Many lives were forever changed because you gave.
Jeffrey Browns Tribute to Mr. Vernon
Mr. Vermont has, for a long time, been a symbol of inspiration for me. I remember from about age 9, Mrs. (Monica) Taylor introduced me to this