Paramount Trading is very ably led by a strong Board of Directors which diligently executes its mandate to direct the Company’s affairs to ensure that success is achieved. This success translates into shareholder value and is attained through prudent and effective controls, as well as accurate risk assessment and management.
The composition of the Board is such that the best mix in terms of qualifications and backgrounds to effectively serve the Company’s needs is achieved. The members of the Board are qualified, objective, committed, inquisitive and passionate. At Paramount we believe that this combination guarantees and will continue to deliver the desired outcomes over the foreseeable future.
The Board of Directors
Radcliff Knibbs, MBA
Radcliff Knibbs is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors. He is the Co-Managing Director of CMK Bakery Limited, operator of nine Juici Patties restaurant franchises, having begun his career in 1983 as a self employed trader in seafoods and subsequently working in marketing at both the Jamaica National Export Corporation (1985 to 1987) and Shell Chemicals Jamaica Limited (1987 to 1989) before moving into the restaurant business as Managing Director of Inglewood Investment Limited. He is a graduate of the Executive M.B.A. program at Florida International University, where he was honoured with a leadership award, and also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Pure and Applied Chemistry (Hons.) from the University of the West Indies. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Aviation Authority (2004 to 2011) and the Rosemount Primary and Junior High School.
CEO & Managing Director
Hugh Graham founded Paramount Trading (Jamaica) Limited in February 1991. Prior to 1991 he was a sales agent for international chemical manufacturers and distributors May and Baker Limited and Rhone Poulenc Inc. He later founded Stamina Trucking and Transport Company Limited and, in 2010, purchased the Diversey Lever manufacturing facility at Bell Road Acquisition of this plant was followed in 2011 by distributorship of the SIKA line of construction products.
Mr. Graham is Councillor of the St. Catherine Parish Council for the Lluidas Vale Division – a position he has held since 2007. He is also a member of the National Water Commission’s Board and Rural Water Supply Limited. He is an avid tennis player and previously served on the Boards of The JUTC, Spectrum Management Authority and Ultimate Tyre Company.
Sharon Donaldson-Levine, LLB, MBA, CA
Director and Mentor
Sharon Donaldson-Levine is the Managing Director of General Accident Insurance Company (“GAIC”), which was listed on the Junior Market in 2011. She is mentor for Paramount Trading and Chair of the Audit Committee. Mrs. Donaldson-Levine is a Director of Musson (Jamaica) Limited and represents the local general insurance industry in discussions with the FSC. She is also Treasurer for the Jamaica Environment Trust.
Mr. James Lechler is a graduate of Campion College, the Pennington School in Pennington, New Jersey and the National Aviation Academy in Clearwater, Florida. Starting in 1982 he worked in the family business at Jamaica Engineering & Construction Company Limited as the Technical Field Supervisor and was appointed as Director of Jamaica Engineering and Construction, Explosive Sales & Services Limited and Engineering Sales Co. Ltd. In 1992 he took on the role of Managing Director of Engineering Sales, where he continued to work until 2005. In October 2005, he founded Lechler’s Construction Products & Supplies Limited which he continued to operate until December 2011. In March 2010 Mr. Lechler was appointed as the General Manager of Stewart Industrial, a division of Stewart Automotive Group.
Jukie Gladstone Chin, OD
Daryl Fong Kong, MBA
Daryl Fong Kong is a founding non – executive Director of the Company and a member of the Compensation Committee. He is also a Director of Daytona Sales Company Limited, a local supplier of auto parts where he is General Manager with responsibility for sales and inventory control, since 1989.
Richard Rogers is the second of two founding non-executive Directors of Paramount Trading and is a member of the Audit Committee. He is also a director of Rogers Concrete Block Works Ltd. and Rogers Land Development Ltd. Mr. Rogers attended the University of South Florida where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Finance.