Gordon “Bush” Stewart
Gordon “Bush” Stewart was born July 6 1941 in the parish of Kingston he is a well known entrepreneur both here in Jamaica and internationally. Mr. Stewart is the owner or chairman of a wide array of companies some of which includes: •
Beaches Family Resorts
Appliance Traders Ltd
The Jamaica Observer
Mr. Stewart began is working career at the age of seventeen as a Sales Agent for Trading company. He worked there until 1968 after saving up enough money to start up is own company Appliance Traders Ltd which at the time was focused on manufacturing air conditioning units but as now grown to supply just about everything. In the year 1980 Mr. Stewart ventured into the hospitality industry with his unofficial motto “We can do better” he bought an old hotel in the second city of Montego Bay despite the fact he had no hotel experience. He knew how ever how to be successful in business achieving this by finding out what people wanted and supplying just that while exceeding their expectation. Seven months and $4 million worth of renovations later he opened what was now Sandals Montego Bay. In 1992 Mr. Stewart demonstrated that he was not just a business man but someone with humanity when he tried to improve the lives of his fellow countrymen when the Jamaican dollar rose from $25 t0 $32 he led a campaign to stabilize the dollar by depositing US$1 million a week into Jamaican banks at a rate of $25 to one US dollar. It cost him roughly $30US million but he achieved driving the US dollar down to $JA22. Another task he undertook to help his country was the 1994 takeover of the troubled national airline Air Jamaica he expanded routes built a better customer experience and provided increased staff training. In 2004 he gave the carrier airline back to the Government of Jamaica with a US$250 million increase in revenue. Stewart's successes have garnered hundreds of personal and industry awards, which have been publicized worldwide....
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