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Techno visionaries - Afflicting the world through technology  |  Written by jamaicaobserver.com   |  Monday, 26 January 2004


Stepping into the telecommunications age

IT IS always refreshing to hear of a returning resident, especially when that returning resident is a 24-year-old who has had an amazing experience abroad and has excelled beyond expectations. Khary Robinson had been living in the United States for the past nine years and last summer decided to throw in the corporate towel to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities back home.

Up until last July, this young businessman had a challenging job, decent-sized Manhattan apartment (this is a major deal for most Manhattanites) and a social life that would make others green with envy.

From an early age, Khary Robinson was taught to work hard in pursuit of his goals. For those football fans out there, you may remember him from the days of Inter-Prep Football Competitions on the Mona Preparatory side. Or you might recall when he was a star on the Campion Pepsi, Colts and Manning Cup sides respectively. Through his love and dedication to the sport at the age of 16, Khary Robinson was presented with an opportunity that was a first for a Jamaican as he was granted a full football scholarship to attend the prestigious boarding school Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut, USA the alma mater of President John F. Kennedy

During the first year of his academic career at Choate, Robinson worked along with the Dean of Admissions to start a recruitment programme to encourage other young, smart Jamaicans to attend Prep schools all across New England. The following year 13 Jamaicans were placed in prominent Prep Schools such as Phillips Academy Andover, The Hotchkiss School and Lumis Chaffe.


With impressive SAT scores in tow, Robinson's next sight was on college. Hard work paid off as Robinson earned his second football scholarship, this time to Georgetown University in Washington D.C. where he graduated Cum Laude with a B.Sc. in Finance.

In the first semester of his senior year, Robinson got an offer that he just could not refuse. The New York office of Bank of American Securities offered him a position as an Analyst in the General Industrial Group, which meant that he would work with corporate clients to provide strategic financing solutions with billion-dollar clients. Although he knew that the hours would be long and the work would be hard "it was an opportunity that I just could not turn down as I knew that the experience would pave the way for future endeavours," says Robinson.

According to Robinson "The hours that I used to work were insane. I would work sometimes from 8 a.m. straight until 5 the next morning, go home, sleep for three hours and then head back to work. It was exhausting but I kept the faith and never lost sight of my goals. The experience taught me how to push myself to the limit".

He noted here that most people who are employed for investment banks work for two years - only the lucky ones get their contracts renewed at the end of the second year.

At the end of his second year, Robinson was offered a contract renewal and although the money was alluring, he declined, as he was anxious to branch off on his own and invest in Jamaica.

Since his return in last July, Robinson has been working non-stop to establish two companies. The first company is International Data Processors; a company that provides outsourcing solutions for U.S. based corporations. Currently International Data Processors is working on a project with CCBN (Corporate Communications Broadcast Network), which was listed by Fortune Magazine as the 24th fastest growing company in the U.S. with sales of over US$50 million USD.