A brilliant and astute businessman
Collin Bourne, who was formerly a corporate secretary and print, plant and distribution operations manager at The Gleaner, fondly remembers Oliver Clarke as a brilliant and astute businessman who had a tenacity for hard work and a desire to succeed.
Bourne related that at the time he joined The Gleaner in 1978, the company was facing a serious financial crisis, and that it was Clarke?s intervention that changed the fortune of the company.
?He raised four million dollars in debenture capital, which was a lot of money at that time, and turned around the company into a successful one. That was a masterstroke for him,? he remarked, adding that Clarke was subsequently dubbed the ?Four Million Dollar Man? for the mammoth achievement.
Bourne further pointed out that Clarke would read The Gleaner before arriving at work so that he would be well prepared to handle any issues arising from the publication when he got into office.
It wasn?t only Clarke?s business acumen that impressed him, but also his genuine love for people.
?One of the attributes I admired about him was his kindness and concern about the welfare of people. I know of persons who were in need and received help.
?He was a special person and wonderful boss that most people would love to have,? he maintains.