Ryland T. Campbell C.D.
Ryland Theophilus Campbell or RT as he is affectionately called by his close friends and family, is a distinguished “Miconian” Teacher, Banker, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, community service leader and a passionate cultural development facilitator. He is best known as the Chairman, Group President & CEO, as well as co-founder of the Capital & Credit Financial Group Limited (An Investment Holding Company) comprising Capital & Credit Merchant Bank Limited and six other subsidiaries, one of which is a Broker/Dealership with offices in Florida, USA.
He is a Director of other private companies including CARI-MED Limited, which is the largest Pharmaceutical Distributor in the Caribbean; Kirk Distributors Ltd and also the Founder & CEO of Weststar Group of Companies, which are the major shareholders in the Capital & Credit Financial Group Limited.
Campbell, who won the Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award for 2005, has been referred to as “The Steady Hand,” for his role in safely steering a small, indigenous bank through Jamaica’s most turbulent financial sector crisis and for guiding its transformation into a highly capitalized and profitable publicly traded company.
Campbell’s formal education began at Teacher Jamieson’s Infant School, then on to Carmel Primary School and by private study, before entering the Mico in 1962 for a three years course of studies and leadership preparation. At the Mico, Mr. Campbell became House Captain, Assistant Scout Master, Member of the Male Voice Choir and a Member of the Mico College Volleyball team.
Campbell’s passion for education as a transformational tool for a country and the means of social and economic mobility especially for individuals from challenging circumstances mirrors his own journey from Carmel in earning a Teacher’s Diploma from The Mico University College. As well as, a Certificate in Management Studies from the University of the West Indies and through Distance Education, a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Columbia State University.
Campbell serves as Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chairman of the Board of The Mico University College; Member and Deputy Chairman of the Council of the University of Technology, Commissioner of the Early Childhood Education Commission and Adviser to the Council of The Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities.
He continues to give community and national service in many other areas and capacities such as:
- The Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Vice Chairman of the Board of The Mico University
- College – His Alma Mater.
- Member and Deputy Chairman of the Council of the University of Technology, Jamaica.
- Member of the Cultural Council of the University of Technology
- The Founding Chairman of the Jamaica Institute of Business Leaders.
- Board Member of the Early Childhood Commission.
- Board member of the Jamaican Diaspora Foundation Limited.
- Member of the Independent Commission for the Judiciary.
- Member (1987), Former Vice Chairman (1998) and currently Adviser to the Council of the Jamaica Association on Intellectual Disabilities.
- Member Editorial Advisory Board of the UWI, Mona School of Business Review Magazine.
Mr. Campbell is the recipient of several awards and honors:
- 1986 The Mico University College 150th Anniversary Medal
- 2000 The Mico University College Millennium Award
- 2000 The Ernst & Young Caribbean Entrepreneurship Award (Financial Services)
- 2001 Membership in the International Entrepreneurship Award Institute
- 2002 The Rotary International Award for 20 years dedicated service as Charter Member of the Downtown Rotary Club
- 2004 Honoree Westmoreland Homecoming for Services in the field of Banking Entrepreneurship
- 2005 The Rotary International District Award for services to the Youth Exchange Programme
- 2005 The Jamaica Observer Business Leader Award for his steadfastness in guiding the Capital & Credit Financial Group to outstanding success
- 2006 The Rotary Club Award for excellence in Vocational Service Achievement
- 2007 The Florida International University Business Leader Award
- 2007 The Mico University College highest Alumnae award namely the Gold Medal Award for outstanding Achievement by an Alumnae
- 2007 Ambassador of the American Biographical Institute.
- 2007 Honorary Director General of the International Biographical Centre and Hall of Fame Awardee for outstanding achievements and service in Banking Entrepreneurship and Small Business Development in Jamaica.
- 2008 Fellow of the American Biographical Institute. (FABI)
- 2008 Order of Distinction in the Commander Class (C.D.) under the Government’s National Honours Awards for services in the field of Banking, Community and National Service.
- 2011 Chartered Wealth Manager (CWM) from the American Academy of Financial Management (AAFM).
- 2011 Honorary Doctorate of Education, (Ed.D) in Administration and Leadership from The Mico University College.
- 2012 Living Legacy Award from the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons. (One of 62 persons so awarded in commemoration of Jamaica’s Independence in 1962)