Rising above the odds and excelling is the cornerstone of the life of growing financial industry heavyweight, Sherry Perrier.
Perrier's life in the inner-city communities of Greenwich Farm in Kingston and Waterhouse in St Andrew, being raised in a single-parent home, served as no hindrance for the 25-year-old, who now sits in the seat of commercial financial controller at Digicel, one of the giants in the telecommunications industry in the region. This achiever has the distinction of being one of the youngest managers in the company, where she oversees financial planning activities, including budgeting and forecasting and analysis for four of Digicel's large markets in the region.
Her climb up the professional ladder at Digicel started only four years ago as a graduate intern, she being one of 10 graduates of a highly competitive pool of over 1,000 applicants, after completing a BSc in the Banking and Finance at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies.
While at university, she was involved in a number of clubs and societies, including The Young Investors' Club and The Banking League. As a student, she also participated in the Owen James Young Investors Stock Market Competition in 2012, emerging as the winner of the competition's 4th quarter. She generated the highest profit in the history of the competition.
For Perrier, two of her favourite things converged in the competition: youth empowerment and finances.
Since leaving university and entering the professional world, Perrier has used her talents to engage young people about the importance of education and leading financially responsible lives. This has seen her paying it forward as a presenter on James’ Investment Quiz, which educates beginners about investing, and as a panellist on Season 5 of Television Jamaica’s ‘Talk Up Yout’, which is a programme about uplifting youths.