Part 6: Colin Francis – Electrical Engineer
In part 6, we introduce the youngest member of the Wolmer's Auditorium Project Committee – Colin Francis. A Registered Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager, Colin attended Wolmer's between 1984 and 1992 and participated in the school community through badminton, Key Club and Debating Society, and further recreationally through table tennis as well as lawn tennis. After leaving Wolmer's, he went to the College Of Arts, Science & Technology (CAST) and completed a Diploma in Electrical Engineering in 1995, which by then was upgraded to the University Of Technology (Utech). In 1998, he returned to the institution, and completed his Bachelors of Engineering Degree in Electrical Power. Colin's dynamic career include working at Alpha Tech Limited (September 1995 - 2008) and sister company Satyn Consultants Ltd. while simultaneously starting his own Electrical & Building Contracting Company firm C and C Professional Services Ltd with his twin brother, alum Craig Francis. In 2002 Colin and Craig also ventured into Fish and Pig Farming under their company C & C Farms.
The farming venture although with great potential eventually closed in 2008 as a result of praedial larceny. At Alpha Tech, Colin worked his way up from Junior Engineer to Director of Operations over a period of 18 years. He eventually merged the company with his other company C & C Professional Services in 2005, which is now one of the leading contractors in the Electrical and Building industries. Being a strong leader, Colin has also moved up the ranks at Satyn Consultants and is currently the Chief Executive Officer. He has other interests in chicken farming, and other business activities including the newly acquired C & C South Beach Restaurant in New Kingston. Colin expressed that like his brother, he is always looking for new ventures that allow for the development of self, fellow Jamaicans and the country at large.
Colin heard of the auditorium project through Craig, who was contacted by Trustee Douglas Orane. Colin immediately decided to join the project committee to design and consult on the electrical, ventilation and air-conditioning component and has further extended his support to cover the construction supervision all being pro bono. Through Craig and their electrical contracting company, they have further contributed by being the appointed electrical contractors for the fit out of the auditoriums needs.
Colin feels honoured to be part of this project as he has benefitted personally and professionally from the foundation that was laid at Wolmer's. “One of the greatest assets going to Wolmer's is becoming a rounded person. The ability to communicate effectively and representative oneself at a very high standard are qualities you acquire at Wolmer's. You don't have to be the brightest student academically to be successful. Just be the best you can be and ensure that you participate in all activities: academics, sports, the fine arts, music and community service and these will assist in forming the basis for your success.”