James Larkin, also known as Jim Larkin was born January 21st, 1876 in Liverpool, England to Irish Parents. Like most poverty-stricken families at that time, James, at the age of 7 began working in the evenings after school to help support his family. In 1890, at the age of 14, Jim’s father died and Jim was given a position in the firm that his father once worked.
In 1893 Jim Became a member of the Independent Labour Party since he had acquired a new interest in socialism.After his dismissal from the firm, Jim became a sailor and docker. He had found him a lovely wife by the name of Elizabeth Brown and by this time he had been promoted to foreman and was one of the few to participate in the strike on Liverpool docks.
Because of his role on the job, he was elected to strike committee. This, of course, caused him to lose his foreman position but was noted by the National Union of Dock Labourers. They were so impressed that the named him temporary organizer. Gaining permanent standings later down the line, his reputation planted him in Scotland in 1906 where he organized workers in Preston and Glasgow. He successfully campaigned against Chinese immigration saying ti was killing the work opportunities for the locals.
In January 1907, James Larkin arrived in Belfast, Ireland to conduct the dock workers in a strike against the city’s employers. In 1908, Larkin headed south to organize workers in Dublin, Cork, and Waterford. Unfortunately, his disapproved involvement in a dispute in Dublin led to hisdisbandment from the NUDL. After his expulsion, Larkin founded the Irish Transport and General Workers Union.
Mr. James Larkin was later prosecuted by the National Union of Dock Labourers for diverting union funds to pay strike-workers in Cork. He was convicted and sentenced to a year in prison but was released only after three months because it was seen as an unjust sentencing.
Louis Chênevert is a French-Canadian born prominent leader in the business world. His business career has seen him progress from one level to another managing and steering each organization he has worked for to succeed.
Mr. Chênevert was born in 1957 in Farmington a small town in the Quebec State. Among his siblings, he was considered a very brilliant child, and it was evident in everything he set out to do.
His business acumen started right from his schooling days. He attended prestigious Université de Montréal, École des Hautesétudes (HEC) where he graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a specialization in production management. After graduating, he was employed by General Motors where he served as a Production manager of Therese operation. His time at GM spanned 14 years with his significant achievement being sealing the Goodrich deal for the company. Chênevert later joined Pratt & Whitney in 1993 where he served as the company’s president until 2008 when he joined United Technologies Corporations (UTC) as the CEO and the chairman. He served in the positions until he officially retired in 2014.
His time at UTC has been nothing short of excellent success as he was able to achieve some things including overseeing a tremendous technological innovation period that saw the company develop Geared Turbofan that was an industry game changer. His tenure at UTC was marked by substantial investments regarding employee training, and technological advancements which he saw were the elements of success for any company. Louis Chênevert has also worked as a senior industry advisor for Goldman Sach Merchant banking division between 2015 and 2017.
Other organizations Chênevert has worked with include; Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, business council, Cargill Inc., and Friends of HEC among others.
Louis Chênevert is particularly excited by how technology has brought significant change in the society and the many opportunities it continues to provide. He advises young entrepreneurs to be passionate, focused and optimistic in translating their ideas into reality.
He attributes his business success to the fact that he surrounds himself with good people and always keeps an open mind.