The usual executive gift bestowed upon retirement is normally a painting, watch or sculpture, as a reminder of how much the service of the beneficiary was appreciated.
Keith Senior, who retired as general manager of JN Fund Managers four months ago, got a gift of a different kind — a cheque made payable to his alma mater, St Jago High School.
"Give something back to your school when you graduate," Senior told the St Jago students. "It is by giving that you ensure the continuity of this wonderful institution."
On Monday this week, Senior presented the cheque to the school at Monk Street in Spanish Town, during the morning assembly. The funds will be used to assist student athletes.
"Mr Senior provides support for two students every single year," said St Jago Principal Sandra Swyer-Watson. "When he speaks about giving back to St Jago, he is speaking from his personal experience of contributing."
To rousing applause from the hundreds of students, the principal added that Senior also makes regular donations to many of the school's causes.
"When asked what would be an appropriate way to mark my retirement after 13 years with JN Fund Managers, my wife said that would be a gift to St Jago," Senior said. "I was subsequently told about this, and I think that she chose correctly."
Since 2000, Senior transformed JN Fund Managers into a successful investment house with just over $35 billion in assets under management for the last financial year. With a distinguished career in the financial sector stretching back four decades, he was honoured by the St Jago Past Students Association in 2010 for his active participation as a student and subsequent successes as "an excellent businessman".
"St Jago has always been close to my heart," Senior said. "Each time I think of my school, it moves me emotionally."
With a student body numbering more than 1,800, the St Jago is one of the oldest schools in the western Hemisphere, and is known for its strong academic and sports programmes.