Mr. Uriel Salmon, FCA, FCCA, LLB
Undaunted by words that spoke of what a black man could or could not do in an earlier time and with his eyes firmly fixed on his goals, Uriel set out to become an accountant.
Working by day and studying by night he completed courses from the RSA and ACCA in record time and, also through a correspondence course, completed an LLB. All these led to a Government to study in London where he did the CMA (Cost Management Accounting) exam.
Success led to his return to Jamaica where he became financial controller of the Jamaica Railway Corporation. A fellowship back to London and study in railway administration saw him taking up the post of General Manager of the JRC on his return to Jamaica.
Partnership in the accounting firm Touche, Ross, Thorburn and Company was a logical for Uriel and this tenure was interrupted by service to the JPSCo where he served as managing director for two years. Another two years back at the old firm was followed by his accepting the position of lecturer on the Mona Campus of the UWI, where he now serves as head of the Department of Management Studies and still lecturing in accounting. He is also moderator and external examiner for the UTECH Business Education Programme.
As president of the ICAJ in 1971 Uriel Salmon committed himself to increasing the number of young people coming into the profession and work assiduously to this end. When he became chairman of the Students and Examination Committee in an effort to curtail the "importation" of accountants into Jamaica, he resolved to increase the number of local people doing the ACCA qualifications.
By the end of his tenure the number stood at seven hundred. He has authored books to assist those who wish to share his profession among them; "Steps to Becoming a Chartered Accountant", "Introduction to Financial Accounting" (Joint Text), "10 Learning Units in Financial Accounting", "Accounting Working Papers" and "Accounting Notes for Correspondence Course".
Since 1991 Uriel has served as the chairman of the Parliamentary Integrity Commission a committee on which he has sat since 1978.