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This Week We Feature Young Professional Kaleem J. Scatliffe

Young Professional Kaleem J. Scatliffe is an Orderly at Peebles Hospital and new into the Taxi Driving business. Photo: Provided
The still new comer to the taxi business, Kaleem J. Scatliffe, serves the local line as well as tourists and enjoys meeting and interacting with new people every day. Photo: Provided
The still new comer to the taxi business, Kaleem J. Scatliffe, serves the local line as well as tourists and enjoys meeting and interacting with new people every day. Photo: Provided
Kaleem J. Scatliffe has described himself as a people’s person, motivated young man, and ambitious. Photo: Provided
Kaleem J. Scatliffe has described himself as a people’s person, motivated young man, and ambitious. Photo: Provided
There is a fresh young face to the taxi base.

Meet twenty-one (21) year old Kaleem J. Scatliffe, the third generation boss of Scato’s Bus and Taxi service, whose reputation for intelligent, courteous, professional and knowledgeable service on just his second season has already been getting requests for an encore. 

Who is Kaleem J. Scatliffe?

In a nutshell, he described himself as a people’s person, motivated young man, and ambitious.

Scatliffe was born in St Thomas, US Virgin Islands but grew up on Tortola and attended the Ivan Dawson Primary, the Elmore Stoutt High in Road Town and the Ocoee High school in Orlando, Florida, USA.

For fun, he enjoys sailing the high seas and sports.

During his school days, Scatliffe was one of the top players in basketball, track and field, volleyball, and was also on the [British] Virgin Islands (VI) national team for basketball and track and field.

Presently he is employed as an Orderly at Peebles Hospital and has his eyes set on becoming an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a dynamic businessman.

Not an easy road

According to young Scatliffe, he has been receiving hot and cold air from the other more seasoned taxi men.

“I grew up in the taxi business because my father Karl M. “Dubb” Scatliffe is a taxi man,” he said.

“Last year was my first season being a taxi driver. It wasn’t all that easy at first because a lot of the older taxi drivers didn’t like the fact that I was a taxi driver, the others liked it because they would say they like to see a young boy coming in the industry because we are not going to be here forever. They like the fact that I am taking an interest in the business.”

The young man said the job has its challenges but he is determined to keep the family legacy going.

“It has its ups and downs, I’m not going to lie,” he pointed out.

The still new comer to the taxi business serves the local line as well as tourists and enjoys meeting and interacting with new people every day.

Scatliffe is learning that operating a business is not as easy as taking a walk in the park, particularly when he has to work on shifts at the hospital as well, “but I try to keep a positive head and never give up.”

Role Models

The newest taxi operator has chosen his parents- Miss Lisa Simmonds- owner of New Generation Salon- and Mr Karl M. Scatliffe as his role models.

He said their perseverance gives him strength.

“I would point out my mother and my father. The reason for that is because I grew up around them so I had a business mind from young so I see how stressful it is at times and I always see them pull through at the end, they never gave up. So I try to look at them and follow them and try to be like them.”

Advice to young people

As with every Young Professional feature, we ask them what advice they would share with other young persons like themselves.

Mr Scatliffe had this to say: “I would say to young people, stay in school and get an education because it is very important. Because some of the skills you would learn in school you will have to use them in the real world. Never give up on your dreams and always work hard for what you want.”

Look out young Virgin Islands’ professional Kaleem J. Scatliffe as he is in for the long ride.

14 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Kaleem J. Scatliffe”

  • ann (20/01/2017, 08:21) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
    very kool dude
    • the rock (21/01/2017, 01:49) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
      This young guy takes his work serious, congrats to you sir, I will take this opportunity to encourage more young persons, male and female to take up taxing as a profession, its a very promising business!, it may not look fancy but trust me, its worth it!
  • WELCOME (20/01/2017, 08:30) Like (9) Dislike (6) Reply
    Now don't get greedy like the majority of them
  • Good to go! (20/01/2017, 09:04) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    One kool & humble dude.
  • Proud of You (20/01/2017, 09:12) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
    Yes Kaleem so proud of you. Keep up the good work.
  • Curious (20/01/2017, 13:20) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    Travelled with this guy once and he was indeed very courteous and friendly, probably the best encounter with a taxi driver. At the end of the journey i complimented him. Hats off to you young man, keep the same attitude and dedication and you will be successful.
  • Poloking (20/01/2017, 17:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hello
  • dr j (20/01/2017, 17:55) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Scatliffe! All the best!
  • Sister (20/01/2017, 19:28) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very proud of you young Brother. May God keep filling you with many blessings. Keep a positive mind and keep working hard. Make your family proud and everyone else who think that you cannot make it. Work hard play hard for you will have much that will envy you.

    Much Love.
  • bay (20/01/2017, 19:43) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    benefits from being a young taxi driver are not always immediate, but I admire Kaleeme
  • old boy (20/01/2017, 20:16) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    in addition to Kaleem good advise to the young people; I urged them to write their goals down and pin it up so that they can see it every morning, seek out a mentor and listen more and talk less.
  • Work Colleague (20/01/2017, 23:50) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply

    Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined.
    Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do. young man stay focus you work really hard on the job just control your ........... you are a great person.

  • RN S.H (21/01/2017, 03:21) Like (3) Dislike (2) Reply
    Very cool guy to work with! Way to go Scatliffe! Keep reaching beyond the stars.
  • Cuz (21/01/2017, 08:42) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Another young man on the move. I am proud of you Mr. K you will do well in whatever areas you choose to go!


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