We all love our motherland but have different ways to express it. If soldiers showcase their warm feelings about their country by staying up all night and protecting the borders, writers and poets do the same by penning down prose and blood-warming poetry to keep the martyrs, statesmen, and all those people who served the country alive in the pages of history. Frederick A. Morton, however, chose to pay tribute to the Caribbean, where he was born, in an aesthetic way.
Born and raised in St. Croix, Frederick’s heart was filled with love for the outstanding beauty the Caribbean offers. Besides that, what he loved the most about this part of the world was its rich culture. Inhabiting around forty ethnicities in nearly a hundred islands, the Caribbean is a pack of historical treasures in the world. Enamored by the region’s astounding beauty and cultural depth, Frederick felt disappointed, sensing that the region was utterly underrepresented, especially in the mainstream media.
Hence, he chose to dedicate his life to promoting the vastness and significance of Caribbean culture, probably one of the best tributes one can render to their country and region.
The entrepreneur gene had come naturally to him as his parents too were entrepreneurs and exceptionally hard-working ones. According to Frederick, their teachings about business, work, and life are guiding principles of his life.
Moving to the US after primary education, he opted to study at Rutgers University. Feeling impassioned for Law, Frederick also earned a Juris Doctorate in Law from the same alma mater. After that, he pursued a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Columbia University. Spending years studying politics, law, and business, he started his professional life at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett (ST&B), one of the most prestigious international law firms in the country.
Frederick fought many battles working as an attorney at ST&B, including representing numerous Fortune 500 companies. Going down the road, his professional experience swelled even further when he worked with top companies back to back, i.e., Johnson & Johnson, Viacom Inc., MTV, etc.
However, it was at MTV that he finally saw a perfect opportunity to pursue his ultimate dream, which was to launch a dedicated media network to promote Caribbean culture, destinations, and lifestyle.
He shared this idea with his mentor, an entertainment industry icon, and one of the founders of MTV, Tom Freston, over lunch. And then everything started to unfold.
After two years, TEMPO Networks appeared on Television screens across the US and Caribbean, and soon enough, it took the Caribbean entertainment industry by storm. With a shrewd, competent, and experienced leader like Frederick at the helm, the company kept ascending toward success, thanks to the love it received from Caribbean audiences.
Today, Frederick is proud of the accomplishments. His tribute to his motherland, the Caribbean, whom he calls ‘earth’s last Eden’ for its mesmerizing beauty, stands as a unique example for many to follow. His character is and always will be an ultimate inspiration for many Caribbeans.