Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2018. 1:00 p.m. CST.
By BBN Staff: Alberto Palma is a successful entrepreneur and community activist in Santa Elena, Cayo, today, but his inspiring journey from humble beginnings was not without its challenges. Palma, BBN’s person of the week, recently shared his experiences with us.
Palma was born in a small community in the Mountain Pine Ridge area in Cayo with 7 siblings. As children they rode the tractor to school in Georgeville village daily.
Palma didn’t complete his primary school education but against all the odds, his ambition and thirst for success led him to his first long-term job at Belize Timber Limited.
There, Palma went from being a side-man to a Supervisor quickly, with limited knowledge in mathematics. Palma remembers when his boss at the time, Gilbert Canton, would hold training sessions about grading lumber.
Palma told BBN that his love for the lumber industry grew profoundly, learning the different species of wood in Belize. He says learning the usage of each type amazed him and led him to a career in the industry.
By the time, Belize Timber was about to change management, Celia had saved enough for a small start-up business.
Palma began having only a small amount of lumber in his backyard and his business quickly grew.
In 2006, Palma opened Palma’s Lumber and Supplies which quickly became known for stocking different species of lumber and construction of cabinets in the Cayo district.
Today, Palma’s Lumber and Supplies continues expanding as a family owned and run business serving the residents in the Cayo district.
Apart from his business, Palma volunteers his time in the community and has served as Chairman of the Volunteer Special Constables program, in which they managed to obtain tools through fundraising for the SC’s.
While, Palma served as chairman, the group was able to secure two motorcycles for patrol through kind donations from the business community in the San Ignacio and Santa Elena towns, gaining the respect of the community working with different commanding officers working tirelessly in an effort to reduce crime.
Palma has also served the community as Chairman of the Bishop Martin Neighborhood Watch committee (BMNW).
The BMNW was recognized as the most active neighborhood watch in the Cayo district for its constant peace walks, family days, sports days, clean up campaigns and community activism.
Palma has also worked with neighboring primary and high schools.
Additionally Palma has been recognized for his efforts in crime reduction and in community development by the Cayo Special Constables, the Belize Police Department, Saint Ignatius High School and the Santa Elena Primary School.
BBN congratulates Palma for his successful business ventures and community activism.
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