Ambergris Caye has been blessed with
many of Mother Nature's attributes such as clear crystal waters, lush mangrove
forests and sandy beaches. Man has also contributed to the beauty of the island
to a certain extent by designing and constructing beautiful buildings and homes
with a unique style and flair. This week we are happy to introduce a young man
whose visions, careful design and construction are enhancing the charms of La
Isla Bonita - Mr. Wayne Dennis Alfaro Jr.
Dennis Alfaro Jr. was born in Belize City to Carla and Wayne Alfaro on January
25th, 1978. He enjoyed a
happy childhood growing up with his sister Neysa and numerous cousins. Dennis
attended San Pedro Roman Catholic School and then moved to Belize City where he
was enrolled at Edward P. Yorke High School. During his final two years of high
school, he also attended evening courses in residential electricity and drafting
at the Center for Employment Training, graduating in 1996. As a child, Dennis
spent much of his time with his father, a contractor by trade, and felt that one
day he would work alongside him. This prompted him to further his education at
the Building Department of Belize Technical College (now University of Belize)
where he received an Associates Degree in the Applied Science of Architectural
Technology. Upon his graduation in 1999, Dennis was qualified in technical
drawing, model making and presentation. While still in school Dennis also
received two years of hands-on training with Don Pearly Co-Architects and one
year with a local electrician.
Although Dennis has been
employed as a ticket agent/dispatcher at Maya Island Air for the past 1 ‡ years,
he has also exercised his drafting skills during this time. Five months ago,
Dennis realized one of his dreams of opening his own business, Alfaro's
Construction and Design. While he is thankful for the opportunity Maya Island
Air rendered him, he feels that he must resign this May for the success of his
own business. Dennis will then devote all of his time to business planning,
designing and supervising his architectural projects.
of Alfaro's designs and construction include The Boat Yard, The Dockside Bar and
Grill (before and after the recent hurricane), the El Pescador staff houses and
Ali Gentry's home. He has also recently designed the proposed San Pedro Police
Station. Dennis told the San Pedro Sun, "We
cater to everybody's pocket needs. From building homes with a taste of the
future to low-income houses. I have a set of 15 designs for low-income homes.
They are affordable houses available to the general public. We welcome anyone to
come and take a look at them." Alfaro's Construction and Design also builds
condos, seawalls and piers. "Let us know what you want and we are sure to
satisfy your building needs," he continued.
twenty-three year old businessman says he is very satisfied with what he has
accomplished so far. Apart from being determined businessmen, Dennis and his
father also exhibited their humanitarian side by assisting many people and
businesses by handling their insurance claims after the hurricane. "We want our
customers to be happy with our work and with our service," ended Dennis.
Currently Dennis employs Joel Sanchez as a draftsman and his father employs 10
full-time workers in the construction field.
father/son partnership is the perfect formula for a successful business. Wayne
Sr.'s more than 26 years in the construction business and Dennis' ambition
guarantees customer satisfaction. We salute this family-oriented young
entrepreneur whose works of "art" are an added attraction to "Our