Our Community - Julian Rivero - "Servicing and supporting San Pedro's systems"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 11, No. 25            June 21, 2001

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Julian Rivero

The world of computers has reached this once humble fishing village and is spreading like a "virus" as we progress. Computers are changing the day-to-day work environment and alleviating the long hours of tasks done manually. These sensitive machines also need to be carefully maintained and serviced so that this valuable addition to the workplace can serve its purpose. To do this, skilled professionals need to be hired. This week we are pleased to introduce a local expert who, because of his great interest in this technology, has made a profession out of it - Julian Rivero.

    Julian Rivero was born in Belize City on June 16th 1972 to Valerie Dawson and Cesario Rivero. As a kid, Julian developed a deep interest in repairing household appliances and putting things together. Growing up in San Pedro among his twin brother Christian, brothers Cesar and Carlo and sisters Johnnia and Janelie, Julian was known as the inquisitive one. While in school, Julian was an excellent student attending San Pedro Roman Catholic School and then San Pedro High School, graduating from the Academic class in 1989. He then moved to Belize City were he attended St. John's College/Junior College graduating in 1992 with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. Julian then enrolled at the University College of Belize where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration in 1994.

    Julian returned to his hometown, San Pedro, and was hired as a manager by Out Island Divers, a business that catered specifically to off island diving. After three years in this profession, Mr. Rivero was offered another managerial position, this time with Emerald Water Limited, a business that filled tanks with compressed air for scuba diving. After five years with this company, the business was sold and Julian felt it was time to venture out on his own.

    Julian's childhood interest of working with appliances and gadgets never left him. During his high school days he was given the opportunity to work with one of the first computers at his school. This unique experience opened a new door in Julian's future and he was eager to learn more about this new technology. His first step came when the owner of The Coconut Wireless (now San Pedro Sun) gave him a broken computer. This was indeed a challenge for Julian, but deep inside he knew that making this machine work would become an obsession and the possibilities of learning about computers would be limitless. Armed with only a few computer manuals and the strong desire to make this piece of equipment work, Julian enlisted the help of a friend from Belize City. Together they pulled, plugged and molded the pieces together and lo and behold his mission was successful. A new world had been opened for Julian. He began purchasing computer books and magazines to learn about this amazing new device. The more he read, the more interested he became. Computers became an addiction to Julian. To further enhance his self-acquired knowledge he took a correspondence course with ICS. Turning once again to publications: newspaper articles, books and magazines, Julian claims this is where he gained about 75% of his current knowledge.

    For the past ten years, Julian has performed computer repair as a side job. When the requests for his service became overwhelming, he decided to devote all his time to his real passion - computer repair. The demand for this service continued to grow as the computer era "reached" to "La Isla Bonita" and Julian found himself being bombarded with work. Along with his "better half" Anel Guerrero, Julian has started a new business - Computer Systems Management or CSM 2000. Located on Pescador Drive, below Martha's Hotel, Julian deals with all aspects of computers. From computer networks, software and software consulting to hardware sales and accessories, CSM 2000 offers all this and more. Julian says there is no job too small or too big and if the need arises he even makes house calls.

    Julian has big plans for his business and also for himself. He says life has been good to him. He has been blessed with a wonderful son, Julian Alejandro and a loving partner Anel, who undertakes the role of office manager and personal secretary. Mr. Rivero told the San Pedro Sun, "Through this business I want to introduce San Pedro to the latest in computer technology but at the same time keep my prices to a minimum. We live in an age where computers are now essential for day-to-day operations. I strive to make things better for everyone so that we can all progress as the times change. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported my business and myself whether directly or indirectly."

    Julian Rivero is living proof that one can achieve whatever they want to as long as they have the strong desire and willpower to do so. A self-taught computer repair technician,  Julian Rivero is certainly an admirable "automated" personality in "Our Community."

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