Our Community - Chris Nuñez - "The Power Patron of Paradise"

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 12, No. 23            June 20, 2002

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Chris Nuñez

Companies throughout the world, whether large or small, depend on their employees to ensure their business is successful. When a business gains the loyalty of an employee, it is almost guaranteed they will be well represented and in return both the employer and the employee will be rewarded. This week The San Pedro Sun is pleased to feature a very loyal, devoted and dedicated individual who has stood by his company "through thick and thin" - Chris Nuñez.

    Chris was born on this peaceful island of Ambergris Caye on February 14th, 1962 to Alice (deceased) and Genaro Nuñez. He was raised in a close-knit family, growing up the only brother of four sisters. Chris fondly remembers his childhood as the best time of his life - going swimming with his friends and fishing with his father. Chris was born with the gift of knowledge and this was reflected during his days at San Pedro Roman Catholic School where he ranked first in all semesters and all his classes straight through to graduation. Chris also achieved high honors during his four years at San Pedro High School, where he graduated as valedictorian of his class in 1977. Determined to further his education Chris enrolled at St. John's College in Belize City for one year.

    Back in San Pedro, Chris was hired as a gas attendant at Caribeña Cooperative, a job he kept for three years. Chris' interest was then directed to a conch research project being conducted on the island by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Curious about this particular project, Chris joined the USAID team for the next six months.

    In 1981, Chris' attention was drawn to a vacancy for an assistant clerk advertised by Belize Electricity Limited (BEL). Chris applied and was hired on the spot, and has since been climbing the ladder of success. His dedication, ambition and willingness to learn soon gained him a number of promotions from clerk to administrative supervisor to works coordinator and three years ago to officer-in-charge of distribution for San Pedro and Caye Caulker. Chris continues to educate himself by taking in-house training provided by BEL. Presently he is enrolled in an electrician's course (NERCA), which is recognized in the US.

    Chris has made very good use of his spare time, becoming certified as a licensed electrician, fishing with his dad, and testing his skills by creating beautiful black coral jewelry. 

    On July 4th, 1982 Chris married Diana Trejo and their union produced four children: Wendy (20), Allison (8), Chris (6) and Shannon (18 months). Chris has always enjoyed playing basketball and jogging, but due to an injury he was forced to retire from the sport. Nevertheless, he says he still enjoys the games and the enthusiasm displayed by the local players. Chris Nuñez also serves on the San Pedro Emergency Committee (SPEC) as the BEL officer-in-charge. Chris credits his success to a motto he lives by, "In anything you get involved, you should do it to the best of your ability." Mr. Nuñez strives to accomplish this everyday, as his job demands him to be on call "24/7."

    Chris says he has found his niche in life working for BEL, which over the years has become a part of him. Through his dedication Chris Nuñez has done an excellent job and provided  "electrifying" service for "Our Community."

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