The speaker at today’s lunch was Wilson Alvarez, a Consultant that has been serving South Florida since 1991. He has been married to Barbie for 26 years, and they have 2 children.
Wilson started his career with Harbor Development, a joint venture between Lennar & The Related Companies. He started as a bookkeeper and when the CFO learned that he knew Lotus 123, he immediately became the CFO’s assistant. Then, he became the company’s MIS coordinator. When he and other 30 people were laid off, he started receiving beeps from former colleagues inviting him to do contract work for them. He started with 5 clients and at the end of the year he had over 100.
Wilson’s is all about innovation in an industry that is constantly changing. He started as a database developer in 1991. Basically, it was creating custom-made programs, until ACT came into play. So Wilson started doing major upgrades for his clients, converting 286 computers to 386, and selling computers until Gateway 2000 came into the market. At that time the internet started to boom. Once again he had to think outside the box. All his clients had PCs but they were not networked or they did not have internet. The Y2K syndrome was great for Wilson, as everyone had to upgrade his/her computers. Then came the .com era, but the bubble crashed soon after that. This opened Wilson’s eyes; he went out to buy tons of domains. He still has about a thousand names in his portfolio. He currently is devoted to creating websites and working with social media.
Lessons learned along the way: think outside the box if you want to stay in business. Thanks Wilson for your interesting and useful information.
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