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This Week We Feature Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson

Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson is the owner of Lionel's Ice Delivery on Virgin Gorda. Photo: Provided 1 / 6: Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson is the owner of Lionel's Ice Delivery on Virgin Gorda. Photo: Provided
Doing one of his many jobs. Photo: Provided
Doing one of his many jobs. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson is also a dedicated family man. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson is also a dedicated family man. Photo: Provided
Lionel M. Richardson enjoys hanging out with family and friends. Photo: Provided
Lionel M. Richardson enjoys hanging out with family and friends. Photo: Provided
Lionel M. Richardson on the grind. Photo: Provided
Lionel M. Richardson on the grind. Photo: Provided
Mr Lionel M. Richardson also owns a cleaning business. Photo: Provided
Mr Lionel M. Richardson also owns a cleaning business. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson. Photo: Provided
Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson. Photo: Provided
A man on the move, doing everything his hand could do to earn an honest dollar, be it big or small, is a description that in every way suits our young professional, Lionel M. Richardson, a budding entrepreneur on Virgin Gorda.

"People see me around doing my thing every day, but no one knows how tedious my jobs can be and the level of sacrifice I make to be successful at what I do," Lionel said‎ as he shared the story of his life.

He grew up at Virgin Gorda attending both the Primary and Secondary levels of the Bregado Flax Educational Centre (BFEC) where he described himself as being one of the "typical boys" back in those days.

"I was one of those types of boys always curious about things. Give a little troubles here and there but it's what I now know as I am a matured man, a boy just testing things out, exploring and I guess that’s how I am, who I am today."

The ultimate career goal

From his boyhood days Lionel always knew that becoming an entrepreneur was his ultimate career goal, "But I was never really sure exactly what that business was going to be."

After leaving school and still not decided on a direct career path he ventured out into the world of work, fitting in many different fields. Among those were stints at Rosewood Little Dix (RLD) and Bitter End Yacht Club ‎(BEYC) where he worked as a Spa Caddy.

"I enjoyed doing that job but even while I was doing that I was busy doing small jobs on the side. Every little thing you can think of I did and still doing most."

Today he works for himself in several fields of business but most dominant are his ice delivery and cleaning businesses. "I love working for myself and with the type of work I do I get up very early in the mornings, sometimes by 4:00 AM I am up and I go way late into the nights. My job is very hard, though it may look simple to some people."

Lionel makes, sells and delivers ice to all corners of Virgin Gorda, especially to North Sound, "Many times I wake up before most people do and I go to bed after most people are in their beds in another world sound asleep."

While he has his own ice making machines at this stage of his business, Lionel is desperately working towards having the Territory's first ice factory, "Give me another five to ten years and I will have my own ice factory right here in Virgin Gorda. I am working towards that and I will make it happen."

He said despite his very busy lifestyle he manages to balance things off with time for loved ones, friends and community.

Advice to young people

His advice to young people: "Stay in school, take your education seriously, don't be distracted, keep focused on what you want in life. The energy you can invest in doing wrong or negative things you can use that same energy on positive things," Mr Lionel M. Richardson stated.

17 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Lionel M. Richardson”

  • GOOD GOING! (17/03/2017, 08:36) Like (10) Dislike (3) Reply
    Lionel.
  • big daddy (17/03/2017, 08:51) Like (20) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lionell is a TRUE SOLDIER and ALL young men should take a page from his book .
    He spoke the truth about being a ""little frig" when he was younger BUT he has MATURED
    Congrats to him finding his strengths and more POSITIVE power to him and his sons as they continue to offer services to the VIRGIN GORDA community
    Thanks VINO He's worth every moment of this ;
    Proud of him
  • kudos (17/03/2017, 08:54) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    Nice. Keep up the good works my boy. Blessing to you
  • Gumption.Official (17/03/2017, 08:57) Like (22) Dislike (0) Reply
    From time i was younger I always known this dude to be a hard working person. He always finds a way (honest) way to make money. When people say it got no jobs/or can't find work etc, they should take a page or two out this man's book. From one entrepreneur to the next as always keep up the good work!.
  • great news (17/03/2017, 09:24) Like (16) Dislike (0) Reply
    I admire young men who take initiative and work hard towards achievements. All the best to you young man, keep it positive!
  • Latina (17/03/2017, 09:30) Like (14) Dislike (3) Reply
    Really enjoyed this article, of all the articles for this series, by far this one is the best (at to me it is). In the world of business success doesn't only mean having a senior position in an office job, but following your dreams and doing what you love.
  • Cuz (17/03/2017, 09:54) Like (8) Dislike (1) Reply
    Another good choice vino..yea yea
  • Reynolds (17/03/2017, 10:12) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Big up homie
  • Laura (17/03/2017, 10:40) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    It is always great to see when young men are being highlighted for gong the extra mile. Kudos to Lionel for always giving his best and striving for more than mediocre. Doing what you love and being successful does not have to mean College educated and office jobs. He has proven that our young men are lazy and that there are opportunities out there is they only work harder. Keep it up Lionel.
  • Our Premier so soft. (17/03/2017, 11:26) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    This is my thing and why for once I disagree with the governor.. Not because they name police and responsible for security law and order they must just get whatever they ask for... Are the police uterlizing the resources they presesetly have to bring best results?..No.. Is the police attitude and commitment are at a level that will get us Better results after all these investment?...No...The police has to be held to the Same standard like any other employees...Show interest, show passion, tell us how will these moneies they are asking for will solve some of the unsolved murders...The premier needed to stand up to the governor and say " The police base on their performance in solving serious Crime in the past 6 yrs do not deserve what they are asking for".
  • de watcher (17/03/2017, 12:56) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations young man on making VINO. You can only go up from here. God Bless You
  • Proud past teacher (17/03/2017, 15:00) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Very inspirational pick VINO !!!!
    Lionel is a very hardworking young man. I've known him since childhood and taught him as well. Nothing was handed to him on a silver platter. You go Lionel. Stay focused and you will achieve your dreams
  • family (17/03/2017, 16:33) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good pick VINO, congratulations Lionel and continue to excel. I give the credit to your dedicated and hardworking grandmother the late Veronica Walters and your mother Sonia. Please continue to be a role model to all the youth of these Virgin Islands.
  • ShaSha (17/03/2017, 17:45) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud to be your lil sister, you are truly a hard working man and I do hope your boys can learn from your dedication, to work as hard and achieve positive outcome just like you. Stay bless and I love you!!!!
  • Darlene (17/03/2017, 18:24) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Proud of your cuz...keep on keeping on....love from your Anguillian family!
  • ProudBVIslander (15/04/2017, 09:01) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lionel, my family and I are soooo proud of you, ---it takes whole village...We LOVE you always!and Yes your Mom, Grandmother have been the catalyst in making this possible!...


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