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This Week We Feature Young Professional Makembo E. Bell

Mr. Bell is driven by success.
His trucks are his pride and joy.
His trucks are his pride and joy.
By ANEKA EDWARDS

There is the old saying ‘you never judge the book by its cover’ which is relatable to this week’s young professional Makembo Bell popularly known as Kimbo.

Although he is small in built, Mr. Bell has big dreams and from all indications, his trucking and wrecking business will explode to new dimensions.

At age 27, he is the proud owner of Kimbo Trucking and Wrecking Services for some eight years.

According to this young professional, it was his mother’s “full fledge” support that got him to start up his own business as he opened up to what prompted him to leave his job as a Messenger for the Ministry of Health to become his own boss. He spent a year there.

“It did not pay that well, and my dad was into trucking and landscaping and when he and my mom separated, I realised that this is something I could do,” he said with a smile.

Against this backdrop, he suggested to his mother, who is the manager at Caribbean Printing, that with a vehicle he could provide the service of transporting books and papers to her business.

So at age 20, Mr. Bell’s business got off the ground with his first truck, funded by his mother Karen Bell, and he fondly recalled that his first client was a bit hesitant to employ him because of his “youthful appearance”.

With a wide grin, he remembered the individual asking him if he has his driver’s license.

Some nine years later, this young professional has four trucks and a large clientele. He offers a wide range of services but stated that the highest demand is for carrying building materials to construction sites.

His office and business are located in Brandywine Bay, and according to Mr. Bell business is good year-round, and when “things get a bit hectic” he hires other drivers to ensure quality customer service is maintained.

Describing himself as an ambitious and hardworking individual, he admitted that he got into the wrecking business because he saw good prospects.

“Before I got into the wrecking, I had begun to spend my money on fancy cars. You know how we young people think,” he said with a laugh. “But as I get older, I began to realise that the car thing is not really anything and I just started to invest more into my business.”

Therefore, in 2007 Kimbo’s Wrecking Services was established. "It did not have that much wrecking service at the time, so I decided to go into it and it’s a decision I have not regretted. Business is good because the type of truck that I have is a flat bed so I am still able to do wrecking with it and pick up pallets from the dock,” he explained.

He tows vehicles, offers road side assistance; he even brings gas to a client if his or her vehicle breaks down.

And now that his businesses have a solid foundation, Mr. Bell’s next business venture is in real estate.

“Actually in the next two years I want to build a number of condos...we have family land but I want my own land,” the young Virgin Islander revealed.

Despite him not finishing High School, Mr. Bell is an embodiment of where family support and ambition can take a young man.

He was quite honest in saying he wanted to join the Navy and when he was in Fourth Form he became lackadaisical with his education.

“And I just started following the older students...actually it was the then Principal who told me not to come back. He told my mom it was best I don’t come back and I was about 18. So 18 years and in Fourth Form is a bit too old,” he recalled.

He tried to get a High School diploma by attending the “Night School”, but did not complete that because of his striving business.

When asked if he intends to further his education, the Virgin Islander said no.

“I don’t need to go back to school...I have been doing good, and I believe I have learnt a lot with what I have done and to be honest I am proud of myself,” Mr. Bell said.

He sees life as a playground and his mantra is that anyone who plays the game well can achieve great things.

So what is his advice to young men who may have familiar stories like his and not completing high school?

“Be strong and you don’t have to always follow what other people do. Whatever you put your mind to do you can do it. The biggest problem with the younger generation is company and they follow what is on television.”

This young professional loves to sail and has two power boats that he uses from time to time, with a certified captain of course, to take tourists around the Virgin Islands.

24 Responses to “This Week We Feature Young Professional Makembo E. Bell ”

  • fmp (19/08/2011, 08:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    That principal back then caused a lot of young men their high school education. 18 and in fourth form was not too old. He should have been encouraged you to stay and complete your education rather than putting you out. I am happy to see that you didnt let that decision break you as you are now a successful business man. That tells me you had the ambition to complete high school. Just remember a person is not to old to learn, so maybe one day you will get your GED and go on to taking some college courses. Dont be too willing to give up on your education. You are still very young and apparently very smart. Good Luck
    • Good Sheppard (19/08/2011, 13:11) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Whilst I agree that the student should have been encouraged to stay in school and do better, I do not agree that the Principal caused a lot of young people to lose their education. So in other words, you are saying that it is all the Principal's fault? What happen to the students responsibility to stay focused and deal with education first? He admitted that he was distracted by older student- some responsibility rest on his and the other students shoulders too. We too often get into the "it is not my fault, but that of someone else's mode" It is time we start owning up to our faults or shortcomings, which would enable to become good citizens, leaders, and parents.
  • Kema (19/08/2011, 09:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Am proud of my brother's accomplishments he is a true replication of a hard working young man with dreams and aspirations.......and of course with a strong loving family foundation it is indeed evident that you can succeed no matter what obstacles may cross your part....much luv
  • charm (19/08/2011, 09:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    There go my love. Proud of you big head. Wishing you the best in life n reach for the stars. Love always...
  • tola (19/08/2011, 10:12) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea thats my boy there this one professional ad i will comment on i am really proud of my boy nice keep it up
  • heads up (19/08/2011, 10:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I enjoy seeing young business men. VINO this is another good one and he is hot too! GO KEMBO
  • Mather (19/08/2011, 11:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    keep the works going Boops!
  • Daddy Friday (19/08/2011, 11:34) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I have known Makembo from a child and you have stayed out of trouble and ran your own business. You are also a very humbly person even throw some females tried to use you. But keep your head on, keep improving on your business skills and what I admire about you as a BVislander you are always willing to work very hard to earn what you have. Kudos to you young brother onwards and upwards!
  • Classmate from ASPS (19/08/2011, 12:44) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos Kimbo, keep it up
  • fan (19/08/2011, 12:45) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Makembo Bell you are the man!
  • tiny (19/08/2011, 13:22) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    looks like the Rapper TI in the above pic...........you can do whateva you like
  • Precious (19/08/2011, 13:32) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congrats on your accomplishment, however I do feel he should at least try and get his diploma. One can never know when that piece of paper will be much needed. A thriving business is good but an education/diploma is even greater! Reconsider!
    • Shara Parlin (19/08/2011, 16:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      While I am an advocate for education, we do have some successful people in the BVI history without education. It’s a tool to a means and I will encourage all to have it, but if one is doing well without it them so be it. I am very impress with the accomplishments of Makembo!!. I know some 12 locals with collage education and they own nothing!! Living from pay cheque to pay cheque…Just from job to job so go figure! Congratulations Mr. Bell for your business savvy skills and the things you earned
      • tola boy (19/08/2011, 23:04) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        well said "SHARA PARLIN" and so true true true...big Ups to Kimo for always reaching for the stars and being humble!
  • big man (19/08/2011, 15:59) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    nice article on kimbo .... but thank god he got rid of that sucker fish....vampire...nice one vino....
  • Realtime (19/08/2011, 18:43) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I must say congratulations to his mother for raising a fine young man. Like any young boy in Tortola Kimbo was doing what most young children was looking for attention. I am happy that his mother never one day give up on him. Keep up the good work Karen because I know you and your children are very close. I am sure this young man is still learning. he is a business person.
  • Realistt (19/08/2011, 22:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I watch Kimbo rise and was happy to see him succeed but the only thing i would want for you now is to educate your self a lil more it will only benefit ya alot more mi boi.
    • ccc (20/08/2011, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      worry about educated yourself and not Kembo...Mr. Bell can pay for your education as he has accomplished much...go on Kembo we are very proud of you strong black man!
  • Migoman (20/08/2011, 14:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    what the ''E'' stand for in your name kimbo? hehe, i wana know..
  • ... (21/08/2011, 10:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Respect Kembo. You are an ambitious young VI man. Even more so than I am. Get the GED though. In the long run it will help, especially as a business man who wants to get into Real Estate, etc.
  • baby (30/03/2013, 17:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    family land huh?


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