The Alvarez Family
Jairo & Anita Alvarez - Founders
The founder of Alvarez Construction Co. Inc., Jairo Alvarez Botero built one of the largest home building and development companies in the state of Louisiana. He immigrated to the United States at the age of twenty-five after having served as an officer in the Colombian Army for many years where, in the early 1960s, he was charged with the protection of Presidents Alberto Lleras Camargo and Guillermo León Valencia.
After coming to the United States with only one hundred dollars in his wallet, Jairo struggled to learn the language while working his way through college. After graduation, he returned to Colombia to start a family and began his first construction company. Many years later, he returned to the United States, determined to live the American dream. Today, it is evident that his dream came true, and his legacy continues through his wife Anita and children, Carlos, Ana, and Sebastian. His beloved family, all of whom work together as partners, are growing the family business following his example.
Jairo Alvarez published No Such Thing As IMPOSSIBLE: From Adversity to Triumph - a thrilling autobiographical account of his journey toward the American dream. Hailed for its powerful message of personal triumph, Jairo’s book has inspired thousands of readers to face adversity with strength and confidence.
Jairo’s inspirational message was borne from his own life experience: what he faced, what he learned and how each new challenge gave him an opportunity to better prepare for the next. Not inclined toward self-pity or excessive introspection, Jairo enthusiastically advocated his “Triple A Formula” when faced with adversity: Accept the situation; Adapt as necessary; and finally, take Action to overcome the adverse situation. While the formula requires significant discipline and mental fortitude to follow, Jairo’s success in life is proof that it works. As an example, only 95 days after intensive prostate cancer surgery, Jairo participated in a cycling competition… and won the race.