About C.L. Gumbs Jr.

If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time

C.L. Gumbs Jr.

A source unknown once said, “If you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time.” Businessman Leonel Constant Gumbs (Jr.) is testimony to another maxim however, that the best helping hand that you will ever receive… is the one at the end of your own arm.

Leonel Constant Gumbs (Jr.) – better known on the island of St. Maarten/St. Martin as Jr. Gumbs, or The Photo Pro, has aimed at the sky and reached the moon using the graft of his own ingenious hands.

Born on St. Maarten, in the Late 1950’s, the son of Mrs. Sylvia Sherman-Fleming and Mr. Constant Leonel Gumbs Senior, Jr. Gumbs began to use those hands shortly after leaving school due to family commitments. He began as a bus boy at the Great Bay Hotel. A magnetic personality and a drive for hard work led to other jobs in the hospitality industry, including work at the Drive-In Movie at Zagersgut Rd., tending bar at the West Indian Tavern, and at times holding down two jobs at the Frigate Restaurant and at Spritzer & Fuhrmann, where he was an apprentice Clock-Repairman.

The young Jr. Gumbs also had a passion of photography, and not being one to miss a business opportunity, invested in his first dark room equipment. In doing so, he was able to provide the St. Maarten media, and the media in the entire Netherlands Antilles, with a steady stream of on the spot photographs. He opened his first Photo Gumbs outlet to the public in 1983. Since then, the erstwhile businessman has established other state of the art facilities in the Philipsburg and Bush Road areas. This opened up a world of photographic possibilities, not only to St. Maarten / St. Martin, but also to the neighboring islands of the Northeastern Caribbean.

Married to wife Bernice, the couple have three children, Dion, Magdiona (Maggie) and Makiba.

Junior Gumbs is a family man who continues to be an inspiration to young hardworking St. Maarteners because of his achievement and no nonsense approach to life. Despite not completing his education, Jr. Gumbs is in every sense of the word, a full bright scholar who has graduated from the University of Life. His business success has made him a shining bright star in the local business fraternity where he now has few peers.

Ulysses S. Grant once said, “Labor disgraces no man; – it is only unfortunately occasionally that you find men who disgrace labor.” Leonel Constant Gumbs is a champion for the cause of labor and hard work, for which he has reaped just rewards and the respect of the local community.