John Briceño grew up and was educated in his hometown Orange Walk where he attended elementary and secondary school. He moved to Belize City to attend College at St. John’s College Sixth Form and later transferred to the University of Texas in Austin where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management in 1985.
In 1986 he and his brother started a small business selling fuel and operating a service station in his home town of Orange Walk. Today the business has expanded countrywide. As the partnership grew, he and his brother branched out and opened a cable company in Orange Walk. Centaur Communications has successfully increased its subscriptions and acquired several other cable companies in its expansion. It is today the second largest cable company in Belize and one of the largest Internet providers. The company also has a local television Channel and broadcasts radio regionally.
He became involved in electoral politics in Belize in 1993. Born and raised in Orange Walk Town in the north of Belize, he has been a member of the National Assembly of Belize for 23 years. In 1994 he was elected co-chairman of the People’s United Party; in 1996 he was elected to one of the top positions as Deputy Party Leader and he became the youngest person ever to become Deputy Leader of the People’s United Party. Briceño served as Deputy Party Leader from 1996 until 2008. From 1998 – 2008 John Briceño served as Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Natural Resources and the Environment. As a minister of government, he led efforts to modernize the Ministry of Natural Resources by implementing a computerized Land Management Program in Belize.
In 2016 John Briceño successful campaigned for and was elected to the position of Leader of the People’s United Party. He currently holds that post.