Was born in San Juan y Martinez, Cuba on January 11, 1938. He was the ultimate rebellious child. After being sent home from Belen Jesuit High School in Havana, his mother opted to send him to Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg, FL. It was during this time that he built a very close relationship with the Oliva family, which would prove to be the most important relationship in his professional life.
When he returned from Korea, Angel Oliva invited him to go to Honduras to help process and cure the tobacco grown by Tino Argudin, an explorer whose mission was to find tobacco in other countries to replace the Cuban seed which had fallen under the embargo. Honduras and especially the Jamastran Valley were close to Angel Oliva’s heart because it was the only tobacco he had found to be close enough to the unavailable Cuban leaf.
It was in 1997 that Julio began to grow the famous Authentic Corojo seed again at a farm called Sta. Sta. Inez del Corojo, owned by a Mr. Diego Rodriguez
In 2015 Julio began his newest business venture with Aladino Cigars, which are rolled out of the Las Lomas Factory in the Jamastran Valley.