In what part of town do you live?
I live in Pinecrest.
How long have you lived in Pinecrest?
For a year. I’m actually a student, or I was a student. I grew up in California for the most part. I went to Belen Jesuit and then ended up moving to California for my dad’s job.
Where are you originally from?
I was born in Mexico and moved here when I was around two.
And now you’re in school or just finished?
I just graduated from UM. I was in the business school for entrepreneurship.
Do you have ideas of businesses you want to start?
I have a few ideas but nothing concrete, nothing to share yet.
What did you enjoy about business school?
Just being in Miami…it was a great experience to meet people from different cultures and then learning the fundamentals of running a business and working for a business.
What did you learn that really surprised you?
I learned that consulting companies need young people just as much as young people need older generations. Young people are good for ideas, and for being innovative and just adapting. And we need the older generation because they have experience. You need someone as a mentor to share different ways of learning and things that they’ve already gone through.
Did you have a favorite class at school?
I liked all my marketing classes. The teachers were great because they gave us actual projects to work on, with real clients, like actual consulting jobs.
What was an example of something you worked on?
I did the redesign of a logo for Diamonds International and a couple other companies. We had to create a 360 campaign pitch. That’s defining the marketing that you need to do for the year and how to actually complete it.
What advice would you give us?
I like your logo so I wouldn’t touch that. Your newsletters are great and you reach out to the local community. Maybe more on Instagram? You guys do a lot of good things for the community already.
Tell us a little bit about yourself outside school.
I’m a golfer. I’ve been a golfer my whole life. I’m trying to become a pro golfer. I’m dedicating my time to golf and looking for jobs now that I graduated.
What do you enjoy about golf?
Everything that makes golf, golf. You play with either people you know or don’t know. Sometimes, you get paired up with random people for four and a half hours and basically get to know their whole personality. Usually how a player reacts to certain situations on the course is how they’re going to be when they face problems or certain situations in real life.
Did any lessons you learned in golf influence the way you learned at school?
Yes. Repetition makes consistency. Even if you’re not the best at something, if you practice hard enough at it, you’ll eventually get it …like calculus. I was struggling with calculus for a bit, but I made it through. I just went to the library and took the time. A lot of time.
What’s the strongest part of your golf game?
My putting and my mental game overall.
What does it take to be a good putter?
Being able to stand over the ball and not choke. That takes a lot of mental focus.
What goes through your mind when you’re on a putting green?
Nothing. Just make it.
Do you have a favorite golfer?
I like Tiger. I grew up watching Tiger and then Rory of course.
Who are you most like?
Personality wise, Tiger. I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing. My golf game is more like Rory.
What advice would you give somebody who really enjoys golf and they’re looking to make their game better?
It’s a tough journey, but consistency is key. Just like in life, you go through a lot of up and downs, but people who stay consistent will eventually make it through.
How often do you come to the Pinecrest market?
Pretty much every week. Though last week, we came to the drive through. It was a great experience. It was nice that even during this crisis you guys were still looking out for the community and still supplying your products.
(A+W) And, you came twice!
Yeah, it’s awesome. We like the smoothies and the turmeric shots.
Tell us a little bit about your market ritual. When you do come to the market, what do you do?
We go straight to you guys and we get a smoothie and then we just take a lap and then sit at a table or go home.
What do you like about the products at our stand?
We always get the rainbow smoothies which are great. I like that you guys sometimes change the actual fruit. Also the turmeric shots. They make me feel good.
Do you take the shots straight or mix them?
Straight. But, I’ve thought that it probably tastes good with milk. I’ve got to try that.
What would make the market better?
Since it has expanded over the last two years, it’s gotten a lot better than what it used to be.
What restaurants do you like to go out to?
I don’t really go out to restaurants. Maybe Whole Foods and Nahuen in Doral.
What’s Miami’s best kept secret?
A lot of people say it’s the pan con lechon at Mary’s Coin Laundry, but I think La Esquina Del Lechon in Doral is better. Mary’s is good because you can get it at any time because they’re always open.
What is a worthy splurge for you?
Golf clothes or stuff for my dogs.
What’s a good rainy-day activity?
Where’s the most romantic spot in Miami?
The beaches on Key Biscayne
What community groups are important to you that you might like to promote or share?
There are a few Dachshund meetups around Miami, but most are now canceled because of the corona virus. I have a Dachshund and follow an account called Dachshunds of Miami. They have weekly events for dog meetups and it’s cool.
Is there a pitch about yourself that you might like to share?
Sure. I’m looking for any opportunity, either in the marketing world or in the business world. I’m a hard worker. I’m very capable. I’ve done a lot of creative work and consulting for different companies.
Is there a question you’d like to ask?
Are you going to have a drive through again this weekend?
(A+W) Yes! We will have another drive through pop-up on Sunday. And, possibly again next Wednesday as well.
Is there a question or a challenge you’d like to pose to the community?
Stop going outside and stay home during the Corona virus outbreak.