Cesar Ramirez, President of Bravo Supermarkets

Initially hailing from the Dominican Republic, Cesar Ramirez immigrated to the USA when he was 17 years previous, seeking to make his mark on the world.

After settling in New York Metropolis, he took a job at a grocery retailer, making use of himself to studying each side of the business—an endeavor which might serve him nicely later in life. In time and with a substantial quantity of arduous work, Cesar Ramirez saved sufficient cash to maneuver to Orlando, Florida, and fulfill his longtime dream of entrepreneurship by opening his personal enterprise, a community of grocery shops working beneath the title Oakridge Farm Meals, however also referred to as Bravo Supermarkets. Within the years since then, the enterprise has achieved super success, rising to incorporate eight supermarkets situated all through Florida.

Outdoors of operating Bravo Supermarkets, Cesar Ramirez donates a lot of his time to volunteering and elevating funds for St. Jude’s charities. Past that, he has a eager curiosity in pc science, and actively research the topic, retaining knowledgeable of all the most recent hi-tech developments. He additionally enjoys taking part in golf every time his schedule permits. Cesar nonetheless calls Orlando, Florida dwelling, and resides there together with his beloved spouse and three great daughters.

What do you presently do at your organization?

I’m the founder and president of Bravo Supermarkets in Orlando, Florida, which is also referred to as Oakridge Farm Meals. I’ve a really energetic function within the enterprise, which means I don’t merely sit again and let different individuals do the work whereas I accumulate the income. Though every day is completely different, it often entails a number of of the next parts: accounting, knowledge evaluation, product analysis, employees coordination, provide chain administration, and buyer outreach. I additionally are inclined to have a number of conferences.

What was the inspiration behind your enterprise?

Ever since I used to be a younger man, I knew I wished to personal my very own enterprise. The thought to open a grocery store initially got here to me once I was dwelling in New York Metropolis. I paid my payments by working at a neighborhood grocery retailer. There, the conclusion dawned on me that markets and grocery shops are essential elements of each neighborhood as a result of completely everybody wants to purchase meals. Not solely that, however they act as group hubs the place individuals meet up—whether or not on function or by likelihood—and converse to one another about information concerning household, mates, and native points. I believe this was the notion from which my thought to create Bravo Supermarkets sprang. It additionally didn’t damage that I’d discovered loads about how one can run a grocery retailer by merely finishing up my each day duties. I already knew how every thing labored.

What defines your manner of doing enterprise?

In a number of phrases; honesty, integrity, and an innate need to offer high quality service to all of the communities wherein Bravo Supermarkets function.

What keys to being productive are you able to share?

I believe the largest key to my private productiveness is considering issues by means of clearly earlier than taking any motion. This encourages effectivity and farsightedness, and it considerably reduces missteps stemming from hotheadedness or impetuousness.

Inform us one long-term aim in your profession.

Bravo Supermarkets presently has eight areas. It’s my aim to double that quantity within the subsequent ten years. I’m contemplating increasing outdoors of Florida, as nicely.

What would you inform your youthful self?

If I had entry to a time machine and will return and have a dialog with my youthful self, I’d inform him to avoid wasting and make investments extra of his hard-earned cash. With the passage of time, it is going to quantity to much more sooner or later than you’ll be able to think about, and it’ll make it easier to vastly when it comes time to open your first enterprise.

What’s probably the most precious lesson you’ve discovered by means of the course of your profession?

Even if you happen to don’t agree with it or act on it, it’s at all times a good suggestion to hearken to others once they provide recommendation. They could be offering a viewpoint that you just’ve by no means thought-about.

What are a few of your favourite issues to do outdoors of labor?

One of many nice passions in my life is pc science. I’ve at all times had an curiosity in software program, {hardware}, and the telecommunications infrastructure wanted to assist the world’s computing wants, and I actively study all I can about these topics. I additionally love taking part in golf every time I’ve time to spare.

How would your colleagues describe you?

I believe my colleagues would describe me as pushed, hardworking, approachable, optimistic, and open-minded.

How do you preserve a strong work life stability?

In the beginning, I like spending time with my spouse and three daughters. I imagine this facilities me and places my skilled life into perspective. Cultivating my hobbies additionally helps on this respect.

What are among the keys to your success?

I must say that one of many main keys to my success is having assembled a gifted and insightful group and giving them the instruments and coaching to successfully do their job. A great deal of credit score for the success of Bravo Supermarkets belongs to them.

What’s one piece of recommendation that you’ve by no means forgotten?

I assume it will be that previous adage by Benjamin Franklin that “a penny saved is a penny earned.” This thought was instilled in me from an early age, and I imagine observing and using it has carried out me a number of good through the years.

What recommendation would you give to aspiring to achieve your subject?

My recommendation can be {that a} profitable profession within the grocery store business requires endurance, foresight, individuals abilities, and the flexibility to acknowledge that each member of your group has the potential to make optimistic contributions if given the prospect. So, it’s actually essential to hearken to them once they make recommendations or provide you with their ideas, after which to maintain an open thoughts about what they are saying.

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