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From Oil and Gas To Building a $335 M Real Estate Empire With Robert Martinez

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What’s Your Backstory ? 

Robert Martinez is the Founding Principal and CEO of Rockstar Capital, a digital influencer, a public speaker and sought after real estate expert. 

Rockstar Capital is a private real estate investment and property management firm. Along with his ongoing success, Robert has been recognized in 2019 by the NAA(National Apartment Association) as the country’s only Two Time National Independent Owner of The Year and one of his properties has also won “National Property of The Year”. In addition, Rockstar Capital was named #15 in the Fast 100 Fastest growing companies with the Houston Business Journal.

In 2013, he had three communities and less than 500 units. Today that number has grown to 21 properties, 17 City, State & National Apartment Association wins since 2011,  3699 units and 335 million assets under management. Robert has been recognized and shared his insights on multiple high profile publications, some of which notably include: CNBC, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Money and Yahoo Finance. In addition, he has been in a video on real estate with Grant Cardone and has interviewed digital media mogul- Gary Vaynerchuk

He plans to continue growing his real estate empire and documenting the journey through his different social media platforms including: Youtube web series “#DailyRock”- through his channel The Apartment Rockstar. Ultimately, his goal is to grow the firm to 10,000 units with over $1 billion assets under management while continuing to do good through his charitable work and help other aspiring entrepreneurs and real estate professionals achieve their goals. 

 

What made you decide to choose this career path?

After leaving corporate America in the oil and gas industry, I joined Lifestyles Unlimited which is a real estate network and I learned the art of operating real estate- specifically multi-family apartments. Real estate has allowed me to pursue financial freedom and help others achieve their goals. At first, real estate was a way to generate passive income on the side when I worked in oil and gas sales. Eventually, I turned it into a full-time career that I love.

 

Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?

When I entered the Class A multifamily real estate market, I purchased a small property with 51 units instead of going all in on a property with 100 to 300 units. I learned quickly that size matters in real estate.

With only 51 units, I had limited rental income, so I couldn’t afford the best talent or a ton of marketing. At the same time, my competition had 200 to 500 units, with more income at their disposal. We were vying for the same renter, especially when there were fewer in the market. It was also difficult to sell the property later because investors already knew the lesson I had learned the hard way.

We adapted and made the best of the situation. I learned that it’s important to have an edge over your competitors. (For us, that’s reputation management and social media.) When the economy collapses, you need to be able to navigate the stormy waters. We survived the 2008 financial crisis and Hurricane Harvey, and I know we will continue to power through more tough times and come out strong.

 

What do you think makes your company/personal brand stand out?

Other than aligning ourselves and meeting high profile influencers like Grant Cardone and Gary Vaynerchuk, we have been able to grow our company to $335 million assets under management with 3699 units and continue to be a fast growing growing entity as recognized #15 by The Houston Business Journal Fast 100 and received coverage from national media like CNBC, Money, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, and Entrepreneur. In 2019, we were recognized by the NAA(National Apartment Association) as the country’s only Two Time National Independent Owner of The Year and one of his properties has also won “National Property of The Year”. In addition, Rockstar Capital was named #15 in the Fast 100 Fastest growing companies with the Houston Business Journal.

 

In 2013, he had three communities and less than 500 units. Today that number has grown to 21 properties, 17 Cities, State & National Apartment Association wins since 2011. The track record, performance and most importantly we are documenting our journey through social media which very few if any of our competitors are doing where we showcase the day to day journey of operating our properties, our successes, failures and everything in between.

 

What’s a quote that you live by?

“If you don’t like your situation, do something about it and choose happiness.” 

Robert Martinez 

Nathan Ray Ortega is the founder of influencer podcasts. Nathan helps those share their great story, by helping entrepreneurs, authors, influencers, millionaires and many more get on podcasts and tv shows around the world, his passion is to help share the stories of the few to impact the lives of the many. Nathan had to overcome many obstacles during his journey, from having 16 different jobs at age 20 to being homeless and sleeping in a car with his pregnant girlfriend, and even changing in public bathrooms for 2 months, but during that time Nathan stayed motivated and listened to many powerful stories that changed his life for the better. Nathan thanks the power of podcasting for motivating him to push further with every episode of entrepreneurship. ''Life is never a straight road, we have to face unknown obstacles, many emotional experiences, and life-changing habits, to get to where we need to be.'' - Nathan Ray Ortega

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Meet Lanfranco Pescante: The Entrepreneur That’s Taking Over Florida’s Restaurant and Nightlife Scene

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Lanfranco Pescante is one of the two owners and managing partners of the Nocturnal Hospitality Group. At only thirty-three years old, Mr. Pescante has a vast Nightclub and restaurant hospitality background, stemming back to his childhood in Italy where he moved from at age seventeen, alone, to follow the American dream. 

Mr. Pescante began his journey as a dishwasher and worked his way up the ladder. He worked every single position in a restaurant and bar, moving up faster than anyone else in the industry. Along with his long time best friend David Anderson, he created the company that revolutionized events in central Florida and has produced countless events with artists ranging from Nelly to Avicii, in accordance with upholding profitable day to day venue operations. 

His fairy tale success story began with 1000+ guest house parties, dating back to the early 2000’s. They became so popular and organized with bartenders, valet, security that they had more people than clubs.

“Eventually, the club owners in town noticed and hired us. We rapidly progressed into bar and club promotions and further grew to large scale concert production and developing & managing bar-centric hospitality concepts. We brought numerous entertainers and celebrities to central Florida, huge renowned artists ranging from Avicii to Nelly. Then eventually we wanted to open our own concept and that is where the dream of Franklin Manor began,” he recalls. 

From the very start, Mr. Pescante has always loved the industry, and knew that he wanted to form a part of it.

“From the early days night clubs were my getaway. I LOVE PEOPLE, I love the night life, I love the thrill of it, I love everything about it. I love seeing guests happy enjoying their time at my venues, or when I used to throw concerts seeing 5000 people all cheering for their favorite artist and forgetting, for a short period of time, their troubles, sadness, and daily life problems,” he shares.

What sets Mr. Pescante apart are his people skills and ability to manage. He excels in the financial and operations side of the business, and is an ideal figure head of the company. People love him because he is genuine and humble and never forgets where he came from. He also is a strong leader for his team, willing to jump in for any position, if needed. He leads by example and rolls up his sleeves when the time is needed. But what sets him apart the most, is that no matter what, he doesn’t give up.

“I just don’t know how to give up, no matter if it is a huge business deal or a small chore I don’t know how to give up or lose, never have never will. I am relentless in accomplishing goals whether personal or business wise,” he says. 

When it comes to the question of what he wants his legacy to be

Mr. Pescante has the following to say, “Ever since I was a kid, I always wanted to be the best at everything I did. I always had visions of grandeur, like I mentioned many times throughout this interview, I truly love to see others happy, its my biggest trait so I’d like people to remember me for always being the guy that brought a bunch of cool places to their town, who always threw the most insane best events/parties in town, and the guy that never gave up when everyone thought he couldn’t do it. But honestly, it would be great to be known as a huge heart and someone that helped Tampa bay grow to a big city”.

He currently has two more top-notch projects opening in early 2020.

 “An Asian fusion restaurant called Shibui opening in downtown Tampa & La Pergola an Italian high end restaurant opening in downtown St. Pete. I am also opening the first ever celebrity chef driven event and wedding venue in USA. Lately, my thrill has switched to creating new concepts for people to enjoy, the best part about it is transforming a dream on paper to the opening day when it actually opens,” he says.

Mr. Pescante is the definition of a leader. He has led himself and those around him to success through the widely successful Nocturnal Hospitality Group. He fought relentlessly for his American dream, and without ever giving up, made it happen.

To follow this entrepreneur’s journey, please click here.

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From Subtle Beginnings to Multimillion-Dollar Guests, Here’s The Story Of Podcaster, Rom Raviv

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Rom Raviv is a nineteen-year-old entrepreneur from Long Island, New York. Ever since Rom was little, he’s felt indifferent about the current educational system.

Rom knew that he wouldn’t fit into the traditional 9-5 class, and he was eager to do something about this. 

As Rom grew, he set his sights on passive income and entrepreneurship; most kids his age were focused on high school popularity.

Today, Rom is the founder of the Spreading Success Podcast and a podcast editing agency called Podblade. 

Subtle beginnings

Some time ago, Rom attended a business and networking event named Breakthru. At the event, Rom met a lot of like-minded individuals. And one of these individuals was veteran Podcaster Casey Adams.

Casey introduced Rom to the idea of Podcasting, and on that same day, Rom ordered a microphone to start up his podcast. 

Once the mic was delivered, Rom reached out to individuals on Instagram who ran podcasts and asked them a lot of questions. 

This helped him amass information on podcasting. Enough for him to properly start his podcast. 

For newbies, Rom recommends that after you buy all your gear, you should anchor and set up all of the criteria on the site. This will significantly reduce the stress you might experience long-term.

Reaching out 

For most podcast hosts, reaching out to potential podcast guests is a problem. If you’re experiencing this difficulty, Rom suggests you try Instagram Direct Message. 

He also explains that you should try to be as unique and genuine as possible. You could send a voice note or perhaps a video message, anything to grab the guest’s attention and land him on your show.

It is also essential to leverage the guests you’ve had on your show to land more guests. Use your list of guests as some social proof.

Having Mentors 

Casey Adams was the number one catalyst for Rom. That little discussion they had at the Event helped him realize the endless opportunities podcasting provides, for example, monetization and leveraging of your guest’s audience.

Apart from Casey, renowned entrepreneurs Gary Vaynerchuk and Andy Frisella have also influenced Rom’s live positively. He makes sure he listens to their podcast consistently.

Overcoming setbacks

We’ve all faced problems before, and most of us have found ways to solve them, some ways better than the others. 

The only problem Rom faced was the fear of speaking with the guest. Sometimes he would have to reschedule because he was scared. 

Rom got over this by being consistent and realizing that if something went wrong during a session, he could always re-record or re-schedule; Guests won’t react as harshly as you imagine.

Spreading Success

If you’re hearing about the Spreading Success podcast for the first time, here’s what you should expect; 

On the show, Rom talks about entrepreneurship, personal branding, podcasting, and a host of other insightful topics too. He also interviews guests who speak on different business models.

Recently, Rom made some changes to his podcast’s structure. Before, he released an episode a week, but now he releases two a week. 

One for typical Interview style session and the other for solo episodes that shed light on his personal life and experiences as a podcaster.

The Spreading Success Podcast is guaranteed to be one heck of a show. If you would like Success to spread out through every aspect of your life, tune in to Rom’s podcast right here

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The Inspiring Story of Successful Entrepreneur Nikola Tefov

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Can you tell me the story of your prior successes, challenges, and major responsibilities?’

I have built entertainment pages from 0 to millions of followers, within a very short time. My biggest challenge is creativity and the process of growing i am fascinated by it, and it keeps me moving and motivated. My responsibility were broad in the start but how time goes you have find the 3 things you are best at and outsource the other parts to other pros. Never try to do everything focus your energy on fewer things to achieve your goals faster.

What techniques and methods do you use day to day to stay continuously motivated, focused and proactive when fear, hardships and procrastination have the best of you?

Mental health is very important, I do meditation, self affirmation and I give time to my self to build my mind the right way. Same as body health I workout everyday and I try to be at my best. Sometimes I will go for a walk instead of working out, depends how I was feeling or how busy I was. But mostly I try to do heavy weight training and rarely cardio. Going to the gym gives me an advantage in my organization and keeps me away from procrastinating.

I always use fear as my strength because it gives me excitement and a drive in what I do. I also experiment with a lot of nootropics for staying and being focused 99% of the time. In these times distractions are everywhere so sometimes I do cleansing from social media and phones, which helps a lot with your focus and attention time.

I know this is not an easy job. What drives you?

None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? What lesson did you learn from them?
Thats true It’s not, as I said growth and improvement drivers me. Help is everywhere and everyone you just have to let your dreams and goals be out, don’t be afraid to talk what someone sees it as bragging I don’t. You can get an idea from the most random person and use that idea to make something great. Lessons I learned are never waste time, don’t let fear stop you from anything, be consistent and never give up on what you love and wish to have.

What are your “5 things I wish someone told me when I first started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)


Nothing is easy, and easy is not satisfying.

Never waste time and never feel bad about failures just learn from them and keep on going. Have a group of people you trust and they support you and encourage you.

Don’t give up easily the road to success is very bumpy.

Keep your self motivated with affirmations and never give up on your goals and dreams. Anything is possible.

Is there anything you would do differently if you could start over?
If you could travel back in time to before you started, what 3 tips would you give yourself and why?


Never waste time, because there is no use of westing time.
Be more confident in your work and don’t procrastinate, I used to be very uncomfortable and I was seeking validation for my creations which is not a good idea. And procrastination was one of mine worst sides.
Be more healthy work out and have a good diet and sleep better.

Which people in life inspire you the most? Why?

Elon Musk, because he is a dreamer and achiever.

Justin Bieber, dedication and persistence from young age not an easy life he had. Everyone can learn from him a lot.

Steve Jobs a very dedicated mind at achieving and making things great.

Doctor Dre a very successful producer/artist and a business men he made the path for me as a kid together with 2pac, 50cent and Eminem.

What do you think makes your work stand out?

It’s the love and dedication and the touch from my perfectionism.

What are your success habits?

Admire it and keep having more successes. Never get satisfaction to stop you or make you think you have it all, you never do.

What exactly does your company do?

From music and video production to brand building, content creation and marketing.

What do you think makes your company stand out? Can you share a story?

We work for out clients the same work as we’ll work for ourselves. We try to be the best 24/7

What’s your backstory?

I am born in Macedonia, in a middle class family and in time I saw that is not the life I want and I started making money from a very young age, from small gigs in design and music production and I never stopped learning and improving my skills. I studied classical music in High School and Jazz Academy in college. Music really expands your creativity and help you in many other fields. Now I live in New York and I am a proud from what I have achieved and how far I have come.

How have you changed/grown in the past 5 years? (Or since you started your business)

Mentally, physically! And I do see my self grown in how more responsible I am and how more smarter my decisions are.
Has there ever been a time where you gave up or wanted to quit? How did you overcome that feeling?

I did had hard times, thats where the affirmations helped and the people that support you.

If you had one piece of advice to someone just starting out, what would it be?
Never give up on your dreams, with consistency and dedication everything is possible. And never stop learning and growing.

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