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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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Jimmy Boss : A Breath in the Music industry

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Jimmy Boss, is a young entrepreneur of 25 years old. He rubbed shoulders internally with the music industry from a very young age, in particular thanks to Mister V, famous French YouTuber who decided to get into music, more particularly in rap, and this with the help in particular of Mr. Boss. After finishing his internship at Hey Pelo Records, Mister V’s label, he decides to set up his own artist management company : SDW Management.

I assure you, it’s not an order” Jimmy Boss tells you in his Paris office, while you contemplate with dismay a picture of a bearded “Mona Lisa”, the work of a Dutch fan of SDW Records, urban music label that he founded in 2017.

Jimmy Boss goes further than the others and had the crazy idea of bringing together the essentials of what a record company could provide to independent artists of 2020 to create a business that will help artists to finance, create, as well as promote themselves, while remaining independent ; he explains it to us in more details during an interview that he very kindly granted us :

«Artists these days no longer necessarily need the creative side that a major can offer. Actually, he no longer needs anything that a major can offer to him apart from the contacts and the financial aspect. This is exactly where SDW Management supports its paramount value. The company keeps offering total flexibility on the contracts in function of needs of the artist. Depending on the contract, SDW can also guarantee immediate funding to the artist, weekly monitoring and incomparable transparency of sales made. The goal is also to take care of all administrative tasks so that the artist does not only take care of the creative side. »

On the other hand, Jimmy Boss must validate the projects before releasing it :

«Basically my desire to do this job concerned people, being close to the artist, assisting them and finding something new that the record companies do not offer. But it was my creative side that pushed me to do this job, indeed, from a very young age, I have a very commercial ear and I never stop finding new artistic trends, that’s what has been the strength of the business so far, it is the icing on the cake.»

After two years spent managing artists, Jimmy Boss undertook to create his own label in 2017. His desire is simple, to release the music he loves, there, now, immediately. It was the meeting in 2015 with Mister V that created the real trigger. The latter inaugurates the long list of artists. SDW Records was born with the “Do It Yourself” spirit and the mix of genres as its only weapons.

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How Romy Johnson Became A Successful Entrepreneur

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Romy Johnson is a popular Indian Entrepreneur, Businessman, Educationalist who is currently based in Canada. He is the founder, owner and CEO of Cool Gurus, Xaare and British India Academy.

In 2017 he started his first company British India Academy which offers English language courses and international test preparation coaching. Today at the age of 21, Romy is at the helm of a unicorn startup. Cool Gurus is a joint venture with Kerala based British India Academy, which is now valued at more than 55 crores. Romy Johnson appeared in Silicon India and was featured as the youngest and most successful entrepreneur Indian on the list. Cool Gurus Solutions provides blended learning management through mobile and cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS).

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In a bid to promote online learning and boost content creation in the ed-tech space, aligned to the needs of 2020, Cool Gurus decided to generate an affordable alternative to formal education in collaboration with schools, colleges, universities and companies. The company is jointly owned with the British India Academy based in Kerala, India and is currently valued at more than 55 crores. In November 2019 the British India Academy accomplished its first milestone by delivering courses to over 10,000 active learners, making it the top-rated language institute in India.

He was recognized nationally for his scientific research and innovations during his highschool for building a brain-controlled electric wheelchair and finding an alternative to plastics using banana peels and tapioca.

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Why people call Linda Andrade the Fat Freezing Queen

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What’s your backstory?

I started my first business when I was 16 years old, it was called “luxe by Linda” and it was mainly focused towards women’s fashion and makeup, I did really well, especially because I was still in high school and girls in my high school started buying from me. I got married at 19 to another badass entrepreneur, my husband Ricky, and since then I’ve started my fat Freezing business which blew up, with plans to franchise soon. 

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

Before I got married and started my own successful business, I was a student at orange coast college. My parents would not let me drop out or I would be kicked out, basically. I was the typical entrepreneur drop out cliche, really wanting to drop out. That was a responsibility I had that really hindered the way to my success. I was taking unnecessary classes just to be busy and keep my parents happy. Eventually, I got married and moved to Vegas, so my parents kind of let go of the whole college thing after that.

What made you decide to choose this career path?

I got fat Freezing done myself, I loved it so much. I got rid of my love handles and tightened my stomach up really nice. I started looking up more about it and decided to take a training to teach me more about it. 1 and a half years later I have 2 locations and have helped thousands achieve the results they want. 

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? Oh my god, in fat freezing there are levels of suction, and I usually go up in levels when they’re numb and can’t feel anything, because otherwise it hurts. One time, I forgot to take the level back down after the 1st area she did, so on her 2nd area, she immediately went to the highest level, and she was freaking out and making the funniest noises, and I couldn’t understand why, I was like “what’s wrong? It has a great grab of fat.” And then I realized she was at the highest level. It was like a solid 45 seconds of confusion and laughter. Then I felt really bad. But it was definitely the funniest mistake I ever made 

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

Because the product I offer isn’t just catering to 1 person, it caters to everybody. Literally everybody I know needs my service, and they know it too. 

What’s a quote that you live by?

How you do something is how you do everything. 

Linda Andrade

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