We had the good fortune of connecting with Henry Aponte and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Henry, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Being honest, consistent, and adapting constantly to changing and shifting environments.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I was exposed to the business environment at early age at my mother’s restaurant. I experienced the relations of customer service, time management, finances, employee management, products and leadership. When I came to the US, I worked as piano sales person and in a short period of time I was one of the top salespersons on the floor and later promoted to assistant manager. The company moved away and I found myself without a job. Being unemployed at that time, I decided to sell Items at the swapmeet while I find a new job to support myself. My first day as a entrepreneur at the swapmeet was good: I sold almost everything I took there. Next the day was even better. With time I had made many customers and had demand for music instruments. I decided to rent a small commercial space to storage my merchandise and meet my customers. From this point, I realized that I did not have to look for a job anymore since I could maintain myself economically with what I was doing.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my friend or family member came to visit, I would take them to enjoy the landscapes and views of Coronado. I also would take them to Balboa park, and lastly check the San Diego Symphony performances at the downtown Copley hall. Northern Baja California, offers one the best options in culinary arts and wine tasting in Valle Guadalupe, Ensenada on top of their beautiful beaches where you can practice surfing, kayaking, snorkeling or just relaxing at the uncrowded sites.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother, Nila Rodriguez, was one of the major influences to start a business since she was a business owner herself. She owned a restaurant and I helped her since I was a child in whatever I could do: sometimes at the register, moving boxes, throwing the thrash, and eat a lot for free!

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