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

Hi Rodrigo, what do you attribute your success to?
The most important factor behind our success as a business is the people. Plain and simple. The people patronize our business and help keep the lights on. Through word of mouth, as well as the kind reviews & recommendations that have been placed on social media platforms by our customers, we have been able to stay in business for nearly two decades.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
What sets our business apart the most is our immense attention to detail, and our willingness to do whatever it takes to achieve the desired outcome of our customers. Building a business certainly isn’t easy, but with the encouragement of loved ones and the advice of accomplished mentors, anything is possible. Throughout my journey, I’ve learned that no one is ever truly self made. It is only through the aid of my close friends and family that I’ve been able to achieve my goals. I’ve also learned that a genuine passion for what you do is the only force strong enough to keep you going day in and day out; even when things get rough along the way. What I’d like for people to know about my story is that I in no way am more special than anyone else. With the same dedication and consistency, anyone can achieve what I’ve achieved.

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 I wanted to show anyone a good time in San Diego, I would start right where our business is located- Pacific Beach. You can find a little bit of everything here. Good restaurants, bars, tattoo shops, and many other small businesses worthy of your time. Downtown is also a great time, especially during baseball season. We have one of the most beautiful ballparks in the entire country and I’d recommend anyone to have an experience at Petco Park if given the opportunity. North Park and Hillcrest are also very interesting locations in San Diego that offer a great nightlife, as well as plenty of places to enjoy great food.

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?
An immense amount of credit is owed to my wife. Who has supported me on my journey since the very beginning, before I even had a building from which to set up shop. Without her immense encouragement and efforts, I would not be where I am today.

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