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Joe Regalado

CEO of Jarco Companies

Originally from a small town in Mexico, I grew up with a family of entrepreneurs. In 2002 at the age of 30 with only a 9th-grade education from Oliver Wendell Holmes High School, I purchased my first office building where I was the only Hispanic man in the room.

At the time, I felt out of place and carried this feeling of “not being enough” for years to come. However, through the years I’ve learned that if you’re an entrepreneur, no matter how small you feel, whenever you’re in a meeting, remember that it’s because of you. Everyone is there because of you.

Don’t sell yourself short and always remember that success doesn’t come from avoiding the hard things in life but facing them and going through them. Success is almost always preceded by a series of hardships and failures. In fact, I believe it’s the best fuel if used right.

Every day, I work on building my legacy. I try to lead a life where my actions are coupled with fairness and kindness as I help people in my community. I am grateful for my success and I would like to share some of the lessons I picked over the years to help the next generation be successful as well.

Sofia Regalado

CFO of Jarco Companies

Originally from Mexico, I moved to San Antonio when I was about eleven years old. My father had found himself in a big lawsuit and we lost everything. It was very difficult to come to San Antonio and start from scratch.

I would say that my greatest accomplishment has been becoming a U.S. citizen after coming to the United States as an illegal immigrant. For so many years, we lived in the shadows, dreaming of having more. It was very difficult to go through that journey, wanting to be someone and wanting to have a voice, but couldn’t because you’re “illegal.”

Women are very strong, even when we don’t think we are. I think we are challenged every day, just by being a woman, whether it’s raising kids, going to school, working, trying to develop your own business. We are the foundation of the family. We are the ones who keep it all together.

Joe and I may share the business, but I’m the one who has to put the foot down when he’s at work and vice versa. This is the time for women to take it to the next step, to shine, and let other women know that we are more than capable of anything we set our minds to.

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