We had the good fortune of connecting with Julio Guzman and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Julio, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
When it comes to business we need to understand there are risk involved with starting business. Earlier in my career as an entrepreneur I decided I wanted to get into a Franchise and in 2004 I saved enough capital to open a Quiznos Sub restaurant. It started off excellent and I had a booming business out the gate. It was going so well I was able to secure another location on the other side of town. As a franchisee we didn’t have much say when to corporate decisions and part of those decisions at the higher level led to a quick decline in sales for Quiznos restaurants throughout the country. Our stores began to slowly decline and ultimately I had to close both stores with nothing left from savings. I still remember when we had to auction off the equipment to help pay the bank loan and seeing what I considered “vultures” at the time buy the equipment for pennies on the dollar. After a few months of depression, I decided to go back to school to earn an MBA to learn about business. One of the best lesson in my career was to get educated on business and learn how to mitigate risk. Business planning and projecting is essential in business as it provides necessary mindset while thinking through what ever project you are looking to start.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Julio Guzman has been a Homestead resident for over 40 years and has always been committed to enhancing the quality of life for residents in South Dade. Julio has always understood the importance of showing up and working hard. Julio is a real estate broker and manages Avanti Way Realty’s Homestead Branch located near Downtown Homestead. He’s is extremely engaged in the community serving on various boards and committees and is the Chairman of the South Dade Chamber of Commerce. Through his relentless efforts, he’s been working tirelessly through the pandemic to promote small businesses, affordable housing, military housing program, agritourism and advocating to attract new business for higher paying jobs for our community. Expand your network and surround yourself with positive people is the greatest lesson one can receive. That’s the approach Julio implement after various setbacks in business throughout his career. Julio is also engaged with the Miami Association of Realtors where he sits on the Residential Board of Governors. He’s also a member of the Florida Realtors Attainable/Workforce Housing Committee and selected to serve as Key Contact for Florida Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez. Julio is married to Emily Guzman and they have three children. His wife Emily is the current president of Kiwanis Club of Homestead. Julio attained an (MBA) Masters degree in Business Administration from Florida International University in 2013 Community Involvement Chairman at South Dade Chamber of Commerce City of Homestead Charter Review Committee Residential Board of Governors at Miami Association of Realtors Florida Realtors Key Contact for House Senator Ana Maria Rodriguez Florida Realtors Committee Member Attainable/Workforce Housing Florida Realtors State Director District 4 Rotary Club Homestead Member
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Homestead is a city within Miami-Dade County, Florida and Homestead is between Biscayne National Park to the east and Everglades National Park to the west. Homestead is primarily a Miami suburb and a major agricultural area, therefore, the itinerary would look something like the following: Monday – Visit Redland and all it has to offer. Redland is place where people grow luscious fruits, bake delicious pies and rolls, nurture spectacular orchids and end the day with a tasty locally made craft beer or guava wine. We start with world famous Knaus Berry Farm cinnamon rolls, then head to Everglades national park. Tuesday – Biscayne national park for a day out on the boat to visit Boca Chita & Elliot Key just off the Biscayne Bay Wednesday – Top Golf Doral for a day of sporting fun Thursday – Spend the day at home relaxing. My wife loves to cook and entertain. Night time great for a scotch and good cigar Friday – Bar called No 3 Social. Just north of downtown Miami lies Wynwood. Also known as Miami’s design district, Wynwood is now the city’s most exciting stretch, with bustling restaurants and a diverse shopping scene all welcoming to a diverse set of people. Here you can see murals by famous street artists, eat some of Miami’s best food, and browse its funkiest of boutiques. Here are our picks for the best stops in the neighborhood, including fancy donuts, locally sourced fashion, and Miami’s first food hall
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My father Julio Guzman Sr is, and always will be an inspiration to me. The lessons I learned from my father provided the framework for my outlook on life. He taught me to be an entrepreneur and most importantly to take risks when you’re passionate about something you believe in. Although he’s no longer with us I know God has him in his glory and I’ll never stop trying to make him proud.