We had the good fortune of connecting with Maria Victoria Diaz and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maria Victoria, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am from Colombia. I have been in America for 24 years and since I arrived I was looking to set up a business related to wellness, beauty, aromas, I graduated as a Business Administration in my country and worked there in a totally different business. But my desire was always to have my own business related to aromatherapy and beauty.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I consider myself a good judge of character and this gives me an advantage when I find and hire my team members. I think I have been able to become a good leader for them and I am cuntsabtky evaluating their performance and giving them advice. I have learned a great deal from each one of my employees. At the beginning I did not know anything about hair care or massages or skin care. I keep reading but I learn more from my own team

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?
Not easy to chose. In this area there are many places and activities. My favorite is the beach. But there are many excellent restaurants: Bellini, Aquilina, Suchi-Ato, Kehu, My Organic Corner. If you are a sportive person there is lots of beautiful Golf courses. And the shopping is amazing around here: we have Sawgrass Mills Mall with excellent high end brands. Another favorite for me are the parks. Many many beautiful parks filled with nature and trails to walk or bike.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I have always counted with the advise and support of my big family. I have four sisters, three sisters in law and two daughters. My husband has been a great support in my business. He takes charge of all administrative matters and some of the marketing. I was also lucky to find an excellent team of employees who are expertly trained and love their professions. Twelve years ago we were appointed as exclusive representatives in Weston fir the AVEDA line of natural cosmetics. They train our technicians permanently.

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