Interview with Ruben Rojkés, founding father of Avanco

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1. What was the motivation of Engineer Ruben Rojkés to start when he created Avanco?

AVANCO is an acronym that comes from advancing by building. I am a civil engineer and construction may be a passion for me. I decided to maneuver forward in life, building, creating, that’s what I’m passionate about. Once I raise myself, Ruben, what’s what causes you to fill the most fulfilled concerning your work, I’m not passionate concerning shopping for and selling only, I want to make, manufacture, develop a product, that’s what I love.

2. What obstacles did you face in the primary years of your business?

The shortage of owned capital, I had to inspire investors and banks to hitch my projects, but in order to tempt them I had to supply them an important participation in the Real Estate business. It had been onerous but it definitely helped me in the beginning.

3. What was your 1st successful project?

It was the first building I designed which I launched virtually twenty eight years ago; it absolutely was a very tiny building, in the road San Luis 77. It consisted of only 11 units with one or 2 bedrooms, with a lobby and two upper floors, without elevator. I sold it quickly. It absolutely was my initial work, and thank God, all the works I’ve got done have been successful and completely sold.

4. What’s one way in that operating a business nowadays is the same as fifteen years ago, and one way in which it’s completely different?

When the activity began it was within the year ninety two (My son Diego Rojkés was born, today he’s an architect!). At that stage, Argentina was rising from a hyperinflation and it had 10 years of exchange stability, where one might finance a project in US dollars while not any risk for the customer or the seller. It absolutely was easier than currently, additional predictable.

It absolutely was a amount in Argentina when mortgage loans existed and it absolutely was easier and fewer risky to finance, purchase materials and pay wages.

Nowadays it’s very troublesome for individuals to simply accept financing in dollars, there are continuous changes in prices, salaries, services, and one is trying for an index of activity that permits us to finance clients and continue working. In my case is that the CAC, which is an index of worth variation of the Argentine Chamber of Construction

As of today mortgage credit does not exist in Argentina.

5. How do you manage the balance between family life and your work?

I think family must be thought of as the foremost necessary COMPANY we tend to have, that implies that we tend to should take care of it, dedicate time to them, correct if one makes miscalculation, relish it. My family is my support, my motivation, I relish it very abundant, and I forever try to make time to share with them. I enjoy spending time with my wife and children. Even though my kids are grown, we tend to still share a lot of good times. I perpetually build time those moments, with visits, meals, or playing sports with them.