Are you familiar with the business industry in Brazil? Well, if you are, the name Robert Santiago may sound familiar to you. Mr. Santiago is a well-known business person and entrepreneur who has built a reputation in the business industry by making a lot of successful strides in most of his career. The most common and known stride he made was building the largest and most glamorous mall in his hometown of Joao Pessoa. However, the success of this businessman did not come in one night. He has shown commitment and focus to achieve his goals and to be on top of his game when it comes to business.
Born and raised in Joao Pessoa, Mr. Roberto went to college at Pio X-Marist College. After this, he was able to qualify to attend university, and he earned his bachelor’s degree in business and administration at the University Centre of Joao Pessoa. Roberto first worked at a décor manufacturing company, Café Santa Rosa, for some time and gained a lot of knowledge and experience in the industry. Owing to his dream of starting a company on his own, Roberto left Café Santa Rosa and started a company of cartons. The main activity of his company was to produce and sell cartons made of cardboard.
With his skills and commitment, Mr. Santiago was able to elevate his company and it, later on, grew to even producing decorative products. He earned a lot of profits from his company saving enough to make a significant investment. Roberto came to a decision to invest his money in real estate. This would turn out to be the most important and major move in his career. Now venturing into a new industry, real estate, Roberto aimed at buying and developing land. This eventually gave him the idea of building a shopping mall. Without hesitation, he bought the land for the mall in 1987. It only took Roberto 2 years to complete the construction of the mall.
The official opening and launching of the mall was done in 1989. Ever since then, The Manaira Shopping Mall has grown to the impressive structure that is seen today. The mall has an outstanding number of 280 stores being highly versatile to accommodate everybody- from children to young adults and even the elderly. Some of the features of the mall include a food court that accommodates a relatively large number of people, a gaming zone, a concert hall, a theatre and financial institutions. Having been successful with Manaira mall, Roberto was motivated to build another mall in 2013, Mangeira shopping mall. This mall is also located in Joao Pessoa, and it is has shown a lot of positive progress since it was officially opened.