Meet the Republic – Juan

Meet the Republic
By: Raw Republic February 28, 2018

Meet Juan! One of Aventura’s amazing Assitant Managers. He is always welcoming with his genuine smile and easy going nature. I know that anytime I visit the store and he is there, I’m bound to have a good conversation over my hot almond milk latte or colorful smoothie bowl.

One of the best parts of this job I have as our Branding Guru is getting to sit down with our employees like this once a month and learn a bit more about their unique story. It reminds me of how much more there is than meets the eye and how special of an opportunity it is to put the spotlight on those that work hard to make Raw Republic what it is today.

When we started off with these interviews last year, we interviewed most of the management team, but now it is starting to trickle down to our advisors that are there on the ground level running the stores on a day to day basis – we look forward to showing off more our incredible staff this year so stay tuned, and enjoy!

 What three events have made the biggest impact on who you are today?

“I would say number one is moving from Brazil to the U.S., that was for sure life changing! Another would be the cultural changes from when I left the church at 13. Honestly, working here has also made a huge impact when I consider how I’ve changed my diet, consider my body more, and have overall become more I self-aware since working here. This is technically my first job!”


What high level job do you think you could lie your way into with no experience and no one would notice?

“I’m really good with marketing.”

Wait, so does that mean you’re going to lie and take my job? lol! 

“Well not necessarily, but I have always had a thing for talking to people and selling stuff since I was a little kid.”

Alright, well then I’ll have to recruit you for my growing team one day! 

What would you say is one of the most unusual but fun experiences you’ve ever had?

“Music festivals… I’ve been to Ultra Miami a number of times. I went to both weekends in about 2012-13. I really would like to go to Okeechobee in the future but Ultra was definitely so much fun.”


So last time I was with you here at Raw, I got to speak to you briefly about one of your tattoos. What do you generally think of tattoos and how many do you have?

“The way I see tattoos is connected to tradition. My family has always embraced tattoos very well. The first one that I have here on my ankle is kind of like a tradition. I got this when I turned 15 and it means destiny in Chinese. The top means life, and the bottom half means luck but also is the same symbol that both my dad and his father have!

I’ve always appreciated tattoos and I see it as there are 2 types, there are meaningful ones, and artistic ones and then, of course, some that combine. It’s a good way to display parts of who you are and in my situation, I aim to have some sort of a track of how I go upon living my life. I want to be able to look at all the art and see my timeline through the ages.

So then you have another session coming up this year?

Yeah, I aim to work down my three-quarter sleeve in increments until I’m 25. I’ll mainly stick with black ink on this right arm but if I add any color it would be on the left.”

Being that we’re now on the subject of creativity, I have to ask, what was your favorite cartoon when growing up?

“Wow, that’s a tough one! I mean, I watched a lot of anime when I was a kid so that’s where the real swag was. Cartoons though, I’d have to say I always liked Scooby Doo. My favorite anime would be borderline impossible to say, but I definitely got to give it up to Dragon Ball Z.”

If you could level up in life just like in a video game where would you put your next skill point?

“On the bank, if I could!”


Well how about if time wasn’t an issue to master a skill, what would it be?

“Since I like music and have always appreciated the violin, it takes about 21 years to master that so that’s a huge chunk of time. You truly couldn’t put that much effort into it and not follow that as a career, otherwise, what’s the point. It has always fascinated me how there’s no division, it’s just a stick with strings and you use a different stick with strings to play it… it’s insane and really cool! I also have always been amazed by the saxophone which would take 15-17 years to master.”

Book or Ebook?


Mac or PC?


Cash or BitCoin?


Dine in or delivery?


Camping or binge-watching shows at home?

“Camping if it’s not in FL… if I was in Cali camping all day!”

Forest or beach?

“If there are waves, beach.”

Big party or small gathering?

“Small gathering”

Early riser or night owl?

“Night owl for sure.”

Interview and images by Raw Republic’s Branding Guru, Brooke Rosenblum