BY CHARLOTTE TOP PRODUCERS 'MAR 5, 2022 - Special feature story **
    "Don't Come Back 'Til You've Made Something of Yourself!" - Words to live by for Rodolfo Duq
    Written by Allison Parker
    Pure ambition. Entrepreneurship. Commitment.
    No truer words can describe Rodolfo Duq.
    Rodolfo remembers his grandfather's words to him when he left Colombia to move to New York City, "Don't come back until you have made something of yourself." It was no joke, and Rodolfo took his grandfather seriously.
    Rodolfo's grandfather instilled in him a commitment to his responsibilities and tasks - when you start something, you finish it. He remembers building a house for his aunt from the basics - moving cement, talking to engineers, and the like. His first job was at a baby-goods store selling bottles and cribs. At 15 years old, he was traveling 40 minutes on a very populated bus to work. Sales from a young age was in Rodolfo's blood.
    At 18, he was on the move to NYC with his grandfather's challenge clear in his mind. Working various jobs from assistant to superintendent to McDonald's, Rodolfo perfected his mastery of the English language and set his mind to college. Soon after working two jobs, he found himself a position at Donna Karan NYC in sales and hit it as a million-dollar producer. His dreams of having a nice house, a beautiful wife, and beautiful kids were always on the forefront.
    At 25, Rodolfo was able to be independent and finally return to his home country of Colombia to tell his grandfather that he "had made it." Sadly, his grandfather was not there anymore. Rodolfo recalls a poignant moment when he realized he couldn't tell him all he'd done, all the work, all the hours, and all the success that has happened just under 25 years old. He had even started college (
    Destiny brought him to meet his future wife, Simona, in NYC. Rodolfo notes, "We learned from each other, and she encouraged me when I was about to give up from college education."
    He recalls, "[Walt] Disney once said something like 'a kick in the teeth might be the best thing that could happen to you in life!' Boom! Got rejected by a corporate job that I really wanted - I believe that was a breaking point where I could have gone in another direction... Instead of crying a river, Simona and I went on to open our own venture, a spa in the middle of Manhattan, Fifth Avenue. Because if you dream, hey, you better dream big. Still under 30, we funded it, and we were open through sweat and tears."
    The couple went on to open a mobile food-cart business and a coffee shop during their time in Manhattan. (Wife Simona is now a skincare therapist/owner at ReVive Spa in Ballantyne: @ReVivesthetics.)
    Rodolfo's entrepreneurial spirit and the quest for more quality family time led him to a career change. He initially started the real estate license process in NYC. When the couple had their first child, Chloe, they moved to the Carolinas to make family life a priority over the hustle and bustle of NYC.
    Full story at:
    https://charlotterealproducers.com/march-rising-star-rodolfo-duq/

    To reach Rodolfo, please contact him at (704) 750-9124 or rduque@paraclerealty.com
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    "I would like to take this opportunity to tell you about the wonderful qualities of Rodolfo. From the moment I met him, he shared helpful and knowledgeable information about the area. He always greeted me with a smile on his face and a list of houses (which I called hidden treasures). Listening is another gift he has as he searches for the criteria you require in your home. Giving up is not an option. He is enthusiastic about finding that perfect house to make your dreams come true. I was truly blesses and thankful to have met him." - Duane Bitting
    "I have know Rodolfo for years and he has always been kind and hard working. He is reliable and is the perfect person to be helping people find their dream home because he truly listens and cares to help." - Melissa Oddo
    "Thanks Rodolfo D! You are so professional and so dedicated to your job! I really appreciated all the effort and passion you are putting on helping me find my home! Thanks to you I am so close in buying my property in South Carolina, and move very soon!" - Nicu Tiripa
    "Professional, reliable and always personable. Moving to a new state is not easy and Rodolfo took the time to show us other great neighborhood close to Fort Mill where we originally wanted to move. Having him opening our eyes to close great neighborhood like Indian Land was a great experience." - Samantha A
    "Rodolfo is everything you could ask for and more in an agent. He is a driven and motivated sales professional that is great with clients as well as prospects. Someone I trust and whos ability I am extremely confident in. He is not only a realtor, but a friend" - Tim Grove
    "Rodolfo is dedicated and detailed. He does everything in his power to get my house sold. Not only is he determined to help you sell your current home, He is willing to go the extra mile to help you find the home of your dreams." - Sheena Hinson

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