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Meet Victor Arellano – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#2 – Victor Arellano

Serial entrepreneur finds balance in app building

Age: 39

Title: Co-Founder

Name of Organization: Interpreter Tap

With over a decade of experience as a real estate appraiser, entrepreneur, and leader in Chicago’s small business community, Victor has assisted numerous clients with valuable services based on his business acumen and ability to provide solution-based innovation.

As a young man, Victor was employed at his family’s business. Through that experience was the desire to create a business of his own. Victor later became a certified real estate appraiser, then founded his own appraisal company, Alen Appraisals, one of the top real estate appraisal firms in the greater Chicago area.

In early 2012, Victor founded Driven Solutions, LLC and Snag Cab, app-based technology to make transportation easier for Chicagoans. Snag Cab would help with everyday challenges and improve lives. Driven Solutions collaborated with another organization to win a bid for Centralized WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle) Dispatch Service for the City of Chicago. Driven Solutions would enter as a key subcontractor providing a new way of dispatching and a valued app for people with disabilities. Victor’s mission: An app for everyone.

In 2016 a longtime friend, Victor Abundis, a certified interpreter, and Victor formed Interpreter Tap, an innovative technological solution to overcome language barriers.

Interpreter Tap is a two-sided platform via mobile application that breaks down the walls of language barriers. The app allows effective communications regardless of language to meet the need of providing instant access to an interpreter on a mobile device.

After being a significant part of business growth for Interpreter Tap, Victor has returned to the real estate industry to work on a new program. The program is in the early stages of development.

Victor attributes his parents’ continuous encouragement and support of his many business pursuits his entrepreneurial spirit, “is in my DNA.” He says if it weren’t for the entrepreneurial spirit he acquired working in his parents’ printing company, he would not have risked launching new ventures. His parents’ business provided for 11 kids at a time when many thought entrepreneurship was just too risky.

Victor currently lives with his wife, Laisa and their 5 children on the North Side of Chicago.

Words of Wisdom:

“Surround yourself with like-minded entrepreneurs, because they understand the hustle and grind. People who don’t, are just noise.”

Meet Sonia Arciniega – Latinos 40 Under 40 Class of 2018

Negocios Now is proud to present Latinos 40 Under 40’s Class of 2018. We’d like to showcase the 40 between now and March 7th, that’ll be the day of the event to celebrate and recognize these forty individuals, some of Chicago’s finest Latino professionals.

#1 – Sonia Arciniega

Be comfortable feeling uncomfortable

Age: 37

Title: Executive Producer

Name of Organization: Univision Chicago

Chicago native, Sonia Arciniega, was born to Mexican immigrant parents. She witnessed the hardships that her family faced as she grew up in the inner city. Early in life, at the age of 8, Sonia proudly proclaimed to her parents that she would work for Univision, the television station that provided her family with the information they relied on to confront everyday obstacles. Sonia knew that if she joined that effort the sky was the limit for her and her family.

Sonia prepared for her career by successfully graduating with honors from Columbia College. She was also chosen by the former President of Columbia College to attend the launch of TeleFutura, a Univision endeavor, now known as Unimas. Sonia had achieved her dream and was hired by Univision Chicago as an Assignment Desk Editor immediately after graduation.

Throughout her time at Univision Chicago, Sonia has also held the title of Assignment Desk Manager and was promoted to Executive Producer of the station. She has received several accreditations throughout her career.  She has earned 4 Emmys, a Peter Lisagor Award in 2016 and, in 2017, she along with her Univision newsroom colleagues, received the ultimate honor when they were awarded the Studs Terkel Award.

Sonia also serves on the board of MENTEE, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to mentor immigrant and refugee students within the City of Chicago.

Sonia attributes her successes to the love and support of her family, her loving husband (and college sweetheart), Abel Arciniega, and her children, Joaquin and Talisa and to God. Sonia believes that it is crucial to be comfortable feeling uncomfortable.

 

Words of Wisdom:

“Always stand up for what you believe in and be open to change. You must evolve. Be comfortable feeling uncomfortable.”