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South Florida's Source For Local Happenings
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Joel and Daniela's Story
Joel and Daniela met through various food networking events in Florida where they discovered their common love for baking cakes. They kept in contact with each other and later on after moving to Florida, they formed a partnership because it made perfect sense.
Dr. Daniel Monsalve is one of those individuals who has a vision to help heal the world around him in a natural and holistic way. We recently had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Daniel Monsalve, owner of Monsalve Integrative Chiropractic in Coral Gables, Miami.
Dr. Monsalve is originally from New Jersey but his family moved down to Miami when he was about six years old. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida International University. Having grown up most of his life in Miami, he has soft spot in his heart for his Miami community. His wife has been a major inspiration for opening his practice. In addition, his mother, who is from South America has also been a huge influence on living a holistic life.
Dr. Monsalve shared about his mother, “she doesn’t like doctors; not for any scientific reason. She just doesn’t trust doctors. If you were sick, she would offer you a hot lemonade with honey. Only in rare cases would she give you an aspirin.” He added, “she would encourage just laying down and recuperating with home remedies known as “Casero”. ‘Casero’ is a Spanish word for home and in this case, it related to the mentioned ‘home remedies’.
A-1 Investigative Agency, Inc.
Samuel Streiner of A-1 Investigative Agency, Inc. afforded us the time to get to know him and learn about his business. Pretty much everyone we interview on our SFL Review blog, is helping the community in one way or another, so we feel very proud to post their stories!
Mr. Streiner is intriguing man with a lot of wisdom. It was such a pleasure to be in his presence and learn about his expertise.
Mr. Streiner began his love for investigating in his late twenties. He grew up in New York, right across the street from the Yankee Stadium. For many years, he did not know what he wanted to do in life as far as a career. A doctor, a dentist, an attorney, an Indian Chief – he didn’t know what his calling might be. He had a friend who was in an investigative firm who invited him to go along on one of his jobs. He noticed that his friend really didn’t enjoy his work; he didn’t take any pride in what he was doing – it was just a pay check to him. Mr. Streiner started to take an interest in investigative work and saw that he could be really good at it. This was in 1971.
Q. You seem like a very analytical person.
A. “I see things… You know I do a lot of polygraphs especially for mainstream – police departments and such. You’ve got to be good at reading people. You’ve got to be good at getting into their heads. You have to be able to interview them where they don’t think that you are interrogating them. And you also can’t upset them because then it’s not – well, most of them are not criminal matters. If it’s a criminal matter, then you change your demeanor somewhat. You have to treat people respectfully. If they perceive you to be soft or weak, they take kindness for weakness. Sometimes there’s a little subterfuge that you have to play. You have to play a certain role. I don’t have days to get into their head. I have an hour to make an impression. Get in and get out.
Q. So, what makes you really good at what you do?
A. I care. I am learned. I’m tenacious and I don’t take any “BS”.
Q. For this particular type of work do you have to study?
A. Various organizations, monthly meetings, quarterly newspapers, webinars. I’m usually the speaker at most of these because I’ve been in most of them for 25 – 30 years. So, I’m like the grand master. When I go there, there’s a lot of respect maybe because of all the time I’ve spent doing it. I’m past president and director of many different organizations and I do a lot of networking with the guys in my business so I can stay relevant.
I read a lot to stay current. From time to time, I take classes that I find interesting, but as far as polygraph is concerned I’m one of the most senior polygraphists in the State of Florida. I’ve been doing it for over forty some odd years and done maybe over twenty thousand polygraph tests. So, it’s not that I can’t learn – yes, you can learn every day, but I feel that if I’m going to learn something it would have to be from somebody with almost as much experience as I have, and that’s not happening though because I’m one of the senior guys. But, yeah – there’s always something you can learn and I look forward to learning, but I go for what is necessary and things along those lines.
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Q. What was the toughest thing you went through when opening your business?
A. I guess surviving, because most new businesses have a lifespan of about a year. Staying in business, making the contacts, getting to know the right people, doing a good job and building up a stellar reputation. I’ve been licensed since 1971, I’ve never ever had a complaint.
Q. What do you find is the most frustrating thing about changes in society and technology and how have they affected your business?
A. I believe that one of the biggest misconceptions is that now everybody has a computer, they think they can become an investigator. And that’s not true because, they get online to do something and they get scammed by all the people. They’ll see advertised “Nationwide Background Check $19.95”. Well first of all, there is no such thing as a “Nationwide background check”. Number two, $19.95 – it cost me a minimum of $45 just to get that. I’m not lying to the public. People are just not educated; they are invariably going to get taken monetarily and they’re going to get themselves mentally hurt as well. God forbid your child was missing and you went to what you believed to be a legitimate private investigator, who’s never done one of these before. I have ex cops and ex federal guys working for me who’ve been around the block many times. Amongst three guys we have over a 100 year of experience. I’ve been in this building for more than 25 years. I have an office, a secretary. Most of the investigators don’t have an office. They work from the trunk of their cars. They go take a deposit and when you go and call them again, they just don’t answer their cell phone. You can’t find them again.
Q. What is the most exciting part of your work?
A. Getting the job done successfully where nobody gets hurt and everybody’s happy. I have saved people millions of dollars. I’ve had people in jail released. I have found people who’ve been trying to contact people for years and years and we found them in a day and a half. Stuff like that gets me rejuvenated. It’s nice to make the money, but it’s also nice to be appreciate for what I do and that’s what gets me excited! I’m helping people.
Q. Why should someone pick your investigative business?
I’d like to say that I’m an excellent investigator with an impeccable record. I’ve never hurt anybody or taken advantage of anybody. I’ve always treated everybody with respect and I get the job done. You always know where to find me because I’ve been here for more than 25 years.
Q. What are your short-term goals?
A. To stay healthy, prosper in business and maybe retire within the next five, six, seven, eight years.
A. Because my wife is driving me crazy!
Q. Should I put that on here? (Laughter)
A. Sure, you can put that on here! I’ll leave that up to you. My wife wants to retire and move to the middle of the state and I’m not that kind of guy. I don’t see myself as that kind of guy. She stuck by me for all these years, so this is big for her.
End of Interview.
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More about Aaron's quality auto detailing
After setting up his shop at a local gas station in Orlando, Aaron's detailing business got busier and was bringing in a lot of customers. The owner kept raising the rent whilst refusing to work under a contract. He found that the owner and he were not seeing eye to eye. This brought Aaron to the conclusion that instead of paying rent at an unstable location, he was going to take his business to his customers. He felt that his profits would be better circulated on a mobile trailer and gas, than spent on increasingly high rent.
Being licensed and insured made it easy for business personnel to feel assured about Aaron's services, so they would allow him to come set up the mobile car detailing truck on the premises. This allowed for his clientele base to expand expeditiously. He is now proud to be serving the Hilton company vehicles in Orlando, where he details their shuttles. As business began to flourish, Aaron decided to get rid of the trailer and purchase large trucks that were more economical. The trucks are set up like a camper, fully equipped with all the detailing equipment.
While Aaron is mostly established in Orlando, he has been focusing for the past two years on expanding his South Florida team. A doctor who was a client once told Aaron, "Quick to hire, quick to fire and find someone that reflect you". With that in mind, he was grateful to find a couple of guys who were trustworthy and loyal who would help take care of the Orlando business. He trained them to be able to oversee the business in Orlando, while he continued to build the South Florida business up. Aaron is big on "treat others as you want to be treated", so he made sure to treat his employees with honor and respect and in return they did the same. Even when he was a novice working for one of his previous managers who was a difficult man, he used that situation to learn with respect and thus gained a lot of valuable information.
One of the things that really rewarding for Aaron in regards to his business, is the fact that he provides employment opportunities to a lot of guys who have been out of the work force for while, or guys with young families and are in need of a breakthrough. One of the people skills that Aaron has is being a good listener. He says he learns a lot from his customers when he listens to their stories. Aaron is the kind of guy who believes in "writing your own story". Having an open mind but being his own person is something he takes pride in. He has adopted a saying "let your smile change the world, but don't let the world change your smile". Aaron's philosophy embodies the saying "first impressions last a lifetime", so it is important whether you are doing business or just in your daily interactions, to always put out good energy. You get back what you put out.
One of the toughest things that Aaron went through at the beginning of his business (when he was only twenty three), was dealing with dishonest people. He recounted a story about one time when he invested a lot of money in machinery and equipment in collaboration with the Orlando gas station individual. The guy had promised him a deal where he would be getting a certain amount of money per car. The deal ended up falling through and Aaron lost a lot of invested money. Despite the fact that it really burned him, it didn't stop him from keeping up his standards, and treating others the way he wants to be treated. Aaron also vowed to himself that he would never allow himself to go through such an ordeal again. Before long, Aaron ended up striking up a better deal with another company right after the deal breaking incident.
What sets Aaron apart from other car detailers in the area is his stand for quality. He lets his work speak for itself. Aaron likes people and people are drawn to his personality because he is friendly, warm and makes you feel very much at home. He treats each customer with the best of respect and provides the best service. He has won the super service award on Angie's List for three years in a row. Angie's List has given him an overall "A" Review. His client base in South Florida continues to grow exponentially which gives him the opportunity to expand his business. His goal is to have three more vehicles on the road by December.
Aaron's Quality Auto Detailing Services include: Exterior detail, rims, wheel wells, and windows, vacuum, interior wipe down, door jams, dress tires, liquid wax, plastic conditioning, exterior chrome shine, bug removal, trunk vacuum, general interior detail, air freshener, spot shampoo interior, blow out of cracks and crevices, wax, rain x, clean door panels, wash engine, thorough interior detail, shampoo carpets, headliner and seats, clean a/c vents, claying treatment, professional hand wax, clear coat sealant, dress engine, compound with buffing to remove light scratches, touch up paint (paint provided by costumer,) deep conditioning of upholstery, oil check, and tire pressure depending on package purchased. He also provides discounts for first time customers. Check out our coupon page for a some auto detailing discounts.
Whether you are an individual or have a larger company with many employees who need auto detailing, be sure to contact Aaron's Quality Auto Detailing. His mobile team will come to you, leave you feeling like you have a brand new car. The auto detailing is unlike a drive-through car wash; which is really aggressive on the car's paint, causing minor scratches and removing the car's protective clear coat layer and thus their lustrous shine. He recommends you get your car waxed every four months to maintain that nice shiny, new look. For more information check out his website:
You can also call him up - he is awesome to talk to: 561-672-9339
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