Albert Arguelles says his training as an Army paratrooper is reflected in the way he does business today.
“Little things like being punctual are always on my mind,” says Arguelles, one of the founders of iPartnerMedia, a print and Web-design firm. “I can’t stand being late.”
Arguelles was born in Havana, Cuba, and his family was exiled after his grandfather was released from prison by the communist regime. Arguelles’s grandfather had served in the Cuban military before dictator Fidel Castro took over.
“My grandfather was a huge influence,” Arguelles says. “He told me how thankful he was to live in the U.S. and how much freedom and democracy meant to him.”
Arguelles joined the U.S. military after high school and one of his proudest moments was visiting his grandfather in uniform. After four years in the Army, Arguelles returned to Miami in 1998 and went to work for Xerox.
Arguelles started working as an equipment installer for Xerox, but he rose through the ranks and eventually became general manager for the company for Lee and Collier counties.
Arguelles co-founded iPartnerMedia in 2012 and he manages the Internet side of the business. The firm recently beat out 30 other companies to manage the website of the Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance.
— Jean Gruss
City of residence: Naples
Twitter handle: @iPM_Albert
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Years on the Gulf Coast: Seven
Marital status/children: Married 17 years with two children
Best place to network: Local chambers
Coolest business experience: Seeing the results our clients get from our services.
One website that makes your job easier: Google
One community group you’re most involved with: American Cancer Society Relay for Life
Favorite off-hours activity: family, running, cross fit, fishing and football (love my Miami Dolphins)
Two people, dead or alive, you’d like to have dinner with: Dan Marino and Google CEO Larry Page
Best award you ever received: U.S. Army Airborne Wings
What’s at the top of your bucket list: Run a full marathon
The most important business lesson I’ve learned: Stay focused on your client’s goals and you will reach yours.
Most adventurous thing you’ve ever done: Over 50 parachute jumps as an U.S. Army Paratrooper
What new skill would you like to learn: Graphic Design
Who would play you in a movie about your life: Tom Cruise
If I had a magic wand I’d: I would stay under 40! Seriously, I would continue to invest in our team. I’ve surrounded myself with great people and have them to thank for our success. We recognize as a company that our people are our number one asset.