Miami has become a Latino city. It all started in the 1960s when Fidel Castro overthrew the U.S. backed Cuban government and turned Cuba into a communist state. Thousands of Cubans left their homeland and arrived in Miami to start a new life. The Cuban immigration hasn’t stopped. In fact, Latinos from Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, Brazil, Honduras, and Nicaragua have joined the Cubans. More than 70 percent of the population of Miami is Latino. And most of those people were born in other countries. Danilo Diaz-Granados, the Venezuelan entrepreneur, dreamed of living in Miami when he was a boy, and when he graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts with a degree in economics, the first move Danilo made was to settle in Miami.
Granados knew that Miami was the city that offered him the most in terms of employment and other business opportunities. The current domestic output in Miami is more than $140 billion a year, and Danilo wanted to contribute to that bubbling economy. Granados was offered a job with Fireman Capital Partners as an associate investment advisor, and that position gave him the experience and the connections to expand his business abilities. Granados developed an influential Latino client list, and he learned that Miami’s retail base didn’t offer his clients what they needed. Danilo knew that his clients wanted to buy the best of the best in cars, jewelry, clothes, shoes and other accessories and they wanted to do it in one place. His male-based client list were not shoppers they were business people, and they had one thing on their minds, and that was making money.
Danilo had enough money saved to open a retail company that gave his clients what they wanted. He called his new business Toys for Boys, and the company got the support of many of Danilo’s clients. His investment job and his retail venture gave Granados the funds to start his own film company, and he called it Edge of Glory Films. Edge of Glory Films documents the lives of Latinos.Granados is going to expand the topic his film company documents over the next five years. Follow his journey on Instagram, and make sure you give Danilo a like on Facebook.