Being only 24 years old, Steven Aragundi
tends to get confused looks from customers when he introduces himself as the owner of his restaurant. Make no mistake, he has plenty of experience and leadership under his belt and makes it known. Both his parents immigrated from Ecuador in search for a better life full of opportunities for their children. Being born and raised in Miami, Steven knew all about the people, culture, and history of his town to flourish.
In high school, he was very active in school life becoming the captain of both the Swim Team and Water Polo Team. He also found time to take on various leadership positions in clubs such as the service organization Key Club, being President of the Chinese Club, and Co-Captain of the legal Mock Trial Team. Juggling all of this, he still managed to graduate at the top of his class with Sum Cum Laude honors.
Before going to university, he joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 2013 and joined 4TH
ANGLICO, the Marine Corps Reserve unit located in West Palm Beach, Florida. In university, he became President of the Public-Speaking Club named Toastmasters. He has held customer service positions both in The Walt Disney World Company and Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.
This all prepared him to become a young business owner. With all this experience, Steven
has gone on to launch The Dragon Chinese & Sushi Restaurant in Hialeah, Florida with three others. As the Chief Business Development Officer, Steven
has guided his business to hitting major sales goals in just the first three months of operations. The business is on track to break even within the first six months, something that is rare in start-up businesses. Steven says, "While we continue to work hard to make sure we are successful, plans are already being developed for the opening of our second restaurant.