J. ROGELIO ORTIZ O.
(Personal Profile )
J. Rogelio Ortiz O. was born in the State of Jalisco, Mexico. His background from childhood in his natal town, to making his way through school and achieving a masters in Human Resources until today as business entrepreneur and community leader; is most interesting.
Rogelio has held many progressively important responsibilities in several large companies and international corporations in the fields of union and government negotiations and administration.
Being born in a farm, at 14, he moved to Guadalajara to attend high school and working as Janitor to paid for his school and living expenses. Working for a international company, at early age, he escalate positions until he got in charge of the Personnel Department; Benefits and union Negotiations Division. He got married at the age of 23. At 26, he was Director of Industrial Relations Department for Cemex-Guad. one of the world’s largest cement companies.
Mr. Ortiz is married to Mrs. Ruth Ortiz and they have three sons, who also were born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico: Rogelio Ivan (30) Computer Engineer from Cal Poly SLO, Christian (28) Business Administration from Hass School Berkeley and Cesar A. (25) International Business and Political Science in the languages of Japanese, Spanish and English from San Diego State University.
Rogelio came from Mexico to United States in1987, with his wife and three children, looking for a better opportunity; after his business in Mexico couldn’t survive the peso’s devaluation in 1986.
Being in this country, Mr. Ortiz had his beginning working in the field and maintenance shops until he went to take English classes at U. C. Davis; in the main time that he was working as busboy in a Mexican restaurant in Sacramento area. From there, he escalate to waiter, assistant manager and manager positions until one year went by and he was able to purchased his first little restaurant in Cameron Park, CA in the year of 1989. In 1993, Mr. Ortiz build Mision Rogelio-Folsom, his second restaurant; in 1995 Mr. Ortiz did complete the construction of Mision Rogelio-Gold River; in 1998 he build Mision Rogelio-Birdcadge and in 2002 he finished the construction of his fifth restaurant, Mision Rogelio at Roseville, CA.,
Mr. Ortiz is working at present time on the preliminaries of his new business in the field of brokerage/traders, and mortgage, which represents his new challenge. The goal of the first new organization will be to import from Mexico wholesale food products an on the second company,, to serve primarily the Hispanic community (which he believes is been underserved) .
Rogelio is very proud to state that he had been providing jobs for many families and a high percent of them are Mexicans because they all have a great deal of discipline, responsibility and hard working ethics.
His chain of restaurants were very unique, very well presented and organized elegant and reasonable priced, where the main goal it was to offer a statement of what our real Mexico is. For that, Mr. Ortiz imported pretty much everything from Mexico; the china it was hand made an custom made for the restaurants, as well the glass glasses, absolutely all the furniture is hand carved, hand made and hand painted for all the restaurants, the chandeliers, the cantera and water fountains, etc.
R. Ortiz is very involved in the community and in the past has been served as Chairman of the Board of the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, President for the Comité Patriotico Mexicano de California (for several years) , Vice-President for the Centro Cultural Mexicano, member of the program “Improve Access to Justice” at the Superior Court of California – Sac. and board member for numerous non-profit organizations.
Mr. Ortiz is also the Director and organizer of the event of “Exchange of Flags” between the State of California and Mexico, in celebration of the Mexican Independence Day in Sacramento, CA. He has been a strong and acting supporter of the SHCC Business Trade Missions to Mexico for the last 10 years.
Mr. Ortiz has been recognized by various newspapers, magazines, organizations and government institutions due to his business endeavors and his strong community involvement.
Rogelio has received in 1992 the “Businessman of the Year ” award from the Shingle Springs Chamber of Commerce. The Family Album in 1993 from The Sacramento Bee and the “Businessman of the Year” award for the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1997.On March 21, 2001 USA’s Top Hispanic Entrepreneurs 2003 by the Hispanic Magazine.
On May 25, 2006, Mr. Ortiz was invited to represent the Mexican Community in welcoming the Mexican President Vicente Fox during his visit to California; the first time was invited by Governor G. Davis and Lt. Governor Cruz M. Bustamante and the second time by invitation of the administration of the Governor Schwarzenegger and the General Mexican Consulate.