JD Duarte

Welcome to my personal website

Jose Duarte

About Me

I want to take this opportunity to welcome you personally to my website, and extend my thanks for your visit.

My name is Jose Daniel Duarte and I created this site to provide a means of being able to share with everyone my excitement and enthusiasm surrounding the projects of which I’m a part.

Entrepreneurship is in my blood. I have successfully launched several ventures over the past 20-plus years, and I have been involved in tier one operations of many more organizations. My sharp business sense has led to the successful internationalization of a handful of companies, expanding operations from Latin America to Europe and Asia. Shortly I will be delving into the realm of software development in an endeavor that will remain under wraps for the time being.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

— Milton Berle

The Areas of My Expertise

My mental briefcase is always prepared with my expertise in negotiations and commercial strategy.

I thrive on ensuring the best course of action for those I represent, as well as the creative energy necessary to guarantee a successful conclusion once the ink touches the paper. My keen analytical skills help me to identify unique business opportunities that continuously have resulted in ensuring the forward momentum of operations while minimizing risk.

Today, it’s more important than ever to be able to maintain one’s mind completely open to the fluid evolution of the business world. Changes are a daily, sometimes hourly occurrence. Only a select handful of notable business savvy individuals share this trait. We have the ability to recognize what is around the corner and what will equally be a winner down the road. This skill is borne from an undying curiosity about the world around us. It has helped me grow both professionally and personally and has resulted in many of the achievements I have enjoyed over the course of my career.

Having started my first business more than 20 years ago, I learned through trial and error what was going to work to satisfy my customers’ needs. Today, that business is performing better than even I expected, and it’s due to my tenacious attitude to continue moving forward while responding to the market I have been serving. I have taken the experience and skills I garnered from that undertaking to help ensure the successful advancement of other activities, and am very proud to have been a part of several prosperous enterprises.

My Professional Experience and Lifeskills

My first attempt at making it as an entrepreneur came about after seeing a void in auto reparation in Heredia, Costa Rica.

 I launched DecoCar, specializing in the sale and installation of windshields, door and window seals and decorative touches for vehicles. Over the years, in response to market analysis and trends, we have expanded operations to also cover car stereo installations, alarms and custom vehicle accessories and additions. 20 years later, DecoCar continues to flourish and provide state of the art responses to the needs of our customers.

When approached by Larry Hernandez, CEO of DLB Group Worldwide, a while back to be the Commercial Director and a partner of the DLB Group in Costa Rica, I enthusiastically accepted knowing that it would be an incredible opportunity to use the marketing skills and knowledge I have gained over my career. Our operations span three countries, Mexico, Venezuela and now Costa Rica, and we live by the mantra of Drive strategically, Live creatively and Believe in alliances. The CEO of DLB Costa Rica, Gustavo Sanchez, and I bring a wealth of knowledge to the company and work tirelessly to deliver results to a long list of satisfied customers. Our hard work and creative brainstorming continue to bring high dividends to the company, and I’ve been fundamental in securing agreements in Costa Rica with clients such as Bridgestone, Fox, Epson and DHL – just to name a few. Each day, usually while enjoying an early morning cup of coffee and catching up on world events, I dedicate time for scouting new clients to add to our portfolio.

I was approached with a tantalizing idea for a software development company and found the concept to be very intriguing. As you probably can imagine, I can’t discuss the details of the project yet, but stay tuned to this space for exciting updates and all the details!

Hobbies and Personal Interests

In addition to my normal daily activities, I also have a strong interest in other fields, such as eCommerce and the tech industry.

Over the past many years, we’ve continued to witness a paradigm shift in the purchase habits of consumers, resulting in a strong move away from typical brick and mortar stores to virtual ones such as Amazon and Wal-Mart. Both maintain a large market share of the eCommerce business and move up in the field every day. I dedicate some of my spare time to helping small and medium eCommerce businesses understand how to evolve in today’s market and grow their businesses. I help them hone their online presence to better stand out from the crowd and attract true buyers, not just virtual window shoppers.

I admit it; I’m a tinkerer and love technology. Every morning I read about new advances in everything from cameras that take 360-degree selfies to reversing paralysis. Our ability to evolve is limited only by our ability to think outside the box. When drones were first introduced, I was one of the first in line to buy one. After much trial and error (mostly error), I finally learned how to master mine and try to spend a little time each weekend taking it out for a spin. On occasion, I have used it to film birthdays, anniversaries and other events for friends and family so they have a truly unique keepsake of their time.

Because of my involvement over the years in creating businesses as well as marketing, I have delved into facets of the user experience to broaden my knowledge base and provide additional fuel for continuing my personal advancement. Learning new tricks to provide a more aesthetic visual or graphic representation of products or services serves to enhance the user experience which is of great value in the workplace. After many hours in front of the screen, I think I’ve done a good job mastering the usual applications such as Photoshop and Illustrator, and have also been working with Gravit Designer, which I really enjoy. It offers a robust set of capabilities with a user-friendly interface that makes it fun to work with.

If it seems as though I don’t have much time to just sit back, it’s probably because I don’t. However, when you’re doing what you love, it’s never considered work. I’ll update this site as necessary to keep everyone aware of what’s going on in my world and look forward to comments from anyone who wants to drop me a line. Until then, remember to keep your dreams alive and your heart moving forward.