Roberto Santiago developed an interest in entrepreneurship at a tender age. The Brazil-born business mogul’s first enterprise was a carton company that designed, manufactured and distributed cartons. The company grew and registered high revenues. Later on, Roberto diversified into the real estate market and purchased land in Joao Pessoa. By 1989, he launched the Maniara Shopping Mall which is one of the landmarks in the city of Joao Pessoa. Maniara Shopping mall is among the largest and all rounded malls in Brazil. Roberto developed the Maniara with the objective of enhancing customer shopping experience by consolidating customer needs under one roof.
The mall is close to two beaches offering customers a breath-taking view. The Maniara hosts 280 stores including a college, banks, retail outlets, a fitness center, gaming area and a multipurpose hall at the rooftop. It also has ample parking for 3000 cars. The multipurpose room also Domus Hall, can hold 4000 to 10,000 individuals. Launched in 2009, the Domus has two segments; the upper section for people who prefer privacy and a lower section that accommodates all. So far, Domus Hall has hosted several events including weddings, graduation parties, and other activities. Local and international musicians have graced the events held. The lounge is fully equipped and air-conditioned. The gaming area has various options for adults and kids including more than 200 betting machines. Families can also bond and enjoy the variety of cuisines and servings available at the food court. Nonfood lovers can catch up at the movie theatre and watch the latest movies.
The Maniara Shopping mall has also contributed to the developments in the retail and commercial space in Brazil. For two years, Roberto oversaw the construction of the mall. He is also the proprietor of the Mangabeira Shopping mall located in Joao Pessoa. The mall launched in 2014. As an entrepreneur, he understands the ups and downs associated with owning a business. Roberto is passionate about helping others grow as such spends time mentoring young professionals. He advises future entrepreneurs and leaders in Brazil to convert their ideas into profitable ventures. Above all, discipline, humility, passion, commitment and hard work distinguished successful individuals.
Santiago is always a point of reference for local and international investors prospecting in the state of Paraiba. The 58-year-old has set precedence for future and current business owners on how to maximize on available opportunities and generate revenues through diversification. Roberto used simplicity, versatility, and practicality to tap into the market demands. As the property market continues to develop in Brazil, the focus is on Santiago and other developers to make bold moves.
Roberto holds a Business administration degree from the University of Center Joao Pessoa. Santiago is also a sports lover and has participated and won trophies in motocross and kart championships.