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Conversations with Charles Martinez and Johnny Ruiz

Today we’d like to introduce you to Charles Martinez and Johnny Ruiz. Them and their team share their story with us below:

Be the Reason was founded to give back to our community. Both myself, Charles Martinez, and my business partner, Johnny Ruiz, believed in uplifting our city. We love the city of Orlando and have always wanted to be active in elevating its people. However, we feel strongly that simply giving monetary donations falls short of making long-term change. We come from financial education backgrounds (UCF and University of Maryland) and want to share the knowledge we’ve learned through our education and experience. Investing in the market is for everyone and we want our community to learn the skills to be confident in doing so. We love to give back via community events. We love to get out and do work in our city. Overall, we want to be provided the “fish” as well as teach “how to fish”.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
We are still early in our roots. Growth and funding will always be the roadblocks we face. We have been fortunate enough to have upcoming partnerships that will allow us access to a wider reach in our community. This has us feeling positive about our future projects.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
My name is Charles Martinez. I am a music artist and producer under the name CL KID. I have worked hard to develop my brand as a musician for years in Orlando and continue to do so. As much as I love music and the projects I have been able to produce, nothing makes me more proud than starting Be the Reason. Giving brings the greatest joy and this non-profit is the best channel I have to do so.

Johnny Ruiz is a registered investment Advisor and trader. Together we have a separate business for financial services, Major Distribution Investments. Through this platform we offer portfolio management, online courses for investing knowledge, investing chat communities, and other investment tools.

We feel our dedication to our community, coupled with our wealth of financial knowledge, allows us to separate from others. We want to give this information away in order to turn around struggling areas.

What was your favorite childhood memory?
Honestly, I can’t say that I have just one. All my favorite memories are centered around the people in my life that I grew up around. In a perfect world, I would spend all my time enjoying life with my family and friends. Every childhood memory involves the people I still communicate with daily.

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