Getting to know you: Carlos Urbaneja, Security Consultant

Originally from Caracas, the capital of Venezuela, Carlos Urbaneja was raised to value family, ethical responsibility and personal growth.

Over time, he immigrated to the United States with his family, intending to seek new opportunities and challenges. After settling in Miami, Florida, he would go on to earn his degree in 2000 and embark on a career as an attorney and legal consultant.

Initially, Carlos worked as a consultant for international franchises and Fortune 500 corporations, but has since moved on to provide his professional services to emerging US companies and the US government. His primary mission is to eradicate corruption, eliminate unethical practices, and help companies maintain compliance with US law in all areas of operation.

As a proud husband and father, Carlos Urbaneja enjoys spending time with his family. To this end, he includes his children in as many aspects of their lives as possible to help them develop strong values ​​as well as have fun. He also enjoys doting on his wife when the opportunity presents itself. Beyond that, Carlos values ​​exercise and leading a healthy lifestyle.

What are you currently doing in your company?

When a new corporate client or government entity engages my services, I start with a full risk assessment. From there, I conduct a deeper investigation of the client organization’s infrastructure, checking all possible avenues of legal concern. By comparing the applicable legal codes to the organizational structure and information I have collected, I am able to identify any legally questionable concerns. These concerns could be in the areas of money laundering, immigration fraud, misappropriation of funds, or something benign.

What was the inspiration behind your business?

Inspiration is personal. My family was harassed due to some business decisions. Eventually we also suffered a kidnapping. During that harrowing time, the people who perpetrated that crime also worked to destroy my reputation. When the situation was finally resolved, it came to light that the effort was orchestrated by aspects of the Venezuelan government. They extorted our family, our businesses, and took our homes. From there I dedicated myself to helping others avoid similar situations and to stop those who commit such terrible crimes.

What keys to being productive can you share?

The keys to being productive are persistence and understanding. If you are persistent and considerate of those around you, things will work out.

How do you measure success?

I am lucky to have been happily married for 20 years and blessed with a loving and close-knit family. My children are healthy, my wife is happy, and I can support them. I also enjoy what I do at work. There is no better measure of success than that.

What is the most valuable lesson you have learned throughout your career?

I strongly suggest against partnering if you really don’t know your partner very well. Simply diving headlong into an intertwined business relationship and hoping for the best is not a good idea. My worst experiences have their roots in poor partner choices.

What advice would you give to other people who aspire to be successful in your field?

The best thing any consultant in any industry can do is be there for their clients. Cultivating relationships leads to long-term connections and gives you the opportunity to give the best of yourself, your effort and your knowledge to the client. I am always available for my clients. They can call me at 2 am, if necessary. Treat your customer with respect and give them what they need at a good price and you will be successful.

How would your peers describe you?

My colleagues would call me a perfectionist. You could also be considered a bit paranoid. But when you consider that my job is to verify risks and evaluate corporations, that particular trait can be a positive. Many of my colleagues also consider me a kind of teacher or teacher. I think that only comes with the accumulation of experience.

How do you maintain a solid balance between work and personal life?

I maintain a strong work-life balance by respecting time spent at work and time spent with family as totally separate. If I could offer readers one piece of advice, it would be to not bring home work or family events. Similarly, do not bring anything from home to work, especially private problems or stress. Keeping these two sections of your life separate allows you to be present in whatever moment you face, rather than being distracted by one or the other.

What is the technology that helps you the most in your daily routine?

The technology I use the most in running my daily business would have to be telecommunications based, primarily computers and phones. I’m on the phone constantly and my research is mostly done online, although I sometimes have to dig into older styles of documentation. Other than that, I’m usually staring at a screen of some sort for most of the day.

What has been the most difficult obstacle you have overcome?

The time when my family and I were extorted was the most difficult situation I have ever faced. We lost everything. Since then, we have fully recovered and are in a much safer and better place than before the extortion. This is a good development, of course, but overcoming extortion was the hardest thing I’ve ever faced in both my business and personal life.

What is one piece of advice that you have never forgotten?

What you don’t measure, you don’t control. Tracking information and data measurement are the only reliable ways to get the information you need to run your business; to guide you on the path you want you to take. Without tracking information and measurement data, your business will always be more reactive than proactive, and your options for action will be very limited.

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