Nino started the first business in Italy, together with two partners, importing synthetic leader from Japan and then promotional miniature toys from Hong Kong.
Nino founded Atoya Ltd, in Hong Kong and was responsible for manufacturing and selling many products to the North American and European markets, with average sales of $ 4,000,000 per year.
Nino then moved to Belgium, contacting customers for Atoya all over Europe. Everybody was at that time opening trading companies in Thailand, so Nino followed to trend and moved to Bangkok with his Belgian wife.
Nino founded Niva Ltd. In Bangkok, Thailand and worked as an industrial consultant for European companies interested in opening factories in that country. He successfully opened a large tablecloth factory, Royal Thai Linen Company Ltd., in a suburb of Bangkok with Italian know-how and Thai capitals. Upon strict orders from his wife, Nino left Bangkok and moved back to Belgium, where he obtained an MBA in Finance at European University of Brussels, Belgium in 1994.
Nino then moved to Marbella, Spain, where he ventured into gastronomy for the first time, opening a factory selling frozen pasta sauces and frozen Italian meals, under the name Nino’s Sauces, which became popular in the supermarkets of the Costa Del Sol. However, the profitability was not really “to write home about,” because the factory was small, without the distribution power of the large frozen food international corporations.
Nino sold his factory to a manufacturer of ice cream and moved to Miami for two years, contacting customers for Atoya Ltd. Hong Kong. He then moved to Brazil.
In Brazil, Nino created the restaurant chain, Pasta Fast, with Brazilian partners. Nino was responsible for developing all the menus, and all the recipes. He also trained all the chefs and prepared monthly “Cash-Flow-based” income statements.
Pasta Fast became extremely popular for casual dining in Salvador da Bahia and other two Brazilian cities. By 2012, when Nino moved back to Europe, there were five Pasta Fast restaurants in Brazil (four in shopping malls) with combined annual sales of $ 6,000,000.
After having been mugged twice at gun point in Brazil, Nino decided to move back to France, where he had lived several years in the past.
He barely survived the horrible French bureaucracy for two years and then moved to Los Angeles, attracted by its natural beauty, the canyons, the mountains, the desert, the coastal roads. In L.A. Nino passed a state exam and became an insurance agent, but he soon got tired of California’s chaos: homeless people, including many at Starbucks and at L.A. Fitness, forest fires, public services getting worse by the day, etc. He then decided to move back to Miami.
In Miami Nino passed the Florida Real Estate license exam, and, thanks to his fluency in Italian, French, English and Portuguese and some good understanding of Spanish, he specialized in international customers for sales and rentals.
Meanwhile, while working in real estate, Nino joined Amarone, a new Italian Restaurant in North Miami, as minority partner. He created all the menus and all the recipes. Trained all the chefs, sourced and paid all the suppliers. His recipes and training skills were responsible for the immediate success of the restaurant. Amarone was profitable since the first month of operation and reached sales of $120,000 per month by February 2020. The restaurant was in Business for 18 months, but then came the lockdown and the quarantine :(
In October 2020, Nino moved to Windermere, Florida, part of Greater Orlando and joined the innovative and state-of-the-art Dalton Wade Real Estate Group as Sales Associate and Realtor.
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