Roberto Santiago was born and raised in Joao Pessoa. He later attended Pio X-Marist College and joined the University Centre of Joao Pessoa for an undergraduate degree in Business Administration. Roberto started his career journey at Café Santa Rosa which is a Brazilian based manufacturing company. He later quit his job to start his own company, Cartonnage which specialized in selling cartons made from cardboard.
Roberto went ahead to look for more challenges, and that was when he ventured into real estate. In 1987, he bought land and decided to launch the Manaira Mall on it. The mall is built on 75000 meters squared piece of land in the city of Joao Pessoa. It took him two years to realize this dream and turn it into a reality. In 1989 the Manaira shopping mall was launched consisting of around 280 stores including a theatre, a gaming area, food court, several shopping stores, financial institutions, a college, and a gym.
The mall boasts of hosting one of Brazil’s famous halls, the Domus Hall that is located on the rooftop. The hall has enough space to host weddings, conferences, exhibitions, and graduation ceremonies. It accommodates up to four thousand seats but can still hold up to ten thousand standing individuals. The hall has been upgraded and installed with air conditioners, soundproofed walls, and high-tech music systems.
The Manaira Mall has also tried to keep up with other entertainment options such as the gaming areas that are suited for both adults and children. It sits at 18000 feet; the gaming area has over two hundred betting machines upgraded to date. It also hosts various restaurants to suit every person’s tastes and preferences. Roberto strategically chose the mall’s position that is located between two beaches giving shoppers great view. Since The Manaira Mall boasts of a vast number of visitors, parking has been allocated to about one hundred and thirty-five feet which can cover parking for about 3000 cars.
In 2013, Roberto went ahead to set yet another shopping mall and named it Mangeira. The Mall is no different from Manaira with its diverse and substantial business impacts. The presence of the two malls has attracted numerous advantages into the surrounding area. Many corporations and enterprises have relocated to the city elevating the economy. The two malls have further created employment opportunities for its native residents giving a boost to the economy. Moreover, over the years, the land around the two malls has appreciated significantly, with many settling in the area for convenience. Since the standards of living have been rising over the years, Roberto has been a pioneer in offering satisfying services for both shoppers and entertainment seekers.
Lastly, Roberto’s success in the business can be attributed to hard work, sharp vision, passion, and commitment.