Diversity Journal First Quarter Magazine 2022

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Why I Am So Passionate about My Career

Company Name: Washington Capital Partners Industry: Hard Money Lending Company CEO: Daniel Huertas Company Headquarters Location: Falls Church, Virginia Number of Employees: 56 Words you live by: “There is no try, only do.” –Yoda (Yes, I am a Star Wars fan.) What book are you reading? Infinite Game by Simon Sinek What was your first job: Legal assistant at my dad’s law firm Favorite charity: The WCP Foundation Interests: Car racing, Formula 1, tech innovation, and investing Family: Married to Giselle and together we have two amazing sons

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While passions evolve over time, today, a big driver of my professional passion is to contribute to the betterment of the industry I represent and belong to. I strongly believe in contributing to reshape the industry that has done so much for me and my family. Witnessing the evolution of real estate investment as a whole has given me more fuel for the next decade and beyond. Mentorship has always been a great way for young future leaders to receive valuable words of wisdom. It is our duty, as leaders, to pay it forward by identifying young talented individuals and contributing to their success. Mentors were such a big part of my success. I’ve always appreciated having a sounding board to run complex ideas by as my mentors had invaluable wisdom based on their experiences. This knowledge that is often learned through listening and absorbing information outside of the traditional classroom setting saved me from costly errors and helped me achieve my goals faster. One most significant challenge was raising capital for real estate during the great recession. At a time when real estate was center stage in the economic downturn, my business needed additional capital to acquire new opportunities. I took many potential investors to countless projects hoping to ease their concerns, but a lot of them were still worried about the market continuing to lose value. I listened to their concerns, understood their objections, allowed them to poke holes in my strategy, and was prepared to defend my position. This eventually reassured them that I could consider multiple perspectives and that ultimately their capital was in the right hands. Being patient instead of pushy, and focusing on long-term goals and outcomes were key factors to gaining people’s trust. Twelve years later, those same people that gave me a chance with their capital continue to invest in my strategies. Business and community will always go hand in hand. Many businesses are in a position to meet needs, innovate industries, and help society to evolve. For many businesses, social consciousness has been lost in the pursuit of more revenue. But I have found that if you focus on solving problems and improving the status quo, the revenue will follow. To solidify our commitment to social consciousness, I founded the WCP foundation, which supports 16 reputable local and international charities, including Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital, National Immigration Forum, Save the Children, and the Innocence Project, to name a few.

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Daniel Huertas


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