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Meet Alexander Arencibia and Menchu Dominicis of J.A. Uniforms in West Kendall

Today we’d like to introduce you to Alexander Arencibia and Menchu Dominicis.

Alex was introduced to the apparel business by his parents – his father and mother upon arriving from Cuba in the early 1960’s manufactured apparel in Miami. Alex discovered early in life an appreciation for invention and expressing himself through the arts. As a young adult, he discovered a passion for photography and became a professional photographer. During his time as a professional photographer, he met Menchu, who was obtaining her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Miami.

Alex became reintroduced to the apparel industry when he offered to keep his retired parents busy by selling aprons that they would manufacture to restaurants in Miami Beach. Quite quickly Alex recognized another passion – which was selling. With the assistance of his father, he landed his first major client to purchase uniforms made locally. Alex’s inventive and creative streak also facilitated him in learning quickly the ins and outs of manufacturing – from cutting to sewing and designing uniforms.

At around the same time, Menchu was in the process of completing her Ph.D. and was curious as to the bold business move that Alex was embarking decided to assist Alex in his business vision. Her intention was that it would be a short career detour before starting her career as a psychologist. Menchu leveraged her psychology background in systems to set up and run the operational aspects of the company, as well as create a company culture that was reflective of her and Alex’s values.

Menchu went on to partner with Alex for the next 20 years in business and personally. J.A. Uniforms caters specifically to the hospitality industry and is a preferred vendor for the Historic Hotels of America Association and a minority certified business that has deep roots in the Miami community.
Recently, J.A. Uniforms won the NAUMD 2017 image award for best hotel uniforms (for a hotel chain).

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The 3 biggest struggles along the way have been.

Financial – J.A. Uniforms started with no financial backing – just the work equity that Alex and Menchu brought to the table. It took time and discipline to obtain financial stability and then to weather the recession that began in 2007. Currently, J.A. Uniforms is proud to have excellent credit, financial stability and own its facility in West Kendall.

Staff – J.A. Uniforms prides itself on the service it provides. Our staff is critical to our success. Finding the right staff has been at times challenging. J.A. Uniforms prides itself on having a strong company culture that encourages teamwork, professionalism and a sense of community.

Working with your spouse – lol!

J.A. Uniforms – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
J.A. Uniforms specializes in supplying the hospitality industry with uniforms (mainly – resorts, hotels, valet companies, and country clubs).
We are known for:
* a diverse product line that covers all departments and positions within the hospitality industry
* capability to make custom uniforms both locally for quick turn around time or overseas for the best price point
* a high IQ in tailoring and design
* we pride ourselves on our customer service – all calls are answered by staff, all emails are answered within a day, clients are provided with all the information they need to make informed decisions, all interactions are treated with an emphasis on professionalism and a sense of urgency
* a quick turn around time for orders while maintaining competitive pricing

What sets us apart from our competitors is that we deliver an experience – not just a product.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
Every day my husband and I feel proud, but also grateful, for the experiences we have had in the past 20 years at J.A. Uniforms.

We are proud of the journey, of having surrounded ourselves with wonderful people to share within our journey, of having established long-lasting client relationships (some as old as 20 years) with individuals and companies who we feel honored to serve, and as both children of immigrants, having realized what we feel is the American dream.

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