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BUSINESS PROFILE: Mr. Bronze

  • Photo by Laura Mulder, Raul Sagastegui (“Mr. Bronze”) in his workspace.

who

Raul Sagastegui, owner of Mr. Bronze

address

2108 Auburn St., Savannah, GA 31404

family

Wife, Josie Shuller Sagastegui; son, Raul Francisco TK Sagastegui, 43; daughter-in-law Valentina, 40; granddaughter Viktoria, 3. His son, daughter-in-law and grand daughter live on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands.

pet

“A little cat. Friski. She’s a white, female cat. Seven years old.

background

I’ve been 10 years in Savannah. I worked for a printing company for four years. I cleaned houses, too. For six or seven years, I’ve had Mr. Bronze.

What he does: I clean everything that’s bronze—chandeliers and candelabras, chimney screens and fireplace accessory cleaning also. And brass and silver cleaning.

It is a good business. I am very happy with my business. I work with good people from The Landings, Tybee Island, Savannah, Also Beaufort and Bluffton.

employees

I work for myself only. Maybe in the future I’ll have more.

Why you’re successful: Because my customers are very happy when I finish my work. When I finish the job, the bronze becomes gold. Beautiful.

favorite quotes

“I respect my customers, and they respect me.”

personal achievement

Moving to the United States from Peru and becoming a citizen May 22, 2017, in Charleston, S.C.

best professional achievement

I cleaned the screen of a fireplace, a chain screen. I’ve got to tear it (apart), unscrew every part and clean it. Everything has to be polished with a buffer.

my best teacher

Mr. Beatty Maxwell from Savannah. He’s a nice person. I appreciate him very much for teaching me (to clean bronze).

Beatty’s business? He sells marble stones for the garden.

future plans

To keep working in this great country. (Also) I plan to buy more buffers, more machines.

tips to other businesses

Be patient. Be honest and disciplined.

What to avoid

Lying to customers.

why the savannah area works for you

Savannah is very good for business. Savannah has a long history of being good for business.

mission statement

I don’t really have one but it’s always making the customer happy.

contact

To contact Mr. Bronze, call his cell phone (912) 659-0320 or call (912) 443-3195

— Compiled by Lanie Peterson

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