We’re in the second part of our ‘Meet the Team’ series and today we’re hearing from Mauricio Chacra, better known by his friends and family as Mauri.
Mauri has a unique heritage, with his paternal grandparents migrating to Mexico in the 1940’s from Syria and his maternal grandparents doing the same from Europe. His parents met in Mexico and had Mauri’s older siblings, Barbara (nicknamed Barbie) and Abraham. One year before Mauri’s birth, his soon-to-be family immigrated to America, settling in McAllen, TX—a little town close to the Mexico border.
He describes his childhood as normal, admitting school did not leave him feeling especially talented, except in the social aspect, “I kind of just put in enough of effort to pass by.” Even so, Mauri still went on to college, moving to San Antonio, TX to attend UTSA, obtaining his degree in business, and launching a career in sales.
Like Jason, Mauricio got started with cell phone sales at a kiosk in North Star Mall (one guess where they met) transitioning to mobile home sales with the Piña brothers before Braustin was a twinkle in either of their eyes. “The first go round… it didn’t really pan out,” Mauri says, “so I went to go do roof sales.”
But Mauri still kept in touch with Jason and Alberto, and by the winter of 2016 found himself more than ready to leave roofing sales and retry the mobile home business. “It was kind of slowing down in the roofing and I didn’t really want to do that anymore,” he says, “before I even knew what they were doing, [Jason] called me on a Saturday—I didn’t even know Braustin existed—he kind of explained to me everything, and I started working on Monday.”
Braustin’s first year went by, with Mauri and the team helping over 30 families while overcoming the challenges of being part of a start-up company. Mauri, growing up in a bilingual home, maintains the added asset of serving the Spanish speaking community seeking homeownership through Braustin.
When asked what fuels his passion with the company he says, “Helping families is a beautiful thing. I definitely get satisfaction from just helping people the right way.”
At the start of the year, however, while practicing Jujitsu, Mauri suffered a tear to his ACL, a ligament providing most of the stability to the knee. “It happened on January 17th,” he explains, “I went to go get an MRI. It took me three weeks to find out and it was kind of shocking. I got surgery May 1st.”
On top of recovering from a serious knee surgery, it was only a few weeks later that Mauri’s father would end up in the intensive care unit unable to breath with fluid filled lungs. “The doctor saw him and was like, ‘Yeah, your valve’s bad. We need to replace it.’”
His surgery was completed one week ago and he is now home recovering. Fortunately, Mauri says he comes from a tight-knit family, and even his sister, currently stationed with her husband and four children in Hawaii, was present for the time before and during the surgery. “We spent three weeks, all of us, down there taking care of my dad.”
Growing up, Mauri says the biggest influence his parents had on him was the freedom they offered. “Seeing my dad’s work ethic, and how my mom showed so much love for her family, I think it just molded me as a person who can think freely for myself,” he says, “I’ve failed multiple times in my life and made really, really bad decisions, learning valuable lessons.”
Between his dad’s open-heart surgery and his own injury, Mauri remarks that he’s only been at Braustin’s physical location for two weeks out of the last few months. “I love the opportunity to even be able to do that. Where else can I have the chance to miss work or just not attend at a physical location and still be able to get work done?” Referring, of course, to the flexibility offered by the majority Braustin’s home sales being completed online and over the phone.
Mauri is thankful to still have his father and says his knee is healing well. He is looking forward to resuming Jujitsu as well as weekly meet-ups with his soccer league, and being the fun uncle to his five nephews and one niece. Not yet married, Mauricio says he’s working on it, and is currently in a serious relationship (sorry, ladies!).
Lastly, I asked him what he wanted most for people to know about him in relation to being part of the Braustin team.
“I don’t just show up to work because I need to make money or do what someone else tells me I need to do. I do it because I see the bigger picture on this transformation of what we’re doing to the industry. And just the good behind it,” he says, “I think the purpose of what we do is in the best interest of our customers. And it truly is that way without me just saying it.”
Well, thank you Mauri. I was so glad to have this conversation and learn a little more about another one of the people making the Braustin dream happen. Next we’ll get introduced to Ernest, who has shared a little of his story here. See you then!