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You’ll be onerous pressed to search out an Oklahoma State College pupil that isn’t
busy, however Friday, Sept. 30, was an particularly hectic day for Spears College of Enterprise
senior Elian Trujillo.

Trujillo, who will graduate from Oklahoma State College in December, had a packed
faculty schedule, together with a tricky take a look at in Dr. Alexis Smith Washington’s managing
variety within the office class. He additionally needed to shut on a home for his rising
actual property and development companies, and the opposite social gathering was pushing him to signal
the paperwork and current a cashier’s examine that day.

He usually conducts enterprise in his hometown of Oklahoma Metropolis, however the courtyard of the Enterprise Constructing was going to must do. Trujillo and the opposite social gathering coordinated with a closing
firm that was capable of meet him on campus. He received the deal performed after which he handed
the take a look at.

“I did fairly good,” Trujillo mentioned with a smile. “I prioritize my faculty above every little thing.
I nonetheless love my companies, however I’ve to prioritize faculty.”

On Sept. 30, Spears Enterprise senior Elian Trujillo signed closing paperwork for an
funding property within the Enterprise Constructing courtyard, and documented the event
on Instagram.

It’s all in a day’s work for Trujillo, 22, who has owned RT&E Development since 2019. Whereas carrying a full load at OSU, he additionally expanded into actual property
and has managed to start out portray and reworking firms as nicely.

Many Spears Enterprise college students uncover their entrepreneurial spirit at school or at
a Riata Middle occasion, but it surely emerged early and instinctively for Trujillo. He was
12 when he began mowing lawns round his neighborhood, and he ended up with so many
shoppers that he needed to connect a trailer to his bike to get all his gear to the
20-plus lawns he mowed every week.

“I used to be making fairly first rate cash for a 12-year-old,” Trujillo mentioned. “At the moment,
I didn’t understand I used to be being an entrepreneur. I didn’t understand that I used to be growing
gross sales expertise and constructing a product and a enterprise. All of it got here naturally to me, and
it was very easy to get yards.”

With nothing to spend his earnings on, Trujillo invested the cash again into his enterprise.
He purchased new and higher gear and was capable of develop his garden empire to round
80 yards over the subsequent six years.

Enterprise was booming for Trujillo, however his household had at all times emphasised training.
He heeded their recommendation, and at 18 he offered his garden enterprise to a pal and moved
70 miles north to Stillwater. He would grow to be the primary member of his household to attend
school, however the entrepreneurial itch stayed with him.

Trujillo picked up shifts at O’Reilly Auto Components in Stillwater to pay the payments, however
someday an older pal and mentor took him to an actual property occasion that sparked an
thought. One of many periods was about working with contractors, and the speaker talked about
how powerful it was to search out dependable employees in his space.

A lightbulb went off in Trujllio’s head. He knew the labor aspect of house development
and he know the way to run a enterprise. He may very well be the dependable contractor that native
actual property brokers wanted. Inside two months he began RT&E Development.

“I’ve a fireplace in me,” he mentioned. “Once I get motivation there’s no stopping me.”

Issues began slowly at RT&E, however he trusted the enterprise mannequin he developed mowing
lawns in OKC. To seek out work, Trujillo would rise up early and drive round to development
websites or the native {hardware} shops to promote his companies and community with the
crews. Subsequent factor you already know, his cellphone began ringing with job alternatives.

Whereas the returns have been small at first, Trujillo as soon as once more invested closely again into
his enterprise and his workers. He began promoting on social media and purchased
higher gear, however he additionally invested in issues like higher-end insurance coverage that appealed
to his employees and helped them stay loyal in a crowded job market.

Slowly however absolutely, RT&E’s jobs went from reworking rental homes and getting flats
prepared for brand new tenants to new house development and intensive gigs in high-end neighborhoods.
Work at RT&E received so regular that he needed to give up his job at O’Reilly. Nonetheless, training
was his precedence, solely now he was capable of pay money when the bursar invoice got here due.

“If I have been to mentor anybody seeking to begin a enterprise, I’d say that you’ve
to be taught to interrupt out of your shell,” Trujillo mentioned. “All of us have lots of insecurities,
however you must dive in and never suppose twice. Some of these issues will actually assist
you develop. They did for me.”

Traction within the development world meant more money in his checking account, and he as soon as
once more determined to speculate again into his enterprise within the type of an actual property firm.
Now he may afford to buy houses with the actual property firm, use RT&E to repair
them up, after which put them again in the marketplace. As of November 2022, Trujillo had simply
wrapped up his fifteenth house buy.

“I’ve a very massive imaginative and prescient,” Trujillo mentioned. “I reside life within the current. I attempt not
to suppose an excessive amount of concerning the previous, however I think about my future once I’m pondering within the

Most individuals go to varsity to be able to be taught a craft, however Trujillo got here to grasp his.
He’ll stroll throughout the commencement stage in Gallagher-Iba Enviornment on Dec. 17 with bachelor’s
diploma in administration with a minor in entrepreneurship. In contrast to most of his fellow graduates,
he’ll even have a résumé stuffed with profitable companies.

A grasp’s diploma is on his bucket record, however Trujillo will not be positive what’s up subsequent
for him. Regardless, he is aware of that his story is much from over even when this chapter
is ending.

“It’s been onerous to stability every little thing happening, however I like faculty,” Trujillo mentioned.
“I don’t come from a high-end neighborhood. Not lots of people go to varsity. So,
I like inspiring folks to make a change, and displaying them that the one factor limiting
them is their very own thoughts. I by no means thought getting thus far was doable for me,
however right here I’m.”

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