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Women’s Month: Llamas Fonseca finds career as a businesswoman in KC area

By Chara

Tropicana owner Lucia Llamas Fonseca never thought she would stay in the United States to achieve her dream.
Now, the Mexican national can’t believe what she and her family have accomplished.
Llamas Fonseca first came to the United States on vacation. She chose to stay when she observed “there were big opportunities for me and my family,” she said. For 14 years, Llamas Fonseca and her family lived in Chicago.
“When we saw that there was a big market here, we thought about opening Tropicana,” she said. “I am from Mazatlan, and my brother used to be an ice cream store owner. So I thought that we had an opportunity to start our own business.”
In 2004, Llamas Fonseca and her family arrived in the Kansas City area, making several scouting trips before settling in the area in July 2004 to open Tropicana.
Tropicana opened its first location in Kansas City, Mo.’s Westside neighborhood. Since then, Llamas Fonseca and her family have opened locations in Kansas City, Kan., and Olathe, Kan. They have two other franchises in Kansas – one in Wichita, one in Lawrence.
“When I go back and look at us, I just feel very happy,” she said. “We worked really hard to make this happen and I just feel thrilled.”
Llamas Fonseca’s roles at Tropicana include management, human resources and customer service.
“I do a little bit of everything,” she said. “I try to help in everything I can. I like to share with my employees and explain (to) them how to do things. I like (for) them to see me as a co-worker and not just as a boss.”
Llamas Fonseca considers her business and her family as her two main motivators in life.
“I love to go out with my family and enjoy my children,” she said. “But at the same time, I love my business and I like to take care of it.”
Llamas Fonseca feels happy and satisfied to be part of Dos Mundos’ women’s series, published in honor of March as Women’s History Month. She advises women to fight for what they want to do. She also advises women to not fear change and believe in themselves.
Llamas Fonseca has a few other words of advice – for women and men.
“I want people to know that everyone can accomplish whatever they want to accomplish,” she said. “Sometimes, we need to take risks. There are times that we are going to win. We should let our fears go and focus on the things that we want.”

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Llamas Fonseca encuentra una carrera como empresaria en el área de KC

La dueña de Tropicana, Lucía Llamas Fonseca, nunca pensó que se quedaría en los Estados Unidos para lograr su sueño.
Ahora, la originaria de México no puede creer lo que ella y su familia han logrado.
Llamas Fonseca vino por primera vez a los Estados Unidos de vacaciones. Ella eligió quedarse cuando observó que “había grandes oportunidades para mí y mi familia”, dijo. Durante 14 años, Llamas Fonseca y su familia vivieron en Chicago.
“Cuando vimos que había un gran mercado aquí, pensamos en abrir Tropicana”, dijo. “Soy de Mazatlán y mi hermano solía ser propietario de una heladería. Entonces pensé que teníamos la oportunidad de comenzar nuestro propio negocio “.
En el 2004, Llamas Fonseca y su familia llegaron al área de Kansas City, haciendo varios viajes de exploración antes de establecerse en el área en julio del 2004 para abrir Tropicana.
Tropicana abrió su primer local en el barrio Westside de Kansas City, Missouri. Desde entonces, Llamas Fonseca y su familia han abierto sucursales en Kansas City, Kansas, y Olathe, Kansas. Tienen otras dos franquicias en Kansas, una en Wichita y otra en Lawrence.
“Cuando regreso y nos miran, me siento muy feliz”, dijo. “Trabajamos muy duro para que esto ocurra y me siento emocionada”.
Las funciones de Llamas Fonseca en Tropicana incluyen gestión, recursos humanos y servicio al cliente.
“Hago un poco de todo”, dijo. “Intento ayudar en todo lo que puedo”. Me gusta compartir con mis empleados y explicarles cómo hacer las cosas. Me gusta que me vean como una compañera de trabajo y no solo como una jefa”.
Llamas Fonseca considera su negocio y su familia como sus dos principales motivadores en la vida.
“Me encanta salir con mi familia y disfrutar de mis hijos”, dijo. “Pero al mismo tiempo, amo mi negocio y me gusta ocuparme de él”.
Ella se siente feliz y satisfecha de formar parte de la serie femenina de Dos Mundos, publicada en honor a marzo como el Mes de la Historia de la Mujer. Aconseja a las mujeres a luchar por lo que quieren hacer, a no temer el cambio y creer en sí mismas.
Llamas Fonseca tiene algunas otras palabras de consejo, para mujeres y hombres.
“Quiero que las personas sepan que todos pueden lograr lo que quieran lograr”, dijo. “A veces, tenemos que tomar riesgos. Hay momentos en que vamos a ganar. Deberíamos dejar ir nuestros temores y enfocarnos en las cosas que queremos”.

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