Dr. Hugo Romeu is a world-renowned research scientist with a distinguished career in developing medical breakthroughs. Dr. Hugo Romeu has published over 700 research projects and held leadership positions in prestigious institutions across the globe. In addition, he’s an entrepreneur with a track record of generating millions of dollars in revenue. Of course, all of this is overshadowed by his love and dedication for his family, spiritual ascension, and service to humankind.
Dr. Hugo Romeu’s role models are his family members. Dr. Romeu comes from a long line of accomplished scientists and artists. His great grandfather Felipe Poey published numerous books on Zoology and taught at the University of Havana. During Felipe Poey’s time, his work was studied by virtually every Zoologist on earth.
Dr. Romeu’s grandfather Antonio Maria Romeu, was arguably the most celebrated composer and musician of his generation in Cuba. His orchestra traveled throughout Europe, North America, and South America in the first half of the 20th century.
Dr. Hugo Romeu’s mother owned and operated dental clinics in Havana, Chicago, and Miami, while his father was the Comptroller and CFO for Sara Lee Industries. Dr. Romeu grew up in Evanston Illinois near Northwestern University Campus. He attended Loyola University in Rome, Italy, and continued his undergraduate studies at the Lakeshore Chicago Campus.
He pursued medical school and further post-graduate training in New York, Milwaukee, and Chicago. This led to a forensic stint in the U.S. Military and he has also held forensic pathology positions in different institutions in Chicago and Florida.
Dr. Romeu has been the Chief of Pathology for several hospitals and high-complexity laboratories. His Entrepreneurial spirit manifested in the purchase, revamping, and sales of several labs and research centers. To top it all off Dr. Romeu has also developed medical devices, dermatology creams and ointments, and laboratory-developed tests submitted for FDA approval.
Where did the idea for your career come from?
My company RCE GROUP USA, is dedicated to research, clinics, and education. RCE stands for both Romeu Clinical Enterprises as well as Research, Clinics, and Education. The company was created when the innate need of independence and freedom to expand into different facets became primordial. The genesis of RCE was in laboratory consulting and pathology coverage. RCE expanded into opening clinics, teaching and graduate education.
What does your typical day look like and how do you make it productive?
Each day is unique and a mixture of art, science, and business. I head into the wind following the most powerful currents. My staff is there to take my ideas and work ethic to an operational level.
The term 9 to 5 is nonexistent at work. RCE is a round-the-clock magic carpet ride. Productivity is evidenced by both material and spiritual reaping of dividends. Over the last X years RCE has supported hundreds of families and served hundreds of clients.
How do you bring ideas to life?
Ideas are born from social needs in the community and fueled by the skills acquired along the 42 year career. Not all ideas bear fruit, but once a strategic plan is laid out, and the feasibility testing is complete. The ship sets sail.
What’s one trend that excites you?
I am excited by the opportunity to develop a service or product that is made better with RCE’s contribution. For example, RCE recently developed their own lateral flow technology for Rapid Covid 19 testing, and the product is now available in North America and South America.
What is one habit of yours that makes you more productive as an entrepreneur?
The relentless pursuit of success, whether financial, intellectual, or spiritual is the driving force that makes me unique. My ability to get up from a fall and redirect or re-invent his path is what qualifies me to be an outlier in the world of entrepreneurship.
What advice would you give your younger self?
If I had to do it all over again; I would focus more on social welfare over material success. I would strive for a philanthropic approach to science and art.
Tell us something that’s true that almost nobody agrees with you on.
I believe we are not these bodies. I believe that a non-violent existence including a complete vegetarian diet, along with chastity, associating with like-minded souls on the same journey, leads us into a space where we realize we are not in control. Only by Focusing on our true spiritual-self can we ever achieve happiness.
As an entrepreneur, what is the one thing you do over and over and recommend everyone else do?
I recommended that for anyone that wants to succeed in any endeavor, first choose a mentor – someone that is an accomplished expert. Seek guidance and freely exchange ideas with them. Then follow every single bit of advice you receive.
What is one strategy that has helped you grow your business?
For a business to succeed you must offer a product or service that stands out from the competition. You must be hands on and respect and serve your end user. Always find ways to make things right when they go sideways.
What is one failure you had as an entrepreneur, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest failure happened when I broke simple rules. You must give to Caesar what is his, and obey the rules of engagement. Sometimes a true unbound individual fails to respect simple rules by justifying a self-created norm. I have overcome this with humility and a willingness to admit my wrongdoings and correct them with constructive action.
What is one business idea that you’re willing to give away to our readers?
One business idea I can share is that if there is someone trained in health services; physician, nurse, lab tech, etc. take a look at your place of employment, after all we all begin working for someone else. Identify the mistakes that are made, or reasons why patients, family members or coworkers are unsatisfied. Now focus on creating a new method, work flow or procedure to improve this, and make it yours.
What is the best $100 you recently spent? What and why?
The best $100 recently spent was treating my grandsons to video games they wanted. Personally, I never liked or played any game at all, except sports; but this gave me the opportunity to understand how young minds achieve satisfaction.
What is one piece of software or a web service that helps you be productive?
Laboratory Information Systems helps me organize data and share it with clients.
What is the one book that you recommend our community should read and why?
Everyone should read Bhagavad Gita, as it is by Srila Prabhupada. Simply because it covers a practical solution to every issue known to man.
What is your favorite quote?
Chant and Be happy is my favorite quote.
- Never give up
- Stand if you fall
- Follow your dreams
Steve (Stefan) Junge hails from Germany and helps with the day-to-day publishing of interviews on IdeaMensch. While he and Mario don’t share a favorite soccer club, their enthusiasm to help entrepreneurs is a shared passion.