Angelique Salazar traces her business acumen back to the lessons instilled by her parents, during her upbringing. Her mother was a teacher before she pivoted to raising Angelique and her older brother, while her father, who was a certified public accountant, worked on building his business. Despite his busy schedule, she recalled in an interview with Hispanic Executive, her father created time and space for his family, even soliciting their business opinions during their times together.
While in college, Angelique entered the family business, working as a receptionist for its private investment management company, Central Street Capital, Inc. Here, she continued to observe her father and his business, both of which shaped her perspectives. “No matter what you have or how successful you are, you are just a few decisions from having nothing,” she said in her interview with Hispanic Executive. “Business decisions and personal decisions can go totally the wrong way. But if you are thinking, thinking, thinking, then you’ll be ok.”
She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado Denver, and has since worked her way up at Central Street Capital, Inc., into her current role as Vice President of Operations. There, she focuses on operations and customer service alongside her father, the President and Founder, her mother, the President of the family’s philanthropic arm, the Salazar Family Foundation, and her brother, who is the company’s Vice President of Development. Together, they manage investments in more than 50 companies, including student housing apartments, multi-family mixed-use apartments, healthcare companies, real estate holdings, and natural food and beverage products.
Angelique also co-owns two Denver-based businesses—U Lucky Dog Daycare, and the Crafty Fox Taphouse & Pizzeria. The latter business moonlights as a site for community fundraising events, and earned the 2018 Diner’s Choice Award from OpenTable.
Aside from her professional work, she is active in the Salazar Family Foundation, and serves on the board of directors of the Latino Donor Collaborative, an organization dedicated to advancing accurate perceptions and portrayals of American Latinos.