MBA Chairman Brian Stoffers andAlex Rodriquez

SAN DIEGO—Alex Rodriguez, founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp., madehis first real estate move 20 years ago. It was a duplex purchasewhere be "put in some value add" in the form of blue awnings andcream colored paint. Best known for his accomplishments on thebaseball field, the founder and CEO of A-Rod Corp., stands as oneof the greatest athletes in the world and shared his insights frombusiness to his baseball career at MBA's CREF Convention.

"Success starts starts with people and relationships," saidRodriguez, when talking about building his business empire, a move,he said started out of fear. "If you look at macro trends, thenumbers were frightening."

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