Javier Rodriguez was born in Mexico City and his family later moved to Houston. He graduated from Strake Jesuit High School in 1989 and later attended Boston College, receiving a degree in marketing and finance in 1993. Rodriguez moved back to Mexico City and started a new company exporting dairy and food products from the United States from 1993-1995. He joined Baxter, Inc. Finance in Chicago from 1995-1996. After that he attended Harvard Business School from 1997-1998. Upon graduation, he joined DaVita in 1998 as a director and progressed to vice-president, senior vice and now president. He adds, “DaVita has invested in my personal development, both personally and professionally.” Rodriguez is married to his college sweetheart, Jodi. They have three children, Alexander, 13, Nicolas, 10, and Emily, 7. During their leisure time, the family enjoys most Colorado outdoor sports. They also enjoy making smores in front of a fire and engaging in family conversation.
DaVita HealthCare Partners, a Fortune 500 company, is the parent company of DaVita and HealthCare Partners. DaVita is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. As of June 30, 2013, DaVita operated or provided administrative services at 2,010 outpatient dialysis centers in the United States serving approximately 159,000 patients, and at 48 centers in ten countries outside of the United States. HealthCare Partners manages and operates medical groups and affiliated physician networks in California, Nevada, Florida and New Mexico in its pursuit to deliver excellent-quality health care in a dignified and compassionate manner. As of June 30, 2013, HealthCare Partners provided integrated care management to approximately 733,000 managed care patients. For more information, visit www.DavitaHealthCarePartners.com. As president of DaVita and along with his other duties, Rodriguez volunteers with organizations such as Greenhouse Scholars, and various other community nonprofits.
HIGH SCHOOL EXPERIENCE
Rodriguez enjoyed high school as a time of exploration, insecurities and great discoveries. He adds, “I had normal high school years, was a good student and played soccer.”
MESSAGE TO YOUTH
“Dreams without a plan are just dreams. Dream big, plan big. Have some goals and have the discipline to pursue them. DaVita taught me that professional life and personal life go hand in hand, which include a budget, personal goals and accountability to self.”
“From my perspective, I been able to succeed because so many people have been willing to invest in me and lift me up. I am ‘a little boy from Mexico’ who made it in corporate America. The American dream is out there. Some may say no; they are wrong.”