Rich in spirit&friendship

Zaneta Encarnacion

Fri May 29, 2015 12:04pm

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” (Author unknown.)
Carlos Jaime is a “rich” man living in Otay Ranch with his wife Ambar and two sons Sebastian, 6, and Oliver, almost 2. At more than 6 feet tall, Jamie could appear intimidating; that is, until you ask him about his family and he transforms into a gentle giant with a contagious smile and twinkle of pride in his eyes.
Jamie treasures every part of his role as dad, especially rediscovering the joy in simple things like the excitement of being treated to frozen yogurt or the discovery of learning how to swing a golf club for the first time at the driving range.
“We love having dinners together and discussing our day (at this point Oliver’s contributions are minimal but impactful). As the boys have gotten older I love watching them play together and work things out over who gets a toy or other important matters. Also, it never fails to fill me with hope and excitement when I see the boys, even at such an early age, watch out for one another. I know that they will always have one another; it reminds me of my relationship with my two brothers, whom I am very close with.”
Giving back to the community is a value Jaime wants to instill in his boys and a value that he models actively in his life. He is a member of the Chula Vista Charitable Foundation Grants Committee, which allows him to be involved with organizations that want to help improve the quality of life of residents like him who call Chula Vista home. He is also a board member of the Boys and Girls Club of South County. In this role he is most passionate about working with an organization that provides youth with opportunities for programs and services that contribute to improving the quality of life, specifically youth with disadvantaged life circumstances.
2015 Father’s Day will find Jaime enjoying the community he loves, hanging out with his “beautiful wife” and grabbing a bite at one of his favorite local restaurants.
“Over the years I’ve had the opportunity to travel all over the western United States for my work and I have to admit there is no place like Chula Vista. You have great neighborhoods on the both the east and west side, a full range of independent locally-owned businesses and, at the same time, you can find comfort in finding national chain brands. You have the beach and nightlife 15 minutes away. Yet my family and I enjoy hanging around our neighborhood parks and patronizing local eateries. Friends of ours who live outside Chula give us a hard time about being in a bubble… I am OK with that. I like our bubble; it’s full of great people and places.”
Zaneta Encarnacion is engagement director of communications and external affairs at South Bay Community Services.