Roberto Espinosa was born in Mexico as the middle child of eight siblings. Growing up, he said he always had someone to learn from and someone to teach.


When Espinosa was 15 years old, he learned the techniques of boxing and the respect and discipline. He's been boxing ever since.


Espinosa also learned to be a jeweler craftsman from a close relative at a fairly young age, and he now runs Main Express Jewelry on Main Street.


He met his wife, Maria, in Texas. The two went to the same church in Mexico but never met until they were in Texas. The Espinosas have five children and four


grandchildren.



Q: What do people not know about your job?


A: Perhaps people do not know that I get paid to do what I love make jewelry.



Q: What is the best thing about your job?


A: I can be at work and still enjoy the company of my family.



Q: Tell us about one thing you want to accomplish in life.


A: I want to make it in to the Guinness Book of World Records for something I've been working on for a long time "hitting the mitts," which means breaking the record for holding the "focus" mitt while boxers hit it. I'm also looking forward to retiring soon, come rain or shine.



Q: What is your greatest accomplishment, professional or personal, to date?


A: To be given the opportunity to work with my family and the community.



Q: Where would you like to be in 10 years?


A: Hawaii (laughing)! If I'm in good health anywhere is fine with me. Maria, my wife, said her suitcases are already packed.



Q: What is the source of your values?


A: Religion and family life



Q: Who is someone who had a big influence on your life?


A: That would definitely be Sgt. Linzy Savage because he was able to create a bridge between the law enforcement and the community.



Q: What is your favorite quotation?


A: Time talks.



Q: Tell us about your belief system.


A: Religion before all else. We get our strength as a family by putting God first in our lives. Everything else will follow.



Q: What motivates you?


A: My wife, Maria, and my wonderful family and friends.



Q: What is your secret to living a happy, satisfying life?


A: When my wife is mad I've learned to just be quiet.



Q: What is something you are particularly proud of?


A: The chance to work with the community.



Q: What book had a significant impact on you?


A: "The Greatest Salesman in the World." I have looked for years to find the book in English. My book is in Spanish and I wanted my children to read it.



Q: What are five things you can't live without?


A: Family, friends, chocolate cake on my birthday and boxing.



Q: What words of advice do you have for younger generations?


A: Hard work pays off.



Q: What is your passion?


A: Boxing



Q: What do you do in your free time?


A: Make jewelry



Q: Which three people, living or from history, would you like to have at a dinner party, and why?


A: There would be a lot of people but most of all my mother, who is no longer with me. I would be able to talk to her and she could see my kids growing up.



Q: What's your favorite movie and why?


A: "It's a Wonderful Life," because it includes a lot of moral values and teachings.



Q: Tell us about a special vacation.


A: We took a family cruise but had to reschedule because the little guy (my grandson) couldn't make it. He was too young so we had to wait a few more months so the entire family could be together. I had a wonderful time with all my family.



Q: If you had three wishes, what would they be?


A: Universal health, for our youth to do well and make it to my retirement.



Q: Tell us about your first car.


A: I had a 1976 maroon LTD 4-door and later a corvette.



Q: Tell us about the charities that are close to your heart and why.


A: The Hesperia Police Activities League P.A.L.



Q: What's your favorite place to eat in Hesperia?


A: That would be the Wood Grill Buffet. When I go there my whole family comes with me.



Q: Is there anything else you'd like to say, anything you'd like to get off your chest?


A: Maria and Charlene need to quit picking on me. They're dynamite when they get together.



Q: How can readers reach you?


A: At Main Express Jewelry, 17154 Main St.; (760) 947-8600.


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