Matos's father, who hails from a family of cattle ranchers in Cuba, fled the island nation in 1967. After making the treacherous journey to the U.S. on a raft, he met Matos's mother, an immigrant from the Dominican Republic. The two started a chain of butcher shops in the Bronx.
Their efforts inspired their son, who worked in the family business throughout his youth, to pursue his own dreams of entrepreneurship.
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