Born and raised in Santiago, Dominican Republic, Rodolfo Fuertes arrived in New York City in 1981 and began working for a relative at the Corona Hardware Store in Corona, Queens. During his three-year tenure at the hardware store, Fuertes learned the English language and began to interface with entrepreneurs in the supermarket industry.
He opened his first supermarket in early 1985, a Fine Fare in the Bronx. This was the beginning of a successful entrepreneurial career that followed many other supermarket openings in New York City. In 2003 Fuertes decides to expand his horizon in the Real State Business. His overall business contributes more than 500 jobs to the economy of New York City.
In 2008 the President of the Dominican Republic, Dr. Leonel Fernandez, appointed Rudy as Under-Secretary of State, Industry and Commerce with office in New York. His responsibilities include the promotion of Dominican imports to the U.S., especially in the area of produce, and oversee the trade relations between the two countries.
He has been actively involved with organizations that fight against poverty in the Dominican Republic, such as Caritas; and is a board member of important business and educational organizations in the U.S., including the National Supermarket Association, the Global Foundation for Democracy and Development, the Children’s Aid Society and the Harriet Tubman Charter School.
Rudy attended La Guardia Community College in New York and is a graduate of El Instituto Evangélico de Santiago in the Dominican Republic.
He lives in Long Island with his wife Mary and their four grown children.