Rosslyn's Renaissance man
Meet Operations Director Victor Carcamo
Operations Director Victor Carcamo joined the Rosslyn BID in April 2011. He was born in El Salvador, grew up in Pasadena, Calif., and now lives in Arlington with his wife and 14 year-old stepdaughter. He attended Cal-State Los Angeles where he studied Kinesiology and was a four-year student-soccer athlete. Later, he briefly played professional soccer in Sweden (Lulea FC). Victor is also an ACE-certified fitness trainer and has been teaching the BID’s popular bootcamp since 2012.
Rosslynva.org: What does your perfect day look like?
Victor Carcamo: I would start out with a HIIT workout in the morning followed by a large protein breakfast. I would then hang out by the pool and read before hitting the weights. Then, spending the rest of the day with family at the beach eating seafood by the shore.
Rosslynva.org: Who is your role model? Why?
VC: My father, for sure. He is a man with great values and principles. Growing up in LA was not easy with all the gangs and crime in our neighborhood. My dad made sure to spend lots of time with my brothers and me no matter how tired he was (even after working two jobs). I can remember us training with my dad for hours on the soccer field and sometimes even in the rain.
Rosslynva.org: What do you like best about your job?
VC: I’m really lucky in that I love everything I do, from working with our Ambassador team to assisting property managers and residents, to supporting events and, of course, teaching bootcamp. We do so much here in Rosslyn and I feel lucky to be in such a growing and active place.
Rosslynva.org: What has been your biggest accomplishment at the BID?
VC: It’s hard to consider any of my accomplishments as the biggest because I really enjoy the overall experience of helping to enhance Rosslyn for all who work, live and/or play here. I am very proud of having helped grow our Ambassador team from four to 12 team members. I also appreciate the opportunity to have been involved in projects like snow removal during “Snowzilla” and creating the “pet garden” on Kent Street.
Rosslynva.org: What’s your guilty pleasure?
VC: Tacos and pizza, but not together (or on second thought, lol). I try to only cave once or twice a week. As a trainer I make sure to follow my own advice that moderation is key.
Rosslynva.org: What are you good at?
VC: I think I’m good at being approachable and making people feel comfortable talking to me. Since my job involves a lot of customer service for our stakeholders, this comes in really handy.
Rosslynva.org: What’s your fondest memory from childhood?
VC: Playing sports or games in the street with my friends. I know it seems silly, but now with all the technology it seems children don’t play outside as much anymore. You really do learn a lot (like social skills and the occasional fight) from playing outside.
Band: I don’t really have a favorite band, but when I am hitting the weights I love listening to hip-hop or rock. For cardio and bootcamp classes I enjoy EDM. In my car I love to listen to oldies and at home or to dance to it has to be Latin music.
TV show: The Office
Book: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Movie: The Pursuit of Happyness and Rocky
Website: bodybuilding.com or hiitnation.com
Other interesting facts: I was very athletic growing up. I was a boxer for a few years, and I played Little League baseball and played on the middle school basketball team. In high school I was on the football team, ran track, and, of course, I was on the soccer team. I am also a big music lover and played the guitar and clarinet though middle school and learned to DJ in high school.
Anything else should we know about you? I am very excited that the Rams are back in LA. Last year they didn’t do so well so I can’t wait until football season to see how much they accomplish this year.