Solorzano rec­og­nized as Cen­tral Bank’s Payson Cit­i­zen of the Quar­ter

Serve Daily - - EMPOWERING LIBERTY - By Diana Mathis

Cen­tral Bank re­cently hon­ored Roberto Solorzano for the pos­i­tive im­pact he’s had on the Payson com­mu­nity by pre­sent­ing him with the Cen­tral Bank Good Cit­i­zen Award. Solorzano re­ceived the award on Thurs­day, March 26, at noon at an open house at Cen­tral Bank in Payson.

Solorzano was born in El Sal­vador and spent the ma­jor­ity of his life living in Los An­ge­les, Calif. Af­ter mak­ing one visit to see his brother, who lives in Payson and owns Mi Rancher­ito, Roberto made the move from Los An­ge­les to Payson in 2002. Hav­ing al­ways wanted to start his own busi­ness, Solorzano saw the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to do so when he ar­rived here. Since there wasn’t a Latin Amer­i­can gro­cery store with im­ported eth­nic foods in the com­mu­nity, he opened up Mer­ca­sol Inc. to fill that gap 13 years ago.

“Payson is such a nice lit­tle town and a good place to live. It’s peace­ful and safe for the fam­ily,” said Solorzano, speak­ing to some of the benefits of re­lo­cat­ing to Payson. “The peo­ple here make any­one feel like part of the town right away — they’re so friendly you feel like you’ve known them your whole life!”

Af­ter open­ing Mer­ca­sol, Solorzano started to look at boost­ing one of his fa­vorite hob­bies in the com­mu­nity: soc­cer. He no­ticed Payson cit­i­zens were trav­el­ing to Provo/Orem to play, but that there were no lo­cal leagues, so he de­cided to ad­dress that too by work­ing with Payson City to start a lo­cal soc­cer league that is still go­ing strong to­day. Play­ing out­doors in the sum­mer and in­doors in the win­ter, there is no age limit and no try­outs. Any­one is wel­come to play. Sim­ply put a team to­gether and reg­is­ter at Mer­ca­sol to get in on the fun.

“Find some­thing you love, then find peo­ple who share that love and work to­gether to cre­ate some­thing oth­ers can be­come a part of as well,” said Solorzano to any­one want­ing to in­cor­po­rate any­thing new into the Payson com­mu­nity.

“I would like to thank the com­mu­nity for all its sup­port. From the bank, to the city ad­min­is­tra­tors, to the cit­i­zens, I have re­ceived so much sup­port for my busi­ness and the soc­cer league. The sup­port has al­lowed me to con­tinue to do what I love and I am so grate­ful,” said Solorzano.

Photo by Mike Hardy

Roberto Solorzano of El Mer­ca­sol was pre­sented re­cently with the Payson Cen­tral Bank’s Good Cit­i­zen Award.

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