Owner, Nivel Up Services, LLC

This year, Jefferson City Magazine recognizes 10 Ones To Watch—a group of up-and-comers who are not only high-character individuals, but who also have achieved things that have bettered the community. This group inspires through faith, drive, and dedication, and they have shown effective leadership in both their professional and personal involvements.

As the owner of Nivel Up Services, José Ramos is bridging gaps in communication through language and community-building.

“My goal is to be the voice for those who don’t feel they are being heard or don’t feel their voice matters. I want to help people, give my children an education, and retire with no regrets or feeling like I should’ve done things differently. My motivation is my upbringing, my parents, and now my kids. My life, thus far, has been making sure my family is healthy and happy. I can’t wait to finish our new home, which has been a huge project of ours. I want to take these experiences and utilize them to help people find a place in this community and teach them how to be involved. I will also be known for my beautiful, glorious mustache ( just kidding), but honestly, I would like to be known for the fun environment created around me. Memories are made when people enjoy your company. Success to me is something you have a passion for, and it’s applied in your everyday life. It’s something people come up to you and ask how they can help contribute to your success.”

I’m surrounded with knowledge and resources for whomever needs help. I’m a destination for anyone wanting to improve their life.

I feel most grateful for my kids and wife, Sasha. Sasha doesn’t always understand my passion at times, but not because she doesn’t believe in me. I act on passion, and sometimes it’s very hard to explain. I’m also grateful to see the Kansas City Chiefs win a Super Bowl in my lifetime. I know they’ll win more soon.

The biggest challenges for society, in my opinion, depend on one’s surroundings. Every are ain the world has challenges they have to face. I keep up on the needs of my community by being a part of different organizations, charities, and nonprofits. Being a part of a group with diversity is also a key factor.

Community to me means how close people can get and help their fellow neighbors. The thing that makes me feel proud and at home is the way my family and I were accepted back in 1989 when we moved here from Chicago. I’ll never forget that no matter the language barrier, there were many who helped guide us through the years.

My wife is there through all my breakdowns. She assures me that all my insecurities are just that, insecurities. She’s my friendly reminder that she has my back, even if she doesn’t tell me directly. She’s the only person I vent to and is my wife and best friend. She tells me constantly, “You’re doing fine, and everything is going to be fine.

• Co-Chair Board member for the Minority Small Business
• Co-Chair Chamber Ambassador
• Co-Chair Chamber Champion Leadership for Transitional Housing
• Past board member for Young Professionals
• Chamber Golf committee
• Chamber BBQ committee
• YP Service committee

I WANT TO SPEND MORE TIME…improving the lives of my family and loved ones around me.

Honesty and realness. Friend-ships can go weeks, or months, with no talking but pick back up like nothing ever happened.

My parents! Without them, I wouldn’t have the passion and hard-working drive that I do. The advice my father gave me that has always stuck by me is to treat people like humans.

MOST PEOPLE WANT…to make life enjoyable within their means.

I would like to be remembered as someone that had a great time. There are lots of jokes to be had. I want my kids to be proud of their last name and for them to be inspired to continue to help others. Also, that I truly cared for others no matter their status, their health, or their age. I lived with great intentions to help.

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