The history of our country is full of illustrious names that painted his passage through this land of glory. We study his life and work at school from childhood, and we turn them into referents of how a good citizen should be. However, in this current story that continues to be written day by day, there is another class of men and women who, although they do not need to defend the Homeland with weapons in hand, as back then, if they represent an example of work, improvement, dignity and honesty.
The city of Moca, cradle of great Dominicans forever, is the small homeland of Hugo Pérez Ovalles, an enterprising man who has fought his own battles with effort to become what he is today. The brain and name behind “Therrestra”, a construction company serving tourism, residential and commercial investments, dedicated to the design, construction and supervision of projects in both the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean.
They currently have a presence in Jamaica and the Dominican Republic, generating 2,000 jobs. They are also registered as a company in Aruba, Saint Martin, Saint Lucia, Jamaica, Cuba and the United States.
Through Huellas, today we know a little more about the ideology of life of someone who started from scratch, but has no intention of stopping.
1- Ever dreamed of being a great construction entrepreneur?
As a child I dreamed of being a cabinetmaker or baker. There was a bakery in front of the house.
Dream about being an engineer? Never
Great businessman? Never
After graduation, and like a typical engineer, he dreamed of having a dump truck (3M3), a spinning top, a compactor and making two houses per year.
2- Moving between two worlds like construction and business, would you say that they are your vocation? How did you find out?
Professionally speaking, it doesn’t matter what you do to live, because you can’t separate it from the word business. They collude. To develop a good construction is to do a good business for the present and future.
I think that my vocation, although I am not good at selling myself, I am a little rough in that aspect, is that I do not get tired, I have no limits. I fight responsibly for what I believe is right.
3- You have been at the forefront of important projects, managing to stand out in a very competitive area. What has been the key?
In what you do, there must always be something that sets you apart from others. Our secret is: good price, good execution, handling, completion, responsibility and deliveries before the required time. In conclusion, the key is to take care of all the details, all of them.
4- What things do you need to achieve with your company?
Human nature is not being conformist. We always want more. We want to continue working to become a benchmark and example throughout the Caribbean, that Dominicans can do. We have the talents, the techniques and the ability.
5- What would you like to achieve that can be considered your greatest contribution to society?
The day he died, to cite an example, Freddy Beras Goico, each citizen, the government, all unanimously, we regret his departure. I think that if at the end of our time, the country, your province, your town or your neighborhood, name a street, a park, make a bust or whatever your name is, then your passage through Earth will not have been in vain. We want to be ambassadors of the Dominican Republic.