Ramiro Gomez, CEO
N A M E : Gomez Velasquez
U R L : www.gomezvelasquez.com
F O C U S : Distributor and importer of
equipment, monitoring systems, pipes,
sumps, fittings, filtrations, systems and
consumables for gas stations, airports,
ports, industries and farms.
FA C T : Ramiro Gomez will tell you that
in life, happiness is family — not money.
FOR THIS QUAR TER’S “MEM- ber Pro;le,” Liliana Cruz, who is directing
PEI’s efforts in Latin America,
interviewed Ramiro Gomez, CEO
of Gomez Velasquez in Cartago,
LC: Your company has been
around since the ’80s. What
changed in that decade?
RG: Gomez Velasquez is a family
company founded in 1981. In
May 1986, the family business was
dissolved, and until January 2015,
it was a sole proprietorship. From
then until now, it became a com-
pany with the trade name “Gomez
Velasquez SAS.” We are af;liated
with the Cámara de Comercio de
Cartago in Colombia (Cartago
Chamber of Commerce), the
Federación Nacional de Comer-
ciantes Fenalco (national trading
federation in Colombia) and the
Petroleum Equipment Institute.
We’ve been a PEI ambassador in
Colombia. Gomez Velasquez is
privately owned and neither has nor
is a subsidiary. We employ the latest
in technology. Our main activity is
to advise and sell products and ser-
vices for fuel distribution to service
stations, supply plants and any com-
pany that requires our services and
products anywhere in the country.
LC: You’ve worked in this market
in Colombia more than 30 years.
What changes have you seen?
RG: The market has had representative changes over the years, in
technological, environmental and
legal matters, among others, which
forces us to be at the forefront in
offering parts and the latest technology accessories that meet the needs
of our customers and the sector in
LC: What has been the greatest
challenge Gomez Velasquez has
faced, and how did you respond?
RG: The biggest challenge was
going from a person to a corporation (Gomez Velasquez SAS) at
By Liliana Cruz