Manufacturing Leader Goes After Association’s Presidency
SAN JUAN – The island’s general manager and chief financial officer of Zurich-based Fenwal International Inc., Eric Santiago, is aiming to become president of the Puerto Rico Manufacturers Association (PRMA).
The nominated candidate has been a member of the PRMA for more than 15 years and has been the association’s western region director, supporting the past three presidents. He was recognized Regional Director of the Year 2013-2014 by the organization.
Inspired by the motto “Believe, create and grow,” he is betting on his vision and the industry’s ability to boost economic growth, as he has done at the medical device manufacturing company he runs in Maricao and San Germán. Fenwal is a subsidiary of Fresenius Kabi, a world leader in transfusion medicine.
He said he hopes to get PRMA member votes at the organization’s annual meeting, which will be held June 4 at El Conquistador Hotel in Fajardo.
He added he will strongly support the “Made in Puerto Rico” brand to solidify the island’s internal potential and that he will use corporate alliances to standardize tactics and strategies that result in more economic growth.
“We need to work together as a country in a genuine way through the Private Sector Coalition, along with the public and labor sectors. In addition, it is urgent we eliminate partisan politics in the public education system. We will lose…if we do not strengthen our private and public education to world-class levels,” Santiago emphasized.
He said it is crucial to identify and aggressively support the establishment of a new model of economic development based on the creation of development niches that contribute to youth entrepreneurship, self-management and investment protection, regardless of national origin.