We interviewed Eduardo Valenzuela, Head of International Business Development at Ecrimesa Group. Passionate about his work, he travels a lot of his time and manages clients from 15 countries and 4 continents, but if he had to change companies, it would only be for… Racing Santander.
- How long have you been working at Ecrimesa Group?
I made my debut on January 3, 2011, as a winter signing.
- What tasks have you performed there?
After a few months of technical training in our Quality Department, I started working as a Commercial Technician focused on the Spanish Market.
In 2013, they trusted me to be responsible for several International Markets. I remember that at that time it was a great personal challenge and I could not be more grateful. Today I manage active clients from 15 countries and 4 continents.
In addition, I am involved in the start-up of our new production plant in the USA and I was the first one to set foot in Thomasville GA, representing Ecrimesa. What a great project, eh?
- How have you seen the evolution of the company since your incorporation?
Impressive, we have not stopped growing in every way: quality, production capacity, turnover, staff, training, complexity of parts, facilities, new technologies… Our management never sleeps and our shareholder partners invest with courage and confidence, so all these years we have remained at the forefront of the world.
- How do you tell or would you tell your children what you do for a living?
My 2-year-old daughter tells everyone, “Daddy works very well.” I have no idea where she gets that from, but so far that’s good enough for me!
- How do you value your work experience in Ecrimesa?
If I say it’s positive, it’s an understatement. As we don’t have our own product catalog, but we manufacture what each client needs exclusively, each project is a new world. In addition, the size and typology of our customers is enormously diverse, both in terms of countries of origin and industrial sectors. My position allows me to be involved both technically and commercially and to travel the world learning about different technologies and business methods. It is exciting and very enriching.
- What recommendation would you give to the new generations who are currently starting to work?
Forget about the clock and be sponges. When you leave the University you have a very broad theoretical training, but in practice you are a blank sheet of paper. I think it’s essential to look for references and to be trained by good, experienced colleagues who have been through a thousand battles.
- What company would you like to work for, if only out of curiosity?
Without a doubt, at Racing Santander. It would fulfill one of my dreams as a teenager and well, right now the room for improvement is so big….
- If time gates existed, to which era of the past would you like to travel?
Bah, the future is much more interesting!
- Tell us an amusing anecdote related to your work.
A few years ago, having a couple of beers after a meeting in the USA, someone told me that he dreamed of setting up a MIM plant there before he retired. I remember that I reacted with comments like: “by then we’ll be traveling by teleportation”, “the plant manager will be a cyborg”, etc.
We laughed, we toasted… And I think the teasing served as motivation, because Mimecri USA is a reality and I don’t see any signs of retirement anywhere!
- Recommend us a movie, a series, a song and a book.
Any Star Wars movie, especially the old ones. Every Christmas I go to the movies with my nephews, but no costumes or anything like that!
Song: Pequeña gran revolución, by IZAL
Book: Mi bisabuela, by Marily García de Valenzuela
- That country or city you can’t wait to visit.
Here I could give an endless list, because I love to travel in good company.
My sister and family live in Albany, which is the capital of New York State. Between pandemics and other issues I haven’t been able to visit their home yet, so that’s my Top 1 goal.