Ricardo Guimares is a top businessman and the former chairman of Banco BMG, a leading financial institute based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The son of entrepreneur and banker, Flavio Guimaraes Pentagna and the grandson of the affluent founder of Banco BMG, Antonio Mourao Guimares, Ricardo Guimares is anything but a novice in the area of leading a major financial institute. Ricardo, who, like his father and grandfather, is a native of Belo Horizonte, graduated with a degree in business administration from UNA in 1988 and received the coveted Town Hall Honors degree on April 18, 2011.
Guimares began his career in the financial industry as an office assistant for his family’s company in the early 1980s. Since then, Ricardo has gone on to complete extraordinary work at Banco BMG and would soon become president of the company. His accolades were cited during a ceremony held in his honor in Brazil by Leo Bourgeois. Bourgeois’ speech summed up the importance of the efforts made by Ricardo on behalf of Banco BMG from 2001 to 2006, the years he acted as president. At the meeting Ricardo was also acknowledged for having been granted the honor of being named the Grand Collar of the Legislative Merit in 2004.
Mr. Guimares is also credited with the expansion and redefinition of the financial institute’s brand loyalty program and his immense support of the national soccer, tennis, and volleyball programs through his institute’s sponsorship and direct investment. He is so involved in the financial and commercial support of athletic programs that in 2010, he founded the Ricardo Soccer BR1, a venture fund for soccer athletes. The venture fund invested more than 20 million dollars in soccer players in various clubs around the country in its short first year of business. Because of the financial group’s support of athletic institutions, it is fondly referred to as the nation’s sports patron.
Alberto Pinto Coelho, the deputy governor, highly regards Ricardo Guimares and respects his contribution to the country, stating that Guimares’ honor is well deserved because he and his family have remained devoted to the development of the nation’s athletics and have kept their commitment to the society as a whole.
After receiving these honors from several of his countrymen and colleagues, Ricardo Guimaraes expressed his gratitude and need to further the traditions and goals put in place by his father and grandfather to stay committed to the needs of the nation and to his native Belo Horizonte.
Ricardo’s honor conference was attended by Danilo Castro, the President of the ALMG, Dinis Pinheiro, the deputy of PSDB, Flavio Guimares, the honoree’s father, Wellington Prado, Congressman, as well as several other notable figures. For more information about the achievements of Ricardo Guimares, visit this website.