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Grupo Therrestra awards academic excellence to Architecture graduate

Grupo Therrestra, awarded the academic excellence to architecture graduate, Gleydis Betzaida Santos Jáquez.

The 21yr old is a Cum Laude graduate from the PUCMM University and registered 4 years ago for her architecture major by applying for the educational credit program for her higher-learning studies.

The Therrestra Award to Excellence, paid RD$500,000.00 to the graduate, to cover her pending credit balance in the academic organization, plus an immediate job offer, hence making of this graduate, a role model to the other students. “Gleydis is proof that excellence can only be achieved with drive, a trademark of all our team members which is made evident in all projects we manage in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean”, as was explained by Hugo Pérez Ovalles, Therrestra CEO, and creator of this award.

Our company is committed to upholding this award and granting it yearly within the terms comprised under the inter-institutional agreement underwritten with the PUCMM, which seeks to aid in the preparedness of university talent, so the latter can enter the job market with the best skill set.


Grupo Therrestra will improve skills set of future engineers at INTEC

Our company leads in the design, construction and oversight field for tourist and residential developments in the Dominican Republic and the Caribbean, donated RD$5,000,000.00 to the Santo Domingo Technology Institute -INTEC-, to better their Engineering Lab facilities, in which they receive around 2,000 students per annum, all of them majors in Civil and Industrial Engineering.

Through this initiative, we help foster that all future professionals that enter the job market, do so with the best-developed skills set. “College is the knowledge foundation stone of any professional”. Hence why at Therrestra, we are certain that by improving the practice spaces, these upcoming professionals will be better-trained, for when the time comes to meet the needs of competitive businesses such as ours”, so said Hugo Pérez Ovalles, Therrestra CEO.

In the TH Construction Materials and Ground Mechanics Lab, students will be able to assess all technical features, physical-mechanical, chemical and durability properties of all construction materials, to ensure the reliability and safety of same, as well as due compliance of all norms and regulations, locally and abroad. “This lab will feature the best equipment for physical testing, something that will greatly influence their professional practice as future engineers graduated from INTEC”, as was explained by Rolando M. Guzmán, INTEC Chancellor.

This donation forms part of a framework agreement underwritten between both organizations, which includes joint research projects, support to the INTEC Infrastructure Master Plan, joint training programs, as well as the establishment of the “Therrestra Award to Excellence” for Civil Engineering students.


Grupo Therrestra will help make Club Med a dream come true in Miches

Grupo Therrestra, led by Hugo Pérez Ovalles, has placed its service, reliability and talented hallmark at the disposition of the prestigious Club Med hotel chain, to help develop its most luxurious and prestigious development in the Americas region, to be developed in Miches, in the El Seibo province.

The hotel, located in Punta Hicaco, will be located some 6Kms away from Miches, and will comprise a total 129 rooms and a modern main building to be developed by Therrestra.

Since Miches is a new niche where the prestigious French hotel chain, known for offering premium all-inclusive vacations had set its sights on, it has entrusted Grupo Therrestra, one of the most renowned construction companies in the Dominican Republic, whose construction experience expands around the entire Caribbean and whose services have been sought-after by the main hotel brands operating in the region.

In this sense, the Therrestra CEO, grateful for the conferred-upon trust to once more, develop ambitious and strategic tourist developments in the Caribbean,  pointed out that “with the development of Club Med in Miches, we are writing a new chapter in the promising future of the Dominican Republic, by staking on attractive and interesting new tourist poles such as Miches, especially in the luxury tourism market. A delectable showcase for millions of visitors worldwide”, Pérez Ovalles concluded.

The project, whose groundbreaking took place and featured the attendance of President Danilo Medina, on May 3rd, is scheduled to open by late 2019. The new Club Med development in the area, a Therrestra development, represents the start of a promising partnership for tourism in the coming years, by developing an area such as Playa Esmeralda.


Hugo Pérez Ovalles: The mastermind behind Therrestra

The history of our country is full of admirable names, all of them whom left their mark on this earth. We study the lives and work of these men at school the moment we learn to read, and we make of them the role models to follow and emulate, as aspiring good citizens. However, history nowadays continues to write itself; there is another class of men and women, that though they’ve not been called to arms to defend their Fatherland, as was back then, today, they are an example for their hard work, their success, their dignity and honesty.

The town of Moca, home to great Dominicans since its inception, is the homeland of Hugo Pérez Ovalles, a pioneering forward-thinking man, whom championed his own battles with effort, and hard work, becoming who he is today. The mastermind behind “Therrestra”, a leading construction company, at the service of tourist, residential and commercial development projects, specialized in project design, construction and oversight in the Dominican Republic and in the Caribbean.

Therrestra is currently present in the Dominican Republic and in Jamaica, currently generating 2,000 jobs.

Also, the company is registered in Aruba, St. Maarten, Saint Lucia, Cuba and the U.S.

Through this interview, today we will learn a little more about the way of life of someone that came from nothing and has no intention of stopping.


1- Did you ever dream or believe you’d become a construction entrepreneur?

When I was a boy, I dreamt of becoming a cabinetmaker or a baker. There was a bakery right in front of the house. Dream of becoming an engineer? Never. Renowned entrepreneur? Never

After I graduated, and like any engineer, I dreamt of having a 3M3 Tipper Truck, a Mixing Cone, a Vibratory Compactor and maybe build two houses per year.


2- Moving between two worlds, as are construction and business, would you say this is your calling? How did you learn this?

Professionally speaking, it doesn’t matter what you do for a living, because you will never see it separate from business. The two go by the hand. Developing a good construction, is doing good business, for present times and the future.

I think my calling, though I must confess I am terrible at self-marketing, I am somewhat crass in that sense, is that I am tireless, I’m limitless. I strive responsibly for what I believe is right.


3- You’ve been responsible for important developments, hence achieving recognition in a very competitive field. What is your secret?

In anything you do, there must always be something extra, that special touch that sets you aside from the rest. Our secret is: Good pricing, good execution, good project management, trimming, accountability and timely delivery, before the deadline. Bottom line, the key is the details, it’s all in the details.


4- What do you believe your company is yet to achieve?   

Not settling is part of human nature. We always want more. We want to continue working to become a standard and example all throughout the Caribbean, of what Dominicans can achieve. We’ve got the skills, the technique and the drive for it.


5- What would you like to accomplish that could be considered your greatest contribution to society?

For instance, the day that Freddy Beras-Goico died, every citizen, the State, all of us in unison, mourned his passing. My belief is that when our time comes, the country, your province, your town or slum, name a street, a park, build a bust or anything in your honor, then your time on this Earth will not have been in vain. We want to be the standard and ambassadors of hard work, of the Dominican Republic.


I am, because we are!!

Mainstreaming, unity and teamwork were the pillars that our CEO, Hugo Pérez Ovalles, wanted to set deeply in the annual Therrestra Offsite Day, seeking to drive positive impact and results in all team members through a series of energy-driven and dynamic offsite meets, nuanced with lots of team-building activities. These dynamics served as the driving force to build harmony and rapport among all.

Over 10years making big ideas a reality!!

Thank you all!


Grupo Therrestra sponsors TH Athlete 2017

As part of its CSR program, Therrestra seeks to strengthen sportsmanship in the Moca municipality, one way thereof, is the establishment of the TH Athlete Award, which was awarded this year to Jean Carlos López Moscoso.

Therrestra CEO, Hugo Pérez Ovalles, stressed the high development these provincial athletes are experiencing thanks to the support received from the community and its organizations. “I feel proud that my efforts have been noted and having been distinguished as the best athlete was a complete surprise. I want to thank Therrestra for the award and for believing me worthy of it”, López said.

This is not the first award the young Moca-native receives, he also received the “Best Soccer Athlete”in the 2018 Olympic Gala.
The award ceremony took place in the Teatro Don Bosco of the Moca municipality and was organized by the UDEPE.


Grupo Therrestra is awarded “Business of the Year”

The Espaillat Province Sports Union (*known by its official name in Spanish: Unión Deportiva de la Provincia Espaillat -UDEPE) awarded Grupo Therrestra with the 2017 “Business of the Year” Award.

Julio Taveras, Chairman of the UDEPE, stressed the great work Therrestra and its CEO, Hugo Pérez Ovalles have been carrying out in the construction field and in their CSR program. “To us, it is an honor for organizations such as UDEPE, to distinguish the hard work and effort invested in each of our projects, as well as in the contributions we make to better the community”, Pérez explained.

The UDEPE serves as regulator entity of all sports associations established in the province, so that the latter commit to developing the sports discipline they represent.

La actividad se llevó a cabo en el Teatro Don Bosco del municipio de Moca, donde estuvieron presentes miembros de UDEPE, Grupo Therrestra y líderes en el sector deportivo.


Bávaro Police Station is renovated thanks to Therrestra

Grupo Therrestra has aided in the renovations of the Mayor Manuel de Jesús Guerrero León Police Station, located in the Hoyo de Friusa community, which was originally built in 2014, by the National Security Plan developed by the National Government and which aims to reduce the area crime rate.

With Therrestra’s contribution, the police station bears its name in honor of Mayor Manuel de Js. Guerrero León, whom was killed by gunfire in the line of duty during an incident which took place in front of the Plaza Genaro, some of the areas in the structure were renovated, previously quite damaged. “This police station contributes to the safety, peace and calm, not only of the residents of Hoyo de Friusa, but of the entire Verón, Bávaro and Punta Cana region. That’s why we’ve reached out to help you”, so explained Hugo Pérez Ovalles, Therrestra CEO.

The police station features a staff of 50 police officers, whom service the community in the fight against crime.


The 2 de Mayo Rotary Club of Moca, distinguishes Grupo Therrestra

The 2 de Mayo Rotary Club issued a recognition to Grupo Therrestra, for its extraordinary contributions towards the entity, helping towards a better governance for the 2017-2018 term.

Edward Paulino, Rotary Club chair, stressed the great work Therrestra and its CEO, Hugo Pérez Ocalles, have done and continue to do towards the wellbeing of the Moca community. “This is proof that when people whom share a vision come together, great results are only the beginning; this is our goal at the Rotary Club, and it is also Therrestra’s goal”, Paulino explained.

The 2 de Mayo Rotary Club is an organization which gathers people whom are committed towards acting and making a difference through social labor in the community.

The event took place in the Don Bosco Theatre, in the Moca municipality, where several members of the Rotary Club, community leaders of Moca and team members of Therrestra were among the attendees.


“We are paving the way towards a secure future” Hugo Pérez Ovalles

Early into the conversation, one of the first words to come out of our interviewee’s mouth is “excellent”. That’s how he defines the professional windfall he is currently experiencing.

“Upon graduating, I prayed that as an Engineer, I could build two houses a year, and own my own truck, mixing cone and compactor. Today, we have an entire fleet, and we develop two hotels a year. Life has multiplied my wishes more than tenfold”.

“I manage several positions under my own position as CEO; from meetings to budgets, quotes, accounting, insurance, human capital, social responsibility, publicity, etc. It is a very interesting job, and I’m never bored. Each day brings about a new adventure; a new opportunity; a new beginning”.

Hugo Pérez Ovalles showcases a critical and knowledgeable understanding of his field, hence making him a firsthand observer of the current urban state of Santo Domingo. Reason why he never hesitates when he says “As a developer, I feel proud of the numerous modern buildings that are currently developing in Santo Domingo. Our city is on the path towards becoming more modern and avant-garde when pointing out the recent architectural designs”. “We are paving the path towards a secure future. Yes, I am worried about transit with regards to the increase in housing facilities”.

There is an infrastructure scarcity to attend to the real needs. I don’t see an urban development plan that supports this increasing transit flow”, Pérez added. Hugo then referred to a renowned filmmaker, when we asked him how he faces forward every new challenge.

“Billy Wilder said it best in one of his characters: “This earthly life is a battle, my friend” To me, life is a battle, each day is a battle, and I go from one battle to the next, and by this I mean, on the day-to-day, I can lose a battle but never the war. Step by step, day by day, every minute…. His personal definition of a perfect day is the following: “A perfect day is when you leave your house with a full-day agenda of meetings, activities and appointments, and at the end of the day, you come back having met the entire agenda. Everyone welcomes you, nothing was postponed, and you didn’t even get a flat tire”.

Are you a beach or mountain lover?
My day-to-day is spent under the sun, facing the sea. On my free time, I’d never think of going to the beach. I’m a mountain man, I love the cold, and freshwater.


How are you when it comes to food? Do you cook?
I haven’t yet run into something I wouldn’t eat. I don’t have a favorite dish, I can eat anything and everything. I’m not a picky eater, so, I eat to live, but I don’t live to eat.  Yes, I’m learning how to fix sandwiches.


What does traveling mean to you? Any destinations you visit more than once? What’s on your travel bucket list?

One day, I told myself “enough!” “I’m tired of seeing the world on a TV screen, magazines, books and the web. I’m always in Miami, Cuba, and NYC. I visit Aspen every year, and I never tire of it. But I still need to see the world: Australia, Thailand, Australia, Russia, etc.


How do you feel about the other streams of art? Architecture, Painting, etc?
I’m very lousy at drawing; once, I tried to draw a horse for my daughters, and it turned out looking like a very ugly dog; at least we thought it looked like a dog. From the arts, I like music and dancing.


What do you wish to leave behind, as your legacy?
I’ve always thought, that when my time comes, even if a Street, a park or a building bear my name, it would be enough for me to feel fulfilled. I don’t want my time in the world to end, leave it behind as just another passerby. I would like to change several things about my country, but it’s beyond my control. I hope to change some lives and influence others with my way of thinking and acting. That would be my legacy.