Santo Domingo, D.R.- Businessmen Felipe Vicini, executive chairman of INICIA; Marcial Najri, EVP of Grupo Najri, and Manuel A. Grullón, chairman of Banco Popular and Grupo Popular, hosted a conference on the keys to leadership and the challenges the business world faces today, before an attending audience of 1500+ SMEs, during the 4th Edition of the IMPULSA Business Forum, hosted by Banco Popular Dominicano.

Created to serve as an annual rendezvous for the Dominican SME sector, on occasion of this new edition of the Impulsa Business Forum, the guest speakers presented their key principles in business management, their entrepreneurial spirit, and their long-term vision, elements that have allowed their corporations to transcend in time, and consolidate leader positions.

In this sense, during his dissertation, Mr. Manuel Grullón, exhorted the audience to work with love and passion, to ensure collaborator engagement, to surround themselves with the best teams, seek guidance from mentors and advisors, learn each day to analyze their environment and innovate, creating companies that are human, where its staff follows in the footsteps of ethics and values in both business and everyday life.

The Banco Popular and Grupo Popular chairman also stressed on the importance of making analysis-based decisions, with calculated risks, but at the same time making room for intuition. “If our intuition doesn’t tell us the same that our mind does, when we must delay the final decision until the two are in harmony. We need to be careful when making decisions, we need to put a safety belt on risk”, Grullón ensured. During his presentation, Mr. Marcial Najri pointed to the SMEs that “the business and personal success of all SMEs  is the result of sacrifice, dedication, perseverance, savings and family unity”, all of them applied to a “long-term vision to achieve goals”.

When speaking  about his family’s business development, Najri highlighted that a determining factor in their success has been the recruitment of skilled workers, all of them displaying ethics, honesty and integrity; at the same time, family unity in and outside the business settings, as well as a well-established corporate governance, which goes hand in hand with a family structure, which have been key to their permanence. Thus, the same values and principles which gave way to SMEs, remain sacred to this day”, Najri expressed.

Meanwhile, Felipe Vicini, INICIA chairman, highlighted the elements which to the best of his knowledge influence on the transcendence in time of a company, such as are “business redesign, long-term vision, faith in a nation’s progress, a low profile and family unity”.


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