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FELIPE VICINI

15

Sep

Creso Athletes Wow the Crowd in Taipei

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The World University Games “Universiada Taipei 2017” (*Collegelympics) also known as the “University Olympic Games,” wrapped on Wednesday with a well-praised performance by the Dominican Republic, winning 18th place among all participating countries, surpassing Hispanic-American superpowers such as Brazil, Spain, Jamaica and Colombia.

The CRESO Program congratulated the delegation, which won a total of 6 medals, 4 of them gold and 2 silver.

“For us, the most important thing is to help our athletes build their Olympic dreams, and see how all their medals were won by member athletes, and that fills us with pride,” said Manuel Luna, executive director to CRESO.

The CRESO athletes that championed in Taipei were: Audrys Nin, for gymnastics; Luguelín and Juander Santos, each of them on track and field; Luis Charles who co-championed with the Santos brothers on the 4 x 400 in track and field. Beatríz Pirón and Luis García, both won silver on weightlifting.

“This is the beginning of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic cycle, and we’re already on the right track. Now, the Bolivarian Games, the Central American Games and the Pan-American Games of 2017, 2018 and 2019. If we work together with the Sports Ministry and the Dominican Olympic Committee in a strategic manner, we can achieve an amazing outcome,” Luna concluded.

About CRESO

CRESO is a non-profit entity, which invests in the athletic development of Dominican athletes, combined with an academic education. Its chairman is businessman Felipe Vicini, who praised the work of these athletes at the University Olympic Games of Taipei and exhorted them to continue pursuing success.

The  CRESO  investor companies are Banco Popular, Central Romana Corporation, Claro, Ferquido, Grupo RICA, Grupo SID, Total Dominicana, Universal and INICIA.

THE SCOOP

The next Dominican delegation appointment is scheduled for the Bolivarian Games, set to take place in Santa Marta, Colombia, from November 11th to the 25th, and next year, the Central American Games, also to be hosted in Colombia, on July 19th till August 3rd, 2018.

SOURCE: elnacional.com.do

18

May

The DR Olympic Glories Make it to the IDB Atrium in Washington

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Washington, D.C.– The atrium of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters hosted the new photo showcase for the book “GLORIES: Going for the Gold” and “The Inclusion Games” as part of the formal launch of the 25th Dominican Week in the US (SemDomUSA), an initiative led by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic (AmChamDR).

The exhibit is based on the most recent publications by INICIA, launched in December 2016, which are tribute to the Olympic Pan-American and Paralympic national athletes. Both publications were edited on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the creation of the Dominican Olympic Committee.

During the event, the chairman and managing partner of INICIA, Felipe Vicini, referred to the showcase as “our effort to distinguish those heroes that make our nation proud in every competition for which they represent their country. Because it is our Olympic Glories who are the true protagonists of this story.

Vicini also explained to the attendees how the CRESO program works, by investing directly in 78 high-performance athletes, all of them Dominican-born, and the reason why a meeting was sustained between the IDB and Georgetown University with hopes to expanding the CRESO program.

The Olympic medalist Gabriel Mercedes spoke during the event and expressed his gratitude on behalf of all Dominican athletes for this recognition abroad.

The exhibit will remain open to the public until May 19th. “This will allow hundreds of people from different countries and nationalities, including the Dominican diaspora in DC, to learn more about our GLORIES, their history, and to appreciate the fine work that everyone involved in this book achieved as result,” Vicini concluded.

ABOUT DOMINICAN WEEK IN THE U.S.

For 25 years, Dominican Week in U.S. has highlighted the values of Dominican patriotism in prestigious scenarios of the business, cultural, academic and political sectors. The activity contributes to enhancing the international reputation of the nation and its nations, throughout an intense activities program that gathers key personalities.

SEMDOMUSA is sponsored by Barrick, Citi, Claro Dominicana, Marítima Dominicana, Grupo RICA, Squire, Patton & Boggs, Bepensa, INICIA, Martí PG, Humano Seguros, Banco Popular, CESPM, CXO Consulting, Haina International Terminal- HIT, Banco BHD-León, Mercado Media Network, Lift Air Group, Latin American Free Zone- PIISA, the Quisqueya Binational Economic Council (*Consejo Económico Binacional Quisqueya (CEBQ), Jiménez Cruz Peña Attorneys, Gerdau Metaldom, The Central Bank of the Dominican Republic, Grupo Punta Cana, Línea Clave, MITUR and Delta Airlines.

 Also sponsoring to make SemDomUSA possible are AES Dominicana, Hanes Caribe, Aerodom, Seaboard, Central Romana Corporation, ProCigar, Rizek Cacao, the Inter-American Development Bank, the D.R Embassy in D.C, AmCham, the Consulate General of the D.R in New York, the World Bank Group and the National Supermarket Association.

Source: eldia.com.do

04

May

City Hall Distinguishes National Athletes

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The key Dominican athletes were put on display as part of an exhibit hosted by the Mayor of the National District, David Collado, at the Town Hall and Parque Colón of the Colonial City.

The exhibit is composed of photos taken from the book “GLORIES: Going for the Gold” and the institutional agenda “The Inclusion Games,” which were edited by INICIA on occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Dominican Olympic Committee.

“We want all tourists and residents visiting our Colonial City to learn about our Olympians, which have made our nation proud and honorably defend their flag in the competitions for which they represent the country,” said Collado during the opening address that formally inaugurated the exhibit, an event that featured the presence of Sports Minister Danilo Díaz, the chairman of the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), Luisín Mejía, and the Managing Partner of INICIA and Chairman of CRESO, Felipe Vicini.

During his speech, Vicini highlighted the arduous efforts made by the firm he chairs through CRESO. “This program, founded over 5 years ago, invests directly in the academic and sports development of 78 athletes. We have triumphantly participated in two Olympic Games: London 2012 and Rio 2016, and we are already working towards giving it our all at Tokyo 2020,” expressed Vicini.

During the activity, Vicini invited other businesses to join CRESO through sponsorship, and he seized the occasion to distinguish José Joaquín Puello for his efforts in running for chair of ODEPA.

Once the expo was inaugurated, the attendees witnessed a Tae Kwon Do demo match starring Gabriel Mercedes, one of the Pekin 2008 medalists, and Luisito Pie, bronze medal winner in Rio 2016. The photography expo will be open to the public all throughout May, and as announced, INICIA will also present the photo exhibit at the Inter-American Development Bank, as part of the activities program for Dominican Week in the U.S, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce of the Dominican Republic. During the event Luisín Mejía, President of the COD, highlighted the recognition made by the Mayor of Santo Domingo to the national Olympic athletes. “We feel immensely joyful, because the main national authorities are rendering tribute to our athletes. Today, it is the Mayor of Santo Domingo, represented by David Collado,” Mejía said as he expressed how this activity further commits him to continue working in favor of sports and Dominican youths.

“Thanks to David Collado, once again to Felipe Vicini, Chairman of the Board of CRESO,” he said. The activity featured the presence of several personalities of the national public service, among them Dr. Milton Ray Guevara, chairman of the Constitutional Court; Sports Minister Danilo Díaz; the COD chairman, Luisin Mejía; Dr. José Joaquín Puello, chairman Ad Vitam of the COD; Franklín León, president of the National Brewery; Gilberto García, chairman of the Judo Federation; Miguel Rivera of the Handball Federation, among others.

SOURCE: hoy.com.do

13

Mar

Photo exhibit in Parque Independencia paid tribute to Dominican athletes

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INICIA, the asset management firm, inaugurated the photo exhibit “Glories: Going for the Gold” and “The Inclusion Games”, hosted in the Parque Independencia of the Olde City of Santo Domingo.

The inauguration of the expo was headed by the chairman and managing partner of INICIA, Felipe Vicini, and the chairman of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Luisín Mejía, joined by Anibal Portorreal, Deputy Mnister of Sports and Santo Domingo mayor David Collado, featuring attendance by renowned sports figures, including some of the Olympic and Pan-American medalists from the Dominican Republic.

Vicini pointed out that this expo is a tribute to the efforts of hundreds of Dominican men and women that have gone above and beyond to make sure the Dominican Republic feels proud of its talent.

“Our Olympic athletes, and our Paralympic athletes, are an example of the struggles against adversity; this must drive us forward to continue achieving our goals and making our dreams come true”, the executive said.

The expo is based on the book “Glories: Going for the Gold” and the Agenda “The Inclusion Games”, which INICIA edited last year, and featuring production by Ricardo Piantini Hazoury, as well as text by Dionisio Soldevila and Nathanael Pérez. Both editions are available online on the website: www.gloriasrd.com

Source: El Caribe

09

Mar

INICIA opens photo exhibit for gold medal athletes

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INICIA, the asset management firm, inaugurated the photo exhibit “Glories: Going for the Gold” and “The Inclusion Games”, hosted in the Parque Independencia of the Olde City of Santo Domingo.

The inauguration of the expo was headed by the chairman and managing partner of INICIA, Felipe Vicini, and the chairman of the Dominican Olympic Committee, Luisín Mejía, joined by Anibal Portorreal, Deputy Minister of Sports and Santo Domingo Mayor David Collado, featuring attendance by renowned sports figures, including some of the Olympic and Pan-American medalists from the Dominican Republic.

Vicini pointed out that this expo is a tribute to the efforts of hundreds of Dominican men and women that have gone above and beyond to make sure the Dominican Republic feels proud of its talent.

“Our Olympic athletes, and our Paralympic athletes, are an example of the struggles against adversity; this must drive us forward to continue achieving our goals and making our dreams come true”, the executive said.

The expo is based on the book “Glories: Going for the Gold” and the Agenda “The Inclusion Games”, which INICIA edited last year, and featuring production by Ricardo Piantini Hazoury, as well as text by Dionisio Soldevila and Nathanael Pérez. . Both editions are available online on the website: www.gloriasrd.com

Mayor David Collado headed the tour of the expo, where all Dominican Olympic medalists feature their portrait, with a legend highlighting their achievements throughout their sports career, as well as some of the most renowned figures at Pan-American and Central-American level.

Source: Hoy

01

Feb

INICIA launches book GLORIES: Going for the Gold

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With its traditional corporate book and agenda, this year’s edition renders tribute to the 70-year history of the Dominican Olympic Movement and its various great achievements, by the Olympic and Paralympic Athletes.

Felipe Vicini President of Creso and IniciaINICIA, the asset management firm, launched its 2017 publication: GLORIES-Going for the Gold, a recount which narrates the 70-year history of the Dominican Olympic movement.

The presentation was made by Felipe Vicini, managing partner of the firm, who also showed the 2017 agenda joining the book, and which forms part of the publication for its 10th year in a row, dedicated this year to the anonymous heroes of the Dominican Paralympic Committee, emphasizing on Robert Jiménez, the only Dominican Paralympic medalist, that won for Track & Field in Atlanta ’96.

“All these GLORIES, our Olympic athletes, pride us and drive us to continue investing in sports and education as the key tools to promote the development of our nation’s leaders”, Vicini said during the launch, which featured the attendance of several of the Dominican athletes from the Olympic and Pan-American Games, as well as federation members and representatives from the CRESO sponsor companies, of which INICIA is founding partner.

Luisito pie and felix sanchez are observed in the book glories going for the goldOn his end, Luisín Mejía Oviedo, chairman of the Dominican Olympic Committee, said that with this launch, a year of successes
comes to an end, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Dominican Olympic movement. “One of the greatest satisfactions this celebration gave, was the medal won by Luisito Pie in the Rio Olympic Games, which adds to 7 summer Olympic medals, adding to that another 5 medals from the Youth Olympics, and 1 Paralympic medal, which grants us a preferential position within the region, in these 70years since the movement began in our Fatherland”, Mejía said.

INICIA Asset Management Firm President Felipe ViciniThe book “GLORIES: Going for the Gold” and the Agenda “The Inclusion Games”, were produced by Ricardo Piantini Hazoury, featuring texts by Dionisio Soldevila and Nathaniel Pérez, fact checking by José Chez Checo and design by Sahira Fontana. Also with the book, 7 videos featuring the Olympic medalists and the DOC, produced by Tatiana Fernández, all of them available on the book’s website: www.gloriasrd.com

The publication, a non-profit edition and featuring limited distribution is also available in PDF format on the book’s website.

About CRESO

CRESO is a non profit entity that invest in developing hi-performance Olympic Athletes while also promoting investment in their academic training in order to enable them to perform at any professional field once their sports career has ended. Through its investment in sports CRESO seeks to foster leadership development of model citizens.

The founding companies of CRESO are: Central Romana Corporation, Claro, FERQUIDO, Banco Popular Dominicano, Grupo Rica, Grupo SID, Universal, Total Dominicana, INICIA and the Dominican Olympic Committee as a sports technical entity.

Source: Acento

Glories Going for the Gold Delivery of the first copy to the minister of sports

23

Dec

Felipe Vicini launches book “GLORIES Going for the Gold”

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THE BOOK “GLORIES GOING FOR GOLD” WAS LAUNCHED ON TUESDAY NIGHT, AT AN EVENT HOSTED IN THE PIANTINI HALL OF THE J.W. MARRIOTT HOTEL

The CRESO program (*Spanish for Creando Sueños Olímpicos) (Creating Olympic Dreams) launched the corporate book “GLORIES: Going for the Gold”, a compendium which comprises the 70-year history of the Dominican Republic in all Olympic Games.

The book was launched last night, during an event hosted in the Piantini Hall of the J.W. Marriott Hotel, headed by Mr. Felipe Vicini, CRESO Chairman.

A plethora of personalities attended the event, as testimony of its significance.

During his presentation speech, Vicini stressed the value of the book’s content, a luxury-edition compendium, which comprises the entire history of the Dominican athletes that have made our nation proud in the Olympic events, but more especially to the Summer Olympic medalists. “Each of these athletes have made us proud”, Vicini said, after emphasizing that it is their accomplishments, which drives us “onward”.

He quoted several past and present leaders, such as Frank Hatton, Juan Ulises (Wiche) García Saleta, Emil Kasse Acta, Roque Napoleón Muñoz, José Joaquín Puello, Luis Mejía and other renowned Olympic leaders, for their devotion and commitment in the best interest of the Dominican Sports Organization.

Vicini highlighted that all throughout these 70 years, the Dominican athletes have allowed us “live the dream through moments of glory”, and that the publication was precisely that, a tribute to all those breathtaking moments.

The book gathers some 400 medalists. “Our athletes, are a national pride”, Vicini said.

“Sports and education are the key to buidling a better nation”, Vicini expressed, stating that the Dominican athletes are “a role model worth emulating” in society. He also spoke of an agenda and historical events throughout the trajectory of Dominican sports. The agenda also features a full color hardback luxury edition print.

During the event, Luisin Mejía Oviedo, chairman of the DOC also spoke, commending the work done by CRESO and the publication, stressing how this book immortalizes the history of Dominican sports, not only by narrating it. He showed his immense satisfaction because the book renders homage to the history of the Dominican Olympic movement and its great achievements. He made a recount of all the medals won throughout time and gave credit to the trainers, federation leaders and medical staff that have committed body and soul to training and grooming all Dominican athletes so they can aim to the stars when abroad.

During the act, Vicini and Mejía Oviedo delivered a copy of the book to Danilo Díaz, Minister of Sports; then called numerous athletes present at the event to introduce the book. Among them: Félix Sánchez, Félix Díaz, Gabriel Mercedes, Luisito Pie, and also the Pan-American and Central American medalists Wanda Rijo, Victor Estrella, Yuderkis Contreras and Beatríz Pirón, among others.

Source: Listin Diario

28

Nov

Impulsa Forum by Banco Popular Gathers Over 1,000 SMEs

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EL NUEVO DIARIO, SANTO DOMINGO.- 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.

Passion for your work, the best team and business ethics

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

Sacrifice, perseverance and long-term goals

During his presentation, Marcial M. Najri, stressed to all SMEs, that the business and personal success are “the result of sacrifice, dedication, perseverance, savings and family unity”, applied to “a long-term vision of reaching and surpassing goals”.

Source: El Nuevo Diario

28

Nov

DR coordinates agreements to improve sports

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Commission is composed by Danilo Díaz, Luisín Mejía and Felipe Vicini

DOHA, QATAR.- The high-level tripartite commission from the Dominican Republic that assists the assembly by the Association of National Olympic Committees (ACNO) taking place in Doha, Qatar, hosted a series of bilateral meetings with different organizations, pursuing to establish several agreements that benefit sports in the Dominican Republic.

Those meetings, where Luisin Mejía, chairman of the COD (Dominican Olympic Committee), Danilo Díaz, current Minister of Sports, and Mr. Felipe Vicini, CRESO chairman, are present, seeking support to develop several programs for the National Sports Federations.

The meetings were held with delegations from Japan, Italy, as well as the chairpersons of the International Federations for Weightlifting, Baseball and Softball. Details of those agreements will be disclosed by the committee members upon their return.

“We’ve had a very tight, but at the same time a highly productive agenda in benefit of Dominican sports”, Mejía Oviedo informed by phone.

These meetings also featured the participation of the Dominican Ambassador to Qatar, Mr. Hugo Guiliani, who has supported the Dominican delegation attending such an important event, thus gathering 207 countries at the Sheraton Doha Hotel. Also present were executives from the International Olympic Committee and World Federations representing different disciplines.

On Tuesday’s session, Mejía Oviedo made use of the floor to speak about “strategic partnerships” between the Dominican Government through the Ministry of Sports, the private sector by way of CRESO and the COD, in benefit of the National Sports Federations and sports overall.

During this first day, within the framework of the ACNO Assembly Agenda, Minister of Sports Danilo Díaz Vizcaíno confessed to being immensely surprised.

Likewise, the COD chairman seized the occasion to stress about the agenda by the IOC’s chairman, Thomas Bach, who he had the honor of introducing before the ACNO Assembly. The ACNO Assembly ends on Wednesday, but on Thursday, a series of individual meetings will take place by the different continental organizations.

In that order, Mejía Oviedo informed that the ODEPA assembly will be hosted here to learn of the full work program.

Source: El Nacional

11

Aug

Official Welcome Reception for the Dominican Delegation in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games

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CRESO and the Dominican Olympic Committee (COD), hosted an official gathering to welcome the Dominican delegation for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

Felipe Vicini, chairman of CRESO, exhorted all athletes to overcome all challenges to make their dreams a reality, setting as example the case of Jesse Owens in Berlin 80 years ago, or Félix Sánchez, just four years ago in London.

Luguelín Santos, standard-bearer in the Rio Games, cheered his fellow athletes to fight all the way to victory and thanked for the support received by all high-performance athletes sponsored by CRESO.

This is the third time that CRESO hosts official activities for the athletes, given that last year, a similar gathering took place, on occasion of the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games, as well for the London 2012 Olympics.

Creando Sueños Olímpicos (CRESO) is a non-profit organization that invests in the sports and academic development of high-performance Dominican athletes, with Olympic potential, aiming to position the Dominican Republic among the main sports scenarios worldwide. Through their support, CRESO aims to develop model leaders and citizens. Currently, CRESO sponsors over eighty (80) Dominican athletes among fifteen (15) disciplines.

CRESO is sponsored by nine leading business organizations, all of them have merged efforts in favor of sports and Dominican athletes; these companies are: Banco Popular Dominicano, Central Romana Corporation, Claro, FERQUIDO, Grupo Rica, Grupo SIS, Grupo Universal, INICIA and Total.