Our Management Team

Ricardo L Ramos Rodríguez - President & CEO

Eng. Ramos also was the General Manager of the Transmission and Distribution Division of RG Engineering. Eng. Ramos created and managed the division, which was responsible for sales, installation, project management, commissioning, testing, and general services related to T & D equipment, a new business segment for RGE. During his 14 year tenure at RGE, he was responsible for the introduction of new technologies such as Gas Insulated Substations and instrumental in increasing total annual company sales by over 60%, and was responsible for the execution of award winning projects totaling over $70 Million and total sales of over $100 Million.

Eng. Ramos holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electric Power Engineering (1989) and a Masters of Engineering degree in Electric Power Engineering (1990) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, and received the Professional Engineer designation from Puerto Rico’s College of Engineers and Surveyors in 1991.

Eng. Ramos has over 24 years experience in positions related to energy and electric power transmission and distribution matters both in the pharmaceutical industry as well as in Electric Power utility companies. He has had experience during all phases of major projects, from planning and concept development through implementation and operations. Eng. Ramos is also a recognized expert in PR’s electric power infrastructure. He has served as Professor of various Power Engineering courses at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico and continues to share his knowledge with others by offering ongoing professional training courses to electric power engineers.

During his 10 year tenure at the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), Eng. Ramos worked in the System Planning and Research Division where he coordinated research efforts on Transmission System Planning, Design, Construction and Operation, and developed strategies for the optimal planning of the transmission system. He was also PREPA’s technical representative during the negotiations of the Power Purchase Agreements with Independent Power Producers Enron (“Ecoelectrica”) and AES. As part of negotiations with Ecoeléctrica, Eng. Ramos had the responsibility to analyse and forecast liquefied natural gas prices and was responsible for the evaluation of Ecoelectrica’s proposed LNG storage and vaporization terminal and its associated FERC process.

Eng. Ramos worked as a consultant to Consorcio Laesa, LTD, an independent power producer in the Dominican Republic, where, among other projects, he developed efficiency programs for plant operations, performed production cost simulations and analysis and prepared and negotiated power purchase agreements (PPA) for Laesa’s power plants during the creation of the Dominican Electricity Spot Market and the privatization of the Dominican electric power sector.  In 2005, Eng. Ramos also developed the fuel conversion plan for Laesa’s fleet of Wartsila and EMD generators in order to allow the use of natural gas resulting in considerable electricity production cost savings, higher dispatch, and reductions in air emissions.

Omar Pereira Varela, BSEE, MBA - Vice-President & CFO

Mr. Pereira holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (1989) with a Minor in Management and another in International Relations, from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY.  In addition, he holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree (2011) from the University of New Orleans.  He is fully fluent in English and Spanish, can speak and read Portuguese, and has some proficiency in French, German and Italian.

An award-winning manager and entrepreneur with over 23 years of experience, Mr. Pereira started his career at General Motors, where he worked for 14 years and held assignments in Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Research (Fuel Cell Technology), and Alliance Development/Strategic Planning groups, including international assignments in Europe and South America. Mr. Pereira has the hard-to-find ability to bridge the gap in communications between technical and business teams from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds, and to mediate the discussions to assure the technical and business goals of all key stakeholders are attained. This ability helped Mr. Pereira execute various global purchasing initiatives that savd GM over US $725 million in annual purchasing expenses. He was also a key contributor to the development of GM’s Global Advanced Purchasing Process, which was eventually implemented at all of GM’s Purchasing operations worldwide. He negotiated strategic alliance agreements worth over US $250 million, purchasing contracts for future automotive systems worth over US $1.5 Billion/yr, and research contracts with complex intellectual property provisions. Mr. Pereira is also skilled in project management and sales proposal development.

During his assignment at GM’s OnStar Europe subsidiary in 2001, he was responsible for developing and executing the strategic plan for alliances with providers of content and services to OnStar Europe’s ubiquitous internet access, web portal, and mobile communications suite.

In July of 2001, Mr. Pereira returned to Puerto Rico in order to be closer to the rest of his family. Shortly thereafter he became an independent financial advisor representing Jefferson Pilot Financial and Jefferson Securities Corp, raising over $12 million of assets under management in 5 years, and jumping to the top 3% of producers in the company within 2 years. His efforts earned him Jefferson Pilot Financial’s Premier Partner Award 2 years in a row. Mr. Pereira holds Securities licenses Series 7, 24, 66, 63 and life, disability, annuities, and property & casualty insurance licenses.  In 2007, Mr. Pereira founded Atlantis Investment Coaching, LLC, a registered investment adviser, where he currently serves as its Sr. Managing Member and Head Investor Coach. As a boutique financial services firm, it serves a very limited and hand-picked group of high net worth clients. Atlantis’ clients have invested over $12.5 million in assets with a select group of professional investment managers that share Atlantis’ investment philosophy.

Since 2008, Eng. Ramos and Mr. Pereira have been involved in the introduction of Floating LNG Storage and Regasification infrastructure and renewable energy projects for the Caribbean region.