Meet Emmanuel Carmelo Cortez
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What led you to be where you are now? 

I would say it’s been a combination of constantly improving myself, leading my life with tenacity and perseverance, and never stopping learning. 

I started my academic training studying Mechanical Engineering. Then, I studied two certificates, one in pneumatics and another one in industrial electrical energy. I also have attended all kinds of specialized lectures on fire systems by the NFPA and have taken LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) courses. Also, with the help of Hermosillo, I’ve been able to qualify myself in PMI (Project Management Institute), CMAA (Construction Management Association of America), and Lean Construction. In addition, I also actively participate in the College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineers of Tijuana.

What motivated you to work in the construction industry?

It motivates me to visualize the development of each project from its conceptualization to its delivery. Every day in the construction industry comes with a new challenge to overcome. For me, integrating and directing every discipline towards a unified goal is very motivating. 

What is your role within Hermosillo and how would you describe it to a person who doesn’t work in the industry?

I’m responsible for each project’s electrical and mechanical installations. My goal is to supervise the proper execution of every system, those include electrical, fire, air conditioning, and ventilation, hydraulic, sanitary, rainwater, compressed air, natural gas, nitrogen, telephony, access control, and closed-circuit television. In addition, I usually support the design and purchasing departments for the design review and the hiring of suppliers.

I’m also in charge of coordinating the deliveries-reception and the final-user training of every system and equipment, for example, substations, pump equipment, compressor equipment, among others. 

What is the job achievement you are most proud of?

For me, stepping out of my comfort zone is a professional and personal achievement. In several projects, my functions took a 360-degree change as I went from being a Facility Supervisor to Project Leader. Project leader is a position that is generally held by Architects and Civil Engineers. Luckily, I’ve been surrounded by very talented people and have learned a lot from them. I really appreciate the opportunity to grow by working in different areas.

For me, integrating and directing every discipline towards a unified goal is very motivating. 

What do you like most about working at Hermosillo?

To be able to contribute my knowledge learned from 17 years of experience and to be aware that those insights are being considered in crucial decisions. It is something that drives me to improve myself and be prepared to always contribute when needed.

What do you consider to be the most important life lesson you’ve learned so far?

“Life ends within a second.” My wife and I were involved in an accident that could’ve taken both of our lives and that situation left me with a very crucial lesson: we’ve got to enjoy every moment. We should try to see difficult situations as lessons that shape and help us mature and learn to enjoy the little things of everyday life. 

Who inspires you and why?

Every day, my wife and family motivate me to better myself, as a man, as a professional, as a partner, and as a son. 

What do you like to do in your free time?

I like to play the sports that I am passionate about, say running, CrossFit, baseball, and basketball, primarily. I think that exercising is a way to release professional and personal burdens. On the other hand, I also love traveling a lot. It is an experience where you see and understand each place’s good and bad things, but I try to always keep with myself the positive. I also enjoy sleeping a lot, when I can, of course. I believe it is a moment in which I deprogram myself for each day and know that when I wake up I already have an established goal of activities that I want to do.

Something not many know about you:

I’m a fan of classical music. I also try to involve myself in activities or events that help other people. 

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