Ricardo Guimarães, ex-President from BMG Bank, received on April 18th, 2011 a Merit diploma from Belo Horizonte’s City Hall; DINO published. Guimarães is son of Flávio Pentagna Guimarães and grandson of the BMG bank founder, Antônio Mourão Guimarães. He started working for the family business since 1980, and attained a Bachelor’s Degree from UNA University in Business.
Ricardo Guimarães, originally from Belo Horizonte, is a prestigious and respected leader from Brazil by leading his family business with excellency. Being passionate for soccer, he was President of Atletico de Mineiro, where he discovered that it was a great way to promote his brand, BMG bank. Given the wide broadcast of soccer in Brazil, he became successful in sports marketing, giving sponsorship to several teams and players.
The ceremony was initiated by Léo Bourgeois de Castro, which mentioned the effective work that Guimarães did for Atletico Mineiro when he was president from 2001 to 2006; and also stated that he received the Grand Collar award from the Legislative Merit in 2004. Fred Costa, also mentioned how Guimarães succeeded as a businessman, working with loyalty and ethic, and supporting different sports in Brazil like soccer, tennis and volleyball.
Fred Costa stated that BMG bank was the “national sports patrons” since, Ricardo Guimarães in 2010 created the Soccer BR1, which was dedicated to invest in soccer athletes. Through Soccer BR1, he was able to invest around $20 million in different players that are now able to play in diverse soccer teams from Brazil.
Alberto Pinto Coelho, the deputy governor, honored the entire family because of their commitment to support and promote different sports in Brazil. He also mentioned that Ricardo Guimarães has been an example for the society. The House chairman proceeded to read the diploma and handed, with the help of Daniel Nepomuceno, it to Ricardo Guimarães; while Fred Costa handed him a plate in his honor. Guimarães gave thanks to everyone, and mentioned that it has been an honor to have continued his grandfather’s legacy by being from of BMG.
The ceremony was attended by: Secretary of State of Government, Danilo de Castro; President of the Legislative Assembly of Minas Gerais (ALMG), Mr Dinis Pinheiro (PSDB); Congressman Wellington Prado (PT); the Municipal Secretary of Finance, José Afonso da Silva Bicalho Beltrao, represented Mayor Márcio Lacerda (PSB); the state representative Luzia Ferreira; Luiz Otavio “Ziza” Valadares; State Representative Savio Souza Cruz (PMDB); Judge Jose Marcos Rodrigues Vieira; Deputy CEO of the National School of Magistrates (ENM), Judge Jose Nepomuceno da Silva, which represented the Association of Brazilian Magistrates; Flávio Guimarães Pentagna, Ricardo’s son Flávio Guimarães Neto Pentagna and also Angela Guimarães.