Dr. Julio A. Brache Arzeno
In 1975, Dr. Julio Brache became President of Pasteurizadora Rica, C. for A. and remains in this post to date. Born in the city of Moca, Dominican Republic, the life of this prominent man is associated with the success of one of the most thriving agribusinesses in the country, Grupo Rica. His entrepreneurial achievements have been responsible for Grupo Rica achieving and maintaining its undisputed leadership position in the field of dairy and citrus processing.
Interestingly enough, he is a doctor by profession as he studied medicine, a field in which he is a renowned surgeon. Dr. Brache was the first Director of the Moscoso Puello Hospital from 1956 to 1959. He also served as surgeon of the Dominican Military Aviation Hospital from 1956 to 1959. From 1964, he worked as a surgeon at the Salvador B. Gautier Hospital, a position he left in 1969 to dedicate himself fully to the general administration of Pasteurizadora Rica, which was followed by the celebration of the sale of the first million quarts of milk in one month which took place ten months after he assumed the administration of the company.
During Dr. Julio Brache’s presidency, Pasteurizadora Rica has seen the emergence of other sister companies: Consorcios Cítricos Dominicanos and Lechería San Antonio. These companies constitute what we are today, Grupo Corporativo Rica.
Pedro Brache Álvarez
Pedro Guillermo Brache Álvarez, Corporate Executive President of Grupo Rica and son of Don Julio A. Brache, honors the values that were instilled in him at home. He studied at the San Juan Bautista Institute and finished high school in Princeton, New Jersey. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees at Syracuse University and American University in Washington, D.C., respectively.
As a student, he was not clear on what he wanted to do professionally. For one, he didn’t want to stop studying. “It was a time that I enjoyed myself to the full and missed once it was over. I am a person who gives body and soul to what I do.” He graduated in 1987 and joined Rica in 1989. “I started at the bottom, rotated through several departments until I found myself in this position. My father gave me the opportunity, and I made the most of it.” His concept of success is quite peculiar. “It’s about giving your children what you had.” The best advice he has received is to be humble and empathetic, and he learned that from his father. “You have to put yourself in the other person’s shoes and understand their feelings. I don’t ask anything of my staff that I’m not willing to do.”
He believes that a manager should see the dismissal of an employee as his or her own mistake. “Every manager should analyze himself before making such a decision; did I give him enough support, training, the necessary tools? You hold the lives of many people in your hands, and when we are successful, the company is successful. I like to see executives come to Rica and build a career here, to see how the company helps them get trained, to grow personally and professionally. It is through the development of its people that companies grow,” he emphasizes.
“My father is a humble man, one of those who cares a lot about the human aspect. He built the company from nothing, which is often more difficult than taking over a company already in operation. Not every doctor has been lucky and successful in business. He has succeeded because he has incredible common sense and knows how to use it. He is extremely positive, and that is what makes a man great,” Pedro emphasizes when referring to his father.
Another reason for the development of the company, recalls the CEO, is that Don Julio was a cattle farmer who produced milk, but had no one to sell it to. “A group of friends got together, among them the Cáceres family, which is still a significant part of the Group. In time, my father took the largest number of shares. That is how this company was born.
Pedro cannot fail to mention his mother’s role, which has been of great relevance in the company. A family anecdote shared by him helps us envision this great woman. “When my dad was going to buy part of the company shares, I was very young. My mom took us into a room and told us: “Look, your dad is going to make a deal; that if it goes well, we will be fine, and if it goes badly, we will be worse off than we are.” “That was very important because from that moment on our mother instilled in us a sense of family, of sharing everything that was done in the family business,” recalls Pedro.
Julio V. Brache Álvarez
Braulio Brache Álvarez
Blas Enrique Brache
Luis Carlos López
Emilia C. Díaz Moreno
Leonel Melo G.
Hugo Taveras Badía