Ricky Tantoco, president and COO of EDC and First Gas, believes that an entrepreneur is not just someone who stakes out on his own and sets up a venture, but that it is also possible to be an entrepreneur in the context of a corporation.
His experience working with the Lopez group of companies since 1995 has shown this belief to be true time and time again. As a former management consultant from New York tasked to lead the group in bagging million dollar deals, one would think that Tantoco had been handed everything on a silver platter.
In fact, he has had to work hard for everything he achieved with the group. He didn't even have a desk on his first day in office. While he was not expecting a ticker tape parade, he also didn't expect a ‘subdued welcome’. “During my first day with the group, I was in the office by 8 am and by 11 am one had seen me. I was given a small conference room that would sit four people tightly. Practically no one knew why I was here,” he recalls.
At the time, the group was thinking of getting back into power in a major way. Tantoco was given an objective: to get a US$ 1 Billion Sta. Rita project done ASAP – with limited capital and hardly any internal team.
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