Carlos Terán: CICCJ: Plans, Benefits and Vision

By Jorge Chávez
Sep. 17, 2018

Since its founding in 1989, the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de la Costa de Jalisco, A.C. (CICCJ) (Organization of Civil Engineers of the Costa de Jalisco, A.C.), has worked to bring together professionals from the field who live and work in the region, not only to promote training among them, but also to support the various sectors of Puerto Vallarta through social services that include opinions, technical advice and a collaborative approach with government agencies.

Recently, the CICCJ installed its new board of directors, and Carlos Terán, a civil engineer graduated from the Centro Universitario de Ciencias Exactas e Ingenierías of the University of Guadalajara, who arrived at our destination for the first time in 2004 to develop professionally, will preside during the next two years. On the occasion of his recent appointment, which took place in the Salón ABC of the Hotel Fiesta Inn in Puerto Vallarta, we asked about some of his goals during his tenure, the benefits of being part of the organization, as well as his general vision of the local real estate industry.

“The Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de la Costa de Jalisco is one of three that exist in our city. The other two are the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de Puerto Vallarta and the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles Mexicanos Asociados del Occidente de Jalisco. I believe that we are the most important, since we have a presence at the national level as part of the Federación Mexicana de Ingenieros Civiles, as well as the Asociación de Ingenieros de Jalisco,” he explains.

A partner of Spacio Integral Arquitectos, a company founded in 2006 that specializes in residential buildings of superior quality in the area of Punta Mita, Sayulita and Puerto Vallarta; Terán is a spiritual man who in his spare time likes dancing salsa with his wife, as well as going to the beach with his family. One of his short-term plans is to start studying for a master’s degree, because for this civil engineer from Guadalajara academic training is key to staying ahead in any industry.

Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de la Costa de Jalisco: Benefits and Scope

“In addition to bringing together the civil engineers of the region for training purposes, our organization has a presence and participates in the bids issued by SEAPAL and the city council. Similarly, we have been pleased to provide social service to schools that ask for structural opinions. Currently, there are plans to extend to delegations in Costalegre, to have a presence beyond Puerto Vallarta, but it involves assemblies, offices and a whole lot of logistics that for different reasons have not happened; however, we intend to, and believe that we can, consolidate something serious in the near future.”

Objectives Facing the Organization

“One of my main objectives serving in this honorary position is to increase the membership. At this moment, we have around 65 members, and I would like to finish my work with more than 150. How do I hope to achieve that? With effort and work focused on both unity and integration, not only with those who are already part of this organization, but also with the other two. Our current reality is that, since there are three organizations of this nature in such a small city, it means that unity is not exactly one of our qualities. With the support of all those involved, my intention is to create a strong association by grouping all the professionals in a single organization.”

Vision of the Local Real Estate Industry

“As a builder, I can tell you that it is booming and we have a lot of work. The local real estate industry is moving very well, and I think it should follow the same trend to remain attractive to foreigners and residents. From my point of view, in order for Puerto Vallarta and Riviera Nayarit to remain strong, all those details for which we are unique must be taken care of and kept in good condition: the beach, typical buildings, friendly people, clean streets, and so on. It is true, they are issues that are already working, but you should not lower your guard.”

Before concluding, the current president of the Colegio de Ingenieros Civiles de la Costa de Jalisco, A.C. commented that he expects to fulfill all the goals outlined through daily work, communication with members and unity. In addition, among the new challenges, he underscored the focus on training. “Our plans include holding a conference focused on students and professionals and, above all, something new and already defined by the past board headed by Roberto González: a master’s degree offered by the organization itself, in conjunction with the Cámara Mexicana de la Industria de la Construcción (Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry).”

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