The Asociación de Hoteles del Este (ASOLESTE) recognized the president of CEPM for its support to the development of the zone.
BÁVARO, La Altagracia.- The Asociación de Hoteles del Este (ASOLESTE) gave its “Entrepreneur of the Year” Award to Rolando González Bunster, President of the Board of Directors of the Consorcio Energético Punta Cana – Macao (CEPM), for the his contributions to the development and growth of the most important tourist area of the country. The award was presented during the association’s “Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony 2016” held at the Meliá hotel.
Ernesto Veloz, president of ASOLESTE, thanked the dedication and effort of González Bunster and CEPM for strengthening the Bávaro – Punta Cana destination, always accompanying the development of the hotel and tourism sector in the area, and providing reliable energy solutions with a world-class service for almost 25 years.
González Bunster, who is also the president of InterEnergy Holdings, received the prize from the hands of Veloz, thanking the distinction and highlighting the parallel growth that his company has had with its hotel customers. “CEPM started with only 1 customer and 3 MW of available energy, and today we have 68 projects and more than 25 thousand residential customers, with 200 MW available to provide them with world-class service. You, who represent 65% of the hotel industry, have been our best partners in supporting the growth of the Eastern tourist area, “he said.
The businessman recalled that CEPM has already been recognized by ASOLESTE in 2014 with the Business Merit Award for its support of tourism in the area and the country, and that it is an honor to be distinguished in a personal capacity.
During the dinner, González Bunster also highlighted the recent recognition of CEPM as the third best energy distribution company in Latin America, according to the 2016 edition of the Regional Customer Integration Survey of the Regional Electric Integration Commission (CIER, per its acronym in spanish). The survey applies to residential customers of 33 energy distribution companies in 13 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean.
González Bunster recalled that his company model is easily replicable in the rest of the country: “To change the direction of the electricity distribution business – impacted by high levels of losses – only requires an investment of US $ 600 million.”
He reiterated that he and his partners are willing to make a commitment to invest 33% of that amount, equivalent to US $ 200 million. “We would like to have a dialogue on this,” he said.