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Juan Rafael Silva Garcia, a founder partner and General Director (CEO) of FEVISA Group, has become the forty first recipient of the Phoenix Award. The Phoenix Award is given in recognition of outstanding individuals who have made noteworthy contributions in the field of glass.
Mr Silva Garcia received the glass industry´s most prestigious award at a special banquet held in his honour at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego on the 6th October, 2011. Juan Silva was unanimously selected for the award in recognition of his entrepreneurship, his commitment to glass as a packaging medium and his achievements in the glass industry. Juan Silva’s acceptance speech highlighted the need for glassmakers and suppliers to the glass industry to have stronger co-ordinated efforts towards shared goals.
Juan Silva embarked on his career journey after graduating from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico with a degree in mechanical and administrative engineering, followed by his Master Degree in Production Management from Brunel University, London, United Kingdom. His early career positions as an economic analyst and new project investment analyst prepared him well for later joining his family’s business at Northrup King y Cia S.A. de C.V., a biotechnology company dedicated to cereal, forage and vegetable seed research and production, where he held the position of Co-Director General.
After sale of the company to Sandoz Pharmaceutical he and his brother Adalberto, who serves as President and Chairman of the FEVISA Group, founded several companies including the manufacture of televisions and computers, aluminum foil spooling manufacture and home stove assembly. Mr Silva Garcia credits his father as having a large influence on him as he was raised in a home of entrepreneurial drive and spirit. In 1987 he and his brother, founded Fabrica de Envases de Vidrio (FEVISA). Two years later their greenfield glass plant was in full production with one mechanically timed forming machine.
Through a series of strategic partnerships along the way with such companies as Rockware, Coca Cola, Saint-Gobain, Anchor Glass, Anheuser-Busch, Novamex, Grupo Modelo and Wiegand Glass, FEVISA has grown into one of the most modern, high quality glass container manufacturers in the North American market. Mr Silva Garcia places a high value on all of FEVISA’s partnerships, pointing out that all have been fundamental to the success of the FEVISA Group.
Today FEVISA operates two state of the art glass container plants in Mexico, one located strategically in Mexicali, B.C. serving the export market and the other located in San Luis Potosi S.L.P. Mexico serving the Mexican demand for glass. Mr Silva Garcia compares nurturing and growing a company to raising your own child “you try to focus on always doing the right thing.” From its humble beginning, FEVISA now operates six furnaces with fifteen glass container forming lines producing over 1,500 tons of glass per day and employing over 1,600 well-trained and highly skilled personnel. Mr Silva Garcia credits the success of FEVISA to investment in technology, people and quality in order to lead the best of the best. In the marketplace, customers view FEVISA as a solution provider with fortitude, a proven track record, a leader in technology and passionately focused on always creating on a win-win relationship with its clients, which results in providing FEVISA’s customers better opportunities through better products. Mr Silva Garcia has the same expectations of FEVISA’s suppliers, viewing the supply chain as marriage that takes work and dedication to common goals of all parties.
As an entrepreneur, Mr Silva Garcia believes that the freedom to make decisions, a desire to create jobs, develop people to their maximum potential and a responsibility to give back to the community are the key drivers in the continued growth of FEVISA and other of his family’s businesses. This is also demonstrated in the many community organizations that Mr Silva Garcia has been involved in, having served as President of both the Mexicali B.C. Economic Development Council and Mexicali Chamber of Industry.
Juan Rafael Silva Garcia joins a very distinguished list of recipients who have been recognized by the Phoenix Award Committee for their contributions to the areas of glass production, science, education and art.
Mr Silva Garcia was accompanied at the banquet by his wife of twenty-eight years, Patricia, and his four children; Sahgia Alejandro, Dennise Karime, Alexandra Patricia and Juan Rafael.
The Phoenix Award
In May 1971, representatives of nineteen major suppliers to the glass industry met in New York City to form an association for the express purpose of recognizing outstanding individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to the glass industry. As a result of this meeting, the Phoenix Award Committee was born and soon adopted a code of by-laws with the following preamble:
“It is the purpose of the Phoenix Award Committee to select, each year, a person now living, who has been active in and has made contributions to any phase of the glass industry. This may be in the field of science, production, or education relating to glass, and shall include glass containers, fiber glass, scientific glass, flat glass, tableware and electronic glass. As a symbol of this Award the recipients shall be presented with a glass sculpture representing the mythological Phoenix Bird.”
Committee members serve for a period of four years and six new members are elected each year to replace those whose terms have expired. Membership is on an individual, not on a corporate basis. Members must be employed by a company which is a supplier to the glass manufacturing industry.
21.12.2011, FEVISA Group
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