The 4 D’s To Success

05/27/2021 CST • Workshop Room 4

Karel came to the United States from Cuba when he was 11 years old. He didn't speak any English when he arrived. His mother was escaping communism and she was a vocal opponent of Castro. Her brother even spent 25+ years in prison there for his activism. Karel came from humble beginnings and is now the owner and CEO of draftPros which he turned into a $30M a year revenue company from when he bought into the company several years ago when it was only doing $1.5M in business. draftPros is a Nationally Certified Minority Business Enterprise. Karel's story is inspiring and shows how anything is possible with the right work ethic and attitude.

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Karel Gomez CEO & Primary Principal, draftPros

Karel Gomez is CEO and Primary Principal of draftPros, a 24-year-old engineering and construction firm serving the telecommunications industry across the country. For over 30 years, Gomez has been a senior-level bilingual operations leader in telecommunications infrastructure, business management and development, minority-business development and guidance, large projects, and network management in the public and private sectors. Having held top management positions at some of the top companies in the industry, such as AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream, Gomez has developed extensive experience in operations and engineering, which has proved invaluable to operating draftPros. A refugee from
Karel Gomez is CEO and Primary Principal of draftPros, a 24-year-old engineering and construction firm serving the telecommunications industry across the country. For over 30 years, Gomez has been a senior-level bilingual operations leader in telecommunications infrastructure, business management and development, minority-business development and guidance, large projects, and network management in the public and private sectors. Having held top management positions at some of the top companies in the industry, such as AT&T, CenturyLink and Windstream, Gomez has developed extensive experience in operations and engineering, which has proved invaluable to operating draftPros. A refugee from Cuba, his career began at age 17 with his first job as a service representative for BellSouth, which is now AT&T. Since then and for the last 30 years, Gomez has climbed up the corporate ladder and now leads his own nationally known firm with more than 400 employees and independent contractors. Under Gomez’s leadership and guidance, the company grew from six employees to what it is today in only five years. His primary focus is on giving back to the community. Since 2018, Gomez has been a spokesperson for the US Department of Transportation Small Business Southeast Region office, where he guides small-business owners on managing the troubles of growing a business. Gomez is also a member and supporter of the EPIC Foundation, which helps students from low-income communities get into college or find jobs.

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