Samark Lopez creates business innovation and delivers community service to help uplift Venezuela

Samark Lopez was born in Caracas, Venezuela. He is the child of two school teachers who dedicated their lives to education. They instilled in Lopez a strong faith, and he remains a devout Catholic. He grew up in the northeastern state of Delta Amacuro in the capital city of Tucupita. The Orinoco River flows through one of the world’s swampiest deltas and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Lopez reflected throughout his life on the poverty that he saw in Delta Amacuro, one of the poorest regions of Venezuela. Learning that giving back is a model for success in life and business has had a profound impact on him. Throughout his career, Lopez has created innovative businesses, served his community, and gained the respect of his fellow citizens.

As a devoted husband, father, and son, Lopez draws strength from an unshakeable foundation of community and family. He credits his wife, his mother, and his fellow employees for his philosophy, and all of his accomplishments. He has been resilient and forward looking, even as he has weathered the challenges of doing business in Venezuela.

Lopez graduated in 1999 from Universidad Central de Venezuela (Central University of Venezuela) with a degree in economics. After graduation, he spent eight years as a city budget planner. Still, Lopez dreamed of starting his own business, and he envisioned modernizing the country’s infrastructure. He took steps toward both when he founded his first company, Sertica, which modernized plants for the nation’s largest steel manufacturer. Thereafter, in 2008, Lopez founded Grupo Sahect, a logistics enterprise created to house food imported by PDVAL to Venezuela and to make distribution to people more effective. Lopez realized that other critical infrastructure needed to be established and modernized.

In 2010, amidst a national energy crisis and related electricity shortages, Lopez purchased Profit Corporation to leverage his experience in providing services, design and implementation of engineering, procurement and construction. His expertise continues to create value for businesses in oil and gas, petrochemicals, electrical distribution and transmission, as well as public and commercial infrastructure. More importantly, Lopez helped bring power to remote regions and deliver electricity to millions of Venezuelans.

In 2013, Lopez founded Postar Intertrade Limited to provide low cost housing in Venezuela. By developing and nurturing international relationships with well-known brands from the US and the EU, Postar has become a leader in this field. Recently, Postar partnered with companies like Home Depot, Graybar and other building-supply companies, to develop a logistics system designed to provide access to dignified housing for people living in poverty. Postar continues to grow and has contracts with many Venezuelan government entities and private firms locally and globally. Today, Postar employs 3,000 people and leads the way as a model for success in private enterprise in Venezuela. This kind of innovative business practice helps define Lopez as a leader and a socially responsible corporate citizen.