BMG is a family-controlled bank in Brazil. It is controlled by the family of Pentagna Guimarães and has been in existence is about since about 84 years ago. The businessman and president of BMG, Ricardo Annes Guimarães, a native of Belo Horizonte, was presented by the City Hall the diploma of Honor to Merit, on April 18, demanded by Councilman Daniel Nepomuceno (PSB).
Léo Burguês de Castro (PSDB), the house president, opened the ceremony before transferring the meeting’s chairmanship to his colleague. After the opening of the event by the House President, Daniel Nepomuceno took the lead in the meeting, saying it was “a great admiration” to honor Ricardo Guimarães, for being “among the entrepreneurs who invest most in sports in Brazil”, and also for “support and help” in his career.
Léo Bourgeois recalled that in 2004 Guimarães was awarded the Great Collar of Legislative Merit and declared his satisfaction in “opening the doors of this House” again as a sign of respect for businessman, this time in an individualized way. The parliamentarian also highlighted the work developed in favor of the sport and recalled his passage in the presidency of Club Atlético Mineiro between 2001 and 2006, when he “cleaned the finances of the team” and was responsible for the construction of the Training Center of the “Rooster”, considered as probably the most excellently operational in the country.
State deputy Fred Costa highlighted the “vast curriculum” of the honoree, “patron of the national sport” also, aside from football, Guimarães also invests in Olympic gymnastics, tennis, and volleyball. According to Costa, for the businessman “sponsoring is to contribute to the social development of the country.” The deputy also highlighted the investments of Guimarães in the Baleia Hospital and the São Vicente de Paula Foundation.
Representing Governor Anastasia, Deputy Governor Alberto Pinto Coelho stated that “this well-deserved tribute crowns the saga of an important family, dedicated to the constant improvement of the sport.” Then the House President read the terms of the diploma and handed it to the honoree along with Daniel Nepomuceno, who, stricken by Fred Costa, still gave Ricardo Guimarães a plaque.
Ricardo Guimarães thanked the “gentleness” of Councilman Daniel Nepomuceno and said that in Belo Horizonte are his family and professional roots. He said he was honored to keep the tradition started by his grandfather and said BMG is the bank that invests most in sports and athletes.