Rocío Heres of Altamar Capital Partners
LP Rising Star Winner and Managing Director at Altamar Capital Partners
We are pleased to introduce you to Rocío Heres, managing director at Altamar Partners North America.
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The most rewarding part of my job is how much I learn every single day. The most impressive thing about what I do is that I have the opportunity to meet a large number of very smart and brave people in an incredibly dynamic way, learning a lot from each of them. When I started in the industry, I couldn’t picture my career as international as it has been, being able to live in numerous countries and growing personally and professionally so much from it. It has been a long and very pleasant journey so far, and I can only hope for much more to come.
If you weren’t in the PE/VC industry, what would you be doing?
As a kid, I always wanted to work in the finance industry, simply because I liked it, despite not knowing exactly what PE/VC was, so I would say that probably, if I weren´t in this particular industry, I would be doing something in finance too. At some point, when I was growing up I thought about becoming a school teacher because teaching is so important. I have always admired teachers very much, but I am definitely not patient enough. I did also dream about becoming a successful tennis player, despite not being a very good one, but this is mainly because Rafael Nadal will always be a hero for Spaniards.
Who has had the most impact on you throughout your career and why?
The person who has had the most impact throughout my career is Álvaro González. Álvaro, who works in the industry too, is my cousin and my mentor. He is not only one of the smartest people that I have met and worked with in my professional career, but a person who I always can count on to have my back, and who has helped me in countless occasions. He was the one who gave me the opportunity to start working in the industry and has been my rock since then. He is very successful in his international career, but he is extremely humble and always takes his time to guide me on mine, so I can only be grateful to him. It is my pleasure to congratulate him for all my success as well, because it is partially his too.
What’s the most amazing place you’ve visited that you urge everyone to see (once everyone starts traveling again!)?
There are so many places that I would suggest, but given my experience living in South America, I have to say that I was completely amazed by how beautiful that region is. I am not sure which place I would pick as the one that I like the most, but as a short list I would say: Easter Island in Chile, Patagonia in Argentina, Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil or the jungle in Ecuador. I would also like to point out that my home town, Asturias, which is located in a small region in the North of Spain (where I grew up), is a place that has a very special place in my heart, and it is simply beautiful.
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