The Green Valley College Foundation is an organization of like-minded individuals who share the vision of empowering the Mindanao youth.
At the helm of the organization is Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Founder Engr. Romeo S. Sustiguer, Sr. “Roming” as people fondly call him is a mechanical engineer and a serial entrepreneur.
Roming started his career as an office assistant of a bank during the 1980s after finishing his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of San Agustin, Iloilo and passing the board. Eventually, he was able to land a job in a tire manufacturing firm as a supervisor and then manager at the young age of 25 in Cainta, Rizal.
During such time, he went through several technical trainings and management development programs in Manila and Japan to hone his skills a high potential manager. He specialized in Marine Engine parts and troubleshooting. When he met his wife, Luz Acojido, Roming decided to go to South Cotabato to start his own family.
In the 1980s, the opportunity to work in the Middle East came. Roming decided to grab this opportunity as a means for greener pasture. After a couple of years, Roming decided to go back to start out with his first venture, a machine shop based in his hometown, Banga. Armed with his technical expertise and his experience, it did not take too long for him and his company, Green Valley Machinery, to be known in the province.
After more than 20 years of experience in business and entrepreneurship, Engr. Roming spends his time roaming around the campus and talking to parents. Above his business interests is the satisfaction of being able to connect directly with the students and empowering them through education.
Co-founding the institution and taking lead during the start-up stages is Vice President for Finance and Administration LuzSustiguer.
Luz comes from a middle class family from Canlubang, Laguna where she studied elementary and high school education. When her family decided to move to Cainta, Rizal, Luz decided to be a self-supporting college student at the Jose Rizal College (now Jose Rizal University). She worked as a saleslady in a department store in the morning and attended college in the evening.
After finishing her Bachelor of Science in Accountancy degree, Luz decided to move in with her husband, Roming Sustiguer to South Cotabato.
Throughout the years, Luz has acquired considerable experience in general management, sales and entrepreneurship in the industrial and agricultural machinery and real estate industry. Recently, Luz finished her Masters in Business Administration from the Notre Dame of Marbel University.
Sustaining the growth of the institution is the primarily role of President RJ Sustiguer.
RJ Sustiguer’s exposure in strategic marketing and enterprise management has prepared him to take on the leadership of the institution. His engagements span from being a manager, a trainer, an advocate and an entrepreneur.
“The dynamism of my youth complemented by the BS in Business Administration and Masters of Business Administration degree from UP Diliman, my special trainings and industry exposure played a huge role.” RJ explains.
RJ’s natural business orientation comes from his exposure being a part of a family enterprise. He has been involved in a number of ventures, some of which are still operating and some have already folded. As an entrepreneur, however, he continues to persist and constantly search for more opportunities.
His thrust is to put the institution in the map of the academic community in Mindanao. This is made possible through his strong network in the industry as well as academic organizations and through the adoption of best practices.
Supporting the initiatives of the management team is Vice President for Marketing and Development RC Sustiguer.
RC’s orientation is in the field of media and communication being a graduate of the Communication Arts Program from Miriam College. Her natural ability to connect with people and communicate her ideas provided her with inherent advantages in performing her role.
RC has been involved in training as a life coach and as a workshop facilitator. Her expertise in personality development, leadership and the arts is being leveraged for the improvement of the institution’s brand.
Together, the 4 leaders of the institution comprise the executive management team which will bring Green Valley College to new heights and live up to the challenge of Moving Ahead.