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Juan Carlos Ramirez
Vice President

Country of Origin Mexico
Length of Time in Columbus Nine years (2000)
Reason for Move Transferred from Cummins facililty in Mexico
Education & Profession Industrial Engineer
Family Members Five in total:

My wife Gabriela who is an accountant but currently she is a housewife. My daughter Karla is 18 years old and a senior in high school, Carlos is 15 and a freshman in high school and Oscar who is 13 is in 6th grade.
Hobbies Love to read, watching movies and coaching soccer.
Childhood Years & Schooling - I had a very happy childhood full of joy practicing sports such as swimming, soccer, martial arts, basket ball, baseball, and playing guitar.
- The educational systems are not too much different, we also have to attend: elementary, secondary and high school prior to go to the university /college.
- The school year is different. In Mexico: It starts during the first week of September and ends around the last week of July, this is due to the two weeks of vacation that the schools take during each holiday (Easter and Christmas time).

How do you preserve and celebrate your heritage and culture? We try to celebrate our holidays and heritage dates with our friends, and when we have the opportunity we get back to Mexico and do it with our relatives.
Is there a celebration or festival that you particularly enjoy?
  • As a family we enjoy Easter and Christmas.
  • As a Mexican we celebrate our independence day on September16.
  • “ Cinco de Mayo” is when we celebrate that we defeat the French army
What do you enjoy about living in Columbus? The safety, discipline and peace of living.
Was it difficult to adjust to life in Columbus? In the beginning yes, due to the lack of understanding of rules and culture and the process to acquire homes and cars and health insurance.

Once you get over these learning experience even though you do not understand them completely you can live with them.
What do you miss about your native country?
  • The food
  • The desire to celebrate ( dance and sing)
  • Our family and friends



What would you like other Columbus residents to know about your native country?
  • That Mexico is more than “Taco bell, and Tex Mex restaurants”
  • That Mexico is a country rich in culture and its people.
  • People who are hard workers, people with a lot of talents and skills and people you can trust and rely on them.