WCOPA 2018: Friday, July 6 - Sunday, July 15
Westin Long Beach Hotel and the Long Beach Performing Arts Center
WCOPA NATIONAL DIRECTOR - Gerry Mercado
Known to many as the “Action Man”, businessman Gerry Mercado started venturing into business at a tender age of 10 selling all sorts of merchandise.
By the time he was in college, he was able to put up numerous businesses from his earnings that helped him to further educate himself in other courses such as Real Estate, Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management, Photography, Sound Engineering and Concert Production. All these courses he took prepared him to what he has become now, a successful businessman.
In 1999, Gerry opened up his very own Security Agency even without any military background. To this day, his security company services 200 clients and industrial parks all over the country.
In 2000, he started to manage bands and performing artists and immersed himself in the world of entertainment. His background on Sound Engineering, trained by no less than the British Council in the United Kingdom, abled him to learn the technical aspects of concert production that by 2006, he started to line produce concerts. Right now he has become a concert producer for local and international artists. Studying portrait photography was an additional income for him being around performing artists.
In 2003, he studied Real Estate and passed the boards in one take, earning his license as a Realtor. He made his first millions when he was only 26 years old, selling raw lands to tycoons and Real Estate companies in the Philippines.
There was no stopping this businessman. With his patience and hard work, he has become an inspiration to many. He believes that without his educational background and his drive to further educate himself, he would not have achieved success.
In 2013, he became the National Director for the country of the Philippines and was able to bring 35 performers from the Philippines to compete in the global event, The World Championships of the Performing Arts. It was the first time the Philippines ever brought that much number of people to compete and this earned him the award, Outstanding National Director.
Gerry believes that all of these successes would not have been easy if he didn’t further educate himself. He encourages the youth today to not stop learning so that you can work smarter not harder. Also, he adds, that in business, you have to know how to humble yourself and not be affected by rejections. His winning formula are the 3 P’s he says: Patience, Persistence and most importantly, Prayer…but more than that, as a loving husband and father to 2 beautiful daughters Gerry goes through life by the words of his favorite motivational speaker, Zig Ziglar:
“Money is not the most important thing in life.. but it is reasonably close to oxygen… I love the things money wont buy.. money will buy you a nice house but not a home, money will buy you companion but not a good friend, money will buy you a good time but not a peace of mind.. money will buy you a bed but not a good night sleep.. let’s strive to achieve in getting more of the things money can buy and “All” of the things money can’t buy…”