Interview by Steph Greegor
Name: Fernando Bergás-Coria
Profession: Business Consultant
Neighborhood: German Village
One-word description: Resourceful
Quote: “I never intended to go to school. I knew I wanted to start businesses. Now it’s part of my brand. I don’t regret it for myself, but I don’t recommend it for the average person.”
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Fernando Bergas-Coria, 30, from Mendoza, Argentina, played D1 and club rugby for many years before heading into what he knew would be his life—marketing consulting.
“Pursuing a degree wasn’t an option,” said Bergas-Coria, who left The Ohio State University transfer program in 2007 to work in a direct mail start-up. “I like to work with different businesses, consulting. My end goal is to improve business owner’s quality of life, save the business money, and create efficiencies; I consider that a win every time.”
He’s also the CEO and Founder of Black Banner Consulting, born out of his love for Formula 1 racing and fast-growth businesses. He follows the sport passionately, but also enjoys heading out for live shows and enjoying scotch at a local bar.
“I like Citizen’s Trust bar,” he said. And as for eating? “Giuseppe’s.”
And while he may take guests to places like COSI or the Scioto Mile area, which he says, “was a wasteland and now it’s so beautiful,” Bergas-Coria loves his German Village neighborhood for one very specific reason.
“It’s incredibly dog-friendly,” he said of the notoriously dog-friendly neighborhood and dog park. “I have a few dogs.”
In particular, Bergas-Coria has two rescued Rottweilers—one was found dumped in Olde Towne East by a colleague and friend and the other was bred to be a security guard but ended up in an Rottweiler rescue organization in Avon Lake.
Giving back to animals isn’t the only thing Bergas-Coria volunteers to do.
“I mentor folks that have reached out. Doing pro bono business coaching,” he said. “I try to help people not make the mistakes I did growing in my career.”
Fernando was named to our annual list of 52 Young Professionals You Should Know in Columbus – one for every week in the year!
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