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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

SEMA GÜRAL SÜRMELİ

Sema Güral Sürmeli was born in Kütahya. She graduated from the Department of Ceramics of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Anadolu University then she completed her Master’s Degree Program in the same university.

8 February 2011 Tuesday 09:27
ANKARA SCENE/ AYLA CEYHAN

Sema Güral Sürmeli was born in Kütahya. She graduated from the Department of Ceramics of the Faculty of Fine Arts of Anadolu University then she completed her Master’s Degree Program in the same university.

At the moment she is the Chief of R&D and Design Group, Coordinator of Social Projects and Member of Board of Directors at Kütahya Porselen. She is also the member of board of directors of various foundations and associations in Kütahya, Eskişehir, İstanbul and Ankara.

She has attended as lecturer to many symposiums, congresses and the organizations made by NGO’s.
Sema Güral Sürmeli is married with two children and speaks English.

Ayla Ceyhan from Ankara Scene met with Sema Güral Sürmeli at Güral Sapanca Hotel, owned by the Güral family, on a Sunday morning in one of the most beautiful months of the winter. She is the 2nd generation executive  progressing with ever increasing success of Kütahya and Güral Porselen, which is the honor of Turkey. We made a very pleasant interview with a Turkish woman, who is praised because of her success both in the business environments and in the projects requiring social responsibility… Young, dynamic and creative… An extremely modern person, mother of 2 children, closely following the business and social developments of the world…

Ankara Scene: You are living in Eskişehir and working in Kütahya, Sapanca and Istanbul…. Oh, I am tired of spelling the cities.. How is the life going on for a contemporary, educated and a town business woman, mother of 2 children and working very hard? How could you manage to manipulate all these? What are there in daily life, for example?
Sema Güral Sürmeli:   I think I am used to this high tempo. In fact, I revolt from time to time, but it was already my own choice. I knew I would live in Eskişehir. Social life is in Istanbul.. My work is in Kütahya.. And, Sapanca is a sort of excursion for me. My children and I manage this process together. My boss, that is my father, is always thoughtful that I have to prioritize my kids otherwise I would have had hard times.

Ankara Scene: Do you travel abroad?

Sema Güral Sürmeli:   Yes, I have very frequent visits abroad. I am following fairs in my sector. With my team we go to all fairs both as participant or visitor in order to follow advanced technology and new trends.  Also we travel abroad with my family for holiday purposes in order to visit new places and to have nice time.

Ankara Scene: Do you have a memory that you can’t forget like “I had difficulty with” or “I have made extensive research before I decided to…”? 

Sema Güral Sürmeli:   I do not remember. There might be. But I think no difficulty occurred that influenced me. I have always behaved in my life with the 6th sense of my mother and the life experience of my father. It was a fortune for me. They were never mistaken. My father always tells me; “if you have difficulty to make a decision, think for 24 hours; if that is not enough think for another 24 hours. You will see that you shall attain a much more healthy result. Your excitement will be replaced with logic.” Indeed I have benefited much. And I am recommending it to others.    

Ankara Scene: Kütahya Porselen and Güral Porselen are the sector’s leaders. Can you tell about your projections abroad?
Sema Güral Sürmeli: Kütahya Porselen and Güral Porselen have the largest production capacities in the world. We are developing projects and cooperating with a lot of big-scale global companies. We are producing for large market chains. 

Ankara Scene: With what brands and countries are you doing business?

Sema Güral Sürmeli:  IKEA – global, METRO – global, AUCHAN – Russia, France, Italy, CARREFOUR – France, Italy, Bulgaria, Greece, Egypt.
COOP – Italy, Switzerland, Germany
IPER – Italy
EL CORTE INGLES – Spain
HIPERCOR - Spain
ALCAMPO – Spain
SEARS – Mexico
AZIZIA PANDA – Saudi Arabia

Ankara Scene: Recently you have made a very assertive introduction regarding Güral Sapanca Spa Hotel, is there sufficient demand for Spa hotels?

Sema Güral Sürmeli: In Turkey SPA is a new phenomenon. The style of healthy life, which was hot springs before, is not SPA. Of course there is a demand to an extent.

Ankara Scene: Do you have other SPA projects?

Sema Güral Sürmeli: Yes, of course we have. We hope we will open our new SPA Hotel in Afyon by autumn.

Ankara Scene: Do you believe in fate?

Sema Güral Sürmeli: I do not know. I praise God; I believe in evil eye. But I think I am not too fatalist. Of course there is fate that our Lord dictates. I believe in that but I do not live it. I think we are shaped by our efforts. As you would not become a doctor before you go to school, attain a success without effort and 1st rank if you do not run, fate is the result of what we wish.

Ankara Scene: We know you are an extremely positive and sensitive person. How would you describe the role of positive thinking on human life?

Sema Güral Sürmeli: Yes, I am a cheery person. I think I am joyful when I am in good mood and health.

Ankara Scene: Do you day dream?

Sema Güral Sürmeli: I think there is nothing that I could not achieve, which I wished to achieve. I make my plans based on time periods, which could be attained. I hate disappointment. Therefore I think realistic and behave accordingly. But we cannot help thinking. My desire is to achieve the best for my country and become a character that is known and loved in future.

Ankara Scene: And finally, could you make a sentence beginning with “if”?

Sema Güral Sürmeli: If I had a magic stick one day, I would like to make all wishes of good-will people real for whatever they desired for goodness. I would like to terminate all diseases and to create a world where people deserve happiness.


 
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