Erman Ilıcak

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Middle East Technical University Department of Civil Engineering

Businessman. Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rönesans Holding. He was born as the son of the lawyer Bekir Ilıcak in Hacıderviş Quarter, Darende province of Malatya in 1967. In 1969, his family moved to Ankara when he was just two years old. After completing his primary and secondary educations at TED Ankara College, he graduated from Middle East Technical University Department of Civil Engineering in 1990. He received his master’s degree in business administration in USA. He speaks English and Russian. He is a member of TÜSİAD.  

  After working in Libya and Russia construction sites of ENKA İnşaat for a while, he founded Rönesans Construction Company in Russia with a very small capital in 1993. Upon successful completion of nearly 500 projects received, Rönesans Construction became one of the largest construction companies of Turkey today by growing day by day and with 11.000 employees and revenue of 1 billion dollars and has been selected as the 61st company in world ranking and 2nd in Turkey ranking after ENKA.

Erman Ilıcak, who has expanded his business that are narrowed in Russia, in oil-rich-countries such as Saudi Arabia and Libya, actually determined his direction by doing internship in construction sites of ENKA in Ankara while studying civil engineering in METU. Erman Ilıcak, who continued to work in this company after the internship and was sent to construction sites in Libya immediately, was sent to construction sites of the company in Russia after staying in Libya for 1.5 years. Erman Ilıcak, who worked in Russia for 1.5 years, founded his own business by leaving ENKA after he felt that he had literally learned the business. 

He learnt Russia and Russian. He was single, 26 years old, and was thinking that he could take all kinds of risks. Erman Ilıcak, founded a construction company in Russia with that courage in 1994, did not have much but only 30,000 dollars capital, a qualified workman that he employed and five employees. However, he saw a gap in Russia and started to receive small renovation and repair works of houses and offices. There were large companies in Russia at that time. There were no small companies but there was the need for small works. Recalling those days by saying “I made 1 million dollars turnover in the first year when I founded my business” Erman Ilıcak, first started expanding his business and following that, the projects he received and suddenly he found himself in large housing projects.

1998 was the turning point for the construction company that Ilıcak founded with the name Rönesans. Because that year Alarko, affected by the crisis, decided to pull out of Russia and the manpower that it trained in Russia, 40 engineers had transferred to Rönesans. Thus, the projects that Erman Ilıcak received started to grow, as well as his company Rönesans became a well-known construction company. 



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