Get to Know the Man Behind Panama’s City Construction: Gabriel Btesh

Avatar for Ebiz Editor
Gabriel Btesh Gabriel Btesh

Gabriel Btesh of Btesh Construction has pioneered socially-conscious architecture in the country of Panama.

Gabriel Btesh is a born entrepreneur. Even from a young age, he knew he was going to follow in his father’s footsteps under the family construction company.

Gabriel Btesh went to high school in the United States. He then continued his education at Chamberlain University.

After university, Gabriel Btesh returned to his home country of Panama to work alongside his father, Jack Btesh at Btesh Construction. He had a path laid out in front of him, yet he would still make his own unique impact on the country.

Gabriel Btesh’s father founded the family company, Ben Btesh International – later Btesh Construction – in 1959. This family-owned company eventually landed in the Tocumen International Airport. From there, it became Latin America’s leading brand positioning company for boutiques of international brands.

When Gabriel Btesh took over his father’s company, Btesh Construction had already gained recognition and respect within the community. Gabriel Btesh has been able to build off the solid foundation of his father’s company to create a lasting legacy for their entire family. 

While maintaining the excellent reputation that his father had painstakingly built, Gabriel Btesh brought in his expertise to take his company to new heights and improve the economy and infrastructure of his home country.

In the 1990’s, Gabriel Btesh tested the real estate market. He knew it was strong, at the time, but Btesh wasn’t sure if it was right for his family’s company.

Being the driven entrepreneur he is, Gabriel Btesh dove right into real estate. Soon, Btesh was expanding into many factions of the real estate market. One of his first projects, the Mall Los Pueblos, has become the most popular retail location in Panama.

Eventually, Gabriel Btesh started a movement within Panama. While building retail locations, and later magnificent housing developments, Gabriel Btesh started to see the positive effect of his efforts on his home country.

The buildings, along with the jobs and homes he was creating, was giving Panama the spark of life it needed at the time. Simply by doing what he and his father had loved so much, he was providing Panama’s economy and communities with hope for a better future. 

Once he realized the change he was creating, Gabriel Btesh continued to build in Panama. Throughout the next few decades, Gabriel Btesh built twenty-four apartment towers in Panama City. Additionally, his projects came to equal 200,000 square meters of commercial premises and offices.

Gabriel Btesh and Btesh Construction are revered by the people of Panama because of the beautiful architecture, thousands of jobs and economy boost Btesh has provided through his efforts. 

Gabriel Btesh has continued his socially-conscious movement in Panama and other Latin American countries. He enjoys using his reputation and resources to give back to the people in his community any way possible. 

Because of Gabriel Btesh, Panama has only grown stronger and it continues to flourish. He has become an inspiration for many to pursue their passions and dreams for the betterment of society.