Mr. Jose D. Gonzalez
Mr. Jose D. Gonzalez
Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management
Email: Mr. Jose Gonzalez
EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS
M.B.A. - Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business
B.S. - Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM), Accounting
Instructor of Entrepreneurship and Management, Belmont University
Cofounder and Executive Director, Conexion Americas
President, CIMA Financial Management LLC.
Financial Manager, Total Management Services Inc.
Financial Supervisor, Procter and Gamble
SELECTED HONORS & AWARDS
Recognized as one of a total of fifty most influential individuals leading and shaping Nashville's future., Nashville's Forward 50 (2007)
Recognized as one of Nashville's 'Top 40 under 40' individuals, under the age of 40 for service and commitment to improving the lifes of individuals in Middle Tennessee., The Tennessean (2003)
Hispanic Achiever Award given in recognition for service working with Latino Youth in YMCA's Hispanic Achiever's program, YMCA of Middle Tennessee (2002)
BIOGRAPHYMr. Gonzalez is an Instructor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the College of Business Administration. He joined the faculty in 2007.
Mr. Gonzalez teaches courses in International Business, Financial Management and Entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in Social Entrepreneurship and Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. In fact, he is currently involved in an international economic development entrepreneurship project working with fair trade coffee, honey farmers and other economic development programs in Chajul, Guatemala. For the last several years he has led groups of students to northern Guatemala. His team of students has worked with Asociacion Chajulense (www.asociacionchajulense.org) on micro-lending and other economic development endeavors.
One of his passions is to lead Study Abroad programs with his students. In the last couple of years he has led programs in Chile, Guatemala, Spain and most recently Argentina.
Mr. Gonzalez graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City with a B.S. in Accounting. He later earned his M.B.A. from The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University. As a current doctoral student, Mr. Gonzalez is focusing his research on Immigrant Entrepreneurship with a focus on Latino Immigrants in Nashville.
He began his professional career working in financial roles for Organization BAMA and Procter and Gamble in Mexico City. Later, when he moved to Nashville, he worked in public accounting for several years before starting his own firm CIMA Financial Management, LLC where he consults for diverse entrepreneurial ventures, and provides business and financial management services for start-ups and small businesses.
Prior to coming to Belmont, Mr. Gonzalez was the Executive Director of Conexión Américas (www.conexionamericas.org). Conexión Américas is a non-profit organization he co-founded in 2001 with the mission to promote the economic and social integration of Latino families into the local community. While at Conexión Américas he was responsible for launching several successful initiatives – a homeownership program, an entrepreneurship course for Latino immigrants, and a Financial Literacy curriculum-- all initiatives with the ultimate goal of providing the Latino population with better tools and information to succeed in their integration process into the community.
Mr. Gonzalez serves on the Board of Directors of a couple of private firms in town, and is on the Community Advisory Board for First Tennessee Bank. Actively involved in Nashville's civic community, his roles have included Bellevue YMCA Board of Directors, mentoring for the Hispanic Achievers Program, Nashville Alliance for Public Education Board of Directors, and membership of the Board of Commissioners of Nashville's Metro Social Services Agency. At Belmont University, he served on the board of The Massey Graduate School Alumni Association and is currently on the Board for The Center for Business Ethics.
Mr. Gonzalez was recognized as one of a total of 50 most influential individuals leading and shaping Nashville's future. Nashville's Forward Fifty, in 2007. The local newspaper, The Tennessean, named him as one of Nashville's "Top 40 under [the age of] 40" individuals, for service and commitment to improving the lives of individuals in Middle Tennessee.