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
- Inducted into the Nashville Entrepreneur Center Hall of Fame in 2016
- Named 'CFO of the Year' byt Center for Nonprofit Management in 2015
- Recognized as one of a total of fifty most influential individuals leading and shaping Nashville's future., Nashville's Forward 50 (2007)
Mr. Gonzalez is an Instructor of Management and Entrepreneurship at the Jack C. Massey College of Business. After several years as an adjunct professor, he joined the faculty in 2007.Mr. González teaches courses in International Business, Financial Management and Entrepreneurship.
He is particularly interested in Social Entrepreneurship and the links between Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. He is passionate about promoting Study Abroad initiatives and one of his favorite activities as a college professor is to lead international academic trips. For example, he has been involved in a couple of international economic development entrepreneurship projects working with fair trade coffee farmers in Guatemala. Over the last couple of years he has lead a program to Argentina study International Entrepreneurship; a program to Cuba to study the emergence of private enterprise within the communist regime still in power in the island; last summer he spent it in Argentina teaching International Entrepreneurship, and during the Spring of 2017 he will lead a program to Colombia to study how entrepreneurship fosters economic development.
Mr. González graduated from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico (ITAM) in Mexico City with a B.S. in Accounting. He later earned his MBA from The Jack C. Massey Graduate School of Business at Belmont University. As a current doctoral student, Mr. González is focusing his research on Immigrant Entrepreneurship with a focus on Latino Immigrants
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.
Mr. González is the cofounder of Conexión Américas (www.conexionamericas.org). a non-profit organization with the mission to promote the economic and social integration of Latino families into the local community. He was responsible for launching several successful initiatives – a homeownership program, an entrepreneurship course for Latino immigrants, and a Financial Literacy curriculum. Today, he serves as the CFO. Under his leadership, Conexión Américas has received notable distinctions: Entrepreneurial Venture of the Year, Innovation in Action Award, and Strengthening Families Best Practices Award. Most recently, because of the recognition that Conexión Américas enjoys, President Obama came to visit in December 2014. Mr. Gonzalez had the opportunity to welcome him and share the work of his organization with him.
He serves on the Board of Directors of a couple of private firms in town. Actively involved in Nashville's civic community, his current roles include the Board of the Entrepreneur Center in Nashville, Board of directors at Sister Cities of Nashville, and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. 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. González was recognized as one of a total of 50 most influential individuals leading and shaping Nashville's future. Nashville's Forward Fifty. 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. He is a past participant of Leadership Tennessee, a statewide initiative that cultivates a network of business, nonprofit, education and government leaders committed to addressing the state's challenges and opportunities. Most recently, he was named ‘CFO of the year’ by the Center for Nonprofit management and was inducted into the Entrepreneur Center’s Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN.