José D. González
José Gonzalez a Professor at Belmont University in Nashville where he teaches in the Entrepreneurship department. After several years as an adjunct instructor he, joined the faculty in 2007. He teaches courses in International Business, Financial Management and Entrepreneurship. He is particularly interested in Social Entrepreneurship and the intersection between Economic Development and Entrepreneurship. At Belmont, he enjoys organizing study abroad experiences where students assess entrepreneurial environments and develop global mindsets as they hone in their business skills. Over the past couple of years he has led trips to Cuba, Argentina, Guatemala, and Spain.
José is also the cofounder of Conexión Américas where today he serves as the finance director. At Conexión Américas he was responsible for launching several valuable 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. Most recently, he was instrumental in bringing the vision of Casa Azafrán, a nonprofit collaborative serving the new American community in Nashville to fruition. Casa Azafrán houses Mesa Komal, a culinary incubator that supports budding food entrepreneurs in Nashville.
Jose 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, José 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.
Actively involved in Nashville's civic community, he currently serves on the board of Sister Cities of Nashville, The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, the Center for Business Ethics at Belmont University, the Mayor’s New Americans Advisory Council, and Nashville’s Entrepreneur Center.
Jose and his wife Claire have two children Eduardo (17) and Ana Claire (15).
Perhaps of all his competencies, the only one he likes to brag about is the fact that he makes a mean paella and a great margarita!