Prior to taking on the role of CEO at NSHMBA in September 2010, Manuel ‘Manny’ Gonzalez, served as principal with consulting firm ManGo Entertainment, and previously as CEO of the Zoological Society of Florida and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.
Mr. Gonzalez served as Vice President and General Manager of Six Flags Inc. and is an entrepreneurial and strategic leader with over 32 years of experience in the entertainment/hospitality industry.
His experience in master planning and development has included the expansion of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium into a 580-acre regional entertainment complex with a water park, theme park, golf course, and the future site for an indoor water park hotel – a $180 million project attracts over 2 million visitors per year. During his first year as NSHMBA’s chief executive officer, Mr. Gonzalez and his team developed a strategic plan that expanded NSHMBA’s value proposition resulting in additional professional development programs, an increase of nearly 100% in membership, as well as the addition of four new chapters.
He received his Bachelors in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma and his Masters in Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University.
The National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) is the premier Hispanic business organization dedicated to building and advancing Hispanic leadership through graduate management education and professional development.
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