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About Us

Our Staff

    Gilbert Gonzalez

    Director, Rural Business Program

    Mr. Gonzalez joined the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development to serve as Director of the Rural Business Program (RBP) in 2009. He manages the RBP which focuses on sustainable rural development, capacity-building and business development within the South-West Texas Border Small Business Development Center Network.

    Since 2010 Mr. Gonzalez participated and worked on several Eagle Ford Shale joint studies pertaining to economic impact, workforce and housing with the Center for Community and Business Research, Center for Urban and Regional Planning and College of Public Policy. As Director of the RBP he works with small and rural communities in the Eagle Ford and Cline Shale oil and gas impacted regions educating community leaders and municipalities on seizing the opportunities created by the shale energy boom to diversify their local economy, create jobs and develop sustainable communities.

        Andrew Denzer

        Project Manager

        Andrew Denzer joined the University of Texas at San Antonio Institute for Economic Development as Project Manager of the Rural Business Program in 2000. His primary role is to manage rural economic development activities in the 79 county region, oversee delivery of management and technical assistance activities to clients; oversee marketing and outreach activities, maintain and create partnerships with organizations that provide assistance to rural communities. Andrew was instrumental in developing the curriculum to train community leaders and officials on municipal capacity issues.

        Prior to his current position, Andrew spent 16 years with GE Capital, as Vice President for commercial lending and acted as Vice President of SBA Lending for PNC Bank and the Small Business Loan Source. Andrew Graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a B.B. in Finance. He resides in San Antonio with his wife of 30 years.

            Celeste Cavazos

            Administrative Analyst

                Paul Herrera

                Project Manager

                Paul has dedicated his professional career to serving the community. He was a Literacy Program Director with the City of San Antonio for almost a decade and served on the advance team for the Haven for Hope Campus as a Community Services Supervisor. He has worked closely with key legislators and industry leaders to identify best practices from across the country in order to make the Haven for Hope the national model.

                Paul’s municipal experience includes being the Field, Policy and Zoning Administrator for a San Antonio Council Person. He also served as the Clean Community Coordinator for the City of San Antonio as well as the Executive Director for Keep San Antonio Beautiful and helped to implement the current automated trash/ recycle pickup.

                    Josh De La Garza

                    BERA II