José Ignacio González President

José Ignacio González, born in Louisville, KY and raised in Barranquilla, Colombia, is the President of MAPA Group and oversees our Atlanta operations. He has led a successful and varied private sector career in multiple geographies to date and has a wealth of collaborative experience in civic and public endeavors at local, national and international levels. Jose Ignacio holds a BS-Management degree from Purdue University and an MBA from Mercer University-Atlanta. Career highlights by sectors include:

Private Sector: Logistics and Banking

  • Founded the Perishables Center Complex at the Atlanta Airport, which was sold in 2006. The center was the sole service provider of perishables cargo handling services to the airlines serving the city. At full capacity, the Center handled 97% of all inbound and outbound perishable and refrigerated cargo at the airport. The largest in the U.S.
  • Founded an airline handler general agency that represented and managed an Argentine airline in the US (LAPA Airlines), as well as all customs and agriculture clearance services, and served as  the regional sales agent of a Colombian Airline (ACES Airlines).
  • Founded a recycling transportation fleet to manage the disposal of scrap metal and auto-fluff in landfills.
  • Invested in, and eventually chaired, the Summit Bank Corporation with branches in Atlanta and San Jose, CA, until it sold to the East-West Bank in 2007. While on the Board, participated or chaired several functional committees like Audit, Investment, Loan, Credit Risk, Compliance, etc.

Chambers of Commerce

Beginning as member of the board of the Barranquilla Chamber of Commerce, Jose Ignacio brought organizing experience to the U.S. and served as part of the group that led the restructuring of the current version of the Georgia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Jose Ignacio served initially as CEO and then as board Chair. Subsequently, Jose Ignacio was asked to serve on the board of the DeKalb Chamber where he was elected Chair and oversaw a consolidation with the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, where he served on the Executive Committee for two years.

Non-Profits and Civic Participation:

  • Jose Ignacio currently serves on the board of the Georgia Foreign Trade Zone as the Immediate Past Board Chair (for two periods that ended December 2012).
  • Jose Ignacio founded and led a United Nations agency in Atlanta in 2004 that falls under the structure of UNITAR -United Nations Institute for Training and Research.  The agency, CIFAL ATLANTA, is part of a network of 9 centers around the world, tasked with providing capacity building and capacity training for less-developed nations to support their Millennium Development Goals efforts. Jose Ignacio served as Executive Chairman until December 2012 and is currently serving as Vice-Chair. Some of other past and current members are the Mayor of Atlanta, Jamaican Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Vice President of El Salvador Ana Vilma de Escobar, the CEO of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, the past Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development, the Mayor of Savannah, GA, the President of Kennesaw State University, Ambassador Andrew Young, Past Federal Senator of the State of Parana, Brazil, and the ex-Governor of Mendoza, Argentina and current Ambassador to Colombia.
  • At the request of Georgia’s Governor, Jose Ignacio ran a four million dollar campaign for the city of Atlanta and the State of GA, HEMISPHERE, to brand the region in the Americas from 2003 to 2007. Atlanta’s most relevant corporations – Coca-Cola, UPS, Delta, Bellsouth (AT&T), GE Energy, Equifax, GA Power, Southern Company, SunTrust Bank, among others, funded the campaign. Jose Ignacio actively pursued the Permanent Secretariat of the Free Trade Area of the Americas headquarters opportunity and hosted and played an active role in several rounds of trade negotiations at the FTAA level and the Andean and US-Chile bilaterals, as well as with the Air-Bilaterals between the U.S. and Colombia that resulted in the inclusion of Atlanta as a gateway city and the genesis of Delta’s Latin American routes. Jose Ignacio also actively pursued corporate headquarters relocations to Georgia and the establishment of Consular operations in Atlanta.
  • In partnership with the US Department of Commerce, Jose Ignacio secured the funding, organized, promoted and nurtured the Americas Competitiveness Forum (ACF), now in its 6th edition to be held in October in Panama. CIFAL continues to play a significant role in the RIAC (the Inter American Network of Competitiveness Councils), an entity formed to manage the content of the forum and currently housed at the OAS in DC.
  • Jose Ignacio also has served on boards at the Carter Center, United Way, Atlanta Conventions & Visitors Bureau, Visiting Nurse Health System, Leadership Atlanta, Georgia Chamber of Commerce, and the US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, among others.

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