President/CEO, Mission Critical Solutions
As President and Founder of MCS, Mr. Gilbert T. Gonzalez (Gil) leads the company’s overall strategic direction. A self-made entrepreneur, MBA and strategic management analyst, his career has been dedicated to changing the way small disadvantaged technology solutions businesses are perceived by Government contracting organizations and large national contractors. His depth and breadth of experience in designing IP-Converged Technology and IT/telecommunications mission critical solutions for commercial, military, and other Federal, state and local government clients has resulted in the fastest-growing privately owned technology firm in the Tampa Bay area for four years running. In 2000, Gil led MCS to become a certified minority owned 8(a) small disadvantaged business (SDB) as well as a certified HUBZone business. Under his leadership and guidance, MCS was a finalist in 2004 and 2005 for the Greater Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, and in 2005 Gil was named the Small Business Person of the Year for Florida by the U.S. Small Business Administration.
Gil has over 16 years of experience in the design, installation, and operation and maintenance of IP systems such as local, metropolitan, and wide area networks, fiber optic communication systems, and IP security and surveillance systems. Past design projects have included design-build communications for buildings and facilities for the City of Miami Beach, Florida, and the Orange County Convention Center, Phase II. Other sizeable projects he has successfully directed in the last two years include the Navy’s Hurricane Ivan recovery project at NAS Pensacola, Saufley Field, and Whiting Field, Florida; USSOCOM Command and Control Center at MacDill Air Force Base; and a state-of-the-art Remote Video Surveillance System (RVSS) for U.S. Customs and Border Protection to secure the U.S. southern border south of the San Diego area and the U.S. northern border in Blaine, Washington.
In addition to leading a full-time staff with branch and project offices located throughout the country, Gil has published both software and case studies related to the fields of Strategic Management and Business Policy. He personally holds both the Low-Voltage Specialty Electrical Contractor (ES) and an Unlimited Electrical Contractor (EC) licenses for MCS. He has also earned the designation of Registered Communication Distribution Designer (RCDD).
The Tampa native holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Management of Information Systems (MIS) and Economics from University of South Florida (USF), graduating with Honors, and is a frequently requested lecturer at business forums.