President and Chief Executive Officer
JRG COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Gonzales is a nationally recognized public speaker, professional trainer,
communications consultant, and long-time community activist, along with
being the founder and president of JRG Communications, Inc., a marketing
and public relations firm that develops outreach strategies at local,
state, and national levels.
JRG Communications, Inc. offers services in professional development,
public affairs, public/media relations, political consulting, and media
production in both English and Spanish.
Using his experience in organizational development, strategic planning,
and leadership training, Gonzales is a featured trainer and public
speaker for organizations nationwide. A highly sought-after instructor
and facilitator, Gonzales conducts training programs for a variety of
nonprofit organizations and develops curriculums for business
professionals in the areas of public speaking and conducting effective
meetings. He also provides public speaking training to individuals,
elected officials, corporate executives, and CEOs.
With extensive experience running both national and regional
organizations, Gonzales has served as Chairman of the Board of the
United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC), the Texas
Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, and the Greater
Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Gonzales has also served as the
acting president and CEO of the USHCC during an organizational
For over 16 years Gonzales volunteered for the American Heart
Association and helped architect the organizationís Hispanic outreach
efforts. Gonzales served on the Board of Directors of the American Heart
Association at both the Affiliate and National levels, and was selected
to serve as the National Chairman by the American Heart Association's
Women and Minorities Leadership Committee.
Building bridges between communities to advance business initiatives,
Gonzales established a multi-chamber alliance to include the Greater
Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Capitol City African American
Chamber of Commerce, and the Asian American Chamber of Commerce. Today,
this multi-ethnic Chamber Alliance continues to find solutions to issues
affecting the minority community in Austin, Texas.
Gonzales' passion for leadership development was the driving force
behind the creation of several Hispanic chamber leadership programs
around the country, including the nationally renowned Hispanic Austin
Leadership (HAL) program for the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce. His innovative programs identify, train, and encourage adults
of diverse backgrounds, occupations, and cultures to pursue leadership
J.R. Gonzales was born in Mercedes, Texas. In 1976 he graduated from
Crockett High School in Austin, Texas and then from Texas State
University in 1981 where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public
Relations/Advertising from the school of Journalism, and a minor in