The eMerge executive is helping South Florida realize on its potential as a tech hub.
Occupation: Executive director, eMerge Americas, a global technology event
Family status: Married with two children
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Lives in: Coral Gables
As South Florida emerges as a technology hub, Xavier Gonzalez is at the forefront. Gonzalez helped execute the idea that a tech-y conclave called eMerge Americas could catapult South Florida’s branding as an innovation hub. In his role of executive director of eMerge Americas, Gonzalez helped create a nonprofit organization to run the event (the Technology Foundation of the Americas) and recruit a talented team to act on the vision, and led the marketing initiatives to draw the audience.
Now he’s preparing for the second eMerge Americas conference in May in which he’s expecting an even larger turnout. “We’re making it bigger and better without re-creating the wheel,” he says. “The goal is to make it the global must-attend event in the technology space.”
Before leading eMerge Americas, Gonzalez was part of the Terremark leadership team that built the Miami public company and attracted the attention of Verizon, which acquired Terremark for $2 billion in 2011. At Terremark, Gonzalez headed global corporate communications, overseeing 13 data centers on three continents. His boss there, Manny Medina, spawned the eMerge concept and brought in Gonzalez and others to make it a reality.
Outside of his tech efforts, Gonzalez also serves as a community leader through participation on the board of directors of Camillus House, as a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce.
From Gonzalez: “Just a few years from now I think you will see a drastically different technology community for the better. Miami is still and up and coming city, and it’s exciting to help mold what we are going to become and how we are going to mature as a city.”
About Gonzalez: “Xavier serves as the ultimate convener of the various components of the technology ecosystem developing in Miami. He is a significant thought leader in terms of developing the final steps required to catapult our city into the ranks of other leading technology communities.” — Jaret Davis, co-managing shareholder of the Miami office of Greenberg Traurig