SUCCESSFUL, humble and a leader in the Hispanic community, Tony Jimenez is living the American Dream.
It is a dream he worked hard to achieve. It is a dream he does not take lightly.
"There are people out there who do not want to see Latinos succeed," Jimenez, the founder of MicroTech, said in a recent interview.
That does not daunt him, however; it just makes him work that much harder.
"It is difficult for folks to think you did it the right way with no extra benefits or extra help," he says about being Hispanic and rising to the top of his field with no handouts. "At the end of the day, I hope people will take a look at my efforts and successes and realize the opportunity is there if you apply yourself. We have the ability to do great things in the community."
Jimenez identifies with Texas even though he has lived in a number of states as an military brat. Technically from Virginia he was born at the Portsmouth Navy Hospital, but shortly after his birth his Navy father was transferred.
Over the years he lived in Germany and Spain and around the United States, having joined the Army himself when he was old enough.
During that chapter, he traveled around the world and then ended up back in Virginia in 1991. He says he still has a unique connection with Virginia, but he likes to call Texas home.
It was in Texas where he was stationed in San Antonio and where he received his bachelor's in Business Management from St. Mary's University.
Jimenez also has a master's in Computers and Information Systems from Missouri's Webster University and a master's in Acquisition Management from Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech) in Melbourne. He is a graduate of the Executive Education Course at the Dartmouth Tuck School of Business and is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow.
He has the military to thank for his success in technology since it was while he was enlisted that he was steered in that direction.
"I didn't choose it, it chose me," he says. "I was working in the military in what they call the acquisition side and I essentially got about halfway through my military career and I was responsible for buying large-purchase and equipment items that Uncle Sam needed in order to make sure the mission was a success."
Around that time he got more involved in the technology purchase area of the business and he says before he knew it he had his various master's degrees.
"It was after that I found myself spending an...