Aisha Gonzalez

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Full of vitality and ambition, Aisha Gonzalez makes her way into the business department of B2Z Engineering, where she leads as owner and president of the 100 percent women-owned civil engineering consulting firm. Like her stride, Gonzalez continues her day at an exceptional pace, accomplishing more by 9 a.m. than most would attempt in a day.

Her journey starts here in the Valley at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. After college, Gonzalez received her MBA and decided to jump into the education field, where she served as the pioneer for the McAllen Independent School District dual enrollment program. In addition to working with high school-age students, Gonzalez taught night classes at South Texas College (STC), instructing students in small business ownership and sharing her passion for business leadership.

As if this wasn’t enough, she and her husband proudly welcomed two beautiful boys into their lives during this time, whom she fondly calls “pride and joy.” Life was in full swing. However, Gonzalez isn’t one to stay stagnant. She strongly believes in “constantly bettering herself and her family by taking every opportunity that presents itself and running with it.” As it would turn out, quite the opportunity presented itself.

Her brother had recently started a civil engineering consulting firm, B2Z, in addition to his regular nine-to-five engineering day job. He needed a Director of Operations, but not just any Director of Operations would do; he wanted the best of the best. His sister quickly came to mind.

Gonzalez was heartbroken at the thought of leaving her students. Still, she knew juggling two jobs, teaching high school in the day and college at night, was not sustainable with two little boys at home. “Family is always a priority to me and I will do anything and everything to ensure that they come first,” Gonzalez said. She saw the potential in B2Z and viewed it as a “goldmine of opportunity.” So, she packed up her classroom, gathered her Teacher Retirement System (TRS) pension, used all the funds to buy her brother’s business, and took on the role of owner and president. Fueled by determination and a willingness to succeed, she embarked on her new full-time role at B2Z in April 2017 with six trusted employees, “and the rest is history,” she said.

Since 2017, Gonzalez has scaled B2Z at a staggering rate. She started by getting their firm certified in a multitude of sought-out certifications. “Anything that has a ‘BE’ I went after. This opened so many doors for us here at B2Z,” she said. Some of the certifications that B2Z currently holds are Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), Minority Business Enterprise (MBE), Hispanic American Business Enterprise (HABE), and the coveted U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) certification. Gonzalez proudly refers to her company as having a “Rolodex of certifications,” as B2Z currently holds 23 respected certifications that set B2Z apart.

Currently, B2Z employs 101 hard-working employees and has offices in Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Seguin outside of their headquarters in Mission, Texas. Gonzalez affectionately refers to her ever-growing staff as her “B2Z family” and makes it her mission to get to know each employee they hire on some level. “My goal is to make every employee know that they can come to me whenever and wherever. Even if it’s a simple conversation in the parking lot, getting to know my co-workers is huge to me,” Gonzalez said. Gonzalez believes not only in the work done at B2Z but also in her employees.

During their relatively short time in business, B2Z has collected quite an outstanding variety of awards, such as:

  • Mission Texas 2023 Business of the Year
  • Rio Grande Valley’s Medium Corporation of the Year 2023
  • Regional Hispanic Contractors Association 2022 Firm of the Year
  • Rio Grande Valley’s Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Women of Distinction Award

Despite her impressive accomplishments, Gonzalez’s proudest titles are mother, wife, daughter, and tia. She humbly attributes her success to her “strong network of family that has always believed in her and challenged her to be the woman she is today.” She continues, “Without my family’s belief in me, I would not be sitting in the place that I am today as the president and owner of a highly successful company.” Aisha Gonzalez is a true Rio Grande Valley success story.

Caroline Waldrip