José is a general manager, entrepreneur and educator at Parsons School of Design that has spent over 20 years in the fashion retail and luxury goods sector, having worked for Richemont, LVMH, Loro Piana and Roberto Cavalli.
He is the Vice President Business Development for CELECT, a retail technology firm founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has extensive international experience and has held positions in buying, design, marketing, merchandising, planning, production, sales and general management. Additionally, he is an Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design where he has taught Retailing, as well as Merchandising courses for over 10 years. He has also taught at the Fashion Institute of Technology and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. José is the Founder of the New York Fashion Retail Association — an innovative, professional industry forum that explores trends, opportunities and challenges that face the fashion and retail industry.
José has been invited to lecture on Retailing at various industry conferences, as well as Columbia University, Cornell University, Fashion Institute of Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, Parsons School of Design, The University of Chicago, The University of Navarra, and The University of Rochester. A native New Yorker, José is fluent in Spanish, Italian and is conversant in French.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology – SM Management of Technology
Harvard Business School – Graduate coursework
University of Rochester – MBA Finance
Cornell University – BS Management
Fashion Institute of Technology – AAS Design