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Jose Montez J ose Montez, Gilroy Businessman, came to the United States when he was 21 years old. Although a successful business owner in Mexico, he worked, studied and struggled in the US. Today, he is a partner in a machine shop that pro- duces prototypes for electronics, industrial and health care clients; owns a property management company managed by his wife, Anna; and oversees several real estate holdings categorized as long term, aggressive or conservative. One of his long-term investments is the Hall’s building on the corner of Sixth and Monterey in downtown Gilroy. In the near future this project will accommodate three rental units upstairs and a restaurant downstairs. Two- and-half years into this project, earthquake upgrades, permits, vandalism and con- struction issues delayed his progress much longer than anticipated. He believes Gilroy has turned the corner to a more prosperous and vibrant downtown. Jose’s expertise has taken him on consulting ventures to China, South America and Mexico. Jose has a degree from San Jose State University. In 2006 he survived a brain tumor. He and Anna live in rural Gilroy where they raised their five kids. His old- est son works in his property management company, two girls attend Santa Clara University, another girl will soon graduate from GECA...and three of the five kids are accomplished Mariachi performers! “I always said, our downtown is the heart of our community, our downtown identifies who we are as a community. I will never give up on doing my part in making our downtown better. Our downtown has been able to maintain its originality and great character, it offers tremendous opportunities for investors and business owners. We need to work together. We have a unique Gourmet Alley that offers endless possibilities for creative business people.” 34 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2017