Jose Quinonez

Director, Trade Services

The impact Jose has on the Foreign-Trade Zones program is longstanding. Jose has over 18 years’ experience leading FTZ 68 in El Paso, TX. There, he served as both Grantee and Operator while maintaining executive positions on the Board of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ). Jose effortlessly parlays his knowledge into grantee and operator projects at Indigo Trade Solutions.

Under his leadership, FTZ 68 received its number one and two national rankings in exports and merchandise received among the US general-purpose zones, respectively.  Additional honors received by the zone during Jose’s tenure include:

  • Export Achievement Award by the NAFTZ – September 2015
  • Ranked #2 in Top 25 US Foreign Trade Zones, by Global Trade magazine – September 2013
  • Achievements in FTZs, Excellence Award in Economic Development by Business Facilities Magazine – 2013

In addition to his FTZ management, Jose has also worked in economic development with city and county governments.  From 2016-2018 Jose was Director of Economic Development at the County of El Paso.  Jose’s other prior work experience includes redevelopment coordinator with the City of El Paso’s Economic Development Department.

Jose maintains active involvement with the NAFTZ, where he served as a Director for 8 years including Chairman in 2015/2016. He also earned the Accredited Zone Specialist (AZS) designation in 2010. Jose is currently on the Accreditation Committee, Grantee Committee, and the Advisory Council.  He also has served on the  NAFTZ Scope of Authority/Production Authorization Working Group.  Jose is a member of numerous economic development associations including the International Economic Development Council, Texas Economic Development Council, and is a Certified Member of the American Association of Airport Executives.

Jose holds a BA degree and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Texas at El Paso.  In his spare time, Jose enjoys being with family, traveling, and watching professional football, soccer, and basketball.