SBA North Florida Welcomes New Deputy District Director

Gilbert Colon
Release Date: 
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Release Number: 
NFL-16-02
Contact: 
Nayana Sen

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) recently named Gilbert Colon as the Deputy District Director (DDD) for the North Florida District Office. Deputy Colon previously served as the DDD in the South Florida District Office for 15 years prior to his retirement in 2011. Deputy Colon replaces Debbie Brown, who retired earlier this year.

“I came out of retirement because I felt like I still have a lot to contribute to the small business community, and to the SBA. The North Florida District Office seems like a good place to meet my specific goal of helping entrepreneurs succeed, the same way I was able to contribute to the South Florida economy,” stated Deputy Colon.

Deputy Colon has an expansive 35 year career both in the public and private sectors. He has served two White House appointments, once as Deputy Special Assistant to President Carter and as the Associate Director of Presidential Personnel under President Clinton. Deputy Colon has worked in senior management for various private corporations and has also owned and operated several businesses. Additionally, Deputy Colon has served as Acting Director/Deputy for the Minority Business Development Agency at the U.S. Department of Commerce and Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.

Additionally, Deputy Colon has served on many boards and commissions including South Florida Federal Executive Board, Florida State Advisory Commission on Civil Rights, and ASPIRA Broward Advisory Board to name just a few. 

“I have known Gilbert for a long time, and I trust his leadership and management capabilities. He is a great resource for the North Florida market, as he brings a great deal of experience to the role after spending 15 years in the position in South Florida. I look forward to his involvement with small businesses in North Florida,” stated Wilfredo J. Gonzalez, SBA North Florida District Director. 

Deputy Colon served as a Specialist 5th class in the U.S. Army, has a Master of Public Administration from Baruch College in New York City, and a Bachelor of Arts from City College of New York. He is married to his wife of 50 years, Cheryl. Together they have three children, five grandchildren, and a great-grandchild. He enjoys spending time with his family, watching sports, and cooking.

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