How I can help you

I can help you with starting a restaurant or mobile food truck. Professionally, I served as the Tampa District Manager for the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Division of Hotels and Restaurants, a state government regulatory agency responsible for regulating the hospitality industry within the state of Florida. In this capacity, I was responsible for the daily operations for a district that regulated over 15,000 public food service and public lodging establishments within a seven-county region in west central Florida. After 21 years with the department, I transitioned to higher education and the private sector where I am currently an adjunct business professor and independent consultant. I have over 25 years of proven leadership experience. I look forward to serving you as your SCORE mentor. 


Areas of Expertise

  • Business Finance & Accounting
  • Business Strategy & Planning
  • Government & Regulations

Industry Experience

  • Accommodation & Food Services
  • Professional & Business Services
  • Nonprofit, Public and Professional Organizations


Academically, I hold an Associates of Arts degree from Glendale Community College, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ottawa University, a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Florida, and an MBA with a specialization in finance from Nova Southeastern University. I also hold a Doctorate in organizational leadership with a minor in human resource development from Nova Southeastern University and a post-doctoral degree certificate in global leadership from Colorado Technical University. 


Dr. Joe Perez

Communication Methods

  • In Person
  • Phone
  • Video
  • Email