Professionally Joe Perez, Ed.D. 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 he 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. He is also a military veteran and former law enforcement officer. After 21 years with the department, he transitioned to higher education and the private sector.
He is currently a certified SCORE mentor and independent business consultant specializing in licensing, regulation, and compliance within the hospitality industry in the state of Florida. He is also an adjunct business professor with over 10 years of teaching experience in higher education teaching face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes to both undergraduate and graduate students. He also serves as a dissertation chair and committee member. He is currently a contributing faculty member at Walden University in the PhD Management program for the College of Management and Technology.
Dr. Perez belongs to several professional associations and strongly believes in giving back to the community. He is a member of the International Leadership Association, The American Economic Association, and The Corporate Finance Institute. He is also a board member on the city of Lakeland, Florida civil service board and has served on several non-profit boards in his community.
He is a Quality Matters (QM) peer reviewer and a manuscript reviewer for the Journal of Leadership Education (JOLE) and has published several research papers in peer reviewed journals in the areas of ethical leadership, global leadership, the influence of culture on leadership, and the relationship between leadership styles and employee turnover.
Dr. Perez received his associate’s degree from Glendale Community College, his Bachelor of Arts in business from Ottawa University, his Bachelor of Science in business with a minor in economics from the University of South Florida, and his MBA with a specialization in finance from Nova Southeastern University. He also received his doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University with a minor in human resource development. He received his post-doctoral certificate in global leadership from Colorado Technical University.
MGMT 8425 - Responsible Behavior Change Multicultural Leadership
MGMT 9000 - Doctoral Dissertation Forum
EdD, Nova Southeastern University
Post-Doctoral Degree Certificate, Colorado Technical University
MBA, Nova Southeastern University
BS, University of South Florida
BA, Ottawa University
AA, Glendale Community College
Catapult Lakeland, Inc. , Board Member - Lakeland
Nova Southeastern University Tampa Advisory Board Member, Board Member - Tampa
Chairperson KDP Shark KNK Mentoring Committee (NSU), Committee Member - Ft. Lauderdale
COBM and Doctoral Studies Program Committee (Colorado Technical University), Committee Member -
Editorial Board Member Gamma Shark, Committee Member -
Program Advisory Committee Member South University, Committee Member - Tampa
International Leadership Association, Member -
SCORE Certified Mentor, Member - Lakeland
Nova Southeastern University Alumni Association, President - Tampa
Puerto Rican/Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Polk County, President - Lakeland
MERLOT. (California State University System)/Business Course Reviewer, Volunteer -
Uiversity of South Florida Corporate Mentor, Volunteer - Tampa
Awards / Honors
Award of Excellence (Department of Business and Professional Regulation), Department of Business and Professional Regulation, 2012
Beta Gamma Sigma Academic Business Honor Society, Beta Gamma Sigma, 2001
Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) employee of the month, Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) , 1994
Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Group Recognition Award honor description, Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) , 2012
Kappa Delta Pi Academic Honor Society for Education, Kappa Delta Pi, 2010
Nova Southeastern University Alumnus of the Year, Nova Southeastern University , 2006
Nova Southeastern University Mentor of the Month, Nova Southeastern University, 2006
Sigma Beta Delta Academic Honor Society for Business, Sigma Beta Delta, 2003
Perez, J. R. (2017). 21st century global leadership and beyond. Independent Association of Business Scholars
Perez, J. R. (2018). An Exploration of Global Leadership: Culture, Ethics, and Conflict Management. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics
Perez, J. R. (2016). An Exploration of Millennials 'Attitudinal and Behavior Differences. Independent Association of Business Scholars
Perez, J. R. (2017). Global leadership and the impact of globalization. Journal of Leadership, Accountability and Ethics
Perez, J. R., , L., , J. (2022). Innovation in the insurance industry: A diagnostic perspective.. Journal of Strategic and International Studies (JSIS), 16(4).
Perez, J. R. (2017). Leadership, power, culture, and ethics in the transcultural context. Journal of Applied Business Ethics and Economics
Perez, J. R. (2013). The Relationship between Leadership Practices and Restaurant Employee Turnover. International Journal of Accounting Information Science and Leadership
Perez, J. R. (2018). The value of ethical leadership. Independent Association of Business Scholars
Perez, J. R. (2016). An Exploration of Millennials 'Attitudinal and Behavior Differences. The Clute Institute's International Academic Business Conference
Perez, J. R. (2016). Cultural Analysis .
Perez, J. R. (2018). Cultural Dimensions of Global Leadership. Colorado Technical University
Perez, J. R. (2005). Division of Hotels and Restaurants 101. FRLA
Perez, J. R. (2021). Engaging students online and in the Classroom. Polk State University
Perez, J. R. (2006). Farmers Markets Laws and Rules. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), Florida
Perez, J. R. (2022). Innovation in the insurance industry: A diagnostic perspective. .
Perez, J. R. (2013). Job Search Strategies. Nova Southeastern University Alumni Association
Perez, J. R. (2017). Latino Leadership. US Social Security Office in conjunction with the Polk County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Perez, J. R. (2007). Resort Dwellings Laws and Rules. Polk County Economic Development Center
Perez, J. R. (2018). The Economics of Globalization. Colorado Technical University
Perez, J. R. (2013). The Relationship between Leadership Practices and Restaurant Employee Turnover. Intellectbase Academic Conference
Perez, J. R. (2007). Understanding Home Mortgages. Nova Southeastern University Alumni Association
Perez, J. R. (2007). Understanding How Money Works. Primerica