Roman Gonzales III

VP, National and Homeland Security

Our team sat down with Roman to learn more about him and the vast wealth of knowledge he brings to Bramer Group. You can read our conversation below.   

What decision gave you the most success in your career? 

My decision to attend Texas A&M University. Texas A&M provided me with an excellent education and an opportunity to be a member of the Corps of Cadets. The classroom allowed me to grow academically, and the Corps provided me the leadership skills for my military and civilian career.

Who is your hero? 

My hero is the Honorable Jaime Oaxaca. A fellow Texan from El Paso who is a distinguished Alumni from the University of Texas El Paso and was Presidential Appointee to the National Science Foundation and Arms Control Committee. He was the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the US Space Foundation among others. He was a mentor and taught me “how the real world works in Industry”. He retired as a Vice President of Programs from Northrop Grumman.

What is your most prized possession? 

A former coworker and friend who was an artist after his engineering day job painted a picture of an eagle’s face with war paint that is the US Flag, and he gave me the painting shortly after 9-11.

Do you have a “pump up” song? If so, what is it? 

On The Road Again by Willie Nelson.

What is your advice to young people who are interested in working in government relations? 

I would advise them to get a good education as a foundation and learn people skills, especially listening. My recommendation is for young people to spend some time in Industry or the military or both for about 5-7 years prior to working in government relations. 

Tell us about a memorable moment from your career. 

I had an opportunity to meet and speak with Everett Alvarez, the second longest-held POW (Prisoner of War) in U.S. military history. He was the first U.S. pilot to be shot down and detained for over eight years in captivity.

What is your greatest accomplishment?

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13. I didn’t know it then, but that accomplishment set the stage for me to excel in high school, get accepted into college and have successful military and civilian careers.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why? 

To travel by just thinking of a location and be there in an instant if I desired. I like to travel and this way I could visit many places in this world that I haven’t visited.