Mario Gonzalez, a Bryan native who graduated from Mays Business School’s land economics and real estate master’s program in 1999, was honored in January as one of San Antonio Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” rising stars.

That distinction puts the 32-year-old vice president of development at San Antonio-based real estate developer Koontz McCombs in the Business Journal‘s 40 Under 40 Hall of Fame. The newspaper’s goal is to honor young businessmen and community leaders who are making a difference in their industries, in San Antonio and in the business world.

Gonzalez was nominated by his CEO at Koontz McCombs after five years of work that helped take the company into multifamily housing development. His projects have boosted the firm’s image and its ability to become involved in other projects.

“It just means to me that it works to use my very simple formula: To try hard and believe in what you do,” Gonzalez says. “I hope to continue to grow as quickly as I have already done.”