I want to personally invite you to my neighborhood and neighborhoods in District 5, where you will find the heart of San Antonio. Everyone in our city has incredible memories of growing up in the Westside and Southside of San Antonio and everyone’s heart remains fondly in our district. Our neighborhoods represent what people throughout the nation are developing. People want to increase and enjoy neighborhood walkability, bike lanes, sidewalks for two people, accessible public transportation, calm traffic, the re-development of historic homes, parks and schools being developed into health and fitness sports complexes for families, and children being able to walk to their libraries while enjoying the flowering plants and fruit trees shared with neighbors. I love living in a neighborhood where I am able to walk to buy my groceries, shop at the local drug store, attend church services, or walk to my bus stop to ride into downtown. My husband and I enjoy riding our bikes throughout the district while enjoying the splendors of Elmendorf Lake, the beautiful and historical homes built in the early 1900s, beautiful structures like of Our Lady of the Lake University, and the cultural arts developed by arts organizations throughout our neighborhoods. District 5 is filled with beauty and the kindest and most loving neighbors.
Growing Up Years
Shirley Gonzales was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She spent most of her growing up years around her family-owned business, Bill’s Pawn Shop and Jewelry Store established in 1960 and located on S Zarzamora between Buena Vista and W Commerce. Her parents, Henry and Eloise Gonzales spent long hours building their now 52 year-old business while their children played in the store or in the Prospect Hill neighborhood. Shirley’s fondest moments were going to the Malt House next door to their store and spending time at Bazan Library with her brother Henry. These and many more positive growing up experiences are what drew her and her husband, Kevin Barton, a retired Chief Master Sergeant to make District 5 their home at 2723 Buena Vista.
Education and Career Accomplishments
Shirley attended Ursuline Academy and went on to earn both a Bachelor and Master’s degree from the School of Business at St. Mary’s University. She has been working in her family-owned business for 20 years and enjoys being a strong corporate leader in supporting educational institutions and organizations making a difference in her neighborhood.
Professional and Personal accomplishments
- Successful Small Minority Business Owner in the Westside of San Antonio.
- On two separate occasions while serving as CEO, her store, experienced significant growth under her leadership.
- Developed and implemented program which reimburses college tuition to workers who have been employed at Bill’s Pawn and Jewelry for more than one year.
- Continuous support of the following organizations or institutions: Girl Scouts of America, Lanier High School Vocational Program, Guadalupe Culture Arts Center, Guadalupe Community Center, San Antonio Food Bank, Central Catholic High School, Bonham Academy, Sembradores de Amistdad, St. Mary's University, and the Mexican American Unity Council.
- Created training program between the San Antonio Police Department and San Antonio Pawnbrokers Association to assist pawn employees in recognizing stolen property.
- Successfully lobbied city council to adopt L.E.A.D.S online, a third party data transfer, to allow SAPD to view all pawn transactions in San Antonio while protecting the privacy of individual customers.
- Headed the transition and complete implementation of state of the art industry software and security system.
Professional and Community Involvement
- West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Texas Association of Pawnbrokers, Former Board Member
- National Pawnbrokers Association Member
- San Antonio Development Association, Former Board Member
- Small Business Advisory Committee, Former Board Member
- Leadership San Antonio Alumni
- Leadership SAISD Class of 2013
- Chair for the 2014 15th Year Anniversary of the Mexican American Unity Council Scholarship Awards Gala
My Invitation to You
Come and visit or live in District 5, thanks to leaders before me and to my optimistic leadership style, the best is yet to come. I look forward to serving our constituents and working closely with neighborhood leaders, non-profit organizations, small businesses, religious leaders, schools, health providers, and educational leaders so that together we can build a greater District 5