About Us

All things public

For most, the connection between the public and private worlds is distinct and well defined; however, for those who operate in that reality, that definition is more dynamic than clear.  Whether it be in a for-profit business, not-for-profit, or an institutional setting, the importance of fund development, financial management, and relationship-building is vital to organizational success.    At Totem, we strive to establish that value by planning, engaging, and adapting, so that our clients can maximize the benefit of that public-private connection – and focus on what they do best.

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Transforming ideas into action
Jose L. Ceballos

In February 2007, Jose L. Ceballos launched Totem LLC to specialize in organizations requiring customized strategic management services.  As a high-energy executive with more than 20 years of experience, Jose believes in the value of long-term relationships.  His leadership style brings collaboration to the table to get projects delivered; he thrives in team settings and building synergy.  He is experienced in working at a one-to-one level with public entities and officials, non-profit organizations, and community stakeholders.  Jose holds a Master of Business Administration from Texas A&M University – Commerce, and a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M International University.  He has a passion for the human element in all things; and every once in a while is known to chuckle.

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Trainings and Credentials:

  • ADJUNCT PROFESSOR at Texas A&M International University, School of Business and Finance, 2014-present
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, Neighborhood Development Strategies, March 2018.
  • TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, Economic Development Sales Tax (380, 4A/4B), August 2017.
  • TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, Texas Open Meetings Act, August 2017.
  • TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, Texas Public Information Act, August 2017.
  • TEXAS ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, Competing in Economic Development? Use Metrics, July 2017.
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL, Real Estate Development and Reuse, June 2017.
  • TEXAS ETHICS COMMISSION, Texas Ethics Symposium – November 2014.
  • TEXAS A&M ENGINEERING EXTENSION OFFICE, Local Government Project Procedures Qualification for the Texas Department of Transportation Course CON812, October 2013.
  • AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute – January 2011.
  • AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, Campaign Management Institute – May 2010.
  • SENIOR PROFESSIONAL HOUSING MANAGER (SPHM), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO), highest level of trade certification for housing authority executive, 2004.
  • SECTION 8 HOUSING MANAGER (SHM), National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials, 2003.
  • HOUSING CREDIT CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL (HCCP), National Association of Home Builders, 2005.
  • HOUSING QUALITY STANDARD INSPECTOR (HQS) – Texas Housing Association, 2003.
  • HOMEBUYER COUNSELOR, Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs, 1999.
  • CERTIFIED CONSUMER CREDIT COUNSELOR, National Foundation for Consumer Credit, 1997.
  • FAIR HOUSING AND ACCESSIBILITY AND ADA/504, Fair Housing Solutions, LLC, 2004.
  • U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE INTERN, Bureau of Export Enforcement through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, June – August 1994.  Security clearance obtained.
  • HOUSING QUALITY STANDARD (HQS) INSPECTOR by the Texas Housing Association.
  • CERTIFIED TEXAS STATE HOMEBUYER EDUCATION COUNSELOR by the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.