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April 2008

Release Date: April 15, 2008

Global Economy Topic of ASU International Business Symposium

Angelo State University will host its 10th annual International Business Symposium, featuring award-winning author and finance professor Dr. Pietra Rivoli, Tuesday, April 22, in the Houston Harte University Center.

Rivoli will speak on “The Global Economy: Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade” at 9:30 a.m. April 22 in the University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. Her presentation is open free to the public.

The symposium will also include a seminar on “Business Opportunities in China and Mexico” hosted by Dr. Antonio Ruiz Ramirez, dean of graduate research and development at the Monterrey Institute of Technology in Chihuahua, Mexico. The seminar will run from 2-4 p.m. April 22 in the University Center’s Nasworthy Suite 203/204. Cost of the seminar is $10 per person.

A member of the Georgetown University faculty since 1983, Rivoli is the author of “Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of World Trade.” The book was a 2005 finalist for the Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award and is widely acclaimed by both the popular press and academic community as a groundbreaking study of globalization. Rivoli also specializes in the ethical and social issues related to finance. She holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and a Ph.D. in finance and international economics from the University of Florida.

Ramirez is also president of the Mexico Chapter of the Decision Sciences Institute. He has served as an operations management consultant for businesses in Mexico and the U.S., addressed business seminars in several countries and published numerous articles on leadership and international operations management. He holds a Ph.D. in both operations management and in international business from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education and the University of Houston.

The International Business Symposium is a joint production of the ASU Small Business Development Center, International Trade Office and Center for International Studies; ING Financial Advisers, LLC; and Gary Rodgers, CFP, CPA, ChFC.

For more information on the symposium or to register for the afternoon seminar, contact the ASU Small Business Development Center at 942-2098 or