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ASU Business Symposium to Explore the U.S. and World Economy

Dr. Eugenio J. Alem�n, senior economist and vice president of Wells Fargo Bank, will be the keynote speaker at Angelo State University’s 11th annual International Business Symposium Tuesday, April 14, on the ASU campus.

Alem�n will address the question “Where are the U.S. and World Economies Heading?” in his presentation at 9:30 a.m. April 14 in the ASU Houston Harte University Center’s C.J. Davidson Conference Center. His presentation is open free to the public.

The symposium will also include a seminar on “Global Exporting Essentials” hosted by Douglas Smith, assistant director of the International Trade Center (ITC) in San Antonio. The seminar will run from 2-4 p.m. in the University Center’s Nasworthy Suite 203/204. Cost of the seminar is $10 per person.

Alem�n joined Wells Fargo Bank as a senior economist in July 2005. While his main focus is on the U.S., including interest rates and the Texas economy, he is also an expert on the economies of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, particularly the border town economies that trade with Mexico and the Maquiladora manufacturing sector along with U.S.-Mexico border.

A prominent forecaster of regional, national and international economic trends, Alem�n previously spent seven years as the managing director of Latin American Service for Global Insight, one of the most important economic forecasting and consulting firms in the U.S. He has also worked in the petroleum industry and was an adjunct professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia from 1999-2005. From 1985-86 he was a professor of economics and director of the M.B.A. program at the Inter-American University in Puerto Rico.

Alem�n holds a doctorate in economics with emphasis on economic development and international trade and finance from Florida International University. He is regularly quoted in a variety of national and international media outlets.

Smith has been an international trade and marketing consultant for more than 20 years. Through the ITC, he works with Austin-area clients, including companies in the medical equipment, processed foods, water technology and information technology industries. He has also consulted for small businesses and major corporations, such as IBM, Motorola and Johnson Wax, and has worked with trade associations, including the Business Round Table and the foreign trade commissions of Thailand, Portugal and Colombia. His international experience includes numerous projects involving Western Europe, South America, Asia and Africa.

Smith holds a M.A. in government and international relations and a M.B.A. in finance and international business from the University of Texas and is a certified global business professional.

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. It is designed to stimulate international trade and aid economic development in the local area.

Since its inception in 1995, the ASU International Trade Office has been providing export and import assistance to small businesses throughout the area serviced by the ASU Small Business Development Center (SBDC).

For more information on the International Business Symposium or to register for the afternoon seminar, contact the SBDC at 942-2098 or go online to www.sbdc.angelo.edu. Walk-ins are also welcome at the seminar.