HISPANIC BUSINESS® magazine
HISPANIC BUSINESS is pleased to announce its 2002 Board of Economists (BOE). Representing leading universities, research organizations, and government agencies, the nine-member board will convene for an economic summit in Washington, D.C., in September and will provide expert analysis and commentary for the magazine and its Web properties. “The BOE was assembled to identify and evaluate domestic and international economic issues of concern to the U.S. business community,” says Frank Chow, chief economist of HispanTelligence, the research division of Hispanic Business Inc. “These distinguished economists were expressly chosen for their expertise in such wide-ranging areas as international capital markets, NAFTA, education, and health care.” First assembled in 1993, the BOE has played an integral role in HISPANIC BUSINESS magazine’s coverage of economic issues over the intervening years. In light of the current U.S. recession, the group’s insight may prove more valuable than ever, especially with regard to Hispanic-owned companies. “Hispanic-owned businesses, primarily small enterprises, will see improving business conditions later this year,” predicts Tony Villamil, CEO of the Washington Economics Group and a member of the 2002 BOE. He says knowledge-based services such as accounting and information technologies will see an improved business climate by the end of the year as larger corporations begin to expand. Advanced technologies with defense and security applications, for instance, are increasingly drawing attention from government contracting officers. Says fellow BOE member Henry Ingle, a professor of communication and associate vice-president of technology planning and distance learning at the University of Texas at El Paso: “Hispanics are fast becoming a significant demographic force, but they need more education and training if they are to participate fully in the socioeconomic fabric of the United States.” Following are brief biographies of this year’s BOE members.
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