Texas A&M University-Kingsville

College of Business Administration to co-host Community Breakfast

KINGSVILLE - March 22, 2011

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590


The Texas A&M University-Kingsville College of Business Administration will join with the Kleberg Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce to host a Community Breakfast at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 7, in room 219 ABC of the Memorial Student Union Building on campus. The featured speaker is Blake Hastings, vice president in charge of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, San Antonio Branch.

 Hastings will talk about the Economy at a Crossroads. It provides a broad overview of the policy actions taken by the Federal Reserve since the beginning of the economic downturn. This presentation discusses key components of the response such as the monetary policy tools available and applied by the Federal Reserve and it offers a perspective on the path to recovery by providing insight into a few considerations moving forward.

The event hosts are Dr. Steven Tallant, university president; Dr. Tom Dock, dean of the College of Business Administration; Alice Byers, executive director of the Kingsville Chamber of Commerce; and Roberto Villarreal, president of the Kleberg Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Renato Ramirez and IBC Bank will sponsor the event.

Admission to the Community Breakfast is $5 and those wishing to attending should RSVP by Tuesday, April 5, online at www.tamuk.edu/cba or calling 361-593-4856.

About Blake Hastings

Hastings has been in his current position since January 2007. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Senior Management Committee and on the bank’s public affairs and human resource executive teams. He also is responsible for the bank’s activities in Central and South Texas, including working closely with the branch’s board of directors and providing leadership and oversight for the operating and administrative functions at the San Antonio office, with particular emphasis on its outreach activities to banks, businesses and community-based organizations.

Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he served as executive director of the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, a public-private partnership for the promotion and development of international trade and foreign investment. He also was the export sales manager at Dorian International in White Plains, New York where he oversaw the export of commercial foodservice and laundry equipment to northeast Asia. Prior to that, he worked at the United States Trade and Development Agency as an evaluations/regional assistant for Asia-Pacific.

Hastings holds a master’s degree in international business and a bachelor’s degree in international economics from George Washington University. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, German and Spanish.


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