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College of Business Administration to host annual Economic Forum

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            KINGSVILLE (October 9, 2019) — The College of Business Administration (CBA) at Texas A&M University-Kingsville will host its annual Economic Forum from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Grand Ballrooms of the Memorial Student Union Building. Admission to the forum is $12 and includes lunch. A table of eight is $96.

            This year’s keynote speaker is Christi Craddick, Texas Railroad Commissioner. She will speak about the Texas Energy Renaissance.                     

            This year’s forum will feature a study of Kleberg County. Dr. Thomas Krueger, J.R. Manning Endowed Professor of Innovation in Business Education and chair of the department of accounting and finance from the College of Business Administration will present his research entitled Kleberg County’s Demography, Recent Economic Changes and Anticipated Future.

            To reserve your seat at the economic forum, visit or call 361-593-3801.

About Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick

            Christi Craddick is in the forefront of the newest wave of pragmatic conservatives moving into leadership roles across Texas. Raised in a strong conservative household, retained as legal counsel by prominent Texas firms and shaped by more than a decade as a trusted political advisor, Craddick has set a clear standard of integrity, self-reliance and innovation in her role as a member of the Railroad Commission of Texas.

            Since her tenure on the commission began in November 2012, she has pushed to maximize the effectiveness and efficiency of an energy industry that is driving the state’s unparalleled economic success. In the process, she has repeatedly proven that sensible regulations, careful listening and plain talk can foster innovation that has solidified Texas leadership in the energy sector.

            Making it a top priority, Craddick has worked to educate the public about the oil and gas industry and its impact in Texas. She has fought against Washington’s one-size-fits-all environmental policies that would kill jobs and stifle energy production growth. She has advocated for recycling in the oilfields, helping to drive the percentage of reclaimed water upwards, an essential achievement in a state enduring a multi-year drought.          

           As part of her efforts to modernize the agency, Craddick has championed an information technology overhaul for the commission, seeking improvements that would upgrade the Geographic Information System, increase public access to the agency’s data and speed up inspections and permitting times.

            A native of Midland, she earned both her bachelor’s degree as a Plan II graduate and her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas at Austin. During her career as an attorney, she specialized in oil and gas, water, tax issues, electric deregulation and environmental policy.

            Following the example of her mother and father, Craddick has been drawn to public service and politics. As president of a grassroots advocacy firm, she took the lead on work in coalition building in the public policy arena and development and implementation of issue strategies.         

About Dr. Thomas Krueger

           Dr. Thomas Krueger is the J.R. Manning Endowed Professor of Innovation in Business Education at Texas A&M-Kingsville. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, a master’s degree in business administration from Minnesota State University and a doctorate in business administration in finance from the University of Kentucky. 

          Before joining Texas A&M-Kingsville, he taught finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. While at UW-La Crosse, he was chair of the Finance Department and internship coordinator of the East Central European Scholarship Program. 

          Since joining Texas A&M-Kingsville in 2011, Krueger has taught a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Some of the classes taught over the past year are business finance, personal financial planning, capital budgeting, financial ranch management and global finance.  

          Krueger has authored over 90 refereed journal articles and been cited 1050 times in other articles. His H-statistics of 12, means that at least 12 authored articles have been cited 12 or more times. Perhaps his most widely-read article, titled “Super Bowl Stock Market Predictor,” was published in the top-tier Journal of Finance.    

          Other research has resulted in winning six Best in Track Awards and one Distinguished Research Award at national finance meetings. He was chosen for the 2015 Teaching Excellence Award, an acknowledgement as the best instructor in the finance discipline, by the Academy of Finance, an international association of Finance Professionals. From 2014 through 2019, Krueger was the recipient of the College of Business Administration’s Distinguished Research of the Year awards.

           He was the 2017 President of the Academy of Finance, 2017-present chair of the accounting and finance department at Texas A&M-Kingsville, and member of the Graduate Education Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board from 2016-2019, where he has played a role providing inflation–adjusted information regarding student loan debt and graduate education costs in Texas.


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