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Dr. Julian Gaspar is the director of Texas A&M University's Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and is responsible for internationalizing Mays Business School's academic programs and faculty research. As the director of one of America's 17 CIBER business schools, Dr. Gaspar's mission is to infuse and promote internationalization in business courses. He is the architect of institutionalizing internationalization in Mays business curriculum through international business course design and development, and implementation of overseas study programs. Dr. Gaspar teaches international finance and conducts study abroad programs with Mays students in China, Europe and India. Dr. Gaspar is an international economist by training, with three decades of international expertise in country risk analysis, project economic and financial analysis, and financial and industrial restructuring of emerging economies. His corporate experience stems from his years of work with Bank of America in Tokyo and San Francisco, where he conducted country risk analysis and researched and analyzed debt problems of developing countries. During his tenure as an international economist with the World Bank Group in Washington, DC, Dr. Gaspar worked on analyzing investment projects in Asia and designing financial and industrial restructuring programs for Poland and Cyprus. Dr. Gaspar received his PhD in international and monetary economics from Georgetown University, an MBA from Indiana University, and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Madras, India. Dr. Gaspar consults with the U.S. Department of State on business education reform in Central Asia and Russia. Dr. Gaspar is the lead author of two textbooks: Introduction to Business and Introduction to Global Business. Dr. Arreola-Risa is an associate professor in the Information & Operations Management Department, Mays Business School, Texas A&M University. He received his BS degree in industrial and systems engineering from Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM) in Mexico, his MS in industrial engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, and his MS and PhD in operations management from Stanford University. Prior to joining Texas A&M University, Dr. Arreola-Risa worked as a production and inventory control analyst at a manufacturing firm, and later he taught at ITESM and at the University of Washington in Seattle. His primary research, teaching, and consulting interests are in production-inventory systems as well as in service operations, with emphasis on enterprise resource planning, supply-chain management, and health care systems management. He currently teaches undergraduate, masters, and doctoral courses, and is the director of the Supply Chain Consortium at Texas A&M University. He has lectured in executive education programs, has consulted for numerous companies in the U.S. and abroad, and is a member of the St. Joseph Health System Board of Trustees. Dr. Arreola-Risa is a member of the Decision Sciences Institute, the Institute of Industrial Engineers, the Production and Operations Management Society, and the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences. Some of his research can be found in the academic journals Decision Sciences, European Journal of Operational Research, IIE Transactions, Management Science, Naval Research Logistics, and Production and Operations Management. He is the co-author of the textbooks Linear Programming: An Introduction to Quantitative Decision Making (Thomson Learning Inc., 2003) and Introduction to Business (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2006). Professor Bierman does research and writing in the areas of strategic management and human resource management, with particular emphasis on topics related to corporate governance and professional service firms. Earlier in his career he held positions in the federal government at the EEOC, the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. International Trade Commission. Richard T. Hise is Professor Emeritus of Marketing, Texas A&M University, where his teaching and research interests are international marketing, product planning and development, management of technology, marketing strategy, and logistics/supply chain. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Global Marketing, Sloan MIT Management Review, Business Horizons, Journal of Product Innovation Management, Research-Technology Management, Industrial Marketing Management, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, and Marketing Management. He has authored or co-authored eight marketing or business textbooks. A consultant to major companies such as Hotel Sofitel, Lockheed Martin, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Harley Davidson, and Fleetwood Enterprises, he has given executive development programs for Hoffman-LaRoche, Halliburton, Amoco, and the Kuwait Institute of Banking Studies. Dr. Hise has worked and traveled in England, France, Monaco, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, and Liechtenstein as leader/instructor of study abroad courses. He taught seminars in Ecuador and Kuwait and semester-length courses at the Universidad de las Americas, Puebla, Mexico, and the Grande Ecole, Tours, France. His biography is included in Who's Who in America, Who's Who in International Business Education and Research, and Who's Who in Finance and Business. He has a BA from Gettysburg College (major in economics, minors in business, political science, and Spanish) and MBA and DBA degrees from the University of Maryland. Professor Kolari has taught financial markets and institutions at Texas A&M University and been active in international education, consulting, and executive education. Currently, he is director of the Commercial Banking Program in the Mays Business School. In 1994, he was awarded the JP Morgan Chase Professorship in Finance in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. In 1986, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Helsinki and worked with the Bank of Finland and large banking organizations there. He has served as a Faculty Fellow with the Mortgage Bankers Association of America and a Visiting Scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago in 1982. In recent years he has worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Swedish School of Business and Economics (Hanken), Vaasa, Finland. Previously, he served as an advisor on the North American Free Trade Agreement for the State of Texas, consultant for the Mexican government in financing technology, and member of the Academy of Sciences for Higher Education in Russia. With over 100 articles published in refereed journals, numerous other papers and monographs, 15 co-authored books, and over 100 competitive papers presented at academic conferences, he ranks in the top 1%-2% of finance scholars in the U.S., according to recently published guides of research productivity among finance professors. His papers have appeared in such domestic and international journals as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Business, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, Real Estate Economics, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, and the Scandinavian Journal of Economics.

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