College of Business Administration to host annual Economic Forum

Memorial Student Union Building Ballrooms - 10/21/16 - 11/01/16

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

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, Nov. 1, in the 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 forum will feature a comparison of economic conditions in three counties of similar population, including 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 make the presentation. His talk is entitled Looking Towards Our Economic Future: Kleberg County Compared to the Two Texas Counties with the Next Larger Populations.

The keynote speaker will be Aaron Farmer, senior vice president of The Retail Coach. He will speak about Kingsville Retail, Now and in the Future.

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

About Aaron Farmer

Farmer is Senior Vice President of The Retail Coach, a national consulting firm and pioneer of the retail recruitment industry. During the past 15 years, The Retail Coach has helped more than 250 cities throughout the United States expand their sales tax base and enhance the quality of life by identifying and actively recruiting retailers and developers to each client community. The consulting firm also uses its research and strategies to help existing retailers and restaurants in a client community improve their merchandising and marketing. 

Farmer joined The Retail Coach in 2008 and has been instrumental in launching new company services and innovations, including the use of license plate surveys to capture a clear picture of the sources of a community’s consumers. He also has driven the implementation of new technology such as interactive mapping to provide the information sought by site selectors and developers. 

Farmer holds a degree in marketing from The Mays Business School at Texas A&M University and an MBA from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to joining The Retail Coach, he was employed in marketing research and retail development where he worked on projects for some of America’s leading retailers and restaurants including FedEx, Kinkos, Sally Beauty Supply, Adidas, Concentra and the National American Association of Subway Franchises (NAASF).           

About Dr. Thomas Krueger

Krueger is a professor in the accounting and finance department and the J.R. Manning Endowed Professor of Innovation in Business Education. He holds a DBA in finance from the University of Kentucky, an MBA from Minnesota State University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Prior to joining the faculty at A&M-Kingsville, he taught finance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. 

While at La Crosse, he was chair of the finance department and internship coordinator for the East Central European Scholarship Program, finding and directing the internship experience for 450 mid-level and higher managers from Eastern Europe. In 2010, he taught investments to members of the United States Army at Ft. McCoy. 

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 include business finance, investments, financial planning and capital budgeting, financial ranch management and financial management & sustainability. In October 2016, Krueger was elected to the 24-person board directing graduate education policy in the State of Texas, as a member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Graduate Education Advisory Committee. 

Krueger has authored over 90 refereed journal articles and has been cited 692 times in other articles. Google Scholar reported that his H-statistic is 11, which means that at least 11 authored articles have been cited 11 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 three Best in Track Awards and two Distinguished Research Awards at national finance meetings, as well as being 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. In 2014, 2015, and 2016, Krueger was recipient of CBA’s Distinguished Research of the Year awards.