College of Business Administration to host annual Economic Forum

Memorial Student Union Building Grand Ballrooms - 10/12/18 - 11/01/18

Contact: Julie Navejar or 361-593-2590

KINGSVILLE (October 12, 2018) — 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. Thursday, 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 study of three counties in South Texas. 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 Similarities and Dissimilarities of Aransas County, Kleberg County and Starr County: Three Counties in the SBA’s Lower Rio Grande Valley District.


The keynote speaker will be Angela R. Burton, district director for the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office. Her topic will be SBA is your Ally!  


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


About Angela R. Burton


Angela R. Burton is the District Director for the United States Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Lower Rio Grande Valley District Office.  She came to the SBA in July 2013 after serving for almost a decade as the first woman President/CEO of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce.


Burton earned an associate’s degree in international trade and transportation from Texas Southmost College and a bachelor of applied arts and science degree in business technology, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 1997. She also is a graduate from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Notre Dame as well as the Texas Certified Public Managers Course at UTB/TSC’s Institute for Public Service.


Burton retired from the U.S. Army Reserves with more than 21 years of service in 2004. Her service included a tour of duty in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield/ Desert Storm with the 145th MEDSOM where she finalized the unit’s mission by leading a rear detachment of troops home to the U.S. She also served in Central America as well as many areas in the United States. Her final assignment included training troops in preparation for assignments in Iraq. In November 2003, because of her excellence in training and leadership the 4th Training Brigade awarded Burton Instructor of the Year 2003.


Her reputation as a tough and dedicated leader and her pronounced engagement skills are known far and wide. She currently serves as president of Veteran Females United, is a committee member for Senator Cornyn’s Military Service Academy Selection Committee, secretary of the Board for Valley AIDS Council and Brownsville Crime Stoppers.


Past service includes: board member for Brownsville Economic Development Council, Brownsville’s Environmental Advisory Committee, Texas Southmost College Strategic Planning Committee, Workforce Solutions Cameron and president of the UTB School of Business Advisory Board.


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, financial planning and capital budgeting, financial ranch management and global finance. 


Krueger has authored over 90 refereed journal articles and been cited 900 times in other articles. His H-statistics of 11, means that at least 11 authored articles have been cited 11 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 five Best in Track Awards and one Distinguished Research Award at national finance meetings, as well as been 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 2018, 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, Chair of the Accounting and Finance Department, and member of the Graduate Education Advisory Committee of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, where he has been played a role providing inflation–adjusted information regarding student loan debt and graduate education costs in Texas.