Advisory Panel

Accounting & Taxation

Larry Walther, Ph.D., CPA, CMADavid George Vequist IV, Ph.D.

Business Fundamentals

Ralph W Flanary, MBA, CFEThomas Coe

Business Strategy

James Richardson, Ph.D.

Career Readiness - Exploring Your Potential

Bob Cohen, MBA


Brian Kench, Ph.D.Derek Abrams


Craig A. Turner, Ph.D.


Delvin D. Hawley, Ph.D.

Information Technology

Angelina I. T. Kiser, Ph.D.

International Business

Duane Helleloid, Ph.D.


Douglas L. Wilson, MBA

Operations Management

James J. Stewart, DScPedro M. Reyes, Ph.D.

Org Behavior & HR

Katherine Campbell, Ph.D.

Derek Abrams

Derek Abrams is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Area of Energy, Economics, and Law. He currently teaches applied business economics to undergraduate students. Prior to coming to Texas Tech University, he held various roles in engineering and business operations in industry. He also served in the United States Army. Derek earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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Now It's Revamp, Not Replace

Although President Donald Trump nixed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, many of the NAFTA modifications that his administration is seeking are straight out of the 12-nation trade pact. To date, Canada and Mexico have responded positively to negotiating with the U.S. to update the treaty.

'I Need More Mexicans'

Facing a growing shortage of laborers, growers and dairies lobby for a path to legalization for the undocumented workers who power their businesses. The American Farm Bureau Federation has warned that an enforcement-only approach to immigration could slash industry output by as much as $60 billion annually.

The Red Tide Sweeping the Caribbean

Russia and China are using investments, loans, and aid to court countries in a region once considered off-limits to them. Russia has reinvigorated its relations with Cuba by sending oil and building military infrastructure. Chinese companies and the government have poured $6 billion into the Central American and Caribbean area since 2012.

Is There a Better Way to Take Aim at Inflation?

Since January 2012, when the Federal Reserve publicly adopted a target of 2 percent for annual inflation, it has undershot in 59 of 63 months. John Williams, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, says the time is right for a change in how the U.S. manages inflation.

Can Puerto Rico Corral Its Tax Dodgers?

About one-third of Puerto Rico’s economic activity is off the books. High unemployment and a steep sales tax encourage an underground economy that deprives Puerto Rico of revenue. This lack of revenue is a huge contributing factor to why Puerto Rico is in a debt crisis.