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Loyola University College of Business Announces Two Speakers

Loyola press release - September 28, 2004

(New Orleans)— The College of Business and Administration has invited two influential guests to speak this semester as part of its Business Partners Program.

Wendy Lee Gramm, distinguished senior fellow and chairman of regulatory studies at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University in Virginia, will speak on Thursday, October 28, 7-9 p.m. She will discuss her grandparents’ immigration to the United States from Hawaii, where they began as pineapple farmers. She is also a member of the Board of Regents of the Texas A&M University System, having been appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2001. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College and a doctorate degree from Northwestern University, both in economics. The evening lecture is free and open to the public. There will be a breakfast the following morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton where her husband, Phil Gramm, vice president of UBS, an investment banking firm, and former senator from Texas, will speak on the effects of government regulation as a hidden tax. The breakfast is by invitation only.

Manuel Ayau is the founder of the first private university in Guatemala, Universidad Francisco Marroquin. In addition to founding what is considered to be the finest university in Guatemala, he was also its first president and professor of economics. Ayau, a successful businessman, is a member of the Guatemala Stock Exchange and a member of the Guatemala House of Representatives and served as president of the Mont Pelerin Society. After meeting him in 1979, Ronald Reagan described Ayau as “one of the few people in the high political sphere who understands what is going on down there.” Ayau will address Loyola on overcoming obstacles in business in Latin America on Thursday, November 11, at 7 p.m. The evening lecture is free and open to the public. A breakfast follows the next morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton. It is by invitation only.

The College of Business Administration’s Business Partner Program was established to promote two-way communication between Loyola’s College of Business

Administration and business leaders, enabling the college to better serve the educational training needs of employers and employees across the country. It offers an opportunity for local corporations to provide financial support to an outstanding community resource while receiving significant recognition and employee benefits.

Note: Media interested in attending the invitation only breakfast should contact Lindsay Hilton, Office of Public Affairs at 504-861-5448.