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Dallas Fed Appoints Five New Members to Bank's Advisory Council

For immediate release: May 25, 2011

DALLAS—The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas has appointed five new members to the Bank’s Eleventh District Advisory Council.

The Advisory Council meets to discuss economic activity and business conditions in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District—Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico—and provide insight to Dallas Fed officials.

New members include:

—Charles E. Amato, chairman and cofounder of SWBC in San Antonio.

Amato is chairman of the Texas State University System board of regents and a member of the Governor’s Business Council.

Previously, he served as board chair for the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Texas Business Hall of Fame Foundation.

—Henry Hernandez, CEO of Las Palmas Medical Center, Las Palmas LifeCare Center and the Las Palmas Rehabilitation Hospital in El Paso.

Hernandez was a founding member of the National Forum for Latino Healthcare Executives and has been a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives since 1989.

He completed the USA-Baylor residency program at William Beaumont Army Medical Center and retired in April 1994 holding the rank of lieutenant colonel.

—John P. Nichols, professor and head of the Department of Agricultural Economics at Texas A&M University.

Nichols is a member of the executive committee of the International Food and Agribusiness Management Association and has served as planning chair for several IAMA World Food and Agribusiness Forums.

His research and teaching program includes agricultural and food product marketing and policy and international agribusiness. He has directed a series of agribusiness education projects in Russia, Armenia and Georgia.

 —Renard U. Johnson, president and CEO of Management and Engineering Technologies International in El Paso.

Johnson is the board chairman for the El Paso Chamber of Commerce and a board member of the University of Texas at El Paso College of Engineering Advisory Board and the University Medical Center Foundation Board.

Previously, he was a member of the Paso Del Norte group and on the boards of the YWCA Foundation and the Boys and Girls Clubs of El Paso.

—G.P. Singh is owner of Gur Parsaad Properties, Ltd. of San Antonio.

He is a former member of the Dallas Fed’s San Antonio Branch board of directors. He is founder of Karta Technologies Inc., which was purchased in 2007 by NCI Inc.

Singh holds or coholds six patents and has published over 50 technical papers and numerous reports related to application of information technology.

The new appointees join the current advisory council consisting of: Jerred G. Blanchard Jr. of Houston; Crawford Brock of Dallas; Frank Mihalopoulos of Dallas; Deborah Lawrence Rogers of Fort Worth; Gerald J. Rubin of El Paso; Dale W. Tremblay of San Antonio; and Debby A. Weber of Dallas.

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