Trade opportunities beyond the Americas
September 8, 2014
With free trade, as in life, there are winners and losers. Among the biggest winners are “trade intensive” metropolitan areas like Los Angeles/Long Beach, Seattle, New York, Oakland, Houston, Norfolk and . . . Miami... more

Brazil: A Rocky Road Ahead?
August 20, 2014
Is Brazil’s calamitous performance in the 2014 World Cup a symbolic metaphor for its economy next year and beyond? Many will immediately dismiss the question itself as preposterous, having succumbed to the warmth, friendliness... more

Regulations clamp chokehold on our small business sector
August 13, 2014
These are fortuitous times for South Florida. The key pillars of our economy are sturdier than ever: tourism and hospitality, international trade, real estate and financial services.... more

Why We Need Common Core Standards
June 10, 2014
One path toward a solution that is gaining prominence is the controversial — Common Core State Standards (CCSS). Adopted as part of the 2010 effort by the National Governors Association and Council of Chief State school officers to improve the nation’s competitiveness... more

My view: Leadership: the key ingredient to start-up success
April 27, 2014
I’ve seen it time and time again. A startup or early stage company with a truly innovative technology or service and ample funding begins to take off, ascends rapidly, then levels off, declines and crashes... more

Jerry Haar: Income inequality a distraction in curbing poverty
April 23, 2014
It has been 50 years since President Lyndon Johnson launched his “War on Poverty,” and although the billions spent produced meager results at best, the focus — poverty — was correct. Those deprived of basic social services, food, health care, housing, and transportation surely deserve these essentials... more

The Cybersecurity Threat in Latin America
April 1, 2014
Until last year, most Latin Americans felt that cybersecurity issues did not necessarily impact them. That all changed thanks to former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and revelations that the NSA monitored the communications of former Mexican president Felipe Calderón... more

U.S. immigration policy undermines our competitiveness
January 7, 2014
Poet Emma Lazarus’ immortal words on the base of the Statue of Liberty exclaim: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free ... providing of course, they have a relative who is a U.S. citizen to sponsor them.”... more