CANCELLED: Federal Reserve Bank VP to visit Coastal Bend College

CANCELLED

Blake Hastings, Vice President in Charge of the San Antonio Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, will lead a presentation and interactive discussion with community leaders and local banking professionals on Feb. 2, 10-11 a.m. at Coastal Bend College, 3800 Charco Road in Beeville.

 Hastings was appointed to his current position in  January 2007. He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas’ Senior Management Committee and on the Bank’s public affairs and human resource executive teams. In this role, he is also responsible for the Bank’s activities in Central and South Texas, which includes working closely

Blake Hastings

Blake Hastings

 with the branch’s board of directors and providing leadership and oversight for the operating and administrative functions at the San Antonio office with particular emphasis on its outreach activities to banks, businesses and community-based organizations.

 Through outreach, Hastings is responsible for supporting the Federal Reserve System’s growth objectives by promoting research and data from the Dallas Fed to regional audiences on topics such as Globalization and the Knowledge-based Economy, Demystifying the Federal Reserve and various regional economic trends.

 Prior to joining the Federal Reserve, he served as Executive Director of the Free Trade Alliance of San Antonio, a public-private partnership for the promotion and development of international trade and foreign investment. He was also the Export Sales Manager at Dorian International in White Plains, New York, where he oversaw the export of commercial foodservice and laundry equipment to Northeast Asia. Prior to that, Hastings worked at the United States Trade & Development Agency as an Evaluations/Regional Assistant for Asia-Pacific.

 Hastings holds a Masters Degree in International Business and a Bachelors Degree in International Economics from George Washington University, Washington, D.C. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese, German and Spanish.

 With branches in El Paso, Houston and San Antonio, the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas serves the Eleventh Federal Reserve District. The Dallas Fed is one of 12 regional Reserve banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., comprise the Federal Reserve System. As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve System formulates U.S. monetary policy, regulates state-chartered member banks and bank holding companies, provides payment services to financial institutions and the U.S. government, and promotes community development and financial education.

 This meeting is open to the public, not to the media. There is no charge. RSVP to Amberlee Johnson, Coastal Bend College, at (361) 354-2348 or johnsona@coastalbend.edu.

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