A little about Orlando

2016 will be my tenth year of leading MBAs on a Global Connections trips.  The first three years I accompanied students to Chile and Brazil.   I love those countries and going back is always a pleasure.  Then for a couple of years we were off to China.  I’ve been in kind of an “Asia” phase of life.  In 2012 it was time to go back to my first love-Brazil. This photo is a nice example of what makes Brazil so cool.  I’m sitting in Vinicius, the Bossa Nova club in Ipanema.  Music-wise, Brazil seems to be at the top of the food chain! And now in 2016 we will be heading back to Colombia, where we first led students in 2015!

OK, as to me, I’ve been at UT since 1989.  My academic areas of interest are language and culture, especially as they apply to professional settings.  You will also find me teaching courses in Spanish and Portuguese, but you are even more likely to see me practicing a little German, Italian, Japanese, and Chinese.  I’m going to get them down yet!

I was born in Calgary, Canada.  Then we moved to Utah where I was raised.  By serving an LDS mission to Brazil I picked up Portuguese, then added some Spanish to that and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in Hispanic Linguistics in 1989.  Right after graduation I started working at UT Austin and there’s never been a reason to leave heaven since then.

Academically I wear two main hats. In the Department of Spanish and Portuguese I teach many of the linguistics and language courses for both Spanish and Portuguese.  At the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) I’m the Associate Director of Business Language Programs and that keeps me involved in everything related to Business Language, including the chance to teach business electives related to the cultural aspects of business.

As to hobbies and pastimes, as I mentioned, I’m in an Asian phase of life, having studied some Japanese and now some Chinese.  A little guitar playing goes a long way in making my days better, if I could only get better at Bossa Nova I’d be set forever!  Cracking out my telescope now and again is also one of the best ways to spend an evening.

Family-wise, Tonia and I have been married for 35 years and we have three children: Tamara, Devin, and Michael.


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