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Photo of Rahul VermaRahul Verma, Ph. D. Associate Professor of Finance, UH-Downtown
Dr. Rahul Verma received his Ph.D. in International Business with concentration in Finance from the University of Texas Pan American. The domain of his research is at the intersection of investments and international finance discipline. His research focuses on understanding the relevant variables that affect the international financial markets. He develops and test empirical models that combine global risk factors and investors' irrationality to scientifically explain financial market movements. His research is published in top‐tier journals such as Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance; Applied Financial Economics; Journal of Behavioral Finance; Global Finance Journal, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions and Money; Journal of Multinational Financial Management; and International Review of Financial Analysis. He has received prestigious Exchange Traded and Cleared Derivative grant sponsored by the Institute of Financial Markets for his research on the Options market. The Counselors of Real Estate has recognized Dr. Verma with the William Ballard Award for his exemplary research in Real Estate Finance. Dr. Verma is the winner of UHD Scholarship & Creativity (Best Researcher) Award.

 

Photo of Gabriel LoperenaGabriel Loperena is an associate in the corporate practice group of Porter Hedges. His practice focuses on corporate governance and general corporate representation, public and private offerings of equity and debt securities, mergers and acquisitions, private equity and venture capital financings, leveraged recapitalizations and management buyouts, formating, structuring, and financing of new ventures, and special purpose entities. He has represented clients in a variety of businesses, including SBIC's and other private equity investment firms, energy E&P companies, and medical services providers at national and international level. While in law school, Mr. Loperena served as Executive Editor of The Tax Lawyer at the Georgetown University Law Center. He was an intern for Judge Rafael Diaz of the Superior Court, District of Columbia. Mr. Loperena received a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A., cum laude, from Harvard University. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Houston Bar Association, the Houston Hispanic Bar Association, the Houston Young Lawyers Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Harvard University Club of Houston, and the Houston Grand Opera, Young Patrons Circle, among others.

 

Frank Carvelli, Senior VP, Commercial Banking Risk & Portfolio Management, BBVA Compass
Frank Carvelli is Senior Vice President and Credit Products Team Lead in the Commercial Banking group of BBVA Compass. Frank currently serves as the Credit Products Team Lead for the Bank’s South Texas Large Middle Market Banking. His responsibilities include managing the commercial underwriting team along with oversight of the International Commercial and Trade Finance underwriting team. Prior to his current role, he managed commercial underwriting in South Texas as Regional Underwriting Manager with credit approval authority for certain middle market commercial and industrial loans. Upon joining BBVA Compass in 2005, he was a Portfolio Manager in the Corporate Banking Group with client coverage for the large middle market and small corporate banking relationships. Previously, he served in a similar capacity with Comerica Bank’s Oilfield Services Group that focused on corporate and middle market companies. Frank began his banking career as a Credit Analyst with Comerica Bank, having completed the Credit Training Program with analyst rotations in business banking and middle market before promotion to business banking lender. Frank has thirteen years of commercial banking experience and received a MBA from the University of Houston – Clear Lake and a B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.

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