Ricardo R. Blazquez was the Executive Director of the Center for Inter-American and Border Studies of the University of Texas at El Paso. He obtained a Bachelors Degree in Sociology and History from DePaul University and a Masters in Management Degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. Ricardo has over 25 years of experience in industry, with well over 15 years as an executive with General Motors. He won the Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 1984 for study at Northwestern. He has led units of General Motors with sales of $450 million a year to $14 billion a year. He was also Director of Small Vehicle Manufacturing for General Motors as well as Global Director of Vehicle Sensor Development. Ricardo also held the position of Global Director of Quality for the Chassis Group of General Motors. He has worked in six countries on his assignments with General Motors. While leading his units of responsibility, the teams that Ricardo worked with won several major Industry Awards, such as the J.D. Power Award for Quality in 2001 and in 2002. In 1993 he was named by GM as their key executive to New Mexico State University and to the Society of Hispanic Engineers, the Mexican American Engineering and Scientist Society and to several other key organizations. In 1984 he was awarded a commendation by President Reagan for his volunteer work. From 1990 to 1998 he was a member of the Presidents Council of the Southern Poverty Law Center. Ricardo led the development of the First Museum of Mexican Archaeology to be developed on a GM industrial site, while Managing Director of GM's Mexican Interior Operations in 1995. In 1998 he was awarded the Professional National Achievement Award from HENAAC. For his volunteer work with the National Black MBA Association, he was given Lifetime Membership in 1998. His Keynote Address to the Mexican-American Engineering and Scientist Society in San Antonio in 1999 was subsequently published. In 2009 he was appointed by the Secretary of Commerce to the Border District Export Council.