Thomas Tunstall

“Take the most rigorous, technical courses you can in order to differentiate yourself from the rest of the workforce, particularly in this difficult economic environment.”

Home: San Antonio, Texas

UT Dallas Degree: Master of Business Administration,
PhD – Political Economy
Profession: Director, Center for Community and Business Research – UT San Antonio; Research Director, Institute for Economic Development – UT San Antonio

My Work

I am the director of the Center for Community and Business Research, a research center located within the Institute for Economic Development at UT San Antonio. Our center conducts applied economic research projects with economic development agencies, workforce development boards, businesses, associations, government offices and other community stakeholders that are searching for information to make better decisions. My team performs and analyzes research, then presents findings and coordinates media relations.

Prior to joining the Institute for Economic Development, I was a management consultant for several domestic and international companies where I specialized in economic and strategy development, accounting controls and procedures, business development, budgeting, revenue management, process reengineering, statistical analysis, forecasting and operational implementation. As part of this work, I gained extensive international experience in Afghanistan, Argentina, Brazil, El Salvador, Kenya, Mexico and Zambia. I also served as an advisor relations executive at ACS and was founding co-chair of the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals.

In 2007 I published a business book entitled “Outsourcing and Management” and in 2008 I was the technical editor for “Outsourcing for Dummies.”

The Value of My Degree

My current position requires the ability to be hands-on in the technical aspects of research, but also to work with clients and make presentations to community and business leaders on public policy issues. The knowledge and skills I gained while at UT Dallas are integral to these responsibilities.

My EPPS Success

Instruction from faculty that is uniformly dedicated to leading edge research in their fields of specialization provided me the opportunity for success.

Advice for EPPS Students

Take the most rigorous, technical courses you can in order to differentiate yourself from the rest of the workforce, particularly in this difficult economic environment.

Other Interests

I like to go running and biking when the weather is warm.

 

Posted November 2011