Dr. Loui Olivas, a fourth-generation native Phoenician, served as a tenured professor in the Department of Management in the W. P. Carey School of Business, Arizona State University (ASU) from 1979 to 2009. His teaching and research emphasis focused on entrepreneurship, small business management, and Hispanic demographics–marketing perspectives. Published works by Dr. Olivas focuses on personnel, management, training, and small business operations. Since 1999, Dr. Olivas has authored the annual DATOS Report for the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and since 1991, has published the Annual Survey of Hispanic Owned Businesses in Arizona. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus of ASU and is still active in his research and continues as the Academic Advisor for the Hispanic Business Students Association (HBSA), an ASU College of Business Club.
In addition to the numerous national and local awards he has received for his work in business, education and the community, he has also been honored with the “Outstanding Teaching Award” by ASU undergraduate students and the “Teaching Excellence Award” for ASU’s Center for Executive Development. AZ LULAC also named him “Educator of the Year.” The American Higher Education Association bestowed upon their prestigious “Higher Education Leadership Award.” Dr. Olivas has provided leadership and service to numerous national and local boards and commissions, such as the founding dean of the National Hispanic Corporate Council Institute; the founding president of the American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education; secretary-treasurer for Project Challenge Foundation; director of the U.S./Mexico Solidarity Foundation; member of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Council of Economic Advisors; board member of Angelita’s Amigos Inc.; board member of St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation; and a founding board member of Sonoran Bank, Arizona. He is also a founding director of Construct Net International. He was also a founding board member of QuePasa.com, a publicly traded company, NASDAQ.
In addition, Dr. Olivas is a retired colonel from the Arizona Air National Guard, having served a distinguished 29-year military career. He greatly enjoys his family, the outdoors and the beauty and excitement of nature.