Latin American Business Environment


The Latin American Business Environment (LABE) program is for students with a keen interest in Latin America who seek to acquire the analytical skills for careers in business, non-government organizations, and government. The program also serves the general public and business community through speaking engagements and publications, including the annual Latin American Business Environment report.


  • Provide an understanding of the economic, political, and social factors that shape the business climate in Latin America.
  • Prepare students to perform well in the global marketplace for goods, services, and ideas.
  • Promote the interdisciplinary approach of Latin American studies through coursework in business, economics, language, and culture.
  • Provide opportunities for study and internship abroad.

The Director of LABE is Brian Gendreau, a faculty member of the Department of Finance, Insurance and Real Estate. Prior to coming to the University of Florida in 2009, he was an investment strategist at ING Investment Management. Before that, he was a market strategist at Salomon Smith Barney, head of emerging market economics at JP Morgan, and an economist in the Federal Reserve System. Brian has a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Wharton School and an MA in International from Johns Hopkins University‚Äôs School of Advanced International Studies. He has taught in the MBA programs of the Wharton School and New York University.

Mary Risner, the Associate Director, specializes in business language and the role of culture in the international business environment. She has an EdD in Educational Technology, and MA in Latin American Studies, and an undergraduate degree in marketing.

Contact information:

Brian Gendreau

Mary Risner
Associate Director