Tuesday, May 1 – Dr. Maria Ruiz on the future of Panama in general and Boquete in particular. Dr. Ruiz has a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Management, an MBA in International Business, and a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior from Case Western Reserve University. She has worked for more than 30 years in the coffee industry in Boquete and is currently the CEO of Friends Kaffee Inc. The Specialty Coffee Roasting & POS of Ruiz Coffee Shop. Some of the issues Maria will explore is the impact of immigration (North Americans, Venezuelans, Colombians, etc) on the future of Panama, the upside and downside of the new relationship with China, the struggle to move Panama from the third world to the first world, etc.