Founder and Principal
Tony Villamil is a nationally recognized business economist, with over thirty-five years of successful career as a senior economist, university Dean and high-level policymaker for both federal and state governments. He has served as US Undersecretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs appointed by President George H.W. Bush with full US Senate confirmation. He is the founder of a successful economic consulting practice, The Washington Economics Group, Inc. (WEG), now in its 21st year of operations. From August 2008 to December 2013, Tony served as Dean and Professor of Economics at the School of Business of St. Thomas University, while continuing to serve as Principal Economic Advisor to the clients of WEG.
Dr. Villamil is a recent member of the President’s Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations in Washington, DC. He is the immediate past Chairman of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors of Florida, and during 1999-2000, he directed the Tourism, International Trade and Economic Development Department of the State of Florida in the Office of Governor Jeb Bush. Presently, he is on the Board of Directors of the Spanish Broadcasting System ( NASDAQ ), Mercantil Commercebank, NA and Pan-American Life Insurance Group ( PALIG ). He was most recently appointed by the US Secretary of Commerce to serve in the Florida District Export Council.
Among professional and civic leadership positions, Tony is currently Chairman of the Economic Roundtable of the Beacon Council—Miami-Dade County’s official economic development organization. Dr. Villamil also serves as Senior Research Fellow of Florida TaxWatch, an established fiscal and policy research organization of the State of Florida Tony is also a member of the Superintendent’s Business Advisory Council of Miami-Dade County Public School System, one of the largest school systems in the United States.
Dr. Villamil earned Bachelor and Master degrees in Economics from Louisiana State University (LSU), where he also completed coursework for the PhD degree. In 1991, Florida International University (FIU) awarded him a doctoral degree in Economics (hc), for “distinguished contributions to the Nation in the field of economics.” He frequently speaks to business, government and university audiences on economic topics.
Tony resides with his family in Coral Gables, Florida, and travels throughout the Nation and globally to conduct advisor services for clients of The Washington Economics Group.