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EX-IM BANK 2003 ADVISORY COMMITTEE CONVENES FIRST MEETING

New Members Announced Focus On Key Industry Sectors

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 24, 2003

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Marianna Ohe (202) 565-3200

The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) held the first meeting of its 2003 Advisory Committee under the theme Making Ex-Im Bank the ECA of the 21st Century. Now in its 20th year, the Congressionally-mandated Advisory Committee helps Ex-Im Bank review policies and programs by providing input from various sectors of the economy. This year's committee has five new members and ten returning members.

The committee will conduct three meetings this year to examine Ex-Im Bank's programs and make recommendations for enhancing service and value. The focus for 2003 is on how Ex-Im Bank can develop new approaches to working with key industry sectors, in addition to following up on last year's Advisory Committee recommendations. The committee will schedule a second and third meeting in the summer and fall of 2003.

The members of the 2003 Committee and the sectors they represent are as follows (starred names indicate new members):

CHAIR - EDWARD A. MONTO
Director
MetroBank
Houston, TX
Representing Finance

*ANDRES B. BANDE
The Dorchester
Park Lane
London, United Kingdom
Representing Services

*WILLIAM LEE BRYANT II
Chairman
Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI)
Seattle, WA
Representing Agriculture

DANIEL K.H. CHAO
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Senior Vice President
Bechtel Enterprises; Bechtel Group Inc.
San Francisco, CA
Representing Production

OWEN E. HERRNSTADT
Director, International Affairs
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Upper Marlboro, MD
Representing Labor

DAVID ICKERT
Vice President, Finance
Air Tractor
Olney, TX
Representing Production/Small Business

JACQUELINE A. KAIKO
Senior Vice President & Regional Manager
Int'l Banking Region, Middle Market Banking
JPMorgan Chase
New York, NY
Representing Finance

*H. THOMAS KORNEGAY
Executive Director
Port of Houston Authority
Houston, TX
Representing Commerce

THEA LEE
Assistant Director for International Economics
Public Policy Department
AFL-CIO
Washington, DC
Representing Labor

*JOHN RAUBER
Director, Washington Affairs
Deere & Company
Washington, D.C.
Representing Production

DAVID M. ROEBUCK
President, Founding Principal, Engineer
Armentrout Roebuck Matheny Consulting Group, P.C.
Athens, GA
Representing Small Business/Services

JEAN-PIERRE ROSSO
Chairman of the Board
Case New Holland Inc.
Lakeforest, IL
Representing Agriculture/Production

*LT. GOVERNOR MICHAEL STEELE
State of Maryland
Annapolis, MD
Representing State Government

TERRENCE D. STRAUB
Vice President, Governmental Affairs
USX Corporation
Washington, DC
Representing Production

DIANE M. WILLKENS
President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Development Finance International Inc.
Bethesda, MD
Representing Small Business/Services

Ex-Im Bank is an independent U.S. government agency that helps finance the sale of U.S. exports primarily to emerging markets throughout the world by providing loans, guarantees and insurance. In fiscal year 2002, Ex-Im Bank supported nearly $13 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.