Ex-Im Bank Announces 2015 Advisory Committee

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced a new slate of members for its Advisory Committee today. In its 32nd year, the Congressionally-established Advisory Committee advises Ex-Im Bank on its policies and programs, in particular on the extent to which the Bank provides competitive financing to support American jobs through exports. The Committee will hold the first meeting of this fiscal year on Thursday, January 15, 2014 at Ex-Im Bank headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Ex-Im Bank's Board of Directors appointed 17 members to Ex-Im Bank's Advisory Committee for fiscal year 2015. This year's Committee has eleven new members and six returning members. Returning member Christine Gregoire, former Governor of Washington, will chair the Committee.

I am pleased to announce our 2015 Advisory Committee, said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg. Their experience and diverse perspectives will be vital as we are always working to improve the ways in which we do business in order to better support middle class U.S. job growth through exports.

The Ex-Im Bank Board of Directors appointed the Advisory Committee after an open nomination process that considered the mandates required for Advisory Committee representation and the candidates' business experiences and qualifications. The Advisory Committee represents an array of sectors and stakeholder groups, including small business, manufacturing, labor, textiles, international trade, services, environment, and banking.

Members of the FY2015 Advisory Committee, and the sectors they represent, are as follows.


Christine Gregoire, former Governor, Washington State, Representing: State/Local Government


Celeste Drake
Trade and Globalization Policy Specialist
Washington D.C.
Representing: Labor

Jennifer Fulton
Miss Jenny's Pickles
Kernersville, N.C.
Representing: Small Business

Caroline Freund
Senior Fellow
Peterson Institute for International Economics
Washington, D.C.
Representing: Trade

Owen Herrnstadt
Chief of Staff
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Upper Marlboro, Md.
Representing: Labor

Mary Howe
President and CEO
Howe Corporation
Chicago, Ill.
Representing: Small Business

Kusum Kavia
Combustion Associates Inc.
Corona, Calif.
Representing: Small Business

Tom Kiernan
American Wind Energy Association
Washington DC
Representing: Environment

Don Nelson
Ramsgate Engineering Inc., ProGuage Technologies Inc., Ramsgate Energy LLC USA, and Ramsgate Energy LLC Oman
Bakersfield, Calif.
Representing: Services

Gabriel Ojeda
Fritz-Pak Corporation
Dallas, Texas
Representing: Small Business

Bob Perciasepe
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
Arlington, Va.
Representing: Environment

Gwynne Shotwell
President and Chief Operating Officer
Hawthorne, Calif.
Representing: Manufacturing

Matthew J. Slaughter
Associate Dean for Faculty, Signal Companies' Professor of Management and founding Faculty Director of the Center for Global Business and Government
Dartmouth College
Hanover, N.H.
Representing: Trade

Steve Stephens
Amegy Bank
Houston, Texas
Representing: Finance

Sydney Thwaites
President and CEO
Lubricating Specialties Company
Pico Rivera, Calif.
Representing: Commerce

Luis Ubinas
Former President
Ford Foundation
New York, N.Y.
Representing: Services

John Morrison White, Jr.
Morrison Textile Machinery Company
Fort Lawn, S.C.
Representing: Textiles


Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that supports and maintains U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American taxpayers. The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital guarantees and export credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad. Ninety percent of its transactions directly serve American small businesses.

In fiscal year 2014, Ex-Im Bank approved $20.5 billion in total authorizations. These authorizations supported an estimated $27.5 billion in U.S. export sales, as well as approximately 164,000 American jobs in communities across the country.

Small business exporters can learn about how Ex-Im Bank products can empower them to increase foreign sales by clicking here. For more information about Ex-Im, visit www.exim.gov.