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Ex-Im Bank Announces FY2011 Advisory Committee Members

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 2, 2010

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Marianna Ohe (202-565-3200)

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The directors of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) have named nine new members, and eight returning members, to the Bank's Advisory Committee for 2011. The committee provides Ex-Im Bank with expert guidance from various sectors of the economy to strengthen its support of U.S. exports.

Returning member James B. Murray, Jr., managing partner of Court Square Ventures, Charlottesville, Va., will chair the committee. This year the committee is focusing on challenges for 2011 relating to operational efficiency, small business, renewable energy and implementation of the Bank's Strategic Plan.

We are very grateful to these committee members for volunteering their expertise which helps us do our part to realize President Obama's National Export Initiative (NEI) goal of doubling U.S. exports by 2015, said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.

The committee's first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 14, 2010, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The meeting is open to the public.

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

CHAIRMAN - JAMES B. MURRAY, JR.
Managing Partner
Court Square Ventures
Charlottesville, Va.
Representing Finance

LUIS M. ARGUELLO
President
DemeTech Corporation
Miami, Fla.
Representing Small Business

*CATHERINE BESSANT
EVP, Global Technology & Ops
Bank of America
Charlotte, N.C.
Representing Finance

*NELSON CUNNINGHAM
Managing Partner
McLarty Associates
Washington, D.C.
Representing Services

DEBBIE I. DINGELL
President
D2 Strategies
Dearborn, Mich.
Representing Manufacturing

OWEN E. HERRNSTADT
Director, Trade and Globalization
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Upper Marlboro, Md.
Representing Labor

*RICHARD KAUFFMAN
Chairman of the Board
Levi Strauss & Co.
San Francisco, Calif.
Representing Finance

JAMES T. KOLBE
Senior Transatlantic Fellow
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Washington, D.C.
Representing Government

THEA LEE
Deputy Chief of Staff, President's Office
AFL-CIO
Washington, D.C.
Representing Labor

*DEVEN PAREKH
Managing Director
Insight Venture Partners
New York, N.Y.
Representing Finance

STEVEN C. PARRISH
Founding Partner
Steve Parrish Consulting Group, LLC
Westport, Conn.
Representing Services

*JOHN RAUBER
Regional Director, Int'l. Finance,
Central Europe, CIS, Africa &
Middle East
John Deere Financial
Washington, D.C.
Representing Manufacturing

*MARIA DE LOURDES SOBRINO
CEO
Lulu's Dessert Corporation
Huntington Beach, Calif.
Representing Small Business

DANIEL R. TISHMAN
Chairman & CEO
Tishman Construction Corporation
New York, N.Y.
Representing Environmental

*KIRK WAGAR
Managing Partner
The Wagar Law Firm
Coconut Grove, Fla.
Representing Small Business

*JOANNE WITTY, ESQ.
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Representing Environmental

*RANDY ZWIRN
CEO
Siemens Energy, Inc.
Orlando, Fla.
Representing Manufacturing

Ex-Im Bank, an independent, self-sustaining federal agency, helps create and maintain U.S. jobs by filling gaps in export financing and strengthening U.S. export competitiveness.

In fiscal year 2010, the Bank posted its second consecutive record breaking year, including preliminary figures of $24.5 billion in export financing, which supported $34.4 billion worth of American exports and 227,000 American jobs at more than 3,300 U.S. companies. Of these authorizations, more than $5 billion was for small businesses -- another record for the Bank.