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Angela M. Phifer (202) 565-3200

The 1998 Advisory Committee of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) will meet on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:30 a.m. at Ex-Im Bank headquarters to discuss this year`s theme: Partnering With The Private Sector. The first meeting of the year will focus primarily on Ex-Im Bank`s 1997 Advisory Committee`s report on Applicability of World Bank Practices and specific assignments in relation to the topic.

David E. Lamb, managing director of Lamb Grays Harbon Company, Hoquiam, WA will chair the 15-member committee which was appointed by the Ex-Im Bank Board of Directors. The open forum brings together representatives of various export sectors including production, commerce, finance, agriculture, labor, services and state government. Three members represent small business.

This is the fifteenth year that the congressionally-mandated committee will assist Ex-Im Bank by providing real world viewpoints on a wide range of export issues. The 1998 quarterly meeting schedule is: June 16, September 15, and December 15. The meetings are open to the public.

The 1998 Advisory Committee members are:

David E. Lamb (Chair)
Managing Director, Lamb Grays Harbor Company
Hoquiam, WA
Representing Small Business

Andre M. Abbott
Assistant to the International President
International Brotherhood of Boilermakers
Fairfax, VA
Representing Labor

Ronald Blackwell
Director, AFL-CIO, Department of Corporate
Affairs, Washington, D.C.
Representing Labor

John A. De Luca
President and CEO, Wine Institute
San Francisco, CA
Representing Agriculture

Richard P. Ferris
Executive Vice President, World Banking Group
Norwest Bank, Minnesota, N.A., Minneapolis, MN
Representing Finance

Lauri J. Fitz-Pegado
Vice President, Global Gateway Management
Iridium LLC
Washington, D.C.
Representing Small Business

Warren O. Fuller
President and Chairman, Paul O. Abbe, Inc.
Little Falls, NJ
Representing Small Business

Elmer D. Gates
Vice Chairman, Fuller Company
Bethlehem, PA
Representing Production

Hilda Gay Legg
CEO and Executive Director, Kentucky Rural
Economic Development Council
Somerset, KY
Representing State Government/Small Business

Dennis P. Lockhart
President, Heller International Group
Chicago, IL
Representing Finance

W. Thomas McKee
President, The Centrifugal Casting Machine Co.
Inc., Tulsa, OK
Representing Small Business

Clyde V. Prestowitz, Jr.
President, Economic Strategy Institute
Washington, D.C.
Representing Commerce

Jackson Stromberg
President, Bechtel Financing Services
San Francisco, CA
Representing Services

The Honorable Thomas Thompson
Governor of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Representing State Government

Don J. Wang
Chairman and CEO
MetroBank, Houston, TX
Representing Finance

Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that supports U.S. jobs by financing the sales of U.S. goods and services to foreign markets.