FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2002
Niki Shepperd (202) 565-3200
The Export Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) today held the first meeting of its 2002 Advisory Committee. Now in its 19th year, the Congressionally-mandated Advisory Committee helps Ex-Im Bank review policies and programs by providing input from various sectors of the economy. Six of last year's members remain on the committee and nine new members have joined. Edward A. Monto, director of MetroBank, Houston, TX, serves as chairman.
The Advisory Committee meets four times yearly to examine Ex-Im Bank's programs and make recommendations for enhancing service and value. This year the committee will focus on how Ex-Im Bank can become more innovative, user friendly and efficient for middle market exports. The other three meetings this year are scheduled for June, September and December.
The members of the 2002 Committee and the sectors they represent are as follows:
*CHAIR- EDWARD A. MONTO
Senior Executive Vice President
and Chief Operating Officer
Little Rock, AR
*DANIEL K.H. CHAO
Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Senior Vice President
Bechtel Enterprises, Bechtel Group, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
DEAN R. DORT, II
Vice President, International
Deere & Company
OWEN E. HERRNSTADT
Director, International Affairs
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Upper Marlboro, MD
Vice President, Finance
Representing Production/Small Business
THE HONORABLE MIKE JOHANNS
Governor of Nebraska
Representing State Government
*JACQUELINE A. KAIKO
Senior Vice President & Regional Manager
Int'l Banking Region, Middle Market Banking
New York, NY
Assistant Director for International Economics
Public Policy Department
PETER O. LEHMAN, ESQ.
Director, Planning and Business Development
South Carolina State Ports Authority
Representing Commerce/State Government
Chairman of the Board
Case New Holland Inc.
*MARIA DE LOURDES SOBRINO
President and Chief Executive Officer
Representing Small Business
TERRENCE D. STRAUB
Vice President, Governmental Affairs
*DIANE M. WILLKENS
President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Development Finance International, Inc.
*DAVID M. ROEBUCK
President, Founding Principal, Engineer
Armentrout Roebuck Matheny Consulting Group, P.C.
Representing Small Business/Service
The committee members serving repeat terms are (Dort, Herrnstadt, Ickert, Johanns, Lehman, and Straub.) The rest are new members. (* indicates new members.)
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 2001, Ex-Im Bank supported $12.5 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.