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EXIM Announces Speakers for 2017 Annual Conference - revised

Line-up includes leaders in government, business, academia and media


Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Linda Formella (202-565-3204)

Washington, D.C. – Leaders of government, international business, academia and the media will address the 2017 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM) on Thursday and Friday, April 6-7, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. The event features keynote addresses, plenary discussions and breakout sessions on economic and trade issues, as well as opportunities for networking.  Nearly 1,000 participants are registered.

On Thursday, video remarks by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross will be presented at the luncheon. Also on Thursday, a plenary panel discussion with House congressional leaders, moderated by Doug Palmer, senior trade reporter for Politico, will feature Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY-27th), Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA-3rd), and Rep. Dan Newhouse (R-WA-4th). The session will be followed by a discussion between Nick Timiraos, national economics correspondent of the Wall Street Journal, and Mayor Greg Fischer of Louisville, K.Y.

Other plenary session moderators and panelists on Thursday include Megan Murphy, editor, Bloomberg Businessweek; David Wessel, senior economics fellow, The Brookings Institution; Greg Ip, chief economics commentator, The Wall Street Journal;  Jasandra Nyker, CEO, BioTherm Energy; Tim Richards, senior executive, Government Affairs and Policy, Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, General Electric Company; Jay Timmons, president and CEO, National Association of Manufacturers; and Charles Wetherington, president, BTE Technologies.

On Friday, Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon will deliver luncheon remarks that will be followed EXIM’s presentation of the agency’s annual small business awards.

Also on Friday, Glen Youngkin, president and chief operating officer of The Carlyle Group, will moderate a panel discussion with Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO, Gallup; Dr. Jonathan Woetzel, director and senior partner, Shanghai, McKinsey Global Institute; Jack Leslie, chairman, Weber Shandwick; and Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia.

To view the biographies of the featured speakers, please click here.



EXIM 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. Almost 90 percent of its transactions directly serve American small businesses.

In fiscal year 2017, EXIM approved $5 billion in total authorizations to support an estimated $8 billion in U.S. export sales. Since 2009, EXIM has supported more than 1.4 million American jobs in communities across the country and sent $3.8 billion of surplus to the U.S. Treasury for deficit reduction.

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