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FIRST MEETING OF EX-IM BANK FY2004 ADVISORY COMMITTEE TO FOCUS ON MIDDLE MARKET EXPORTERS

Focus On Middle Market Exporters - New Members Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 16, 2003

Media Contact Name/Phone: 

Marianna Ohe (202) 565-3200

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) will hold the first meeting of its fiscal year 2004 Advisory Committee tomorrow, Dec. 18, 2003, at Ex-Im Bank headquarters, with a focus on middle market exporters. The meeting is open to the public.

WHERE: ROOM 1143, EX-IM BANK HEADQUARTERS
WHEN: 10 A.M., DECEMBER 18, 2003

Now in its 21st year, the Congressionally-mandated Advisory Committee helps Ex-Im Bank review policies and programs by providing input from various sectors of the economy. This year's committee has eight new members and six returning members. A fifteenth member will be added shortly to complete the committee.

The committee will conduct four meetings during fiscal 2004 to examine Ex-Im Bank's programs and make recommendations for enhancing service and value. This year's focus will be the characteristics and financial needs of middle market exporters in an economy where service exports play an ever larger role, and effective outreach techniques to serve the middle market.

The members of the fiscal 2004 Committee and the sectors they represent are as follows (starred names indicate new members):

CHAIR - H. THOMAS KORNEGAY
Chairman
Port of Houston Authority
Houston, TX
Representing Commerce

WILLIAM LEE BRYANT, II
Chairman
Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI)
Seattle, WA
Representing Agriculture

*STEPHEN G. CANTON
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
iCore Advisory Services
Washington, D.C.
Representing Services

*VALENTINO GALLO
Managing Director and Global Manager of Structured Trade Finance, Investment
Banking Division
Citigroup Global Markets Inc.
New York, NY
Representing Finance

*KAREN P. GIBBS
Co-anchor, Wall $treet Week with FORTUNE
Maryland Public Television
Owings Mills, MD
Representing Finance

*HARRY G. HAYMAN, III
Senior Vice President and Group Head, Global Services and Strategic Partners
PNC Bank
Philadelphia, PA
Representing Finance

OWEN E. HERRNSTADT
Director, International Affairs
International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers
Upper Marlboro, MD
Representing Labor

THEA LEE
Assistant Director for International Economics, Public Policy Department
AFL-CIO
Washington, DC
Representing Labor

*MARGARITA A. MORALES-PEREZ
Chief Financial Officer
MD International, Inc.
Miami, FL
Representing Small Business

*LINO J. PIEDRA
Executive Vice President
Griesinger Associates, Inc.
Washington, D.C.
Representing Services

LT. GOVERNOR MICHAEL S. STEELE
State of Maryland
Annapolis, MD
Representing State Government

*MICHAEL W. STODDARD
Managing Director and President
Trade Source International
Pasadena, CA
Representing Finance

*DANIEL H. WALTERS
Manager, Global Accounts Division
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
Nashville, TN
Representing Production

DIANE M. WILLKENS
President, Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Development Finance International Inc.
Bethesda, MD
Representing Small Business/Services

The Advisory Committee will hold subsequent meetings on February 18, May 19, and July 21 of 2004.

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 2003, Ex-Im Bank supported $14.3 billion of U.S. exports worldwide.