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Trade Finance Advisory Council Members Named, First Meeting Set

Monday, October 31, 2016
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The Department of Commerce announced Oct. 27 the appointment of the 20 inaugural members of the Trade Finance Advisory Council, which will advise DOC on policies and programs to help expand access to trade finance for U.S. exporters, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, and their foreign buyers. The TFAC will focus on the challenges faced by U.S. exporters in accessing capital, innovative solutions that can address these challenges, and recommendations on programs and activities that the DOC could incorporate as part of its export promotion and trade finance education efforts. The committee’s first meeting will be held Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C.

- Chris Bozek, managing director, North America head of trade and global trade product head, Bank of America Merrill Lynch (chair)

- Lauren Wilk, director of trade facilitation policy, National Association of Manufacturers (vice chair)

- Peter Bowe, CEO, Ellicott Dredge Enterprises

- William Cummins, executive state director, Alabama Small Business Development Center

- Adam Dener, managing principal, Fermat Capital Management LLC

- Stacey Facter, senior vice president - trade products, Bankers Association for Finance and Trade

- Timothy Gaul, international export finance director, Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation

- David Herer, CEO, ABC-Amega Inc.

- Karsten Herrmann, senior vice president, manager political risk and trade credit, Munich Reinsurance America Inc.

- Samuel Hodges, co-founder and U.S. managing director, Funding Circle

- Inwha Huh, executive vice president - regional head global trade and receivables, HSBC Bank USA N.A.

- Kevin Klowden, executive director California Center, Milken Institute

- Todd McCracken, president and CEO, National Small Business Association

- Gary Mendell, president, Meridian Finance Group

- Mark Roberts, vice president specialty banking, Alliance Bank of Arizona

- Sergio Rodriguera, Jr., chief strategy officer, The Credit Junction

- Louis Tierno, vice president - global trade product manager, Fulton Financial Corporation

- Robert Trojan, CEO, Commercial Finance Association

- Barbara Wight, CFO, Taylor Guitars

- Steven Wilburn, CEO, FirmGreen Inc.

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