WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International business, academic, media and government leaders will speak at the 2015 Annual Conference of the Export-Import Bank of the United States (EXIM Bank) to be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C., on April 23rd and 24th. The two-day event will feature keynote remarks, plenary sessions and panel discussions as well as opportunities for networking. Approximately 1,200 participants from more than 40 countries are expected to attend.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde will be the keynote luncheon speaker on Thursday, April 23, with remarks beginning at approximately 12:45 p.m. Other newly confirmed speakers are U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez; U.S. Trade Representative and Ambassador Michael Froman; U.S. Senator Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND); former Virginia Governor and former U.S. Senator George Allen; U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA); U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas (R-OK); Borja Negro, CEO of Gamesa (North America); and James E. Rogers, president and chairman of the board of Duke Energy.
Speakers and panelists previously announced include National Security Advisor and Ambassador Susan E. Rice (keynote luncheon speaker on Friday, April 24); U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; Doug Oberhelman, chairman and CEO of Caterpillar Inc.; W. James McNerney, Jr., chairman and CEO of The Boeing Company; David J. Rothkopf, CEO and editor of the FP Group; Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC; Gillian Tett, U.S. managing editor of the Financial Times; Steven Rattner, chairman of Willett Advisors LLC; Joe Kaeser, president and CEO of Siemens AG; Stephen S. Poloz, governor of the Bank of Canada; Jacqueline Hinman, CEO and chairwoman of the board of directors of CH2M Hill; Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States; and Dr. Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, established in 2006 to support good governance and leadership on the African continent.
Among the panelists participating in breakout sessions are Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation; Richard McGregor, Washington bureau chief of the Financial Times; Admassu Tadesse, president and CEO of the Eastern and Southern Africa Trade and Development Bank (PTA Bank); and Tom Kiernan, CEO, American Wind Energy Association.
The conference will feature small business customers who have used EXIM Bank's products to expand sales and jobs, including Christopher Ashman, president of Northrock Enterprises in Pembroke Pines, Fla.; Susan Axelrod, chairwoman and founder of Love and Quiches in Freeport, N.Y.; Martha Montoya, president of Los Kitos Produce LLC in Orange, Calif.; Mary Howe, president of Howe Corporation in Chicago, Il.; and Carly Siedewand, director of sales and marketing, Resin Technology LLC in Groton, Mass.
Each spring, EXIM Bank's annual conference brings together more than 1,200 large and small business exporters, international buyers, policy makers, as well as state and local government representatives to discuss global economic trends and how U.S. companies can take advantage of those trends to expand their exports and create jobs.
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ABOUT EXIM BANK:
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, direct loans and export-credit insurance, to promote the sale of U.S. goods and services abroad. Ninety percent of its transactions directly serve American small businesses.
In fiscal year 2014, EXIM Bank approved $20.5 billion in total authorizations. These authorizations supported an estimated $27.5 billion in U.S. export sales, as well as approximately 164,000 American jobs in communities across the country.
Small-business exporters can learn about how EXIM Bank products can empower them to increase foreign sales by clicking here. For more information about EXIM Bank, visit www.exim.gov.