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Meridian’s President Reappointed to Trade Finance Advisory Council

Press release from the U.S. Department of Commerce:


WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of 21 members to the Trade Finance Advisory Council (TFAC). Established in 2016, and re-chartered in August 2018, the TFAC serves as the principal advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to access to trade finance for U.S. exporters. TFAC members represent commercial banks and other financial services providers, industry associations, exporters and research institutions.

“The ready availability of trade finance is a crucial ingredient to the success of U.S. exporters across virtually every economic sector,” said Secretary Ross. “The TFAC provides industry stakeholders a critical voice in government, allowing the Department to better assist American exporters.”

The appointees for the Trade Finance Advisory Council’s second two-year term are:

Alan Beard, Managing Director, Interlink Capital Strategies, Arlington, VA
Alisa DiCaprio, Head, Trade and Supply Chain, R3, New York, NY
Anurag Bajaj, Global Head Banking, Standard Chartered, New York, NY
Chapin Flynn, Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships, Mastercard, Wayne, PA
Craig Moore, Founder of Mooring Tech, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Craig Weeks, Independent Consultant, Weaverville, NC
Daniel Pische, Senior Vice President, First American Bank, Chicago, IL
David Herer, Chief Executive Officer, ABC-Amega Inc., Buffalo, NY
David Shogren, President, U.S. International Foods LLC., St. Louis, MO
Dominic Capolongo, Executive Vice President, PrimeRevenue, Inc., Atlanta, GA
Gary Mendell, President, Meridian Finance Group, Santa Monica, CA
Ken Rosenberg, Senior Vice President, Bridge Bank, San Jose, CA
Kenneth Wengrod, President, FTC Commercial Corporation, Los Angeles, CA
Kevin Klowden, Executive Director, Milken Institute, Santa Monica, CA
Madison Spach, Jr., Spach, Capaldi and Waggaman, Newport Beach, CA
Michael Finkelstein, Chief Executive Officer, The Credit Junction, New York, NY
Qingyuan Zhang, Global Trade Finance, John Deere Financial, Johnston, IA
Richard Brent, Chief Executive Officer, Louroe Electronics, Van Nuys, CA
Stephen Simchak, Vice President and Chief Counsel, APCIA, Washington, DC
Steven Bash, Senior Vice President, City National Bank, Los Angeles, CA
William Glassford, Senior Vice President, Zions Bank, Salt Lake City, UT

During its first two-year term, the TFAC provided detailed policy and technical recommendations to enhance private and official financing options for U.S. companies—and grew to become one of the premier platforms for government engagement with the private sector on trade finance.

The first meeting of the TFAC’s second charter term will be held on March 27, 2019, in Washington, D.C. To learn more about the U.S. Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council, visit

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