Meridian Finance Group Awarded Ex-Im Bank Broker of the Year

         Meridian Finance Group Awarded Ex-Im Bank Broker of the Year

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2013

California Company Helps Exporters Nationwide, Including Many Small Businesses

WASHINGTON, April 4, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Meridian Finance Group, a
trade finance company headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., received the
Broker of the Year award from the Export-Import Bank of the United States
(Ex-Im Bank). The award was presented at the Bank's 38th Annual Conference in
Washington, D.C.


"Meridian Finance Group has done a terrific job of reaching small-business
exporters and helping these companies expand their international sales," said
Fred P. Hochberg, chairman and president of Ex-Im Bank. "Meridian currently
brokers nearly 400 Ex-Im Bank insurance policies, and many of these are for
small businesses that began using Ex-Im Bank services thanks to Meridian's
efforts. Meridian is a reliable partner that is dedicated to helping small
businesses succeed, and Ex-Im Bank looks forward to continuing our strong
partnership in the years ahead."

"While most of Meridian's insurance business is underwritten in the private
sector, we're particularly proud of the work we do with Ex-Im Bank to support
U.S. exports," said Meridian's President Gary Mendell. "Exporting is one of
the bright spots in our nation's economy right now, so we need to reach out
and help even more U.S. exporters begin taking advantage of Ex-Im Bank

Meridian Finance Group provides credit, insurance, and financial services in
support of international trade. In addition to export-credit insurance,
Meridian works actively with other Ex-Im Bank programs: supporting banks using
Ex-Im Bank L/C insurance, collaborating with medium-term and working capital
lenders, and generating the most submissions to date for Global Credit Express
loans. This is Meridian's 20^th year in business and the third time they have
received Ex-Im's Broker of the Year award.

Ex-Im Bank's 2013 Annual Conference will feature prominent members of the
business and government community including Vice President Joe Biden,
Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers,
former National Security Advisor General James Jones, Xerox Corporation CEO
Ursula Burns, and Citibank Chairman Michael O'Neill. A full listing of
speakers, panelists, and moderators is available on Ex-Im's website:

About Ex-Im Bank

Ex-Im Bank is an independent federal agency that helps create and maintain
U.S. jobs by filling gaps in private export financing at no cost to American
taxpayers. In the past five years (from Fiscal Year 2008), Ex-Im Bank has
earned for U.S. taxpayers nearly $1.6 billion above the cost of operations.
The Bank provides a variety of financing mechanisms, including working capital
guarantees, export credit insurance and financing to help foreign buyers
purchase U.S. goods and services.

Ex-Im Bank approved nearly $35.8 billion in total authorizations in FY 2012 –
an all-time Ex-Im record. This total includes more than $6.1 billion directly
supporting small-business export sales – also an Ex-Im record. Ex-Im Bank's
total authorizations are supporting an estimated $50 billion in U.S. export
sales and approximately 255,000 American jobs in communities across the
country. For more information, visit

SOURCE Export-Import Bank of the United States

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