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First American Bank SVP Testifies Before Senate Small Business Committee

Daniel Pische, senior vice president of trade finance at First American Bank, Coral Gables, Fla., was invited to testify before the United States Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee. Pische, who is based out of Miami, is recognized for his expertise on the SBA’s export programs and trade finance lending. He testified on April 10 during a hearing titled “Reauthorization of the SBA’s International Trade Programs.”

“It is an incredible honor to share my thoughts before this committee, and I am proud to represent First American Bank, as well as small business exporters nationwide,” Pische said. “I strongly believe the SBA’s export loan programs help exporters succeed internationally and would like to thank Chairman Marco Rubio and Ranking Member Benjamin Cardin for extending me this invitation.”

Daniel Pische

During the hearing, Pische emphasized support provided by the SBA’s export programs and offered perspective on ways to support small business exporters and improve access to trade finance loans. A full version of his written testimony can be found here.

Currently Pische oversees First American’s trade finance product line and the Florida lending team in Miami. Being invited to testify before the committee is the latest in a string of honors for the banker, who was also recently appointed to the United States Department of Commerce Trade Finance Advisory Council. In that role, he joins an exclusive group of 24 industry experts advising U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross.

First American — a privately held, full-service institution with more than $5 billion in assets — maintains delegate authority under the EXIM Bank Working Group Capital Guaranty program and is one of only 18 banks nationally that has delegated authority under all of the Small Business Administration programs, including those for export working capital. Pische and his team have garnered recognition at the local, state and national levels, with First American receiving the SBA’s 2017 Export Lender of the Year and the President’s 2018 “E” Award for Export Service.

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