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Bill Bryant

Chairman

Bill Bryant founded W.L. Bryant Co. in 1992, and became Chairman of Bryant Christie Inc. (BCI), a firm that helps companies manage their international government and public affairs, in 1996.

In 2003 and 2004, Mr. Bryant was appointed to serve on the advisory committee of the United States Export Import Bank. In 2001, Mr. Bryant was appointed as a member of the U.S. delegation to the Codex Committee on Pesticide Residues, a position he still holds. In 1999, he chaired the WTO Seattle Ministerial's Non-Governmental Organization Committee, and the Program Committee's Subcommittee on Agriculture. Mr. Bryant has been on the European Union's U.S. outreach committee since 1993. In 1988, he was appointed by U.S. Trade Representative Carla Hills to serve on the Agricultural Technical Advisory Committee that counsels the Administration on trade policy issues. He was subsequently reappointed by Ambassador Hills, and by U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor under President Clinton, and served as Vice-Chairman of the Committee between 1994-1998. Between 1993-1995 he served on the Congressional Advisory Committee on Agriculture, Trade and the Environment.

In addition to national trade policy appointments, Mr. Bryant has also been active in industry and community trade related organizations. Between 1988 and 1991, he served as Chairman of the United Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association's International Trade Committee, and in 1993 and 1994, was appointed Chairman of the Produce Marketing Association's (PMA) International Trade Conference. He served as a U.S. member of PMA's International Advisory Council between 1995-1998.

He is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy (the western affiliate of the Council on Foreign Relations), and currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington Council on International Trade, on the Board of Stewardship Partners, and on the Executive Committee of the University of Washington's European Union Studies Center.

Before founding W.L. Bryant Co., Mr. Bryant spent nearly seven years as Vice President of the Northwest Horticultural Council, where he worked to eliminate trade barriers confronting the Northwest tree fruit industry. Prior to the NHC, he served as Director of the Governor's Trade Council in Washington State. Mr. Bryant is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

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