Director of the Export-Import Bank of the U.S. Seattle Regional Office | Export Import Bank of the U.S.
John Brislin joined the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) as Director of the Seattle Regional Office in August 2012. He supports Washington State, Idaho, Alaska and Oregon businesses. EXIM is an independent, self-sustaining federal agency that exists to support American jobs by facilitating the export of U.S. goods and services – at no cost to U.S. taxpayers.
John was previously President and CEO of the Export Finance Assistance Center of Washington (EFACW) from May 2010 to July 2012. He developed the Washington Export Finance Initiative which was a community bank export finance training program funded by a SBA Step Grant. EFACW won the Ex-Im Bank City/State Partner of Year Award for 2012 during his tenure. John also served on the National Advisory Committee for Export-Import Bank of the United States for 2012.
John has over 24 years of international banking experience. He worked for the First National Bank of Boston /Bank of Boston in Boston, Massachusetts in their International Trade Operations area for 9 years. After moving to Washington State, John joined the Bank of California / Union Bank in International Trade Operations ascending to the role of International Operations Manager. He managed Trade Operations in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington covering the Pacific Northwest clients. John transitioned over to a Global Trade Sales Officer covering Trade Finance and Ex-Im Bank Programs for the Pacific Northwest Region at Union Bank.
John participates in the Washington Export Outreach Team (WEOT) which is a group of Local, State and Federal agencies who work cooperatively together across Washington State to support Washington Exporters. He participates in the WEOT Export 101: From Your Door to the World seminars. John participates in Export Readiness Workshops with the Washington SBDC Network. He participates in ExporTech export assistance program with Impact Washington. John has served on in the Washington State District Export Council (DEC). He was previously a Board Member for both the World Trade Center Tacoma and the World Trade Club of Seattle. John has also participated in the National Association of Credit Management (NACM) Oregon’s International Trade Discussion Group.
John is originally from Syracuse, New York. He has resided in Washington State for the past 22 years. John has a degree in Business Administration from Boston University’s School of Management. John brings his significant private sector banking experience and more recent public sector experience at EFACW and Ex-Im Bank to assist Pacific Northwest businesses to export goods and services internationally.