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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release September 12, 1993


President Clinton today appointed eleven members to the White House Conference on Small Business Commission, and designated New York businessman Alan Patricof to be the Commission's Chair. The Commission is responsible for developing recommendations for executive and legislative action to encourage the economic viability of small business, and for convening the 1994 White House Conference on Small Business.

"I am very proud to have put together this outstanding group of people to serve on this Commission," said the President. "I am committed to expanding opportunities for small business, and look forward to receiving this Commission's advice."

The members of the Commission are:

Alan Patricof is the Chairman of Patricof & Co. Ventures, Inc. a manager of venture capital funds with a value of $1.5 billion worldwide. Prior to forming this firm in 1969, Patricof was Assistant to the Chairman of Northwest Industries, Inc. A director of the New York Academy of Sciences, New York State Science & Technology Foundation, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music, he holds a B.S. from Ohio State University and an B.S. from the Columbia University School of Business. He and his wife, Susan, have three children, and reside in New York City.

Merle Catherine Chambers is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Axem Resources, Inc., a family-owned business whose 100 employees are engaged in oil and gas exploration, development and acquisition. She is also Chairman of the Chief Executive Committee of Clipper Exxpress Co., a family-owned transportation business with 220 employees. Chambers, who is active in a number of women's business groups, holds a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law, and an LL.M. from the University of Denver's Graduate Tax Program. She is a resident of Littleton, CO.


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Rudolph I. Estrada, the President and CEO of the Summit Group, is also and Adjunct Professor of Finance and Management and Director of the Small Business Institute at California State University. He formerly served as Los Angeles District Director of the Small Business Administration, a Consultant to the Commissioner of the White House Commission on Small Business, and Vice President of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Economic Development Association. Estrada, a Los Angeles native, holds an Associates degree from East Los Angeles College, Bachelors from California State University of Los Angeles, and Masters from the University of Southern California.

Clark Jones is the owner of Jones Motor Company and Jones Ford-Mercury-Nissan in Savannah, Tennessee, as well a partner in a commercial cattle business. He is also a former President of the Hardin County Chambers of Commerce and the Hardin County Rotary Club, as well being actively involved in a variety of other community activities. A graduate of Hardin County High School and the General Motors University of Automobile Management, Jones lives with his wife, Lisa, and their two children, in Savannah.

Mary Francis Kelly, a certified public accountant from Denver, is a nationally recognized small business expert providing consulting services and litigation support. She is also a member of the National Federation of Independent Business' board of directors. Kelly also has served as a Board Member of the U.S. Federal Bank of Kansas City, and was Chairperson of the Colorado Delegation to the White House Conference on Small Business in 1985-86. In December, 1992, she was a participant in President-elect Clinton's Economic Conference.

Peggy Zone Fisher is president and co-owner of Zone Travel, Inc, a Cleveland-area travel agency. A graduate of the National Institute of Certified Travel Consultants, and has been actively involved in various travel-related organizations, including as an officer of the Mid-America Chapter of the American Society of Travel Agents, and as state chairperson for seven years of the Governor's Advisory Council for Ohio Travel and Tourism. A frequent guest on radio and television shows discussing travel, Fisher lectures frequently to local high school and college students on "Women in Business." Fisher, a graduate of Ohio State University, is married to Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher. The have two children.


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Larry Shaw, of Fayetteville, North Carolina, is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Shaw Food Services, Inc., which manages and provides technical and labor assistance services to military installations, commercial, and institutional facilities. He is also the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of North/South Meat Packers, Inc., a high technology food processing company specializing in the manufacturing of ground beef and ground poultry products. Shaw is a graduate of Alabama State University, where he has been inducted into the Football Hall of Fame.

C. Hough Friedman is an attorney with a consulting practice in business, corporate, and securities law matters, and a Professor of Corporate Law at the University of San Diego School of Law. He was formerly senior partner in the firm of Friedman, Kahan, Dysart & Fraser and corporate counsel to the WestgateCalifornia Corporation. From 1956-58, he was Deputy Attorney General of California. Friedman received his B.A. from Yale University and J.D. from Stanford Law School, and lives in San Diego.

Brian Lee Greenspun is the President and Editor of the Las Vegas SUN, Vice President of Prime Cable of Las Vegas, and President of Greenspun Management Enterprises, which supervises a number of family-owned businesses. He was formerly Chairman of the Board of the American Nevada Corporation, the developer of Nevada's first and most successful master planned community. An attorney by training, Greenspun is also an alternate Juvenile Court Judge and North Las Vegas Municipal Judge. He is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown Law School, he served as a tank commander in the U.S. Army. He and his wife, Myra, have one daughter.

Josie Natori is the President and founder of the Natori Company, Inc. and a member of The Fashion Group and the Council of Fashion Designers Association. She was a participant in last year's Little Rock Economic Conference. A former vice president of Merril Lynch, she serves on the boards of the PhilippineAmerican Foundation, the Dreyfus Third Century Fund, Inc., Calyz & Corolla, the International Women's Forum, and her alma mater, Manhattanville College. Natori, who was born in the Philippines, lives in New York City. She and her husband, Kenneth, have one son.


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Gary M. Woodbury, the Executive Director of the Small Business Association of Michigan, was formerly the co-owner of a high quality gift, home fashions, dinnerware and stationary store. He has also worked in the past with the Michigan Savings and Loan League and the National Retain Furniture Association. Among his other activities, Woodbury serves on the Executive Board of the Alumni Association of Hillsdale College, where he earned his B.A., and the Board of Trustees of Williamston United Methodist Church.

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