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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 29, 1994

President Clinton announced today his intention to nominate Harold J. Creel Jr., 36, of Woodville, Virginia, to a 5-year term and Delmond J.H. Won, of Honolulu, Hawaii, to fill a three year unexpired term on the Federal Maritime Commission.

"Hal Creel and Delmond Won have the education, background and experience we need to maintain the quality of our Federal Maritime Commission, especially as we work to make essential reforms in the maritime industry," President Clinton said.

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) is an independent commission, responsible for regulating oceanborne transportation for domestic and foreign trade.

Creel is now the senior counsel to the Merchant Marine Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. As senior counsel, Creel advises Committee Chairman Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.), Subcommittee Chairman John Breaux (D-LA) and other senators on all national issues related to commercial shipping, including comprehensive legislation to preserve and revitalize the U.S. ship operating and shipbuilding industries.

Prior to serving as subcommittee counsel, Creel served for six years as attorney/advisor for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the Department of Commerce. With NOAA, Creel was the chief staff attorney for matters involving endangered species and assisted with litigation, regulations and legislation.

A member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Creel also worked as an associate attorney with Courtenay, Forstall, Grace and Hebert in New Orleans. Creel holds a bachelor's degree in political science from Wofford College, Spartanburg, S.C., and a law degree from the University of South Carolina Law School in Colombia.

Delmond J.H. Won, designated to fill an unexpired term on the commission ending on June 30, 1997, is a private consultant on maritime related matters and is completing a term on the Hawaii State Land Use Commission, ending June 30, 1994, to which he was appointed by the Governor of Hawaii.

Mr. Won previously held the position of Vice President and Treasurer of Hawaii Pacific Industries, Inc. (1990-1993). Prior to that, Mr. Won held various management positions with Hawaiian Tug & Barge Corporation/Young Brothers, Limited, his last position being Director of Planning and Regulatory Affairs when he left in 1990.

Mr. Won graduated from the University of Hawaii, School of Engineering (B.S. 1975) and the University of Hawaii Graduate School of Business (M.B.A. 1977). He resides in Honolulu, Hawaii.