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                     Office of the Press Secretary
                        (Fayetteville, Arkansas)
For Immediate Release                                      July 25, 2000



The President today announced his intention to appoint Richard W. Danielson, Robert A. Glassman, Craig W. Hartzell, Arthur M. Lopez, and Ruth Lillian Young to serve as members of the National Veterans Business Development Corporation.

Mr. Richard W. Danielson, of Cleveland, Ohio, served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart Medal. Mr. Danielson was a Contracting Officer for the Atlas/Centuar Launch Vehicles Program at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Glenn Research Center from 1963 to 1988. From 1989 until his retirement in 1994, he also served as the Center's Agreement Officer for the Federal Small Business Innovation Research Program. Mr. Danielson is an officer in several veteran grounds including the Chosin/Changjin Reservoir survivors known as the Chosin Few, the Korean War Veterans Association, and the Greater Cleveland Veterans Business Resource Council. He is also active in his community with the Boy Scouts and serves as the Director of the Century Federal Credit Union. Mr. Danielson received a Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Ohio University. He studied business at Case Western Reserve University and is a Professional Fellow of the Weatherhead School of Management.

Mr. Robert A. Glassman, of Concord, Massachusetts, has been Co-Chairman of Wainwright Bank & Trust Company in Boston since 1991. Mr. Glassman served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966-1967. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of many community organizations, including The Boston Foundation, The William Joiner Foundation, and the Umass Foundation at Boston. Mr. Glassman is a member of the Mayor's AIDS Housing Task Force, and of other advisory boards. In 1983, he established the Robert A. Glassman Scholarship at Harvard Business School to provide financial assistance to a graduate of an inner city high school. Mr. Glassman received his B.S. and B.A. degrees from Rutgers University and his M.B.A. degree from Harvard Business School.

Mr. Craig W. Hartzell, of Morgantown, West Virginia, is the Senior Vice President and Founder of Azimuth, Incorporated, an engineering firm based in the state. He has over thirty years of experience in the field of electronic communications, special operations, logistics support, and management. Mr. Hartzell is a Decade Member of the Special Forces Association, a member of the Armed Forces Communications Electronics Association (AFCEA), and is Past Chapter President and Member of the Northern West Virginia Chapter, National Contract Management Association (NCMA). He holds B.S. degrees in electronics and education from Ferris State University in Michigan.

Mr. Arthur Lopez of Riverside, California, is the Founder and President of Artlo Industries, Inc. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Latin American Management Association (LAMA), the largest national association in the United States of Hispanic firms in technical and industrial pursuits. From 1975 to 1980, he served on the Board of Directors as Vice-President for the Alvord School District in Riverside, California. Mr. Lopez served in the United States Army during World War II. He was awarded two Battle Stars, the Army Occupation Medal, World War II Victory Medal, and the American Campaign Medal.

Ms. Ruth Lillian Young, of Queens, New York, is an honorably discharged disabled veteran of the Vietnam War, having served in the United States, France, and Germany, with the Women's Army Corps (WAC's). She is the Chief Executive Officer of the Sutphin-Veterans Limited Partnership, a senior veterans housing complex, as well as the CEO and founder of two not for profit veterans housing and social service organizations, the New York State Coalition for Fairness to Veterans, Inc. and the Military Women of New York City & Friends, Inc. respectively. Ms. Young serves on the National Board of the American Veterans Committee (AVC) and is a member of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association and the National Association of Black Women in the Military. She is also a New York State Officer of the Catholic War Veterans and Commander, Chapter #108-New York, Disabled War Veterans. Ms. Young attended York College and Adelphi University. She is a native of Savannah, Georgia.

The members of the National Veterans Business Development Corporation are charged with the responsibility of expanding the provision of and improving access to technical assistance regarding entrepreneurship for the Nation's veterans. The Corporation will further assist veterans, including service-disabled veterans, with the information and expansion of small business concerns by working with and organizing public and private resources.