**The President's E Award and E Star Award

Congratulations to FNB, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for receiving The President’s “E” Award for Export Excellence in 2018!

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First National Bank of Pennsylvania (FNB) is a commercial bank and financial services provider. The bank was established and licensed by the OCC in 1864. Today it is a $32 billion regional commercial bank with operations and lending offices in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, West Virginia, North and South Carolinas. In November 2013, the bank formed International Banking Services as a line of business dedicated to providing comprehensive international services, foreign exchange and export services to small business and middle market clients. Through this banking service, FNB is an active member of several trade organizations and agencies. Because of its visibility in their six-state footprint, they have become a resource center, often called upon to partner with federal and state agencies to educate and create awareness about export financial services.  Over the past four years FNB has conducted seminars, workshops and or made presentations to exporters in partnership with several organizations.

Past Award Recipients

The President of the United States’ “E” Award for Exporting Excellence

The President’s “E” Award was created by Executive Order of the President on December 5, 1961, to afford suitable recognition to persons, firms, or organizations which contribute significantly in the effort to increase United States exports. The President’s “E Star Award”, which was authorized by the Secretary of Commerce on August 4, 1969, affords continuing recognition of noteworthy export promotion efforts.

The “E” and “E Star” Awards are the highest recognition any U.S. entity may receive for supporting export activity. Companies are nominated through their local US&FCS office.

The primary quantitative criterion for the “E” Award is four years of successive export growth, usually accompanied by a rising percentage of export sales within total sales. An applicant’s demonstration of creative or innovative marketing that shows the company’s commitment to breaking into foreign markets generally is a significant factor in making award decisions.

“E Star” Award applicants should show four years of successive export growth since winning the “E” Award and show how marketing activities or services to exporters have increased since receiving the “E” Award. Businesses that continue to demonstrate excellence in exporting may receive additional “E Star” Awards.

Background

During World War II, more than 4,000 "E Pennants" were presented to war plants in recognition of production excellence. The famous flag with the big "E" emblazoned on it became a badge of patriotism in action.

President Kennedy revived the World War II "E" symbol of excellence to honor and provide recognition to America's exporters. Thus, the "E" Award Program was established by Executive Order 10978 on December 5, 1961. The "E Star" was authorized in l969 to recognize "E" Award winners for continued efforts in export expansion.

Winners of the "E" and "E Star" Award are authorized to fly the blue and white banner, to display the accompanying certificate of commendation which is signed by the Secretary of Commerce in the name and by the authority of the President, to wear and issue to employees an "E" lapel pin, and to refer to the award in their advertising.

For more information on the President’s “E” Award, please contact Lyn Doverspike at lyn.doverpsike@trade.gov.



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