Walter (Buddy) Baker, Manager, Global Trade Solutions Delivery, Fifth Third Bank

Walter (Buddy) Baker brings more than 30 years of experience in international trade finance to this presentation, including stints with Atradius Trade Credit Insurance, ABN AMRO Bank, Bank of America, Wachovia Bank, and The First National Bank of Chicago.

Buddy is a recognized expert in trade finance and makes frequent presentations for national associations of exporters, importers, bankers, and lawyers. He owns the consulting firm Global Trade Risk Management Strategies, which specializes in educational training, and designed the online training/certification programs used by the Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals (ICTF) and by the Association of Trade and Forfaiting in the Americas (ATFA) and the trade finance sections of the certification program used by the Finance, Credit and International Business Group (FCIB) of the National Association of Credit Management (NACM). Mr. Baker has authored numerous magazine articles and the books Users’ Handbook to Documentary Credits under UCP600, Documentary Payments & Short-Term Trade Finance, and The Regulatory Environment of Letters of Credit and Trade Finance. As a member of the National Letter of Credit Committee of the International Financial Services Association, the Advisory Council of the Institute for International Banking Law and Practice, and the Council for International Standby Practices, Mr. Baker is actively involved in establishing national and worldwide standard practices for LCs. He participated in the most recent revision of the Uniform Customs and Practice for Documentary Credits (referred to as "UCP600"), contributed to the creation of the official ICC guide for examining letter of credit documents, called the International Standard Banking Practices for the Examination of Documents under Documentary Credits, and served on the drafting committees for the International Standby Practices ("ISP98") and Article 5 of the Uniform Commercial Code. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of International Credit and Trade Finance Professionals, a multinational association of export credit managers.

Buddy earned his undergraduate degree at Yale University and his MBA at Northwestern. He can be reached at (847) 830-3038 or buddy.baker@gtrisk.com.