WASHINGTON - To put it bluntly, and he does, Kermit R. Thomas has surprised a lot of white men in suits.

Mr. Thomas, the lead lobbyist on banking issues for the National Black Chamber of Commerce, has met with numerous industry officials to promote community lending and inner-city investment, and he chuckles when recounting how they are often caught off guard by the group's pro-business philosophy.

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