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Human Interest Feature: Paul McConnell

Paul McConnell: The Power of Education and Economic Development

By Alicia Talucci, BABC Coordinator

Paul McConnell is proof of the American Dream. The year is 1974, and Paul is graduating from the University of Delaware. Paul and his brother had just started their business McConnell Brothers Inc. Prior to officially starting their business, the brothers worked together in construction to make money. Upon graduation, they had enough funds to buy their first property, fix it up, and sell it.  Then they bought two more.  Within the first five years of working together, they had renovated more than 100 homes. Since then, Paul has continuously developed properties, and his development projects now total more than five million square feet.

Paul attributes his success to working hard, networking, and staying current. “My success has been based on a lot of people helping me.  I’ve been very fortunate in that regard.”  He says, to be successful in business, you must constantly work with other people that can bring something else to the table.  Developing partnerships, working well, and communicating with others is the key.  At one point in his career, he had more than 100 partnerships.  He is also constantly brainstorming new ideas, and reading as much as possible.  Currently, Paul is dedicated to education and economic development; an area he has promoted and supported during the past several years.

Paul, the current CEO of McConnell Johnson Real Estate LLC, BABC Board and Club Level Member, realizes the importance of uniting education and economic development. Paul has spent the last four decades becoming an inspiration for innovation, especially for aspiring entrepreneurs.  Paul has started several programs for economically disadvantaged youth as well as those with learning differences.  Most recently, his Alma Mater created the Paul and Linda McConnell Youth Entrepreneurship Initiative.  The goal of the initiative is to cultivate the belief that entrepreneurship can lead to a successful career, using education to develop that success, especially in youth.  “Universities are all about the future. When you see the universities connect, and then business, it just creates this great atmosphere for talent, thinking, and doing.”  The Initiative creates opportunities for students to flourish.  Today, there are more than 3,000 students from 35 countries involved in the program.

A prosperous entrepreneur, Paul was inducted into the Delaware Business Hall of Fame in October 2016. The night was not only commemorative to Paul’s success, but special to him as he was inducted with his own mentor, former President of Commerce Bank Delaware, Fred Sears.  Sears not only inspired Paul to get involved in business, but he helped finance Paul’s business.  The two met Paul’s sophomore year of college at his fraternity where Fred was a guest speaker.  As a political science major, Paul helped run Fred’s campaign when he was Director of Economic Development for the City of Wilmington.  The rest is history.

Paul has been a major influencer in both the real estate development and start-up communities in Wilmington and the surrounding areas, founding 1313 Innovation along the way. 1313 Innovation’s mission is to “cultivate an environment of partnership; providing mentoring and education that attracts and develops talent for a stronger community,” a true testament to his goals of cultivating education and economic development.

McConnell Johnson Real Estate LLC joined the BABC in 2011 because the UK is one of Delaware’s largest trading partners. “There are a lot of international businesses in Wilmington.  Flights are easy back and forth, so why not foster those relationships.”  In February 2016, the company became a Club Level Member, and is a major participant in events.  The BABC has provided valuable introductions and networking opportunities for Delawareans in an international setting, and has attracted top talent in the region to open greater opportunities.

While some consider the close proximity to Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City a threat, Paul considers Delaware’s proximity an opportunity. “We definitely don’t want to take business from Philadelphia; we want a more collaborative effort.”  With the entertainment, restaurants, and housing boom in Philadelphia, Paul believes the import of talent for jobs and the export of talent for recreation and entertainment aspect can be a challenge.  “70% of our millennials that work here live in Philadelphia.  We have the banking and tech jobs, but we want to have both.”  Along with banking and technology jobs, Delaware provides one of the nation’s top life sciences and pharmaceutical job opportunities.  Together, Delaware, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey represent more than 80% of the US pharmaceutical industry.

Along with excellent professional opportunities in finance and health sectors, among others, Delaware has been a business-oriented state for the majority of its history. The legal and tax systems are very beneficial toward corporate business.  Delaware boasts a low corporate tax rate at just 8.7%, no sales or personal property tax at the state or local level, and no inventory tax.  The business scene has always been very open to international relations.  Easy access to seaports and airports allow Wilmington’s international trade partners to continue to be successful.  “Most recently, many of the pharma companies and start-ups have come from international (companies).  DuPont was one of the first companies to build a manufacturing plant in China,” explained Paul.  The long standing culture of international partnership as well as the tax and legal advantages given to businesses in the state of Delaware has made Wilmington the ideal place for many businesses to call home.

With Brexit as well as the results of the November 2016 Election, there is a positive future. However, one thing that Paul is sure of is the effect education will have on growth of business and a bright future for the area.  “This region is poised to take off.  We have connected education to our business community.  I think we are more connected today than we have ever been, and I don’t think this election will set us back.  It may accelerate certain change, but maybe people will be open to new ideas,” he explained.  At the university level, the most challenging issue is the high cost of education.  But Paul has an idea for that too, “Maybe there are different programs that can be sponsored by business, or maybe different ways industry can connect to the universities to help defray the crazy cost escalation that has occurred.”

From his work ethic to his philanthropic attitude, no one can deny the impact Paul McConnell has had on those around him. He has worked to build his business from the ground up, and is now looking long term to expand the future for great minds.  Paul’s focus on education is admirable.  He understands the future of business lies with the next generation, and he wants to continue to make Wilmington competitive, but also collaborative with the big cities that surround it.  His constant motivation to reinvent and improve his business where necessary is a lesson for all entrepreneurs.  Paul is a man who sees a bigger picture for local and international business.

The BABC is honored to work with Paul and with McConnell Johnson Real Estate. McConnell Johnson will host our annual Wilmington, Delaware event later this year.  The event brings a high ranking government official, foreign diplomats, and local business leaders together to discuss current global economic affairs, political climate, and social issues and how these factors can affect business on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Stay tuned for the program date, speakers, and topic.


President’s Letter: Winter 2017



Dear BABC Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! As we say in my trade, I hope 2017 is off to a flying start.  I am pleased to report the BABC ended both the old and started the new calendar years by giving back to the community.  Our Annual Holiday Luncheon raised funds for the Bicentennial Bell Park restoration, and on Martin Luther King Day our Young Professionals Group hosted a service project at Kingsessing Community Center in West Philadelphia.  Community connections are very important to us.  We are part of a vibrant, City culture, and enjoy working with people from all sectors to enhance our ties and make valuable contributions locally and abroad.

The BABC network works diligently to deliver worthwhile educational programs, networking events and information. Did you know the US and UK are each other’s largest investors?  Together we have approximately $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies.  Our Chapter is part of the biggest transatlantic business network of more than 22 organizations and more than 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout North America and the UK.  Members include the world’s largest multinationals as well as thousands of middle market and privately held entities across industry sectors.

BABC London is publishing a series of fact sheets for the UK’s top trading regions in the US. The Philadelphia file was the first one completed.  Please click here  to see the report. It is good to see that the region our chapter covers is one of the most vibrant US-UK trading areas in the country, underscoring the importance of our work in the BABC.

BABC members receive access to the who’s who of international business locally and internationally; discounted tickets to events; speaking opportunities; thought leadership pieces; opportunities to connect with UK government officials, and to develop business ties with leading professionals, among other benefits. I encourage you to read this newsletter for a recap of all recent past and upcoming activities.  If you are not a member and would like to learn more, please contact us.

Thank you and very best wishes for a prosperous 2017.

Rhett Workman Signature

Rhett D. Workman

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


BABC New Members Fall 2016

Club Level Member:

Pepper Hamilton LLP

James B. Jumper, Esq.
400 Berwyn Park
899 Cassatt Road
Berwyn, PA 19312
P: 610-640-7815
F: 866-241-5458

James D. Epstein, Esq.
3000 Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-981-4368
F: 215-981-4750

Aline Fairweather, Esq.
3000 Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-981-4807
F: 215-981-4750

Elizabeth R. Tabas Carson, Esq.
3000 Two Logan Square
18th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-981-4641
F: 215-981-4750

Pepper Hamilton LLP is a multi-practice law firm with 500 lawyers nationally. The firm provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations, and individuals throughout the nation and the world.  Our firm is a sophisticated, large law firm with a national and international practice.  We retain traditional values passed down through the decades: respect for the rule of law, pride in an excellent work product and commitment to the client’s cause.  Today, Pepper Hamilton is a diverse firm of men and women from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, united in these values.


Corporate Member:

Cozen O’Connor

Lori Scheetz
Director of Marketing
P: 215- 665-2000
F: 215-665-2013

Matt Siegel
P: 215- 665-2000
F: 215-665-2013

Camile Miller
Co-Chair, Intelectual Property Department
P: 215- 665-7273
F: 215-701-2273

David Walton
P: 215- 665-5547
F: 215-701-2110

Larry Laubach
Chair, Corporate Practice Group
P: 215- 665-4666
F: 215-701-2346

Bernard Lee
Co-Chair, Real Estate
P: 215- 665-6961
F: 215-665-2013

Jeffrey Weil
Co-Chair, Litigation Section Chair, Commercial Litigation Department
P: 215- 665-5582
F: 215-655-2013

Blake Rutherford
P: 215- 665-6909
F: 215-655-2013

Lisa Haas
Chief Marketing Officer
P: 215- 665-2792
F: 215-701-2492

One Liberty Place
1650 Market Street
Suite 2800
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Located in the nation’s fifth-largest metropolitan area, Cozen O’Connor’s Philadelphia office serves as the firm’s headquarters. The firm was founded in Philadelphia in 1970 and has grown substantially over the years. Our offices are in the One Liberty Place building in the heart of the center city district of Philadelphia.

The attorneys in our Philadelphia office handle the gamut of business and corporate law matters, and an extensive array of commercial and insurance litigation assignments, in both state and federal courts. Many of our attorneys are admitted to practice in multiple states, accommodating clients in Pennsylvania and its bordering states. Many of our Philadelphia-based attorneys contribute to the welfare of the community by serving in leadership roles on bar associations, charitable, educational, cultural and civic organizations, and by their involvement in social service organizations.


Individual Members:

Jon Kirchner
Managing Director
1619 Sweet Briar Road
Gladwyne, PA 19035
P: 610-203-9324

Jason Walker
US/UK Financial Advisor
Raymond James
130 N. 18th Street
Suite 1300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 610-368-9061


Regional Government Partner:

Tony Ceballos
Philadelphia US Export Assistance Center
US Department of Commerce
US Commercial Service
P: 215-597-7141
F: 215-597-6123

1617 JFK Blvd.
Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The Philadelphia US Export Assistance Center, a division of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, helps connect US companies to global markets and buyers of US products and services. Through its global network the US Commercial Service provides exporters direct access to overseas markets by delivering custom-tailored products and services such as export counseling, market research, international partner matchmaking, and trade event support. Our network of 1,700 business development professionals in 100 overseas posts in 75 countries and 110 US Export Assistance Centers begins in Center City Philadelphia. Contact us to begin your international marketing efforts at



BABC New Members Winter 2016

Club Level Members

Bartlett & Company Inc.

Richard Bartlett
P: +44-113-258-5711
C: +44-770-953-1462

Broodway Hall
Leeds LS18 4RS
United Kingdom

Patrick Riley
P: 215-546-9660
F: 215-546-9665

1601 Market Street, Suite 2560
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Bartlett is a boutique international insurance broker with over 75 years of experience in helping global businesses manage risk. As a third-generation family owned business, Bartlett has grown organically from a one-man office in the north of England to a multinational broker with offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Continental Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. With nine offices and 42 individually vetted broker partners, our international presence and experience uniquely position us to handle complex multinational insurance programs for companies in the middle-market space.


Corporate Member

Hill International, Inc.
David L. Richter
President & CEO
P: 215-309-7701
One Commerce Square
2005 Market Street
17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hill International, with 4,800 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy, and industrial markets. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the seventh largest construction management firm in the United States.


WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

David Lowdermilk
Vice President, Senior Area Manager
P: 215-209-1262
F: 215-561-9525

Pam Conti
Civil Manager
P: 215 209-1249
F:215 561-9525

Charles (Chuck) Boschen
Senior Manager
P: 215 209-1210
F: 215 561-9525

1600 JFK Boulevard
Suite 510
Philadelphia, PA 19103

WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined and are now one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Together we provide services to transform the built environment and restore the natural environment, and our expertise ranges from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources.

Educational, Arts & Charitable Members

Drexel University
Tess Smith
International Co-op Manager, Steinbright Career Development Center
P: 215-895-4923
3201 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Drexel University, based in Philadelphia, PA, has been a pioneer in cooperative education (experiential learning) since 1919 – operating one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world, with over 6,000 students each year working both nationally and internationally. Over 1,500 businesses, industrial, governmental, and other institutions “cooperate” with Drexel in offering students the opportunity to acquire practical experience in employment related to college studies. Cooperative education at Drexel is a degree requirement for most majors, and students bring to the workplace top-notch skill sets, a desire to learn, and a global perspective.

Drexel University is ranked #95 in the 2015 U.S. News and World Report’s category, ‘Best National Universities”, and its cooperative education program is ranked in the nation’s Top 20. As part of the University’s Strategic Plan, there is an emphasis on students completing a global experience. Since 2012, over 600 students have completed an international co-op in over 85 countries.

To learn more about participating as an international co-op employer, please email Drexel’s International Co-op Team:

To learn more about participating as a domestic co-op employer, please email Drexel’s Employer Relations Team:


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Melissa D. Kaiser
Executive Vice President of Development
128 N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102
P: 215-972-2002

Through the rare combination of our spectacular galleries, our internationally known school of fine arts, and our public programs, PAFA strives to provide students and visitors alike with a unique and thrilling experience.

Individual Member

Christopher Scott D’Angelo, Esq.
Montgomery, McCracken, Walker & Rhoads, LLP
123 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19109
P: 215-772-7397
F: 215-731-3767

Boyds Philadelphia – World Renowned Local Clothier Featuring UK Fashion and Flair

Boyds, an iconic Philadelphia Clothier, and the newest British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Club Level member, offers the best designer fashion, shoes and accessories for men and women, with impeccable service. The founder of Boyds Philadelphia, Alec Gushner, emigrated from Russia in 1936. He opened his first store, selling “big & tall” men’s suits and sport coats more than 70 years ago in the heart of Philadelphia’s flourishing clothing retail sector on 5th and Market Streets. At the time, the majority of Philadelphia’s social elite would be spotted almost nightly at the Boyds Theater across town. Ever savvy Gushner strategically positioned his business to be associated with the upscale clientele of the famed venue, naming it “Boyds Philadelphia.” In the 1990s, the store moved uptown to the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, one of the most exclusive parts of Center City, Philadelphia. Seasoned international business executives and new to the professional scene hipsters alike can find something original for the season, update a wardrobe, or obtain the perfect outfit for that special occasion, all under one beautiful roof.

The next generation grew the business from men’s “big & tall” suits and sport coats to include all tailored clothing. Over the years as business casual began to be introduced into the work place Boyds offered men’s and women’s sportswear. Currently owned and operated by third and fourth generation family members, Boyds has grown and evolved, but remains true to founding ideals. “There are no demographic breakdowns and no shareholders to answer to. Our customers are not points on a graph. We have one store, the same one that has been owned and operated by the same family. And when you know customers by their names and individual tastes, demographics just seem silly.”

Alex Gushner, the fourth generation family member in the business recently moved back to Philadelphia to assume his role at Boyds. Alex grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia. He attended The Haverford School, and the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). During junior year Alex studied abroad in London, and interned at the Royal Bank of Scotland for its Loan Syndicate Group. It was during his time in London and tenure with the Bank when Alex truly connected with Britain. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics Alex moved to New York City and worked in Wholesale Sales at Ermenegildo Zegna. This past summer, Alex joined his family’s business in Philadelphia, where he works for his father and his two uncles, all of whom are Boyds partners. Alex is an Assistant Buyer of men’s tailored clothing and he brings to Boyds a particular focus on made-to-measure (custom) clothing. Alex believes, “partnering with the British American Business Council is simple evolution for a long-standing icon like Boyds — which carries UK brands, including: Belstaff, Paul Smith, Sanders and Chuches.”

Boyds is regarded as one of the world’s greatest clothing stores. The family continues to place emphasis on international networking and cultivating cross-cultural opportunites for style savvy shoppers and executives. In the age of mass merchandising, when so many retail stores look the same, Boyds prides itself on providing customers with exclusive merchandise. They offer one of the country’s largest selections of fine men’s and women’s designer fashions. After all, such quality is what their customers have come to expect – from the $2.25 sport shirts of the 1940s, to the leisure suits of the 1970s, to the luxurious fabrications and designers of today. Part of Boyds’ commitment also includes a policy of extraordinary customer service. Free custom alterations, fashion coordinators, and free valet parking are part of the Store’s ripe tradition. Boyds treats customers as individuals. That’s not typical, but neither is Boyds.

With more than 40 on-site European tailors – Boyds boasts the largest custom tailor shop in the country. The Store will customize the fit of anything from denim and sport shirts to suits and dresses. Boyds offers designer collections; men’s and women’s apparel; contemporary fashions; handbags; and shoes, from top fashion houses including: Isabel Mirant, Alexander McQueen, Giambatista Valli, Mugler, Brioni, Canali, Brunello Cucinelli, Zengna, and more. Need fancy footwear? You’ll find top shoe designers like Gianvitto Rossi, Alexander Wang, Aquazurra, Monolo Blahnik, Ferragamo, Tods, Gucci, and more.

Boyds occupies five floors of the old Oliver Bair funeral parlor, a magnificent building located at 18th and Chestnut Streets. The recently opened Boyds Custom Shirt Shop is better than ever. Visit Boyds’ new Custom Shirt Shop and experience the perfect shirt. From dress shirts to sport shirts to formal shirts, experience feeling the fabrics of your choice and selecting the colors and patterns you desire. Then one of our master tailors will take your precise measurements. Collars to cuffs, it’s your call! Designers include: Hamilton, Individualized Shirts, Ermenegildo Zegna, Eton, and Isaia. Visit Boyds. You will be impressed, not only by the beauty of the store and the merchandise they carry but by the impeccable service and welcoming environment.

The Store hosts fashion and trunk shows and exclusive shopping events throughout the year. Boyds is an avid supporter of local charities. Join the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 for the Fashion Forward Executive Apparel Fundraiser & Networking Event. Spend an evening enhancing valuable business connections and shopping for global designer apparel, shoes and bags. All attendees will receive a special discount and a percentage of revenue will be donated to The Ronald McDonald House. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Proceeds from this event will go towards families who are traveling from outside of the United States for treatment.

Click here to learn more about Boyds and for a complete listing of services.

President’s Letter – Fall 2015

Dear BABC Members and Friends,

It was a long, hot summer, and the BABC knows our members have a thirst for more news and events! I hope you enjoyed receiving the 2015-16 BABC Annual Membership Directory. The Directory and our periodic newsletters are intended to provide BABC members with valuable information and business building opportunities.

This is a milestone program season for the BABC, as we will be celebrating our 25th anniversary. Kicking-off our events is a seminar about global mobility, focusing on the legal, tax and insurance implications of moving employees abroad; a pharmaceutical panel discussion; a fundraising event for The Ronald McDonald House; and our signature annual holiday luncheon, recognizing Philadelphia as a world class City and the Honorable Michael A. Nutter as he concludes his final term in office.

I encourage you to read this newsletter to learn more about these exciting BABC initiatives and recent past activities as well. While our face-to-face programs are important, we also hope you will frequent our website, where you can easily register for BABC events. I urge you to follow us on social media: Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Twitter, to remain in contact between in-person happenings.

I look forward to seeing you soon. Please join us to network and learn about current issues that may influence your business on either side of the Atlantic. Please also bring a colleague, client or friend who may be interested in the subject matter. Thank you for your support in helping us continue to deliver timely, relevant and valuable programs for a quarter century.


Howard Silverstone

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

BABC New Members Fall 2015

Club Member:

Boyds Philadelpha

Alex Gushner
Assistant Buyer

1818 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

More than seventy years ago, Boyds opened its doors with a relentless commitment to providing customers with the best of the best. Today, in its fourth generation, Boyds is regarded as one of the world’s great clothing stores.

In this age of mass merchandising, when so many retail stores look the same, Boyds focuses on providing its customers with exclusive merchandise. They are proud to offer one of the country’s largest selections of fine men’s and women’s designer fashions. After all, such quality is what customers have come to expect – from the $2.25 sportshirts of the ’40s, to the leisure suits of the ’70s, to the luxurious fabrications and designers today.

Part of Boyds’ commitment also includes a policy of extraordinary customer service. Free custom alterations by thirty-five European tailors, fashion coordinators, and free valet parking are part of the store’s ripe tradition. In essence, Boyds believes in treating customers as individuals. That’s not typical, but neither is Boyds.


Corporate Members:

Johnson, Kendall & Johnson

Bruce F. White

John Wright

Patrick Mullen
Vice President

109 Pheasant Run
Newtown, PA 18940

Johnson, Kendall & Johnson (JKJ) is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm located in Newtown, PA, that has been managing corporate and personal needs for more than 50 years. JKJ’s personalized services in property and casualty insurance; risk and safety management services and claims consulting; group benefits; individual life, home and asset protection program development; financial services; and retirement planning allow JKJ clients to focus on their respective business while JKJ provides direction in managing the risk.

JKJ’s diverse clientele challenges it to create programs unique to each client. Johnson, Kendall & Johnson is licensed in various lines of business in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets. In addition, JKJ is the founding board members of RiskProNet International and UNiBA Partners international insurance brokers. These organizations support JKJ and one another’s ability to work with and provide dedicated services to international clients, and conduct various business lines in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets.


WRG Creative Communication Inc.

Graeme Beavers
Vice President, N.A.

Chris Carfagno
Director of Business Development

1800 JFK Boulevard
Suite 503
Philadelphia, PA 19103

WRG shapes and delivers live communication and events for local, national and multinational clients. Their expertise means they can articulate a company’s key messages and create an environment, space or platform that engages an audience.

WRG works on behalf of organizations from 6 key sectors:

  • Healthcare
  • Retail
  • Telecoms & Technology
  • Luxury & Fashion
  • Energy & Engineering
  • Financial and Professional Services

WRG partners the individuals within those organizations who hold responsibility for branding & marketing, events & exhibitions or buying & procurement. They also partner with appointed representatives, such as advertising, PR and brand agencies.


Individual Member:

Jake Gordon
Financial Advisor
Ameriprise Financial
1000 Germantown Pike
Suite A-1
Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462

Human Interest Feature: Philadelphia – A World Class City

By: Casey Herm, Junior, Temple University, and BABC Coordinator

As the first capital of the United States and the birthplace of independence, Philadelphia is a must see location for tourists and American history buffs alike. In more recent years, the City of Brotherly Love has also become an international destination. Philadelphia, the 5th largest city in the United States, has become the 13th most internationally visited city in America. This is not hard to believe when the City has the 6th largest mass transit system in the US, over 1,000 round-trip flights daily out of Philadelphia International Airport and an astounding 16,726 hotel rooms across 69 different properties. Philadelphia’s allure to tourists is undeniable with the many museums, exhibitions, shopping and dining options. The City is also a hub for business travel. With major conventions such as BIO2015, The World Meeting of Families, and the upcoming Democratic National Convention (DNC) in July 2016, mass amounts of travelers from far and wide will be experiencing a taste of Philly. The international presence in the region is perfectly timed with the British American Business Council (BABC) of Greater Philadelphia’s 25th Anniversary. In all areas, business, leisure, and politics, Philadelphia is ever present on the world stage.

One of the largest international conventions to hit Philadelphia thus far has been BIO2015. This convention focused on BIO programs and initiatives that have a common vision, to “better the world through biotechnology innovation.” Philadelphia was a prime location for the BIO convention since 80 percent of the United States’ pharmaceutical industry is headquartered in the tristate area of Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The convention held June 15 – 18, 2015, drew nearly 20,000 guests from more than 65 countries. The United Kingdom was one of the top 15 international delegations among India and China. The BABC of Greater Philadelphia was happy to strengthen relations with the UK pharmaceutical community at a BIO Reception and Dinner with AstraZeneca and UK Trade and Investment. This summer, Philadelphia also hosted the 106th annual NAACP Convention. The City of Brotherly Love was the perfect location for the conference whose theme was “Pursuing Liberty in the Face of Injustice.”

The numerous conventions held this past summer were just the beginning of various major events to hit Philadelphia. In a few short weeks international travelers from far and wide will be making their way to the City for the much talked about World Meeting of Families and proceeding Papal visit. This event, which only takes place once every three years, brought 350,000 people to the Festival of the Families and an estimated one million people to the Papal Mass during the 2012 World Meeting. Philadelphia will now be listed among the largest cities in the world such as Milan, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro as being one of the few thus far selected to hold such a momentous occasion. Shortly following the visit of the Pope is the arrival of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. On October 26th His Holiness will be receiving the 2015 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center, after which he will give two public forums: “Cherishing Others: Eight Verses for Training the Mind” at Lasalle University on October 26th, and “Finding Happiness in Troubled Times: Educating the Heart in the 21st Century” at Temple University on October 27th. The winter months in the City will be spent gearing up for the DNC, which will be held the week of July 25, 2016. The DNC will bring many to the City including President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and frontrunners for the nomination, delegates, family, and media.

The international presence in Philadelphia does not stop with conventions. Philadelphia is thriving with museums, restaurants, shopping and entertainment for all. British culture will be featured in Philadelphia when the work of world renowned British author Lewis Carroll is highlighted in the must see exhibition this fall, “Down the Rabbit Hole” at the Rosenbach, which celebrates 150 years of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. This exhibition runs from October 14 – March 27 and features interactive events such as “Croquet in Wonderland” in Dilworth Park, human chess, and reading groups, as well as a three-part exhibit. The Rosenbach will also temporarily house the original Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland manuscript from October 14 – 18, which temporarily left its permanent home at the British Library in London to be on display at The Morgan in New York City and The Rosenbach in Philadelphia.

British presence in the tristate area does not stop short with temporary exhibits. Restaurants such at The Dandelion and The Victoria Freehouse in Center City Philadelphia, The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Stoney’s British Pub in Wilmington, Delaware feature menus and atmospheres that would make any Brit feel at home.

The recognition of Philadelphia as an international destination is due in large part to the Honorable Mayor Michael A. Nutter. Under Mayor Nutter’s wing the international business community has thrived. Greater Philadelphia is the 5th largest labor force among the nation’s largest metropolitan areas with over 766 foreign-owned companies from 39 countries that have an office or facility in the region. Elected in 2007, Mayor Nutter remained strong in leading the City of Philadelphia through the trying times of the economic crisis. While Mayor Nutter’s tenure concludes at the end of this calendar year, and he will be departing as Mayor, the influence he has had on the City will remain as the region continues to thrive. The BABC of Greater Philadelphia will Salute Mayor Nutter at the Annual Holiday Luncheon on December 10th to recognize everything he has done to make Philadelphia a world class City. Click here to register.

BABC New Members Spring 2015

Corporate Member:

Thomson-Shore, Inc.
John E. Sinclair
Regional Sales Manager — New York & International
312 Tmberlake Drive
Ewing, NJ 08618

Thomson-Shore is your one stop shop for Quality Printing, Binding, Publishing, Distribution, Marketing and Fulfillment Services. The Company was founded in 1972 and is located in Dexter, Michigan, USA. Thomson-Shore is a 100 percent employee-owned full service book manufacturing, printing, publishing, production, and distribution company. Thompson-Shore specializes in fulfilling the needs of book publishers, from an author’s initial Word document to the end reader. Our business solutions span the entire publishing supply chain. Publishers of all types and sizes (authors, self-publishers, independent publishers, trade, religious, and university) benefit from the following services:

  • Short- to medium-run digital and offset book printing;
  • Case and perfect binding;
  • Layout and design;
  • Editorial review;
  • ISBN acquisition;
  • E-Book conversion;
  • Marketing of your book; and
  • Full service Trade distribution and fulfillment.

At Thomson-Shore, we know that producing, distributing, and marketing the best books requires more than just the best technologies; it requires the best quality customer service, expertise and commitment to environmental and social values. With these standards of excellence, you can be sure that we will always help you put your best book forward.

Individual Members:

Patti Boyle
Independent Consultant
728 Great Springs Road
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010

Lynn Brooks
Villanova School of Business
Bartley Hall 2071
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Donna Brooks

Human Interest Feature: Philadelphia – On the Map Where it Belongs

Written by a true “Philly Girl,” Jane H. Rosenberg

Philadelphia is ranked as the fifth most populated City. It is the heart of history, liberty and justice for the US as we know it today. For these and many other reasons, I am saddened when meeting and speaking with people to learn they have never heard of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Alternatively, people sometimes only recognize it as being sandwiched between New York City and Washington, DC. Once introduced however, business professionals, students and tourists alike begin a love affair with the region.

Throughout the decades, Philadelphia has been recognized for many things, beginning with where the Founding Fathers met and signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the Constitution in 1787. Philadelphia was one of the nation’s capitals during the Revolutionary War, and the City served as the temporary US capital while Washington, DC, was under construction. In the 1800s Philadelphia was a major industrial center and a railroad hub. Immigrants from many countries flooded the region and continue to populate it today. Similar to many other cities throughout the US, there have been times of civil unrest, crime and economic difficulties in more recent decades. Many people fled the City for the suburbs, and retailers, restaurants, businesses and other Center City locals struggled. Revitalization began in the 1990s, and gentrification began to turn around neighborhoods and reverse population loss.

Today the Greater Philadelphia region is a thriving metropolis. Global multinationals and small and medium-sized businesses are based here; the City supports international trade, commerce and tourism across the world. The region’s geography and strategic location on the northeast seaboard make it a superb place to conduct business. Mass transit makes it easy to get around, and the cost of living is affordable compared to many other major city centers. Philadelphia is home to more than 80 colleges, universities, trade, and specialty schools. We are a family friendly and outdoor loving community with the largest landscaped, urban park in the world.

For those who have never heard of Philadelphia or cannot place it on a map I am proud that will change when our region will be in the spotlight for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis’ visit in September 2015, and for the Democratic National Convention in July 2016. This April marks my fifth anniversary as Executive Director for the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. I am honored to be given the opportunity to promote our region’s international presence by creating valuable opportunities for BABC members to network and discuss important trade, economic and political issues affecting their businesses. The Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the BABC has thrived for nearly 25 years and is one of the more active international groups in the region. The BABC would not exist without the dedicated support of more than 250 individuals representing nearly 80 businesses across industries with ties to the United Kingdom.

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The BABCGP recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ernst & Young
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic