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Board Member Appreciation & Membership Development Dinner

Board Member Appreciation & Membership Development Dinner

On Monday, June 12, 2017 the BABC of Greater Philadelphia hosted a by invitation only, end of year Board Member appreciation and membership development dinner, featuring two UK Government officials as the keynote speakers. Freya Jackson, Counsellor, Head of Global and Economic Policy Group at the British Embassy in Washington, DC and Matt James, Managing Director, Commercial, and Acting Director USA for the Department for International Trade traveled to Philadelphia to discuss the current climate for UK/US trade.  More than 65 attendees enjoyed an active networking reception and informative evening program in the iconic Lincoln Memorial room at The Union League of Philadelphia.

Rhett Workman, Chairman of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia and Managing Director of Government and Airport Affairs for American Airlines welcomed guests and introduced the speakers. He thanked the entire Board of Directors for another strong twelve months, and for dedicating their time and resources to the BABC.  Rhett talked about our recent 25th anniversary, and announced the unveiling our new brand which will go-live at the official start of our new fiscal year on July 1, 2017.  Rhett explained, while we are launching a more modern look to our logo, our mission will remain the same – to serve British businesses in the Greater Philadelphia region, including, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware by focusing on what we do best – providing our members with valuable and timely programs and events; business development and networking opportunities; and thought leadership about current events and government regulations that affect transatlantic business.

The US and the UK are each other’s largest investors – together we have approximately $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies. There is no more important time than today to share information, create valuable business relationships, and learn current trends that will affect the transatlantic relationship.  The BABC is the go to organization to help member companies improve and grow business by introducing them to clients, customers and service providers. Rhett explained we could not do this without the dedication of our key stakeholders, our diverse group of Club Level members, representing a myriad of industry sectors as well as our partners in the British Embassy, the Consulate, and the Department for International Trade (referred to as “DIT”).  Collaborating with the UK Government throughout the year bolsters regional transatlantic business development and commerce, and enables us to better serve our members.  The BABC is grateful to the UK Government for their partnership and thanked their alignment with us in Philadelphia.

Rhett introduced Freya Jackson who joined the Embassy team in July 2016, just shortly after UK citizens cast the momentous vote to exit the European Union. Freya leads the Embassy’s teams covering a wide range of issues including trade, investment and economic policy, environment and energy, transport and science, research and innovation.  Prior to joining the Embassy, for the past three years Freya led the Foreign Policy Team in the National Security Secretariat of the UK’s Cabinet Office (NSC equivalent).  Before that she was the Senior Foreign Policy Adviser during the UK’s Presidency of the G8 in 2012, and from 2007 to 2011, Freya led the Climate Change and Global Economy negotiating team in the UK’s Mission to the United Nations in New York.  Prior to that, Freya worked as the Head of Nuclear & Missile Defense Team for the Security Policy Department, and at various assignments with the FCO across the globe including Buenos Aires, Casablanca, and Mumbai.  Freya received her BSc Honors in Environmental Sciences from the University of East Anglia and her Master of Sciences from Kings College, London.

During dinner, Freya spoke about the unpredictability of government affairs during the past year – the momentous Brexit vote, the US election, and the snap UK election. No one could have imagined the surprises in store for us and the world.  While the elephant in the room – Brexit – was unavoidable, Freya focused her discussion on four main facts:

  1. The UK and US political relationship is as robust as it has ever been;
  2. The UK and US trade relationship is stronger than ever – the two countries are each other’s largest trading partners and employers;
  3. The UK economy is sound and growing, and employment is up – it is the highest rated economy for doing business; and
  4. The UK is a great place to live and to conduct business.

While there are definitely uncertainties, two fundamentals hold true – the strong relationship and economic ties between the two counties.

Freya introduced Matt, the Commercial Director at the Department for International Trade, a post that he has held since the department was created in 2016. Matt is currently covering for the Director of DIT USA, leading a dynamic team who assist British companies exporting to the US, and work with US companies looking to invest their business in the UK. Matt joined the UK civil service in 1995, and over the last 20 years has held roles as Commercial Director in the Cabinet Office, the National Health Service and Department for Work and Pensions. He is a qualified commercial mediator and specializes in complex deal-making and negotiation, having led on many of the UK Government’s most challenging commercial issues.  Matt has a PhD from Bath University in organizational identity, narrative and power, and an MBA and Bachelor’s degree in music. He works and lives in London, and was honored to travel to Philadelphia as his first official visit outside of New York City.  Matt echoed Freya’s comments regarding the four truths about the UK economy and the relationship with the US.  He also spoke to the important ties between DIT and the BABC of Greater Philadelphia.  DIT is grateful to the BABC for our partnership and the valuable work we do to promote trade and commercial links between the two regions.

Rhett thanked Matt and Freya for their kind words and reassuring commentary about the current state of affairs. “We are undoubtedly living in tumultuous times, but one thing is sure – the relationship the US shares with the UK is strong and will become more so as we develop strategies and form partnerships to navigate the changing landscape.”  Rhett explained the BABC of Greater Philadelphia is here to help our members do just that – navigate the evolving business climate.  Now that we have entered our second quarter century of operations in this region, we thought it was the perfect time to rebrand.  Rhett introduced attendees to Ian Cross, BABC Vice President of Marketing & Communications.  Ian is a creative entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience growing and managing start-ups in technology, entertainment and hospitality.  He is CEO and a co-founder of I-SITE – an award-winning Interactive Design and Technology firm specializing in web and mobile solutions for civic initiatives, business, healthcare and entertainment.  Ian has been an active member on the BABC Board of Directors since the early 2000s, and has served as Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the past ten years.  He helped the BABC transition from a traditional chamber of commerce model to one of the first Chapters to have an active website and a presence in social media.  He has been the ever present force leading the BABC through advances in technology, making it easier for us to communicate with members, share information, and stay connected with our counterparts throughout the world.

Ian opened his remarks with the definition of “rebrand.” “We all know what a ‘rebrand’ is – changing the way an organization, company or product is seen by the public or its customers.”  He explained the BABC VIP dinner was a soft launch pad for the new BABC logo.  The design will officially go live to the general public by July 1 – the start of our new fiscal year.

The BABC has spent the past quarter century positioning itself as the go to organization for UK business-related matters. That holds true – and will remain even more so as the two nations navigate the rapidly changing global landscape.  Our new logo communicates: forward motion/moving into the future; partnership between the two countries; transatlantic travel; growth, speed, prosperity, connections, and the geographies we represent.  The new logo is contemporary, clean and clear.  The BABC of Greater Philadelphia’s brand speaks to members’ trust in us to help maximize their business potential.  The BABC looks forward to helping members create valuable relationships on both sides of the Atlantic.

Before the evening concluded Ian encouraged everyone to stay connected with us, visit our website, follow us on social media for current BABCPHL news, and attend our upcoming events. He then drew a winning business card for two complimentary tickets to our next program, thanked people for attending the dinner, and reminded everyone to pick-up their branded BABC gifts before departing.

The BABC fiscal year is ending on a high note. Optimism is in the air and as Matt so clearly stated, while there is uncertainly, and transition is afoot, the UK will ensure Brexit is a success as a result of partnerships with the BABC and other organizations.  We would like to extend sincere thanks to our current members for their support throughout the fiscal year.  If you are not a member of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia we hope you will become one.  We look forward to upholding our promise to serve you.

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2017 International Soccer Night

On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia teamed up with the Chilean, French and German American Chambers of Commerce for International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. More than 50 attendees gathered on the deck overlooking the beautiful stadium and river for networking, food and drinks.  The evening was perfect – the sun was shining and it was warm and breezy.  And, Union earned their third win, ending in 2-0 against Houston.

Before guests were escorted to their reserved stadium seats, BABC sponsor companies, TD Bank, N.A., Pepper Hamilton LLP and Johnson, Kendall & Johnson as well our hosts from the Philadelphia Union spoke briefly about their businesses. Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director of the BABC of Greater Philadelphia welcomed guests, thanked the partnering organizations, and introduced the sponsors.

Todd Sturza, Managing Director for TD Securities spoke on behalf of TD Bank. Todd has been an active BABC Club Level and Board Member for the past ten years.  He has 25 years of experience in corporate and investment banking, and has spent the past nine years at TD.  TD Bank is one of the 10 largest banks in the US, with approximately 26,000 employees and deep roots in the community dating back more than 150 years. The Bank offers a broad array of retail, small business and commercial banking products and services to more than 8.5 million customers through its extensive network of approximately 1,300 locations.  In addition to banking products, TD Bank and its subsidiaries offer customized private banking and wealth management services.  TD Bank is a member of TD Bank Group and a subsidiary of The Toronto-Dominion Bank of Toronto, Canada, a top 10 financial services company in North America.

Jay Jumper, Partner at Pepper Hamilton, in the Berwyn office spoke on behalf of the Firm. Jay is a member of Pepper’s Corporate and Securities and Life Sciences practice groups and a member of the steering committee of the Firm’s Emerging Growth Group.  His practice is focused on mergers and acquisitions, public and private securities-related transactions, and general corporate matters.  Pepper is one of the founding members of the BABC.  Pepper Hamilton is a multi-practice law firm with more than 450 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.

Michael McGuire, Account Executive from Johnson, Kendall & Johnson (JKJ) participated on behalf of the company. Michael has been with JKJ for two years, and has been tasked with developing new client relationships both abroad and domestically.  JKJ has been a corporate member of the BABC for several years.  JKJ is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm located in Newtown, PA, that has been managing corporate and personal needs for more than 60 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.  The Company 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.

Carl Cherkin, Vice President of Business Relations & Communications with Philadelphia Union was our last speaker.   Since the stadium opened, Philadelphia Union has been a steadfast friend to the BABC – we have hosted numerous events with them, and they have always offered coveted branded gear and tickets to games throughout the year.  Carl has been on staff with Philadelphia Union from the very beginning.   He originally joined the club in 2009, as VP, Public Relations and helped guide the successful launch of the 16th team in MLS, in one of this country’s most competitive sports environments.  Carl spoke about Philadelphia Union’s history and development.  Philadelphia was awarded Major League Soccer’s 16th team on February 28, 2008. The combination of extensive grassroots support spearheaded by the Sons of Ben and a public/private partnership between Philadelphia Union, the State of Pennsylvania, Delaware County and the City of Chester enabled the construction of a state-of-the-art soccer stadium and convinced MLS that the Philadelphia region deserved a soccer team.   On March 25, 2010, Philadelphia played its first ever match, a 2-0 loss to Seattle Sounders FC.  On April 10, 2010, the club’s Inaugural Home Opener, Philadelphia notched the first victory in team history beating D.C. United 3-2 in front of 34,870 fans.

The stadium is a magnificent place, and the international business community enjoyed a perfect evening. The weather was ideal, networking food and drink flowed freely and the Union won!  Special thanks to sponsor companies TD Bank, N.A., Pepper Hamilton, LLP and Johnson, Kendall & Johnson for sponsoring the evening.

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Department for International Trade Briefing

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Department for International Trade Briefing

On Monday, May 15, 2017 BABC Board Members along with a select group of executives from other businesses and regional organizations visited the British Consulate in New York City.   More than 50 people participated in the meeting led by Ross Allen, Director, Department for International Trade (DIT), USA and Deputy Consul General in New York.  Ross opened the meeting with a briefing and high level overview of what is currently happening in the UK.  Theresa May’s surprise June 8 general election announcement started a period of “purdah” (the pre-election phase in the UK, specifically the time between an announced election and the final election results).  Ross introduced members of his team, and a leader from each sector represented spoke about their campaigns and regional opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Rhett Workman, BABC Chairman, talked about the BABC mission – bringing businesses together to bolster the trade and commercial relationship between the US and the UK. He presented the BABC as the go to organization for British business development in the region.  The BABC’s job is to help members connect the dots, and create valuable relationships to enhance their businesses.  Rhett mentioned the importance of partnering with DIT and other organizations in order to best serve our members.

Rebecca Lewis, Deputy Head of Trade & Investment, New York is the DIT liaison on the BABC Board of Directors. She is also the lead for the energy sector.  Rebecca kicked-off the DIT sector discussion and financial services, life sciences, advanced engineering, UN trade, food & drink, retail, tech & digital followed.  The breadth and scope of DIT’s work is expansive and impressive.

Everyone sitting around the table had the opportunity to introduce themselves. A dynamic question and answer session followed, focusing on how DIT generates their business; the areas of growth and greatest focus for the UK government; and trends related to trade with the US and the rest of the world.

The BABC thanks DIT for hosting this informative meeting and for the valuable time spent speaking with us about their role and objectives. The BABC invites DIT sector leads to contact us when they are in the Greater Philadelphia region.

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The 2017 Transatlantic Conference – Recap

Each year the BABC brings together global business leaders to promote dialogue between the United States and United Kingdom. This year Chicago hosted the annual meeting.  The two-day Conference explored the 2017 theme “Navigating the New World,” focusing on evolving opportunities as the United States, Canada, and Europe absorb changes in the realities of economies, trade, borders, and governance.

The program opened at Shedd Aquarium on Wednesday evening, May 10. Lawrence Geller, CBE and Chairman of the 2017 Transatlantic Conference introduced speakers: Robert Winslow, Chairman, CBRE; Stephen Bridges, LVO, British Consul General; and Brad Keywell, Co-Founder Groupon, Uptake Technologies, Echo Global Logistics, MediaOcean, and Lightbank, to name just some of his ventures.  These dynamic speakers set the tone for the conference and paved the way for more than 40 presenters who engaged conference attendees in meaningful dialogue throughout the day on Thursday, May 11.

Sessions began very early on Thursday, and were planned down to the minute. Speakers presented in the Cathedral Room of the University Club – a remarkable building.  Leading global multinational executives spoke about: healthcare; energy; UK/US consumer trends; global talent mobility; big data; fintech; financial markets; and the dynamics of enterprises and startups.  Penny Prizker, Chairman, PSP Capital Partners and the 38th US Secretary of Commerce was the keynote speaker.  The day concluded with a closing reception and dinner at the legendary Art Institute of Chicago, in the Terzo Piano Modern Wing.  The Lyric Opera received the 2017 British Consul General Award and JB Pritzker, Chairman of the Pritzker Group was the keynote speaker.  PJ O’Rourke provided entertainment, and comic relief.

The 2017 Transatlantic Conference was flawless. It was meticulously planned and organized.  Attendees enjoyed the educational panels and speakers, and networking with senior business, government and academic participants from across many industries and regions.  We offer special thanks and congratulations to the Chicago BABC Chapter for hosting.

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Uber & Out – What Happens After Start Up?

On Thursday, April 27, 2017, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted the sixth annual panel discussion and networking event: Uber and Out – What Happens After Start Up? Young professional entrepreneurs are the driving force behind current economic development in our region and around the world.  The creative and information technology sectors are two of the fastest growing industries.  This discussion focused on our region’s entrepreneurial-friendly environment, and how Philadelphia compares to other Smart Cities.  Panelists addressed the Internet of Things and how this topic is shaping not only regional development, but the trajectory of the global economy.  Creative and information technology sectors, innovation, Smart Cities, young professional entrepreneurs, Brexit, and cybersecurity were all part of the discussion.  Jason Gosselin, Partner at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, moderated the session and led the panelists through their talk.  It was a free-flowing, dynamic discussion with questions from the audience peppered throughout.

Dimitris Horiatis, Vice-Consul, ICT & Creative Media, Department for International Trade, set the stage. He discussed the creative sector, the largest sector in the UK after financial services.  The UK is setting trends in music, art, and advertising.  The largest global brands are concentrated in London.  The UK spends a higher proportion of its GDP on advertising than other major markets, and leads Europe in digital advertising. Its £8.6bn digital advertising market is bigger than the French and German markets combined and only second to China’s in terms of its share in proportion to the overall advertising market.  Technology is creating new developments in the creative sector.  The crossover generated by VR / AR technology and creative approaches to traditional industries and enterprise is a key UK opportunity.  UK software and tools businesses are creating new platforms for content development.  While hardware manufacture is unlikely to form a key part of the UK VR industry, UK companies are able to deliver software tools and peripherals to support VR content production and experience.  US companies looking to expand internationally choose to look toward the UK first for automotive, consumer goods, multiculturalism, and a large talent pool.  The UK is interested in negotiating a favorable trade deal with the EU – this will create and grow the international talent pool.  Philadelphia is a key market for the UK due to geography/accessibility.  The Greater Philadelphia region boasts a burgeoning tech sector and artistic community, making it a great partner for UK businesses.

Ellen Hwang, Program Manager for Innovation Management, City of Philadelphia and Archna Sahay, Director of Entrepreneurial Investment, Department of Commerce, City of Philadelphia explained the “Smart City” initiative and how the region compares to other areas. They discussed the important economic development impact of start-ups, and the entrepreneurial community, and civic tech organizations in Philadelphia.  Archna highlighted the StartupPHL program – a platform supporting entrepreneurs in the City – and what commerce is doing to enhance this initiative.  Philadelphia is at the forefront and can provide leadership outside of the City.

Jay Jumper, Partner, Pepper Hamilton LLP spoke about emerging companies and venture capital markets. He provided data and other findings from 2016 and talked about the economic outlook for 2017.  Jay’s discussion touched upon market performance, trends and expectations, and the “hot” sectors.  Where and what are the trends for entrepreneurs to seek capital and grow their business?  What does “working smarter” mean and how are emerging companies embracing these trends?  For example, Jay highlighted shared workspace, networking and meet-up groups, online resources and tools.  Jay discussed what’s unique about Philly and the local start-up environment.

Sophie Ding, Senior, Advisory Services – Cybersecurity, Ernst and Young LLP highlighted the key trends in the global cybersecurity market. She talked about Brexit and cybersecurity and what BABC members need to know.  Disruptive technology, like that of Uber for example, creates new risks for businesses and individuals.  Sophie also touched upon her Firm’s entrepreneurial environment, innovation and thought leadership in emerging technologies.

Shari Shapiro, Senior Manager for Public Affairs for Pennsylvania and Delaware at Uber, talked about the City’s adoption of Uber, drivers and riders. She provided interesting international visitor stats for the Greater Philadelphia region.  Uber had riders from 76 different countries last month, and many more during the DNC and other major events.  Shari explained how Uber has met with success and grown through partnerships with local institutions.  She explained how there have been challenges and hurdles in the regulatory environment both at the State and City levels.  Uber and companies like Uber are imploring the City to translate “Philadelphia is open for business” into practice.

While each presenter covered a different topic, a consistency across the board was the importance of education – developing a pipeline of STEM students and ensuring diversity and minority participation. Mentoring future professionals and grooming the up and coming working pool of potential employees will provide a competitive advantage for businesses and our region.

Conversation and questions from the audience could have gone on well into the evening. Jason thanked partnering organizations: Philly Startup Leaders (PSL) and Select Greater Philadelphia.  PSL began in September of 2007 as a handful of entrepreneurs meeting in the back of a neighborhood bar to trade war stories – fast forward and PSL years later has thousands of members.  PSL is a volunteer, grassroots organization of startup entrepreneurs dedicated to helping each other on their entrepreneurial journeys.  PSL provides emotional and practical support to mentor and coach new entrepreneurs.  The group collaborates and connects with other people and organizations who are not themselves entrepreneurial.  Select Greater Philadelphia is the region’s business attraction organization for the 11 counties within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  Select provides comprehensive regional data to help companies, site selectors, economic development teams, real estate professionals and others make informed decisions when relocating to and expanding across the Greater Philadelphia marketplace.  Jason asked Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director to pull the winning business card for four tickets to a Philadelphia Union home game this season.  Lastly, he thanked BABC Marketing & Communications Chairman and long-time board member Ian Cross, proprietor of the Trestle Inn for hosting us.  Jason encouraged attendees to join us for our next program – International Soccer Night at Talen Energy Stadium to watch Philadelphia Union vs. Houston Dynamo on Wednesday, May 17 from 6-9:30 pm.

Attendees networked long after the formal part of the program ended. Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties. http://www.thetrestleinn.com/

Special thanks to Philly Startup Leaders and Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us.

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Philadelphia Business Journal Article


Sixth Annual New Jersey Networking Event

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted the sixth annual New Jersey networking event and dinner at The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey. More than 40 BABC members and friends occupied the restaurant for a fun-filled pub night.  Chip Shop proprietors offered attendees a superb selection of specialty beers and a wonderful meal including delicious appetizers, and a decadent dessert.  Adding to the enjoyment of the evening, Philadelphia Union presented each attendee with two complimentary tickets to the season opener on March 11th –Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – in addition to raffling off a few branded items.

Howard Silverstone, immediate prior President and current Programs & Events Chairman welcomed guests and provided a brief introduction about the organization. Howard discussed the important relationship the State of New Jersey has with the United Kingdom, and kept attendees laughing at his clever jokes and witty comments. Howard explained while this program is more social in nature, the BABC offers approximately one event per month throughout the tristate area, including educational seminars and business roundtable discussions with leading industry experts and government officials.  Howard appealed to non-members, suggesting they speak with Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director, or board members Richard Chibbaro, Patrick Riley, or himself about joining.

Before thanking the British Chip Shop for hosting the dinner, and prior to introducing D&H Global Tax Group, the lead event sponsor, Howard spoke briefly about his Firm, Forensic Resolutions. Forensic Resolutions, supporting sponsor, is a forensic and investigative accounting firm, providing solutions to complex business problems and insurance claims.  The Firm has extensive experience in the fields of economic damages, fraud investigations, and claims assessment, among other areas of service.  Howard, Founding Partner of the Firm, has served on the BABC Board of Directors for more than two decades.

Lead sponsor, D&H Global Tax Group is a BABC Corporate Member with offices in Pitman, NJ and London and Philadelphia. The Firm specializes in international US tax advice, compliance services, and structuring.  Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner, D&H Global Tax Group spoke briefly on behalf of the Firm, discussing the Firm’s global work and recent move into Center City Philadelphia.  Leon is a certified public accountant specializing in all aspects of international business and tax planning for businesses with operations in multiple countries and US citizens who reside abroad.

Following sponsor remarks, winning business cards were drawn for Philadelphia Union branded items. Attendees were then invited to sit and enjoy dinner.  Guests remained long into the evening, continuing to mingle and enjoy the atmosphere.

We extend special thanks to lead event sponsor, D&H Global Tax Group; supporting sponsor, Forensic Resolutions; and door prize and raffle gift sponsor, Philadelphia Union.

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Charting the Future Now: European Economic Growth and its Importance to American Prosperity

European Economic Growth & Its Importance to American Prosperity

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the German, French, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce for a presentation about European economic growth and its importance to American prosperity. More than 40 individuals from the various international groups attended the informative session held at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.  Dr. Andrea Montanino, Director, Global Business & Economics and C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth for the Atlantic Council spoke in great detail about the European economy and its relationship to the United States.

Dr. Montanino leads the Atlantic Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. He also previously spent four years (2001-05) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

Dr. Montanino’s discussion with the European Chambers of Commerce in Philadelphia focused on the importance of restoring European economic growth, safeguarding the European project, and reinvigorating the transatlantic alliance. Dr. Montanino presented European and American expert analysis of the challenges facing Europe and how to address them in the short, medium, and long term.  The Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program Charting the Future Now publication examines his speaking points in great detail.  Click here to access the complete report.

In a nutshell, Europe and the United States need each another. The geopolitical changes occurring throughout the world must engage both regions to focus not only on short term trade agreements and the economic implications of such negotiations, but must plan for the longer term.  Issues such as Brexit, immigration, energy, etc. are impacting the economic changes we are feeling throughout the globe.  London is the economic hub of European finance, and the UK, EU, and US have been and will continue to be strong partners if we focus on the future, and long term planning is the ultimate goal.

The British American Business Council thanks the German Chamber for inviting us to participate in this timely lunch discussion. We look forward to hosting Dr. Montanino back to the region in the early Autumn of 2017 to provide an update on Brexit and the economic relationship between Europe and the United States.  We hope you will join us for this program.  More information to follow shortly.

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2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival Opening Concert: David Russell

When: Saturday, April 08, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Mandell Theatre, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA

The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society presents the 2017 Philadelphia Classical Guitar Festival Opening Concert featuring David Russell.

David Russell is a Grammy award winner in 2005 for his CD AIRE LATINO, in the category of best instrumental soloist in classical music.  He has an honorary Doctorate in Music by the University of Arizona in Tucson in 2014, and is a  world renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned the highest praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his great talent and his international career, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997.

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BABC B2B

BABC B2B

The BABC of Greater Philadelphia serves the tristate region – Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and the State of Delaware. There are 22 BABC chapters throughout the world, with more than 2,000 members.  Our mission is to “connect the dots” – facilitate introductions between executives to assist in building valuable business ties.  On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 the BABC collaborated with corporate member Almac Group to bring club level member American Airlines’ cargo team executives for a presentation and private tour of Almac’s US headquarters state of the art facility in Souderton, PA.

The Almac Group is a privately held contract development and manufacturing organization that provides an extensive range of integrated services globally to companies within the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors. Almac’s global headquarters are based in Craigavon, Northern Ireland and has additional operations throughout the UK, Ireland, across the US (Pennsylvania, North Carolina and California) and Asia (Singapore and Tokyo). The organization has been established for almost 50 years and is currently celebrating its twentieth anniversary in Pennsylvania now employing approximately 1,200 people in the State and almost 5,000 worldwide.

Mark Weir, Almac’s US Group Financial Controller has been actively involved with the BABC since he assumed the role with the Company more than five years ago. Jane Rosenberg, Executive Director of the BABC worked with Mark to execute this informative meeting and tour.  Mark provided a comprehensive overview of Almac’s history, presence throughout the world, and US operation.  His presentation laid the framework for the tour of the physical plant.  George Tiger, Vice President, Global Business Development, Almac’s Clinical Technologies Business Unit talked about the Company’s most recent launch (late January) of the Next Generation Temperature Management software – TempEZ™.  This product offers unrivalled end-to-end drug product visibility, blazing a trail for innovation in this industry.

Almac delivers the most comprehensive range of integrated drug development services available to the pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical industry. Services range from R&D, companion diagnostics, biomarker discovery and development, API manufacture, formulation development, clinical trial supply, IRT through to commercial-scale manufacture.  Sir Allen McClay (Allen, as he preferred to be called) founded his first company, Galen Ltd, in 1968.  Galen floated on the stock market in 1997 and subsequently became Northern Ireland’s first £1 billion company. However, around the year 2000 the direction of the company changed and took a different path to Allen’s vision. Allen realized his substantial shareholding and formed, with his personal wealth, the organization we now known as Almac.  As part of Allen’s generosity he established the McClay Foundation as a charitable institution.  The Foundation has already surpassed donating more than £20 million to enhance the research capabilities at the Queen’s University Belfast.  Allen typically referred to the organization he built as the “Almac family.”  Despite operating across the Atlantic Ocean from the parent company, the Almac executives we met attested to the greatest tribute that Almac, as a company, will pay to Allen continuing with his passion and delivering on his vision: “To be the leader in the generation of superior solutions for the advancement of human health.”

Mark Rohlfing, Vice President of Operations, Almac Clinical Services spent a couple of hours guiding us through the facility, demonstrating product lifecycle from laboratory testing, through to packaging and shipping, to the end user. Our visit, starting in the Boardroom and ending in the storage/shipping division, literally walked us through product development.  The beautiful campus, employing more than 1,000 people is just a few years old.  Each time we crossed paths with an Almac employee, across various levels and business units, they were just as kind looking, happy and cheerful as the Irish countryside canvases lining the walls.  The bright, new, modern buildings make effective use of all space and give it a European feel right here at home in Pennsylvania.  The BABC is honored to work with companies like Almac and American Airlines with operations spanning the globe.  It is our job to facilitate meetings that enable our members to create worthwhile connections to enhance business.

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BREAKING NEWS

BRITISH PRIME MINISTER THERESA MAY TO VISIT UNITED STATES TO MEET PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ADDRESS REPUBLICANS IN PHILADELPHIA ON THURSDAY, JANUARY 26, 2017

CBS Local- “British Prime Minister To Visit Philadelphia”

 

Philadelphia Inquirer

 

The Telegraph – “Theresa May and Donald Trump To Hold Talks On Trade Deal”

CNN – “Theresa May To Visit Trump In Washington”

ABC- “Trump To Discuss His Agenda In Center City Today”

 

Embassy Press Release

23 January 2017

PM TO VISIT UNITED STATES TO MEET PRESIDENT TRUMP AND ADDRESS REPUBLICANS

The Prime Minister is expected to be the first world leader to hold face to face talks with President Trump when she visits the United States later this week.

President Trump has invited the Prime Minister for talks in the Oval Office on Friday. This will primarily be an opportunity to get to know one another and to establish the basis for a productive working relationship. The leaders are expected to discuss a number of the most pressing global issues, notably tackling terrorism, Syria, relations with Russia and cooperation in NATO.

The Prime Minister and President will also discuss how we can deepen our already huge economic and commercial relationship to the benefit of both of our countries, including our shared ambition to sign a UK-US trade deal once the UK has left the EU. Trade between both countries is already worth over £150bn, and the US is the single biggest source of inward investment to the UK.

As a result of the efforts the UK Government has made to establish strong links with the new administration, the Prime Minister has also been invited to become the first serving head of state or government outside the US to address the annual congressional Republican retreat, when it gathers for its 30th anniversary in Philadelphia on Thursday.

The Prime Minister is set to address Republicans from both the House of Representatives and Senate who are gathering in Philadelphia to discuss their priorities for the coming year. It will provide a platform for the PM to set out how we want to advance the special relationship in the coming years and work together on a number of shared challenges.

 

 

 

 

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