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Aramark and Oppenheimer Group Take Top Honors by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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By Wynne Alexander, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

After a string of stellar successes, The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) managed to scale new heights, presenting one of its most powerful and internationally connected awards ceremonies.

This year’s celebration at the Bellevue Hyatt crystalized the Chamber’s mission, spotlighting business superstars Aramark and the Oppenheimer Group, coupled with an outpouring of hearty congratulations from over 300 movers and shakers from the maritime, diplomatic and business sectors, attending the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce 2014 Friend of Chile Awards ceremonies.

“CACC and the entire community of those involved with the enriching interchange between Chile and the United States are indeed fortunate to hold up Marty Welch and John Anderson as their guests of honor this year,” said Leo A. Holt, President of Holt Logistics Corp. “Their accomplishments and respective areas of excellence within their unique industries are widely celebrated. Their commitment to Chile and business excellence made their election choice an easy one.”

Visionary business leader John Anderson, President, Chairman and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group received the Chamber’s Lifetime Achievement Award. For almost forty years, John Anderson’s finely-honed business instincts have left an indelible mark on a global industry, while building ‘Oppy’ into one of Canada’s strongest and most successful produce-marketing enterprises. The Oppenheimer Group currently utilizes all four major facilities on the Delaware River: Holt Terminal in Gloucester City, New Jersey; Tioga Marine Terminal and Packer Avenue Marine Terminal in Philadelphia, and the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, importing an assortment of fruits and berries. In a typical year, the Oppenheimer Group brings 4.5 to 5 million cartons of Chilean produce through the Ports of the Delaware River.

“It is truly an honor to be personally recognized in this way, though much of the credit must be given to the strong working relationships built over many years between The Oppenheimer Group locally and the network of service providers that have long supported and grown with the Chilean industry along the Delaware River,” said John Anderson, Chairman and CEO of The Oppenheimer Group.

The Friend of Chile Award went to Aramark and was received by their dynamic Chief Operating Officer of Emerging Markets, Martin Welch, accepting the award on behalf of his entire team at the company. Welch is one of the leaders responsible for helping expand the global frontiers of Philadelphia’s international powerhouse. Aramark has operated in Chile for the past 13 years. With headquarters in Santiago, Chile and approximately 20,000 employees in the country, the company is the largest employer in Chile, serving the country’s mining, education, healthcare and business and industry sectors. Through its Chilean operations, Aramark also serves customers in Argentina, Colombia and Peru.

Welch’s 32 years with Aramark gives him an engaging ease and eloquence in discussing his team’s achievements, especially Aramark’s role in the life-saving rescue of the 33 Chilean miners, who were trapped over 700 yards underground for the 68 days it took to rescue them. Normally it was not thought anyone could survive that amount of time in a collapsed mine. “We were contacted,” Welch said, “and our legal department was concerned about liabilities and this is where the spirit of our people came shining through. We said we’re not going to worry about that. We’re going to bring our people together to get food and nutrition down there to those people and make them as comfortable as possible. That’s the spirit of Aramark. It’s always about what you can do for the community, here and worldwide.”

Aramark’s President for Latin American Operations Pablo Achurra was in town for the ceremonies and also represented the company at the White House, receiving appreciation and congratulations from the Obama administration for Aramark’s life-saving engineering success in feeding the Chilean miners.

“We were called in by Chile’s Association of Safety, Achurra said, “the mine was not our client.” The Association said, ‘can you figure out how to get food to those miners?’ We said, ‘Yes we can.’” Aramark then rigged up special tubes and designed a way to get hot meals to the men, keeping them alive and very well fed for 68 days. Except for the last days, when the miners had to fit into the recue tubes that would propel them to safety. Achurra says Aramark worked with NASA to calculate the calories needed to keep them safe but small enough to fit in the extremely tight rescue capsule for the almost half mile ride through rock to actual daylight.

“The Chilean rescue story is what our relationship with Chile is all about,” said CACC Executive Director, Ricardo Maldonado. “We succeed together; from our mutual economic growth, to the mine rescue, all the way back to helping Chile irrigate the desert that gives us some of the best grapes and produce in the world. One achievement after another show we can count on each other and together, the world can count on us to succeed.”

Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor-elect, Mike Stack summed it all up quite neatly:
“This is the number-one international chamber in the world. Our sister nation is the Republic of Chile and people don’t know what a world-class, warm, important relationship we have and how much economic activity takes place between our two nations along the Delaware River. We in this room know it. We need to talk about it more. This team has great success from the Delaware River to Santiago. Look at this awards lunch, it’s always packed, always sold-out and it’s a story we need to continue to tell and we’re gonna’ do it.”

17th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

Latin America 2015: Economic, Business and Trade Forecast

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015
8:00 – 10:30 am

Hyatt at the Bellevue
200 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

CACC Members (before December 31, 2014): $20.15
CACC Members (after January 1, 2015): $40.00
CACC Non-Members: $55.00

Click here to register for the event.

Join the members of the Greater Philadelphia international business community for a discussion on the challenges, business opportunities and economic environment in Latin America.

Panelists Confirmed:
Mauricio Banchieri – Trade Commissioner, ProChile Trade & Investment
Esteban Rodriguez Pizarro – Trade Commissioner, ProMexico Trade & Investment
Maykool Lopez– Trade Commissioner & Director, Export Promotion Agency of Costa Rica (ProComer – NY)
Gennadiy Goldberg – Vice President, US Strategist of Rates, FX and Commodities Research, TD Securities
Stephen J. Galati, Esq. – Mattioni, Ltd. Counselors at Law
Jose Leiman – Partner, International Tax Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers

Moderator:
Kirsten Hamrahi – Managing Director, AFINA Holdings, LLC
Albert Costilo – CEO, GlobalBusinessFluency

The breakfast program will address the global role of Latin America from three perspectives: the political and macroeconomic situation for multinationals in Latin America; the current and future financial landscape in the region; and new venture opportunities and emerging areas for businesses in Latin America.

Attendees will have the opportunity to gain first hand insight from representatives of Mexico, Chile, Costa Rica, and Brazil on the issues that the region faces, as well as knowledge of the economic trends that will shape the region’s future in the coming years.

Sponsor opportunities available! Contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3769 or Ricardo@greaterphilachamber.com for more details and to learn about sponsorship opportunities.

Click here to see the video from Latin America 2014.
Click here to see photos from Latin America 2014.

Title Sponsor:

TD Bank
Philadelphia Business Journal

Presented By:
The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
The US-Mexico Chamber of Commerce

An Affiliate of:
The Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

In Partnership with:
ProChile
Essential Costa Rica
ProComer
ProMexico
Brazil-Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Corporate Sponsors:
Afina Holdings
BDP International
GlobalBusinessFluency
Mattioni, Ltd.
PricewaterhouseCoopers