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13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for its 13th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile. Enjoy an evening of authentic Chilean food, wine, rich conversation and celebration of the strong commercial and trade partnership between the Delaware Valley and the Republic of Chile.

Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this unique event and show your support for the work the Chamber does to continually strengthen the commercial and business ties between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile.

Thursday April 26, 2018
5:00 PM – Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:00 PM – Dinner & Award Ceremony

Hotel du Pont
11th & Market Streets
Wilmington, DE 19899

Click Here for Sponsorship Registration

For additional sponsorship information, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@chamberphl.com.

Cheers to 30 Years

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Cheers to 30 Years will be held at the grandiose Water Works, a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views of Boat House Row and the Center City skyline from its waterfront location at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The cocktail reception will include a 2 hour top-shelf open bar highlighted by Chilean wine and an abundance of passed hors d’oeuvres, a chilled seafood station, an antipasto station, and more.

Wednesday March 7, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
640 Water Works Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sponsorship levels for this reception include:

Gold – $2,500
Includes 7 tickets (total) to the reception, premium signage throughout venue (logo and banners), toasting opportunity, and exclusive photo opportunities

Silver – $1,500
Includes 5 tickets (total) to the reception, signage throughout venue (banner), and exclusive photo opportunities

Bronze – $750
Includes 3 tickets (total) to the reception, signage (logo recognition), and exclusive photo opportunities

The CACC is tremendously appreciative of all levels of support given for this special cocktail reception.

This is an invitation-only event.

Sponsorships are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.

RSVP to CACC@Chamberphl.com to register.

For more information, contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@chamberphl.com.

CACC Global Connect

Wednesday, January 3rd, 2018

 

Please join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and Greater Philadelphia’s International Chambers at a tristate area event to connect with entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and global business leaders. Join internationally minded executives with operations in Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania for a dynamic evening of networking, refreshments, and professional growth.

Start-ups are welcome and encouraged to bring corporate promotional materials to display and showcase business objectives.

Bring plenty of business cards and let’s connect!

Thursday, January 25, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

1313 Innovation Center
1313 North Market Street
Suite 110A
Wilmington, DE 19801

CACC Member Ticket: $35.00
CACC Non-Member Ticket: $45.00

Click here to register

2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop
Friday, December 1, 2017
The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market

Colleagues, port representatives, and government officials joined together at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) to participate in an annual interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware River Region.

The workshop featured a panel of experts moderated by Tom Mastromarco of Holt Logistics Corp. and welcomed with remarks courtesy of Sean Mahoney of PhilaPort and Honorary Consulate of Chile, Benjamin Leavenworth.  This year’s panelists included: Felipe Gajardo, Agricultural Trade Specialist, Agricultural Office – Embassy of Chile; Stephen Brady, Chief Agricultural Specialist for the Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; William Spence, Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine; Marc Krasner,  Acting Asst. Officer in Charge, Philadelphia USDA – Agricultural Marketing Service Office; Russel Vandermark, FDA Investigator, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; John Ercolani, Senior Vice President, J&K Fresh East; George Sibley; Christopher Ryan, Key Account Manager, Perishables, GEODIS USA, Inc.; Kurt Reichert, Fumigation Director, Western Fumigation; and Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay.

Thank you to PWPM for hosting the CACC, Panelists for their participation, and all attendees.  Special thanks to the supportive CACC members who sponsored the 2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Fall Workshop:  GEODIS USA, Inc., Holt Logistics Corp., J&K Fresh East, The Port of Wilmington Delaware, and Western Fumigation.

The 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 17th, 2017
The Union League of Philadelphia

On November 17th 2017, The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce hosted members, friends, and special guests for the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.   Attendees gathered at the historic Union League of Philadelphia to honor the year’s awards recipients and celebrate the strong trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

The Luncheon began with a Chilean wine tasting courtesy of wine sponsor Dependable Distribution Services before guests were invited into Lincoln Hall to begin the awards celebration.  As guests were seated, Robert Palaima, President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, and also recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, took the stage to welcome guests and officially begin the ceremony.

After an invocation courtesy of Reverend William Rex, Leo Holt of Holt Logistics was introduced as the Luncheon’s first speaker.  Holt began by congratulating Robert Palaima on being the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, noting that the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia is “the most recognized and envied” Chilean Chamber in the nation, and credited Palaima for his large contribution to achieve this status.  Holt then went on to speak about the origins of trade between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile.  Holt emphasized the importance of relationships between business partners abroad and stressed how vital this is to a successful trade partnership.

Before exiting the stage, Holt introduced a special guest whom he greatly admires, His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chilean Ambassador to the United States.  After thanking Leo Holt and Reverend Rex, Ambassador Valdés conveyed his delight to be a part of the day’s Luncheon.  Ambassador Valdés, who had met with the CACCGP along with other Chilean Chambers across the U.S. a month earlier, spoke about the Chambers’ cooperation with each other and the bright future Chile and the United States have together.  His Excellency then addressed the upcoming elections in Chile, stating that Chile’s relationship with the United States is crucial for the country and will continue to be a strong partnership under Chile’s new government.

Jeff Theobald of PhilaPort was the next speaker to take the stage.  Theobald praised Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to the Philadelphia Ports and Chilean Trade before introducing Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, who would accept the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf.

Secretary Richards thanked those in attendance and expressed how honored Governor Wolf was to receive the “Friend of Chile” award.  Having allocated $300 million in investments in the region’s ports, Richards explained Governor Wolf’s commitment to his vision of sustainability and improvement for the transportation networks within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  She praised the investment for its ability to make for a more attractive environment for shippers and economic prosperity.  Richards noted her excitement to continue working with the Philadelphia Ports before exiting the stage for lunch to be served.

After attendees enjoyed a Chilean inspired meal, Honorary Consul of Chile Benjamin Leavenworth continued the ceremony to introduce Robert Palaima and present him with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Leavenworth stated that the day’s banquet was living proof that fair trade is made possible through the friendship and trust of the Chamber’s members and partners.  After giving a brief biographical background of the award’s honoree, Leavenworth praised Palaima for his commitment to the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, stating that the award demonstrates Palaima’s genuine care for Chile and its people.  Leavenworth thanked Palaima for his contributions to the chamber, which have allowed it to grow and placed the Chamber in a much better position to compete internationally.  After noting some of the CACCGP’s recent activities and accolades, Leavenworth invited Palaima to the stage to accept the award with a standing ovation from all in attendance.

After thanking Leavenworth for his kind words, Palaima expressed his gratitude for having received the award and serving as President and Chairman for the Chamber. Palaima then went on to say that the future is bright for Chile and Philadelphia with Executive Director, Christina Lista and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.  Palaima went on to express his hopefulness for a reengaged trade deal between Chile and the United States, and asked those in attendance to reach out to legislative officials to ask for a new, revised trade agreement.  After thanking his wife, and the men and women at Delaware River Stevedores, Palaima left the stage as attendees rose to their feet to congratulate the honoree and conclude the day’s ceremony.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon would not have been possible without the support of many generous sponsors including Presenting Partner ProChile; Visionary Sponsors: Brandywine Realty Trust, Holt Logistics Corp., Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association; Presenting Sponsors: Port of Wilmington Delaware, Philaport; Corporate Table Sponsors: Aramark, Dayka & Hackett, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Dole Fresh Fruit, FreshPAC LLC, Geodis USA, Inc., J&K Fresh East, Loeper & Associates, Manfredi Cold Storage, Mattioni, Ltd., Morgan Stanley, RPS/Royal Fumigation, Sbrocco International, Inc., South Jersey Port Corporation, Tastyfruitti International, Inc., The Pilot’s Association for the Bay and River Delaware, Western Fumigation, and the World Trade Association; Associate Sponsors: Intercontinental Services, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay; and Wine Sponsor: Dependable Distribution Services.

Special thanks to the Union League of Philadelphia for its hospitality in hosting the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

For more photos from the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon, please visit our Flickr page.

2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Monday, November 6th, 2017

Friday, December 01, 2017
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Tour of Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Program & Panel Discussion

Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
6700 Essington Ave. J-232
Philadelphia, PA 19153

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

Click here to register.

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

Moderator:

Tom Mastromarco
Holt Logistics

Panelists (To Date):

Stephen Brady
Chief Agricultural Specialist – Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

John Ercolani
Senior Vice President, J&K Fresh East

Ed Fitzgerald
Senior Director of Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Inc.

Felipe Gajardo
Agricultural Trade Specialist, Agricultural Office – Embassy of Chile

Erin Grether-Lootens
Manager, Food Safety Policy & Programs, United Fresh Produce Association

Lisa Himber
Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Marc Krasner
Acting Asst. Officer in Charge, Philadelphia USDA – Agricultural Marketing Service Office

Kurt Reichert
Fumigation Director, Western Fumigation

William Spence
Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

Russell Vandermark
FDA Investigator, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@chamberphl.com.

To learn more about the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market, click here.

Chile: A Digital Country

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Chile: A Digital Country
Presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
Presented in Partnership with Select Greater Philadelphia, KPMG, Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ProChile, and Chiletec
October 23rd, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
KPMG LLP

On Monday, October 23rd the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia hosted a group of Chilean IT innovators for the unveiling of Chile’s newest technology brand, Ch1l3: A Digital Country. The new sector brand is the creation of multiple Chilean IT companies, in partnership with ProChile, and is represented by four different founding partners: Agence, Linets, Tecnova Global Solutions, and Ki Technology, as well as Chiletec, the chamber of tech companies in Chile. The reception was one stop of a three part tour of the US made by the innovators during an international campaign to promote their new services platform.  Attendees gathered to witness the official unveiling of Ch1l3 and network while enjoying hors d’oeuvres as well as a variety of different Chilean wines and pisco.

Honorary Consul of Chile for Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth, began the evening by stressing the important relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.  Leavenworth noted that Chile is a strong, innovative country that has produced a number of mature tech brands including those in attendance. Following Leavenworth’s introduction, Philadelphia Managing Partner of KPMG LLC, Frank Mattei took center stage.  Mattei elaborated on the importance of global networking and wished all in attendance a successful evening.

Rodrigo Contreras, Head Economic Department & Trade Commissioner of ProChile D.C., was the night’s third speaker.  Before introducing the brand’s founding partners, Contreras expressed his satisfaction with Chile’s ability to export more than just raw materials as part of the fourth industrial revolution.

As Martin Lewit of Nisum Latin America made his way toward the microphone, it was time for the official unveiling of Ch1l3: A Digital Country.  A short video was shown which described the brand’s function and expressed its importance and relevance to companies in the U.S., explaining that the two countries shared very similar technological cultures.  Following the unveiling, additional members from the brand’s founding partners, including Agence, Linets, Tecnova, and Chiletec introduced themselves and the organizations they represent.

Shortly after, guest speaker Patrick Millar of Love Park Robotics LLC was introduced. Millar expressed his fondness for Chile both as a tourist destination and as a source of qualified and experienced tech innovators. He then began speaking to the growing success of E-commerce and Robotics in the Philadelphia area, also citing the influence of the fourth industrial revolution.

Before Benjamin Leavenworth retook the stage to close the evening, Sylvie Gallier-Howard welcomed the delegation on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.  Gallier-Howard thanked those in attendance and spoke about the growing tech scene in Philadelphia, noting that the new tech brand would prove to be a valuable partner to our city. Benjamin Leavenworth then announced the winners of the night’s wine and pisco raffle.  Leavenworth proceeded to thank those in attendance and encourage anyone to reach out with any inquiries before closing the evening’s presentations.

Thank you to KPMG for graciously hosting us in their space and to Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us on this event. Also, gracias to ProChile for kindly providing the Chilean Pisco.

For more photos of the unveiling of Chile: A Digital Country, please visit our Flickr page.

To read more from AL DÍA News, click here.

20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon: Honoree Spotlight

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 17, 2017
The Union League of Philadelphia | 140 South Broad Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon & Awards Celebration 12:00 Noon

Receiving the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award: The Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf grew up in south central Pennsylvania in a small town in York County, where he continues to live today.

Tom studied Government while Dartmouth College.  Before graduation, Tom decided to join the Peace Corps where he would serve two years in a small village in India.  After his service, Tom returned to Dartmouth College to finish his undergraduate degree, and would later go on to earn graduate degrees from both the University of London and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Tom was sworn in as Pennsylvania’s 47th governor on January 20, 2015, and has since devoted himself to working tirelessly to help the people of the state of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his work with the middle class, education, and healthcare, Tom’s economic development team has made major accomplishments in regards to Pennsylvania business relocation and expansion projects.

Last November, Governor Wolf announced plans to invest $300 million in the Port of Philadelphia as part of a comprehensive Capital Investment Program. This investment works to improve the port’s facilities, and therefore invest in our region’s trade partnership with Chile. Tom’s belief in the Port of Philadelphia has allowed the port to double its container capacity and increased its capability to work more efficiently with more opportunities for growth in the future, all while creating thousands of jobs in the process.

The investment is one of the largest among east coast ports and raises Philadelphia’s prominence in the shipping world. Chile is the Port of Philadelphia’s 5th top trade partner; from January to August in 2016 trade with Chile rose 3.05 percent to over $850 million. With the new improvements and expansion to the Port of Philadelphia, the region’s trade with Chile and the economic benefits associated with commerce will only continue to rise.

Receiving the 2017 “Lifetime Achievement” Award: Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc.

As President of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Robert W. Palaima has forged his company into a vital force along both sides of the Delaware River.  Deeply committed to the success of the Ports of Camden, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, Robert has played a significant role in negotiating labor agreements to dramatically increase port competitiveness.

A native of Chicago, Robert attended Colgate University as a War Memorial Scholar, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Since 1988 he has worked for Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. (DRS), becoming President in 1990.  He was responsible for leading his company into dramatic reorganization in 1992, transforming it into a major stevedore of bulk, breakbulk, perishable and containerized cargoes.

In 1993, Robert was recognized by the Philadelphia Business Journal as a recipient of the inaugural Forty Under Forty award.  In 1997, he received the Scout Mariner Award from the Cradle of Liberty Council, Boys Scouts of America; in 1998, he was honored as Man of the Year by the Port of Philadelphia Maritime Society.  In 2000 he was honored by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey for his work in the Port of Camden and in 2007 he was the recipient of the Friend of Chile Award from the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, where he presently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.  The Traffic Club of Philadelphia named him Person of the Year in 2013 and most recently, he received The Legion of Honor Humanitarian Award from The Chapel of Four Chaplains.

Long active in civic and maritime affairs, Robert serves on the Board of Governors of the Philadelphia Maritime Society and the Board of Managers of the Seamen’s Church Institute.  He also chairs the Executive Committee of the Philadelphia Marine Trade Association, served on Liberty Mutual’s PA Advisory Board as well as on the Board of Governors of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, and has helped raise scholarship funds for the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.

Among his accomplishments, Robert has been a key player in retaining important commodities for the Port including cocoa beans, Chilean fruit, steel, plywood, wood pulp, automobiles, and project cargoes.

For more information or to register for this event, click here.

20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, October 9th, 2017

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

Please join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce to honor our award recipients as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Friday, November 17th, 2017
11:30 AM – Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
12:00 PM – Luncheon & Awards Celebration

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Receiving the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award
The Honorable Tom Wolf, Governor of Pennsylvania

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards will accept the honor on behalf of the Governor.

Receiving the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award
Robert Palaima, President, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc.

Click here for registration

For more information, contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@chamberphl.com.

Chile: A Digital Country

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Chile’s New National Technology Brand – Philadelphia Launch Event

Did you know Chile has the most internet users* in all of Latin America? Named the “most innovative country for early-stage entrepreneurs,” Chile also takes the top spot in all of Latin America for best business environment, overall competitiveness, and most economic freedom.

Join us on the evening of October 23rd for the official unveiling of Chile’s new technology brand and meet the innovators behind the rapidly-developing technology hub of Latin America dubbed “Chilecon Valley.”

Register Here

Monday, October 23rd, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
KPMG
1601 Market Street, 36th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Special guests include:

Martin Lewit
General Manager, Nisum Latin America

Carlos F. G. Arruda
CEO, Agence

Juan Pablo Reyes
CEO, Linets

Cristian Ferrer
CEO, Tecnova Global Solutions

Roberto Mérida
International Manager, Chiletec

Keynote Speaker: Patrick Millar, COO, Love Park Robotics, LLC

*as a percentage of its total population

 

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