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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.

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.

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.

The CACC’s 19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, October 28th, 2016
The Union League of Philadelphia

Friday, October 28th, marked a very special day for the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.  Philadelphia was chosen as the final stop for Chile Week USA, an important delegation of political and business leaders from Chile’s public and private sectors who spent five days in Philadelphia, Miami, and New York City during the last week of October.

Members, friends, honorees, and the special Chilean Delegation gathered in the Lincoln Memorial Room of the historic Union League of Philadelphia to kick off the 19th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon with a refreshing Chilean wine reception. Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley and Sauvignon Blanc from the Leyda Valley were generously provided by Santa Carolina Winery and Wines of Chile USA. Vina Santa Carolina, originally founded in 1875, is currently Chile’s third largest wine brand and winner of Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 New World Winery of the Year.

Guests continued to enjoy the wine selections as Robert Palaima, President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, welcomed guests into Lincoln Hall to officially begin the luncheon and awards ceremony.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce was fortunate to host special guests from Chile, including His Excellency, Juan Gabriel Valdes, Ambassador of Chile to the United States and Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association. Both leaders gave remarks that  emphasized the importance of the relationship between the Greater Philadelphia Region and the United States.  Ambassador Valdes, who has partnered with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for a multitude of events in 2016, described the acute location of our region’s ports, highlighting that the 11-county area is one day’s drive from 70 percent of the U.S. population.  This, coupled with the fact that Philadelphia is one of the most cost-effective urban areas in the country, makes the Delaware River ports the most efficient partner for Chile’s exports.

Following Ambassador Valdes, Miriam Borja-Fisher and Kurt Reichert of Western Fumigation took the stage to formally present their longtime colleague, Barbara Hunter of BHA Consults, LLC, with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hunter, who received the Friend of Chile Award 16 years ago, has long been an advocate for the Chilean fruit business in the Delaware River Port Community.  Some of her accomplishments include the creation of The Food Safety and Security Program for port terminals, serving as Director and member of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay’s Executive Committee, and her current role in serving as an active member of both the CBP-AG Working Group and the USDA Treatment Fee Task Force. Hunter attributed her dedication to her profession to the dynamic Chilean business culture, remarking that “working with Chile is never boring.”

After guests enjoyed the Chilean-inspired meal, Robert Palaima introduced Ronald Bown to the stage to give special greetings to the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and attendees on behalf of the delegation and his organization, ASOEX. Bown took this time to recognize six key individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on the Chilean trade relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia Region.  These influential award recipients included: Gene Bailey, Executive Director of the Port of Wilmington; Leo Holt, President of Holt Logistics Corp.; David Holzworth, Senior Counsel of Holzworth & Kato, PC; Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile; Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. and President & Chairman of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce; and Jeff Theobald, Chief Executive Office, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

Immediately after Bowns’ award presentation, Palaima returned to the podium to introduce Leo Holt, President of Holt Logistics Corp. and Visionary Sponsor of the luncheon, to formally present the 19th Annual Friend of Chile Award to Senator Stephen Sweeney.  Holt reminisced of days when Senator Sweeney, current Vice President of the International Association of Iron Workers, and his father worked through extreme conditions to build the infrastructure of Gloucester Marine Terminal, which has served as a point of entry for many hundreds of millions of boxes of fresh Chilean fruit and other products over many decades.  Senator Sweeney, the Senate President of New Jersey and representative of the state’s Third Legislative District since 2002, accepted the award with great thanks to the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce. He devoted his hard work in Gloucester to creating jobs and supporting the port industry—two things he has always been an advocate for.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s 19th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon would not have been possible without the support of many generous sponsors including ASOEX and ProChile, the Presenting Partners of the luncheon; Holt Logistics Corp., the Visionary Sponsor of the event; Presenting Sponsors Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, The Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Tastyfrutti International, Inc., and Western Fumigation; Wines of Chile and Santa Carolina, the wine sponsors for all of the Chilean & American Chamber’s Chile Week events; and Corporate Table Sponsors Dayka & Hackett LLC, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., GEODIS USA, Inc., Giumarra International Marketing, J&K Fresh East, div. of 721 Logistics, Manfredi Cold Storage & Distribution, Mattioni, Ltd., Murphy Marine Services, Inc., Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association, RPS / Royal Fumigation, Sbrocco International Inc., and William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

Special thanks to the Chilean Delegation for including Philadelphia in the Chile Week USA agenda, and thank you to all members and friends who participated in any of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s Chile Week events.

The CACC’s collaboration with Chile Week USA was proudly featured in Metro Philly, The Packer, and Philadelphia Business Journal.

 

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Chile Week Events

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile

Click here for complimentary registration for CACC Members
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
5:30 PM – 7:30 PM Networking and Refreshments

Mars Drinks Conference Center at the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 S. Broad Street
Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The tech savvy city of Santiago, Chile is well on the way to becoming the Silicon Valley of Latin America. Additionally, the capital is considered the best city for doing business in South America. Through consistent dedication to the development of the information technology industry, Chile is able to produce quality services at competitive prices. The competitive value of working in a city with emerging markets and outstanding talent, such as Santiago, is crucial to stay fresh and on the cutting edge of the IT industry.

On the evening of Wednesday, October 26th, join us to meet and network with those who have contributed to Chile’s groundbreaking leadership of information technology in Latin America.

Special Guests:

Martin Lewit
CEO, Ki Teknology
www.kiteknology.com

Ubaldo Taladriz
CEO, EXE
www.exe.cl

Cristian Ferrer
CEO, Tecnova Global Solutions
www.tecnova.cl

19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Click here to register
Friday, October 28, 2016
11:30 AM – Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
12:00 PM – Luncheon & Awards Celebration

The Union League of Philadelphia
Lincoln Hall

140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please join us to honor our award recipients and to take part in ASOEX, DIRECON, and ProChile’s “Chile Week”at our 19th annual awards luncheon as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial, trade, cultural and diplomatic relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

Receiving the 19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award
Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, Senate President of New Jersey

Receiving the 2016 “Lifetime Achievement Award
Barbara Hunter, BHA Consults, LLC

To read full biographies of our honorees, please visit our website: www.caccgp.com.

Special Guests
Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX)
His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to the United States

The Chilean Economic Export Miracle

Click here to register through Drexel University
Friday, October 28, 2016
3:00-5:00 p.m.

Gerri C. LeBow Hall
3220 Market Street
Rm. 406
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Join LeBow College and the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for an in-depth conversation with Chilean trade experts Carlos Furche, Minister of Agriculture, Chile and Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board, Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX).

3:00 p.m.:
Carlos Furche, Minister of Agriculture, Chile: “Chile becoming a Global Food Power”

Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board, Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX): “Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story”

4:30 p.m. Networking and refreshments

It’s That Time of Year Again!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Here at the CACC we are busy editing and perfecting this year’s Membership Directory and Business Guide. Our unique directory allows us to better serve, you, our members by providing a comprehensive collection of information and data relevant to the Chilean-Philadelphia professional relationship.

We hope you all are as excited as we are about this year’s directory!

 

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Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

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For the sixth consecutive year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international chambers have joined forces to host an international business networking reception to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

On the evening of July 14th, join hundreds of your business peers to network together and reaffirm Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

Keynote Speaker
Harold T. Epps, Director of Commerce, City of Philadelphia

A portion of revenue will be donated to a local arts organization.

Click here for sponsorship information

Thursday, July 14, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
128 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Click here to register

Presented by:
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia
 
Presenting Partners:
Asian American Chamber of Commerce 
British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia
French-American Chamber of Commerce
German American Chamber of Commerce
Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.
Italy-America Business Council and Network
Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council
Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce
Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce

Corporate Sponsors:
RPS / Royal Fumigation
Saint Joseph’s University – Erivan K. Haub School of Business
 
For sponsorship opportunities, or to learn more about this program, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or clista@gpcc.com.

 

11th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile”

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

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April 27, 2016

5:00 pm Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:00 pm Dinner & Award Ceremony

Hotel du Pont

11th & Market Streets

Wilmington, DE 19899

Receiving the 2016 Visionary Award:
United States Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Plant Protection and Quarantine
(USDA-APHIS-PPQ)

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for its 11th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile,” an evening of authentic Chilean food and wine, rich conversation and celebration of the fruitful commercial and trade partnership between the Delaware Valley and the Republic of Chile.

Don’t miss 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 and to salute the USDA-APHIS-PPQ for their outstanding achievements.

Individual Tickets

CACC Member Ticket – $150.00

CACC Non-Member Ticket – $200.00

Online Registration

 

 

17th Annual Friend of Chile Award Luncheon

Monday, August 18th, 2014

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Save the Date

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

11:30 a.m. Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
12:00 noon Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at the Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

For the seventeenth consecutive year, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce will recognize outstanding members of the regional business community with a strong commitment to expanding the commercial and trade relationships between the Republic of Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region. Join Chamber members and other business leaders in honoring our award recipients who have contributed to this thriving relationship. If last year’s sold-out crowd is any indication – hundreds of CACCGP members and guests will fill the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt at the Bellevue in downtown Philadelphia in celebration of the Chamber honorees’ hard work and dedication.

To learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3769 or ricardo@greaterphilachamber.com. Your participation helps make the awards ceremony a resounding success.

The Challenges and Opportunities of Global Mobility

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

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

8:00 – 8:45 a.m. Registration, Breakfast & Networking
9:00 – 10:30 a.m. Program & Panel Discussion

Member Tickets – $45
Non Member Tickets – $75
Three Member Tickets ($35 each) – $105
Five Member Tickets ($30 each) – $150

Click here to Register

Global mobility has become a critical component of success for multinational companies relocating employees around the world. These moves can bring about a variety of unique challenges, including healthcare, visa/immigration, banking, cultural interface, employee benefit plans, taxes, local and overseas compliance obligations, and other regulatory requirements.

A panel of specialists will provide an insight to the many aspects of managing international cross-border issues.

Panelists Confirmed:

Karen Andersen
Senior Manager, Tax Group
ParenteBeard

Valentine Brown, Esq.
Partner, Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group
Duane Morris, LLP

Katharina Gerald, GMS
Director, Mobility Support Service
Global Arena

Allen C. Koski
Vice President, Eastern Region
CIGNA Global Health Benefits


MODERATOR:

Paul Jensen, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs
LeBow College of Business
Drexel University

The event will cover key expatriate management topics including:
• Global immigration compliance trends
• Global tax update
• Latest developments in global mobility technology
• Talent management and international mobility
• Global immigration policies

To learn more about this program and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3769 or Ricardo@greaterphilachamber.com.