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

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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

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

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 [email protected] 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:
Essential Costa Rica
Brazil-Pennsylvania Chamber of Commerce

Corporate Sponsors:
Afina Holdings
BDP International
Mattioni, Ltd.

Meet the CEO: Richard J. Bolte, Jr., BDP International

Monday, October 27th, 2014


Thursday, November 13, 2014
6:00 pm Registration
6:30 – 8:00 pm Dinner & Program

The Westin Philadelphia

99 S. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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Join the members of the Greater Philadelphia international business community for a dinner featuring the Chairman and CEO of BDP International, Richard J. Bolte, Jr.

BDP is a privately owned global logistics and transportation services company. Headquartered in Philadelphia, BDP has earned a reputation for domain expertise in the chemical sector, and today serves 9 of the world’s 10 largest chemical producers, as well as hundreds of others through a global network of wholly owned offices, joint ventures and affiliates in more than 120 countries, including Chile. The company also has a growing footprint in the healthcare and medical devices, retail and consumer goods, project logistics and oil and gas sectors.

In addition to Chile, BDP has offices and affiliates in 29 other Latin American and Caribbean countries, providing freight forwarding; warehousing and distribution; air, ground and sea transport; customs brokerage and country-specific import documentation; assembly and packaging; logistics process analysis and administration; on-line information tools and systems applications; and global supply chain management.

To learn more about this program, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at [email protected] or 215-790-3769.

Presented By:
The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
The British American Business Council
The French American Chamber of Commerce
The German-American Chamber of Commerce

2014 Global PHL International Business Breakfast

Monday, September 15th, 2014

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

7:15am – 9:45am

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with the Philadelphia Business Journal for the 2014 Global PHL International Business Breakfast.

Global PHL will spotlight the Philadelphia region as an attractive destination for international business and highlight the benefits of doing business globally. The event includes a dual keynote followed by an esteemed panel of business leaders who will emphasize the importance of how we can capitalize on our opportunities to position Philadelphia as a leading global city.

To register, please visit http://tinyurl.com/2014pbjglobal
Discount code for members: 2014caccgp10 ($10.00 off of $65)

To learn more about the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce or this program, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at [email protected] or 215-790-3627.

Dual Keynote:

Mayor Michael Nutter, City of Philadelphia

Peter Kaldes, Executive Director and Head, Global Cities; Global Philanthropy; JPMorgan Chase & Co


Morgan McGrath, Head of International Banking, JPMorgan (Moderator)

Michael Araten, President & CEO, K’NEX Brands and The Rodon Group

Leo Holt, President, Holt Logistics Corp.

Stephen P. Mullin, President, Econsult Solutions, Inc.

Linda Mysliwy Conlin, President, World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia

Dr. Moshe Porat, Dean, Fox School of Business, Temple University

Presenting Sponsor:

In Partnership With:
The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
Select Greater Philadelphia
World Affairs Council of Philadelphia
World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia

Wine & Tech: Connecting the Information Technology Business Community

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Chilean Wine Tasting & a Network of Opportunities

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
5:00 – 7:00pm
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Click Here for Free Registration
There is no charge for members to attend; however, attendance is limited and reservations are required.

The information technology industry is constructing a new research and development hub for software and web development and design: Santiago, Chile. This leading Latin American city has attributes that have made emerging markets attractive to outsourcing companies, such as dependable, state-of-the-art infrastructure; quality services at competitive prices; and government incentives. While Chile’s small labor force may hinder its rise, the country also boasts an outsized pool of highly educated computer engineers, developers, and designers, and a time zone and culture similar to the U.S.

On the evening of Wednesday, October 22, join your IT colleagues from across the Greater Philadelphia region to not only experience the best of the wines of Chile, but 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

Sajid Mohamedy
Senior Director, Corporate Strategy & Business Development, Nisum Technologies

Mike Sadowski
CEO, CayugaSoft Technologies

Juan Claudio Lopez
Country Manager Chile, Reign Design

Marybeth Bentwood
Executive Director USA, Wines of Chile

To learn more about this program, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3769 or [email protected]

Presented by:
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

An Affiliate of:
Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce

In Partnership with:
Government of Chile
Wines of Chile

Sponsored by:
Ki Technology
NIsum Technologies
Reign Design

2014 Annual Fall Workshop

Monday, August 18th, 2014


Save the Date

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

8:00-9:00 a.m. Tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00-11:00 a.m. Program

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

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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 River Region.


Tom Mastromarco, Holt Logistics


Kim Campbell, Investigator, Food and Drug Administration – Philadelphia Investigations Branch

Joanne Coughlin, US Customs & Border Protection

Todd Edelschein, US Customs & Border Protection

John Ercolani, SVP, J&K Fresh

Edward Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Import Operations, OHL International

Bill Madara, Eastern Operations Branch Chief, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services – Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Susan Stranieri, Area Port Director, Philadelphia Customs & Border Protector
For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ricardo Maldonado at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].

To learn more about the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market please click here

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 [email protected]. Your participation helps make the awards ceremony a resounding success.

Full to Capacity Crowd Spotlights Philadelphia’s International Presence

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Philadelphia’s status as an international city on the move was completely in evidence at the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Summer Reception at the Hyatt Bellevue in downtown Philadelphia. For the fourth consecutive year, the Chamber’s sold-out mid-summer event brought together the region’s bi-lateral chambers of commerce and consular corps to discuss the area’s economic growth and plans for continued progress.

Click here to see the photos from the reception

The masters of ceremonies were Larry Antonucci, president of J & K Fresh East [a division of 721 Logistics] and Ship Philly First and James Wujcik, vice president of business banking for Santander Bank. Antonucci announced details of Ship Philly’s recent trip to Vera Cruz, Mexico, spearheading direct ocean service from Vera Cruz to the Port of Philadelphia. “We are enhancing that great economic engine – the Port of Philadelphia. With direct ocean service, we override the need for trucks and air travel costs, reducing the carbon foot print while creating more jobs in Philadelphia.” The successful delegation included Mexican Consul of Philadelphia, Carlos Giralt and the Chamber’s Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Industries. Their extremely warm reception gave the group great hope that the current $10 billion in bilateral trade between Mexico and Pennsylvania will be going up in the very near future. Jim Wujcik of Santander Bank said, “With fifteen thousand branches around the world including here in the Delaware Valley, we know the realities and benefits of global mobility.” Wujcik then introduced the evening’s featured speaker, Alan Greenberger, Philadelphia’s dynamic Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.

Greenberger regaled the crowd with his amiable and gently authoritative detailing of all the many ways Philadelphia has become a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade. He noted the Chilean Chamber attracted a wide range of supporting sponsors and attendees from the banking, maritime, business, legal, diplomatic, education and government sectors.

Greenberger said the communities attending the event are on the cutting edge of Philadelphia’s auspicious, multi-national initiatives. “If you want to be economically healthy in the 21st century – you have to be an international city and we have so many selling points here,” he said. “The Port of Philadelphia is on course for the fifth consecutive year of double digit cargo growth, world class research and educational institutions, the number of jobs in the city is the highest it’s been in eleven years and there is a flood of start-up businesses now operating here.” Greenberger has logged about 50, 000 miles of travel selling Philadelphia to the world. “We are so well received everywhere we go. This is why you go. You can’t sit at home and wait. You have to look people in the eye and say this is our story and here’s what we can do together.”

Also in attendance was the man responsible for expanding Philly’s powerhouse multi-national Aramark’s global frontiers. Martin Welch is Aramark’s chief operating officer for emerging markets.

Mr. Welch: does Philadelphia’s commercial future and strength rest in its international footprint? “Business today is global – all great cities must be able to attract global companies and talent,” said Welch. “Having an International footprint not only creates employment opportunities for citizens, it provides a diverse and vibrant commercial environment that spurs innovation and creativity that fuels further economic and commercial development.”

There was such a wide array of the Tri-State area’s business constellation at the Bellevue, what does this say about Philadelphia, Aramark and the Chilean Chamber? “The diverse and active participation and cooperation of multiple chambers uniquely positions the city and region to be an aggressive advocate supporting the development of business,” Welch said. “This collaborative approach creates an exciting dynamic that is very powerful in attracting business and jobs. The Chilean Chamber has done an outstanding job in bringing together likeminded partners to support the development of international business in the city. Aramark is in the customer service and people business globally where ever people learn, work, play and recover. Our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people through our offerings in food, facilities and uniform services in 22 countries around the world every day. The team at Aramark recognizes the critical role that an international portfolio provides to the overall success of the company and the importance of delivering excellence to markets outside the U.S.”

These great conversations fueled an evening of vital business information and new perspectives, made possible by the long reach and expanding influence of the Chilean & American Chamber and its business partners.

Chilean Investors Forum

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Chilean Investors Forum
August 7-8, 2014 | The Ritz Carlton – Santiago, Chile

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce is proud to support the Chilean Investors Forum, a specialized gathering of Chilean pension funds, family offices, private banks and wealth managers, along with international investors, fund managers and investment industry leaders, for a discussion of asset allocation to private equity, hedge funds, equities, ETFs, natural resources and real estate. Key discussions cover recent regulatory change and its impact on Pension investment strategy and performance, global as well as local fundraising across asset classes, and solutions for investors & asset managers alike.

For registration information, please contact Victor Tolentino.
[email protected]
+1 6464159161

Click here for the official event web page: http://latinmarkets.org/forums/chilean-investors-forum-2/overview