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Honoree Spotlight: 22nd Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Friday, September 13th, 2019

22nd Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception 11:30 am
Luncheon & Awards Celebration 12:00 Noon

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RECEIVING THE 22nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD:
Miriam Borja-Fisher, Senior Business Development Manager, Western Fumigation

Miriam Borja-Fisher is Senior Business Development Manager for Western Fumigation.  Since 2002, she has served as head of business planning and marketing for Western.  Ms. Borja-Fisher is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia port community, serving as Treasurer of the CACC since 2009.  She is also a past president of the World Trade Association (2015-2017).

Ms. Borja-Fisher has over thirty years of international business experience and holds an MBA, International Business & Marketing from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. In prior capacities as General Manager, Latam for UK-based Biotrace Inc (currently part of 3M), and Administrator for ANZ Grindlays Merchant Bank, NYC, she developed markets, both domestically and internationally throughout the Americas.  She began her career at American Express Travel Related Services where she developed benchmark standards for customer service and streamlined operations nationally.

Western Fumigation, founded in 1928, has been a key partner in the successful development of the Chilean fruit trade in the Delaware River Region since its inception in the 1970s. A trusted partner of the region’s terminal operators, third party logistics companies, importers and exporters, Western is focused on excellence in service and advocacy on behalf of their clients.

RECEIVING THE ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD:
Dennis Rochford, President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Dennis Rochford is President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a non-profit trade association serving port businesses throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. In addition to managing the association’s staff and overseeing the development of the port community’s automation network, Mr. Rochford represents the regional port community to government officials in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Trenton, New Jersey, and Dover, Delaware concerning a range of key issues critical to the success of the Delaware River regional port complex.
Mr. Rochford is a founding member and past president of the National Association of Maritime Organizations. He serves as board director for the American Institute for International Steel, Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society, Port of Wilmington Maritime Society, Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, PENJERDEL Council, and Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin. Mr. Rochford also serves on the board of directors for New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Association of Philadelphia, and World Trade Association Delaware. He further serves as a commission member on the Delaware Health Care Commission, as a University of Delaware College of Health Sciences Advisory Council member, and as board director for Delaware First Media.
Mr. Rochford’s expertise on issues of governmental and business importance resulted in weekly Monday evening appearances as a commentator on the former WHYY-TV 12’s news program, Delaware Tonight for a period of 11 years.

Please contact Christina Lista, CACC Executive Director, with any questions at [email protected]

22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Thursday, August 29th, 2019

RECEIVING THE 22nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Miriam Borja-Fisher, Senior Business Development Manager Western Fumigation

RECEIVING THE ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Dennis Rochford, President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Do not forget to join us at The Union League on Wednesday, November 6th to celebrate our two award winners and the strong, deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

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CACC Sky’s the Limit!

Monday, August 5th, 2019

Newcomers and veteran residents are invited to a “welcome to Philly” or “welcome back after summer” roof top tour of Philadelphia’s newest and most iconic spaces. Join us for networking and happy hour with the international business community. Brandywine Realty Trust will help us kick-off the evening with a tour and explanation of Schuylkill Yards – the extensive development plans for the west bank of the Schuylkill River. Visit Cira Green, Brandywine Corporate Headquarters, and end the night at Level 28, AKA University City’s spectacular lifestyle club, soaring 400 feet above street level. Enjoy lite bites, signature cocktails, beer on tap, and wine with business professionals from across the region in one of Philadelphia’s most burgeoning neighborhoods where executives, students, professors, and residents mix.

Sky’s the Limit!

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

FMC Tower
Cira Centre South
2929 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

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Recap: Summer 2019 International Business Networking Reception

Monday, August 5th, 2019

The Summer 2019 International Business Networking Reception kicked off at 6:00 pm at the National Museum of American Jewish History’s beautiful 5th floor space with outdoor terraces. Over 250 guests were in attendance to network with the best among Philly’s International Business Community.

Attendees sipped on Chilean wines and savored heavy hors d’oeurves from Sensational Host Catering, while taking gorgeous views of Independence Hall and historic sights of Philadelphia.

After an hour of networking, Robert Palaima, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) President and Chairman, took to the podium to formally welcome guests and to recognize the evening’s Corporate Sponsors:  PhilaPort and Santander Bank. He also recognized the Host Organization, the CACC, as well as the Presenting Partners: British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German American Chamber of Commerce; Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.; Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia; Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council; and Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Following the recognition of many special guests in attendance, Palaima introduced his Excellency, Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the USA and Canada H.E. Javlon Vakhabov, to greet attendees. Ambassador Vakhabov spoke warmly of Philadelphia, as it was his third time visiting the city. He also touched on a few key points regarding the US-Uzbekistan relationship, highlighting the progress the young country has made over the past 28 years since it became an independent nation.  Furthermore, he ended his remarks by inviting all in attendance to visit his country of Uzbekistan and to come visit the Embassy in Washington D.C.

Palaima retook the stage along with CACC Executive Director, Christina Lista, to raffle off exciting prizes—including tickets to upcoming BABC program “Sky’s the Limit!,” upcoming FACC program “The Changing Space of the American Workplace,” an Irish Chamber branded Running Shirt, a German swag bag filled with typical German food and beer, and a bottle of Chilean Chardonnay.

Major thanks are due to the reception’s Corporate Sponsors, Presenting Partners, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Sensational Host Caterer, Ambassador Vakhabov and his staff, as well as all 250+ attendees and the beautiful weather!

We look forward to seeing you next year at the 10th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception.

Click here to view photos from the reception on our Flickr page.

Save the Date: 22nd Annual Friend of Chile Awards

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

Mark your calendars: the 22nd Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, November 6th, at the Union League of Philadelphia.
Stay tuned for more details!

[email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams

Monday, July 29th, 2019

[email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

The IT companies behind Chile’s “Ch1l3 a digital country” brand joined forces with the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) to host [email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams on Tuesday, July 16th at the CACC.  The breakfast program featured remarks from Mike Giresi, CIO of Aramark, followed by two panels focused on the advantages of multicultural teams and nearshoring opportunities.

Benjamin Leavenworth, Consul of Chile, opened the event by explaining Chile’s historical trade relationship with the Greater Philadelphia region, highlighting Chile’s incredible infrastructure to support IT services. He also mentioned Chile connects with more than 70% of the world’s population via trade agreements, etc., which proves the country’s ability to work at the highest level of industry anywhere in the world. Leavenworth then introduced the visiting delegation, which included ten representatives from successful Chilean IT companies and described the brand’s mission and commitment to our region.  Following this, Leavenworth introduced Mike Giresi, CIO of Aramark, and keynote speaker.

Giresi took to the podium and thanked Benjamin and the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for the opportunity to speak. He began his remarks by mentioning his career spans multiple industries and that he started in the IT industry before IT existed. At Aramark, he helped to transition Aramark’s consumer experience to a more digital platform, noting that time is very important to the consumer experience. To initiate the digital transformation, Giresi said that driving cultural change is key and that cultural alignment is important. He stressed that driving this type of change is difficult, but having the right partners and people is vital for success. During the Q&A portion of his remarks, Giresi shared that the common thread between American business culture and international business culture is doing things in high quality. Giresi closed his remarks by advising the Chilean Delegation that building a great reputation among the right network and peers as well as being present is the best way to reach potential customers in the U.S. market.

Guests took a quick break to enjoy the refreshments offered and then took their seats to listen to Panel 1: Challenges and Opportunities of Multicultural Teams (Onsite and Nearshore). The first panel of the morning featured moderator Araceli Guenther from Victrix Global, Lauren Swartz, Senior Director of International Business from the City of Philadelphia’s Commerce Department, and Jorge Corral, Business Development Manager of Arkano Software and Ch1l3 a Digital Country. Guenther posed the first question to the panelists: what has driven US companies to expand and manage global teams? Swartz responded first saying that supply for tech talent is at a shortage, which is why companies look to countries like Chile who have talented people to add value to their companies. Corral, responding to the same question, mentioned that uniting a team from diverse backgrounds and cultures can be a huge benefit for companies. It allows for more than one way of thinking when it comes to solving a problem.

The next topic the group touched on was the difficulties that can come with having a multicultural team and ways to combat them. One challenge that Corral mentioned was the differences in culture. Employees must always be mindful of their colleagues because what may be acceptable in one culture may not be in the other. Another issue stated by both panelists was the process of aligning the multicultural team towards a common goal. They stated the best way to make sure the team aligns properly is to set a goal at the outset of the project, make sure everyone is committed to said goal, and keep reminding everyone of the goal throughout the duration of the project.

After roughly 40 minutes of discussion, attendees were given a short break before the start of the second panel, which featured Guenther as a moderator along with Martín Lewit, General Manager of Nisum Latin America and Jason Garber, COO of PromptWorks. The main topic of the second panel was the benefits and opportunities of nearshore development. The duo was asked about the value added in working with nearshore partners, with Garber the first to respond. Having already worked with a nearshore partner, shared his experience and how he partnered with an Argentinian company and outsourced work to them during periods of high demand. This, he said, was the most effective way of utilizing a nearshore partner for his company. Lewit then responded to the question to give the Chilean perspective and mentioned how companies used to only turn to nearshore partners when it was cost effective. Now, U.S. companies look for partners in Chilean companies because they have noticed that Chile is a hotbed for tech talent.

The CACC would like to thank Mike Giresi, Ch1l3 a Digital Country, the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, the moderator and panelists, and all attendees for making the event a success.

Ch1l3 Delegation Members:

To view more photos from the program, please visit our Flickr page.

O’Higgins Wine Delegation – June 11, 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

[email protected]: Leveraging Global Development Teams

Monday, June 17th, 2019

The Chilean technology companies ofCh1l3 a Digital Country invite you to a breakfast forum to discuss Leveraging Global Development Teams. Join us on July 16th for an informative forum with keynote speaker, panel discussions and networking with the leaders of Chile’s technology sector.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Michael Giresi, Chief Information Officer, Aramark

Michael Giresi, Chief Information Officer of Aramark, joined the company in September 2017 and boasts a substantial amount of experience from his roles as CIO at Royal Caribbean, Tory Burch, Direct Brands, and Godiva Chocolate. Additionally, Mr. Giresi is highly-involved outside of the office. His recent speaking arrangements include the National Retail Foundation, Google At Work, and the CIO Executive Forum. He also spends time preparing the next generation of high-level IT professionals as a mentor for the Columbia University IT MBA Program.

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PANEL
Moderator
Araceli Guenther, Executive Principal, Victrix Global

Panelists (To Date)
Martin Lewit, General Manager, Nisum Latin America
Patrick Millar, Head of Technology, The Institutes RiskStream Collaborative
Lauren Swartz, Senior Director of International Business, Department of Commerce – City of Philadelphia

Tuesday, July 16th, 2019
8:00 AM- 12:00 PM

Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Empowerment Room 
200 South Broad Street, Suite 700
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Seating is limited and guests must register in advance. Questions can be directed to Christina Lista at [email protected]

 

Summer 2019 International Business Networking Reception

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

For the ninth 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 24th, join hundreds of your business peers to network together and reaffirm Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

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Summer 2019 International Business Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
6:00- 8:00 PM

National Museum of American Jewish History
101 South Independence Mall East
Philadelphia, PA 19106

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14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting and Dinner
May 7, 2019
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, DE

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) hosted the 14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile Wine Tasting and Dinner in Wilmington, Delaware in the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel du Pont. As guests arrived, they were greeted by the sound of live music and a tasting of Chilean wines. They networked and savored the selection of wine before entering the ballroom for the speaking program, award presentation, and dinner.

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The President of the CACC Board, Robert Palaima, approached the podium as guests were settling into their seats. He first congratulated Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, the recipient of the 2019 Visionary Award for their dedication to the trade partnership between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.

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Palaima went on to welcome some of the evening’s special guests, including Matías Pinto Pimentel of ProChile, Gene Bailey of the Diamond State Port Corporation, Eric Casey of GT USA Wilmington, Richard Geisenberger of the State of Delaware, and Karla Martin of the Honorary Consulate of Chile. He also thanked the event’s sponsors, including Salmón de Chile who provided BluGlacier Chilean salmon for the main course.

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Palaima then introduced James Griffin of the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council to elaborate more on the Chilean salmon industry. Griffin mentioned that the product itself has fantastic health benefits among other things, but mainly focused on Chilean salmon in the United States. He stated that salmon is the best-selling fish in the country, and Chile provides a large portion of the product with a market share greater than 50%. Griffin also spoke of the importance of the Port of Wilmington due to the amount of Chilean salmon that comes through the port.

Following this, dinner was served and the guests were able to enjoy the BluGlacier salmon that Griffin had just finished speaking about.

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After dinner, Palaima retook the stage to introduce Richard Geisenberger, Vice Chairman of Visionary Sponsor Diamond State Port Corporation and Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware. Geisenberger first offered his congratulations to Ecolab Specialty Pest Services for their award. He pointed out the fact that Ecolab’s corporate offices are located in Delaware, so he was personally thankful for the impact that the company has had on the State. Geisenberger continued, mentioning the over 40-year partnership between Delaware and the country of Chile and how vital it has been for both parties.

Eric Casey, CEO of Visionary Sponsor GT USA Wilmington, was the next to take the stage to present the big honor of the night to Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, the 2019 Visionary Award. Casey started his remarks by giving a brief history on the Visionary Award and the significance it holds. He then spoke of his personal experience working with Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, previously Royal Pest Solutions (RPS). Casey said that it is a company that represents the cultural alignment between our region and the country of Chile. It is a company that he has always enjoyed working with, and was humbled to be able to present them with the award. Casey welcomed Kris Kielsa, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, to the stage to accept the award.

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Kielsa explained how grateful he was for the recognition and to be able to accept the award on the company’s behalf. Kielsa, having been an Ecolab employee prior to the acquisition of RPS, mentioned there was something that stuck out to him about RPS and why he was excited about the deal. He stated that RPS had the same value of, “Taking care of the customer first,” that Ecolab has. He realized that this commitment to the customer was obvious in John Achzet, Regional Manager of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, because when attendees who had not heard of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services asked Kielsa about the company, he simply told them, “I came with John Achzet.” In light of this fact and all the work Achzet had put in with RPS prior to the acquisition, Kielsa invited Achzet to the stage to “properly” accept the award. Achzet was very gracious in his acceptance speech, mentioning what he called “Team Wilmington,” all of the people who have contributed to the success of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services over the years, including employees from other companies, such as Diamond State Port Corporation, GT USA Wilmington, and Holt Logistics.

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The CACC would like to thank the night’s sponsors, presenting partners, special guests, and all the attendees who made the night special. Also, we would like to give a special thank you to ProChile D.C. for assisting with the donation of the Chilean salmon.

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