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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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Américo “Mi Deseo Tour”

Monday, May 6th, 2019

Américo is coming to Philadelphia!

The famous Chilean artist will be stopping in the “City of Brotherly Love” on Sunday, June 2 to perform at the Theater of Living Arts during his tour of the United States.

The “King of Cumbia,” as he is known, will be going on his most extensive tour of the United States to date. The audience will be able to enjoy this great latino party with all of Américo’s hits; a repertoire of cumbia, bachata-fusion, and salsa among others. ¡No se lo pierdan! Don’t miss it!

You can secure your tickets to Américo’s Philadelphia show here.

 

Need for Speed- Around the World in 90 Minutes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for an evening of speed networking with global professionals at Philadelphia’s premier whiskey and go go bar – the Trestle Inn. Industry experts will lead a brief discussion about the importance of networking; how to pitch yourself and your business; and how to deliver the perfect elevator speech! Following introductory remarks attendees will rotate in small groups so each person has the opportunity to interact with every attendee. Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to ask and answer questions with executives representing various industry sectors with operations throughout the world.

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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 6-8:00pm

6-6:30pm: Registration & Networking
6:30-6:45pm: Introductions, Brief Remarks & Instructions
6:45-7:45pm: Speed Networking Session
7:45-8:00pm: Raffles & Close

Location: The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Member Individual Ticket: $45*
Non-Member Individual Ticket: $55*

*Includes presentations, speed networking, food & beverage

14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Wednesday, February 20th, 2019

When: Tuesday May 07, 2019
Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception at 5:00 PM
Dinner & Award Ceremony at 6:00 PM

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

2019 Visionary Award Recipient:

Ecolab Specialty Pest Services

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Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) for its 14th 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.

If you would like to register the event, please click here.

CACC GlobalConnect

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Thursday, January 31, 2019
1313 Innovation Center
1313 North Market Street
Wilmington, Delaware

Join entrepreneurial, creative and tech young professional international business leaders from the tristate area to meet-up for an evening of networking and idea sharing.

Time: 5:00- 7:00 pm

Two Ticket Special Offer: $75
Member Individual Ticket: $45
Non-Member Individual Ticket: $55
Student Individual Ticket: $25

 

 

The 21st Annual “Friend of Chile” Award Luncheon

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce
21st Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 30th, 2018
The Union League of Philadelphia

On Friday, November 30th, 2018, members and distinguished guests gathered in the historic Union League of Philadelphia for the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) 21st Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon to honor individuals who have demonstrated great commitment in the trade partnership between Chile and the United States.

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The event kicked off with networking and a Chilean wine reception. Shortly after, guests were escorted to their seats in Lincoln Hall to begin the luncheon and awards ceremony. CACC and Delaware River Stevedores President, Robert Palaima, was the first to take the podium. He began by complimenting the CACC and saying that it was the largest, most dynamic chamber in the tri-state region. He welcomed Delaware Secretary of State Jeffery Bullock and William H. Kopke Jr., Inc.’s Paul Wigand, the two award recipients of the day, Chile’s new Trade Commissioner, Matías Pinto Pimentel, and the luncheon’s sponsors before introducing Benjamin Leavenworth, the Honorary Consul of Chile here in Philadelphia.

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Leavenworth started off his remarks by thanking the CACC for organizing the event and congratulating the award winners on the day for their great work in trade between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia Region. Leavenworth then gave an anecdote about a recent visit of his to Chile where he visited farms and was impressed by how much Chile has grown through agriculture—this of course being relevant due to the large amount of Chilean fresh fruit that comes into the United States through the ports of the tri-state region.

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Following Leavenworth, Palaima stepped back up to the podium to introduce CACC Treasurer Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation and Barbara Hunter of BHA Consults. Borja-Fisher thanked everyone for coming and then presented Hunter, who gave remarks in memory of the late Albert S. Marulli for the dedication of CACC Lifetime Achievement Award in his honor. Hunter thanked the guests in attendance and the members of the Marulli family, many of whom were present at the event. Hunter described “Al,” as everyone referred to him, as a “giant” of a man despite his small stature. She said, “I could write a book about Al,” as the two had worked closely for many years. Marulli is considered by many to the “father” of the Chilean fresh fruit here in the U.S. According to Hunter, he was a man who fought for what he believed in… and he believed in Chile. To receive the plaque, made to show the award’s dedication to Marulli, was his eldest son, Tony.

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Tony made his way up to the podium and spoke powerful words about the man his father was. Marulli was a man who did not like recognition. He had turned down, on numerous occasions, the opportunity to be honored throughout his life. Therefore, Tony said that the way the CACC chose to honor his father was perfect, and thanked the Chamber for honoring him in this manner.

Next to the podium was Leo Holt of Holt Logistics. Leo gave a brief introduction to Peter Kopke Sr. of William H. Kopke Jr., Inc., the man who was to present Paul Wigand, also of William H. Kopke Jr., Inc., with the first Albert S. Marulli Lifetime Achievement Award. Kopke spoke very highly of Wigand, saying that he has always been a determined worker, becoming Kopke’s right-hand man. The two have traveled to Chile together every year for the last 38 years, giving them a tremendous amount of experience in the fresh fruit trade.

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In his acceptance speech, Wigand mentioned how honored he was to be receiving the first Albert S. Marulli Lifetime Achievement Award because he had a tremendous respect for Marulli. Wigand went on to thank the CACC for their recognition of his work and said that the Philadelphia region is a tremendous home for the Chilean fresh fruit trade, and he hopes to see the business flourish in the coming years. Wigand finished on a touching note, thanking his own family and the Kopke family for the opportunity they had given him and walked off the stage to a standing ovation.

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Following Wigand, guests enjoyed a delicious entrée and dessert, complimented by Chilean wine. Palaima then took the stage to introduce Eric Casey, CEO of GT USA Wilmington, to present Jeffery S. Bullock, Secretary of State of Delaware, with the “Friend of Chile” Award. Casey is fairly new to the area, but he said it did not take him long to realize the important work that Bullock has done and is continuing to do for the Delaware ports. He spoke of Secretary Bullock’s excitement about returning to Chile in the near future, and thanked Bullock for all that he has done.

Secretary Bullock was very gracious in his acceptance speech, thanking Gene Bailey of the Diamond State Port Corporation, the CACC and President Palaima, and Consul Leavenworth for their work promoting Chile in the region. Bullock said that he is very honored to have been part of the success between Chile and the Philadelphia region and is eager to see the continuation of great business between the two.

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The 21st Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon would not have been possible without the help of its sponsors. The CACC would like to thank Visionary Sponsors: GT USA Wilmington, Holt Logistics and William H. Kopke Jr., Inc.; Presenting Sponsors: Western Fumigation and Diamond State Port Corporation; and Corporate Table Sponsors: Aramark, Dayka & Hackett, Dole, Delaware River Stevedores, GEODIS USA, Giumarra International Marketing, J&K Fresh East, Manfredi Cold Storage, Murphy Marine Services, PhilaPort, Pilots’ Association for Bay & River Delaware, RPS / Royal Fumigation, Sbrocco International and Tastyfrutti International.

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Additionally, the CACC would like to extend its thanks to the Union League of Philadelphia for the outstanding venue and delicious food.

To see more photos from the event, visit our Flickr page.

2018 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Friday December 7, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Tour of the 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

Register Here

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

Opening Remarks:

Sean Mahoney
Director of Marketing, PhilaPort

Panelists (To Date):

Evan Moss 
Senior Director, Perishables, J&K Fresh East

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

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

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

Joseph Martella
Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, 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 [email protected].

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

21st Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Friday, November 30th, 2018
The Union League of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

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

 

RECEIVING THE 21st ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD:
The Honorable Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of State of Delaware

RECEIVING THE ALBERT S. MARULLI* “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD:
Paul Wigand, Director of Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr. Inc.

*The CACC will establish the Albert S. Marulli Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of his contributions to the Chilean export industry.

Event details and Sponsorship opportunities to be available soon. Please contact Christina Lista, CACC Executive Director, with any questions at [email protected]

21st Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

 21st Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Friday, November 30th, 2018
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

RECEIVING THE 21st ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD:
The Honorable Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of State of Delaware

Jeffrey W. Bullock was sworn in as Delaware’s 80th Secretary of State on January 21, 2009 and re-confirmed by the Delaware Senate on January 18, 2017. As Secretary of the most diverse department in state government, Bullock oversees nearly twenty different agencies including Corporations, Historical and Cultural Affairs, Arts, Libraries, Veterans Affairs, Professional Regulation, and Human Relations. In addition, Secretary Bullock has a number of constitutional responsibilities, including serving on the Board of Pardons. He is also the chairman of the Diamond State Port Corporation, which owns and operates the Port of Wilmington. Secretary Bullock is a native Delawarean who grew up in Claymont and holds a degree from the University of Delaware in Economics and Political Science. He lives in Wilmington with his wife, Susan Frank, and their two daughters, Kate and Caroline.

RECEIVING THE ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD:
Paul Wigand, Director of Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr. Inc.

Paul Wigand has been working with the William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. company since February, 1977. For those forty years, he has witnessed the growth of the Chilean fruit industry. Throughout his career, his experience has been deeply rooted within the Greater Philadelphia Region. Beginning with his operational skills and expediting cargoes at Northern Metal Terminal in Philadelphia, he along with William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. continue to support the Delaware River ports. As Director of Operations, his responsibilities include open dialogue with fruit importers, exporters, and producers from around the world to explore trade possibilities. He continues to travel to the sourcing arenas for fresh imported fruits and produce.

Paul is married to his wife, Diane, for forty years and they have three children: Brien, Eric, and Allison. He is a volunteer and for the past twenty years sits on the Board of Directors of the Ocean Financial Federal Credit Union.

Dedication of the “Lifetime Achievement” Award to Albert S. Marulli:

Albert S. Marulli (1928-2018) is considered by many, to be the “father” of the Chilean fruit export industry.  He dedicated 68 of his years to establishing, nurturing and advocating for the industry – 34 years as part of USDA-APHIS, and 34 years as an independent consultant to Western Fumigation and their many import and export clients.  A quiet man, who eschewed any recognition for his extraordinary accomplishments, Albert was a fiery and persistent leader in tackling obstacles to trade and finding “win-win” solutions for the parties involved.

Naming the Lifetime Achievement Award for Albert S. Marulli is a fitting tribute to a humble and accomplished man who dedicated himself to Chile and achieved so much.

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

Chile: Your next tech partner_

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

 

Join the founding members of Ch1l3 a digital country_ as they launch their final tour of the U.S. here in Philadelphia on the evening of June 18th. Representing the 7th ranked Digital Nation in the world* and the best country to do business with in Latin America**, network with leaders of Chile’s technology sector and learn how they’re pioneering Latin America’s connectivity and technology infrastructure. Registration is free.

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Monday, June 18th, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Bourse Building, 9th Floor
111 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Chilean IT Delegation:

Nisum
Tecnova 
Linets
Kibernum
BlackHat

*Source: Tholons Digital Nations Ranking

**Source: Forbes Best Countries for Business

Presenting Partners: