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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

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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.

Click here to register 

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:

 

Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

Monday, May 14th, 2018

 

For the eighth 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 25th, join hundreds of your business peers to network together and reaffirm Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

Click here to become a sponsor

Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 25
5:00 – 7:00 pm

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

Member Individual Ticket – $55.00
Non-Member Individual Ticket – $75.00

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Presented in Partnership with:

Corporate Sponsors:

13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting and Dinner
April 26, 2018
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, DE

On Thursday April, 26th, The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) held its 13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile Wine Tasting and Dinner at the historic Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.  The evening kicked off with a wine reception as attendees enjoyed tastings from a variety of Chilean wines on display.  Guests networked and enjoyed music before being led into the Gold Ballroom for the remainder of the evening.

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Once attendees had taken their seats, CACC Board President Robert Palaima took the stage to recognize and offer congratulations to the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, the recipient of the 2018 Visionary Award for their work with the Ports of the Delaware Valley.

Palaima then thanked sponsors, special guests, and attendees that had travelled from far away to attend the night’s program. Among those in attendance were Presenting Partners of the evening, the founding members of Ch1l3 a Digital Country_ as well as the Chilean Delegation visiting from the VI Region (O’Higgins) in Chile, which included the 2014 Visionary Award Recipient Alejandro García Huidobro, Senator of the Republic of Chile.

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Robert Palaima then handed the microphone to Anne Bookout of Royal Fumigation, one of the evening’s Presenting Sponsors.  Bookout expressed her delight in being a sponsor for the event and thanked the Chamber for its continued commitment to strengthening the relationship between Chile and the United States throughout all channels of commerce and communication.

Next to take the stage was Martin Lewit of Ki Teknology and Nisum Chile, a founding member of Ch1l3 a Digital Country_.  Lewit explained the importance of tech in Chile, noting Chile as the largest consumer of tech in Latin America.  He then spoke to the long history Chile has with the CACC and explained its important role in introducing his new technolgy brand to the United States. Lewit explained that it is this relationship, and events like the Taste of Chile, that motivated Ch1l3 a Digital Country_ to venture into Philadelphia as one of its top three destinations in the U.S. and made him so happy to once again be visiting from South America.

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Before dinner was served, Robert Palaima invited Sebastian Goycoolea and Chris Fream of BluGlacier, one of the three largest importers of Chilean salmon to the U.S., to the stage to speak about their fresh Chilean salmon products and thanked them for their generous donation of salmon for all to enjoy.

Following dinner, Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation and Treasurer of the CACC took the stage.  Borja-Fisher reminisced of her time spent in Chile this past September and once again welcomed the Chilean Delegation from the O’Higgin’s region before welcoming Chilean Senator  Alejandro García Huidobro to the stage.

After greeting those in attendance and thanking all for welcoming him back to the region, Senator García Huidobro spoke to the strong relationship his region has with Philadelphia.  García Huidobro emphasized that he feels like a part of the Chamber and expressed his gratitude for its role in strengthening international relations between the two regions.  Senator García Huidobro also called to attention the Chamber’s role in welcoming four Chilean students to the United States, which Board President Robert Palaima would later call one of the Chamber’s most rewarding efforts.

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Following Senator García Huidobro, United States Senator Tom Carper spoke about Chile and its growing rank as one of the United States’ best friends and most valuable trading partners, stressing the importance in the continuation of this strong relationship.

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Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of State of Delaware, then took the stage to introduce the night’s honorees.  Bullock thanked Senator Carper, noting that there is no better supporter of the Maritime Industry.  Bullock congratulated the Maritime Exchange and explained that no candidate was a better fit to receive this award.  Through its advocacy and promotion of Delaware River Commerce and its support of the Chamber, the Maritime Exchange was the most worthy recipient for the award.  Bullock then invited Dennis Rochford, President of the Maritime Exchange and CACC Board Member, to the podium to accept the award for the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay.

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Rochford explained how honored he was to be receiving the award and thanked his board members and staff for their efforts within the organization.  By working with its partners in Chile, as well as local stakeholders of the Delaware River, the Maritime Exchange has undertaken several initiatives to protect and grow the perishable cargoes exported to the US from Chile.  Rochford noted some of the Maritime Exchange’s most recent accomplishments including its work in facilitating the creation of the Cold Storage Facility Task Force and the CBP – Agriculture Working Group. Before exiting the stage, Rochford once again thanked those in attendance and recognized the region’s congressional delegation for its interest and support of the Maritime Exchange in achieving its goals for the organization.

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The CACCGP would like to thank all of the sponsors, presenting partners, special guests, and attendees of this esteemed event, and also to Presenting Partners ProChile DC for facilitating the donation of fresh Chilean Salmon for the evening.

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

Receiving the 2018 Visionary Award
The Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

CACC Member Ticket: $150
CACC Non-Member Ticket: $200

Click here to register.

For additional sponsorship information, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].