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“Beyond our Borders: Philadelphia and the World”

Thursday, February 18th, 2021

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia is delighted to partner with the World Affairs Council of Greater Philadelphia and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia to bring to you the first installment of “Beyond our Borders: Philadelphia and the World”- a 6 month long series of programming aimed at highlighting our region’s robust international connections. The first 6-month installment of this series will focus on Chile with a diverse set of programs across the Council’s three main programmatic pillars (adult speaker events, student programs, and travel) to provide the Greater Philadelphia community with a deeper understanding of Chilean culture, politics, cuisine, and its role in the world at large.

We couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this series highlighting Chile. Sponsorship Opportunities are available for this series and we are pleased to share that a portion of sponsorship will go directly to the CACC for our partnership. For more information regarding Sponsorship, please contact Maggie Hasani, Vice President of Development at [email protected]

Stay tuned for a full agenda of programming and events!

Event Partners:

   

2020 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop Recap

Tuesday, December 8th, 2020

In case you missed it, here is our full webinar of the Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop on our YouTube channel. This video features guest speaker Andrés Rodriguez, Agricultural Attaché at the Embassy of Chile ;  Moderator, John Ercolani, Vice President of J&K Fresh Fruit; and our incredible panelists and sponsors whom are listed below. Thank you to everyone who joined us for this insightful event!

Click here for the full webinar on our YouTube Channel. 

Confirmed Speakers:

Welcoming Remarks:

Joseph Martella
Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Guest Speaker:

Andrés Rodriguez
Agricultural Attaché, Embassy of Chile

Moderator:

John Ercolani
Vice President, J&K Fresh East

Panelists:

Dennis Rochford
President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

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

Bruce Hildreth
Officer in Charge- Philadelphia, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Elliot Ortiz
Chief Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, Western Fumigation

William Spence
Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

2020 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials on December 2nd from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM EST 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.

December 2, 2020
11:00 AM-12:30 PM EST
CACC Members: Free
CACC Non- Members: $25

REGISTER HERE

The CACC needs your support. Below are Sponsorship Opportunities Available:

Premier Sponsor – $5,000
-Includes opportunity to speak during program and logo placement on all event materials

Signature Sponsor – $3,500
-Includes logo placement on all event materials

Supporting Sponsor – $1,000
-Includes logo placement on all event materials

For more information, please contact Christina Lista at [email protected]

 

Confirmed Speakers to-date: 

Welcoming Remarks:

Joseph Martella
Port Director, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Guest Speaker:

Andrés Rodriguez
Agricultural Attaché, Embassy of Chile

Moderator:

John Ercolani
Vice President, J&K Fresh East

Panelists:

Dennis Rochford
President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

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

Bruce Hildreth
Officer in Charge- Philadelphia, USDA Agricultural Marketing Service – Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Elliot Ortiz
Chief Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

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

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, Western Fumigation

William Spence
Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

 

 

 

Ch1L3: Why Nearshoring IT Services is the Best Option Now

Thursday, October 1st, 2020

Click here for registration and to sign up for breakout rooms!

From Chile to Philly: Diversity in Business Creation

Tuesday, September 8th, 2020

Join us and ProChile on September 15th for the From Chile to Philly: Diversity in Business Creation webinar, hosted by B. Phl Innovation Fest! This informative webinar unveils Philadelphia’s robust and growing tech scene, and invites all businesses, especially those looking to pursue U.S. operations to tune in. This virtual event will consist of a series of speakers, tips and tricks for entering the Philadelphia market, success stories of Philadelphia and Chilean based IT firms, and provide an inside look at the progressive tech scene in Chile. This is an event that you don’t want to miss!

September 15th 

3:00 PM- 4:00 PM

Register here 

 

Unstoppable- Reconnecting Philadelphia with the World

Thursday, August 27th, 2020

Unstoppable- Reconnecting Philadelphia with the World

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020
11:00 AM- 12:00 PM
Virtual Event Only

Our world as we know it changed dramatically during the past several months. In mid-March the Department of Homeland Security issued new guidelines to mitigate the spread of travel-related cases of coronavirus in the United States. A small number of American airports were designated as “funneling airports,” permitting the entry of people and products arriving from overseas. Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) was not among them. The Philadelphia metropolitan statistical area is the eighth most populous region in the US; the second most populous region on the eastern seaboard; and the largest metropolitan area without approved air travel gateway status for transatlantic connectivity– a critical link to the US market. Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia and the international business community for a time sensitive report, current data, and a forecast of PHL’s status and re-designation as a funneling airport during the coming weeks.

Chellie Cameron, CEO, PHL International Airport; Gregg Caren, President & CEO, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; James J. Moses, Vice President, PHL Hub, LaGuardia, Boston, JFK and LaGuardia Operations & Premium Guest Services, American Airlines; Gary L. Tomasulo, Managing Director, Corporate Security, American Airlines; Stephanie Wear, Director of Air Service Development & Cargo Services, PHL International Airport; and Edgar Antístenes Vesga-Arias, Executive President and Chief Executive Officer, Philadelphia International Medicine will be our featured panelists. Sylvie Gallier Howard, Acting Commerce Director, City of Philadelphia, will moderate the discussion and lead the speakers through Q&A at the end of the program.

This timely virtual event is pertinent to all private and public entities operating across industry sectors involved in international travel, trade and commerce. Please join us to learn more about PHL’s status as a funneling airport; how it’s affecting Philadelphia’s connectivity to the world; and how it may impact your future operations.

Register Here

 

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

Pennsylvania needs critical medical supplies.

To fulfill this need, the departments of Community and Economic Development, Health, General Services, and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency have developed the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal (the “Portal”) to source the most needed medical supplies.

The Portal is for manufacturers, distributors and other suppliers to inform the departments above of supplies available for purchase and will allow us to more quickly and efficiently procure these supplies for hospitals and medical facilities across Pennsylvania.

Click here to access the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal.

 

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

Click here for sponsorship opportunities

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]

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

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

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 [email protected].

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