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Spotlight Series ft. Gladys Gordon

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

SPOTLIGHT SERIES: 

Gladys Gordon

Senior Executive Assistant, Holt Logistics

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CACC: What is your connection to Chile?

Gladys Gordon (GG): First and foremost, I was born and raised in Chile. In 1990, I joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile. During my third year at the Ministry, I was assigned a foreign mission that involved representing my country in the local Tri-State area via the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia. When I traveled to the United States for my foreign mission, I became the first person in my immediate family to travel outside of Chile. And while foreign missions often involve temporary assignments, I ended up working at the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia for over 20 years—at first serving as Consular Officer before eventually becoming the Chancellor of the Consulate. Throughout my time with the Consulate, I worked closely with the local Chilean community, forging lasting relationships that continued beyond my employment with the Ministry. On occasion, I continue to work with the local Chilean community through the Consulate whenever my assistance is requested. Of course, my involvement in and support of the Chilean community extends even further through my personal, unaffiliated efforts.

CACC: How did your experiences lead you to your position at Holt Logistics?

GG: Working at the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia was incredibly rewarding—both professionally and personally. My work involved helping many Chilean individuals and families through challenging—and periodically dire—circumstances. It also afforded me the opportunity to interact with many extraordinarily accomplished individuals from the worlds of academia, government, politics, art, and business. I will forever cherish my time working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and—more specifically—working at the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia. Notwithstanding, I remember going through a period of concern and uncertainty regarding my own future, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chile deliberated the possibility of permanently closing the Consulate in Philadelphia. After living almost half of my life in the United States in service of my country, I had developed a great affection for the United States. I was also married to an American and had a son that was born in the United States. And while my husband and son both adore Chile, we all wanted to continue living in the United States. Aware that I might be assigned a different foreign mission if I remained employed with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I decided that it was the appropriate time to consider retiring from the Ministry while I diligently searched for work in the private sector. Interestingly, all that I had learned and achieved throughout my two decades of dedicated service to Chile and the local Chilean community didn’t seem to attract much interest. While the local business community appreciated my service and accomplishments at the Consulate, it seemed that no one could envision how my skill set would translate to the private sector. Admittedly so, this was quite a scary time for me. I started doubting my skill set, my ability to adapt, and—more importantly—myself. But let this be an important life lesson; all it takes is one person to believe in you. And for me, that one person was Leo Holt.

Last May, I celebrated my fifth year working at Holt Logistics. I primarily work in the Executive Offices at the Corporate Headquarters of Holt Logistics—often lending support to the Marketing Department. I can’t imagine working for a more amazing and conscientious company—which is not only dedicated to the welfare of their employees, but is truly dedicated to the entire community that it serves. Holt Logistics not only facilitates commerce between our local area and Chile—as well as my other parts of the world—but it also promotes and financially supports Chilean cultural events that are considerably important to the local Chilean community.

CACC: What is something you want the Greater Philadelphia Region to know about Chile? 

GG: As the people of the world struggle to navigate, confront, and adapt to this unprecedented challenge to public health, it is hard to see beyond the borders of our confinement. Nevertheless, we still maintain important connections to the rest of the world. And one of the more significant connections—particularly to our region of the country—is the connection we still have with Chile. In our region, a large percentage of the fruit we consumed during the winter and spring continued to flow from Chile—despite the logistical challenges and occasionally supply chain interruptions caused by the pandemic. Advanced IT—critical to the continued function of businesses straining to keep viable—also continued to flow from Chile. While any of us can be excused for not noticing this important connection during this extraordinarily difficult moment in our lives, Chile remains an important and active partner in our region—as well as to the rest of our country. And once we feel safe enough to travel abroad, there is no better place to start than amazing Chile. As an intrepid visitor, you can explore and learn more about Chile through its wine, gastronomy, film festivals, art, and unparalleled landscapes. These landscapes include deserts, forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, volcanoes, ice fields, and glaciers. In Chile, you can truly ski, hike, swim, and sightsee to your heart’s content!

CACC: What makes the CACC a special and valuable organization to you? 

GG: The CACC is one of the most active and vital Chilean Chambers in the United States. The Chamber’s ability and determination to foster and maintain a vigorous trade relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and Chile has been integral to the steady flow of products and services needed in our area—particularly in this unprecedented time of crisis. The Chamber sponsors and organizes a wide range of events designed to promote the businesses of their members. And while I was working at the Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia, the CACC was always there to support Chile during moments of crisis—such as those caused by natural disasters and, of course, the 2010 crisis involving the trapped miners in Copiapo. The CACC also supports Chilean cultural events that are important to me and—more importantly—to the local Chilean community.

CACC: Where is your favorite place in Chile? Why?

GG: As a young teen, my favorite place to visit was Bahia Inglesa. Although I grew up in Santiago, I spent my summer vacations with my relatives who resided in northern Chile. Bahia Inglesa is located in the north, about 10 kilometers from Caldera in the Atacama region of Chile. It was quite a physical challenge traversing the mostly rocky shoreline—but it was always an adventure. And since I was particularly adventurous in my youth, I was never bothered by the occasional injury caused by the rugged terrain. During this time, my cousins and I would explore Bahia Inglesa, as well as many other interesting and remote places in the surrounding area. I vividly remember the nights in the north. Parts of the north were so remote and dark during the evenings that you couldn’t even see your hand in front of your face! But the sky was utterly spectacular. It felt like you could pluck the stars out of the sky like wildflowers in an endless meadow. But the most awe-inspiring sight in the night sky was the hazy-white band of the Milky Way, which can only be viewed by the naked eye in the total absence of the light pollution. And while I love all the amazing regions of Chile, northern Chile will always produce a heightened sense of nostalgia within me.

Muchas Gracias to Gladys for sharing her inspiring story!

Spotlight Series ft. Benjamin Leavenworth

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

SPOTLIGHT SERIES: 

Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile

Cheers for Chile! Celebrating Chile's 202nd Anniversary of Independence

CACC: How did your experiences lead you to become the Honorary Consul of Chile? What is your connection with the country of Chile?

Benjamin Leavenworth (BL): The first time I went to Chile was in 1991 to spend 3 months on a climbing and kayaking expedition around the Northern Patagonian Icefields. I fell in love with the splendor of the country and a few years later came back to start a wine company with a college classmate called Vina Cono Sur. This was an amazing experience as it was the early 90’s, when Chile was re-emerging on the global scene. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to not only start a major exporting company from scratch, but also to help shape in some small way a country’s future. Cono Sur was a success and today is a million-case winery exporting all around the world. I ended up staying in Chile for almost ten years and then returned to Philadelphia where I founded an international business consulting company. I considered Chile to be my adoptive country and naturally stepped in to support it whenever possible. Some of my efforts were noticed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and in 2005, I was appointed Honorary Consul of Chile by President Ricardo Lagos. It was and continues to be an unusual appointment as Chile maintained a full Consulate General in Philadelphia headed up at the time by Consul General Jose Luis Morales Molyneux, who became a dear friend to me along with his wife Cecilia and their family. In 2006, when Consul General Morales returned to Chile, I was asked by the Foreign Minister to assume the responsibilities for the consulate, for which I have been responsible for the past fifteen years.

CACC: What does your role as Consul here in Philadelphia encompass?

BL: My role as Consul is principally focused on fostering economic, commercial, political and cultural ties and representing Chile in my jurisdiction, which include the states of Pennsylvania, Delaware and Southern New Jersey. While I operate with a significant level of independence, I also work closely with the Ambassador of Chile in Washington D.C. and the Consul General in New York in developing initiatives and implementing strategies as directed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Since the consulate offers the full range of consular services, for which I have a dedicated consular official, occasionally there are times that I get involved in these matters too.

CACC: What is your favorite part of your job as Consul?

BL: While there is nothing more satisfying than helping a person in need, which is a part of the role I play as Consul, I have to admit that the favorite part of my job is connecting the two countries that I love so dearly. I have had the honor of personally arranging the visits of President Bachelet, and former President Pinera (at the time, now current President of Chile) to the Greater Philadelphia Region, as well as official visits to Chile by Governor Jack Markell of Delaware on two occasions and Governor Corbett of Pennsylvania where they were received by President Pinera and President Bachelet. It has also been a pleasure to lead numerous regional delegations to and from Chile and working closely with members of the Chilean Senate and Congress who are big fans of our region. This is quite understandable since over half a million jobs in Chile are tied to commerce stemming from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Together, we have implemented a robust sub-national strategy connecting stakeholders in both countries such as governors in both countries, growers, businesses and universities. This is a great deal of work and an immense amount of stress, but it is also greatly rewarding.

CACC: What is something you want the Greater Philadelphia Region to know about Chile?

BL: I want our friends to know that despite all of the challenges that the world and Chile is facing, that it still remains a country that is firmly committed to partnership with our region. Our mutual trade relationship supports thousands of jobs on both sides and feeds millions of people. There is so much more to do, and as Chile reinvents itself for the 2.0 economy of the future, it will be a place for opportunity and further commercial development be it in agricultural and food technologies, IT, or investment. We are aligned in our belief in transparent institutions, rule of law, democracy, and an open economy.

CACC: What makes the CACC a special and valuable organization to you?

BL: The CACC is truly the most professional and connected Chilean and American trade platform in the United States. I greatly appreciate the role that our members, the board of directors, and Executive Director play in fostering and supporting the valuable trading relationship between our two countries. As Consul, I am very grateful for the support that the CACC has afforded me over the many years, be it in times of an emergency like the generous response to our devastating earthquake in 2010 or the extraordinary support for our Presidential and Congressional visits. Without the Chamber’s support, it would have been hard to pull off the “Viva Chile” celebration in 2008, a week-long citywide event with 17 activities and over 17,000 attendees. In my opinion, this is a perfect partnership that is underpinned by a deep friendship and desire to make lives better in our respective countries.

Many thanks to Benjamin for sharing his story and being our first feature!

Spotlight Series ft. Martin Lewit

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020

SPOTLIGHT SERIES: 

Martin Lewit
Senior Vice President, Nisum International

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CACC: What is your connection to Chile?

Martin Lewit (ML): I am originally from Argentina, but I’ve lived in Chile for 10 years in total, most recently the last 7+ years leading Nisum companies. In 2013, I returned to Chile after 7+ years of living in Boston, where I completed my MBA at Babson College and worked at Fidelity Investments.

Furthermore, I’m emotionally connected to Chile because my parents, my sister and her family also live in Santiago and most importantly both my kids, Oliver and Sofia, were born in Chile. I’ve truly enjoyed my last 8 years living in Santiago alongside so many Chilean and foreign friends.

CACC: What experiences led you to become SVP at Nisum International? 

ML: It has been an interesting journey, with a few twists and plenty of international moves. I’m passionate about tech companies and entrepreneurial at heart, which has been key when taking on new challenges. There are three areas that have led the way to me getting here.

First is education. I developed an entrepreneurial mindset early on in my college education. I graduated with a dual degree in Business and Accounting in Buenos Aires, Argentina and decided a few years later to pursue an MBA from Babson College, a leader in entrepreneurial teaching. All throughout I focused on what drives companies, and especially their people, to grow and innovate.

Then, there is my professional journey. While I’ve worked quite a bit in Tech and Finance, I have had opportunities to live and work in many countries, learn about several industries, participate in various functional areas and assume managerial responsibility as I grew in my career. The journey helped me become a generalist and lead teams in regions as far apart as Chile and India, Pakistan and US.

Finally, I think a key aspect has been finding a balanced skillset, allowing me to take on complex business challenges with innovative solutions, developing and empowering those who I work with and generating connections to create new and exciting opportunities.

CACC: How did you become involved with Chile: a Digital Country (Ch1l3)? 

ML: Ch1l3 is an incredible Private-Public partnership that supports the expansion of Chile’s Digital Services industry to new markets. It fosters collaboration between members and enhances our capability to develop new and innovative solutions. I’m passionate about the project and have worked on it since its design and inception.

Actually, I collaborated with the original project, the first technology sector brand launch in Chile back in 2008, then called ChileIT, and worked with the team for a few years while living in the US. This initiative helped us develop a presence in the US market and was an incredible experience for me, although it eventually was discontinued.

In 2013 when I came back to Chile, I worked alongside Chiletec and ProChile to relaunch the program, which eventually became Ch1l3.

CACC: How do you see the Ch1l3 brand evolving in the future?

ML: We are facing a new and very uncertain environment that is also quickly changing. One thing we’ve seen is the faster adoption of digital technologies. Also, the new remote and distributed workforce across many industries has disrupted the way we work and opened new opportunities to seamlessly incorporate global talent into our digital challenges. Our brand becomes even more relevant today and I believe can add new value to many companies as they navigate through these complex and changing times.

CACC: What do you think sets Philly apart from other cities in the U.S.?

ML: Interestingly when I started working with Ch1l3’s plan for the US, I knew we wanted to have Philly be one of the key launch pads for the Brand. There is a clear and close relationship between Chile and Philadelphia that goes back many years based on strong commercial and cultural ties. The presence of the CACC has been key because it is a terrific partner in growing and developing relationships.

I feel Santiago, Chile’s capital city, and Philadelphia are similar in many aspects, including their resilience, their people’s love for their city, and proving that they are secret gems close to a bigger metropolis. Philly has a strong entrepreneurial ecosystem and is a city with the ability to reinvent itself while continuously growing and expanding.

Also, I feel a personal bond with the city because when we started our expansion to the US over eight years ago, our first customer was from Philly.

CACC: What is something you want the CACC Network to know about Chile?

ML: That Chile is an incredible and committed partner, and it is a country that from a business standpoint is very aligned with the US. I actually have heard from many of our business partners that Santiago many times feels like another US city.

We had some issues last year, as many countries have around the globe, including unrest and protest. However, as Chile prepares to reinvent itself for the future, I’m confident we will overcome these issues and will become a better society and a stronger community. My message would be to continue being confident in Chile, one of the best countries to do business in the world.

CACC: What makes the CACC a special and valuable organization to you? 

ML: The CACC is a committed and trustworthy partner, which is incredibly valuable. Beyond it’s network and professionalism, the commitment and openness from the overall CACC team has helped us think about how to best engage with the broader Philly community.

Muchas gracias to Martin for sharing his story with us!

2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop Recap

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop
December 13, 2019
Independence Seaport Museum

 Colleagues, port representatives, and government officials formed a panel to review and address the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

This year, the Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop featured the same relevant discussion, but with a different backdrop. The 2019 event was moved to the Independence Seaport Museum, an organization dedicated to deepening “the understanding, appreciation, and experience of the Philadelphia region’s waterways through history, science, and art.” Roughly 60 attendees came to the workshop to hear from a panel featuring Ed Fitzgerald, GEODIS USA, Inc.; Lisa Himber, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay; Evan Moss, J&K Fresh East; Frank Mowatt, Philadelphia USDA Agricultural Marketing Service Inspection Office; Elliot Ortiz, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; Kurt Reichert, Western Fumigation; William Spence, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service-Plant Protection Quarantine; and Russell Vandermark, U.S. Food and Drug Administration. John Ercolani, J&K Fresh East, served as Moderator.

At the event, a wide variety of topics were discussed, with each panelist addressing a different subject, speaking on behalf of their organizations. Himber mentioned how the Maritime Exchange is looking to expand the current wood treatment program, while Fitzgerald explained the various types of entry documentation. Moss reviewed regulations relating to Chile’s main exports to our region, fresh grapes and blueberries, Reichert told of the regulatory issues with methyl bromide.

 Representing government agencies, the second set of panelists predicted that the upcoming Chilean fruit season will be business as usual. Ortiz stated that Philadelphia is the busiest port for Customs and Border Protection in the country. Mowatt said his office was expecting no major changes, but inspection fees have gone up 10% since the first of October, Spence stated that he did not foresee any changes either, and Vandermark said that the sampling of Chilean fruit is expected to be the same as last year.

The CACC would like to thank the Independence Seaport Museum for hosting the event, the panelists for sharing their expertise, and the attendees. We would also like to thank the members who sponsored the 2019 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop: GEODIS USA, Inc.; Holt Logistics; J&K Fresh East; and Western Fumigation.

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.

 

O’Higgins Wine Delegation – June 11, 2019

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

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 Summer International Business Networking Reception Recap

Monday, July 30th, 2018

Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception
Presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
July 25th, 2018
National Museum of American Jewish History
5:00 – 7:00 PM

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On Wednesday, July 25th, 2018, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, with the help of our presenting partners, hosted over 250 attendees from nine of Philadelphia’s international chambers at the Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception. The event was held on the fifth floor of the National Museum of American Jewish History where global business professionals gathered to enjoy hors d’oeuvres, beverages, and of course, to network.

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This was the eighth consecutive year for the event, and featured members from partnering organizations including: Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia; British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia; French-American Chamber of Commerce; German American Chamber of Commerce; Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.; Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council; Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, and Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

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Robert Palaima, President of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, began his remarks by thanking those in attendance and the event’s Corporate Sponsors: Holt Logistics Inc., Temple University’s Fox School of Business CIBER, and The Port of Wilmington for their generous support of the reception.  He also thanked the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director, Christina Lista, for putting on another spectacular event and highlighted special guests in attendance. He also wished Lista luck as she is about to spend three months in Chile to improve her Spanish and grow the Chamber’s network.  Lastly, he reiterated the importance of Philadelphia’s International Chambers and the region’s International Business Community and wished everyone a successful evening of networking.

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Once Palaima had finished his remarks, it was time for the business card raffle portion the evening. Featured were prizes such as a bottle of Chilean wine on behalf of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, a bottle of Israeli wine from the Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, two tickets to the British American Business Council’s next event, a branded Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc. running shirt, a bottle of French wine courtesy of French American Chamber of Commerce, an original, embossed Philly skyline print compliments of the Norweigan-American Chamber of Commerce, and on behalf of the Japan American Society of Greater Philadelphia Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America and six complementary passes to Shofuso, a Japanese garden located in Philadelphia.

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Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, and partnering organizations for making the Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception such a success, as well as the National Museum of American Jewish History for their hospitality, and Day by Day Catering for the delicious food and excellent service.

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For more photos of The Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception, please visit our Flickr page.

Global Cherry Summit

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

On April 25th, 2018 the Global Cherry Summit will be held at the Monticello Hotel in San Francisco de Mostazal, Chile.  This event will be offering educational sessions on the cherry trade, new varieties, logistics, crop management and post-harvest techniques, as well as networking opportunities and the opportunity to participate in a day of forward thinking for a fast-evolving industry.

Cherry imports worldwide rose by more than US$1 billion between 2013 and 2016, representing growth of a whopping 68% to US$2.5 billion.

Don’t miss this chance to join the conversation at the Global Cherry Summit and discover fresh perspectives from across the globe.

For more information, and to register, click here.

 

 

12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017
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12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting and Dinner
April 26, 2017
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, DE

On Wednesday, April 26th, the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACCGP) hosted the 12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile Wine Tasting and Dinner. The evening was full of spirited conversation and incredible Chilean food and wine. The night began with a reception and Chilean wine tasting; afterwards, guests were escorted into the Hotel Du Pont’s Gold Ballroom for dinner and the award ceremony.

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CACCGP Treasurer Miriam Borja-Fisher opened up the evening with a warm welcome, thanking all attendees and sponsors for their continued support of the Chamber. She gave a very special welcome to the Chilean Delegation that was 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, VI Libertador General of Bernardo O’Higgins Region and his wife María-Eugenia, as well as: Felipe García-Huidobro  (Council member of the O’Higgins Council), Cristina Marchant (President of the Agricultural Committee of the O’Higgins Council), Fernando Verduro (President of the O’Higgins Council), Sebastian Zulueta (Executive Director of America Solidaria), and Rebecca Nelson (Director of America Solidaria US). In addition, Borja-Fisher gave a gracious thank you to the sponsors for the evening: Visionary Sponsor The Port of Wilmington/DSPC, Presenting Sponsor RPS/Royal Fumigation, Premium Sponsors: Manfredi Cold Storage, The Pilots’ Association For the Bay and River Delaware, Dole Fresh Fruit, Western Fumigation, Giumarra International Marketing, and Corporate Sponsors: Dayka & Hackett, J&K Fresh East, Sbrocco International, Inc., Tastyfrutti International, Inc., Geodis USA, Ports of the Delaware River Marine Trade Association, Holt Logistics Corp., and Delaware River Stevedores. After recognizing special guests in attendance, the Presenting Sponsor, RPS/Royal Fumigation, was then brought to the stage.

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Anne Bookout of RPS/Royal Fumigation began her remarks by recounting when she was told that no two fumigations were ever the same, and has since learned that no two Chilean seasons are ever the same either. Bookout mentioned that RPS has decades of experience in handling Chilean fruit, fostering cooperation along the Delaware River, and of unifying support and efforts from the CACC. Bookout concluded her remarks with a brief introduction of Senator Alejandro Garcia-Huidobro.

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Senator Alejandro Garcia- Huidobro graciously thanked the Chamber for making such a wonderful event possible. He stressed the importance of regional- level work, and thanked the Delaware Valley for their continued support of trade and promotion of Chile. Senator Garcia- Huidobro informed the audience of his belief that events like the Taste of Chile enable Chile and the Greater Philadelphia area to forge political, economic, and cultural ties, all while not only reinforcing existing relationships, but creating new ones as well. He closed by reaffirming Chile’s commitment to international trade, and declared that Chile is absolutely committed to the Greater Philadelphia area. Translations from Spanish to English were done by Miriam Borja-Fisher.

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Guests enjoyed a delicious meal of fresh Chilean SuperSalmon provided by Agrosuper USA while listening to live music. After dessert, the program continued with remarks from the Vice President of the CACCGP and CEO of Tastyfrutti International Inc., Andreas Economou. He remarked that he is sure that the future will hold bigger and better for the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile. Economou then attributed the successful relationship between the Greater Philadelphia Region to Senator Garcia- Huidobro and gave a warm welcome to the entire delegation. Invited to the stage was the Visionary Sponsor of the evening, the Port of Wilmington, to present the 2017 Visionary Award.

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Francisco Labarca of Global Reefers, representing the Port of Wilmington, Delaware, graciously took the stage to present the 2017 Visionary Award to the award recipient: ProChile. Labarca mentioned that the CACCGP’s Visionary Award was inaugurated in 2012 to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding work in building resilient international trade relationships between Chilean and US partners. He noted ProChile’s collaboration with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, resulting in successful programs such as Chile Week. He mentioned how ProChile’s vision for Chile personifies the award criterion and is so very closely aligned with the Chamber’s mission of promoting free trade and business between Chile and the United States, and officially presented the 2017 Visionary Award to Rodrigo Contreras, Head Economic Department & Trade Commissioner from the Chilean Embassy and ProChile in Washington D.C, who accepted on behalf of ProChile. Contreras accepted the award with zeal, and took the chance to inform guests of the necessary involvement of Chile and the US. He stated that the US is the main source of FDI for Chile, and that ProChile’s aim is to strengthen relations between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region. Contreras explained that the Greater Philadelphia area is a key location to strengthen trade and international relations, and said that the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce is a key partner. He ended his remarks by reassuring those present that the Chilean delegation present is a strong symbol of Chile’s commitment to the CACC.

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Following the remarks, Christina Lista, the Executive Director of the CACC, spoke about the importance of becoming a member, in order to not only maintain and increase the trade relationship, but the cultural and political ties between the Delaware River region and Chile. She then graciously invited guests to register for two upcoming events hosted by the CACC: International Soccer Night, and the Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception. After thanking guests and sponsors alike for their support of the evening, Christina announced that the raffle winners will be chosen. One bottle of Santa Carolina Cabernet Sauvignon and Santa Carolina Sauvignon Blanc, as well as 4 tickets to the Phillies vs. Miami Marlins Game were raffled off to lucky guests.

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The CACCGP would like to extend a special thank you to all of the sponsoring companies and attendees of this esteemed event, and also to ProChile DC for facilitating the delivery of fresh Chilean Salmon for the evening.  ¡Muchas gracias!

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