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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!

For more photos from the 12th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile, please visit our Flickr Page.

Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016
Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile
A Chile Week USA Event
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

On Wednesday, October 26th the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia was proud to hold a successful and informative program entitled Philly X Chile: Meet the Tech Innovators of Chile as part of Chile Week USA. Throughout the evening, guests savored Chilean wine and a variety of hors d’oeuvres and were engaged by the presentations of the Chilean Tech Executives from Chile: Ulbaldo Taladriz, Cristian Ferrer and Martin Lewit.

Honorary Consul of Chile for Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth, opened the program to welcome all of the esteemed guests and made special note that the visiting Chilean tech companies were not start-ups, but stable and mature tech companies located in Latin America’s innovation hub- Santiago, Chile. The tech innovators introduced each of their unique tech companies and described many important aspects of Chile’s growth as an important international destination for the tech industry. Chile’s fastest growing outsourcing market, high quality performance at competitive costs, and the similar business culture shared between our two regions were just a handful of the points discussed through the evening.

The first tech representative to present was Ulbaldo Taladriz, who is the CEO of EXE, an IT innovative solutions company, and the Vice President of Chiletec, a group of companies developing technology with the mission to grow the technology industry in Chile.  Martin Lewit, CEO of KI Teknology, an innovative digital development company that offers services including software, web and mobile design for enhanced user experience, immediately followed.  Lastly,Cristian Ferrer, the marketing development manager of Tecnova, a company dedicated to consulting, custom software development and integration of IT solutions described his company to guests.

Robert Palaima, President & Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, ended the program portion of the evening with great thanks to the Chilean tech innovators for partnering with the Chilean Chamber and sponsoring the event.

The evening continued with networking and discussion graciously stimulated by the delicious Chilean wines of Viña Santa Carolina. This slice of Chile Week was revered as eye opening for the potential tech relationship between Philadelphia and Chile by not only the attendees, but also all of the Chilean Tech Innovators that look forward to continuing their partnership with the CACC.

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“Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story”

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story

Friday, October 28, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Gerri C. LeBow Hall
3220 Market Street
Rm. 406
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Philadelphia’s final Chile Week USA program, Challenges of the Export Industry: Chile’s Fresh Fruit Success Story, hosted by the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) and Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, was held on Friday, October 28th, following the CACC’s 19th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon. Guests gathered in Gerri C. Lebow Hall on Drexel’s campus for an in-depth conversation with Chilean trade expert Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association (ASOEX).

Mr. Frank Linnehan, Ph.D, Dean of the LeBow College of Business, began the seminar by warmly welcoming CACC Members and guests to Drexel University before Bown took the podium. The comprehensive talk, moderated by Honorary Consul of Chile in Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth,  brought to light the incredible success of the Chilean fresh fruit export industry, as well as some of the hurdles they have yet to overcome and strategic goals for the future. Bown included an array of stimulating facts regarding Chilean trade initiatives in his presentation. For example, he explained that Chilean fresh fruit exports have increased more than 25 times in the last 36 years with more than 17,000 fruit importers around the world receiving Chilean fruit, and that North America was Chile’s number one market with 32 per cent of the export total. The expertise required to handle the fresh and “live” produce is not an easy feat but through innovation and collaboration with foreign networks there has been a mutual success for Chilean exporters and international importers. Bown also described a few goals for the future of Chile’s fresh fruit export industry, a list which includes securing long-term sustainability through the development and defense of the markets.

At the conclusion of the presentation there was a brief Q & A discussion with students and audience members. Leavenworth then ended the program with a special thank you to the speaker and special guests and the event’s co-sponsor, Drexel’s LeBow College of Business. Following the seminar, guests gathered for a spread of various appetizers and Chilean wine.

The CACC’s 19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, November 7th, 2016

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, October 28th, 2016
The Union League of Philadelphia

Friday, October 28th, marked a very special day for the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.  Philadelphia was chosen as the final stop for Chile Week USA, an important delegation of political and business leaders from Chile’s public and private sectors who spent five days in Philadelphia, Miami, and New York City during the last week of October.

Members, friends, honorees, and the special Chilean Delegation gathered in the Lincoln Memorial Room of the historic Union League of Philadelphia to kick off the 19th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon with a refreshing Chilean wine reception. Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon from the Maipo Valley and Sauvignon Blanc from the Leyda Valley were generously provided by Santa Carolina Winery and Wines of Chile USA. Vina Santa Carolina, originally founded in 1875, is currently Chile’s third largest wine brand and winner of Wine Enthusiast’s 2015 New World Winery of the Year.

Guests continued to enjoy the wine selections as Robert Palaima, President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, welcomed guests into Lincoln Hall to officially begin the luncheon and awards ceremony.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce was fortunate to host special guests from Chile, including His Excellency, Juan Gabriel Valdes, Ambassador of Chile to the United States and Ronald Bown F., Chairman of the Board of the Chilean Fruit Exporters Association. Both leaders gave remarks that  emphasized the importance of the relationship between the Greater Philadelphia Region and the United States.  Ambassador Valdes, who has partnered with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for a multitude of events in 2016, described the acute location of our region’s ports, highlighting that the 11-county area is one day’s drive from 70 percent of the U.S. population.  This, coupled with the fact that Philadelphia is one of the most cost-effective urban areas in the country, makes the Delaware River ports the most efficient partner for Chile’s exports.

Following Ambassador Valdes, Miriam Borja-Fisher and Kurt Reichert of Western Fumigation took the stage to formally present their longtime colleague, Barbara Hunter of BHA Consults, LLC, with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Hunter, who received the Friend of Chile Award 16 years ago, has long been an advocate for the Chilean fruit business in the Delaware River Port Community.  Some of her accomplishments include the creation of The Food Safety and Security Program for port terminals, serving as Director and member of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay’s Executive Committee, and her current role in serving as an active member of both the CBP-AG Working Group and the USDA Treatment Fee Task Force. Hunter attributed her dedication to her profession to the dynamic Chilean business culture, remarking that “working with Chile is never boring.”

After guests enjoyed the Chilean-inspired meal, Robert Palaima introduced Ronald Bown to the stage to give special greetings to the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and attendees on behalf of the delegation and his organization, ASOEX. Bown took this time to recognize six key individuals and organizations that have made a positive impact on the Chilean trade relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia Region.  These influential award recipients included: Gene Bailey, Executive Director of the Port of Wilmington; Leo Holt, President of Holt Logistics Corp.; David Holzworth, Senior Counsel of Holzworth & Kato, PC; Benjamin Leavenworth, Honorary Consul of Chile; Robert Palaima, President of Delaware River Stevedores, Inc. and President & Chairman of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce; and Jeff Theobald, Chief Executive Office, Philadelphia Regional Port Authority.

Immediately after Bowns’ award presentation, Palaima returned to the podium to introduce Leo Holt, President of Holt Logistics Corp. and Visionary Sponsor of the luncheon, to formally present the 19th Annual Friend of Chile Award to Senator Stephen Sweeney.  Holt reminisced of days when Senator Sweeney, current Vice President of the International Association of Iron Workers, and his father worked through extreme conditions to build the infrastructure of Gloucester Marine Terminal, which has served as a point of entry for many hundreds of millions of boxes of fresh Chilean fruit and other products over many decades.  Senator Sweeney, the Senate President of New Jersey and representative of the state’s Third Legislative District since 2002, accepted the award with great thanks to the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce. He devoted his hard work in Gloucester to creating jobs and supporting the port industry—two things he has always been an advocate for.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s 19th Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon would not have been possible without the support of many generous sponsors including ASOEX and ProChile, the Presenting Partners of the luncheon; Holt Logistics Corp., the Visionary Sponsor of the event; Presenting Sponsors Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, The Port of Wilmington, Delaware, Tastyfrutti International, Inc., and Western Fumigation; Wines of Chile and Santa Carolina, the wine sponsors for all of the Chilean & American Chamber’s Chile Week events; and Corporate Table Sponsors Dayka & Hackett LLC, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., GEODIS USA, Inc., Giumarra International Marketing, J&K Fresh East, div. of 721 Logistics, Manfredi Cold Storage & Distribution, Mattioni, Ltd., Murphy Marine Services, Inc., Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association, RPS / Royal Fumigation, Sbrocco International Inc., and William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

Special thanks to the Chilean Delegation for including Philadelphia in the Chile Week USA agenda, and thank you to all members and friends who participated in any of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s Chile Week events.

The CACC’s collaboration with Chile Week USA was proudly featured in Metro Philly, The Packer, and Philadelphia Business Journal.

 

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It’s That Time of Year Again!

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Here at the CACC we are busy editing and perfecting this year’s Membership Directory and Business Guide. Our unique directory allows us to better serve, you, our members by providing a comprehensive collection of information and data relevant to the Chilean-Philadelphia professional relationship.

We hope you all are as excited as we are about this year’s directory!

 

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Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with 11 of Philadelphia’s International chambers and organizations, hosted the Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception on Thursday, July 14, 2016, as Philly’s finest headed to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA)for an evening full of networking.

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Guests enjoyed elegant hors d’oeuvresand cocktails and admired the modern artwork on display before being escorted into PAFA’s spacious Annenberg Gallery for brief remarks. Robert Palaima, President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, kicked off the program by welcoming everyone to the 6th edition of the Summer International Business Networking Reception.  Elizabeth Racheva, Vice President of Major Gifts of PAFA, then gave a short address to guests, briefing the remarkable history of PAFA and reminding everyone of the artistic power residing in Philadelphia.

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Harold Epps, the City of Philadelphia’s Director of Commerce, was this year’s keynote speaker. A professional with 30 years of corporate experience, Epps acutely described Philadelphia’s position in the international market, touching on some of the city’s anticipated developments, including the installation of new ports and Philadelphia’s Export Plan. He spoke of untapped potential within Philadelphia and encouraged the international business community to unite together, stressing that “collaboration is key.”

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The program closed with a raffle of exciting prizes including a Chilean Carmenere, a French Rose, a PAFA membership, club level seats to a Philadelphia Union match, tickets to the Irish American Business Chamber Ambassador’s Awards Luncheon, and a golf certificate for NACC Philadelphia’s Annual Golf Outing.

Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception

Presenting Partners of the Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception included: the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, French-American Chamber of Commerce, German American Chamber of Commerce, Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc., Italy-America Business Council and Network, Mid-Atlantic – Eurasia Business Council, Norwegian- American Chamber of Commerce, Philadelphia Israel Chamber of Commerce, and Select Greater Philadelphia.

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The event would not have been possible without the generous support of the evening’s Corporate Sponsors, RPS/ Royal Fumigation and Saint Joseph’s University- Erivan K. Haub School of Business.

Thank you to all partners, sponsors, and guests who made the Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception an undisputed success once again.

Summer 2016 International Business Networking Reception