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2023 Virtual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Sunday, December 10th, 2023


Join colleagues, industry experts, and government officials to participate in the 2023 Virtual Fresh Fruit Workshop, an interactive virtual experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

DATE & TIME
January 9, 2024

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST: Program and Panel Discussions
Virtual – a meeting link will be emailed prior to the event. Pre-registration is required.

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

Consider supporting this annual free-to-members program with any of the Sponsorship Opportunities below:

Signature Sponsor – $2,500
-Includes opportunity to speak during program, premier logo placement on all event materials, and 10 tickets to the workshop

Supporting Sponsor – $1,000
-Includes logo placement on all event materials and 5 tickets to the workshop

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Confirmed Speakers to-date: 

Moderator:

Ed Fitzgerald

Senior Director of Trade Services, GEODIS USA, Inc.

Panelists:

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

David Kleinguenther
Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine

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

Frank Mowatt
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

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, Western Fumigation

 

Signature Sponsor:

Western Fumigation

Learn About the 2023 Friend of Chile Honorees

Monday, October 2nd, 2023

RECEIVING THE 24th ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Mark Greenberg, President and CEO, Capespan North America

Mark Greenberg, President of Capespan North America, was born and raised in Montreal, Canada. He attended Clark University in Worcester, MA where he obtained his undergraduate degree in Economics and International Relations in 1977 and then went on to earn his MA (Economics) in 1979 at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. In 1981, after working in Vancouver as the Director of Research Services for the British Columbia School Trustees’ Association, Mark headed back east to Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia where he earned his law degree in 1984.

After practising corporate and commercial law in Toronto, Mark returned to Montreal in 1990 and ultimately joined FBI Foods, the parent company of Fisher Bros. Ltd., as the Vice President-Procurement. Mark’s primary responsibility was to develop Fisher Bros’. Chilean business and take advantage of the opportunities that the expansion and development of the Chilean fruit industry offered.

In 2008 Mark was named Chief Operating Officer of Fisher Capespan, as the company was then known, and in 2012 he was named President and Chief Executive Officer. In 2015 the company officially changed its name to Capespan North America.

Mark has traveled extensively and frequently to Chile, and elsewhere, establishing close and long-standing relationships with the growers, packers and shippers that have formed the supply backbone of Capespan North America. He has a dedicated team behind him working in Montreal, Gloucester, Pedricktown, Fresno, Fort Lauderdale and Cape Town, all of whom are committed to driving Capespan North America’s business forward.

Mark lives in Montreal with his wife Lise and their dog Lucy and cat Tyson.

Sponsorship Opportunities

RECEIVING THE 2023 ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Outgoing Executive Board Members
President and Chairman Robert Palaima
Vice President Andreas Economou
Treasurer Miriam Borja-Fisher

In 2008, Robert Palaima, Andreas Economou, and Miriam Borja-Fisher joined the Executive Board of the CACC as President and Chairman, Vice President, and Treasurer, respectively.

Robert joined the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce in 1990 at the urging of the organization’s founders, Madeleine Champion and Marcel Jeanneret. As President of Delaware Stevedores, Inc. he worked closely in the fruit trade with Pacific Seaways at Pier 84, and later with CSAV at Tioga Marine Terminal, and attended a number of trade missions to Chile.

Miriam came on board at Western Fumigation, eventually becoming Senior Business Development Manager, in April 2002 and became active with the Chamber within a year, assuming a prior Chamber President Don Chrobak’s Board Member seat. Miriam has been a strong advocate for the Chilean-American trade in keeping with the Western tradition.

Andreas was approached by the Denadai family in 1984 to lead an importing company in the United States to market the fresh deciduous fruits produced by their Chilean export company, Unifrutti Traders, LTDA, now Tastyfrutti International, Inc. He is most proud of his work advocating for Chilean growers during the 1989 Chilean grape scare.

Ports along the Delaware River grew to handle over 60% of fresh fruit exports from Chile, and CACC grew to become the largest international chamber within the purview of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia.

As a result of the Chamber’s efforts to promote a Week of Chile in 2009, the Bacchanal Committee of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts for the first time recognized new world wine makers by giving their prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award to Chilean producers Vina Montes and Concha y Toro. In 2010, the Chamber hosted a number of events to aid relief efforts in Chile after a particularly devastating earthquake.

During their time at the helm, the Executive Board had the privilege of working with a number of Ambassadors of the Republic of Chile over the years, including Mariano Fernandez, Arturo Fermandois, and Juan Gabriel Valdes, as well as former ASOEX President Ronald Bown. They had the opportunity of meeting former Chilean President Sebastian Pinera, and in 2015 hosted Michelle Bachelet at a dinner in her honor; the first time a sitting President of Chile visited our region.

The Chamber’s leaders believed in an ecumenical approach to leading CACC, promoting with vigor trade opportunities between Chile and Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Beyond commercial ties, Robert encouraged the advancement of Chilean arts and literature as well as cuisine and culture. He left his post on September 1st, but hopes to continue to serve the membership and Board in an emeritus role.

Miriam will retire from Western Fumigation at the end of the year and will continue to be an Honorary Member of the Chilean board, helping the Chamber to capitalize on the strength of her relationships within the industry both locally and in Chile.

Andreas sold Tastyfrutti International to Procacci company and continues to provide business consulting services. He will keep his role as a Board Member.

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For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Christina Lista at [email protected].

24th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, September 18th, 2023

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the 24th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

Please join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce to honor our award recipients and celebrate the strong and deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Wednesday, November 29, 2023
11:30 AM- Chilean Wine Tasting and Reception
12:00 PM- Luncheon and Awards Celebration

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

RECEIVING THE 24th ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Mark Greenberg, President and CEO, Capespan North America

RECEIVING THE 2023 ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Outgoing Executive Board Members
President and Chairman Robert Palaima
Vice President Andreas Economou
Treasurer Miriam Borja-Fisher

To read full biographies of our honorees, please click here.

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For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Christina Lista at [email protected].

11th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception

Saturday, June 3rd, 2023

For the eleventh consecutive year, members and friends of Greater Philadelphia’s international community are partnering to host a business networking reception to celebrate the region’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and trade.

Join hundreds of business executives and city, state, and foreign government officials to celebrate the area’s global economic, political, and commercial connections throughout the globe.

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11th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Program

Morgan Lewis Offices
1701 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Tickets
CACC Member Individual Ticket – $75.00
CACC Non-Member Individual Ticket – $95.00
CACC Two Ticket Member Deal – $120.00
CACC Non-Member Two Ticket Deal – $150.00

Sponsorship opportunities available. Contact [email protected] for information.

Learn About the 2022 Friend of Chile Honorees

Monday, October 17th, 2022

RECEIVING THE 23nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Frank W. Manfredi, President, Manfredi Cold Storage & Dist. Inc.

Frank Manfredi, President of Manfredi Cold Storage, has been a part of The Manfredi Companies since he was 11 years old. He grew up in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania on his family’s mushroom farm, and attended the University of Delaware where he studied engineering and accounting. After leaving college, Frank moved into business full-time with his father and his brother, John Manfredi. Frank started out working on the loading dock receiving and shipping fresh mushrooms while his brother handled the sales. Over time they saw a need for more cold storage space and together founded Manfredi Cold Storage in 1985.

Working with Chilean companies, growers, and products is a major part and function of Frank’s business. This work includes offering Chilean growers solutions with drayage services from the Delaware River waterfront, to warehousing, storage, repacking, reconditioning, ripening, and transportation to their end customers. Working as a grower himself allowed Frank to develop a sense of urgency and commitment to all product that moves through his facility. Frank is involved in all facets of the cold storage business from hands-on design, all construction, information and temperature control systems, as well as warehouse execution. Frank works with a team of dedicated people, always challenging one another to strive for excellence while moving the company forward.

RECEIVING THE 2022 ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Theresa DePietro, Director of Pier Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

This December will mark Terry DePietro’s 40th anniversary working with William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. As Kopke’s Director of Pier Operations, she has always been on the move, working on the waterfront at the Port of Wilmington, DE, Holt Terminal, Packer Ave., Tioga Marine Terminal, and Pier 84, among others. Terry’s incredible work ethic suited her well to handle the 24/7 demands of the Chilean fruit business.

Terry’s dedication and leadership would come in handy during her career working for Kopke, the world’s largest importer of Chilean grapes. Over the last 40 years, Terry has seen many changes in the industry and has seamlessly met all demands by thinking and acting quickly on her feet. In 2019, Terry’s dedication to the industry led to her induction as a Board Member of the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.

SPECIAL MEMORIAL PRESENTATION IN HONOR OF
The Late Dennis Rochford, Past President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay and Past Board Member, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

Dennis Rochford, a true champion of the Delaware River ports, passed away on July 31, 2021.

Dennis became President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay in 1994, and worked tirelessly to advocate for the organizations’ members throughout the tri-state region. A few of Dennis’ significant accomplishments include the development of Maritime On-Line and the partnership developed with the Transportation Security Administration in the development of the Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC).   Additionally, Dennis worked closely with local and federal elected officials, providing on-going and up to date information to the Maritime Exchange’s tri-state Congressional delegation concerning a range of key issues critical to the success of the regional port complex.

Generous with sharing his expertise, Dennis served on the board of directors of the American Metals Supply Chain Institute, the Chilean American Chamber of Commerce, the Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society, and the Port of Wilmington Maritime Society. Dennis was a founding member and past president of the National Association of Maritime Organizations and served as Chair of the North Atlantic Ports Association Maritime Committee. Dennis was elected a Member of the American Bureau of Shipping in 2001. He also served on the board of directors of the Kalmar Nyckel Foundation and was a former long-standing member of the Delaware Health Care Commission. In 2009, Delaware Governor Jack Markell appointed Dennis Chair of the Sports and Video Lottery Commission. In January 2010, Dennis began serving as Chair of Delaware’s New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Council.

For more than 14 years, his expertise on issues of government and business resulted in weekly Monday evening appearances on the former WHYY-TV 12 news program, Delaware Tonight.

Far more than his professional accomplishments, Dennis was a confidante, a natural leader, and a great friend.  He is dearly missed.

23rd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, October 17th, 2022

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to attend the 23rd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

Please join the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce to honor our award recipients as we celebrate and recognize the strong and deep commercial and trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2022
11:30 AM- Chilean Wine Tasting and Reception
12:00 PM- Luncheon and Awards Celebration

The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

RECEIVING THE 23nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD
Frank W. Manfredi, President, Manfredi Cold Storage & Dist. Inc.

RECEIVING THE 2022 ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD
Theresa DePietro, Director of Pier Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

SPECIAL MEMORIAL PRESENTATION IN HONOR OF
The Late Dennis Rochford, Past President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay and Past Board Member, Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce

Register Here

Code Red for Humanity – The Race to Net Zero, A Multilateral Global Approach

Monday, October 11th, 2021

October 18, 2021

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EDT

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In lead-up to the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce is proud to have partnered with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on a special climate change program featuring a discussion between two of the world’s most influential nations about the multilateral global approach race to net zero. Presenters will address the sub-national level of engagement in both the public and private domains; connections between human and environmental health in relation to delivering an equitable and sustainable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic (green recovery); the important role of innovation; and corporate, investor and employee responsibility with respect to competitive advantage and business transition models.

On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

September 22, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

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The CACC is honored to partner with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia on a series of globally relevant hybrid events, “On the Fly Travel Update: PHL/LHR & The World.” This virtual program will feature a panel of experts from the travel, airline, and legal sectors to discuss business, leisure, cargo movements, and current regulations. Additionally, speakers will review what is to be expected through the end of the year as our economies begin to recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Beyond our Borders Series: Spotlight Chile- A Conversation with The Honorable Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

November 2, 2021

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EDT

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Join the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia and its partners for a discussion with the Honorable Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights about the importance of promoting and protecting the world’s human rights and freedoms. The “Beyond Our Borders: Spotlight Chile” series is presented in cooperation with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and the Honorary Consulate of Chile in Philadelphia.

2021 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Wednesday, July 28th, 2021

 

Wednesday December 8th, 2021
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Program

Click here to register

Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience, including panel discussions and open Q &A sessions, reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory, and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley region.

Previous event panelists include Ed Fitzgerald, the Senior Director of  Trade Services at GEODIS USA, Inc.; Elliot Ortiz, the Chief Agriculture Specialist, Area Port of Philadelphia, at U.S. Customs and Border Protection; and Evan Moss, the Senior Director of Perishables at J&K Fresh East. Additionally, past guest speakers have included Andrés Rodriguez, the Agricultural Attaché at the Embassy of Chile.

Complete event details coming soon.

We look forward to seeing you!