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14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting and Dinner
May 7, 2019
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, DE

On Tuesday, May 7th, the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) hosted the 14th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile Wine Tasting and Dinner in Wilmington, Delaware in the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel du Pont. As guests arrived, they were greeted by the sound of live music and a tasting of Chilean wines. They networked and savored the selection of wine before entering the ballroom for the speaking program, award presentation, and dinner.

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The President of the CACC Board, Robert Palaima, approached the podium as guests were settling into their seats. He first congratulated Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, the recipient of the 2019 Visionary Award for their dedication to the trade partnership between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.

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Palaima went on to welcome some of the evening’s special guests, including Matías Pinto Pimentel of ProChile, Gene Bailey of the Diamond State Port Corporation, Eric Casey of GT USA Wilmington, Richard Geisenberger of the State of Delaware, and Karla Martin of the Honorary Consulate of Chile. He also thanked the event’s sponsors, including Salmón de Chile who provided BluGlacier Chilean salmon for the main course.

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Palaima then introduced James Griffin of the Chilean Salmon Marketing Council to elaborate more on the Chilean salmon industry. Griffin mentioned that the product itself has fantastic health benefits among other things, but mainly focused on Chilean salmon in the United States. He stated that salmon is the best-selling fish in the country, and Chile provides a large portion of the product with a market share greater than 50%. Griffin also spoke of the importance of the Port of Wilmington due to the amount of Chilean salmon that comes through the port.

Following this, dinner was served and the guests were able to enjoy the BluGlacier salmon that Griffin had just finished speaking about.

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After dinner, Palaima retook the stage to introduce Richard Geisenberger, Vice Chairman of Visionary Sponsor Diamond State Port Corporation and Secretary of Finance for the State of Delaware. Geisenberger first offered his congratulations to Ecolab Specialty Pest Services for their award. He pointed out the fact that Ecolab’s corporate offices are located in Delaware, so he was personally thankful for the impact that the company has had on the State. Geisenberger continued, mentioning the over 40-year partnership between Delaware and the country of Chile and how vital it has been for both parties.

Eric Casey, CEO of Visionary Sponsor GT USA Wilmington, was the next to take the stage to present the big honor of the night to Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, the 2019 Visionary Award. Casey started his remarks by giving a brief history on the Visionary Award and the significance it holds. He then spoke of his personal experience working with Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, previously Royal Pest Solutions (RPS). Casey said that it is a company that represents the cultural alignment between our region and the country of Chile. It is a company that he has always enjoyed working with, and was humbled to be able to present them with the award. Casey welcomed Kris Kielsa, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, to the stage to accept the award.

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Kielsa explained how grateful he was for the recognition and to be able to accept the award on the company’s behalf. Kielsa, having been an Ecolab employee prior to the acquisition of RPS, mentioned there was something that stuck out to him about RPS and why he was excited about the deal. He stated that RPS had the same value of, “Taking care of the customer first,” that Ecolab has. He realized that this commitment to the customer was obvious in John Achzet, Regional Manager of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services, because when attendees who had not heard of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services asked Kielsa about the company, he simply told them, “I came with John Achzet.” In light of this fact and all the work Achzet had put in with RPS prior to the acquisition, Kielsa invited Achzet to the stage to “properly” accept the award. Achzet was very gracious in his acceptance speech, mentioning what he called “Team Wilmington,” all of the people who have contributed to the success of Ecolab Specialty Pest Services over the years, including employees from other companies, such as Diamond State Port Corporation, GT USA Wilmington, and Holt Logistics.

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The CACC would like to thank the night’s sponsors, presenting partners, special guests, and all the attendees who made the night special. Also, we would like to give a special thank you to ProChile D.C. for assisting with the donation of the Chilean salmon.

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Need for Speed- Around the World in 90 Minutes

Wednesday, February 27th, 2019

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for an evening of speed networking with global professionals at Philadelphia’s premier whiskey and go go bar – the Trestle Inn. Industry experts will lead a brief discussion about the importance of networking; how to pitch yourself and your business; and how to deliver the perfect elevator speech! Following introductory remarks attendees will rotate in small groups so each person has the opportunity to interact with every attendee. Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to ask and answer questions with executives representing various industry sectors with operations throughout the world.

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Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 6-8:00pm

6-6:30pm: Registration & Networking
6:30-6:45pm: Introductions, Brief Remarks & Instructions
6:45-7:45pm: Speed Networking Session
7:45-8:00pm: Raffles & Close

Location: The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Member Individual Ticket: $45*
Non-Member Individual Ticket: $55*

*Includes presentations, speed networking, food & beverage

Crisis in Venezuela and its Implications for the Region

Monday, January 28th, 2019

 

CRISIS IN VENEZUELA AND ITS IMPLICATIONS FOR THE REGION

Informal Luncheon and Discussion Panel

Wednesday Feb 27th, 2019

12:30- 2:00 PM

  Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP

450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022

 Speakers

María Victoria Murillo
Patricio Navia
Alejandro Velasco

María Victoria Murillo ‘s research on distributive politics in Latin America has covered labor politics and labor regulations, public utility reform, education reform, and economic policy more generally. Her work on political parties analyzes both their coalitional and policy implications as well as their linkages with voters in new democracies. Her empirical work is based on a variety of methods ranging from quantitative analysis of datasets built for all Latin American countries to qualitative field work in Argentina, Chile, Mexico, and Venezuela and survey and experiments in Argentina and Chile. She is also the co-editor of Argentine Democracy: The Politics of Institutional Weakness (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2005); Carreras Magisteriales, Desempeño Educativo y Sindicatos de Maestros en América Latina (Flacso-Argentina, 2003); and Discutir Alfonsín  (Siglo XXI-Argentina, 2010).

 

Patricio Navia is a Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University. Mr. Navia is also a Professor of Political Science at Universidad Diego Portales in Chile. Ph.D. in Politics from New York University, an M.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in Political Sciences and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been a visiting professor at Princeton University, New School University, Universidad de Salamanca, Universidad de Chenos Aires, and a visiting fellow at the University of Miami. He has published scholarly articles and book chapters on democratization, electoral rules and democratic institutions in Latin America. As founding director of Observatorio Electoral at Universidad Diego Portales, he has co-edited Democracia Municipal (2012), El sismo electoral de 2009. Cambio y continuidad en las preferencias políticas de los chilenos (2010) and El genoma electoral chileno. Dibujando el mapa genético de las preferencias políticas en Chile (2009). 

 

Alejandro Velasco is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela  (University of California Press, 2015), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy. Before joining the Gallatin faculty, Professor Velasco taught at Hampshire College, where he was a Five College Fellow, and at Duke University. His teaching record includes interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Latin America, including seminars on human rights, cultural studies, and urban social movements; historical methods courses on 20th-century revolutions; graduate history courses on urban political history and workshops with primary and secondary school educators.

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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 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Friday December 7, 2018

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM Tour of the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM Program & Panel Discussion

Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market
6700 Essington Ave. J-232
Philadelphia, PA 19153

CACC Members: Free
CACC Non-Members: $25

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Join colleagues, port representatives, and government officials to participate in an interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware Valley Region.

Moderator:

Tom Mastromarco 
Holt Logistics

Opening Remarks:

Sean Mahoney
Director of Marketing, PhilaPort

Panelists (To Date):

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

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

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

Bill Madara
Eastern Operations Branch Chief, USDA Agricultural Marketing Services- Specialty Crops Inspection Division

Joseph Martella
Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Robert Verrico
Service Manager, Western Fumigation

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

Russell Vandermark 
FDA Investigator, U.S. Food & Drug Administration

For speaking and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].

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

21st Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Friday, November 30th, 2018
The Union League of Philadelphia

140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

 

Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception 11:30 am
Luncheon & Awards Celebration 12:00 Noon

 

RECEIVING THE 21st ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD:
The Honorable Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of State of Delaware

RECEIVING THE ALBERT S. MARULLI* “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD:
Paul Wigand, Director of Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr. Inc.

*The CACC will establish the Albert S. Marulli Lifetime Achievement Award in memory of his contributions to the Chilean export industry.

Event details and Sponsorship opportunities to be available soon. Please contact Christina Lista, CACC Executive Director, with any questions at [email protected]

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.

Chile: Your Next Tech Partner_

Monday, June 25th, 2018

Chile: Your Next Tech Partner_

On Monday, June 18th, Ch1l3: a Digital Country_ returned to the City of Brotherly Love for, Chile: Your Next Tech Partner_, a networking event held at Philadelphia’s Honorary Chilean Consulate. This was the IT group’s third visit to the CACC within the past year. From June 18-20th, the group returned in search of more clients after successful previous trips.

The night began with mingling and enjoying the delicious food along with Chilean wine and pisco graciously provided by ProChile. Guests were then invite to move to the other side of the room to learn more about Ch1l3: a digital country_. Before the IT professionals took the floor, Honorary Consul of Chile for Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth, gave a few words regarding Chile and how excited he was to have the delegation back in town. He noted the success the first trip brought and his excitement to see the results of the second.

Leavenworth first introduced Nicolás Bonati, Sector Brand Manager of Ch1l3, who gave a general overview of what Ch1l3 is and what the organization does. Bonati was followed by his colleagues Juan Pablo Reyes (or JP as he lets his American associates call him), CEO of Linets, Cristian Ferrer, CEO of Tecnova Global Solutions, Fernando Caro, COO of BlackHat, Hernán Sangüeza, Director of Business Consulting in Chile from Nisum, and finally, Marko Knezovic, COO of Kibernum. Each of the representatives gave a brief five minute presentation on their individual companies and why they would be perfect as your next tech partner.

Before the conclusion of the evening, Leavenworth took the floor one last time. He encouraged the attendees to reach out to him or to any members of the tech delegation with questions. Then, he, along with the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia’s Executive Director, Christina Lista, chose the winners of the night’s raffle featuring a backpack, bag, and a bottle of Chilean pisco.

The CACC would like to thank the Chilean Consulate for hosting, Day by Day Catering, ProChile for their donations to the raffle and for the wine and pisco, the attendees, and, of course, Ch1l3 for returning to Philadelphia.

If you would like to see more pictures from this event, please visit our Flickr page.

Chile: Your next tech partner_

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

 

Join the founding members of Ch1l3 a digital country_ as they launch their final tour of the U.S. here in Philadelphia on the evening of June 18th. Representing the 7th ranked Digital Nation in the world* and the best country to do business with in Latin America**, network with leaders of Chile’s technology sector and learn how they’re pioneering Latin America’s connectivity and technology infrastructure. Registration is free.

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Monday, June 18th, 2018
5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

The Bourse Building, 9th Floor
111 S Independence Mall E
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Chilean IT Delegation:

Nisum
Tecnova 
Linets
Kibernum
BlackHat

*Source: Tholons Digital Nations Ranking

**Source: Forbes Best Countries for Business

Presenting Partners:

 

Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

Monday, May 14th, 2018

 

For the eighth consecutive year, members and friends of Philadelphia’s international chambers have joined forces to host an international business networking reception to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top U.S. destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

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

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Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

Wednesday, July 25
5:00 – 7:00 pm

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

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

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