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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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13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018

13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile
Wine Tasting and Dinner
April 26, 2018
Hotel du Pont
Wilmington, DE

On Thursday April, 26th, The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACC) held its 13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile Wine Tasting and Dinner at the historic Hotel du Pont in Wilmington, Delaware.  The evening kicked off with a wine reception as attendees enjoyed tastings from a variety of Chilean wines on display.  Guests networked and enjoyed music before being led into the Gold Ballroom for the remainder of the evening.


Once attendees had taken their seats, CACC Board President Robert Palaima took the stage to recognize and offer congratulations to the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, the recipient of the 2018 Visionary Award for their work with the Ports of the Delaware Valley.

Palaima then thanked sponsors, special guests, and attendees that had travelled from far away to attend the night’s program. Among those in attendance were Presenting Partners of the evening, the founding members of Ch1l3 a Digital Country_ as well as the Chilean Delegation 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.


Robert Palaima then handed the microphone to Anne Bookout of Royal Fumigation, one of the evening’s Presenting Sponsors.  Bookout expressed her delight in being a sponsor for the event and thanked the Chamber for its continued commitment to strengthening the relationship between Chile and the United States throughout all channels of commerce and communication.

Next to take the stage was Martin Lewit of Ki Teknology and Nisum Chile, a founding member of Ch1l3 a Digital Country_.  Lewit explained the importance of tech in Chile, noting Chile as the largest consumer of tech in Latin America.  He then spoke to the long history Chile has with the CACC and explained its important role in introducing his new technolgy brand to the United States. Lewit explained that it is this relationship, and events like the Taste of Chile, that motivated Ch1l3 a Digital Country_ to venture into Philadelphia as one of its top three destinations in the U.S. and made him so happy to once again be visiting from South America.


Before dinner was served, Robert Palaima invited Sebastian Goycoolea and Chris Fream of BluGlacier, one of the three largest importers of Chilean salmon to the U.S., to the stage to speak about their fresh Chilean salmon products and thanked them for their generous donation of salmon for all to enjoy.

Following dinner, Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation and Treasurer of the CACC took the stage.  Borja-Fisher reminisced of her time spent in Chile this past September and once again welcomed the Chilean Delegation from the O’Higgin’s region before welcoming Chilean Senator  Alejandro García Huidobro to the stage.

After greeting those in attendance and thanking all for welcoming him back to the region, Senator García Huidobro spoke to the strong relationship his region has with Philadelphia.  García Huidobro emphasized that he feels like a part of the Chamber and expressed his gratitude for its role in strengthening international relations between the two regions.  Senator García Huidobro also called to attention the Chamber’s role in welcoming four Chilean students to the United States, which Board President Robert Palaima would later call one of the Chamber’s most rewarding efforts.


Following Senator García Huidobro, United States Senator Tom Carper spoke about Chile and its growing rank as one of the United States’ best friends and most valuable trading partners, stressing the importance in the continuation of this strong relationship.


Jeffrey Bullock, Secretary of State of Delaware, then took the stage to introduce the night’s honorees.  Bullock thanked Senator Carper, noting that there is no better supporter of the Maritime Industry.  Bullock congratulated the Maritime Exchange and explained that no candidate was a better fit to receive this award.  Through its advocacy and promotion of Delaware River Commerce and its support of the Chamber, the Maritime Exchange was the most worthy recipient for the award.  Bullock then invited Dennis Rochford, President of the Maritime Exchange and CACC Board Member, to the podium to accept the award for the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay.


Rochford explained how honored he was to be receiving the award and thanked his board members and staff for their efforts within the organization.  By working with its partners in Chile, as well as local stakeholders of the Delaware River, the Maritime Exchange has undertaken several initiatives to protect and grow the perishable cargoes exported to the US from Chile.  Rochford noted some of the Maritime Exchange’s most recent accomplishments including its work in facilitating the creation of the Cold Storage Facility Task Force and the CBP – Agriculture Working Group. Before exiting the stage, Rochford once again thanked those in attendance and recognized the region’s congressional delegation for its interest and support of the Maritime Exchange in achieving its goals for the organization.


The CACCGP would like to thank all of the sponsors, presenting partners, special guests, and attendees of this esteemed event, and also to Presenting Partners ProChile DC for facilitating the donation of fresh Chilean Salmon for the evening.

13th Annual Experience the Taste of Chile

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Join the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia for its 13th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile. Enjoy an evening of authentic Chilean food, wine, rich conversation and celebration of the strong commercial and trade partnership between the Delaware Valley and the Republic of Chile.

Take advantage of the opportunity to participate in this unique event and show your support for the work the Chamber does to continually strengthen the commercial and business ties between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile.

Thursday April 26, 2018
5:00 PM – Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception
6:00 PM – Dinner & Award Ceremony

Hotel du Pont
11th & Market Streets
Wilmington, DE 19899

Receiving the 2018 Visionary Award
The Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

CACC Member Ticket: $150
CACC Non-Member Ticket: $200

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For additional sponsorship information, please contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].

Cheers to 30 Years – RESCHEDULED

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Cheers to 30 Years will be held at the grandiose Water Works, a National Historic Landmark with breathtaking views of Boat House Row and the Center City skyline from its waterfront location at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

The cocktail reception will include a 2 hour top-shelf open bar highlighted by Chilean wine and an abundance of passed hors d’oeuvres, a chilled seafood station, an antipasto station, and more.

Wednesday March 28, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Cocktail Reception

Water Works Restaurant & Lounge
640 Water Works Dr.
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Sponsorship levels for this reception include:

Gold – $2,500
Includes 7 tickets (total) to the reception, premium signage throughout venue (logo and banners), toasting opportunity, and exclusive photo opportunities

Silver – $1,500
Includes 5 tickets (total) to the reception, signage throughout venue (banner), and exclusive photo opportunities

Bronze – $750
Includes 3 tickets (total) to the reception, signage (logo recognition), and exclusive photo opportunities

The CACC is tremendously appreciative of all levels of support given for this special cocktail reception.

This is an invitation-only event.

Sponsorships are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.

RSVP to [email protected] to register.

For more information, contact Christina Lista at 215-790-3627 or [email protected].

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.



2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Workshop
Friday, December 1, 2017
The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market

Colleagues, port representatives, and government officials joined together at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) to participate in an annual interactive experience reviewing the trade, technical, legal, regulatory and business issues affecting the import of Chilean fresh fruit into the Delaware River Region.

The workshop featured a panel of experts moderated by Tom Mastromarco of Holt Logistics Corp. and welcomed with remarks courtesy of Sean Mahoney of PhilaPort and Honorary Consulate of Chile, Benjamin Leavenworth.  This year’s panelists included: Felipe Gajardo, Agricultural Trade Specialist, Agricultural Office – Embassy of Chile; Stephen Brady, Chief Agricultural Specialist for the Port of Philadelphia, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection; William Spence, Officer in Charge, USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Agency – Plant Protection & Quarantine; Marc Krasner,  Acting Asst. Officer in Charge, Philadelphia USDA – Agricultural Marketing Service Office; Russel Vandermark, FDA Investigator, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; John Ercolani, Senior Vice President, J&K Fresh East; George Sibley; Christopher Ryan, Key Account Manager, Perishables, GEODIS USA, Inc.; Kurt Reichert, Fumigation Director, Western Fumigation; and Lisa Himber, Vice President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay.

Thank you to PWPM for hosting the CACC, Panelists for their participation, and all attendees.  Special thanks to the supportive CACC members who sponsored the 2017 Annual Fresh Fruit Fall Workshop:  GEODIS USA, Inc., Holt Logistics Corp., J&K Fresh East, The Port of Wilmington Delaware, and Western Fumigation.

The 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon

Monday, November 20th, 2017

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, November 17th, 2017
The Union League of Philadelphia

On November 17th 2017, The Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce hosted members, friends, and special guests for the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.   Attendees gathered at the historic Union League of Philadelphia to honor the year’s awards recipients and celebrate the strong trade partnership between the Greater Philadelphia region and the Republic of Chile.

The Luncheon began with a Chilean wine tasting courtesy of wine sponsor Dependable Distribution Services before guests were invited into Lincoln Hall to begin the awards celebration.  As guests were seated, Robert Palaima, President and Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, and also recipient of the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award, took the stage to welcome guests and officially begin the ceremony.

After an invocation courtesy of Reverend William Rex, Leo Holt of Holt Logistics was introduced as the Luncheon’s first speaker.  Holt began by congratulating Robert Palaima on being the recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award, noting that the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia is “the most recognized and envied” Chilean Chamber in the nation, and credited Palaima for his large contribution to achieve this status.  Holt then went on to speak about the origins of trade between the Greater Philadelphia Region and Chile.  Holt emphasized the importance of relationships between business partners abroad and stressed how vital this is to a successful trade partnership.

Before exiting the stage, Holt introduced a special guest whom he greatly admires, His Excellency Juan Gabriel Valdés, Chilean Ambassador to the United States.  After thanking Leo Holt and Reverend Rex, Ambassador Valdés conveyed his delight to be a part of the day’s Luncheon.  Ambassador Valdés, who had met with the CACCGP along with other Chilean Chambers across the U.S. a month earlier, spoke about the Chambers’ cooperation with each other and the bright future Chile and the United States have together.  His Excellency then addressed the upcoming elections in Chile, stating that Chile’s relationship with the United States is crucial for the country and will continue to be a strong partnership under Chile’s new government.

Jeff Theobald of PhilaPort was the next speaker to take the stage.  Theobald praised Governor Tom Wolf’s commitment to the Philadelphia Ports and Chilean Trade before introducing Pennsylvania Secretary of Transportation Leslie Richards, who would accept the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf.

Secretary Richards thanked those in attendance and expressed how honored Governor Wolf was to receive the “Friend of Chile” award.  Having allocated $300 million in investments in the region’s ports, Richards explained Governor Wolf’s commitment to his vision of sustainability and improvement for the transportation networks within the Greater Philadelphia Region.  She praised the investment for its ability to make for a more attractive environment for shippers and economic prosperity.  Richards noted her excitement to continue working with the Philadelphia Ports before exiting the stage for lunch to be served.

After attendees enjoyed a Chilean inspired meal, Honorary Consul of Chile Benjamin Leavenworth continued the ceremony to introduce Robert Palaima and present him with the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award.  Leavenworth stated that the day’s banquet was living proof that fair trade is made possible through the friendship and trust of the Chamber’s members and partners.  After giving a brief biographical background of the award’s honoree, Leavenworth praised Palaima for his commitment to the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, stating that the award demonstrates Palaima’s genuine care for Chile and its people.  Leavenworth thanked Palaima for his contributions to the chamber, which have allowed it to grow and placed the Chamber in a much better position to compete internationally.  After noting some of the CACCGP’s recent activities and accolades, Leavenworth invited Palaima to the stage to accept the award with a standing ovation from all in attendance.

After thanking Leavenworth for his kind words, Palaima expressed his gratitude for having received the award and serving as President and Chairman for the Chamber. Palaima then went on to say that the future is bright for Chile and Philadelphia with Executive Director, Christina Lista and the Chamber’s Board of Directors.  Palaima went on to express his hopefulness for a reengaged trade deal between Chile and the United States, and asked those in attendance to reach out to legislative officials to ask for a new, revised trade agreement.  After thanking his wife, and the men and women at Delaware River Stevedores, Palaima left the stage as attendees rose to their feet to congratulate the honoree and conclude the day’s ceremony.

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce’s 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon would not have been possible without the support of many generous sponsors including Presenting Partner ProChile; Visionary Sponsors: Brandywine Realty Trust, Holt Logistics Corp., Ports of Delaware River Marine Trade Association; Presenting Sponsors: Port of Wilmington Delaware, Philaport; Corporate Table Sponsors: Aramark, Dayka & Hackett, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Dole Fresh Fruit, FreshPAC LLC, Geodis USA, Inc., J&K Fresh East, Loeper & Associates, Manfredi Cold Storage, Mattioni, Ltd., Morgan Stanley, RPS/Royal Fumigation, Sbrocco International, Inc., South Jersey Port Corporation, Tastyfruitti International, Inc., The Pilot’s Association for the Bay and River Delaware, Western Fumigation, and the World Trade Association; Associate Sponsors: Intercontinental Services, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay; and Wine Sponsor: Dependable Distribution Services.

Special thanks to the Union League of Philadelphia for its hospitality in hosting the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon.

For more photos from the 20th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon, please visit our Flickr page.

Chile: A Digital Country

Monday, October 30th, 2017

Chile: A Digital Country
Presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
Presented in Partnership with Select Greater Philadelphia, KPMG, Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ProChile, and Chiletec
October 23rd, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM

On Monday, October 23rd the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia hosted a group of Chilean IT innovators for the unveiling of Chile’s newest technology brand, Ch1l3: A Digital Country. The new sector brand is the creation of multiple Chilean IT companies, in partnership with ProChile, and is represented by four different founding partners: Agence, Linets, Tecnova Global Solutions, and Ki Technology, as well as Chiletec, the chamber of tech companies in Chile. The reception was one stop of a three part tour of the US made by the innovators during an international campaign to promote their new services platform.  Attendees gathered to witness the official unveiling of Ch1l3 and network while enjoying hors d’oeuvres as well as a variety of different Chilean wines and pisco.

Honorary Consul of Chile for Philadelphia, Benjamin Leavenworth, began the evening by stressing the important relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region.  Leavenworth noted that Chile is a strong, innovative country that has produced a number of mature tech brands including those in attendance. Following Leavenworth’s introduction, Philadelphia Managing Partner of KPMG LLC, Frank Mattei took center stage.  Mattei elaborated on the importance of global networking and wished all in attendance a successful evening.

Rodrigo Contreras, Head Economic Department & Trade Commissioner of ProChile D.C., was the night’s third speaker.  Before introducing the brand’s founding partners, Contreras expressed his satisfaction with Chile’s ability to export more than just raw materials as part of the fourth industrial revolution.

As Martin Lewit of Nisum Latin America made his way toward the microphone, it was time for the official unveiling of Ch1l3: A Digital Country.  A short video was shown which described the brand’s function and expressed its importance and relevance to companies in the U.S., explaining that the two countries shared very similar technological cultures.  Following the unveiling, additional members from the brand’s founding partners, including Agence, Linets, Tecnova, and Chiletec introduced themselves and the organizations they represent.

Shortly after, guest speaker Patrick Millar of Love Park Robotics LLC was introduced. Millar expressed his fondness for Chile both as a tourist destination and as a source of qualified and experienced tech innovators. He then began speaking to the growing success of E-commerce and Robotics in the Philadelphia area, also citing the influence of the fourth industrial revolution.

Before Benjamin Leavenworth retook the stage to close the evening, Sylvie Gallier-Howard welcomed the delegation on behalf of the City of Philadelphia.  Gallier-Howard thanked those in attendance and spoke about the growing tech scene in Philadelphia, noting that the new tech brand would prove to be a valuable partner to our city. Benjamin Leavenworth then announced the winners of the night’s wine and pisco raffle.  Leavenworth proceeded to thank those in attendance and encourage anyone to reach out with any inquiries before closing the evening’s presentations.

Thank you to KPMG for graciously hosting us in their space and to Select Greater Philadelphia for partnering with us on this event. Also, gracias to ProChile for kindly providing the Chilean Pisco.

For more photos of the unveiling of Chile: A Digital Country, please visit our Flickr page.

To read more from AL DÍA News, click here.

Chile: A Digital Country

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Chile’s New National Technology Brand – Philadelphia Launch Event

Did you know Chile has the most internet users* in all of Latin America? Named the “most innovative country for early-stage entrepreneurs,” Chile also takes the top spot in all of Latin America for best business environment, overall competitiveness, and most economic freedom.

Join us on the evening of October 23rd for the official unveiling of Chile’s new technology brand and meet the innovators behind the rapidly-developing technology hub of Latin America dubbed “Chilecon Valley.”

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Monday, October 23rd, 2017
6:00-8:00 PM
1601 Market Street, 36th Floor
Philadelphia, PA

Special guests include:

Martin Lewit
General Manager, Nisum Latin America

Carlos F. G. Arruda
CEO, Agence

Juan Pablo Reyes
CEO, Linets

Cristian Ferrer
CEO, Tecnova Global Solutions

Roberto Mérida
International Manager, Chiletec

Keynote Speaker: Patrick Millar, COO, Love Park Robotics, LLC

*as a percentage of its total population


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Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception
Presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce
July 26th, 2017
5:00 – 7:00 PM

On Wednesday, July 26th, 2017, over 250 attendees from twelve different international chambers gathered at the Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception hosted by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia.  The event was held on the fifth floor of National Museum of American Jewish History, as networkers gathered and enjoyed wine, courtesy of Wines of Chile USA, on a balcony overlooking the historic Independence Hall.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

This was the seventh consecutive year for the event, and featured members from partnering organizations including: Asian American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia; 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 Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce of Philadelphia.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Attendees enjoyed food and beverages as they conversed and listened to welcoming remarks, courtesy of Robert Palaima, President & Chairman of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, before Keynote Speaker, Councilman At-Large David Oh, Chairman of the Committee on Global Opportunities and the Creative/Innovative Economy and Minority Whip for Philadelphia City Council, was introduced. Palaima thanked those in attendance and acknowledged the reception’s Corporate Sponsors: Aramark, Delaware River Stevedores, Inc., Temple University’s Fox School of Business CIBER, Klasko Immigration Law Partners, LLP, Santander Bank, NA, and Wouch, Maloney & Co., LLP for their generous support of the night’s event.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

As Councilman Oh took the stage, he began his remarks by referencing a recent injury he had suffered while returning to his Philadelphia home after a long night at work. He spoke about motivation and spirit, and how he was motivated to return home from the hospital after seeing his children’s reactions to his injury. He then related this to the city of Philadelphia, and how the city has recently established an international trade presence that had been somewhat absent in years prior. Councilman Oh credited this to the cutting-edge businesses, organizations like the Chambers of Commerce, and people within the city of Philadelphia, and explained how they are what push the city forward. He acknowledged the twelve chambers that had gathered at the reception, and noted that organizations like these are what motivate the mayor’s office to become a larger player in the international business world. Councilman Oh closed by thanking all in attendance, and offered an invitation into his office for anyone with any suggestions or ideas they may have, adding “If you do not push us, we will not come together.”

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Once Keynote Speaker Councilman Oh had concluded, Robert Palaima retook the stage and began the business card raffle for the evening, which featured prizes on behalf of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia-Israel Chamber of Commerce, British American Business Council, Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc., and the French American Chamber of Commerce.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

Thank you to all attendees, sponsors, and partnering organizations for making the Summer 2017 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.

Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception

For more photos of The Summer 2017 International Business Networking Reception, please visit our Flickr page.