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Learn About the 2022 Friend of Chile Honorees

Monday, October 17th, 2022

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.

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.

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.

Click here for Sponsorship Opportunities

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

Frank W. Manfredi, President, Manfredi Cold Storage & Dist. Inc.

Theresa DePietro, Director of Pier Operations, William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

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

Spotlight Series: Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation

Tuesday, August 31st, 2021



Miriam Borja-Fisher 
Senior Business Development Manager at Western Fumigation and
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Treasurer



CACC: How did your experiences lead you to your role at Western Fumigation? Did you always envision yourself involved in this industry?

Miriam Borja-Fisher (M.B.F.): No one embarks on a career path with the intention of going into the fumigation business. And, I must say, when I first arrived at Western in 2002, I hadn’t realized commercial-scale fumigation of commodities was “a thing.” Fresh out of college, my experience focused on the financial and the marketing/ public relations industries, having started my career first with American Express, then Ted Bates Worldwide, and Australia & New Zealand Banking group, in New York City.

Once I left The City, and acquired an MBA, I started morphing into what would most prepare me for my work with Western. I moved to the Princeton, N.J. area and began working for a UK start-up biotech company called Biotrace, Inc. I was hired to open up “The Americas” market for them, and with a fax machine and some rented office furniture, I began making inroads first in the US, and then in Latin America.

By the time I was finished at Biotrace, the company had grown successfully from zero to a multi-million-dollar operation, which was then sold to 3M. The need to be resourceful and to build networks during my time with that company is what most prepared me for my work with Western.

As my mentor at Western, Barbara Hunter, always said to me, “you’ll never be bored, here at Western. Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something will hit and you’re back fighting fires.” She was certainly telling the truth. Now, in my 20th year with Western Fumigation, I can definitely say there is always something that requires innovative and creative thinking.

CACC: How is your work at Western Fumigation connected to Chile and how does it support Chilean trade?

M.B.F.: A major part of our work in the Philadelphia/Delaware River region involves treatment of commodities arriving at the ports from Chile. This movement of food supplies requires the careful orchestration of an array of stakeholders, both at origin and on arrival. Western is a cog in the wheel that keeps everything moving efficiently to market. Western is known for its advocacy role on behalf of the industry, with regulators, nationally, internationally, and at the local level; and is often credited for many “win-win” solutions for the industry in general.

CACC: What is your favorite part of working within the maritime trade industry?

M.B.F: Working with people with an entrepreneurial spirit is definitely my favorite part of the maritime industry. Making things happen, and happen correctly and smoothly is very satisfying.

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

M.B.F: The CACC is a very highly regarded organization in the maritime trade industry in our region and in Chile. It is the perfect platform for bringing together stakeholders who are involved in the Chilean-American trade to work collectively to keep this industry vibrant, adaptable, and growing. I am honored to be a part of the executive team and the Treasurer of the organization.

Many thanks to Miriam for participating in this Spotlight Series!


22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon Recap

Tuesday, November 26th, 2019

Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce
22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
The Union League of Philadelphia


On Wednesday, November 6th, 2019, members and distinguished guests gathered in the historic Union League of Philadelphia for the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACC) 22nd Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon to honor individuals who have demonstrated great commitment in the trade partnership between Chile and the United States.

As guests arrived, they were welcomed by a wine reception featuring two delicious Chilean wines. Shortly after, guests were asked to take their seats in Lincoln Hall to begin the luncheon and awards ceremony. Leo Holt, of Holt Logistics, was the afternoon’s emcee and was the first to approach the podium. He welcomed everyone to the event and congratulated all attendees for being part of the CACC, one of the most active and dynamic Chilean Chambers of Commerce in the United States. After a short prayer led by Rev. William Rex, Leo came back to the podium. He gave congratulations to Miriam Borja-Fisher of Western Fumigation and Dennis Rochford of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, the two award recipients on the day. He also recognized special guests such as His Excellency Alfonso Silva, Chilean Ambassador to the U.S., Jorge O’Ryan, Director of ProChile, Matías Pinto Pimentel, Trade Commissioner, Karla Martin, Chancellor of the Chilean Consulate in Philadelphia, and members of the USDA. Holt then invited Ambassador Silva to the stage to say a few words.


The Ambassador began his speech by speaking to the mutually beneficial relationship between not just Chile and the United States, but also the relationship between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region specifically. The fruit trade has provided both regions with thousands of jobs, boosting both economies. Ambassador Silva then transitioned to the current situation in Chile. He projected a calm, confident demeanor in which he stated that Chile is a country “obsessed” with growth. The country still boasts the 2nd highest minimum wage in Latin America as well as one of the lowest unemployment rates in the region. He finished his speech with a strong message: “Keep faith. Democracy will prevail.”

Following the Ambassador’s speech, Holt brought Eric Casey, CEO of GT Wilmington, to the stage to present Dennis Rochford with the Albert S. Marulli Lifetime Achievement Award. Casey said although he has only been working in the area for a little over a year, it is already apparent to him how key Rochford is in the local business.


In his acceptance speech, Rochford mentioned how honored he was to be receiving the award. He also took time to recognize his colleagues at the Maritime Exchange and said he could not have done it without them. Rochford also praised the CACC, stating it is an honor to work with such an outstanding chamber.caccgp_110619-1357

Following Rochford, Holt retook the stage to introduce Carlos Martinez from the USDA. Martinez had some brief remarks regarding the ports in the Philadelphia region and how important they are. He also mentioned that the relationship between the Philadelphia region and Chile is one of mutual benefit.


Next to approach the podium was the Director of ProChile, Jorge O’Ryan. This being his first time in the city of Philadelphia, O’Ryan immediately endeared himself to the crowd as he mentioned he is a fan of the local basketball team, the 76ers. As his speech then transitioned to a more serious note, he, much like the Ambassador, gave confident remarks regarding Chile’s current political situation. O’Ryan stated that he had been in contact with the ports and assured the crowd that the Chilean fruit trade would proceed as normal. He also commented on the importance of the city of Philadelphia for Chile. Not only has the Philadelphia area been home to the fruit trade, but the region has also been one of the best markets for the burgeoning Chilean IT market.

After O’Ryan, Holt quickly returned to invite Kurt Reichert, of Western Fumigation, to present his colleague, Miriam Borja-Fisher with the “Friend of Chile” Award. Reichert mentioned a lot of Borja-Fisher’s accomplishments since joining Western in 2002. He also said she is a friend to many in the room, so it was only fitting that she is receiving the “Friend of Chile” Award.


Borja-Fisher was very grateful to be receiving the award. She thanked Ambassador Silva and Jorge O’Ryan for joining us, as well as her colleagues at Western Fumigation. She also acknowledged her family, thanking them for their constant love and support. Following her acceptance speech, Borja-Fisher, “put her CACC Treasurer hat on” and thanked all of the attendees and wished everyone a safe journey home.


The 22nd 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 Wilmington, Holt Logistics, and Western Fumigation; Presenting Sponsor, PhilaPort; and Corporate Table Sponsors, Dayka & Hackett, Delaware River Stevedores, Diamond State Port Corporation, Dole Fresh Fruit Company , Ecolab, GEODIS USA, J&K Fresh East, Manfredi Cold Storage, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, Sbrocco International, Tastyfrutti, The Pilots’ Association for the Bay and River Delaware, and William H. Kopke, Jr., Inc.

Additionally, the CACC would like to extend its thanks to the Union League of Philadelphia for the outstanding venue and delicious food.

Click here to see more photos from the event, and click here to learn more about our award recipients.

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

Register Here

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.


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.

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

Click here to register.

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].

19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Honorees

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Awards Luncheon
Friday, October 28th, 2016
The Union League of Philadelphia | 140 South Broad Street | Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Chilean Wine Tasting & Reception 11:30 a.m.
Luncheon & Awards Celebration 12:00 Noon

Receiving the 19th Annual “Friend of Chile” Award: Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, Senate President of New Jersey

Senator Stephen M. Sweeney has served as President of the New Jersey Senate since 2010. He has been a leader on the most important state issues, passing laws to increase the minimum wage, allowing Paid Family Leave, establishing marriage equality, setting a two-percent cap on annual property tax increases, and promoting equal educational opportunity through the Dream Act.

Senator Sweeney has fought to create jobs and economic opportunity for everyone. He sponsored bills to provide economic incentives for job creation, to create new jobs and job training for the unemployed, and to restore tax cuts for the working poor. Recognizing the importance of transportation infrastructure to the state’s economy, he has been a leader on renewing funding for the Transportation Trust Fund. He continues to work to make college more affordable and reduce college debt for New Jersey’s students and middle-class families.

Senator Sweeney has taken a leading role in promoting property tax relief and making government operate more effectively and more efficiently. He also helped build schools for special needs children, established parks for children with disabilities, and sponsored and created a statewide registry of offenders who abused individuals with developmental disabilities.

Senator Sweeney has represented the Third Legislative District since 2002.

Receiving the 2016 “Lifetime Achievement” Award: Barbara Hunter, BHA Consults, LLC

Barbara Hunter’s commitment and dedication to the Chilean Fruit Industry is well known and marked with numerous recognitions including being one of the first Friend of Chile recipients 16 years ago. After ending a long career with Western Industries, today Barbara continues to be actively involved in the Delaware River Port community. As a Director and member of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay’s Executive Committee, Barbara continues to be an advocate for Chilean interests. Currently she is an active member of both the CBP-AG Working Group and the USDA Treatment Fee Task Force.

In 2012, forming her own company Barbara became a consultant for Western where she had been affiliated for more than 40 years before her departure earlier this year. Prior to joining Western Industries in 1976, as Marketing Director, Ms. Hunter was the Director of Consumer Affairs for the National Pest Management Association, in Washington, DC.   In 1980 she was became Western’s Director of Imported Commodities as a result of her work with the Cocoa trade; and her deep involvement with the Chilean fruit business, which she attracted to Western in 1979. Having traveled extensively during her career throughout Central and South America, her first trip to Chile occurred in 1983. That was the beginning of a long and enduring respect for Chilean fruit growers, shippers and all those in the import and export process.

An innovator and a steadfast champion for Chilean Fruit interests, one of her endeavors was the creation of The Food Safety and Security Program for port terminals. That program was initiated just prior to the terror attacks on September 11, 2001. This was the first program of its type in the country, and it positioned the port terminals where Western provided USDA Quarantine treatments, to take a leadership role in the new security measures to come which would impact port operations.

For her tireless efforts in the Delaware River Ports Ms. Hunter has garnered many awards and recognitions. She has been sought out for interviews, written articles and has been a featured speaker for many industry groups.


Photos and Video from reception with Governor of Delaware Jack Markell

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Last week, Wednesday February 27th, the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce in partnership with a group of international chambers of commerce held an exceptional networking reception (close to 200 guests) at the DuPont Country Club in Wilmington. In addition to speaking about the importance of international trade and commerce in the State of Delaware, special guest Governor Jack Markell stayed for more than an hour to chat one-on-one with those in attendance.

It was our third international chambers reception in Delaware and we look forward to continuing this tradition in the future based on the event’s overwhelming success. Thank you to our sponsors and everyone who was there.

Photos from the event: Here

Video from the event Here

7th Annual “Experience the Taste of Chile” Wine Tasting & Dinner

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

There was a glow emanating from the Du Pont Country Club as stars in the international shipping business and political galaxies gathered for the Seventh Annual “Taste of Chile” Wine Tasting & Dinner, presented by the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce. Designed to celebrate the exceptional economic and trade partnership between Chile and the Greater Philadelphia region, the dinner was an elegant, stellar tribute. Delaware’s United States Senator Tom Carper and Governor Jack Markell, joined Chile’s new Ambassador to the United States, His Excellency, Felipe Bulnes in delivering gleaming reports on Chile’s skyrocketing progress. The Chilean economic story is certainly one of the most positive success stories going on in the world today.

With a tremendous growth trajectory over the last three decades, Chile is now number 17 in the world for food exports. They are rising so swiftly, they’re expected to be among the top ten exporters by 2014. Chilean produce broke the grip of ‘Winter,’ making fruit available to the United States all year-round, while creating thousands of jobs from the Delaware Valley all the way to Santiago. The president of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce, Robert Palaima, was the evening’s master of ceremonies and noted the Chamber has been a key factor in bolstering this astounding bilateral trade. In fact since 1989, the total value of Chilean imports coming through the Delaware River ports rose from $192, 020, 000 million to $966,330,000 million dollars.

A stunning success.

Delaware Governor Jack Markell actually lived in Chile and spoke of the extraordinary growth and charm of the country: “Chile is truly one of the greatest countries in the world. I have a particular affection for Chile. I lived there in 1983-84. I was working for an American bank that had an office there. I lived and worked in Santiago but got to travel mainly in the south which is absolutely spectacular. I hear the north is also and look forward to visiting there. Chile is a beautiful country, the people are incredible, the progress that the economy has made over the last 30 years is phenomenal. And to visit as Alan Levin, Delaware’s Economic Development Director, Gene Bailey and Tom Keefer, from the Port and Ben Leavenworth, the Honorary Consul, we went back in August. We went to sign an extension of an agreement between the Port of Wilmington and many of the fruit exporters and growers in Chile.”

In her introduction of Ambassador Bulnes, Anne Bookout, Vice President and General Counsel of Royal Fumigation told the gathering of His Excellency’s time spent in the United States. “He has an LL.M from Harvard Law School, was a Fulbright Scholar, and also served Chile as both Minister of Justice and again, as Minister of Education.”

Ambassador Bulnes only just arrived in the States in the last couple of weeks, but made sure the event was one of his first official stops. He talked about why the bonds between Chile and the US are so strong and complimented the Chilean & American Chamber, “I want to thank the Chamber, it is the largest Chilean-American Chamber we have and is the most active and a key player in promoting the relationship between our two countries. . .The trade balance between the Delaware Valley region is approximately one billion dollars and that’s a huge amount for Chilean standards. We are happy to supply fruits during your winter season and take advantage of the ‘reverse’ growing season and happy to sustain two thousand direct jobs and ten thousand in-direct jobs in your region. And thanks to your efficiency, capabilities and commitment to Chilean exports, you are sustaining one hundred thousand jobs in Chile.”

Fresh off the train from the nation’s capital, Delaware’s United States Senator Tom Carper said, “Our relationship with Chile has born great fruit, for Chile and not just for those of us in Delaware Valley Region. We’re happy that Chile is our valued customer and we’re happy to be your servant. And so glad to see all of you here tonight. As a recovering governor, I love economic development and job creation. It’s one of my most favorite things in the world.”

The Chamber’s 2012 Visionary Award went to Rene Merino, the managing director and owner of the Casa Tamaya Winery. Together, ‘The Wines of Chile’ and Casa Tamaya decanted an impressive array of Chile’s finest wines throughout the evening. While accepting the award, Merino noted, “We have people thinking ‘premium’ now, when they think of Chilean wines. We believe we have the best geography, the best climate, conditions, the best of everything to produce the finest wines in the world. We have also proven it many times in blind taste-tests and competitions. We’ve been able to beat some of the most expensive wines in the world many, many times. And we always over-deliver. That’s what Chile’s all about. Governor Markell and I were talking about Tamaya Winery and I’ve asked him to visit us in the north. We are right at the entrance of the desert and the first time my wife and I went – there was nothing there. It was just barren land. She said, ‘you’re absolutely crazy, nothing’s going to grow here.’ And today we have an amazing winery making wines that rival the world’s finest in competitions all over the world.”

The outstanding imported wines were part of an exquisite dinner made of foods imported from Chile. In addition to the remarkable Tamaya Cabernet Sauvignon and others, there was also delicious AquaChile Verlasso salmon, farm raised in Chile. It was absolutely delightful and is the result of a joint research and development effort between the Du Pont Company of the United States and the Republic of Chile.

Ricardo Maldonado, the Executive Director of the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce said, “It is fitting that the evening’s award is called ‘Visionary’ because in fact, everyone at the dinner has that characteristic in common. All of the national and international companies represented, the workers and staff of the Ports of the Delaware River, the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce and the government officials of Chile and the United States are all participating in a real-life dream-come-true.” A remarkable story of vision, dedication, partnership and amazing progress.