Programs & Events

22nd Annual Friend of Chile Awards Luncheon

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
The Union League of Philadelphia
140 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

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RECEIVING THE 22nd ANNUAL “FRIEND OF CHILE” AWARD:
Miriam Borja-Fisher, Senior Business Development Manager, Western Fumigation

Miriam Borja-Fisher is Senior Business Development Manager for Western Fumigation.  Since 2002, she has served as head of business planning and marketing for Western.  Ms. Borja-Fisher is an active member of the Greater Philadelphia port community, serving as Treasurer of the CACC since 2009.  She is also a past president of the World Trade Association (2015-2017).

Ms. Borja-Fisher has over thirty years of international business experience and holds an MBA, International Business & Marketing from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL. In prior capacities as General Manager, Latam for UK-based Biotrace Inc (currently part of 3M), and Administrator for ANZ Grindlays Merchant Bank, NYC, she developed markets, both domestically and internationally throughout the Americas.  She began her career at American Express Travel Related Services where she developed benchmark standards for customer service and streamlined operations nationally.

Western Fumigation, founded in 1928, has been a key partner in the successful development of the Chilean fruit trade in the Delaware River Region since its inception in the 1970s. A trusted partner of the region’s terminal operators, third party logistics companies, importers and exporters, Western is focused on excellence in service and advocacy on behalf of their clients.

RECEIVING THE ALBERT S. MARULLI “LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT” AWARD:
Dennis Rochford, President, Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

Dennis Rochford is President of the Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay, a non-profit trade association serving port businesses throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. In addition to managing the association’s staff and overseeing the development of the port community’s automation network, Mr. Rochford represents the regional port community to government officials in Washington, D.C., Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Trenton, New Jersey, and Dover, Delaware concerning a range of key issues critical to the success of the Delaware River regional port complex.
Mr. Rochford is a founding member and past president of the National Association of Maritime Organizations. He serves as board director for the American Institute for International Steel, Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society, Port of Wilmington Maritime Society, Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce, PENJERDEL Council, and Water Resources Association of the Delaware River Basin. Mr. Rochford also serves on the board of directors for New Castle County Chamber of Commerce, World Trade Association of Philadelphia, and World Trade Association Delaware. He further serves as a commission member on the Delaware Health Care Commission, as a University of Delaware College of Health Sciences Advisory Council member, and as board director for Delaware First Media.
Mr. Rochford’s expertise on issues of governmental and business importance resulted in weekly Monday evening appearances as a commentator on the former WHYY-TV 12’s news program, Delaware Tonight for a period of 11 years.

Please contact Christina Lista, CACC Executive Director, with any questions at [email protected]