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Sixth Annual New Jersey Networking Event

On Thursday, March 2, 2017, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted the sixth annual New Jersey networking event and dinner at The British Chip Shop in Haddonfield, New Jersey. More than 40 BABC members and friends occupied the restaurant for a fun-filled pub night.  Chip Shop proprietors offered attendees a superb selection of specialty beers and a wonderful meal including delicious appetizers, and a decadent dessert.  Adding to the enjoyment of the evening, Philadelphia Union presented each attendee with two complimentary tickets to the season opener on March 11th –Toronto FC vs. Philadelphia Union – in addition to raffling off a few branded items.

Howard Silverstone, immediate prior President and current Programs & Events Chairman welcomed guests and provided a brief introduction about the organization. Howard discussed the important relationship the State of New Jersey has with the United Kingdom, and kept attendees laughing at his clever jokes and witty comments. Howard explained while this program is more social in nature, the BABC offers approximately one event per month throughout the tristate area, including educational seminars and business roundtable discussions with leading industry experts and government officials.  Howard appealed to non-members, suggesting they speak with Jane Rosenberg, BABC Executive Director, or board members Richard Chibbaro, Patrick Riley, or himself about joining.

Before thanking the British Chip Shop for hosting the dinner, and prior to introducing D&H Global Tax Group, the lead event sponsor, Howard spoke briefly about his Firm, Forensic Resolutions. Forensic Resolutions, supporting sponsor, is a forensic and investigative accounting firm, providing solutions to complex business problems and insurance claims.  The Firm has extensive experience in the fields of economic damages, fraud investigations, and claims assessment, among other areas of service.  Howard, Founding Partner of the Firm, has served on the BABC Board of Directors for more than two decades.

Lead sponsor, D&H Global Tax Group is a BABC Corporate Member with offices in Pitman, NJ and London and Philadelphia. The Firm specializes in international US tax advice, compliance services, and structuring.  Leon Dutkiewicz, Partner, D&H Global Tax Group spoke briefly on behalf of the Firm, discussing the Firm’s global work and recent move into Center City Philadelphia.  Leon is a certified public accountant specializing in all aspects of international business and tax planning for businesses with operations in multiple countries and US citizens who reside abroad.

Following sponsor remarks, winning business cards were drawn for Philadelphia Union branded items. Attendees were then invited to sit and enjoy dinner.  Guests remained long into the evening, continuing to mingle and enjoy the atmosphere.

We extend special thanks to lead event sponsor, D&H Global Tax Group; supporting sponsor, Forensic Resolutions; and door prize and raffle gift sponsor, Philadelphia Union.

Photos from event available here.


Charting the Future Now: European Economic Growth and its Importance to American Prosperity

European Economic Growth & Its Importance to American Prosperity

On Tuesday, March 21, 2017 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia partnered with the German, French, Italian and Swedish Chambers of Commerce for a presentation about European economic growth and its importance to American prosperity. More than 40 individuals from the various international groups attended the informative session held at Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.  Dr. Andrea Montanino, Director, Global Business & Economics and C. Boyden Gray Fellow on Global Finance and Growth for the Atlantic Council spoke in great detail about the European economy and its relationship to the United States.

Dr. Montanino leads the Atlantic Council’s work on global trade, growth, and finance. He formerly acted as executive director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), representing the governments of Italy, Albania, Greece, Malta, Portugal, and San Marino. Before joining the IMF, he was a career officer in the Italian Ministry of Finance from 2006 to 2012. He also previously spent four years (2001-05) at the European Commission in the Directorate General for Economic and Financial Affairs.

Dr. Montanino’s discussion with the European Chambers of Commerce in Philadelphia focused on the importance of restoring European economic growth, safeguarding the European project, and reinvigorating the transatlantic alliance. Dr. Montanino presented European and American expert analysis of the challenges facing Europe and how to address them in the short, medium, and long term.  The Atlantic Council’s Global Business & Economics Program Charting the Future Now publication examines his speaking points in great detail.  Click here to access the complete report.

In a nutshell, Europe and the United States need each another. The geopolitical changes occurring throughout the world must engage both regions to focus not only on short term trade agreements and the economic implications of such negotiations, but must plan for the longer term.  Issues such as Brexit, immigration, energy, etc. are impacting the economic changes we are feeling throughout the globe.  London is the economic hub of European finance, and the UK, EU, and US have been and will continue to be strong partners if we focus on the future, and long term planning is the ultimate goal.

The British American Business Council thanks the German Chamber for inviting us to participate in this timely lunch discussion. We look forward to hosting Dr. Montanino back to the region in the early Autumn of 2017 to provide an update on Brexit and the economic relationship between Europe and the United States.  We hope you will join us for this program.  More information to follow shortly.

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