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Fashion Forward – Executive Fundraiser, Whiskey Tasting & Networking Event – Wednesday, November 4, 2015

On Wednesday, November 4, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia hosted an international fashion event at the world renowned, iconic clothier, Boyds Philadelphia. Attendees spent an unforgettable evening in the magnificent, five story building raising money for an important local charity. Guests enhanced valuable business connections while shopping for global designer apparel, shoes and bags, and enjoyed a whiskey tasting sponsored by Edrington Group and food by the Victoria Freehouse. Everyone received a special shopping discount, and 100% of Chamber net ticket sales revenue and 5% of Boyds’ total retail sales from the evening were donated to The Ronald McDonald House. The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House supports families of seriously ill children by creating a community of comfort and hope. Our event donation went toward supporting families traveling from outside of the United States for treatment. We are proud to report a donation amount of more than $2,500.

Howard Silverstone, BABC President welcomed guests and introduced Lawrence Jacobson, Director of Leadership Giving, Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House. Lawrence presented a short story of the first House That Love Built in Philadelphia, and discussed why the House is uniquely suited to serve families.  Currently, more than 2,000 families are served annually, and there are plans to expand during the next few years.  Lawrence explained how the House is funded and discussed ways people can help from volunteering to cook meals to hosting, listening, nurturing, or by simply being there and helping out in any way they can.

After Lawrence talked about the House and how it serves children and their families who need support while fighting life threatening illness at area hospitals, Alex Gushner, the fourth generation family member to be involved in managing Boyds Philadelphia spoke on behalf of the business. Alex provided a brief history of Boyds’ 75 years of operation and the family’s commitment to serving and supporting the local community.

Boyds, the newest BABC Club Level member company, is regarded as one of the world’s greatest clothing stores. The Store is recognized for providing customers with exclusive merchandise, and offering one of the country’s largest selections of fine men’s and women’s designer fashions.  Alex concluded the speaking portion of the evening by thanking everyone for attending and encouraging attendees to shop to support a great cause – The Ronald McDonald House.

As guests departed each person was presented with a Boyds gift bag with goodies from the evening.

Special thanks to Boyds Philadelphia for providing the venue; the Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us on this program and for providing the wine; Edrington Group for hosting the whiskey tasting; and Peroni for donating the beer.

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Global Mobility – How To Ensure A Win-Win for Employer and Employee – Wednesday, September 30, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia presented a global mobility seminar at Duane Morris’ Philadelphia office. Attendees represented a diverse cross section of executives operating across various industry sectors. Duane Morris graciously hosted the breakfast meeting and Jonathan Segal, a Partner with the Firm in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group, and the managing principal of the Duane Morris Institute (DMi), seamlessly led presenters through a discussion about the tax, healthcare benefits, and legal aspects of moving employees outside of their home offices.

Tim Lung, Partner in KPMG’s Global Mobility Services practice group provided a tax overview of US taxation, specifically for outbound expats and inbound inpats. He talked about different levels of tax and various tax developments. Tim also discussed global mobility trends, policies, types of assignments, and the integration with talent management strategies. Lastly, Tim directed people to KPMG’s Global Assignments Policies and Practices survey distributed during the event.

Jeffrey Walsh, a Senior New Business Manager in the Eastern Region for Cigna Global Health Benefits focused his presentation on trends in the healthcare space. Healthcare reform is top of mind for many US and Global HR directors, and Jeff explained how this reform has affected expatriates and business travelers. He also addressed the rise of corporate short term assignees and business travelers, and the increasing need for employers to cover them. Jeff provided insight about what businesses are doing with respect to their approaches to benefit offerings (centralization vs. regional approach) in terms offering benefits to their expatriates and business travelers. He also touched on compliance issues, US healthcare, and Obama Care.

Elena Cooper, Partner from Duane Morris London flew in for the seminar. Elena and Johnathan volleyed back and forth about the legal differences between UK and US employment law. Elena provided attendees with clear examples of how laws vary between the US and the UK. Both countries may speak the same language but the words used to describe or to refer to different scenarios, time frames, and levels of representation can be dramatically different. Their discussion included various legal differences between the US and the UK, which law applies, is there a double application, etc.

Each panelist could have spoken at much greater length about their area of expertise. Unfortunately the three main topics addressed during the seminar were limited due to the brief time frame of the program. CLE and CPE credits were offered. Speakers answered questions throughout the program and remained long after to speak individually with attendees.

Special thanks to sponsors: Cigna, Duane Morris LLP and KPMG LLP.

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5th Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception – July 29, 2015

On Wednesday, July 29, 2015 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the Asian, Brazilian, Chilean, Eurasian, French, German, Hispanic, Irish, Israeli, Italian, Japanese, and Norwegian American Chambers of Commerce and the Consular Corps of Greater Philadelphia for a business networking reception with Philadelphia’s Democratic Mayoral Nominee, Jim Kenney. For the fifth consecutive year, members of the international business community gathered to celebrate Philadelphia’s status as a top US destination for foreign direct investment and commercial trade.

More than 300 professionals representing the international business community, including Consular Corp members, and local and foreign Government Officials attended this special event. Hundreds of executives networked and reaffirmed Philadelphia’s economic, political, and commercial impact as an influential global city.

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European Union Ambassador to the US Visits Philadelphia

On Thursday, July 14, 2015 David O’Sullivan, European Union Ambassador to the United States of America spent the day in Philadelphia for an official visit. Ambassador O’Sullivan met with state and local government officials, conducted various press interviews, and attended an exclusive luncheon in his honor with British American Business Council (BABC) and Irish American Business Chamber & Network (IABCN) board members at CBS Broadcast Center.

Ambassador O’Sullivan’s arrival in Philadelphia could not have been more perfectly timed. The Greek debt crises and the Iran nuclear deal occurring concurrent to this scheduled meeting leant itself to a highly dynamic discussion about economic and political developments within the European Union. Ambassador O’Sullivan spoke to these global matters as well as the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) – the world’s largest free trade agreement. This game-changing pact could establish new global trading rules and standards that could help both sides of the Atlantic maintain dominance in an increasingly competitive world economy. Attendees had the unique opportunity to actively engage in valuable dialogue with Ambassador O’Sullivan. According to the Ambassador:

TTIP is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to update the rules that govern transatlantic trade and investment. Although the EU and the US remain the most important economic corridor in the world, a new deal is needed to unleash the full potential of our economic relationship and remain competitive in a rapidly changing global economy. This means getting rid of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade, cutting costly duplication by better aligning our regulatory apparatuses, and making it easier to invest in each other’s economies. This is good for businesses and consumers on both sides of the Atlantic and will bring new export and job prospects to Pennsylvania.

TTIP negotiations, formally launched in July 2013, and tenth rounds began in Brussels on July 13, 2015. For more about TTIP negotiations, visit

The EU is represented in the US by the Washington, DC Delegation of the European Union, which works in close coordination with the Embassies and Consulates of the 28 EU Member States. The delegation is a full-fledged diplomatic mission, representing the European Union in dealings with the US government in areas that are part of the EU’s remit. They promote EU policies in the US, which includes presenting and explaining EU actions to the US Administration and Congress. By engaging with political actors, the media, academia, business, and civil society, they raise awareness of EU issues and concerns, and promote the importance of the EU-US relationship among the American public. They also analyze and report on the political, social, and economic situation in the US to EU headquarters in Brussels.

Ambassador David O’Sullivan assumed his current position as EU Ambassador to the United States in November 2014. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer of the European Union’s External Action Service (2011-14); as Director General for Trade (2005-10); and as Secretary General of the European Commission (2000-10). He began his diplomatic career in the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and has also served at the EU Delegation to Japan. He is an Irish citizen, a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, and is married with two children.

The BABC was honored to collaborate with the EU office and the IABCN to welcome Ambassador O’Sullivan to Philadelphia for his first official visit.

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2015 BIO International Convention – 10th Annual BIO Reception & Dinner

The BABC was honored to collaborate with UK Trade & Investment and AstraZeneca on the by invitation only 10th Annual BIO Reception & Dinner at The National Constitution Center on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  More than 150 executives from both sides of the Atlantic participated in this exclusive program welcoming the UK delegation to the City for this annual conference.  The BIO International Convention is the world’s largest and most prestigious biotechnology event, drawing industry leaders from more than 62 countries.  Most international attendees visit as part of an international delegation; an official group of ten or more attendees from a country other than the US, organized on a national level.  Participants from the UK represented one of the largest international delegations.

Martin Cook, Director of UK Trade & Investment, USA welcomed guests and thanked the BABC for our participation.  Martin is responsible for UKTI in the United States, where he oversees 130 professionals and nine offices throughout the country – San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami and Washington, DC.  The US represents the largest source of inward Foreign Direct Investment (“FDI”) for the UK.  UKTI is a UK government department which plays an integral role in generating economic growth in the UK by helping to expand bilateral trade and investment between the UK and US, as well as other countries throughout the world.  UKTI is present in approximately 100 overseas markets and has 2,500 staff globally.  Martin spoke briefly about UKTI and his role before thanking AstraZeneca and introducing Paul Hudson, US President and EVP North America, AstraZeneca.

Paul is responsible for leading AstraZeneca’s commercial operations in North America and represents the region as a member of the Senior Executive Team.  In this capacity he is accountable for driving growth and maximizing contribution of North America to AstraZeneca’s global business.  Prior to his role in North America, Paul served as Representative Director and President of AstraZeneca K. K., the Japanese subsidiary of AstraZeneca PLC. He has served as a Standing Board Member of JPMA (Japan Pharmaceuticals Manufacturers Association) and EFPIA (European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations) in Japan.  Previously Paul was President of AstraZeneca’s business in Spain. He joined AstraZeneca in 2006 as Vice President and Primary Care Director, UK.  Paul received a degree in Economics from Manchester Metropolitan University and a DipM from the UK’s Chartered Institute of Marketing.  So as not to detract from networking Paul briefly thanked attendees for joining him and his team for their 10th annual Bio Convention dinner, and turned the microphone over to special guest speaker Doctor John Watson, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, UK Department of Health.

Professor John Watson MB BS, MSc, FRCP, FFPH is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer for England, Department of Health, UK.  He is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Visiting Professor in the Department of Primary Care and Population Sciences at University College London.  He qualified from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 1979 and subsequently trained in clinical respiratory medicine and infectious disease epidemiology.  Between 1989 and 2003 he worked at Public Health England (formerly the Health Protection Agency) focusing on the surveillance, prevention and control of tuberculosis and acute respiratory infections (particularly influenza, legionnaires disease and SARS) at the local, national and international level.  He led the Health Protection Agency’s public health response to pandemic influenza in 2009 and to the novel coronavirus in 2012.

Guests thoroughly enjoyed celebrating innovation in life sciences, networking, listening to the speakers, and eating a delicious meal in the world renowned National Constitution Center in the heart of historic Philadelphia.  People remained at the event long after dinner concluded.

The Bio2015 Convention opened on Monday, June 15th and concluded on Thursday, June 18th.

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Embassy Series – Spotlight on United Kingdom: Wednesday, May 20, 2015

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia and the Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia on the 2015 Embassy Series — Spotlight on the United Kingdom.  It was the perfect evening on the 55th floor at Top of the Tower. The panoramic views of the City were outstanding.  Approximately 35 people gathered for an informative discussion about export and investment opportunities with the UK.  Danny Lopez, HM Consul General & Director General, Trade & Investment USA for UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) was the featured keynote speaker.

Danny was appointed British Consul General, New York and Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA in July 2011.  He is responsible for promoting the UK’s economic profile, foreign policy and national security priorities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut’s Fairfield County.  The Consul General is the senior UK official in a Consulate General, which is a subordinate office to the Embassy or High Commission, usually located in another major city.  The Consul General represents the UK government and is typically responsible for consular, visa and trade activities in their city or region.  The Director General for UK Trade & Investment USA sits on the Board of UK Trade & Investment, the foreign commercial arm of the UK government, and leads its operations across the USA.

UKTI works with UK based businesses to ensure their success in international markets through exports. They encourage and support overseas companies to look at the UK as the best place to set up or expand their business. UKTI has professional advisers around the UK and staff across more than 100 countries with headquarters in London.  The team is responsible for: international trade and investment; helping UK companies achieve their potential overseas through exporting; and encouraging investment in the UK by overseas businesses.  During his discussion Danny explained current UKTI priorities to be: giving more support to medium-sized businesses; giving better support to small companies wishing to export; strengthening their efforts in high growth markets; maximizing the UK’s export potential where we have a free trade agreement; securing export-oriented foreign direct investment; helping to put in place the government’s long-term strategy for economic growth; and increasing reach by working closely with more partners.

The Greater Philadelphia region collaborates with UKTI across various industry sectors to ensure they are well positioned and connected to local resources to ensure they can meet their mission. Oliver Franklin, Honorary British Consul of Greater Philadelphia provided a glowing introduction to the British Consul General.

Prior to joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Danny enjoyed a varied career in the UK’s public and private sectors.  From 2009 to 2011, he worked for the London Development Agency, the Mayor of London’s economic development arm, as Group Director for Business Support and Promotion. During this time, he was responsible for creating London & Partners, the UK capital’s promotional agency for business, visitors and students and was its inaugural CEO.  From 2006 to 2009, Danny was Managing Director, Marketing & Communications at UK Trade & Investment, where he was responsible for delivering a new marketing strategy to promote and showcase the UK economy internationally.  Previously, Danny worked at Barclays Bank for ten years, where he held a number of senior international positions, including Director of Business Banking USA in New York, Head of Inward Investment in London and Business Development Director in India.

Danny candidly addressed the group, speaking about his role serving the UK Government in the US, the current state of UK economic and political affairs, and the effect on trade and investment.  In particular, Danny focused his discussion on the strong relationship with the Greater Philadelphia region.  The UK is the third largest market for exports from the Philadelphia, Camden and Wilmington areas.  It is the top market for Pennsylvania goods among Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) nations, responsible for nearly 30% of export sales from our region to the European Union.  Danny actively engaged with attendees in a dynamic question and answer session.

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Corporate Social Responsibility Initiatives with a High Return

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted their fourth annual panel discussion about a top-of-mind topic.  This year’s focus was on Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and the increasing significance this subject plays in the business environment.  The back room of Philadelphia’s famous whiskey and go go bar – The Trestle Inn – owned and managed the BABC’s very own Marketing & Communications Chairman Ian Cross, was filled to capacity with more than 50 attendees.  Program participants included those who are passionate about the subject matter, and are committed to supporting the local underserved community and the environment.

During the past two decades CSR has evolved as an important area for everyone to be aware of and involved in as they conduct themselves in both their professional and personal lives.  Moderator, Jason Gosselin, BABC Board Member, and Chair of Drinker, Biddle & Reath’s Life Insurance and Annuities Practice Group remarked about the difference between recent college graduates interviewing for jobs and his own experience entering the work force.  Today people are notably committed to and interested in working for entities that support CSR initiatives.

The five panelists informally discussed how their companies embrace CSR.  John Cerrone, RFP Associate, Business Development Team, Aberdeen Asset Management talked about Aberdeen’s Foundation and the Company’s focus on children, education, and the needs of the local community where Aberdeen operates, and throughout the globe.  Nicole Koedyker, VP of Values & Impact, MilkCrate explained how her family cattle ranch ignited her passion and spirit for environmental responsibility.  She co-founded Forsei Consulting, a social and environmental consulting firm based in Philadelphia and is VP of Values and Impact for MilkCrate, an app that connects consumers to local, sustainable choices.  Ahsiya Mencin, Director, PULSE Volunteer Partnership, Talent, Leadership and OD Centre of Excellence, GlaxoSmithKline PLC presented the Company’s four pillar approach to CSR: “Health for All, Our Behavior, Our People, and Our Planet.”  Douglas Oliver, former senior vice president of marketing and corporate communications for Philadelphia Gas Works (PGW), and current Philadelphia mayoral candidate spoke about PGW’s business development and emerging markets efforts.  Doug also spoke extensively about the importance of education, and the City’s need to focus on the younger, future generation.  Rhett Workman, Managing Director Government and Airport Affairs, American Airlines, discussed the Company’s position as a hometown airline and a global enterprise with operations all over the world.  Rhett discussed the Airline’s support of US military personnel and their families, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) programs for children.

All panelists expressed the importance and value of sustainable initiatives to big corporate shareholders, individuals, and the community at large.  Jason engaged the speakers about how the entities they work for decide what CSR initiatives to support, and what innovative approaches are embraced to ensure CSR work is both sustainable and core to business objectives, while ensuring employees feel connected and empowered to make a difference.  Despite representing various sectors and entities, all of the presenters agreed it is important for businesses to engage their employees in areas that matter to them, and to focus on educating and making a difference in children’s lives.

Immediately following the educational portion of the evening, attendees networked long after the program ended.  Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties.  The BABC encourages those who were unable to attend the program to visit The Trestle Inn.

Special thanks to the Irish American Business Chamber & Network and the Young Leaders Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association for partnering with us.

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First Minister of Wales Visits Philadelphia


On Thursday, February 26, 2015 the leader of Wales – The Right Honorable Carwyn Jones, AM, spent the day in the Greater Philadelphia region. This was the First Minister’s inaugural trip to the area, and his schedule included meetings with local companies and government officials. Discussions focused on cementing business ties and the relationship between Wales and Pennsylvania. The BABC welcomed the First Minister with a luncheon in his honor hosted by BABC Club Level member, Duane Morris LLP. The exclusive meeting was by invitation only and included more than 25 executives from leading businesses such as: Aberdeen Asset Management, Comcast, Duane Morris, HSBC Bank, Morgan Lewis & Bockius, TD Bank, and Virgin Atlantic Airways, to name several of those present. Michael Pedrick, BABC Secretary and Membership Co-Chair introduced the First Minister.

Carwyn Jones was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen in December 2009. He was educated at Brynteg Comprehensive School, Bridgend, University of Wales, Aberystwyth and Inns of Court School of Law, London. Prior to his election, he was a barrister in chambers in Swansea specializing in Criminal, Family and Personal Injury Law and a professional tutor at Cardiff University Law School. He has been a Labour Party member since 1987 and played an active role in the ‘Yes for Wales’ campaign. His interests include sport, reading and travel, and he is a fluent Welsh speaker.

Immediately following interviews and photographs with reporters from the Philadelphia Inquirer and KYW and CBS3, the First Minister opened his Chamber of Commerce discourse with a history lesson, and a very simple question. He asked, “What is Wales?” and proceeded to explain Wales is one of four nations within the United Kingdom – England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The First Minister mentioned Wales shares the same legal system as England, Scotland and Northern Ireland do not. He described Wales’ long tradition of engineering and manufacturing excellence, and established capabilities in IT, financial and professional services, and technologies in sectors ranging from life sciences to sustainable and low-carbon technologies. Wales’ highly skilled, loyal and competitive workforce, driven by research and thousands of graduates from Welsh leading universities positions it as a favorable destination for international business. Superior industry facilities and global partners, offering scientific innovations permeate the Welsh marketplace. The First Minister spoke about the Government’s pro-business stance, and its keen interest in listening to businesses investing in the region to ensure government policy and strategy to enable success. A number of Pennsylvania based companies have invested in Wales and several Welsh businesses have interests in Pennsylvania enterprises. Leading universities also have active exchange programs.

The Welsh have made a substantial contribution to Pennsylvania from colonial days to the present and Pennsylvania remains the state with the highest number of Welsh American residents. Welsh settlement in began in 1681 when William Penn sold an area of land known as the Welsh Tract to Welsh Quakers. Philadelphia has the oldest Welsh Society in North America.

Present day connections include 17 companies with Pennsylvania/Welsh business ties, one of which is Triumph, headquartered in Berwyn. Triumph is a global leader in aerospace systems. It recently secured a £40million annual contract to supply Airbus with components for aircraft landing gear. The deal, secured with Welsh Government support, will see work move from China to North Wales, and will initially create over 60 new, highly skilled jobs at the company’s plant in Deeside, doubling the workforce in North Wales, UK to more than 100. As a result of this deal, Deeside will become the sole supplier of hydraulic actuation systems used in the landing gear for all Airbus A380 and A320 aircraft. The £1.8m investment in new facilities and equipment is backed by £392,000 business finance from the Welsh Government.

Wales’ proximity to UK hubs and the European marketplace, as well as a destination in itself, provides easy access to key industry centers in the UK and abroad via world class infrastructure – roads, rail and air links to England, Europe and the rest of the globe. Wales has an exceptional range and variety of business premises, which are among the best in Europe and are competitively priced. The Welsh government offers financing companies locating projects in Wales from another country with up to 45 percent of a company’s costs, for capital expenditure and associated revenue being open to non-repayable finance.

The Welsh Government promotes and protects the interests of Wales within the UK, Europe and internationally. Working with interests and partners in Wales and beyond the Office undertakes activities to raise the profile and influence of Wales as a place to live, visit, study and do business. While the First Minister has responsibility for the management of relationships between Wales and the rest of the United Kingdom, Europe and internationally, all Ministers have a role in delivering the Government’s international responsibilities and ambitions. Wales has 14 representations located in seven countries: Belgium, China, India, Ireland, Japan, United Arab Emirates and the USA. The offices are multi-functional. They are responsible for trade and investment, government relations, tourism, culture and education. The primary focus of the Brussels office is on EU matters. US Offices are located in New York City, Washington DC, Chicago and San Francisco.

Following the First Minister’s presentation to the BABC the meeting was open for dialogue. Attendees were encouraged to ask questions. Inquiries ranged from curiosities about the Welsh language to sector specific industries most prevalent in Wales, business infrastructure, banking, tourism, the health of the Welsh economy, and if Wales might pursue something similar to the Scottish referendum.

The BABC thanks Duane Morris LLP for hosting the luncheon and The Welsh Government for working with us to bring The First Minister to Philadelphia.

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Click the links below to read press coverage of The First Minister’s visit to the Greater Philadelphia region.

The Philadelphia Inquirer/

CBS Local

Wales Online

Herald Online

The Business Journals


The Welsh Horizon

Wales Online – Triumph Article

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group Third Annual Meeting: Tweeting – It’s More Than Just for the Birds

On Tuesday, April 30, 2014, the BABC of Greater Philadelphia Young Professionals Group (YPG) hosted Tweeting – It’s More than Just for the Birds, a panel discussion and networking event at The Trestle Inn. The back room of Philadelphia’s famous whiskey and go go bar owned and managed the BABC’s very own Marketing & Communications Co-Chairman Ian Cross, was filled to capacity with more than 50 attendees who braved the torrential rains and flooding to gather for a dynamic discussion about social media. This constantly changing and rapidly developing revolutionary form of communication creates innumerable benefits, challenges and complications. The five panelists, all experts in the field: Caroline Bean, National Media Relations/Social Media Director, Visit Philadelphia; Scott Burke, Digital Marketing Manager – Americas, Aberdeen Asset Management; Tara Lawler, Senior Attorney, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP; Michael Leis, Senior Vice President, Social Strategy, Digitas Health; and Melony Roy, Social Media Editor/Reporter, KYW Newsradio, were seamlessly led through probing questions about the topic by program moderator Howard Silverstone, CPA, CFF, FCA, CFE, Forensic Resolutions. Howard, prior BABC Board President, and current Marketing & Communication Co-Chairman engaged both the panelists and the audience in a series of questions peppered with humor and fascinating facts about the social media industry. Did you know – Facebook is the third largest country in the world, and more people own a mobile device than a toothbrush?

Gary Marshall, BABC Board President introduced the third annual BABC YPG program. He recognized and thanked BABC YPG Co-Leaders, Julien Franklin, Marketing & Communications Executive at Aberdeen Asset Management, and Patrick Riley, Vice President, at Bartlett & Company for their assistance in producing this sell-out, topical program, before passing the microphone to Howard. The diverse audience represented a myriad of industry groups and levels within various corporations and organizations throughout the region, many with global operations. All attendees conferred they utilize social media in their daily lives for professional and/or personal purposes.

The discussion was fast paced, and could have continued long into the night. Much of the debate focused on corporate social use policy; the importance of employing social media as a tool to develop brand and support corporate strategy; and the way different industry sectors, and cultures use social media to communicate. Everyone unanimously agreed social media would continue to evolve and immeasurably transform the way we communicate and conduct business in the future. One thing however that has not changed much in centuries is the Brits ability to enjoy a good pub night. Immediately following the educational portion of the program, attendees networked well after the program ended. Everyone enjoyed their signature whiskey sours, while developing new and enhancing old business ties at the bar. The BABC encourages those who were unable to attend the program to visit The Trestle Inn.

All net revenue generated from this program was donated to the Science Leadership Academy’s 2014 cultural exchange program to Liverpool, England.

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NW England Trade Mission Delegation Business Networking & Welcome Reception

On Tuesday, March 4, 2014, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted a business networking and welcome reception for the NW England trade delegation visiting the State. The BABC was honored to collaborate with the City of Philadelphia and Select Greater Philadelphia on this exclusive welcome program. Seven delegate companies demonstrating a cross section of industry and sector groups, and a representative from the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce participated in the mission. Richard Northcote, North American Market Advisor, UKTI, NW England and President BABC, NW England led the delegation.

Alan Greenberger, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia provided welcome and opening remarks. Alan gave a macro-overview of the region, explaining why Philadelphia is a hospitable geography for UK companies looking to invest in the US. Alice Solomon from Select Greater Philadelphia discussed the organization’s role of assisting companies, free of charge, with data and economic analysis and onsite location services. Both Alan and Alice highlighted two BABC member companies – Aberdeen Asset Management and Mark Group – who are outstanding recent examples of UK-owned entities recently entering the US marketplace and setting up main offices in Philadelphia. Following Alice’s overview of Select’s services, Drew Kondylas, Manager, Membership Sales, Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce spoke about the Chamber’s offerings and history. Howard Silverstone, BABC Marketing & Communications Co-Chair and past President closed the meeting by describing the Group’s mission and offerings as the premier organization promoting the commercial and trade interaction between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK. Howard joked about how he was only originally intended to remain in Philadelphia for one year, but the attraction of the region and the vibrant, welcoming business community beckoned him to establish permanent residence.

Attendees included an exclusive group of 30 professionals from the UK, the Greater Philadelphia region, and City Officials, as well as representatives from several strategic entities dedicated to promoting international investment and trade. Conversation and networking abounded as the delegates spoke of their objectives for visiting the region and BABC members provided a broad overview of the services they provide. The BABC was honored to collaborate with Alice Solomon of Select Greater Philadelphia and Shinjoo Cho of the City of Philadelphia to facilitate this important welcome reception and business meeting for the visiting UK companies.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ernst & Young
  • HSBC
  • KPMG
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • PriceWaterhouseCoopers
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic