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Mayor Kenney to visit Ireland and the United Kingdom

The BABCPHL proudly supports Mayor Kenney’s business development and retention visit to Ireland and the United Kingdom from October 20-29, 2018.  For the past few months we have been collaborating with the Philadelphia Department of Commerce, the State of Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and the United Kingdom Department for International Trade to develop the strategic direction for the trip.  We provided introductions to BABCPHL stakeholders and assisted in creating the itinerary and engagement schedule with business and government leaders.  Several BABCPHL member companies will be participating in binational business meetings in London, Cambridge and Reading.  Throughout the trip five commercial seminars will be offered, and more than 30 meetings with private companies, universities, tech hubs, and other organizations will take place.

The BABCPHL’s mission is to promote the trade and investment relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region.  Our organization is part of the largest transatlantic business network with more than 20 chapters and 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout the UK and North America.  Members include some of the world’s largest multinationals as well as thousands of middle market, small, and privately held entities across industry sectors. Our organization has been operating in the Greater Philadelphia region for nearly 30 years.  We are honored to do our part to bolster foreign direct investment in the area, and to support local companies in their transatlantic business opportunities.

Links to press:

https://www.bizjournals.com/philadelphia/news/2018/10/15/phila-officials-head-to-ireland-u-k-to-boost.html

https://www.phila.gov/2018-10-15-mayor-kenney-leads-international-business-trip-to-ireland-and-u-k/

 

 


New Members

Club Level Members:
Almac Group
George Tiger
Vice President Global- Business Development
25 Fretz Road
Souderton, PA 18964
P: 215-660-8500 ext. 7092
E: George.Tiger@almacgroup.com

The Almac Group is an established contract development and manufacturing organisation that provides an extensive range of integrated services to the pharmaceutical and biotech sectors globally. Having grown organically over almost 50 years and employing close to 5,000 highly skilled personnel worldwide, the Group is headquartered in Craigavon, Northern Ireland and has seventeen facilities, including in the UK, US, and Singapore.

The Group’s North American headquarters is in Souderton, Montgomery County, in addition to having operations in Lansdale and Audobon, PA.

EisnerAmper LLP
Ralph Estel
Senior Manager
One Logan Square
130 North 18th Street, Suite 3000
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-881-8857
E: ralph.estel@eisneramper.com

EisnerAmper LLP is a leading full-service accounting and advisory firm, with nearly 1,500 employees and 180 partners across the country. We provide audit, accounting, tax, corporate finance, internal audit and risk management, forensic accounting, and other professional advisory services to a broad range of clients. We work with start-ups, closely held businesses, public companies, not-for-profit organizations, and high net worth individuals.

EisnerAmper combines responsiveness with a long-range perspective; to help clients meet the pressing issues they face today, and position them for success tomorrow. For more information, visit www.eisneramper.com.

Corporate Member:
Tanager Wealth Management LLC
Kyle Pettigrove
Partner, Financial Advisor
325 Chestnut Street
Suite 800
Philadelphia, PA 19106
P: 215-298-9042
E: kyle@tanagerwealth.com

Tanager Wealth Management provides tax efficient wealth management services to US and UK households globally. Our firm is founded by Americans and British nationals living the same complexities as our clients, which provides Tanager with a unique understanding of how to help them achieve their goals.

US expats have specific and well documented challenges when saving and investing, and our experience helps US taxpayers and their advisors understand and manage these challenges (FATCA, US tax, investment constraints, regulatory requirements). We are also well versed in the needs of British expats living in the US, and are able to help them enjoy their life abroad and remove the stress of their US/UK obligations.

www.tanagerwealth.com


Human Interest Feature

HM Queen Elizabeth II Announces 2018 Birthday Honours List

The BABCPHL is pleased to congratulate Howard M. Silverstone on his appointment by Her Majesty The Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE). The MBE is an award under the category of “Orders of the British Empire.” The awards were created during World War I by King George V as a way to reward people, both civilians and those serving, for their efforts in the war. Today, there are three categories: Commander (CBE); Officer (OBE); and Member (MBE). Awards are not just given to people serving the military. People who receive the award are individuals who have made great efforts to contribute to their respective communities. Howard’s work with British business in the United States is an example of this.

Howard received this recognition because of his services to British business in the United States. Howard has been a member of the BABCPHL since its inception more than 25 years ago. He has served two terms as President and is currently Programs & Events Chairman. For more than a quarter century Howard has dedicated his time and resources to strengthening the relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region.

Howard actively promotes the relationship between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region through his voluntary efforts with the BABCPHL. Howard is a highly committed BABCPHL Board Member. He has helped the BABCPHL overcome the biggest challenge it faces as an international organization: that of the transient nature of its members. BABCPHL has to continually service its existing members, as well as seek new ones. Howard’s work on the board and as President has continually addressed that challenge, through successful meetings, presentations, and speeches that have directly benefited BABCPHL’s constituents with business interests in the UK.

Throughout his tenure with the BABCPHL, Howard has helped the organization expand. Approximately once a month, Howard presides over or participates in a BABCPHL program about a current issue or event affecting the trade and commercial relationship between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK. Howard has also supported BABCPHL efforts to raise funds and awareness for underserved or disadvantaged groups through annual community service programing and other-related projects. While Howard is occupied day in and day out with his privately owned and managed forensic accounting firm – Forensic Resolutions, Inc. – he always finds time to dedicate several hours per week to the BABCPHL. His commitment has had immeasurable impact on the region’s relationship with the UK both financially and culturally. Howard’s support has enabled the BABCPHL to continue to facilitate the social and commercial interaction of individuals and corporations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Howard is an outstanding ambassador for the UK in the US. During his early years in America, upon learning about the BABCPHL, he immediately sought out and became affiliated with the Organization. The BABCPHL is the premier international business association and the only UK dedicated group of its kind in the area. This affiliation afforded Howard the opportunity to network with professionals who shared his interests and connections to the UK. Originally only planning to stay one year, Howard made the most of his experience and decided to remain in America. Then, today, and into the future, Howard is passionate about connecting with others. He is always eager to build bridges to enhance the strong economic and cultural ties between the Greater Philadelphia region and the UK.

In October, Howard and his family will be traveling to Buckingham Palace to accept the MBE. The BABCPHL wishes Howard heartfelt congratulations on receipt of this very well deserved recognition, and sincere thanks for the many years and hours of service he has dedicated to promoting our Organization’s mission.

Click here for a complete listing of the Diplomatic and Overseas Birthday Honours List.


Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) partnered with the Chilean, French, German, Irish, Israeli, Japanese, Norwegian and Eurasian Chambers of Commerce for the Eighth Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception.

More than 250 global business executives and regional and foreign government officials gathered at the National Museum of American Jewish History for this annual meeting of the who’s who of international relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Participants braved heavy rain for a great chance to network and make valuable connections.  A raffle draw included a variety of prizes, such as bottles of wine, tickets to upcoming events, and a beautiful piece of artwork.

Special thanks to the Chilean Chamber for organizing such an important program for the international business community and to event sponsors: Holt Logistics, Fox CIBER, and The Port of Wilmington, Delaware.

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Summer 2018 International Business Networking Reception

On Wednesday, July 25, 2018 the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) partnered with the Chilean, French, German, Irish, Israeli, Japanese, Norwegian and Eurasian Chambers of Commerce for the Eighth Annual Summer International Business Networking Reception. More than 250 global business executives and regional and foreign government officials gathered at the National Museum of American Jewish History for this annual meeting of the who’s who of international relations in the Greater Philadelphia region.

Participants braved a heavy rain for a great chance to network and make valuable connections.  A raffle draw included a variety of prizes, including bottles of wine, tickets to upcoming events, and a beautiful piece of artwork.

Special thanks to the Chilean Chamber for organizing such an important program for the international business community and to event sponsors: Holt Logistics, Fox CIBER, and The Port of Wilmington, Delaware.

Click here for photos.

 

 

 

 


Club Level Feature – American Airlines

The Year of PHL for American Airlines

We started 2018 by sharing memorable moments with our partners at the airport and with our city leaders. As we sent fans to Minneapolis in style to cheer on our World Champion Eagles, we also engaged City Council in the fun with our rally towels that were waived in excitement while councilmembers sang “Fly Eagles Fly.”  Additionally, we experienced a humbling moment at the start of the year by reaching a milestone with our PHL cargo team.  By January, they had carried more than two million pounds of critical supplies to Puerto Rico for hurricane relief efforts – the most throughout our American network in the northeast corridor.

These early achievements and impactful benchmarks reinforce why 2018 is the year of PHL for American Airlines. We have so many exciting initiatives that will continue to reaffirm our status as both American’s transatlantic gateway and Philly’s Hometown Airline.

Starting this spring and summer, we will have 11 new routes—three international and eight domestic — that will connect people to the Philadelphia region and beyond. Our new international routes include: Budapest, Hungary; Prague, Czech Republic; and Mexico City, Mexico. Our new domestic routes include: San Antonio, TX; New York, NY; Des Moines, IA; Madison, WI; Omaha, NE; Fort Wayne, IN; Oklahoma City, OK; and Pensacola, FL.  Additionally, we resumed our service to Zürich, Switzerland on March 25.

As we continue to add more nonstop destinations to strengthen our position as American’s transatlantic gateway, we will broaden our regional economic impact and help make the Greater Philadelphia region an even more vibrant place to visit, live and work.

Whether it is above or below the wing, one of our top priorities is to identify ways to improve work environments for our 8,000-plus hardworking PHL team members. This year, we are making culture a competitive advantage. We are refreshing workspaces and meeting rooms and providing the tools and training our work groups require. More importantly, we are supporting team members on their initiatives that strengthen our diversity inclusion and cultural awareness.  In January, our newly formed Latin Diversity Network (LDN), one of American’s many Employee Resource Groups, flew to Puerto Rico to distribute over 200 toys which they collected from PHL team members.  The PHL LDN is also providing Spanish lessons to our team members to help them learn the airport lingo and better assist travelers.

We aim to give our team members everything they need to succeed, as they are our most important assets. As such, we look forward to continuing to work with our public and private partners to make PHL and the Greater Philadelphia Region an attractive place for residents and visitors alike.

We welcomed Folasade (Sade) A. Olanipekun-Lewis in February to our PHL team as the new Regional Director for Government and Airport Affairs. Sade joins us from the Philadelphia Division of Aviation, where she served as Chief Administrative Officer.  Before that, Sade worked as the Deputy Commerce Director for Finance and Administration for the City of Philadelphia, and as the Chief Financial Officer for City Council.

In her new role, Sade will help advance American Airlines’ regional legislative issues. She will also be responsible for real estate matters at the Hub and station levels that support operational activities.

We’re excited to have Sade with us, and her experience in aviation and the public sector will be paramount as we continue to forge the necessary relationships to position PHL as the premier airport in the northeast corridor.

Sincerely,

Olympia Colasante, Vice President – PHL

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New Members

Corporate Member:

Reed & MacKay
Amanda McCarthy
One South Penn Square
Suite 701
Philadelphia, PA 19107
P: 215-845-5531
E: amandamccarthy@reedmackay.com

Established as a family business over 50 years ago, Reed & Mackay are today globally recognized as business travel experts. Born from close working relationships within the financial, legal and insurance industries, our commitment to our clients and a love of what we do inspire us to deliver extraordinary travel management.

Reed & Mackay delivers corporate travel management for professionals with exacting needs. We combine inspired service with state-of-the-art technology to create a level of travel management like no other and deliver value you might not believe possible.

www.reedmackay.com

Arts, Educational and Charitable Organization:

University of Delaware
Dean’s Office
102 Du Pont Hall
Newark, DE 19716
P: 302-831-2401
E: engr-contacts@udel.edu
www.engr.udel.edu

The University of Delaware (UD) has a tradition of excellence, from tracing its origins to the founding of Alison’s academy in 1743, to the research-intensive, technologically advanced institution of today. UD offers a broad range of degree programs in its seven colleges.

The College of Engineering is home to seven academic departments and three degree programs devoted to building a community of problem-solvers focused on challenges associated with sustainability, energy, health care and the environment.

Our internationally recognized faculty includes 33 named professors, six National Academy of Engineering members, 51 NSF and DOD faculty career and young investigator award winners, and 17 University teaching award recipients. World-renowned initiatives led by college faculty include 13 college-based research centers and eight university-based research centers, all of which provide a fertile training ground for future engineers.

www.engr.udel.edu


US Tax Reform Update Recap

On Thursday, February 1, 2018, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia collaborated with the French and German American Chambers of Commerce for a US Tax Reform Update. The seminar was hosted by BABCPHL Club Level member, Deloitte LLP.  Approximately 35 people from the three Chambers participated in this informative program.

Jared Gordon, Director, and Paul Pelligrini, Senior Manager, both with the Philadelphia International Tax Group spoke about the topic. Jared has more than 20 years of experience in corporate and international taxation, serving multinational companies in a number industry sectors.  He provides international tax structuring strategy and advice.  Paul has almost a decade of experience serving multinational and private equity companies on a wide variety of matters.  His practice focuses on international tax issues including M&A, dispositions, post-acquisition integration and cross-border financings and restructurings.  The interactive meeting kicked off with attendees being asked to fill out and stick post-it notes to signs listing US tax reform topics of greatest interest scattered throughout the room.

The speakers reported on tax policy and the new tax law; international tax key provisions; federal tax considerations; planning and financial reporting; and multistate tax considerations. The presentations were very technical, and presenters invited questions from the audience throughout their discussion.  Attendees’ questions helped guide the conversation, and ensured everyone’s concerns were addressed.  If you missed the seminar, have questions and/or would like more information regarding the subject matter please contact us at babc@babcphl.com.


International Employers Forum HR Roundtable

BABCPHL Corporate Member Fisher & Phillips LLP would like to invite BABCPHL members and contacts to an International Employers Forum Atlantic Chapter presentation about global mobility. The discussion will focus on employers’ safety and security responsibilities and the immigration impact of Brexit.

Click here for more information.

 


A Musical Adventure in the British Isles Recap

A Musical Adventure in the British Isles
Thursday, January 18, 2018
6:00 – 9:30 p.m.
The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia
Recap

On Thursday, January 18, 2018, the BABCPHL partnered with the Philadelphia Orchestra on a very special event in honor of the Orchestra’s three-week British Isles’ concert series. More than 30 BABCPHL members and friends gathered at the Kimmel Center for a VIP behind the scenes tour; a meet and greet with Philadelphia Orchestra musicians; and reserved seats for the concert.

Geoff Cohen, Associate Director of Audience Development for the Philadelphia Orchestra welcomed BABCPHL guests and led our group through an informative discussion and tour of the awe inspiring building, built to ensure sound quality. Our group stood on the Verizon Hall stage at three different points throughout the evening.  We also explored behind the stage where we saw the microphones, instruments, shipping containers, offices, and dressing rooms.  After the tour we were joined in the Green Room by Matthew Loden, Interim Co-President; David Kim, Concertmaster; and Philip Kates, Second Violinist for the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Matthew, David and Phil spoke with BABCPHL event participants about the Orchestra, and educated us about fascinating facts.  Did you know the Philadelphia Orchestra is the most recorded orchestra in the world, and out of approximately 100 musicians, average musician tenure is about 20 years.  Philadelphia Orchestra musicians are so talented and in sync with one another that when presented with a new program, if necessary, they can be performance ready after only one rehearsal.  The Orchestra is fortunate to own Stradivarius violins from the 1700s, worth millions of dollars.  Some of the musicians play these instruments on stage during the concerts.

During the dynamic question and answer session with the musicians, we were informed there was a special treat in store for us – a bagpipe serenade. Police & Fire Bagpipers were performing with the Philadelphia Orchestra in memory of Lt. Matthew LeTourneau, and the BABCPHL was lucky to have a preview of the performance before the actual concert began.  Before dismissing our group, Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President thanked our hosts Geoff and Matthew and the musicians David and Phil for the dedicated time they spent with us.  While Orchestra members left to prepare for the concert, BABCPHL guests were encouraged to have a bite to eat and a drink at the PECO Concession Stand or Volver Restaurant, both housed in the Kimmel Center.

Verizon Hall filled quickly as people began to arrive for the concert conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the inspired leader of The Philadelphia Orchestra. The January 18th concert featured two soloists and pieces by Peter Maxwell Davies, Bruch and Mendelssohn. Juliette Kang, Canadian violinist, who was appointed first associate concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra in 2005, had a solo.  She received a standing ovation for performing Bruch’s fantasia of traditional folk songs from the Highlands and beyond.

The BABCPHL was truly honored to partner with the Philadelphia Orchestra for this wonderful musical adventure in the British Isles. Special thanks to the Orchestra for working with us to offer our members and friends this unique opportunity.  For more information about the Philadelphia Orchestra, and to purchase tickets please click here.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • McConnell Johnson Real Estate
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • TD Bank
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic