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Need for Speed – Around the World in 90 Minutes

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Join the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia for an evening of speed networking with global professionals at Philadelphia’s premier whiskey and go go bar – the Trestle Inn.  Industry experts will lead a brief discussion about the importance of networking; how to pitch yourself and your business; and how to deliver the perfect elevator speech!  Following introductory remarks attendees will rotate in small groups so each person has the opportunity to interact with every attendee.  Bring plenty of business cards and be ready to ask and answer questions with executives representing various industry sectors with operations throughout the world.

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Time: 6-8:00pm

6-6:30pm: Registration & Networking
6:30-6:45pm: Introductions, Brief Remarks & Instructions
6:45-7:45pm: Speed Networking Session
7:45-8:00pm: Raffles & Close

Location: The Trestle Inn
339 N. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Member Individual Ticket: $45

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $55

*Includes presentations, speed networking, food & beverage*

From England to the States and Back Again: A Prestigious Honor for a Pennsylvania CPA

BABCPHL Board Member, prior two-time President, and accountant, Howard M. Silverstone, MBE, CPA, CFF, FCA, CFE is featured in the January 28, 2019 Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants podcast.  If you missed reading about Howard and the award he received from the British Crown in the Autumn edition of the BABCPHL e-newsletter, you can listen to Howard tell his story.  Click here and make sure you have your speakers turned up.  Congratulations Howard!

New Members

Club Level Member:

Johnson, Kendall & Johnson
Bruce F. White
Vice President Insurance Services
109 Pheasant Run
Newtown, PA 18940
P: 215-968-4741
E: bwhite@jkj.com

Johnson, Kendall & Johnson (JKJ) is an insurance brokerage and risk management firm located in Newtown, PA, that has been managing corporate and personal needs for more than 50 years. JKJ’s personalized services in property and casualty insurance; risk and safety management services and claims consulting; group benefits; individual life, home and asset protection program development; financial services; and retirement planning allow JKJ clients to focus on their respective business while JKJ provides direction in managing the risk.

JKJ’s diverse clientele challenges it to create programs unique to each client. Johnson, Kendall & Johnson is licensed in various lines of business in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets. In addition, JKJ is the founding board members of RiskProNet International and UNiBA Partners international insurance brokers. These organizations support JKJ and one another’s ability to work with and provide dedicated services to international clients, and conduct various business lines in all 50 states, with access to all of the major insurance markets.

Corporate Member:

Global Payments Partners
Joe Connolly
Founding Partner
Westport Innovation Hub
20 Ketchum Street
Westport, CT 06880
P: 203-216-1776
E: jconnolly@globalpaymentsllc.com

Bank of Ireland Global Payments blends the pedigree of Ireland’s oldest bank with the know-how of World First- one of the world’s most innovative FinTech Companies.

In the US, World First is Bank of Ireland’s exclusive and trusted international payment services provider.

Educational, Arts & Charitable Institution Member:

Museum of the American Revolution
Brian Parkhill
Manager of Corporate Partnerships
101 South Third Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
P: 267-579-3543
E: bparkhill@amrevmuseum.org

Opened on April 19, 2017, the Museum of the American Revolution explores the dramatic, surprising story of the American Revolution through its unmatched collection of Revolutionary-era weapons, personal items, documents, and works of art. Immersive galleries, powerful theater experiences, and interactive digital elements bring to life the diverse array of people that created a new nation against incredible odds. Visitors gain a deeper appreciation for how this nation came to be and feel inspired to consider their role in the ongoing promise of the American Revolution. Located just steps away from Independence Hall, the Museum serves as a portal to the region’s many Revolutionary sites, sparking interest, providing context, and encouraging exploration.

Individual Member:

Frank McGlade
Sales Director
Kintetsu World Express
800 Calcon Hook Road
Sharon Hill, PA 19079
P: 215-554-1991
E: frank.mcglade@kwe.com

Regional Government Partner:

Citizen Diplomacy International of Philadelphia
Siobhan Lyons
President and CEO
1515 Arch Street, 12th Floor,
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1594
P: 1-215-683-0999
F: 1-215-683-0998
E: siobhan.lyons@cdiphila.org

Citizen Diplomacy International is a nonprofit organization that empowers Philadelphians to represent our city and the United States through person-to-person diplomacy. We believe that personal interactions help shape U.S. foreign relations, impact on our national security and build the United States’ reputation around the world. We showcase the best of Philadelphia and make global connections for our citizens; inspiring Philadelphia to be a global city and be globally recognized.

Our network of volunteer Citizen Diplomats welcomes nearly 1,300 international visitors every year to Philadelphia on high school exchange programs, professional exchange programs and trade missions. We partner with the Department of State and the City of Philadelphia to host international delegations and show them all of the great things that Philadelphia’s world famous for – which is more than just cheesesteaks.

International exchange contributes to the world’s growth and stability and enriches Philadelphia with a deeper understanding of world cultures and ideas.

A more civil, peaceful and prosperous world starts with you. Be a Citizen Diplomat. Join at cdiphila.org.

Human Interest Feature

Rebecca Lewis Takes Lead Position for New Women’s Global Initiative – Department for International Trade
By Emma Silverstone, BABCPHL Coordinator and Senior at Temple University

In 2017 the Department for International Trade (DIT) launched a new initiative to empower women in the Department, and provide learning and development opportunities for female leaders. Concluding its first year and taking forward the overseas strategy as Co-Chair, is Rebecca Lewis, Deputy Head of Trade and Investment at the British Consulate General. Rebecca has also served as a BABCPHL Board Member for the past six years.

At the end of September 2018, Rebecca assumed the role of Overseas Global Co-Chair of the DIT Gender Equality Committee. Her tasks include: mirroring diversity and inclusivity of gender from the commercial world and adopting best practices within the Department; ensuring work is delivered through a gender diversity lens; creating opportunities for learning; appreciating cultural differences; and discussing the wage gap.

According to Rebecca, the objective is to “create and challenge leadership within the Department to ensure there is gender equality throughout all aspects of our work. We are fortunate to have senior leadership that is 100% supportive.  This is reflected through our core Department values – expert, engaged, enterprising, and inclusive – and of course supports the UK Government’s agenda for a global and modern Britain with ambitions for prosperity, stability and security worldwide.”

While the initiative is still developing, Rebecca says the group aims to address issues that are faced by women in the workplace in both the US and the UK. Topics of particular interest include: communications, workplace policies and engagement, promotion opportunities, mentorship, business growth support, learning from industry, and incorporating best practices into government departments.

Documented evidence suggests women face challenges in today’s work environment. For example, women owned businesses lack access to funding and support. According to a 2017 article from the Huffington Post, the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation reported insufficient investment for female-led businesses and continued disconnects between skills building and finance supporting growth of women led enterprises. Nonfinancial support necessary for women entrepreneurs to succeed in growing their businesses includes, but is not limited to: the support of families and communities; supportive messages in the media, as well as stories, role models, and examples of successful women entrepreneurs; access to networks and mentors to share ideas, information, and contacts; and soft skills, such as leadership development, pitching, negotiating, and time management, as well as building self-confidence and ability to deal with the extreme stress of juggling family life and the demands of running a business. All of this presents challenges for female entrepreneurs, and economic development at large.

Equal gender opportunities are just as important in the UK as in the US. The British workplace is an inclusive environment, with many different nationalities that call the UK home. While there are differences in each industry, one thing for sure, it’s important for women to be confident and persistent, notwithstanding which side of the Atlantic they are on. As for what women can do to overcome challenges they face in the workplace, Rebecca says, “promoting the issues, having leadership commit to a diverse work force, and encouraging senior management to set the tone are vital. Let’s continue to build each other up and champion the issues for evolvement.”

Rebecca grew up in the Greater London area. She attended the University of Plymouth, UK and also spent time at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada. She started her career at Scottish Courage brewery in customer marketing before moving to the US in 2003. Rebecca has spent the last fifteen years in international trade and investment working across the Midwest and East Coast of the US. During her tenure, she has assumed various roles including leading the East Coast Energy and Environment team, US Head of London 2012 Olympics, US Head of Infrastructure, and currently is Deputy Head of Trade and Investment.

Stay tuned for additional information about this important topic as well as a BABCPHL sponsored roundtable later this year. The BABCPHL congratulates Rebecca on her new role.  We look forward to helping Rebecca champion DIT’s women’s initiative to promote gender equality in the workforce both in the US and the UK.

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.

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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.


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.

Click here for photos.

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.


Olympia Colasante, Vice President – PHL


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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Bartlett
  • Cigna
  • 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