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The Queen’s Six

The Queen’s Six were established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of The Queen’s Six are also Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls.

Performing in Philadelphia for ONE night only.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: 6:30pm

Location: St. Mark’s Church, 1625 Locust Street, Philadelphia

Cost: $35/ticket

To purchase tickets on-line click here.
OR mail a check to:
The English-Speaking Union
1221 Locust Street, Box 502
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Include name and email or phone #
Phone: 215-545-3619
E-mail: philaesu@gmail.com

For reserved seating in the first five rows and dinner with the Queen’s Six at the Prime Rib following the concert, please contact Judith at philaesu@gmail.com or call 215-545-3619. Space is limited.


Click here to view full event flyer.


New Members

Corporate Member:


1818 Market Street, 37th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-587-6128

Mariam Safi
Senior Marketing Manager
E: msafi@mrpfd.com

Kevin Cunningham
CEO, President & Co-Founder
E: kcunningham@mrpfd.com

James Regan
CMO & Co-Founder
E: jregan@mrpfd.com

Jack Butler
E: jbutler@mrpfd.com

Romano DiToro
E: rditoro@mrpfd.com

Devon Wellbrock
SVP of Americas, Enterprise Sales
E: dwellbrock@mrpfd.com

Thomas Koletas
SVP of Digital ABM
E: tkoletas@mrpfd.com

Kevin Vogt
VP of Global Sales Operations
E: kvogt@mrpfd.com

Jaime Romero
VP of Global ABM
E: jromero@mrpfd.com

Ajay Subherwal
E: asubherwal@mrpfd.com

Sam King
VP of Human Resources
E: sking@mrpfd.com

Kristin Carey
VP of Americas, MidMarket
E: kcarey@mrpfd.com

Dr. Andrew Wall
VP of Data Science
E: awall@kx.com

Founded as a company focused on providing net new sales opportunities for marketing and sales teams, MRP has evolved into a leading global predictive intelligence organization, combining cutting-edge predictive analytics with a full suite of account-based marketing services to acquire new customers, faster. Alongside Kx , MRP are a division of First Derivatives plc. As a global technology provider with over 20 years of experience working with some of the world’s largest institutions, Kx technology delivers the best possible performance and flexibility for high-volume, data-intensive analytics and applications across multiple industries, and is the driving force behind MRP Prelytix.

The Only Enterprise Class Predictive ABM Platform

Our leading account based marketing platform connects insight to action so you can connect sales and marketing investment to revenue impact. Powered by Kx, the global leader in ultra-high speed data processing, we track and analyze web media and search activity and its’ surrounding content, consuming these insights to trigger sales and marketing messages. In fact, we ingests multiple 3rd party streaming data sets each day. Research shows that display ads perform 700% better and email more than 400% better with actionable data.

Educational, Arts & Charitable Institution Member:

Philadelphia Union Foundation

2501 Seaport Drive, BH Suite 100
Chester, PA 19013
P: 610-497-6336

Paul Howard
Executive Director
E: phoward@philadelphiaunion.com

The Philadelphia Union Foundation seeks to leverage the power of soccer to bring communities together, to create opportunity and to transform lives.

First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary History & Visit to the UK

By: Brianna Adams, BABCPHL Coordinator and Junior at Temple University

Serving the United States since 1774, the First Troop Philadelphia City Cavalry (FTPCC) has served in every major conflict since the Revolutionary War, making it the oldest mounted military unit in the country. In addition to being the oldest, the FTPCC is also the only troop within the US military that still elects its members and is completely made up of volunteers. On September 26, 2019, the First Troop Philadelphia City Calvary will be traveling to United Kingdom to attend a royal reception in London.

The UK and the US have a deep rooted and very strong historic relationship.  The BABCPHL’s mission is to promote the connection between the two countries in our region.  The FTPCC initially came into being after a Committee of Correspondence was elected to determine how to most effectively resist Great Britain. Three of these members, plus one outsider, gathered together to form the “Light Horse of Philadelphia,” later known as the FTPCC. These men also voted that the Troop would be fully equipped and supported by themselves and its members at their own expense, in order to offer the best service to the Continental Congress. The original troop was comprised of ship-owners, traders, importers, and business professionals, who came together for one specific mission – to be the commander’s eyes and ears on the battlefield. In order to achieve this mission, the men had to be flexible, resourceful, intelligent, and courageous. More than 245 years later, the Troop is still an active military unit.

Over the years, the FTPCC has fought in many major battles. In 1776, the FTCPP rode under General Washington and Major General Greene, as they captured Hessians and won the Battle of Trenton against the British. After this victory, the Troop served as a bodyguard as the other troops crossed back over the Delaware River. During the War of 1812 with Great Britain, the Troop served as scouts north of Baltimore, as the enemy ships in the Bay inched closer.

The FTPCC also played a major role in The Civil War. They were the only volunteer cavalry organization that President Lincoln accepted into the first 90 day call up of state militia. During this war, the FTPCC fought in the battle of Falling Waters and performed vital reconnaissance duties in and around Gettysburg.

During World War I, the Troop was sent to Europe, where it saw action in a few battles, such as in the Battle of the Meuse Forest. In World War II, the FTPCC patrolled the Delaware River and the Pacific Coast until 1945, when they were deployed to Europe once again. This time, they served in Belgium and Germany.

Troop members have also served in Vietnam, Korea, Bosnia, Iraq, Grenada, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan as well as on peacekeeping missions in Egypt and Rwanda. Among its notable members include two former Secretaries of the Navy, two former Secretaries of Defense, the first Commandant of the United States Marine Corps, the first Superintendent of West Point and the third man to walk on the moon. Many others have served as ambassadors, members of Congress and mayors of Philadelphia and Pittsburgh as well as many prominent generals.

Throughout the centuries, the men of the FTPCC have continued to achieve their mission of being the commander’s eyes and ears on the battlefield in order to defend our Country, no matter how much times have changed. FTPCC has proven to be an essential part of the US National Defense, which uses its strength, volunteerism, and values to continue to grow and succeed in the future.

For updates on the FTPCC’s trip to the UK, visit their website or follow their page on Facebook.

President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

Welcome back to BABCPHL busy season!  I hope you had an enjoyable summer and are rested and ready for the Fall, including scheduling time for our September – December programs.  We have an excellent line-up of activities, including: an event at Schuylkill Yards; a policy update business roundtable forum; a night of Welsh food and whiskey tasting; and our signature annual holiday luncheon.  Please read through this newsletter for information and links to register.  We promise to deliver – valuable connections; important information affecting the trade relationship between the UK and the US; and enjoyment!

Events are just one aspect of our dynamic organization.  Have you checked out the News/Policy section, and drop down tab Trade, Investment & Policy News on our website?  You will find a wealth of information housed there, as well as the recently released annual publications: Finding Your Way – The Trade and Investment Guide to the UK 2019 – 2020 and BAB Policy Agenda 2019 – Time to Act.

Don’t delay!  Members and non-members alike are invited to register for BABCPHL events.  Registration links are OPEN for our next four programs.  Members receive special benefits, including discounted rates to attend events, opportunities to speak to select groups to market business services and products as well as many other perks.  Contact us for more information.  We look forward to seeing you often this season.


Michael J. Pedrick

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Save The Dates

What to look forward to with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia…

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Sky’s the Limit!

Newcomers and veteran residents are invited to a “welcome to Philly” or “welcome back after summer” roof top tour of Philadelphia’s newest and most iconic spaces. Join us for networking and happy hour with the international business community. Brandywine Realty Trust will help us kick-off the evening with a tour and explanation of Schuylkill Yards – the extensive development plans for the west bank of the Schuylkill River. Visit Cira Green, Cira View, and end the night at Level 28, AKA University City’s spectacular lifestyle club, soaring 400 feet above street level. Enjoy lite bites, signature cocktails, beer on tap, and wine with business professionals from across the region in one of Philadelphia’s most burgeoning neighborhoods where executives, students, professors, and residents mix.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 

5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

The Pyramid Club, Philadelphia

A Welsh Feast – An Unforgettable Evening of Whiskey Tasting & Welsh Hospitality

Join us for our annual British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia UK-themed autumn happy hour and networking event at the Pyramid Club of Philadelphia.  Enjoy sweeping views of the City and delicious food and drink, including a Whiskey tasting.  Exchange business cards with international business executives representing a diverse group of companies.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

The Ritz Carlton Philadelphia

BABCPHL Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon

Ring in the holiday season with the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia at the Organization’s signature annual luncheon featuring notable speakers, networking, a formal midday meal, “Christmas Crackers,” and the opportunity to win valuable holiday gifts.

Mind the Gap

Speed networking was derived from the concept of speed dating, a practice that was started by Rabbi Yaacov Deyo. This process was a way for Jewish singles to meet. The activity was later introduced to the corporate world, and is still used today!



In what year was the concept of speed networking first introduced in the United States?

a) 2007                b) 1998                 c) 2003

The first person to submit the correct answer to babc@babcphl.com will receive one complimentary ticket to our Need for Speed event on April 25, 2019.

New Members

Club Level Member:

Citrin Cooperman
Leon Dutkiewicz
Partner, Practice Leader International Tax
1800 JFK Boulevard
20th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-545-4800
E: ldutkiewicz@citrincooperman.com

It’s not easy running a business — long hours, tough decisions and increasingly complex challenges fill your days. Citrin Cooperman understands this. We can help you examine your business’s financial structure and provide new perspectives on the strategies that will help you succeed.

We are a top-25 nationally recognized full-service assurance, tax, and advisory firm with offices conveniently located throughout the Northeast. Since 1979, we have steadily built our business by helping companies and high net worth individuals find smart solutions. Whether your operations and assets are located around the corner or across the globe, we can provide new perspectives on strategies that will help you achieve your short- and long-term goals.

Our daily mission is to enhance the businesses and personal lives of our clients through our services, guidance, and enthusiasm for building long-standing relationships. We’re driven to meet this mission by our passion for providing clients with an objective viewpoint and insightful advice on whatever challenges they bring to the table. Finding innovative solutions is what drives our professionals and helps our clients succeed.

Corporate Members:

Stuart Brown
1201 North Market Street
Suite 2100
Wilmington, DE 19801
P: 302-468-5640
E: stuart.brown@dlapiper.com

DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients.

We achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed. We deliver consistent services across our platform of practices and sectors in all matters we undertake.

Our clients range from multinational, Global 1000, and Fortune 500 enterprises to emerging companies developing industry-leading technologies. They include more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 or their subsidiaries. We also advise governments and public sector bodies.

Miramar Global Executive Search
John R. Hodge
Managing Partner, US
1023 Baltimore Pike
Suite 215
Media, PA 19063
P: 484-442-8150 ext. 204
E: john.hodge@miramar.global

Miramar works with businesses around the world to identify and acquire the most qualified individuals for executive leadership positions. We have experienced executive search Consultants and practice Directors in energy, telecoms, media and technology, life sciences and the industrial sectors.

Since 2009 we have been performing transparent, efficient and solution focused executive searches to meet the individual requirements of modern business. Our strong track record in acquiring specialist skills for clients is bolstered by our reputation of challenging the status quo in order to get tangible results.

We combine specialist knowledge and global insight with an in-house research team, which allows us to streamline the search process and more quickly meet executive leadership requirements.

With the cutting edge online workspace technology, you’ll know how far through the hiring request we are, every step of the way.

With a team of sector Directors and executive search Consultants, Miramar has successfully partnered with a range of high profile clients and global businesses. From oil, gas and energy to chemicals, materials and biotech, we have provided researched-led executive search services across a wide variety of sectors.

We’ve helped to create relationships between influential businesses and the most qualified executives in order to fulfil leadership requirements.

Educational, Arts & Charitable Institution Member:

University of Delaware – Horn Entrepreneurship
Dan Freeman
132 E. Delaware Avenue
Newark, DE 19711
P: 302-831-6158
E: freemand@udel.com

Horn Entrepreneurship is the creative engine for entrepreneurship education and advancement at UD.

Built and actively supported by successful entrepreneurs, Horn Entrepreneurship empowers aspiring innovators as they pursue new ideas for a better world.

Horn Entrepreneurship is committed to supporting student success and cultivating a lifelong community of collaboration, connections and impact.


Human Interest Feature

Espionage and Endangerment: BABCPHL Member William (Bill) Wheatley Publishes First Novel

By Emma Silverstone, BABCPHL Coordinator and Senior at Temple University

Bill’s relationship with the BABCPHL dates back to 1998, when the company he was partnered with was expanding overseas. The company opened an office in London, creating Bill’s connection to the UK. In the late 1990s, Bill was concurrently working with the CIA along with British intelligence. Bill visited the London office and while he was there, he met with the MI5, an intelligence agency.  Later, when he left the company, Bill formed Wheatley UK Limited. In his new novel, The Man Who Was Never There, Bill tells the story of Arthur Cornwallis Harris III, a young man who joins the Navy and encounters great danger and adventure. Influenced by much of Bill’s personal experience, the character goes through the twists and turns of an exciting action packed life.

When Bill was a child, he read books that told stories of spies and naval officers. It was then that he decided he wanted to move in similar circles. He took classes to learn how to analyze aerial photos. That knowledge was particularly useful when Bill was sent to Guantanamo in his freshman year of college, where he did analysis for the Navy. He also had the chance to fly in a Navy jet to help with surveillance in Cambodia, even though there was no official record of him ever being there.

Bill currently works as an architect, but he wasn’t always in that line of work. He was inspired by his father, who was an engineer. Bill received a scholarship to the renowned Julliard School to focus on composition, but ultimately decided to study architecture at Rice University. Bill chose architecture as a way to combine engineering, which his parents wanted him to pursue, and art, which was his real passion.

Bill spent some time working for the Navy, and after his unit was downsized, he began a career as an architect. Bill requested the Navy send him to work under the CIA umbrella to continue the work that he had been doing during his time in the Navy.

Although the novel was recently published, Bill explained the writing process began 20 years ago while he was working on a project that uncovered crime and espionage. The information he discovered inspired him to write a total of approximately 500,000 words. Bill wrote enough to create at least five sequels, and he mapped out a series of seven books. Before seeking a publisher he had to send his manuscript to the government for permission to expose the details, since he was dealing with sensitive information. The Government told him he needed to change certain things, which led to a re-write of the entire novel. The main character was based on Bill’s experience, with some added details to make him “a little bit more of a hero.”

During the interview, Bill explains, “the BABCPHL has given me wonderful networking opportunities with companies that do work all over the world.” Attending events and meeting new people has helped Bill gain connections that lead to new work.

Bill is currently writing the sequel to his first novel, which is more fiction than it is influenced by his own life, dissimilar to the first book. However, Bill’s ties to the UK have some influence on the sequel. He says, “[the BABCPHL] has broadened my world tremendously.”

William Wheatley’s novel, The Man Who Was Never There, is published by W & B Publishers (Argus Books) and is available for purchase from the publisher or from Amazon.

Event Recaps


A Musical Adventure with the British American Business Council and the Philadelphia Orchestra

Welsh Minister Visits Philadelphia

8th Annual New Jersey Networking Event & Dinner

Upcoming Programs

Need for Speed – Around the World in 90 Minutes

Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:00-8:00 pm
The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia, PA

The Death of LIBOR Not SOFR Away…Are You Ready? Secured Overnight Financing Rate: The New Benchmark – Expectations & Implications

Thursday, May 16, 2019
8:00-10:00 am
Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • 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
  • Welsh Government