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Navigating Cyber Crisis: Insights and Strategies

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
12:00pm – 1:00pm 

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BABA’s Defense, Aerospace, Transportation and Security (DATS) Committee invites members and colleagues to a cyber and data protection webinar series “Navigating Cyber Crisis: Insights and Strategies”

Session 1: Staying Calm in a Crisis

Learn how to empower your leaders for resilience against cyber threats. Rise above the threat by learning how to prepare, how to identify gaps, what decisions need to be made, and how to craft your cyber defense blueprint.


A Major Milestone for Johnson Matthey’s Pennsylvania Clean Air Manufacturing Plant

Symbolising trade and investment between the United Kingdom and the surrounding South Pennsylvania region, look no further than Johnson Matthey’s Devon manufacturing plant, celebrating its 50th birthday.  

A leader in sustainable technology solutions, the roots of Johnson Matthey’s Devon plant, in Wayne PA, stretch back to 1974, which has remained key to the company’s largest Clean Air business ever since.  

The story charts back to the 1950s, when the California Institute of Technology identified vehicle exhaust emissions as a significant contributor to smog – a form of air pollution. Legislation progressively tightened emission limits, culminating in the groundbreaking Clean Air Act of 1970 which mandated substantial reductions.  

JM’s scientists set to work prototyping honeycomb catalysts in Europe, before patenting an autocatalyst, with a proof of concept on a 1500cc Chrysler Avenger, sold in the US as a Plymouth Cricket. Viable production followed, through combining a conveyor belt and waterfall washcoat solution, with the Devon doors opening in March 1974 – an identical replica of its Royston sibling, situated in Hertfordshire, England, UK.  

Today, the plant is home to a team of c.500 workers, and continues to serve as an integral part of the community and local commerce. The manufacturing site is a unionized facility with a rich history and partnership with the United Steelworkers. To date, the site has produced and shipped over 500 million catalysts, which has resulted in preventing millions of metric tons of harmful pollutants from entering the atmosphere and cleaning the air.  

Quote from Zachery Taormina, Plant Manager – Clean Air North America: “The products we make really make a difference in the world and that’s something that everyone in Devon takes pride in.  While it feels good to make a difference in our work, our people are what truly makes JM such a special place and organization to work for. There’s a collective sense of purpose and we’re committed to working as a team to proudly serve our customers with world-class catalyst technologies to serve both the automotive and stationary sources with emission solutions!” 

And while 50 years is a proud milestone, the focus is firmly on the future, with an onsite technology center continuing to innovate and progress the next generation of emissions solutions, and invest in the novel use of technology in new applications and markets – a big opportunity. The US and the Greater Philadelphia region will continue to be a focused growth area for Johnson Matthey, which has a history in the area dating back to 1909. 

Quote from Krista Johnson, US President: “The dedication and commitment that brought us to this moment is absolutely worthy of celebration.  The men and women who built and sustained Devon have our thanks.  It is on their shoulders that we can see the bright future for this plant and for JM USA; a future in which we continue to provide the products, technology, collaboration, and partnership that will bring sustainable energy and goods to the world far into the future.  Here’s to the next 50 years!” 


Spring 2024 BABCPHL New Members

Club Level Members:

Johnson Matthey

Krista Johnson
US President
E: krista.johnson@jmusa.com
456 Devon Park Drive
Wayne, PA 19087
https://matthey.com/

Zachery Taormina
Plant Manager – Clean Air North America
E: Zachery.Taormina@jmusa.com
P: 484-531-3567

Louise Arnold
Product Line Director, Light Duty Diesel
E: louise.arnold@matthey.com

We are Johnson Matthey, a global leader in sustainable technologies. For over 200 years we’ve used advanced metals chemistry to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

Many of the world’s leading energy, chemicals and automotive companies depend on our technology and expertise to decarbonize, reduce harmful emissions and improve their sustainability.

And now, as the world faces the challenges of climate change, energy supply and resource scarcity, we’re actively providing solutions for our customers. Through inspiring science and continued innovation, we’re catalyzing the net zero transition for millions of people every day.

Olympus Corporation of the Americas

Neil Boyden Tanner
Global General Counsel
E: neil.tanner@olympus.com
3500 Corporate Parkway
Center Valley, PA 18034
https://www.olympusamerica.com/

Julian Sauvagnargues
President, Olympus Corporation of Americas
E: julian.sauvagnargues@olympus.com

Richard Reynolds
President, Medical Systems Group
E: richard.reynolds@olympus.com

Adrian Marsh
Global Head of Administrative Finance
E: adrian.marsh@olympus.com

Paul Lambert
VP, Information Technology
E: paul.lambert@olympus.com

At Olympus, we are committed to Our Purpose of making people’s lives healthier, safer and more fulfilling. As a global medical technology company, we partner with healthcare professionals to provide best-in-class solutions and services for early detection, diagnosis and minimally invasive treatment, aiming to improve patient outcomes by elevating the standard of care in targeted disease states. For more than 100 years, Olympus has pursued a goal of contributing to society by producing products designed with the purpose of delivering optimal outcomes for its customers around the world. For more information, visit https://www.olympus-global.com/ and follow our global X account: @Olympus_Corp.

Corporate Members:

Choose New Jersey

Tim Crouch
Chief Strategy Officer
P: 609-228-9026
E: tcrouch@choosenj.com
One Gateway Center
11-42 Raymond Plaza W #1420
Newark, NJ 07102
https://www.choosenj.com/

Choose New Jersey is New Jersey’s leading nonprofit economic development organization. We stimulate job creation and attract capital investment with the aim of growing New Jersey’s economy. We market New Jersey globally as the most ideal state in the U.S. to live, work, and play, and we guide businesses in establishing or expanding operations here.

Our staff, supported by a network of state agencies and private partners, provide free, confidential assistance to guide companies in establishing operations in New Jersey.

Choose New Jersey, Inc. is a recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

GSTi

David G. Jones
Global Recruiting Manager, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI)
E: david.jones@gstiusa.com
P:973-896-0090
370 Richard Mine Rd
Suite 101
Wharton, NJ 07885
https://gstiusa.com/

Government Systems Technologies, Inc., GSTi, operates as a leading diversity-certified supplier delivering staff augmentation advisory & consulting services and the management of partnered solutions. Our primary focus is to ensure delivery of top-tier talent and develop lasting relationships with clients as we bring extensive industry experience, deep analysis, and strategic capabilities to our customers as they address complex IT business challenges.

Design, Management and Analysis are at the core of our business. We recruit highly skilled professionals for our clients to deliver their strategic IT initiatives. We offer T&M consulting, contract-to-hire, full-time employment and scalable niche partnership models to service our client’s sourcing strategy.

Government Systems Technologies, Inc. was initially founded in 2000 as a commercial software vendor to the US Army. Soon after, our services offering expanded to include desktop computing hardware, imaging systems, and IT staffing to the US Army as well as state and local governments. GSTi began to take on a more commercial focus in 2008, providing IT advisory and consulting services in the private sector.

GSTi is proud to be a Minority-Owned and Woman-Owned business, and we maintain a number of certifications that highlight out diversity business status.

Today, GSTi operates as a leading diversity supplier for clients in the Mid-Atlantic market, delivering Advisory and Consulting Services, Digital Execution, and management of partnered solutions.


London Carpenters’ Company to Visit Philadelphia

The BABCPHL is excited to partner with the Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia to welcome a delegation from the Worshipful Company of Carpenters in London to Philadelphia this fall.

Founded in 1724, Philadelphia’s Carpenters’ Company is celebrating its 300th anniversary this year. The organization, originally a trade guild for master builders and now a professional association of architects, engineers and contractors, was modeled after the Worshipful Company of Carpenters, which dates back to the Middle Ages and is now one of the many livery guilds that govern the City of London and elect the Lord Mayor. Like the countries they are from, the two companies have enjoyed a positive relationship for centuries.

Part of that relationship involves reciprocal visits to London and Philadelphia every five years. The Philadelphia Company traveled to London in 2019, and members will welcome their London counterparts to Philadelphia this fall. Approximately 40 members of the London Company will spend four days in late October enjoying Philadelphia’s historic and cultural riches, including trips to the Barnes Foundation, Winterthur, and Longwood Gardens. They will also tour the historic sites of Independence National Historical Park and, of course, spend time in Carpenters’ Hall, the Philadelphia Company’s National Historic Landmark site at 3rd and Chestnut Streets, where the First Continental Congress took place in 1774. The visit will culminate with the London Company’s attendance at the Philadelphia Company’s 300th Anniversary Gala, on Saturday, October 26, in the Grand Ballroom at the Bellevue.

“The relationship between the two Carpenters’ Companies is a microcosm of the deep, longstanding alliance between the US and the UK,” said BABCPHL Executive Director Jane Rosenberg at a press event in February announcing the Philadelphia Company’s anniversary activities. “The BABCPHL is happy to support the London Company’s visit and looks forward to welcoming them to Philadelphia this fall.”

The 300th Anniversary Gala and some of the other London Company events are open to the public. If you are interested in tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michael Norris, Executive Director of the Carpenters’ Company of Philadelphia, at michaelnorris@carpentershall.org. For information on other events related to the Carpenters’ Company’s 300th anniversary or the 250th anniversary of the First Continental Congress, visit www.carpentershall.org.


Spring 2024 President’s Letter

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

I hope this newsletter finds you well with some spring in your step! Speaking of spring, one of my all-time favorite actresses was Audrey Hepburn. She once said, “to plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow.” By this she meant that if you believe in the future, you should nurture your aspirations; the effort we all put into today can bear fruit. As we enter the final quarter of our fiscal year, we reflect not only upon our success, but what we can still do to build for the future. Regular operations have permitted us to not only to stabilize but to expand. We have been able to reconnect with members and welcome new companies to the organization. During the past nine months we have offered timely and informative programs and networking events, provided valuable content, and grown membership. We are pleased to be closing the books on a high note and are already planning new fiscal year activities – we are definitely planting our garden for tomorrow!

I encourage you to read this newsletter for a recap of recent past events. Content also includes details about what we are offering during the coming weeks, and the opportunity to meet new Club Level member Johnson Matthey and regional partner, The Carpenters’ Company of the City and County of Philadelphia.

We are lucky to collaborate with many entities ranging in size from global multinationals to small and medium sized enterprises as well as regional and UK groups and government entities. Special thanks to our members and partners who have contributed to our success of building a stronger Greater Philadelphia/UK business ecosystem.

The 17th century British-American poet, Anne Bradsteet, wrote, “If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant; if we did not sometimes taste adversity, prosperity would not be so welcome.” Four years have passed since Covid19 was upon us, when we were limited in our activities and events, and our ability to see each other in person. Now, four years on, April 2024 is a busy month. We look forward to seeing you often both in the near term and beyond. If you are not a member, please choose a program and check us out! Reserve your tickets today to guarantee your spot.

Sincerely,

Howard M. Silverstone, MBE, CPA, FCA
President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia


Sustainability Leaders on the Purpose to Drive Systems Change

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

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Join us to learn from sustainability leaders from businesses who connect purpose and sustainability to align their organization and drive positive impact. Our panel will share their insights on how purpose helped them inspire, engage and give their organization a sense of direction.

BritishAmerican Business, in partnership with Brandpie, is delighted to welcome you back to our Power of Purpose Series exploring the role of purpose in business. Corporate purpose has become more important than ever as companies review their business strategies in light of the pandemic and changes to the world of work. We have seen how purpose has evolved for both internal and external stakeholders to help inspire, engage and motivate.


75th Anniversary of World Affairs

Wednesday, April 24, 2024
6:00 – 8:00pm

ONE North Broad
One N. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia is honored to congratulate and recognize our regional partner, the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia as they celebrate their 75th anniversary.

Global leaders.  Philly students. Entrepreneurs, teachers, and citizen diplomats. Celebrating 75 years of exchanging ideas, sharing stories, and making global citizens.

While global events are often serious affairs – this evening is not!

Join community leaders, members, students, partners and more for a birthday cocktail party featuring classic party elements including photobooth, international candy table, delicious global cuisine, networking with other citizen diplomats – and opportunities to engage in our mission of connecting Philadelphia to the world along the way.

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British Embassy Open House Day 2024

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Open House Day is the premier public-facing event of the year for Embassies across Washington, DC. With our Embassy and Residence under renovations for the last few years, we have unfortunately not been able to participate in the event. We are now preparing for our first Open House since 2019 on Saturday, 4 May, 2024, and we expect it to be more popular than ever. Based on previous numbers, we expect over 10,000 members of the public to pass through our gates and to generate great local media coverage.  This is a fantastic opportunity for British businesses wishing to market their business or brand to a large audience in Washington. We’d love to receive your support, and those wishing to provide Open House Day partnership with the British Embassy can participate in a number of ways. We are seeking two kinds of support: monetary contributions to help offset costs or in-kind donations of materials/giveaways. Below are the proposed partnership tiers that are designed to fit your business’ needs.

In-kind:
In-kind donations are negotiable depending on type, size and/or quantity.

Bronze Partner ($1000)
Presence at Open House Day i.e. handing out brochures in partnership tent.

Silver Partner ($1,500)
Shared table space in partnership tent

Gold Partner ($2,500)
Table space at Open House (all of the above) and advertisement in Embassy marketing materials (online and printed)

VVIP Partner ($15,000)
Sole brand on Embassy promotional item, table space, more recognition on signage, and promotional work more tailored to partner’s needs. We would be happy to work with any interested party on the broader VVIP package.

For more information on British Embassy Open House Day 2024 partnership opportunities, please contact: grace.lowden@fcdo.gov.uk or rachael.bishop@fcdo.gov.uk


US Presidential Election Webinar

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
11:00am – 12:45pm EST
Online Event (Zoom)

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We hope you can join us at our US Presidential Webinar Election Seminar Led by Scottish North America Business Council and kindly supported by Delta Air Lines. We will discuss the implications of the US Presidential result for Scotland and Scottish Business. And also consider how the forth coming UK General Election will impact on Scottish Business. This will provide you with an opportunity to listen to our panel of experts and pose questions to them.


Around the Globe & At Home in Philadelphia: The Status of DE&I In the Corporate World – Recap

On Thursday, April 11th the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia was pleased to partner with the Irish American Business Chamber & Network for the latest installment of their Women in Leadership Series Around the Globe and at Home in Philadelphia: The Status of DE&I In the Corporate World at The Pyramid Club.

More than 50 guests attended the dynamic panel discussion featuring: Lauren Holden, Partner, KPMG; Sheila Alexander-Reid, PHL Diversity Executive Director, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau; and Julia Fleischner, Trustee of the Philadelphia Art Museum and Chair of the Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility Committee and Trustee & Board Chair of Mural Arts Philadelphia.

The session covered a series of topics related to state of the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DE&I) framework in the corporate world, policies, and initiatives in 2024. Panelists discussed how the concept and definition of DE&I has evolved over time, where it is headed, and how we can each do our part to advance this critical movement, enabling everyone to feel a sense of belonging, and giving everyone from all backgrounds and abilities a chance to succeed.

Guests enjoyed learning from and interacting with the speakers, eating a delicious three course meal, and networking with leaders from the Greater Philadelphia area international business and multicultural community.

Special thanks to the Irish Chamber for inviting us to collaborate with them, and the French and German Chambers on this timely and important program.

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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Baker Tilly
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • Forensic Resolutions
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • Johnson Matthey
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Olympus
  • Penn Medicine
  • Welsh Government