Events

Post Archives


2018 Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon – PHL International: Regional Economic Engine Connecting Philadelphia to the World

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, the BABCPHL hosted our Signature Annual Holiday Luncheon in the Grand Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton. Throughout the year we are proud to offer the international business community opportunities to gather with likeminded individuals to create valuable relationships, and to learn more about links with the UK.  Nearly 200 global executives and leading UK and regional government officials participated in this event. The room was buzzing with networking and merriment.  This year’s program featured Harold Epps, Director of Commerce for the City of Philadelphia, and Chellie Cameron, Chief Executive Officer of Philadelphia International Airport.

Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President, opened the meeting and welcomed special guests and speakers. He introduced Harold who graciously stood-in for Mayor Kenney who had cancelled all previously scheduled public appearances due to the death of his father earlier in the week.  Harold oversees and implements policies to help both small businesses and major corporations in Philadelphia thrive.  Commerce coordinates activities along neighborhood commercial corridors with small businesses and entrepreneurs, major real estate development projects, large-scale business attraction and retention efforts, as well as efforts to increase minority-owned business contracting opportunities.  Harold and his team create a favorable environment for foreign direct investment, and for regional companies to successfully grow and expand in other areas.  This October, the Mayor’s Office and Commerce led a successful business development and retention mission to the UK.  Michael thanked Harold for his focus on the UK, and welcomed him to the podium to speak about our region’s strong relationship with Great Britain.  Harold talked about UK investment in Philadelphia; the City’s commitment to UK business ties; and the recent trip.  Harold also lauded the BABCPHL for growing UK business in the area, and he introduced Chellie.

Rochelle (“Chellie”) L. Cameron is the Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia International Airport and the Northeast Philadelphia Airport, a large hub airport system serving over 30 million passengers annually. Chellie oversees the planning, development and administration of all activities for the City’s Division of Aviation – which through a $484 million operating budget and a $665 million capital budget, respectively, generates more than $15.4 billion in annual spending to the regional economy and accounts for more than 96,300 jobs within the region. She has made enhancing the customer experience, improving current airport facilities and expanding the airport for the future her top priorities.  Chellie spoke about the Airport as an economic engine driving development for our region with a focus on UK connections.  She provided valuable statistics about the Airport’s growth and strength not only here in the Greater Philadelphia area, but all of the connections to cities throughout the US and the world.  Chellie’s presentation included a very special pre-recorded video of immediate prior BABCPHL President, Rhett Workman in London, England.  At the beginning of 2018, Rhett left his post at American Airlines in Philadelphia, and was named Managing Director at London Heathrow for the Airline.  The room clapped and cheered as Rhett took us on a tour of London hot spots where we met people who spoke about their interests in Philadelphia.

Following a delicious lunch, our sponsors from American Airlines and HSBC Bank each spoke for a few minutes about their companies and their commitment to the BABCPHL. Jim Moses, Vice President, PHL Hub Operations, American Airlines talked about the Airline’s presence at the Airport and the strong and growing connections to the UK and beyond.  Kristin Malo, Senior Vice President, North East Team Leader, International Subsidiary Banking, HSBC USA focused on the Bank’s long history collaborating with the BABCPHL.  Headquartered in London, HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is one of the largest banking and financial services organizations in the world.  Our last speaker was Ben Brierley, Vice Consul and Head of Advanced Manufacturing for the British Embassy Network and the Department for International Trade (DIT).  He leads a geographically dispersed virtual team across the US, supporting UK exporters and engaging with US inward investors to the UK.  Ben is responsible for planning and delivering sales and marketing campaigns, resource planning, and strategic leadership.  As a Vice Consul with the British Consulate, he is also involved with supporting broader activity for the British Government in the US.  Sectors within Ben’s domain include Aerospace, Space, Chemicals, Food & Drink, AgriTech and Manufacturing.  He talked about DIT and the relationship with the BABCPHL.  Ben also congratulated Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL Membership Chairman, prior two-time President, and Board Member on his recent appointment by Her Majesty The Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE).

MBEs are given to individuals who have made great efforts to contribute to their respective communities. Howard’s tireless volunteer work for the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia for more than a quarter century is an example of this.  While Howard is occupied day in and day out with his privately owned and managed forensic accounting firm – Forensic Resolutions – 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 is an outstanding ambassador for the UK in the US.

It would not be a BABCPHL holiday event without some fun and good cheer. Christmas crackers were popped, paper crowns were donned, and Howard, BABCPHL’s very own stand-up comedian, was the Master of Ceremonies for our coveted gift giving tradition.  Our program concluded with more than 20 raffle prizes given to lucky business card draw winners from local retailers, restaurants, hotels and sports teams, including American Airlines AAdvantage miles for a pair of round trip, Business Class tickets on American Airlines’ award winning, non-stop service from Philadelphia International Airport to London, England.

Special thanks to BABCPHL 2018 Holiday Lunch headline sponsors, without whom this program would not have been possible: HSBC Bank USA, N.A.; American Airlines; Almac Group; Deloitte LLP; and The Welsh Government.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous holiday season. We are thankful for your support and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Click here to view photos.

 


GlobalConnect

Register here

Join entrepreneurial, creative and tech young professional international business leaders from the tristate area to meet-up for an evening of networking and ideas sharing.

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2019

Time: 5:00-7:00pm

Location: 1313 Innovation Center
1313 North Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Member Individual Ticket: $45

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $55

Student Individual Ticket: $25

 

Sponsors (To Date):

  

Presenting Chamber:

Partners (To Date):

                       

 


Brits, Beer & Bites Meetup

On Thursday, November 8, 2018, the British American Business Council hosted a membership development and Young Professionals Group (YPG) happy hour at the Pyramid Club. Approximately 75 people gathered for a great evening of networking.  The views of the Philadelphia skyline were outstanding, and the British-inspired food and drink were delicious.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President, welcomed guests and spoke briefly about the BABCPHL mission and history.  He thanked all attendees and recognized sponsors: The Bartlett Group and Lord Abbett. Bartlett is a third generation family-owned boutique international insurance broker.  The Company is a 75 year old UK-based business with US headquarters in Philadelphia.  They recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in Philadelphia, and are one of the founding members of the BABCPHL.  Bartlett is a Club Level member with a seat on our Board of Directors.  Lord Abbett is a private investment management company offering a variety of fixed−income and equity strategies to individual and institutional investors.  We were introduced to Lord Abbett by Jason Walker – one of our Young Professional Group Co-Leaders.

The BABCPHL YPG began in May 2012. The purpose of the BABCPHL YPG is to provide a forum for members under the age of 40 to develop valuable business contacts within the British American business community and to exchange ideas and information with a cross section of industry professionals, trade and government officials.  The BABCPHL YPG fosters professional ties and enables participants to build valuable business connections.  YPG gatherings engage our under-40 members.  Jason Walker and Adam Jones are our YPG Co-Leaders.  Jason spoke briefly about their experience with the BABCPHL, the types of events we offer, and why the organization is beneficial.

Before the business card draw, Michael introduced all of the BABCPHL Board Members present for the event: Wes Cronin, HSBC Bank; Dennis DiMarco, Virgin Atlantic Airways; Bruce Einstein, Bartlett & Company; Ralph Estel, EisnerAmper; Howard Silverstone, Forensic Resolutions; and Efe Sokol, Welsh Government. BABCPHL Board Members volunteer their time to promote business between the UK and the Greater Philadelphia region.  We are very grateful to all board members for their time, commitment and generosity.

To cap off the evening, Michael invited Kevin Saad from Philadelphia Union to draw the three winning business cards. Philadelphia Union is a longtime member of the BABCPHL and actively participates in many of our activities throughout the year.  Lucky winners received a British American Business Council branded umbrella, baseball cap and wall calendar; lunch for two at the Pyramid Club; and four Club seats to a 2019 Philadelphia Union game.

Michael closed by inviting everyone to our next program, the BABCPHL Signature Annual Holiday Lunch on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton in Philadelphia. This event will feature Honorable Jim Kenney, Mayor of Philadelphia, and Chellie Cameron, CEO, PHL International Airport.  It is always a festive midday event with significant giveaways including round trip airline tickets to London.  Networking continued long into the evening.  The BABCPHL extends special thanks to the Pyramid Club for hosting our event.

 

Click here to view photos.

 

 


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

Register here

We pulled some strings and are honored to offer you an exclusive evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra. This very special BABCPHL Program will include:
•A behind the scenes tour of the Kimmel Center;
•A meet and greet with musicians; AND
•Reserved VIP seating to enjoy a performance of Beethoven and Haydn by Benjamin Grosvenor.

Date: Thursday, February 28, 2019

Time: 6:00-10:00pm

Location: The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts
300 South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Member Tickets:
Two for $125
One for $75

Non-Member Tickets:
Two for $175
One for $100


New Jersey Networking Event & Dinner

Register here

Traditional British pub food and specialty beer will be served. The evening will include delicious appetizers and dinner, in addition to valuable networking opportunities and excellent giveaways.

 

Date: Thursday, March 7, 2019

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East
Haddonfield, NJ 08033

 

Member Individual Ticket: $55

Non-Member Individual Ticket: $75


How to Survive & Thrive in the Changing Times – Leap Hurdles & Grow Your Business

On Tuesday, October 23, 2018 the British American Business Council hosted an educational seminar about US and European current policy issues affecting transatlantic business. The French, Irish, German and Swedish American Chambers of Commerce partnered with us for this topical program.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President and Partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius introduced panel moderator, Duncan Edwards, Chief Executive Officer, BritishAmerican Business (BAB).  The Organization’s mission is to support policies to protect and enhance the bilateral trade and investment environment.  Duncan is also the chief executive of the British American Business Council, the umbrella organization of more than 20 chapters worldwide, of which the BABCPHL is one.  BAB regularly publishes valuable thought leadership policy documents, and Duncan is often called upon by business and media outlets to discuss the current transatlantic business climate.  He was the perfect person to lead speakers through the meeting.  Presenters included: Leon Dutkiewicz, Managing Partner, UK US Tax Services; Jonathan Grode, US Practice Director, Green and Spiegel; Stefan Reisinger, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius; and Chris Shull, Founder & President, Engaged Impact.

Duncan kicked-off the symposium by briefly discussing the current state of transatlantic economic relations. Having just returned from London, where he met with Liam Fox and several c-suite executives from global multinational companies, the topics presented were top of mind.  Before each speaker dove into greater detail about the topic they were each presenting, Duncan provided a high level overview of what is happening in the tax, data security, tariffs and sanctions, and global mobility arenas.  An efficient and stable tax environment can stimulate innovation and facilitate growth.  The US, UK and the rest of Europe need to maintain and modernize tax systems to trigger positive change; FDI is a priority, as are tax incentives, and clear tax rules.  There has been increased activity and a nearly constant stream of news about trade sanctions and tariffs.  Different drivers for sanctions and tariffs include security sanctions; discontent with the WTO; and the perception that the current system is stacked against the US.  Talent is closely tied to economic success.  The ability to draw in a pool of talented workers regardless of nationality or origin is essential for economic growth and competitive advantage within a globalized economy.  Governments have to balance public concern over immigration with the economic reality of the value immigrants provide.  Lastly, data is the essential currency of the modern economy, and digital trade is a priority across all industry sectors.  Data mobility creates new business opportunities, lowers costs and makes employee mobility easier.  The EU and the US have the highest cross border data flows in the world.  Challenges and next steps include developing supportive legal frameworks and privacy shields.  Cybersecurity is a fundamental part of business daily operations and strategies.  Federal agencies must harmonize existing regulation, and education is key.

Chris Shull, Founder & President, Engaged Impact provides information security, privacy leadership and transformation consulting to small and mid-sized businesses. His experience includes delivering, implementing and managing private, public and hybrid cloud-based information technologies.  Chris spoke about GDPR, and briefly mentioned some of the legal and technical requirements.  His discussion focused on compliance, and what companies should to do to survive and thrive in the current business environment.  He mentioned there are great opportunities to do things at a new level, but the main things to watch out for are cyberattacks and threats.  Companies and executives need to know how to approach dangers, and qualified professionals and systems must be put into place.  There are fairly straightforward frameworks available for understanding the requirements.  Even if a particular company does not require due diligence and GDPR, their clients/customers may.  There are real legal and existential risks/cyber issues.

Jonathan Grode, US Practice Director, Green and Spiegel, is an immigration attorney focused on obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant visas for new company start-ups, professional workers, artists and entertainers, athletes, physicians, and scientific researchers. He has significant experience dealing with Department of Labor and Department of Homeland Security enforcement actions as well as with EB-5 investor filings.  Jonathan explained how politics drive global mobility.  He talked about the Trump Administration, and how other countries such as Canada and France are managing their policies in light of recent US and UK patterns and changes.  Jonathan focused his discussion on what drives government policies, and he provided practical comments about what companies should be thinking about in the current political climate.

Stefan Reisinger from Morgan, Lewis & Bockius advises clients on US and multilateral export, economic sanctions, anticorruption, and customs matters. He has led comprehensive, worldwide, investigations and audits and responded to enforcement actions involving multiple jurisdictions and government agencies.  He also has experience with customs regulatory issues such as classification, valuation, origin determination, marking, preference programs, import restrictions, quotas, drawback, and trade agreements.  Stefan discussed the underlying policy driving sanctions and tariffs – trade policy and tariff actions.  He talked about recent sanctions with cross border implications, and how companies should navigate the changing landscape.  Specific topics Stefan addressed included the: US secondary sanction with Iran; EU blocking statute; implications of Brexit; and Russian sanctions. Stefan also covered recent tariffs – 201, 232, steel and aluminum – 301 actions – and what the tariffs are doing and the requirements such as exclusion request, and customs mechanisms.

Leon Dutkiewicz, Managing Partner of UK US Tax Services, specializes in international tax, representing clients who have business operations in multiple jurisdictions or who are globally mobile individuals. Leon deals with many complex tax laws such as structuring global acquisitions/divestitures, analyzing income tax treaty benefits, assisting with transfer pricing implementation and managing multi-state tax issues, and compliance services.  He began his presentation by speaking about the recent tax changes implemented in Europe and the US, where we just came from, and where we are going.  Leon reported on inbound companies (coming into the US) – corporate tax rate, and outbound companies (looking to operate outside of the US).  He discussed creative planning opportunities; code section 199a Cafe- 20% income exclusion; foreign tax credit planning; closely held companies – pass through concepts; owning foreign companies; the GILTI tax; Beat Provision in the tax reform bill; and trade and tariffs – boycott reporting.

A dynamic question and answer session followed speaker presentations. Questions included the jurisdiction of which cybersecurity rules apply to employees who work in multiple countries; tariff reclassification; and immigration adjudication trends.  BABCPHL President Michael Pedrick closed the meeting by thanking panelists, sponsors – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; UK US Tax Group LLC; and The Welsh Government – and reminding attendees to join the BABCPHL for upcoming programs on November 8 for networking at the Pyramid Club and on December 6 for our signature annual holiday program featuring Chellie Cameron, CEO, PHL International Airport.

 

Click here to view photos.

 

 


STOPfakes Road Show

Register here

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Intellectual Property Rights, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Commercial Service cordially invite you to attend the STOPfakes.gov Road Show, an Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Outreach Program.

This is an opportunity to learn the basics of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and U.S. government resources available to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) protect their IPR at home and abroad. This program will feature presentations by intellectual property experts and law enforcement officials, including one- on-one meetings with experts from industry and government.

Seminar topics will include:

  • Intellectual property protection at home and abroad
  • Understanding rights in the online market
  • Trade secret theft pitfalls and insider threats
  • U.S. Customs role in IPR
  • Patents in exports markets

 


October 3-21: Inis Nua Theatre Company Presents: The Monster in the Hall

Duck and her father are doing great. At least that’s what they’d like the social worker who’s visiting today to believe. She doesn’t need to know that Duck’s father just woke up blind, or who that random Norwegian woman in the closet is. With the help of her own backup band, Duck is sure to persuade anyone and everyone that she and her dad are absolutely, positively, certifiably fine. This play with songs is recommended for ages 14 and up. Music by Nigel Dunn and Stephen Wright.

Click here for more information.

Location: The Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake
302 South Hicks Street (Near 15th and Spruce)

 

Reviews:

Theatre Review: Inis Nua Overcomes The Monster in the Hall

Inis Nua Theatre Company presents David Greig’s ‘The Monster in the Hall’

Review: In Monster in the Hall, Things Go Bump in the Light


Great British-American Pub Night: QUIZZO! – Test Your Knowledge of UK & US Trivia

On Thursday, September 20, 2018, the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia hosted a truly GREAT British-American Pub Night Quizzo contest. Nearly 60 BABCPHL members and friends gathered for this entertaining and competitive trivia game at the Victoria Freehouse located on Front Street in Old City, Philadelphia.  The establishment was filled to capacity with 14 teams representing law, accounting and insurance firms, banks, sports teams, manufacturing companies, theater and government groups.  It was a diverse and enthusiastic crowd including people from the French American Chamber of Commerce who partnered with us on this program.  Michael Pedrick, BABCPHL President, opened the evening with welcome remarks, introductions, and thank you to sponsors, Forensic Resolutions and The Welsh Government.

Efe Sokol, BABCPHL Board Member and Senior Representative from the Welsh Government, co-sponsored the evening. Efe has been an active member of our Board of Directors for the past two years and the Welsh Government has been a longtime supporter of BABCPHL activities.  Efe was joined by Kelly Taylor, Business Development Executive.  The Welsh Government is the devolved Government for Wales.  They seek to constantly create the right environment for business – to equip the private sector in Wales with the tools to compete as the high-value player in the global economy.  Wales has a thriving knowledge economy, industry-focused R&D and a loyal workforce.  Wales is linked to key UK business hubs with a first class transport infrastructure, and some of the least costly and best property around.

Howard Silverstone, Director of Forensic Resolutions, was the Master of Ceremonies for Quizzo Night. He has served as BABCPHL President on two occasions and is currently the Programs & Events Chairman.  Howard has been actively involved in the BABCPHL for more than 25 years, and was recently appointed by Her Majesty The Queen as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his service promoting British business in the United States.  When Howard is not supporting BABCPHL activities he is managing Forensic Resolutions, a forensic and investigative accounting firm, providing solutions to complex business problems and insurance claims.  Howard is the quintessential BABCPHL Board Member and supporter – we could not ask for a more involved or dedicated individual!  Howard was the master of ceremonies for our dynamic and highly competitive game of QUIZZO.

Howard masterfully led Quizzo Night participants through three rounds of ten questions each focused on the following categories: UK/US history, geography, pop-culture, sports and music. Howard’s humor and wit infused the entire evening with good fun and loads of cheer.  The night included delicious British pub style food, drinks and coveted prizes including: four club box tickets to one of Philadelphia Union’s remaining games of the season; two tickets to Philadelphia Orchestra orchestra level seats at an upcoming concert; a BABCPHL branded umbrella, baseball cap and calendar; and a bottle of French wine and two tickets to an upcoming French Chamber event.

The BABCPHL extends special thanks to sponsors, Forensic Resolutions and The Welsh Government; event partners, the French American Chamber of Commerce and the Philadelphia Orchestra; and Quizzo Night prize winner donors the Philadelphia Union and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Congratulations to winning team, Duane Morris, BABCPHL Club Level Member! The team was led by Hope Krebs, past BABCPHL President and current board member.

Click here to view photos.

 

 

 


Exporter & Financial Services Forum

Please join World Trade Center Delaware and the US Export-Import Bank (EXIM Bank) on September 28, 2018 at a breakfast Exporter and Financial Services Forum to find out how you can reduce the cost of international business.

Date: Friday, September 28, 2018

Click here for more information.

↑ back to top


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