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Philadelphia’s US Commercial Service office of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration

Did you know Philadelphia’s US Commercial Service office of the US Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration, connects PA and DE products and services to international buyers through US Embassies and Consulates worldwide? Through its global network, the US Commercial Service provides exporters direct access to overseas markets by delivering custom-tailored services such as export counseling, market research, international partner matchmaking, and trade event support. The network of 1,700 business development professionals in overseas posts in 75 countries and US Commercial Service offices in over 100 major US cities begins in Center City, Philadelphia. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, the US Commercial Service is offering office hours, “Connecting You To Answers.” You’re invited to ask Trade Specialists questions, and you will be connected to the most current resources in this everchanging business climate. Resources include: CARES Act resources; SBA; Ex-Im Bank; SBDC; and Virtual Services for international business.

Member Feature – Forensic Resolutions, Inc.

This week’s BABCPHL Corporate Member feature is Forensic Resolutions, Inc., a Firm dedicated to the field of forensic and investigative accounting matters relating to economic damages, fraud, insurance claims and myriad financial disputes.  Howard Silverstone, BABCPHL prior President, current Membership Chairman and decades-long Board Member, is one of the founding partners of Forensic Resolutions.  While there is always an opportunity for criminals to take advantage of innocent people and businesses, Coronavirus is providing fertile ground for fraudsters to exploit fear and confusion.  Howard and his team are dedicated to identifying and preventing all kinds of scams.  Forensic Resolutions is particularly attuned to coronavirus-related fraud.  Coronavirus does not only threaten health, supply chains and the global economy, it is also threatening those who fall prey to fraudulent activity.  Howard is frequently interviewed and quoted by news outlets about the various ways people ae being tricked and taken advantage of by criminals.  Today, well-meaning people are increasingly falling victim to fraud in new ways, such as being cheated out of their Federal Government stimulus checks; trying to “do good” by creating their own charitable organizations; or donating to charities believed to be legitimate.  Hypervigilance is key, not just steering clear of Covid-19 and staying healthy, but avoiding swindlers, who are taking advantage of this tenuous global situation, is a must during this time.  Special thanks and recognition to Howard and his colleagues for their expertise in recognizing illegal activity and helping protect people and businesses from this duplicitous threat.

Member Feature – Penn Medicine

Founded in 1765 as the nation’s first medical school, Penn Medicine, consisting of the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Pennsylvania Health System, together form a $8.6 billion enterprise. The Perelman School of Medicine has been ranked among the top medical schools in the United States for more than 20 years, according to US News & World Report’s survey of research-oriented medical schools. The School is consistently among the nation’s top recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health, with $494 million awarded in the 2019 fiscal year. Penn Medicine has been actively involved with our Chapter since entering the UK market. We are lucky to have one of the world’s leading academic medical centers in our region. Penn Medicine is dedicated to medical education, biomedical research, and excellence in patient care. More than ever before, universities, research institutes, pharma, biotechs and start-ups are collaborating to develop a vaccine and treatments for Covid-19. Penn Medicine has developed active clinical trials for patients with COVID 19, a plasma donation protocol for those that have recovered from COVID-19, and a vaccine trial for health volunteers. They are also working together throughout different University-wide disciplines to assemble teams to address emergent unmet needs. Penn is leading the US component for the pathbreaking intubateCOVID Global Registry, which tracks global patterns in airway management activity and personal protective equipment (PPE) use to help inform COVID-19 care and health policies in the United States and beyond. intubateCOVID will use previously identified global patterns to quantify the personal risk of COVID-19 disease development in US providers. The Group was first established in the United Kingdom to track exposures and outcomes among providers who perform intubations in confirmed or suspected COVID-19. The registry is entirely voluntary. In consultation with leadership of the Perelman School of Medicine, the Microbiology Department founded the Center for Research on Coronavirus and Other Emerging Pathogens. The goals of the Center are to:
• Expand and accelerate SARS-CoV-2 research at Penn, CHOP and Wistar.
• Provide centralized information on SARS-CoV-2 research developments in our community and globally.
• Compile information and catalyze opportunities for new funding for research on SARS-CoV-2 and other emerging pathogens.

The BABCPHL is proud to feature member Penn Medicine in this weekly news update, and to highlight some of the many examples of the worldwide collaborative effort to respond to the global health crisis. We’d like to express our gratitude to all of the healthcare workers, scientists, and researchers throughout the world for the steadfast care and groundbreaking work to ensure health and safety.

Member Feature: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

Are you missing some of your favorite Philadelphia museums, theatres, restaurants and experiences? To help keep partners, members and Philadelphia fans worldwide entertained and informed while at home, the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) has curated an extensive list of ways to experience the city remotely, including virtual tours from museums & attractions, a recipe to cook Philly’s iconic cheesesteak in your own kitchen and a list of movies filmed in the City of Brotherly Love. If you are looking for a new soundtrack for your workout or WFH routine, the PHLCVB has you covered with a Philly-focused Spotify playlist, including songs from Questlove, Patti Labelle, John Legend and Hall & Oates. For a complete list of Philadelphia from Home experiences, visit the PHLCVB’s blog. The blog post highlights ways future visitors and customers can still experience our dynamic destination from afar. The Philadelphia from Home guide is just one aspect of the organization’s Road to Recovery toolkit, which also includes iconic Philadelphia backgrounds for virtual meeting apps, the open-source PHL (Perseverance, Hope, Love) mark that the organization has established and is encouraging partners and members in the city to use, and a ton of other resources to make staying (and working) at home a little bit easier.

PHLCVB is a longtime partner and corporate member of the BABCPHL. The Organization plays a crucial role in attracting global business and leisure travelers to the Greater Philadelphia region. The United Kingdom is Philadelphia’s largest source of international visitors and the PHLCVB seeks to partner with BABCPHL members to leverage the assets of the local community, organizations, and businesses linked with the UK market to benefit all involved. The BABCPHL is proud to collaborate with PHLCVB. Special thanks for enabling people from near and far to virtually enjoy the City!

Duane Morris LLP – COVID19 Planning – Ramping Up vs. Flipping a Switch: Getting Back to Business as Usual?

Duane Morris – COVID19 Planning – Ramping Up vs. Flipping a Switch: Getting Back to Business as Usual?

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST


About the Program

  • What can you control vs. what you can’t—how does that affect planning to bring back your employees to the office
  • FFCRA and CARES Act still in effect through end of 2020, includes additional leave program.
  • The impact of CA state and local paid sick leave laws, including emergency laws.
  • How to stay compliant with immigration laws when there have been wage or other changes in the employment of your foreign national workers.
  • COVID19 not gone, no vaccine—measures to take for infection control in the office.
  • Continued distancing, remote work, and reduced density in the workplace.

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Meagan E. Garland, Duane Morris LLP, San Diego

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Teodora D. Purcell, Duane Morris LLP, San Diego

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Brooke B. Tabshouri, Duane Morris LLP, San Diego

Spring 2020 New Members

Corporate Level:

Bennett International


21 S 11th Street
Suite 207
Philadelphia PA 19107

Eric B. Miller
Education Consultant and Client Relations Representative
P: 215-532-3236
E: eric.miller@bennettinternational.com

Elizabeth Sawyer
P: 215-532-3236
E: elizabeth.sawyer@bennettinternational.com

Tony Entwisle
Education Consultant Assessment Committee Chair Director of Client Relations
P: 215-532-3236
E: tony.entwisle@bennettinternational.com

Headquartered in McDonough, Georgia, Bennett International Group provides innovative logistics and transportation for companies across America. We offer a suite of trucking and specialized logistics services, from flatbed and step deck trucking, driveaway, manufactured housing transport and RV delivery to 3PL/4PL logistics, customs brokerage and warehousing. Every day we put over 46 years’ experience in the industry and a network of over 3,000 owner/operators, agents, and employees to work providing the safest, and best possible service to all of our business partners.



1135 W. 6th Street
Austin, Texas 78703

Kevin West
Director of Partnerships
P: 713-582-1457
E: Kevin.West@xe.com

Xe are a part of the Euronet (NASDAQ:EEFT) family, a global provider in international payments and foreign exchange risk management for individuals, businesses and larger corporations. On a daily basis we help our clients reduce costs of doing business internationally by providing a personalized service and preferential rates of exchange on their cross-border transactions. Since being established in Toronto, ON in 1993, we have grown to become the worlds trusted currency authority with over 70 million downloads of our app globally and continue to provide our customers with the most up to date, reputable currency information.

It’s safe to say that there are now more companies operating internationally than ever before and with that comes the complexity of currency markets. Xe are able to simplify your international payments in a secure and cost-effective manner whilst providing a solution tailored to your requirements.

Kevin West is Director of Partnerships at Xe, working with organizations and associations across North America to support their members with their FX needs. Residing in Austin, Texas but originally from the UK, Kevin is excited to grow his network with the BABC Philadelphia chapter and meet businesses with US and UK ties. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and can often be found searching for lost golf balls.


Non-Profit & Government Partner:

Consular Corps Association


1600 Market Street
Suite 1701
Philadelphia PA 19103

Peter S. Longstreth
P: 215-259-8133
E: president@ccaphila.org

The Consular Corps Association of Philadelphia (CCAP) is the oldest consular organization in the country and today our Members represent 65 countries around the world. Generally speaking, consular activities fall into two categories which vary widely in accordance with country and circumstance:

  1. Consuls promote commercial, cultural, educational, medical and governmental relationships between the Philadelphia region and their respective countries.
  2. Consuls serve the diplomatic needs of foreign citizens and visiting dignitaries in Philadelphia.

As a 501(c)(3), non-profit corporation, CCAP is governed by a four member Executive Committee elected each year by its Members and is funded by dues, contributions and sponsorships. Like any association, CCAP’s fundamental responsibility is to assist its Members in maximizing their individual effectiveness. More specific objectives include:

  • Improving CCAP Members’ access to Philadelphia’s business, non-profit and political leadership.
  • Facilitating communication, education and mutual support among CCAP Members.
  • Providing Philadelphia with a window on the diplomatic world – in Washington, D.C. and abroad.
  • Partnering with selected cultural, educational and charitable organizations which contribute to Philadelphia’s international agenda.

To address these goals, CCAP offers services and programs to its Members, including Quarterly Meetings and Cocktail Receptions with prominent speakers, sponsors and guests; specialized workshops, seminars and events focused on relevant issues and institutions; a National Day

Recognizing Ten Years of Service to the Transatlantic Business Community

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

April 2020 marks Jane H. Rosenberg’s tenth anniversary as Executive Director of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia. Since she assumed the role ten years ago, change, volatility and flexibility have been the name of the game.  There have been times of great growth and times of economic uncertainty, and today is no exception!  Throughout her tenure, Jane has worked closely with BABCPHL Board Members, steering the Organization through more than 100 programs, and building membership.  She launched a more interactive website and created a contemporary logo, giving a new face to the bi-national Chamber.  She strengthened and built relationships with Greater Philadelphia and UK Government agencies serving the transatlantic business community.

Jane manages the daily operations of the BABCPHL, promoting the trade and commercial relationship between the United Kingdom, and Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware.  She creates an engaging and dynamic annual schedule of more than a dozen programs and events, including educational seminars for continuing professional education across a series of industry sectors.  Jane closely collaborates with leading global c-suite executives to execute activities.  She manages a diverse board of directors; leads quarterly board meetings; and creates the annual six-figure budget for the Organization.  She also interfaces with regional and foreign government officials, and with her counterparts at the 22 British American Business Councils stationed throughout the world, as well as with Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia management, to ensure BABCPHL’s success.

Jane is proud of growing the BABCPHL into one of the most successful and lucrative international chambers in the region.  Since 2010, she has expanded the group across the tristate area, actively engaging business and government leaders on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.  Jane enjoys working with professionals to deliver timely, topical programs pertinent to executives operating in both the US and the UK.  Activities of note include hosting several British Ambassadors to the US, Royal visitors, and CEOs managing multinational global corporations.

Throughout her time at the BABCPHL, Jane has executed many successful events.  Some of her most memorable activities include: the Philadelphia trade delegation to London with Mayor Michael Nutter in November 2013; the 2014 World Cup economic seminar; the BABCPHL 25th anniversary fundraiser held in the American Airlines hangar at PHL International Airport;  and the BABCPHL executive women’s forum in January 2020.

Jane is a lifelong Philadelphian.  She graduated from Germantown Friends School and Magna Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Spanish and Latin American Studies.  In addition, Jane is a Fulbright Scholar.  She received the Bi-national Business Grant to Study the Effects of Post-NAFTA Mexico.  From 1999-2000, Jane lived, worked and studied in Mexico City.  She is bilingual, English/Spanish.  While studying in Mexico, Jane also worked full-time for DuPont, S.A. de C.V.  After returning from Mexico, Jane worked for the National Consumer Business Industry Marketing Group at Deloitte LLP.

Currently, Jane lives outside of Philadelphia with her husband and daughter, where she enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her beloved pets.  Her favorite pastime is active travel to new and exciting places.  She looks forward to resuming this activity when it is safe to do so.

Warm wishes for a happy tenth anniversary, Jane from the BABCPHL!

Message from the President

Dear BABCPHL Members and Friends,

We find ourselves living in challenging and uncertain times.  While our focus is inward, as we adapt to the evolving situation, we are temporarily isolated and removed from our business networking groups and social circles.  The BABCPHL remains a constant for you and your company as you navigate the transatlantic landscape.  Ongoing communication with the commercial community, and connecting with colleagues across industry sectors to exchange ideas and share useful information is more important than ever.  The BABCPHL is your UK-US bilateral partner.  We are committed to working with our private and public sector members to deliver answers to questions and to facilitate value-add information sharing, learning and virtual networking.

We are closely collaborating with our 22-Chapter British American Business Council global network as well as our colleagues from the regional bi-national chambers of commerce.  For the foreseeable future we are providing a series of virtual meetings you may be interested in joining.  Content is updated daily.  Be sure to check our website and refresh frequently to ensure you are able to view and register.  If you are a member of the Greater Philadelphia British American Business Council Chapter, and you wish to provide a webinar to our Group about a pertinent topic, we would welcome the opportunity to showcase your business and knowledge.  Contact us if you would like to collaborate.

Well-being and safety are always of utmost importance, but are even more so during this unprecedented time in our history.  We are all in this together and we look forward to continuing to serve you and your UK-US business needs as we navigate this crisis. With great appreciation to each and every one of you – thank you for your support.  Please stay healthy, and be safe.


Nick Lotz

President, British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Head of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Banking Nick Lotz Named President of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, January 1, 2020 — HSBC Bank USA, N.A. Head of Mid-Atlantic Corporate Banking Nick Lotz assumed the role of President of the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL).  Lotz will begin serving a two-year term that began January 1.  During his time in office, he plans to continue to grow membership with a particular focus on growth industry sectors, and to offer content and networking driven programs.  Lotz is joined by several HSBC colleagues on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean who are active in British American Business Council regional Chapter activities.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue our decade-long partnership with the Council,” said Lotz. “As an existing active board member, I have seen the value BABCPHL brings to creating long-term B2B relationships.  I look forward to serving the Organization as President.”

Lotz joined HSBC in 2010.  As the Mid-Atlantic Region Head for HSBC’s Corporate Banking Group, he leads HSBC’s Corporate Banking practice in the nine-state region covering the Mid-Atlantic. His portfolio focuses on companies with international operations that value HSBC for the depth and breadth of the Bank’s global product and service offerings.  Prior to HSBC, Lotz held similar roles at other regional and international banks.  Lotz has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh and a graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh Katz Graduate School of Business.

About the British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

The British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (BABCPHL) promotes the trade and investment relationship between the United Kingdom and Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and the State of Delaware. The United States of America and the United Kingdom are each other’s largest investors; together we have approximately $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies.  The BABCPHL is part of the largest transatlantic business network with 22 chapters, and more than 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout North America and the United Kingdom.  Members include many of the world’s largest multinationals as well as thousands of middle market and privately held entities across industry sectors.  The British American Business Council offers value-add programs and events; shares timely thought leadership and government publications; and provides important business development opportunities.

HSBC Bank USA, National Association (HSBC Bank USA, N.A.) serves customers through retail banking and wealth management, commercial banking, private banking, and global banking and markets segments. It operates bank branches in: California; Connecticut; Washington, D.C.; Florida; Maryland; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Virginia; and Washington. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is the principal subsidiary of HSBC USA Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of HSBC North America Holdings Inc. HSBC Bank USA, N.A. is a Member of FDIC. Investment and brokerage services are provided through HSBC Securities (USA) Inc., (Member NYSE/FINRA/SIPC) and insurance products are provided through HSBC Insurance Agency (USA) Inc.

New Members – Winter 2020

Club Member:

Paul Harnick
Principal, Head of UK US Corridor
1601 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
E: paulharnick@kpmg.com
W: https://home.kpmg/uk/en/home/insights/2019/03/us-corporates-in-the-uk.html

KPMG’s U.S. UK Corridor consists of teams of professionals with deep knowledge and experience working on both sides of the Atlantic to provide you with best-in-class service across all of our service offerings in audit, tax and advisory.  Our mission is to bring all KPMG capabilities to the needs of British companies operating in the U.S. and U.S. companies operating in the UK.


Corporate Member:

Bravo Group
Ivana Wolfe
134 N. Wayne Avenue, Floor 2
Wayne, PA 19087
P: 717-214-2200
E: ivana@thebravogroup.com
W: www.bravogroup.us

Public relations firm that intersects with public affairs, communications and marketing. Roots in advocacy with an approach that reflects a deep understanding of complex industries and the changing environment of marketing and communications.


Corporate Member:

Re-Leased Property Software
Pete Wickham
Client Engagement Manager NA
246 5th Avenue
Suite 419
New York, NY 10001
P: 2646-257-5054
E: pete.wickham@re-leased.com
W: www.re-leased.com

Mateo Leone
Marketing Manager for NA
P: 631.879.7014
E: matthew.leone@re-leased.com

Dave Costa
Sales Manager for NA
P: 856.885.1359
E: dave.costa@re-leased.com

Andrea Gordon
Customer Success Lead NA
P: 718.644.3429
E: andrea.gordon@re-leased.com

Technology company headquartered in New Zealand who specializes in cloud-based property management software in the real estate market. We are disrupting the long-standing firms such as MRI and Yardi to give our customers modern software that was built by property managers for property managers.

Some of the benefits include:
-Ability to access the system anywhere in the world through internet browser, on a tablet or through app suite on your mobile phone.
-Full Clarity into your business, with a system that holds all of the date in one place. This means reporting is now so easy to leverage.
-Intuitive software that doesn’t require a 2-year training course to use.
– Key functionality like building out automated budgets for CAM charges, triple net leases, insurance and operational costs.
-Above all this comes with our full support 24/7, we know changing software can be painful so our team is here to make it easy.


Corporate Member:

Stonehage Fleming Law US LLC
Peter Rosenberg
1650 Market Street
26th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
P: 215-665-2006
E: peter.rosenberg@stonehagefleminglawus.com
W: http://www.stonehagefleminglawus.com/

Law firm focusing on International and United States Tax Planning and Compliance, and Trust and Estate Planning and Administration.


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The BABCPHL recognizes our Club Level Members:

  • Almac
  • American Airlines
  • Cigna
  • Cigna
  • Deloitte
  • Duane Morris
  • EisnerAmper LLP
  • Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • HSBC
  • Johnson, Kendall & Johnson, Inc.
  • KPMG
  • Morgan Lewis
  • Law Firm of Pepper Hamilton
  • United Airlines
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Welsh Government