Party Pixs: The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce Summer Cocktail Party

The Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce said “this is how to grow
international business” and 300 people showed up in agreement. So on
one of the steamiest days of the summer, the region’s business leaders
were not at the beach. They made sure to be seen and heard at the
International Business Networking Reception, sponsored by the Chilean
& American Chamber, featuring Philadelphia’s Mayor Michael Nutter.


Ricardo Maldonado, Executive Director of the Chilean and American Chamber of Commerce (CACCGP), Ita Harmelin, Telemundo, Dey DeShayes,, DD Promotions, Natalia Gamarra and Terrence Gatsby

Obviously impressed by the sizable gathering, the mayor regaled the
crowd with his impeccably timed sense of humor, which he doesn’t get
enough credit for. In addition to the wry wit and laughter,
Philadelphia’s serious status as an international city on the cutting
edge of business development was the evening’s main topic. Nutter said
encouraging new investment and commercial trade between Philadelphia and
the rest of the world is a top priority. He outlined his plans to keep
Philadelphia in the highest echelons of U-S destinations for foreign

“Philadelphia has seven sister cities around the world,” said Nutter. (He’s the been to two of them and hopes to visit the others soon. ) 
Philadelphia is officially linked with 7 Sister Cities and 3 Partnership Cities in 9 countries.  Areas of cooperation include:
– Economic development & trade
– Youth and education
– Municipal and technological cooperation
– Arts
– Sports & culture
Also in the photo is NANCY J. GILBOY, President & CEO
IVC – International Visitors Council of Philadelphia
U.S. Department of State | City of Philadelphia Sister Cities Program (pink sweater)
Asked about the Chamber’s highly effective ‘Chilean model’ Nutter said,
“Part of the key to the great success of the Chilean & American
Chamber is a great focus on the business side of things. They know how
to keep people active within the Chamber, look at this tremendous
turnout, and there’s an increasing amount of activity from Chilean
companies. They also have the vision to understand there are great
business opportunities in Philly and the region. Our commerce department
has a great working relationship with the Chamber.” Asked about the
exceptionally close relations between Chile and CACCGP, the mayor said,
“We are very fortunate in Philadelphia that we are a great port-of-call
for the Chilean fruits and other goods, many of which come through the
port of Philadelphia bound for the rest of the United States. We
recognize that Chile is a country that is part of the economic vitality
of Philadelphia and we want that to grow. It’s my job to make sure those
relationships are strong and consistent and as mayor, I have to do a
fair amount of outreach. The great thing about the Chilean and American
Chamber is that they reach out as well and it is a great partnership.”
Val Kogan, President, Mid-Atlantic – Russia Business Council; Eileen Stilwell, Ship PhillyFirst; Bob Carullo, SMART
Susan Gay, Baltimore Business Wire
Diana Jones, Drexel and Charlotta Thunander, Associate Director at Drexel, Executive MBA Programs
Maggie Leyden and Lyra McGrath, both from WHYY
Julia Djurfeldt,Marketing Manager på Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce – Philadelphia and Matthias Lundin, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce
Ricardo Maldonado and Sheryl Rothberg
Nikki Brooks, British Consulate, Karen Lewis, Executive Director of the Avenue of the Arts, and Shari Williams, Community Outreach Manager at Marcellus Shale Coalition
Rong Lai,  ‎Intern at Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce and Kira Greenlee,British American Business Council Intern (Very impressed that these two young ladies had their linkin updated. That is a very important business tool. So many people don’t realize it.)
One of the duties of an intern is to get the spelling of all the name tags, print them out and put them in alphabetical order. No easy task, but a lesson in patience and perseverance.(I would not make a good intern)

Ruth Cohen, and  Shinjoo Cho, Director of International Business Investment at City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce (The mayor announced that this was a newly created position in the City)
James Gulnick, McCrory Glass and Lisette Guevara, McCrory Glass
A history-making agreement was signed on Tuesday, July 16, between the Chilean & American Chamber
of Commerce of Greater Philadelphia (CACCGP), the Chilean-American
Chamber of Commerce of Chile (AMCHAM) and the Pennsylvania Chamber of
Business and Industry. The
Chilean & American Chamber of Commerce will sign a Sister Chambers
Agreement to establish a formal partnership between the Greater
Philadelphia region and Chile

Dave Collins, 721 Logistics LLC and John Antonucci, Vice President Corporate Accounts at 721 Logistics LLC (Fresh Fruit & Perishable Import Specialists [from Chile] and other services)

Former Congressman Patrick Murphy, now with Fox Rothschild,  and Michelle Holder

James Wujcik, Market Executive Sovereign/Santander

Luke Butler, Chief of Staff to the Deputy Mayor for Economic Development at City of Philadelphia and Patricia Dickey, President at Ytellis Global Consultancy LLC

The guest list and sponsors were a veritable Who’s Who of international
business in Philadelphia. Members of the French, Swedish, Irish, Israel,

German and Chilean-American Chambers joined with the Japan
American Society and the British Business Council of Philadelphia,
listening intently as Mayor Nutter extolled the very real virtues of
Philadelphia’s cultural and economic advantages.

Ulla Britt-Apell and Erwin Apell, Chairman of the SACC-Philadelphia, which was founded in 1999 as a
non-profit member organization serving the Pennsylvania, southern New
Jersey, and Delaware region. Our mission is to encourage and promote an
exchange of technology, trade and culture between Sweden and the Greater
Philadelphia regions, while providing members with a spectrum of
services and social events. (Great style.)

Michael A. Bartels, Citrin Cooperman, Randyl Case, Citrin Cooperman and Jake Dawson, Regional Account Executive at Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce