|Tom Glaser (l) and Laurie Olivier (r) meet with executive leadership of the SAICC in Johannesburg.|
During a private visit to South Africa last month, AICC President Tom Glaser and Past Board Chairman Laurie Oliver (Veritas Venture Partners) visited with the staff and executive committee of the South Africa-Israel Chamber of Commerce. Before relocating to Atlanta in 2000, Olivier had served on the board of SAICC as a key executive of South Africa’s largerst corporation, Anglo American.
The purpose of the 2-hour session was for the South Africa group to learn how the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region has utlilized strategic planning over the years to elevate their organization to new levels of effectiveness. SAICC was also keenly interested in AICC’s committee structure and innovative ways to utilize the talents and connections of its members to generate business relationships with Israel.
“We are most appreciative of the time you took to share your most successful initiatives with us. We needed exactly that which you motivated….new ideas and novel ways to structure our own efforts,” said Marc Lubner, Chairman of the SAICC.