You are seeing a new “look” in this column, and you can expect a different one in next month’s newsletter as well. Of course, this is because Lorin Coles has finished his 2-year tenure as AICC Chairman, and as of August, Shai Robkin will be our new President.
We all owe a debt of gratitude to Lorin for leading our chamber for the past two years. When elected, he did not expect to deal with a major sea change in our professional leadership, but he managed to keep our Executive Committee focused on the challenge, and with the extraordinary support of our Board, we have succeeded on selecting an outstanding new staff leader. And on top of this major personnel challenge, Lorin and his team moved AICC forward on many other fronts including the new Capital Funding initiative, the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, focus on Logistics, and merger of two longstanding committees in to the new Hi-Tech Committee. His unusual skills also helped us forge an even closer relationship with the Government of Israel offices in our region as well as strengthening other important partnerships.
A new era for the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce is about to begin. Thanks for your continued support, and looking forward to exciting times in the weeks and months to come!