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May 30th Eagle Star Awards Gala to be Hosted at HP

Tom Glaser to Receive Founders Award

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region will celebrate the 12th annual Eagle Star Awards Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 PM.   The event will be held at the HP Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta, Georgia.

The Eagle Star Gala is AICC’s community flagship event honoring the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast-Israel business relationship.   Long-time AICC President Tom Glaser will be recognized with the Founders Award.  Glaser recently announced plans to retire following his 21 years of service to the organization.   The South Carolina Research Authority will be presented with the Community Partner Award in recognition of its extraordinary role in the success of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) is considered the second largest investor in Israeli information technology after Intel.   Israel is one of the few countries where HP has a massive presence with almost 6,000 employees, and Alpharetta, Georgia is the Americas headquarters for their products developed in Israel under the Indigo and Scitex Vision brands.  “It is altogether fitting that HP host this year’s Gala, given their huge investments in Israel and the importance of the Southeast to the sales and distribution of their Israel-made products,” said event chairman Barry Sobel (Deutsche Bank Alex.Brown).

The event will also  honor the Israeli Company of the Year and Deal of the Year, and three finalists will compete for each award with the winners to be selected by an expert panel of judges.  Nominations are encouraged, and criteria and forms can be downloaded by clicking here.

Sponsorships are also being accepted.   For further information, contact Barry Swartz (  or (404) 843-9426.

Sponsors-to-date include Deutsche Bank Alex.Brown, The InterTech Group, The Coca-Cola Company, GlobalAtlanta, AM1690 / Newstalk1160, Atlanta Jewish Times, Smith Gambrell & Russell, Habif Arogeti & Wynne, Israel Economic Office to the US Southern Region, Nelson Mullins, and Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast.

In addition to IBM, sponsors for the event included Alston + Bird, Frontline Selling, AM1690 /Newstalk1160, and Habif Arogeti & Wynne. Thanks also to our organizational co-sponsors: Consulate General of Israel, Metro Atlanta Chamber, TAG, Gwinnett Chamber, ATP, and Israel Economic Office to the US Southern Region.

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