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Professional and Business Seminar Enhances US – Israel Connections Through Innovation and Expertise

Professional and Business Seminar Enhances US – Israel Connections Through Innovation and Expertise



           Yosef Abramowitz


            Kobi Rasner


With the backdrop of the Gaza conflict, the 18th Annual conexx Professional and Business Seminar was held on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at The Selig Center.  The seminar was chaired by Greg Kirsch, Partner and Head of the Intellectual Property Practice of Smith Gambrell and Russell. The theme of the half day seminar was “Enhancing US – Israel Connections through Innovation and Expertise.


Over 75 members and guests were treated to an outstanding program featuring two stellar keynote speakers:  Kobi Rasner, Synergy Overseas who presented on “Understanding the Israeli American Culture Gap” and Yosef Abramowitz, Co-Founder of the Arava Power Company and Energiya Global Capital who highlighted the accomplishments of Israel advancing the environmental and humanitarian goals of providing affordable green power to Israel and undeserved populations in East Africa.  Both keynote speakers received rave reviews and contributed to another premier annual educational event.


“From all the feedback we have received, this was by far and away the best program content and speakers we have presented, “ said Greg Kirsch, Chair, Professional Connector.  “The speakers delivered highly informative case studies of the value of US – Israel business relationships and highlighted the various ways these business connections can be developed and nurtured through innovation and expertise.”


The program also showcased the first public presentation of a new pilot project The Bridge by Coca Cola.   Karen Weinstock, Weinstock Immigration Lawyers updated the audience on the Israeli Investor Visa program.  In addition, Shai Robkin, President & CEO of conexx moderated a panel discussion of “Professionals as Agents of Economic Development” featuring Anne Yancey, Cherry Bekaert, Justin Daniels, Baker Donelson and John Woodward, Metro Atlanta Chamber.


2014 Professional Seminar Videos

2014 Professional Seminar – Kobi Rasner


2014 Professional Seminar – Yossi Abrowitz


2014 Professional Seminar – Karen Weinstock: US-Israel Investor Visas


Thanks to our sponsors for making this program possible:

Applied Economics, BDO, Berman Fink Van Horn, Consulate General of Israel, Friedman Dever & Merlin, Williams Benator & Libby, Israel Economic Office to the US South, Smith Gambrell & Russell, Grant Thornton (in-kind), American Israel Educational Institute, Atlanta Bar Association – International Transactions Section, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Metro Atlanta Chamber – Global Commerce Council, TIE, TAG and Newstalk 1160/AM 1690.


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