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Professional Seminar Enlightens on Israel Business / Economic Trends

Professional Seminar 2013 Photo Greg Kirsch Professional Seminar 2013 Photo Crowd

With the backdrop of Israel’s stable economy and innovative companies, AICC’s Professional Committee presented another outstanding seminar on August 20th in Atlanta that addressed many aspects of Accelerating Southeast-Israel Growth: Mergers & Acquisitions, Investments and Partnerships.”  Almost 100 members and guests were treated to the program that featured presentations, case studies, and panels to illustrate the theme and engage to participants.   “The presenters delivered another great program that educated our audience about the value of the US-Israel business relationship and prepared them for successful interactions with Israeli companies,” said Greg Kirsch (Smith, Gambrell & Russell), chairman of the Professional Committee.  Now in its 17th year, the seminar is AICC’s premier annual educational event.  Among the highlights:

Shai Robkin, new President & CEO of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region was the luncheon keynote speaker, and he shared his unique perspectives on Southeast-Israel business opportunities and vision for taking the AICC to its next level as the most effective organization of its kind in North America. Click Here to See Shai Robkin’s Keynote Address.  The seminar also featured the Israeli Headquarters case study of Kibbutz Sdot Yam-based Caesarstone, the original quartz surface manufacturer and leader in its field that has committed to a new manufacturing operation in the Southeast with production starting in late 2014; the Israeli Company presentation of Herzliya Pituach-based LightApp Technologies that has become the number one vendor for industrial energy management software, helping customers around the world manage and save on their energy consumption and costs as well as reduce risks; and the M&A case study of Jerusalem-based SintecMedia that acquired Atlanta-based Argo Systems last January.

Additionally, the program showcased capital funding and investment models for Israeli companies seeking to enter the Southeast market.  AICC has created a new online “marketplace” to screen Israeli companies seeking investment and bringing them to the attention of Southeast angel and other investors, and Randall Foster, chairman of the Chamber’s Capital Funding Committee, presented this model.  Eylon Penchas, partner in Tel Aviv-based Viola Partners, shared their investment model and the needs within Israel to support start-ups and mature companies.  Former AICC president Tom Glaser, presented the BIRD Foundation, a bi-national fund that supports joint venture research & development projects between US and Israel companies.  And Norman Radow, CEO of Atlanta-based RADCO Companies, shared his perspectives on how to attract and build trust with Israeli investors for Southeast real estate projects.

Thanks to our sponsors for making this program possible:  BDOBerman Fink Van HornPorter Keadle Moore, Consulate General of IsraelApplied EconomicsFriedman Dever & Merlin,SunTrustWilliams Benator & LibbyIsrael Economic Office to the US SouthSmith, Gambrell & Russell, and The Coca-Cola CompanyAmerican Israel Educational Institute,Atlanta Bar Association – International Transactions SectionGeorgia Department of Economic DevelopmentJewish Federation of Greater Atlanta,Metro Atlanta Chamber -Global Commerce Council,Georgia Chamber of Commerce – International Advisory CouncilSouthern Capital ForumWorld Chamber of Commerce, and TAG.

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