Visionary Israeli business leader Todd Dollinger was the luncheon keynote speaker for this year’s Professional Seminar. Organized by the Chamber’s Professional Committee, the half-day seminar is AICC’s premier annual educational event. It was held on Thursday, August 25th, 7:30 AM-1:00 PM at the Selig Center in Midtown Atlanta.
CEO of The Trendlines Group, Dollinger is one of Israel’s most successful entrepreneurs who shared his experiences of over 20 years in being an integral part of the Start Up Nation since making aliyah. Trendlines is the owner and operator of two Israeli government licensed business incubators– Misgav and Mofet B’Yehuda as well as Signal Business Development, and they also invest in their portfolio companies that concentrate on medical devices and cleantech, nurturing high-promise companies while mitigating seed-stage investment risk.
“We’re fortunate to have Todd Dolliiner headline this year’s seminar. His knowledge of what it takes to create and take Israeli technology companies into the global marketplace will be especially relevant to our audience,” said AICC Professional Committee Chairman Ben Fink (Berman Fink Van Horn).
The Professional Seminar also featured a presentation by Israel-based IT network management company Centerity Systems; the case study of Arab Israeli owned medical device company Alpha Omega; the case study of the acquisition of Atlanta-based Vumii by Israel-based Opgal; perspectives by Tel Aviv-based Fruition on funding early stage Israeli companies; and insights of Procter & Gamble into how major corporations are scouting Israeli innovation that is the inspiration for AICC’s new Corporations initiative.
Corporate sponsors included The Coca-Cola Company, Applied Economics, Ackerman & Co., Atlanta Jewish Times, Ballard Spahr, BDO, Berman Fink Van Horn, Dale Schwartz & Associates, Fifth Third Bank, Fish & Richardson, Friedman Dever & Merlin, Swerdlin & Co., Williams Benator & Libby, and Woodcock Washburn.
Organizational co-sponsors included American Israel Education Institute, Atlanta Bar Association – International Transactions Section, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, Atlanta Venture Forum, Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Israel Economic Mission to the US South, World Chamber of Commerce, and the Metro Atlanta Chamber – Global Commerce Council.