You may recall that last week I was in Washington DC with my counterparts Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild (Executive Director of the New York Chapter) and Katherine Prewitt (Executive Director of the Paris Chapter) to work on establishing a new chapter of the European American Chamber of Commerce there. We were joined by Guillaume Martinez, President of the Paris Chapter. All in all, it was a very successful trip, and I thought you might be interested in some details.
About twenty individuals (representing about 12 companies and organizations) joined us on the morning of Tuesday, January 28, and we briefed the group on the mission of the EACC network and the over 750 member companies in our network. The group was excited by our vision of a transatlantic platform enabling executives to navigate today’s complex, interconnected and rapidly changing business landscape. We explained that we are not political, not lobbyists, and not a bilateral chamber promoting the interests of a single country or industry; instead, we are an independent network of professionals engaging like-minded executives from both sides of the Atlantic to support transatlantic trade, investment, and collaboration. In short, we are Where Europeans and Americans Meet to Do Business! We are now following up with those who attended to see who may be prepared to make the commitment to become a founding member, and who may want to join once the chapter is operational.
Following the meeting Yvonne, Katherine and I also met with a number of candidates interested in taking on the role of Executive Director of the new chapter. Our goal was to identify one or two individuals that we could recommend to the founding members to hire once the chapter is functional to run the operation and help it grow locally while integrating into the broader network. We were quite happy with the candidates and confident we are moving in the right direction.
We were also honored to meet with His Excellency Stavros Lambrinidis, Ambassador of the European Union to the United States; Martin Mühleisen, director of the IMF’s Strategy, Policy and Review Department; and senior representatives of the Embassy of France. These meetings were to update important partners about the progress of the new Chapter and of the EACC overall, and to discuss programming ideas.
It is worth noting that a similar delegation (Yvonne, Katherine, and Marcel Schulze, Executive Director of the Netherlands Chapter) will be traveling to Brussels this month for a similar event. We would be delighted to open new chapters in Washington and Brussels in 2020!
If you know of firms in Washington or Brussels (or in Cincinnati!) that should be part of the EACC network, please let me know!