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Inside this issue
What’s new at the FrenchAmerican Chamber of
New FACC President
New offices of the
The Mulling Reception
The Club Vendome
Dear Members and Friends,
we are nearing the Summer, it is
time to reflect on the changes occurring
at your Atlanta Chapter of the French
American Chamber of Commerce.
First, we have moved into our new offices on May, 27th in the Lenox Building. We are now in the same offices as
the French Consulate and Ubifrance.
We have upgraded our offices, clearly
improved our visibility and it is much
more easier of access. We are now part
of “Maison de France” and we are
thankful to those French organization
for reaching out to us.
Second, Michele Oliveres, our President
since 2008 has been named President
Emeritus at a Board Meeting that took
place on April, 1st, 2010. Michele’s
work and unique contribution has been
recognized by the Board as she always
got that involvement in the Chamber
and we are very thankful to her for that.
The Board Members elected a new
President of the FACC, Jim Blair who
officially took up his duty as of June,
1st, 2010. Previously a Vice President
of the Chamber, Jim is a Senior Manager with the Georgia Department of the
Economic Development. He has spent
17 years of his career with their State
representation in Brussels where he had
the time to polish his French ! We wish
him good luck in his new functions.
We held a spectacular Passport to
France at the InterContinental Hotel
Buckhead on May, 14th, 2010 where we
celebrated the 25th anniversary of the
FACC Atlanta chapter. With more than
160 attendees, we organized an exhibit of
French Luxury Companies with a taste of
the best French restaurants in town, a
buffet of international delicacies, an attractive Casino Night and of course our
silent auctions with several trips to
France thanks mainly to our generous
sponsors Air France/Delta Air Lines/
A huge thank you to all of our sponsors
and partners, to our interns Malikat
Rachadi and Evandra Semedo who did
an outstanding job in the search for sponsors and in the overall organization of the
As we look into the future, we have the
Club Vendome kick-off party on June,
24th at Roche Bobois. This exciting
event will feature French luxury companies exhibiting some of their products.
Our New Member reception will be on
September, 1st at the Atmosphere Restaurant. We have several other corporate
networking projects and you will know
more when details will be finalized.
We wish you a terrific summer whether
you will be in France or in the US, at the
beach or in the mountains, in family or at
Cannes is one of the world’s
most prestigious cities and is
one of the best-known cities
of the French Riviera located
in the Alpes-Maritimes department. Truly a haven of
prosperity, security and quality of life, it has not usurped
its legendary reputation as a
city where life is wonderful.
Beverly Hills, USA
Sanya, China (since
UK (since 1970)
The area around Cannes
has developed into a hightech cluster. The Technopolis of Sophia Antipolis lies
in the hills beyond Cannes.
The economic environment
is based on tourism
(business fairs), trade and
aviation. Cannes has 6500
companies, of which 3000
are traders, artisans and serThe splendid surroundings, vice providers. In 2006, 421
the mosaic of authentic new companies were regisneighbourhoods, the luxuri- tered.
ous setting, services of exceptional quality: everything Cannes hosts the Cannes
contributes to making Mandelieu Space Center,
Cannes the ideal destination headquarters of Thales
for those with an Epicurean Alenia Space, the first Euroview of life.
pean satellite manufacturer.
With its exceptional sunshine, its luxury hotels, excellent restaurants, colourful
casinos, historic city centre,
sandy beaches and magnificent bay, Cannes has all the
features and assets envied by
seaside and tourist resorts all
over the world.
The Cannes Film Festival is
a major event for the cinema
industry. Founded in 1946,
the Festival is held annually
in May. The Festival de
Cannes has celebrated the
cinema for more than 60
The choice of the visionary
cinematographer Tim Burton to head the 63rd edition,
from May 12th to 23rd,
brought with it a touch of
his wonderful fantasy and
The most prestigious award
given out at Cannes is the
“Palme d'Or”, Golden Palm.
The Thai director Apichatpong Weerasethakul was rewarded this year for his film
“The Uncle Boonmee Who
Can Recall His Past Lives”.
The old town
The Forville market
Museum de la Castre
Ile de Lérins
Excursions to Grasse,
Mougins and Antibes
BPI group, founded in 1984, is a
leading global management and
HR consulting firm operating in
forty countries with over 2,000
employees worldwide. They provide a range of services that drive
organizational performance and
support individual success including career management, career
transition, talent management, talent acquisition, corporate restructuring and executive coaching
In March, 2010, BPI group officially opened an office in Atlanta.
The Atlanta office will serve as the
headquarters for the Southeast region of the U.S. They joined the
FACC as Patron Member.
5565 Glenridge Connector NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
JWB Communication Services is a
new business based in Atlanta,
Georgia. The Managing Director,
Jimmy Burns, can draw on over 25
years experience of living and
working in Europe while maintaining close links with the US.
JWB Communication Services can
conduct research on specific companies and sectors, arrange introductions
to potential business partners, help
with initial meetings (including language assistance) and ensure that ongoing relationships remain strong.
JWB Communication Services has an
excellent network within the legal and
financial sectors. This can help US
companies identify European counterparts that operate in complimentary
business areas and vice versa.
One Overton Park
3625 Cumberland Boulevard
Atlanta, GA 30339
Fifth Third Bank’s International Corporate Banking Group works extensively with medium and large European corporations, and their executives, doing business in North America. International Relationship Managers coordinate the delivery of commercial loan products, domestic/global
treasury management, currency/
commodity trading, traditional/
structured trade finance, equipment
leasing, expatriate retail and investment banking services. the Bank has
received numerous accolades for the
way it operates over 1,300 locations in
Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Michigan,
Illinois, Florida, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Georgia
and North Carolina.
2100 Southbridge Parkway
Birmingham, AL 35209
Founded in 1950 by the Roches and
the Chouhans, Roche-Bobois is
among the most internationally renowned and exclusive brands in
Each piece created is the result of
close collaboration between designers, manufacturers and RocheBobois. Its products are sold in
nearly 30 different countries.
The company is expanding its reach
rapidly, too. In fact, a new RocheBobois store opens every month
somewhere in the world. RocheBobois is prolific as it introduces a
new exclusive collection every six
months. In 2001, Roche Bobois has
opened a store in Buckhead area in
3400 Around Lenox Rd Ne
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
Our new individual
Mr. Gregory Schlagdenhauffen
For further information
404 846 2500
Club Vendome Kick-off Party
Thursday, June 24th
at Roche Bobois
Chambers of Commerce at Mulling
June, 15th, 2010
From 5pm to 7:45 pm
at the Mulling’s House
June, 24th, 2010
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
At Roche Bobois
Please note that we changed our offices, we are now
with the French Consulate and the French Trade
Mission located at:
The Lenox Building
3399 Peachtree Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30326
France has its “Comite Colbert” and
now the South-East has its “Club Vendome”. Founded in 1954 at the initiative of the perfumer Jean-Jacques
Guerlain, the “Groupement Colbert”,
which became the Comite Colbert in
January 1959 had about a dozen members, all French houses of luxury.
The FACC has founded its “Club Vendome” whose goal it to gather houses
of French luxury represented in the
We are pleased to invite you to the
Kick-off Party on Thursday, June 24th
from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at Roche
Bobois (Around Lenox).
Come and enjoy an array of fabulous
display as Baccarat, Gien, Le Jacquard
Francais, Lalique, Haviland Limoges,
Yves Delorme, L’ Occitane, Pierre
Frey and many more will be attending.
For further details contact us at
September, 1st, 2010
November, 18th, 2010
at the Restaurant Au
Pied de Cochon
Thank you to all our generous sponsors for their support. It would not have
been possible without you: Air France/Delta Air Lines/KLM, Coca Cola,
Merial, Banta Immigration Law, BPI Group, Orange Business Services, SNF,
TV5, the InterContinental Hotel, Michelin, Club Med and Ecole du Samedi.