• 2016 EACC Board Elected at Annual Meeting

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    November 24, 2015

    Last week prior to the Beaujolais Nouveau celebration, the EACC held its annual meeting, electing the 2016 Board.

    Members of the 2016 Board include:

    • Paul Allaer – Thompson Hine

    • John Baines – Hahn Automation

    • Carol Barton – KPMG

    • Michele Blair – City of Mason

    • Guillaume Bonniol – Luxottica Retail

    • Marcia Brandstadt – U.S. Commercial Service Cincinnati

    • Harvey Cohen – Dinsmore & Shohl

    • Drew Collins – Bannockburn Global Forex

    • Ronald Cushing – University of Cincinnati

    • John D’Agostino – Definity Partners

    • Joe Dehner – Frost Brown Todd

    • Jean-Paul Ebanga – CFM International

    • Karen Finan – Gilman Partners

    • Dominic Francini – HORAN

    • Jody Gunderson – City of Hamilton, Ohio

    • Neil Hensley – City of Blue Ash

    • Eric Johnson – Grant Thornton

    • Jim Keller – Deceuninck North America

    • Chris Knueven – Miller Valentine

    • Dennis McLaughlin - Clark, Schaeffer, Hackett

    • Doug Moormann – Development Strategies Group

    • Mukesh Patel – RSM US

    • Joe Netzel - Bank of America Merrill Lynch

    • Alicia Reitano – DHL Express

    • David Smith – Duke Energy Corporation

    • Bobby Spann – CVG Airport

    • Sheila Spradlin-Reich

    • Steve Taylor - Genpact Solutions

    • Wade Williams – Northern Kentucky Tri-ED

    • Don Wright – Assurex Health

     
    Along with the election of the Board, the meeting also served as an opportunity to introduce the EACC team, which has gained three new members this year:

    • Anne Cappel – Executive Director

    • Julien Biteau – Assistant Director

    • Dayna Wood – Event & Communication Coordinator

    • Joanna Deri – Accounting Manager

     
    Moreover, the meeting focused on highlights from 2015 across three pillars:

    • The Business Development Pillar focuses on EACC activities that directly benefit the business development of EACC member companies. Key highlights include:

      • Successful renewal of >90% from 2014 to 2015

      • Maintained a balanced ecosystem of 56% inbound and outbound companies - 34% experts’ partners/service providers – 10% community and education partners 

      • We surveyed our members and are making core structural changes to address the needs of our members and adjust our business development strategy focusing on building our ecosystem from inside out - instead of from outside in.  We have hired Julien Biteau who will start on December 1st 2015 as Assistant Director.

    • The Economic Development Pillar focuses on EACC activities that contribute to the international economic development of the tri-state region.

      • In 2015, we launched the Economic Development Investors’ Group to finance the EACC’s European business attraction activities. Founding Investors include:

        • Duke Energy

        • Bannockburn Global Forex

        • Frost Brown Todd

        • HORAN

        • EACC

      • The EACC has defined its role and aligned its priorities with its economic development partners. The EACC supports REDI in its activities in Germany and France, and in 2015, led business attraction missions in Finland and Italy.

      •  A brief summary of 2015 EACC economic development activities include: 

        • SelectUSA conference in Washington DC

        • Hannover Fair in Germany

        • Business attraction missions in Finland, France, and Italy, Paris Air Show

        • European Investment Map update

        • Presentation to the Chicago International Trade Commissioner’s Association

        • Hosting of a German delegation of companies from Saxony

    • The Talent Development Pillar reflects EACC activities emphasizing solutions that facilitate international talent recruitment, inspire future global leaders, and drive the EACC skills initiative, all in an effort to position our region as an international center of excellence for skill solutions.

      • Based on the EACC’s experience over the last 4 years with the Manufacturing Skills Initiative, the organization, along with a select group of European and American chemical companies (BASF, Mane, Givaudan, Solvay, Ineos, Peter Cremer, Pilot Chemical) and its education partners (Cincinnati State and Great Oaks), initiated the development of the Chemical Operator Skill Boot Camp. The Boot Camp will launch its first class of 10 students this December and has plans to grow into a one-year certificate and a two-year associate program.

      • This year ends on a high note with the planned launch of the J-1 Visa Intern Program before year’s end.  Going back to the days of the French American Chamber of Commerce, the J-1 Visa Intern Program has been a goal for the organization, its members and the Greater Cincinnati community. The EACC partnered with the University of Cincinnati, which recently received approval by the Department of State to be a J-1 Visa Authorized Organization. The EACC will provide its members an international internship program to bring European and international interns to their US facilities.

     

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