EACC behind the Scenes: Fearless Frontline Leader Awards, French Consul General Visits Tri-State RegionOctober 27, 2015
2015 Fearless Frontline Leader Awards
On October 26th, the Consul General of France in Chicago Vincent Floreani made his first visit to the Cincinnati Tri-State region. The delegation also included Vice President of Business France Michel Gilbert and Senior Trade Advisor, Aerospace at Business France Gaetan de la Vauvre. The visit’s objectives centered on fostering greater economic ties between France and the Cincinnati region.
EACC Executive Director Anne Cappel and Event & Communication Coordinator Dayna Wood attended the 2015 Fearless Frontline Leader Awards sponsored by EACC President Circle Member Definity Partners on October 20th at Great American Ballpark. This event served to celebrate the day-to-day contributions of frontline leaders who power the manufacturing industry, with these leaders throughout the country managing 80% of the workforce. Prior to the banquet, attendees were treated to tours of the ballpark, batting cage experiences and a cocktail hour on the field.
In total, fourteen finalists from across the U.S. were celebrated, along with the announcement of the top three honorees. Each finalist and honoree had an inspirational story with messages of determination, boldness, respect, excellence and empathy. Legendary Cincinnati Reds sports announcer Marty Brennaman was the celebration’s featured speaker, while Definity Partners founder and author Ray Attiyah also shared empowering remarks. Former Red’s player Todd Benzinger was on hand signing autographs and mingling with the crowd.
Additional sponsors of the event include the EACC, along with Start Something Bold, Upside Innovations, Clark Schaefer Hackett, ACG, Value Added Packaging, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, HPWP, AbeTech, and Wornick. The upcoming 2016 awards are open to the public with the ticketed event set to take place on May 19, 2016. Additional information can be found here.
French Consul General Visits Tri-State Region
During the visit, the delegation met with French companies in Northern Kentucky. Specifically, President Philippe Garnier of Messier-Buggati USA and President Daniel Janka of Fives each welcomed the delegation with a presentation and tour. Moreover, a dynamic executive roundtable of French companies hosted in Safran’s offices allowed executives to share their firm’s background, while also exchanging thoughts on the opportunities and challenges of operating in the U.S. market. Participants included executives from JPB Systeme, Colas, MANE, Nergeco, Sogeti, Safran and Fives.
Additionally, the delegation met with President Alain de Lambilly of U.S. firm Devicor Medical Products, followed by a reception hosted by the Alliance Française of Cincinnati. The Consul General had the opportunity to meet local members of the French community and Francophile Alliance participants. The evening rounded out with dinner at the home of Honorary Consul of France, Anne Cappel.
The visit concluded the following day after meetings with two U.S. companies, Meyer Tool and The Shepherd Chemical Company, which has operations in France.
Photos via Definity Partners and Anne Cappel