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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
It is my great pleasure to welcome HM Consul General Andrew Whittaker to San Francisco and to the BABC Northern California.  We look forward to many opportunities to collaborate with Andrew and his team as we continue to build our trans-Atlantic business connections.

Summer at the BABC has been extremely productive; we  have welcomed many new and renewing members and our events are going strong. 
Our Young Professionals have been very active over the past month with three, different events. 
The European Networking Mixer at the WilmerHale offices in Palo Alto welcomed members and potential members from the German American Business Association (GABA), French American Chamber of Commerce, California-Spain Chamber of Commerce and Business Association Italy America (BAIA).  Guests enjoyed sunshine and refreshments as they met peers from a variety of industries including tech to finance to education.
The annual Great British-American Pub Quiz saw a packed house of teams answering questions on topics ranging from history to politics, music to business.  This year's winners were from BABC Premier Member NCC Group with a very close second taken by Premier Member Ipresent. Congratulations to the winning team and a big thank you to everyone who came out to Harrington's Bar and Grill in downtown San Francisco to enjoy the fun.
Our Young Professionals Committee hosted another successful Happy Hour at the Americano Restaurant at Hotel Vitale. The event is seeing a growth in attendance and I applaud this group of dedicated individuals as they spread the word about the BABC Northern California.
In other event news, the New York Life T20 Cricket Tournament was hosted by BABC Community Partner, Marin Cricket Club, "Keeping Your Sanity as a Startup Founder" was hosted by BABC Corporate member RocketSpace, and a UX Fair titled, "Imagining the Future of Experiences" was hosted by Corporate member Beyond.
The much anticipated 2016 Clash for the Ashes takes place on Saturday, August 27th at Piper Park in Marin.  You don't want to miss this event, especially as the Brits look to regain the coveted trophy from our Australian friends.  Tickets may be purchased here.
Thank you to all the new members who have joined the BABC over the last month and to all of our members showing their continued support of our growing organization by renewing and upgrading your memberships. Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more - they may be able to help you!  
Enjoy the remainder of your Summer and I look forward to updating you on all of our activities next month.
Nick Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California

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From The Consul General's  Desk
Welcome to HM Consul General Andrew Whittaker

A warmhearted welcome on behalf of the Board of Directors and members of the BABC Northern California.

Andrew Whittaker is the British Consul General in San Francisco, where he is responsible for delivering the UK government's objectives across the North-western United States (Northern CA, OR, WA, ID, MT, WY & AK).
Drawing on his previous cyber experience, Andrew works closely with colleagues in the UK Government to frame technology policy.  As the senior most representative in this region, Andrew speaks regularly on issues of importance to the UK Government on a diverse range of subjects from economic policy to cultural connections between the US and UK.  He is a resource to the business community as well as British Nationals who are visiting or have made their home in the Bay Area. Read more...

Andrew Whittaker's column will appear monthly starting in September.
Young Professionals Happy Hour
Thank you to Hotel Vitale for providing our Young Professionals Committee with  a venue in which to host their monthly Happy Hour in the Americano Restaurant and Bar. 

The event takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and affords Bay Area Young Professionals an opportunity to connect and network in a relaxed and friendly environment. 

Learn more about the Young Professionals here 
BABC Member News

When Duncan Logan decided to open his accelerator program five years ago in downtown San Francisco, he was inspired by Marc Andreessen's maxim that "software is eating the world."  Now, after helping launch such global juggernauts as Uber Technologies Inc. and Spotify Technology S.A., he's getting a big backer to take his business model overseas. Read more... 

BABC Premier member, Liza Evans Interior Design has been nominated for a Global Living Award in the Living Space category for her work re-designing an apartment in the Jasper building in Rincon Hill, one of  San Francisco's fastest-growing neighbourhoods.

The open plan, 3-bed, 2-bath apartment has floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the Bay Area skyline, a wealth of natural daylight and 1400 sq. ft. of floor space. The inspiration for the apartment was film noir and the design concept was to blend present-day luxury with a mid-century design aesthetic.

Hosted by leading interior design magazine Design Et Al, The  Inter national Design & Architecture Awards rew ard the best in design from across the globe.

Cast your vote for your fellow BABC member, Liza Evans Interior De si gn today.

The International Design & Architecture Awards Ceremony 2016 will be  held on Friday 2nd September 2016 at The Dorchester, London.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Olympic Committee sanctioned its first ever Rugby specific Community Olympic Development Program (CODP) under the direction of Play Rugby USA (PRUSA) in partnership with the Northeast Academy.  The first two U18 squads born of that initiative will make their elite tournament debuts next week at the North American Invitational 7s (NAI7s) in Salt Lake City, UT.  The densely packed field of talent at NAI7s includes many of the best programs in USA Rugby's Academy system.  Teams like Eagle Impact Rugby Academy, Atavus, Atlantis, Rhino Academy and the Utah Lions have a number of tours under their belts already and are widely known to carry All-American talent among their ranks.   See more...

Last week, we welcomed the London Harlequins Rugby Club on tour here in the Bay Area.  The tour, organized as part of Harlequins' strategic partnership with USA Rugby, allowed the players and coaches, led by Academy and Global Development Director, Tony Diprose, 
to activate and engage with the local community, while helping to expand the sport in the USA and Northern California.  In addition, the tour provided the squad with the ability to prepare for its 150th season in a completely new environment.  "Most importantly, though," said Diprose, "it provides 
Harlequins the platform to expand its name, and the game of rugby, to a captive audience which we hope will grow participation and awareness in sport's biggest market."

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Our Business Class seating has been specially designed to take passenger comfort to the highest level, with special features such as in-chair massage, reading lamp, power supply, and the facility to screen off your own private area. Plus, w e help you sleep in comfort with fully lie-flat seats and complimentary pillows and blankets.

In Economy Class, you can enjoy comfortable seating on both short and long haul flights! Our seats recline up to 18.5 cm and feature adjustable head and foot supports and a power supply. The comprehensive meal service and inflight entertainment system of Economy Class mean you can savor the pleasure of traveling in comfort.

PowerCall Global Training

PowerCall Global Training provides results-focused sales training solutions. We are proud to have made a contribution to driving the performance of both new and seasoned sales professionals of all levels in the USA, UK and around the world.

PowerCall's most popular course is its on-site, two-day Cold Calling with Confidence workshop. We provide tried and tested tools for accelerating cold calling effectiveness through harnessing the power of timing and the recognition of prospects' buying modes.

We also offer Effective Communication Skills, which provides sales professionals with techniques to build instant rapport and to clinch commitment with prospects in face-to-face meetings. Plus, Effective Negotiation Skills, which provides powerful bargaining tactics even when our counterparty seems to be in the stronger position.

Our founder, Anthony Maddalena, has over 15 years of experience as a big ticket deal closer and seasoned cold caller. He has trained a wide range of companies from multinationals to SMEs, and has travelled the world observing the key behaviors that are the necessary for sustained accelerated sales success.

M Moser Associates

Creating Workplaces For Global Business

M Moser specializes in creating effective workplace environments; designing and delivering office interiors, architecture, corporate campuses, and R&D facilities.

To optimize the use of space and budget, M Moser's project professionals focus on developing workplaces that support our client's business goals and management objectives.

Harlequins Rugby Union

Harlequins has a rich heritage in rugby in the U.K. and abroad.  For almost a century and a half the club has contributed generously to the development of the game both on and off the pitch.  On the pitch, Harlequins' players have performed with distinction not just for England but for other nations; in the process, bringing honor on themselves and the club.

The club has a reputation for producing and attracting players who have been innovators, for example, Ronnie Poulton-Palmer, Adrian Stoop and William Wavell Wakefield in the first quarter of the 20th Century.  Between them, they contributed to the club being associated with an attractive style of rugby.

The club's influence extends beyond the U.K. via a network of affiliate clubs around the world.  They include Harlequins Pretoria, Kenya Harlequins, Harlequins Melbourne and Dallas Harlequins among others.  These clubs have added to Harlequins heritage not just through name association but also through their adoption of the club's style of play.

New Business and Community Partner Members

New Individual and Young Professionals Members
New Individual Members:

Peter Woodhouse

New Young Professional Members:

Adam Pratt
Ruchika Kumar Julapalli
Jessica Vann Aiko  

Our Thanks to These Renewing Members

Individual and Young Professional

Stacy Archbell
Michael Basoah
Jeremy Lathen
Rebecca Murphy
Bjorn Oswald

Job Board

Part-Time Program Manager 
Oakland Warthogs Rugby Program

Play Rugb y USA is hiring a part-time Program Manager for the recently merged Oa kland Warthogs Rugby Program, Empowered by Play Rugby USA. The candidate will work approximately 20 hours per week throughout the year, to:
  • Develop players to maximize their potential on and off the rugby field;
  • Establish pathways for players to play through to college and beyond;
  • Manage all aspects of the club from schedule, to fields, to facilities;
  • Coach the players, while building and supporting a coaching team;
  • Promote the club to various stakeholders, with a view to building support and sustaining the program.
The Program Manager will report to Anthony  Lenos, Program Development Manager for  PRUSA in the Bay Area, and will be mentored and supported by Ryan Burke, Founder & President of the Oakland Warthogs RFC.

BABC Community Corner
Aramark Building Community Day 2016

We are drawing close to the Aramark Building Community Day 2016 in partnership with the British American Business Council Task Force 2016 in the benefit of Raphael House, a wonderful shelter for homeless families getting them off the streets into work, stable housing - Inspiring Families, Illuminating Hope.


1. If you or any of your team would like to volunteer for the Shelter Upkeep Day on 20th September, please register at the following link: To Volunteer email:

2. We are seeking donations of books for the new Raphael House family library (family health and wellness, family cooking books, getting back to work, self help books such as finding a job, interviews, resume writing etc.) If you would like to donate any books , please have them delivered to Raphael House, 1065 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109 to arrive before midday on 20th September addressed to ABC/ BABC Task Force (Books).

3. If you would like to make a donation to Raphael House from as little as a $5 Clipper/Mobility Card to $500 for a laptop or alternatively all cash donations from as little as $20 are always gratefully appreciated. ABC/BABC DONATE HERE

Your help in supporting this important and life changing community resource is so gratefully appreciated and anything that you can do will help Raphael House to continue to be that temporary home and shelter from the storm, maintain family stability and self respect and get our families back on the right track.

Thank you for your support. It is so important to Raphael House and their families.
Update from BABC Sporting Ambassador, Laura Siddall

Laura Siddall, the BABC Sporting Ambassador (note the BABC logo on her gear!) recently raced in St. George, Utah at the beginning of May, in the Ironman 70.3 North American Championships and in June headed to Europe to race Challenge Galway in Ireland and then Challenge Roth in Germany.  


Laura, we look forward to learning how you got on in these grueling triathlons and your future races.  Keep us posted!
To read more about Laura's most recent adventures in Run, Bike and Swim, visit her blog!  If you have an interest in sponsoring or support Laura in any way, please contact Laura directly at 
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