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Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
Fall is here, which means we are starting to get ready for our biggest event of the year, the 53rd Annual BABC Christmas Luncheon. Please make sure you book your table as soon as possible as this event always sells out. All the information you need is posted on our website here, and we look forward to welcoming you to the best Holiday event in the City of San Francisco.
While many enjoy a slightly slower pace over the Summer months, that has not been the case with the BABC of Northern California. We have seen a steady increase in new members, and continue to show an excellent retention rate with member renewals and upgrades.
The much anticipated 2016 Clash for the Ashes took place on Saturday, August 27th at Piper Park in Marin.  Team England gave us all something to cheer about as the they reclaimed the coveted trophy from our Aussie friends. Congratulations to Team England, commiserations to our friends at the Australian Chamber of Commerce, and a big thank you to all our sponsors, donors and over 200 who came out for a glorious day of Cricket, refreshments and fun. Pictures of the event may be seen here.
This month's Young Professionals Happy Hour saw a gathering of new and returning attendees representing a variety of industries including tech, medical research, education, law, and finance. Our continued thanks to Hotel Vitale and the staff at the Americano Restaurant and Bar for allowing us to host this important networking event on the second Tuesday of every month. Mark your calendars: October's Happy Hour will take place on Tuesday the 11th.

Thank you to all the new members who have joined the BABC over the last month and to all of our continuing members for showing their 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!  
I hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.
Nick Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California

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From The Consul General's  Desk
Welcome to HM Consul General Andrew Whittaker
I wanted to start off my first column with BABC members by saying thank you for this opportunity. It's been a whirlwind first few weeks in San Francisco, but I'm enjoying getting to know each of you and appreciate the work you are all doing.
I thought I'd start my monthly column by focusing on one of the biggest and most positive international events of the past month: the Olympics and the Paralympics, which are happening right now. Whilst my own sporting - ahem - contribution was taking part in the 'sac races in Larkspur last month, these events are just one example of the way Britain remains a strong, competing force in the global community.
Two weeks ago, we saw a wonderful host in Rio and an incredible effort by Team GB. Surpassing the number of medals won in 2012, Team GB, left Rio with 27 golds, 23 silvers, and 17 bronze - the first team to increase their medal count, one competition after hosting the Games.
Team GB dominated the velodrome, took home medals in men's golf, men's tennis, sailing, rowing and track and field. Mo Farah's (who also happens to train in Portland, Ore.) win in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters gave him a historic second double-double, the same events he took home gold in London 2012.
This week, I have no doubt we will see the same incredible feats from Paralympic athletes who began competing in their events last week.
London set a high bar here, fundamentally changing our attitudes toward disability by capturing the imagination of the world. Our Paralympics GB team was at the heart of that. And I personally was lucky enough to attend a number of events that year including one where David Weir won gold on the track and an exciting wheelchair basketball game.
As I round out my first month, I look forward to the pleasure of meeting many of you, (hopefully all), and learning more about the work you do here in the Bay Area.
Andrew Whittaker's column will appear monthly starting from September.
Thank you to Hotel Vitale and Americano Restaurant for providing our Young Professionals Group with the perfect venue for their monthly Happy Hour.  Check out the photos from our September gathering here.

The event takes place every SECOND Tuesday of the month and provides 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
Organizations that need to keep long-term secrets, or which are designing systems that will be in use for ten or more years, need to plan for a post-quantum-computing world. NCC's whitepaper gives a short introduction and overview of post-quantum cryptography. NCC discusses why post-quantum crypto is needed and provide handles to determine how to plan for migration. Furthermore, providing an overview of promising post-quantum crypto directions and references for further reading.

"Why do we need post-quantum crypto?"

"Physicists continue to make progress with developing quantum computers. Once a sufficiently large quan-tum computer is available, it will be capable of breaking most of our current uses of cryptography. Post-quantum cryptography will survive such a quantum crypto-apocolypse".


Conference call disruptor LoopUp is the first U.K. tech firm to go public since the Brexit vote. Its co-CEO, Michael Hughes discusses the business' strategy.   
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New Premier Level Members  
E&M Mayock practices the full range of U.S. immigration law and specializes in employment-based immigrant and non-immigrant visas.

The firm, founded by James R. Mayock in 1995 in San Francisco, provides individual and corporate immigration legal services.

Our firm works with small to large businesses across all industry sectors. We utilize our experience to develop winning immigration strategies to assist clients in recruiting and retaining their employees. We specialize in facilitating visa issuance abroad at U.S. consular posts around the world.
New Corporate Level Members 
Erickson Immigration Group ("EIG") is a law firm that operates on the principle of Perfect-Plus each and every day, one client at a time. 

With offices in San Francisco, CA and the Washington, D.C. metro area, we provide a full line of business immigration solutions and global immigration management services for fast-paced multinational corporations worldwide.

Our commitment to service sets us apart from other firms because we love what we do and we understand practicing law is really about trust and getting results. We also know that immigration laws can be complex and confusing, and the results can be life-altering.

We uncomplicate the complicated and do so with one goal: to exceed your expectations.

Upload Collective

The Upload Collective is a hybrid co-working and incubation space dedicated to Virtual Reality companies setting out to make an impact.

We've made it our mission to bring together all of the resources necessary to grow startups in this emerging ecosystem and experience the latest technology.

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Bob Kevitt

New Young Professional Members:

Duncan Hassall
James Barr
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BABC Community Corner


Please join us for harvest, the perfect time of year for wine-country, and enjoy the hospitality of Nick Goldschmidt at Goldschmidt Railyard Vineyard, for a
Winemaker's Vineyard BBQ Luncheon and Wine Tasting on Friday October 7th.

This unique event is to benefit Play Rugby USA and has been organized for an exclusive group of our President's Club donors and prospects. Play Rugby USA is looking to add 1,000 participants to its Bay Area programs at a cost of $300 per player.

This event will kick-start the $300,000 fundraising campaign dedicated to that growth, ahead of the World Cup Sevens being hosted in San Francisco in 2018.

The luncheon commences promptly at 12pm.

On Tuesday September 20th at Raphael House in San Francisco, the joint Aramark, LifeWorks and British American Business Council Task Force held its2016 "Aramark Building Community (ABC)" Day. Raphael House is a safe, 5-story shelter for families who have become homeless as a result of economic hardship. For 45 years, Raphael House has helped families gain financial independence and move into stable housing, with an 85% success rate, thereby breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty for nearly 20,000 families and counting.

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Bicentennial Bell Garden Project - Help Make It Possible

Friends of Independence National Historical Park is excited to announce its new campaign to relocate the Bicentennial Bell to a newly renovated garden at the corner of 3rd and Walnut Street in Philadelphia.
The Bicentennial Bell was given to the United States of America from Great Britain in 1976 in honor of the 200th anniversary of American Independence. The bell, which was dedicated on July 6, 1976 by her majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, was given to show the joint heritage and purposes of the British and American peoples. On that day, Queen Elizabeth II shared her gratitude to America's Founding Fathers for teaching the British "to respect the right of others to govern themselves in their own way."

To learn more, visit their website
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Goldschmidt Vineyards is pleased to offer BABC members significantly discounted pricing on the following wines:
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Forefathers, Alexander Valley
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Game Ranch, Oakville
2012 Cabernet Sauvignon - Yeoman Vineyard, Alexander Valley
2013 Chelsea Goldschmidt Merlot - Dry Creak Valley
2013 Gracepoint Petite Sirah, Alexander Valley
2015 Sauvignon Blank - Forefathers, Marlborough

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