French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas
September Newsletter  2016

In This Issue
Oct. 20
Greenville SC
Nov. 9
Columbia SC
Nov. 17
SC - Columbia Beaujolais Nouveau

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F ACC Carolinas 
Board of Directors

Christian Depret-Bixio
Wells Fargo

Vice Presidents
Paulette Ashlin
Ashlin - Associates

Ward Wellman
Parker Poe

Eric Fletcher

Gretchen Carson Monroe-Union
Economic Development

Laura Burton
Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP

Guillaume Faure Areva

Preston Fay
Technekes, LLC

Frederic Gresset Wells Fargo

Olivier Henry Dassault Systèmes

Al Lanctot
Dara Moore School of Business

Marie-Claire Ribeill Honorary Consul of France

Colin Kearney

Jean-Louis Vanderstraeten
SC Business Connections and Services, LLC

Louis De Corail

Consul General - Southeastern US

Producing world-class leaders
ready for the global business marketplace

For nearly 100 years, the Darla Moore School of Business has provided an outstanding business education to students who have gone on to become leaders in every business sector. Known worldwide for its top-ranked programs in international business, the Moore School is home to a world-class faculty and ten major research centers.

The Moore School is committed to educating leaders in global business, and to playing a central role in the economic growth of the state by bringing the world to South Carolina, and South Carolina to the world.

Ralph Young

There are many HR consultants who have been working in the consulting field for years, if not decades. What would distinguish me from the others?
My thoughts are that over my career I have had the opportunity of working with organizations from around the world; primarily Belgium, followed by France and Japan. My forte includes Organizational Development, Professional Development, creating Positive Company Cultures and implementing the mind set of Continuous Improvement. While I believe I could help most HR Departments contribute more to their company's bottom line, I have a particular affinity to working with companies which are headquartered outside the U.S.
 Another possible area that might distinguish me from many consultants is that for forty years I have been achieving results, as opposed to talking about achieving results.
Lastly, I had the honor of being selected by the SC Chamber of Commerce as the 2014 HR Professional of the Year
Dear Members and Friends;

Beside well known sport rivalries between university teams, the competition is also very active between the 100+ Universities to attract more than 500,000 students every year in the Carolinas.

In this competition, innovation and partnerships are two key words. The French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas is well aware that businesses, here in the US and abroad, are looking to reinforce their ties with the academic institutions to collaborate on designing programs that will satisfy their future needs.

We are proud to have two new members coming from this higher education world. The Darla Moore School of Business which is ranked #1 International MBA program (US News) based in Columbia, SC and Skema based in Raleigh, NC which is ranked #2 by the magazine l'Etudiant for "International Excellence".

We are very thankful to them and to all our existing members for their support and delighted to see that new members are coming from both South and North Carolina.

Respectfully yours,

Christian Depret-Bixio
"Why South Carolina?"
International perspective on investing and expanding into the Region
Organized by:
The French American Chamber of Commerce for the Carolinas, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. and the Japan-America Association of South Carolina.
Join us for a cross cultural panel discussion with executives from a French, a  German and a Japanese company. Our panelist will share their experience and thoughts on doing business in South Carolina as a foreign owned company and talk about their cross-cultural encounters. 
We will assess reasons for choosing SC as well as intercultural challenges and lessons learned.
The panel will be moderated by journalists of Site Selection Magazine.
Greenville, SC
Thursday, October 20, 6-8pm

Columbia, SC 
Wednesday November 9, 6-8pm 
Invitation with details and registration to follow  

Mark your calendar - Save the date - Stay tuned

Nexsen Pruet Law Firm
1230 Main Street,
Columbia, SC 29201

Invitation with registration info to follow
newMem Networking Happy Hour 
September 6

Nice to meet you! 
Great to see you again! 
I forgot about this venue, it is so nice! 
Oh, you here?
It was all about connection and re-connection!
About 40 people of the local community had a chance
to network and meet some of our new members.

Thanks for coming and we hope to see you at our
Beaujolais Nouveau 2016 event.
for Foreign Interns and Trainees    
The FACC J-1 Visa Program can give your company a critical advantage in securing one or several trainees or interns educated in the best European schools quickly. It is available only to companies that are members of the FACC Carolina and, as a result, participants enjoy supportive, individually tailored service

French VAT Refund
Follow the link to this high potential return on investment for any US companies doing business with and traveling to France.
Trip DuBard 
Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A.

HR Professional SC
HR Consultant 
New Small Business member

Darla Moore School of Business 
Educational Organization member
Thank You for your Support

2016 Conseiller Members
2016 Patron Members


French American Chamber of Commerce of the Carolinas 
Advancing French-American economic vitality in the Carolinas
by providing advocacy, information, and services
to our members and communities