January News & Updates
What you will find in this month's newsletter:

  • Transitions at the Chamber: A Note from the Executive Director
  • Membership: Renew your FACC-PNW Membership for 2020!
  • Upcoming Events: 2020 Committee Meetings
  • Community Announcements: Help out with French Fest!
  • Merci: Thank you to our renewing members and 2020 sponsors!

Transitions at the Chamber
A Note from the Executive Director
Dear Fellow Members and Friends,

I am pleased to announce that 2019 was one of the Chamber’s most successful years, both financially and by the number of activities produced by the Chamber, thanks to a supportive Board and excellent staff. Looking ahead to 2020, indications are that the Chamber will continue to do as well.

This year marks the 40 th Anniversary of the Seattle-Nantes Sister City relationship which we will celebrate with a variety of delegations to and from Nantes, France as well as cultural celebrations here in Seattle. We will also celebrate Seattle’s French Fest for its eighth year this March, host the second edition of the Seattle European-American Air forum in June, and welcome the Beaujolais Nouveau with our 28 th annual celebration in November. Our members can look forward to the re-launch of our Life Science and Le Networking Committees in mid-February as a taste of the many wonderful events to come this year.

The Chamber will also see some changes this year. After 25 years as the Executive Director of the FACC-PNW and 22 years as the Honorary Consul of France in Seattle, I will retire on July 30, 2020. Currently there is an active search committee for my replacement as Executive Director of the Chamber. I appreciate the support of the French-American Business Community over these many years and I will treasure the friendship and relationships I have had with many of the members. I will remain in the Seattle area after my retirement.

Jack A. Cowan, Executive Director
Welcome New Trade & Events Intern
The FACC-PNW is pleased to welcome a new intern, Marine Bonavita, who has taken over the role of Trade and Events Assistant. During a third year at Sciences Po Aix, she decided to pursue a one year internship abroad, beginning in London as CEO assistant before coming in Seattle for 6 months. Marine is really excited to join the Chamber and to work with such wonderful community. You can expect to see Marine at our events and committee meetings. We hope that you will join us in giving her a warm welcome! To contact Marine, you may connect with her on LinkedIn or email her at
Enjoy Exclusive Benefits:
Renew your FACC-PNW Membership for 2020
Membership Levels
Member Benefits
All yearly memberships include:

  • Invitation to join our popular industry committees*
  • Access to the online member directory
  • Access to a list of French companies operating in the Pacific Northwest
  • Discounted event registration
  • Access to FACC-PNW network for job shares and company announcements

Visit to discover all of our offers and to view the complete benefits list. To renew or to join for the first time, visit our Membership Page or email to request more information.

*Please note: the Aerospace Committee is restricted to Corporate members and up.
Upcoming Events
January 30: Aerospace Committee Meeting hosted by AKKA and MagniX

This committee is by invitation only for Corporate members and up. To purchase a membership or to confirm your eligibility, please contact .
February 12: Life Science Committee Meeting at Benaroya Research Institute

Join the relaunch of the Life Science Committee to discuss how to fight against food allergies and tour three of the labs at the Benaroya Research Institute . You can RSVP online or contact for more information.
February 13: Le Networking Committee Meeting

These meetings are open to all to facilitate networking across industries. Don't miss out on updates or on invitations to the next event - sign up for Le Networking newsletter !
More Events:

  • January 16: Europe's Economic Outlook: Challenged and Policy Priorities - A Roundtable Breakfast Discussion with top EU economic officials. RSVP Online.
  • February 10-13: The Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) Annual Conference. Visit the PNAA website for more information.
  • March 22: Seattle's French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures. More info.
  • April 6-8: Aerospace and Defense Suppliers Summit (ADSS). Save the date!
  • June 3: Seattle European-American Air Forum (SEAAF) at the Museum of Flight. More info.
Community Announcements
40th Anniversary of the Seattle-Nantes sister City Relationship:
First 2020 Delegation visited Seattle from Nantes Last Week
This year marks the 40 th  anniversary of the Seattle-Nantes Sister City relationship . In honor of the anniversary, several delegations will come from Nantes to Seattle and Washington State delegations will go to Nantes to celebrate and strengthen the relationships. Both areas have a similar economic ecosystem with investments in Aerospace, Renewable Maritime Energy, High Tech, Bio-Technology and more. The 40 th  anniversary is the occasion to develop new dialogues and partnerships between our regions.

The past week, Mrs. Nadia Chibouti, International Project Manager with Nantes Saint-Nazaire Développement , was the first to come to Seattle. She met with the Washington State Department of Commerce, the Port of Seattle, the Pacific Marine Energy Center from UW, Greater Seattle Partners and Aerospace specialist. The visit was a promising way to kick off the 40th anniversary celebrations.
PNAA ADVANCE/2020 - 19th Annual Aerospace Conference is Feb 3-6 in Seattle at the Lynnwood Convention Center
How will you take a leadership position in this new era? Are you prepared? We are seeing rapidly changing aerospace conditions and at ADVANCE/2020 , you will hear the latest on these changes and what to be watching for in the next year and beyond from the top aerospace analysts, OEMs and other industry experts.

Featuring: Keynotes, break-out sessions & panels; Leading industry analysts; Speakers from Boeing, Airbus & Tiers 1-4; B2B & extensive networking opportunities; Exhibitors, workshops & awards; Global attendees; New industry players and more. Contact  Merrie Beth Owens  to find out how you can meet with potential suppliers eager to learn about your current and future requirements and position themselves to meet your production, budget and scheduling demands.

650+ Attendees - 350+ Companies - B2B Connections - 12+ Countries
Seattle's French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
Join us at the Seattle Center on Sunday, March 22, 2020 for this free, public festival celebrating French-speaking cultures. This year will be the 8th edition of this popular event as part of the Seattle Center Festàl series. Watch for updates about the program, food and more on the Seattle's French Fest Facebook page . To get involved in the event as a volunteer or as a participant, please email .
Merci to our 2020 Renewing Members!
Academy of Languages, LLC; Aero Invest Consulting; AGILEA, Inc.; Alliance Française de Portland; Alliance Française de Seattle; Back Bar Project, LLC; Beauchamp Imports, Inc.; Bolloré Logistics; Brueggeman and Johnson Yeanoplos; Canoe Island French Camp; Clark Nuber; Constellium; Consulate General of Canada in Seattle; Coriolis Composites USA, Inc.; Dominique Posy Designs; Education Française Greater Seattle; Engineers Northwest Inc., P.S.; France: Homestyle, Inc.; French Bilingual Association; French Immersion School of Washington; French-American School of Puget Sound; Hobart Machined Products, Inc.; Infodream, Inc.; Jacques & Company; K&L Gates LLP; Leostella; Metahelm; Nect2Us, Inc.; Nonlinear Materials Corporation; The Peterson Company; SESA Systems, Inc.; Soldata dba Sixense; UW Bothell - School of Business; Verbio Group
Thank you to our Official Airline Partner
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