Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend s of the BABC,  
We have had an incredibly busy month here at the BABC; here is a recap of our recent activities.
On Saturday September 9th, there was the long awaited Clash for the Ashes Tournament in beautiful sunny Larkspur. More than 150 cricket fans gathered in Piper Park to watch the cricketing drama between Bay Area Aussies and Englishmen. We thank everyone for coming along to make this a most fun, festive, relaxing and enjoyable day.
Thanks also to Andrew Whittaker, H. M. Consul General to San Francisco and Australia's Consul General Chris Oldfield for joining us and being part of our special day, as well as Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist! Finally, a huge thanks to Fairmont San Francisco, Qantas, 2020 Productions, and Dunkirk Spirit Gin as well as all of our donors and volunteers who helped make the day very special for all involved.
On Tuesday, September 12th we hosted our increasingly popular Young Professionals Happy Hour in Cafe Americano at Hotel Vitale. The YP Committee were delighted to welcome more than 30 new and returning attendees to this quarterly networking event.  This month's guests represented a variety of industries including tech, real estate, law, interior design, education, as well as representatives from Rugby related organizations from all over the globe.

At my own firm, Squire Patton Boggs, we held our event "Autonomous Vehicle Technology: Future Patent War Battleground?". Experts from various sectors of the CAV industry discussed who are the early leaders in CAV technology patents and patent applications, how businesses are assessing whether to license technology in or out from others who are, or who may become, competitors, and will the absence of broad adoption of standards impact the usefulness of CAV technology. Thanks to  the panelists as well as all those who attended.

W e have a couple of exiting events on the horizon! Our Premier Members SVN | QAV and Turner & Townsend Trestle are hosting the " Women influencing the Built Environment " event at the Herman Miller Showroom on Oct 12th. The event brings together an esteemed panel of women who have all achieved a phenomenal level of success in various different areas of the commercial real estate world.


There is also the second Young professional's workshop titled "Leadership & Management Fundamentals - WINNING! - Strategies for Effective Career Management". Here attendees will learn the skills to proactively manage both their career and their staff, allowing them to walk away confident in their leadership and management abilities.

Of course there is also the famous 54th Annual BABC Christmas Lunch (#xmasbabcsf) at the iconic Fairmont hotel San Francisco. At the time of writing the event is 90% sold out, so if you want to attend be sure to book your tickets as soon as possible!

Finally, I hope you will join me in welcoming the newest members of our growing and dynamic community - their information can be found below. Please take a moment to visit their websites and learn more. 

All the best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
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From The Consul General's Desk

It's been a busy month at the Consulate. From our visits from our Minister on Climate and Industry to learn about energy storage to the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to attend the Med Tech Conference in San Jose, to many missions of which I'm sure you many of you were a part of in one way or another, I'm glad to finally take a seat and wrap up a few reflections of these events.
We are truly in a revolutionary time. I know a lot of the work everyone within the BABC community is helping contribute to this too.  
Last week, for instance, we had 6 UK-based companies attend and demo their work in the artificial intelligence space at the AI Summit - some truly incredible work.  
It's a space government finds extremely important to our future. That's why as part of the UK's five year Digital Strategy, we're doing a large scale AI review in order to identify the critical elements required for the technology to thrive and grow on the UK.
What's more, the Government has also announced an additional $23.25 million funding boost from one of the UK's Research Councils-the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council-for UK Universities to support the development of new AI technologies.
And this is just the beginning. The UK AI market is forecast to grow significantly in the next ten years-roughly $873 billion by 2025. This will no doubt attract international companies and capital to invest in innovative new start-ups and to expand their business operations from the UK.  
I personally, am very much looking forward to what's to come. I'm sure we cannot even begin to fathom the way these technologies and innovators will drive us into the future.  
Andrew Whittaker
HM Consul General  

Previous BABC Events
2017 Clash for the Ashes

It was a beautiful sunny day in lovely Larkspur, the perfect setting for the 2017 Clash for the Ashes! More than 150 cricket fans gathered in the pristine Piper Park to watch the feast of cricketing drama between Bay Area Aussies and Englishmen.
BABC Young Professionals Happy Hour - September 12th

On Tuesday we hosted our increasingly popular Young Professionals Happy Hour in Cafe Americano at Hotel Vitale. The Young Professionals Committee were delighted to welcome new and returning attendees to this networking event.

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Job Postings
Turner & Townsend Trestle Seeking MEP Estimator

Turner & Townsend is growing our Cost Controls service  for our nationwide high tech, residential, commercial, data center, manufacturing client base and are looking for outstanding talent at all levels. We are looking for an experienced MEP Estimator responsible for providing mechanical and electrical estimates and cost consulting for our commercial, industrial, and high-tech building projects.

We reward our teammates with diverse opportunities, exposure to our industry-leading clients, and the latest training available to continuously learn and develop. Apply to be considered for upcoming hiring initiatives throughout the US!

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Seeking Procurement / Supply Chain Lead - Innovative Tech Client, San Jose, CA USA

Turner & Townsend is growing our Cost Controls service for one of our key high tech commercial clients, and are looking for outstanding talent at all levels. We are looking for a proactive Procurement / Supply Chain Lead with strong interpersonal skills who is looking to grow into a management position.

The Client is embarking on a program to improve their procurement and supply chain performance on their Critical Infrastructure construction program by introducing a more robust structure and best practice. The scope of the role will include all aspects of vendor management including sourcing, contract strategy and supplier performance management. The nature of the Client means that the right candidate will be able to take a leadership position in this rapidly evolving discipline.

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Seeking Project Controls Specialist - Innovative Tech Client in Sunnyvale, CA USA

Turner & Townsend is growing our Cost Controls service for our client in the San Francisco bay area and seeking a Cost/Project Controls specialist to support a ground-up data center construction project. The role will be responsible for all of the project's commercial and reporting activities, including managing the change order process, cash flow forecasting and project progress reporting. The role will be on a fast paced, large scale technical project. The successful candidate will be responsible for all areas of cost and project controls from preconstruction to close out.  
We reward our teammates with diverse opportunities, exposure to our industry-leading clients, and the latest training available to continuously learn and develop.

BABC Member News
Transfer Pricing: Country by Country Reporting Requirements

As part of the Action 13 report of the OECD and G20's BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) initiative, a number of tax authorities have agreed to increase tax transparency to address the BEPS problem.

Online Service Providers, App Developers & Tax: Australia Follows ESS Trend

 There is growing importance in getting your electronically supplied services (ESS) tax treatment correct.

 On 24 August 2017, the UK government published its latest Brexit position paper, this time setting out its plans for ensuring that personal data can continue to move back and forth between the UK and the EEA once the UK falls outside of the EEA.

In this short update, we summarise the key messages, why it matters and what happens next.

Find all of our latest Brexit insights, along with our Brexit checklist.

National Law Journal Names Marc Lewis and Paul Llewellyn as Elite Boutique Trailblazers

 Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to announce that Marc Lewis and Paul Llewellyn have been named to the National Law Journal's ("NLJ") 2017 list of "Elite Boutique Trailblazers."

US Expansion: The Best Routes for British Businesses:

   With Brexit looming, more British businesses are looking to expand into other markets like the United States, writes US immigration lawyer Mackie Adoniadis.

Companies who are contemplating the expansion should know that there are several routes to accomplish this goal.

 Prime Minister Theresa May's commitment to an 'implementation period' after Brexit has been welcomed by the head of British American Business (BAB).

Mrs May delivered her Brexit speech in Florence on Friday, stating that there could be a two-year transition period during which time access to the single market will continue on current terms.

 We are delighted to offer BABC Members the opportunity to purchase tickets for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge on October 12/15th 2018!

The final event of the 2017 major event season will again be the Pirelli World Challenge season finale, set for Oct. 12-15. Nearly 20 manufacturers will compete for championship points.

BABC Network News
Our Executive Director Jo Healey was also recently interviewed by BABC Member  Rugby Business Network about how our non-profit organization has evolved over the last 60 years with 22 chapters in total in America and the United Kingdom.

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Meet our Members
New Corporate Level Members  
The Saltire Foundation

The Saltire Foundation (USA) supports Saltire programmes by raising funds and sourcing opportunities for Saltire Scholars and Saltire Fellows.

Since 2007, US-based supporters have been making a difference in Scotland by enabling "life changing" experiences for more than 300 Saltire Scholars and 100 Saltire Fellows in the US.

There are lots of different ways you can support our Foundation. You can host an intern at your company to support talented individuals to realise their potential or sponsor an intern to open up world-class opportunities for your intern.

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UrbanMix Development

UrbanMix Development, LLC is a privately held real estate company that develops desirable mixed-use, market rate and middle-income residential rental properties. We seek opportunities to transform underutilized urban sites into vibrant urban places for a mix of residents to live, work, socialize, and prosper. 

We believe that collaborative public processes and great design are the most effective tools for sustainable urban regeneration. Backed by the extensive development experience, creative thinking and strong strategic relationships of the UMD team, we're wielding a new approach to Bay Area development that masters acquisitions, expedites entitlements, preserves affordability, delivers superior design, and champions the best that urban living has to offer.

Upgrading Members  (Corporate)  

Lewis and Llewellyn LLP

Lewis & Llewellyn is a San Francisco-based boutique law firm that delivers aggressive and efficient representation to its clients.

Led by founding partners Marc Lewis and Paul Llewellyn, the firm focuses exclusively on civil litigation. It handles litigation matters ranging from "bet the company" litigation to discrete issues and disputes.

The firm has been named by the Daily Journal one of the top boutique law firms in California, and by The National Law Journal as one of the country's "Elite Boutiques." Corporate LiveWire recently selected the firm as the "Best in Civil Litigation - North America" describing it as an "international litigation powerhouse."

New Business Level Members and Community Partners 

New Individual and Young Professionals Members  

Individual Members:
Katherine Markova
James Burden  
Our Thanks to these Renewing Members
Premier Level Members 
SVN International

San Francisco based SVN | QAV & Associates is part of SVN International. Our local office specializes in the leasing, purchase and sale of office and medical office buildings and commercial condominiums.

We can help find you the perfect leased space, or help fill your office buildings with credit worthy tenants. SVN International is a national commercial real estate brokerage and advisory company formed in 1987. SVN International is recognized as a rapidly growing top 10 commercial real estate brokerage firm with operations throughout the US and overseas. We are unique from all other major brokerage firms due to our philosophy of cooperating and sharing fees with all other commercial brokerage firms. Providing our clients with national reach and local expertise through our network of 1,500+ SVN advisors located in 200+ markets throughout the U.S. and beyond.

We are a leading provider of commercial real estate services to the medical and dental community. SVN | QAV & Associates provides expertise in commercial real estate transactions to dentists, physicians, professional group practices, and healthcare systems throughout the United States. In the San Francisco Bay Area we have a dedicated team of professionals specializing in representation of this sector, both in leasing and sales.

Royal Bank of Scotland

RBS is a UK-based banking and financial services company, headquartered in Edinburgh. RBS provides a wide range of products and services to personal, commercial and large corporate and institutional customers through its two main subsidiaries, The Royal Bank of Scotland and NatWest, as well as through a number of other well-known brands including Ulster Bank and Coutts.

Our Personal & Business Banking and Commercial & Private Banking franchises provide services to over 17 million personal and business customers in the UK and to over 1 million personal and business customers in the Republic of Ireland. Our Corporate & Institutional Banking business serves our corporate and institutional clients primarily in the UK and Western Europe, as well as those US and Asian multinationals with substantial trade and investment links in the region.

Corporate Level Members 

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is a world-renowned 2.238-mile traditional road course that was built in 1957, then known as Laguna Seca Raceway, by the Sports Car Racing Association of the Monterey Peninsula (SCRAMP). SCRAMP, a non-profit 501(c)(4) corporation with the purpose of managing the County of Monterey-owned Laguna Seca Recreation Area.


RGP was founded in 1996 and went public in December of 2000. Since then, RGP has grown into a global consulting firm providing strategy and execution for the world's largest, best-known businesses.

Our founders instilled RGP with a tradition of service and professionalism and there are significant differences between RGP and old-model consulting firms. We did away with the conventional pyramid structure, opting instead to deliver services through accomplished professionals.

Our leaders encourage teamwork and a total commitment to our clients' goals. The values established by our founders are still our values today. We are client-centric and problem focused. We have a passion for what we do. We value talent, integrity, enthusiasm, and loyalty.

We help clients succeed where they do business.


For over 25 years, ABODA has been a leading provider of global housing services.
ABODA offers worldwide corporate housing, regional furniture Rental and sales, property management, and cleaning services.

Coordinating fully furnished temporary housing for relocating employees or temporarily assigned clients is easy with ABODA. Our independently secured inventory provides the flexibility and customized solutions to check you or your entire team in quickly and handle all special requests, even for your pets.
Global provider of temporary housing, Properties in over 200 cities nationwide and, 130 Cities Internationally, Same day response time to inquiries, Proactive communication and reporting technologies, Competitive pricing, Flexible Lease Terms.
ABODA has received many of the industry's leading awards for innovation, service and leadership because we find you the best solution for every reservation. 
Our employee-owned philosophy has empowered our employees to put our customers first and ensure their needs are met to their specifications.

Business Level Members and Community Partners 

Individual and Young Professionals Members  

Individual Members: 

Peter Woodhouse
Lindi Sabloff
Greg Tinker
Ruthe Stein 
  Andrew McIntyre
Intern Adventures
BABC Intern Adventures 

The BABC regularly welcomes interns on the J-1 visa program. Check out what they have been up to  here.

For information on the J-1 Visa Program, click here
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