Letter from the President

Nicholas Unkovic
BABC President & Partner

Dear Friend of the BABC,
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend and colleague, Colin Brown, while on vacation with his family in the Sierras. Colin contributed greatly to the BABC: his leadership, strategic vision and fresh thinking have taken the organization to heights we never imagined. But most of all, his friendship, collegiality and willingness to share himself with all of us is something we will always treasure and never forget. When Colin made a commitment, he kept it. When Colin set a goal, he achieved it. And when Colin ga
ve you his word, he meant it. He was truly a special individual, and although he left us unexpectedly and far, far too soon, his impact will remain indelible, and his memory will inspire us to emulate his extraordinary qualities and kindness to others.
It is our honor to pay tribute to Colin by supporting those he loved and cared for so deeply - Malini, Callum, Euan and the entire Brown family. If you would like to offer your condolences to the Brown family, we have set up an email, inmemoryofcolinbrown@babcsf.org for you to do so.
We will also be holding a celebration of Colin's life, so please join Malini, Callum, Euan, their family and our community at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, September 14th, 2017, at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco to celebrate Colin's life, honor him for enriching our lives, and say our goodbyes. 
On August 30th we had the Summer Euro Networking evening. The evening was kindly hosted and sponsored by Giants Enterprises at the stunning Club level of the AT&T Park, and featured a raffle with prizes donated by Norwegian Airlines and the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Congratulations to those who won!
The event was our largest to date and provided the attendees with the opportunity to connect and network with the incredibly diverse European-American business community in a relaxed and professional atmosphere.
We also have our much-awaited Clash for the Ashes tournament coming up on September 9th at Piper Park in Larkspur. Join us in enjoying a great day out in front of a backdrop of beautiful Mount Tamalpais for all the family with an Aussie-Style BBQ lunch, fine British and Australian beverages and games at half time. This year it's anyone's guess who will win. So, come on down and cheer on your team!
Finally, I'd like to draw your attention to an upcoming event on September 9th at Piper Park in Larkspur. Please join us and the San Francisco Australian Chamber for the 2017 Clash for the Ashes match between the Aussies and the Brits, accompanied with an Aussie style BBQ and strawberries and cream. A day of festivities and sport that is not to be missed! Registration available here.    
All the best,
Nicholas Unkovic
President, BABC Northern California
In Celebration of the Life of Colin Brown

Date: 14th Septmber 2017

Time: 2:00pm

Place: Grace Cathedral, San Francisco
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From The Consul General's Desk

Last month, Home Secretary Amber Rudd visited the Valley to have discussions around online terrorist content with the major tech companies. While here, she also spoke at the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism - a grouping developed by industry, for industry to fight this growing problem.

Her visit was a chance to continue the dialogue with the key players initiated by the Home Secretary following the horrific attacks we saw in the UK earlier this year. We know terrorists will use the internet to spread their vile ideology and to inspire and plan their acts of violence.   We need to work with the major technology companies - who are clear this sort of content has no place on their platforms - as well as the groups such as ICT4Peace and the relevant UN bodies to tackle the issue.

The Home Secretary also took the chance to be clear on another digital security issue, namely encryption. The British Government is committed to making the UK the safest place to operate online, and that needs to be underpinned by strong security. My own experience working on cyber security was part of the government's significant investments in this area over recent years, including the UK's new National Cyber Security Centre.

Encryption plays a fundamental role in protecting us all online. It is key to growing the digital economy, and delivering public services online. But the inability to gain access to encrypted data in specific and targeted instances - even with a warrant signed by a Secretary of State and a senior judge - is right now severely limiting our agencies' ability to stop terrorist attacks and bring criminals to justice.

To be very clear - Government supports strong encryption and has no intention of banning end-to-end encryption. This is not about asking the companies to break encryption or create so called "back doors". It's about working together - through mature and confidential conversations - so that we can find a way for our intelligence services, in very specific circumstances, to get more information on what serious criminals and terrorists are doing online, while not compromising wider security.
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BDO LLP Seeking Senior Marketing Specialist - Based in San Francisco.

BDO's Core Purpose is Helping People Thrive Every Day. Our Core Values reflect how we manage our work, our relationships and ourselves. As an employee of the firm, you will live true to our Core Values of people first, being exceptional every day in every way, embracing change, feeling empowered through knowledge and choosing accountability. Our Core Values are the standards by which we conduct ourselves day in and day out, both internally and externally.

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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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Turner & Townsend Trestle Seeking Project Controls for Innovative Tech Client in Oklahoma USA

We are seeking to appoint a driven and highly motivated Project Controls or Cost Controls Manager to support various programs with one of Turner & Townsend's key clients. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, able to take the initiative and drive activities with limited supervision. The ideal candidate should have experience working in the construction industry.

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.
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.
Previous BABC Events
BABC Young Professional Napa and Sonoma Valley Wine Tasting

On 22nd July the BABC Young Professionals group headed out to the stunning vistas of Napa and Sonoma Valley to visit 3 unique wineries in the heart of California wine country! 

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BABC Young Professionals July Happy Hour

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This month, guests represented a variety of industries including home security sales, education, recruitment, banking, internet security and marketing.

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The Summer European Networking Evening

The evening was kindly hosted and sponsored by Giants Enterprises at the stunning Club level of the AT&T Park, and featured a raffle with prizes donated by Norwegian Airlines and the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018. Congratulations to those who won!

The event was our largest to date and provided the attendees with the opportunity to connect and network with the incredibly diverse European-American business community in a relaxed and professional atmosphere. Complimentary food and drinks were provided by Giants Enterprises throughout the evening, and the speeches from the FACC, BABC and GABA were well received by the crowd.

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BABC Policy: Statement on UK Position Paper on Customs Arrangements

BABCSF welcomes the UK Government's proposals for a future customs relationship with the EU as well as its aim to explore a model for an interim period that offers frictionless trade across the borders and helps avoid a "cliff edge scenario".
Minimizing any disruption to business through an agreed transition period and providing clarity on the future trading relationship with the EU as early as possible have been a key ask by the transatlantic business community, which includes major American investors and leading British firms.
Both options presented, however, are still likely to increase the burden for businesses who trade between the UK and the EU. We therefore continue to advocate for a model that is as close as possible to existing arrangements. This will be essential in maintaining the United Kingdom's status as a desired trade and investment partner.
Our businesses are looking forward to continuing its strong engagement with the UK Government on achieving this aim.

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Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 urged not to miss out following strong first week of ticket sales!

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SuiteAmerica - Corporate Housing and Destination Services

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BABC CEO joins FedEx Express Roundtable

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UK Space Agency Offering Grants for Out of this World Ideas!

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Aboda - There aren't many Easy Wins left in Business

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Silicon Valley Sevens - Tickets now on sale for November 4-5

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HSBC - Reshaping the Future World Economy

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The initiative will connect more than 65 countries across Europe, Asia and Africa covering 63% of the world's population and 29% of global GDP, and ultimately make it easier for goods and services to reach the growing middle classes as their disposable income increases Companies of all types and sizes both inside and out of China in the infrastructure, telecommunications, trade, sustainability and financing sectors will benefit - including manufacturers, raw goods suppliers and logistics providers as well as financial and professional services firms and more

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Marc Lewis, Paul Llewellyn and Ryan Erickson Named to Benchmark Litigation's "Under 40 Hotlist"

Lewis & Llewellyn is pleased to announce that Marc Lewis, Paul Llewellyn and Ryan Erickson have all been named to Benchmark Litigation's 2017 Under 40 Hotlist

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Williams Schone - The Reinvention of HR

AirBnB has continued to raise considerable funding over the past few years, totalling in excess of $3bn on a current valuation of over $30bn, making it the second most valuable US tech startup after Uber (valued at $68bn). That's a great deal of funding by anyone's standard, but what's been an interesting development within the business is the organisation's redefining, or maybe even reinvention, of Human Resources.

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SeaDream Yacht Club announces 2018 Wine Voyages

Continuing its commitment to and enhancing the superbly established level of award-winning culinary experiences, SeaDream Yacht Club announces nine Wine Voyages for the 2018 season.

Showcasing the most picturesque yachting ports of the Mediterranean, and Caribbean for 2018, on five-to-ten day sailings, each itinerary pairs the ultimate wine experience with the regions' most scenic backdrops

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Meet our Members
New Corporate Level Members  
Fakhoury Global Immigration

Fakhoury Law Group provides its business clients with comprehensive global legal immigration services. We offer expedient service, leading technology and an extensive legal network that makes us efficient, productive and compliant. We aspire to be our clients' single solution for all global visa and immigration matters. We represent corporate clients in all phases of the hiring and transfer of foreign nationals to the U.S., and offer a full range of immigration services for clients in more than 100 countries. We counsel our clients about the best short- and long-term visa strategies for their specific immigration-related needs and challenges.
Fakhoury Law Group is an equity member of the prestigious Alliance of Business Immigration Lawyers (ABIL). ABIL is comprised of top U.S. business immigration lawyers and their respective firms. This strategic affiliation allows us to continue providing premier corporate immigration services to our clients in a seamless and efficient manner.


Tandem Asset Management

Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area with the idea that by working in Tandem with our clients, we give them what they want by providing expert advice at a low cost for any and all of life's challenging financial moments.
We are a full-service asset management firm and have direct partnerships with top-tiered global service providers and exclusive well-established funds uniquely suited for the long-term goals of the institutional high-net-worth investor.

Tandem offers strategic wealth advisory along every spectrum of your financial life and is dedicated to forming a culture of long-term partnership built on trust. We do so by providing client centric stewardship based on high integrity and appropriate alignment of our clients precise goals not our own.

We are a low-cost, fee based, concierge advisory firm, committed to servicing the specific needs of our clients.

Tandem is committed to investor alignment, value generation, wealth preservation, personal attention and thorough communication

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Young Professional Members: 
Alana Smith 
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Premier Level Members 


iPresent is an online platform that enables your marketing team to upload and distribute marketing collateral to your sales team via a beautifully customisable app.

With iPresent you not only ensure your sales team have the right collateral at all times but you also give them the added bonus of being able to wow their customers with a professional fully interactive app experience on their tablet device.

iPresent's many in app features leave your sales team focused on selling instead of fumbling over printed collateral and paper based forms. More than that, iPresent's powerful analytics give Marketers an insight into how their content really performs out in the field. This invaluable information gives you the insight you need to create more effective collateral in the future which can be easily distributed to your sales team. iPresent provides the most technically advanced and feature-rich sales enablement platform on the market today.

iPresent has offices in Hampshire, UK and Los Gatos, California.


Florin Pensions LLC

Florin Pensions LLC is a US based investment advisory firm specialising in providing UK pension transfer and investment advice to people in the US with UK pensions. With only British expatriate advisers working at Florin, we are well placed to help our clients make sense of their UK pensions and provide local advice on how to manage them before and during retirement.

As part of our service, Florin provides a complimentary review of a person's existing UK pension(s) to provide a better understanding of it and determine whether a pension transfer could be of benefit. Florin is headquartered in San Francisco, but has advisers also located in New York and Florida. For further information on Florin's services, please contact Charles Cockerton, Director. ccockerton@florinpensions.com

Corporate Level Members 

Bank of the West

Bank of the West is a financially strong, well-capitalized and prudently managed FDIC-insured bank that customers have entrusted with their money for over 135 years. Through holding company BancWest Corporation, the bank is a subsidiary of BNP Paribas, one of the six highest rated banks in the world. We understand the financial challenges new residents face. Our team's multilingual, culturally sensitive Officers core purpose is to facilitate an efficient and smooth adaptation to this country.

Business Level Members and Community Partners 

Scottish Development International

We're here to help foreign companies invest and thrive in Scotland, and local enterprises make the most of international trade and global markets.

SDI is the international arm of Scotland's enterprise agencies. If your company is considering Scotland, we can provide a full support service, whether it's to invest, relocate, partner, trade or expand here.

From finance to premises, specialist advice to market information, there's not much we don't offer. All delivered via our 42 offices in 20 countries across the globe. So chances are there's a Scottish expert you can speak to close by.

Get in touch and let us show you the benefits of the country that, according to Ernst & Young's UK Attractiveness Survey, rates as Europe's top destination for inward investment.

Individual and Young Professionals Members  

Individual Members: 

Arlene Walker
Michael Basoah
Mark Heslop 
Young Professional Members:

Bjorn Oswald
Brittany Buxton
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
Member Offers & Discounts
Please log in to the BABC Member Information Center to access these fantastic Member-Member Hot Deals and Discounts.

If you have forgotten your username and password, you can reset it here.
Silicon Valley Sevens Promotional Offer for BABC members

Special Discount for BABC Members for the Silicon Valley Sevens Tournament on November 4/5th 2017

Buy Tickets through: SevensRugby.com
When fans use this code at checkout they will receive a 10% discount on 1 Day and 2 Day tickets!
Please Log In to your BABC Member Portal to access the special offer!

This offer is only available to BABC members through the "Hot Deals" section on the member portal. Sign up for membership today here

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British Airways Promotional Offer for BABC members and BA Executive Club Members

Thanks to our friends at British Airways, the BABC is delighted to offer an amazing promotion to members who also sign up to the British Airways Executive Club

As an Executive Club Member, you can book flights to any long haul destination before1 February 2018 and enjoy a discounted fare when you fly in First, Club World, Word Traveller or World Traveller Plus.

This offer is only available to BABC members through the "Hot Deals" section on the member portal. Sign up for membership today here

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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

$50 off Youth Soccer Camp Fees

Soccer Camps International is pleased to offer fellow members of the British American Business Council Northern California a $50 discount on booking any Soccer Camps.

Please quote the online discount registration code: englandpromotion50

Soccer Camps International is the leader in specialized soccer training at the Official Elite Youth Soccer Camps and Soccer Schools of the most successful Professional European Soccer Clubs in England: Chelsea FC Foundation Soccer Schools, Manchester City Football Performance Program, Arsenal Soccer Schools, Liverpool FC International Academy Soccer Schools; In Spain: Real Madrid, FC Barcelona; In Italy: AC Milan, Juventus, In Portugal: Benfica Lisbon and in France: Paris Saint Germain, Bordeaux.

Soccer Camps International offers Easter and Summer Soccer Camps sessions in Europe for boys and girls, 7 - 18 year olds. Thousands of players from all over the world have participated at these Official Clubs International Youth Soccer Camps and Soccer Schools over the years.

For more information: phone:  (650) 324-9899 
Valid: January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
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