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 October 16, 2012
From the Leadership

Tom Glaser


Lorin Coles

Over the years, we have been fortunate in our very positive relationships with the Israeli government agencies whose work dovetails with ours. The Israel Economic Office to the U.S. Southern Region has been a key partner in our efforts with Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and now Tennessee (the Israel Economic Mission in New York is responsible for North Carolina and South Carolina). Together, we have developed initiatives in Automotive, Logistics, Telecommunications, New Media, Software, and Life Sciences that brought together Israeli companies with Southeast companies that are potential strategic partners, investors, and customers. Meaningful business has resulted.
We honored this important relationship with the presentation of the Community Partner Award at last June's Eagle Star Awards Gala. Accepting the award was Roee Madai who had served as the Consul for Economic Affairs at their Houston office for the past three years. Roee has returned to Israel, and the Israel Economic Office is now headed Michal Niddam, an experienced executive from the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor. With the Consulate General of Israel, we will welcome Michal to Atlanta with a special reception on October 23rd hosted by McKenna Long & Aldridge. If you are in Atlanta next week, we hope you will join us for this important occasion!
Developments and Transactions
ClickDimensions Goes Global Through Israel and Dunwoody Offices

As recently reported in the Dunwoody Crier, ClickDimensions, an Atlanta-Israeli software startup, founded just 2 years ago by John Gravely and Koren Tako, is now  the top-rated Microsoft-certified marketing automation solution for the world-popular customer relationship management program, Microsoft Dynamics CRM. The company has grown to 30 employees, with most of them at its Dunwoody headquarters, four in sales at an office in Fargo, N.D., and 12 in development and support in Tel Aviv.


More than half of ClickDimensions' clients are outside the US, mainly in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Scandinavia. Its roster of clients includes big names from every segment of business, sports and education - including Volvo, the Dallas Cowboys, the Boston Red Sox, GAF Building Materials, the London School of Business and Finance, MTV Europe, and several groups within Microsoft itself. 


"We knew everything about each other, but all these years, we knew each other only long-distance, thanks to Skype," said Gravely. In the summer of 2010, they decided to start ClickDimensions. This month, Tako visited Atlanta, and the two finally met face-to-face.

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Israeli "Big Data" Technology Showcased
at September I-3 Event  


Almost 50 members and guests gathered at IBM in Atlanta on September 13th to explore Israeli innovations around "Big Data", a key area that is of keen interest to CIOs, CMOs, and CTOs of major corporations as well as integrators and technology companies today. Organized by AICC's new Hi-Tech Committee, the event featured three Israeli companies that shared their compelling solutions.

  • C-B4 is a developer of a system for identifying and analyzing hidden data patterns in large scale data warehouses. The system is particularly suited to the retail trade and customer relations management (CRM). C-B4 was the winner of IBM's 2011 SmartCamp Tel-Aviv global competition for startup companies.
  • Personetics helps enterprises respond to a major shift in consumer behavior - the channels they use and the service experience they expect. The solution uses automated intelligence and customer data profiles to provide personalized support in the customers' preferred communication channel - web, mobile, SMS or telephone (IVR).
  • SafePeak uses Dynamic Database Caching to resolve information access bottlenecks and latency without any change to existing applications or databases. Developed a pioneering solution that gives instant acceleration of performance and scalability to existing information applications and systems.
Corporate sponsor for the Hi-Tech Committee's quarterly I-3 series is Alston & Bird. For sponsorship information, contact Barry Swartz (

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Gemological Institute of America
Opens a Center in Israel


The Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world's foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls, has opened a new center in Israel, the fourth-largest diamond market in the world. One of 16 global locations, the center will include the eighth diamond lab in the world - the sixth outside the United States, and is based in the Israel Diamond Center in Ramat Gan where it currently employs 20 people. In the next phase, the GIA will create an educational and learning center for cutting and polishing diamonds at the Israeli facility that will be one of a handful of such facilities outside the United States. Expected to enroll about 100 students a year, this new center could attract young Europeans looking to be diamantaires - diamond manufacturers or producers. Normally trainees go to the GIA's centers in Carlsbad, California, or New York City, but for Europeans, Israel is a much shorter plane ride away with fewer time zones to cross.


The opening of the center will cut the time to market and reduce risks and insurance premiums of Israeli-traded diamonds in the industry, said Udi Sheintal, managing director of the Israel Diamond Institute, the non-profit organization that encouraged the GIA to come to Israel. Sheintal is well known to AICC as the former Israeli Trade Commissioner to the US when he was based in Atlanta from 1993-1997. He continues to serve on the Chamber's Israeli Advisory Board.


Atlanta is home to two Israeli diamond wholesalers---Crown Diamond and Universal Diamonds. Additionally, most of the retail jewelry companies in the Southeast sell products with Israeli diamonds.

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Sycamore Group Establishes US Headquarters in Atlanta


Petach Tikvah-based Sycamore Israel (1994) Ltd. has opened its American subsidiary in the Atlanta area. The company manufactures cleaning wipes to industry wholesale and retail channels throughout the Americas. In its first year, the subsidiary has seen good success in the marketplace with product placement in many of the leading industrial distributors such as HD Supply, White Cap, and in the retail market by being selected as the industrial wipe carried nationwide by The Sherwin-Williams Company. According to the company, many more distributors and retail chain stores are currently in the works.


The Sycamore Group industrial wipe brand is Big Wipes that has been sold throughout Europe and the Middle East since the mid- 1990's, and is currently the market leader for wipes in the United Kingdom. The success of the Big Wipes brand is attributed mainly to the quality and performance of the product. 


Sycamore Israel (1994) Ltd. is a privately held company whose principals are Uzi Pfeffer and Gallit Galit Bar-Tal. Sycamore USA Inc. has office and warehouse facilities in Tucker, Georgia with a staff of 8, and is managed by Arnie Frantz, VP of Sales and Marketing.

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Economic News From Israel
  • The map applications of Ra'anana-based Waze have been recommended by Apple CEO Tim Cook in the wake of user frustration of the iPhone 5's "Maps" application. Waze collects map data from all its users who can report traffic incidents and delays, and then gives directions based on that data to find the fastest driving route. Ra'anana is Atlanta's Sister City in Israel.
  • Omer-based Medigus has won a contract with NASA to supply its miniature video cameras and video processing equipment in a tender for the Robotic Refueling Mission to test the feasibility of robotic systems for making repairs and refueling the International Space Station. Medigus is supplying its CMOS camera, originally designed for medical endoscopes, which it says is the smallest in the world.
  • Yokneam-based Given Imaging has acquired the assets of the SmartPill gastrointestinal monitoring system from Buffalo-based SmartPill Corporation for $6 million. SmartPill is an ingestible capsule that uses sensor technology to measure pH, pressure, and temperature in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Jerusalem-based Intec Pharma will receive a US patent on October 30th for its accordion capsule and procedure for folding an integration of the system's components. The announcement comes one week after successful results in the Phase II clinical trial of its Levodopa accordion capsule for the treatment of advanced Parkinson's Disease.
  • Petah Tikva-based Can-Fite BioPharma will begin trading in the US through the launch of its American Depository Receipts. The company has appointed the Bank of New York Mellon as its depository bank, and the ADRs will be tradeable by licensed US brokers.
  • Ra'anana-based Celeno Communications has secured a $24 million Series E round of funding that included existing investors Cisco, Liberty Global, Greylock Partners, and Pitango Venture Capital, and was joined by new investor Vintage Investment Partners. The latest round brings the company's total funding to more than $68 million. Celeno provides high performance Wi-Fi chips and software for HD multimedia and entertainment home networking applications.
  • Caesarea-based CellEra was named for the second time in the prestigious 2012 Global CleanTech 100 list that highlights the promise of private clean technology companies from around the world, focusing on those companies which the players in the market feel are currently the most likely to make the most significant market impact over the next 5-10 years. The company's Platinum-Free Membrane Fuel Cell alleviates the major cost components of today's fuel cells.
  • Yokneam-based CogniFit launched a new Tennis Focus cognitive training application to its online platform to train a large variety of skills such as focus, visual perception, visual scanning, and eye-hand coordination. The company is a leading developer of online programs that allow consumers to assess and train their cognitive skills and abilities to improve their quality of life.
  • Israel's economy will grow by 3.5% in 2012, after 4.6% growth in 2011 and 5% growth in 2010, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Private consumption growth will slow to 2.8% in 2012 from 3.8% in 2011 and 5.3% in 2010. However, the growth in public consumption will rise 3.8% in 2012 from 2.9% each in 2011 and 2010.
  • The U.S. and Israel inked a trade agreement on October 15 that is designed to spur trade between the two countries and make it easier for American companies to export telecommunications equipment to Israel. As a result of the agreement, American-produced telecommunications equipment can enter the Israeli market if a recognized U.S. laboratory has deemed that the product conforms with Israeli technical requirements, according to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).
  • Israel's unemployment rate rose to 6.9% in August, up from 6.6% in July according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. The number of employees was 3.4 million, of whom 1.8 million were men and 1.61 million were women.
  • A record number of 2.3 million tourists visited Israel between January to August 2012, a 7% increase as compared with last year and 5% more than the record year of 2010 according to the Tourism Ministry. August showed a 10% increase over the previous year.
  • Israel's exports jumped 23.3% in the second quarter, more than double the initial estimate and a rebounding from a small gain in the first quarter. Accordingly, the Central Bureau of Statistics revised first quarter growth to 3.1% from 2.8%, noting that the growth was faster than the average for OECD countries.
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Calendar of Events
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Israeli Companies Contacting Us

Beauty Care


Yavne-based company develops, manufactures, and markets a diversified range of beauty care products both under its own brand and for private label requirements. Includes Dead Sea products, organic products, nail color and nail care products, makeup products, beauty care items, perfume and toiletries. Complies with stringent quality standards and certified with ECOCERT, GMP 22716:2007, and ISO 22726, IS0 9001:2008 registration, and all of their Dead Sea products carry Certified Dead Sea Products endorsement. Seeking introductions to distributors and chain stores.

Solar Thermal


Kohav Yair-based company designs and markets solar thermal systems, co-generation, and energy saving products. Already successfully selling flat plate solar thermal collectors across Europe, Israel, Africa, South America, Caribbean and Asia, and is interested in bringing this same value to property owners in the United States. The product will be certified in the US by the end of 2012, and is seeking introductions to dealers of solar hot water systems, installation companies of solar thermal products, large customers of solar thermal systems.

Frequency Medicine


Holon-based developer and manufacturer of a safe, compact, and easy-to-use device for administering Frequency Medicine therapy via an electromagnetic field. The device connects to a computer, and allows the physician to choose from an extensive list of treatments for the desired routines. The therapy can be performed in the clinic or at the patient's home, anywhere and at any time, in as short as 10 minutes, and suitable for all family members. Seeking introductions to distributors.

Customer Service


Tel Aviv-based developer of technology for the financial services industry that enables higher quality of customer service at a fraction of the cost. The company is creating an automated cross-channel personalized customer service solution: always available, and fully aware of the customers' needs. This solution impacts the way financial services firms interact with their customers. Seeking introductions to financial institution and credit card issuers.
Welcome New Members

Scott Hampton
Medical Device Development Group
Directory Listing

Karan Sorensen
Sorensen Strategies LLC
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Stefan Dayagi
Sycamore Inc.
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John Zacamy
Zacamy & Co. LLC
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Skip Ashmore
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Sam Bromberg
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Matthew Gordon
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Thanks to Renewing Members


Alpha Omega

Alston + Bird 

Applied Economics


Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz

Bridging The Differences

Deutsche Bank Alex. Brown

Given Imaging

Industrial Packaging Corporation

Israeli Association of Cloud Technologies

MAFIT Solutions

Mississippi Development Authority

SASCO Chemical Group, Inc.

Scopus Security

Spectrum Dynamics

Stipkala LLC

Technology Association of Georgia

The Benefits Group

The Goodfriend Catering Company

The Trendlines Group

Toco Instant Printing

Mark Black

Lawrence Cooper

Larry Feldman

Dan Moss

Eric Riesenberg

Cary Rosenthal

Shawn Sanders

Nancy Sousa


Featured Event



Invite you to a special reception to welcome 


Michal Niddam 

Consul for Economic Affairs - U.S. Southern Region
Government of Israel

Michal Niddam is Israel's new economic consul for our region, based in Houston. She assumed her duties in August following the return to Israel by Roee Madai. She has been with the Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor since 2008 in a variety of positions including the East & Central Europe department, as director of the India-China Fund, and manager of the Ministry's "200x2" program aimed at assisting companies from Israel's peripheral regions to double their exports. Previous to her government work, she began her career at Bank Hapoalim. Michal earned her B.A. in Economics from the Hebrew University, her law degree from Bar Ilan University, and did graduate work at the University of California-Irvine.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012
5:30 - 7:30 PM
Hosted By
SunTrust Plaza
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Atlanta, GA 30308
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