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 March 12, 2013
From the Leadership

Tom Glaser


Lorin Coles

Our Chamber has always been ahead of the curve by targeting economic sectors where there is synergy between Israel and the Southeast. Our latest one is Logistics, and this month, we will host a delegation of 7 Israel organizations during their visit to Georgia, March 18- 20.
The delegation first will be hosted by the city of Savannah, and participate in business-to-business meetings and tour the Port of Savannah and Gulfstream Aerospace. They will travel to Atlanta to participate in the 5th annual Georgia Logistics Summit. The Consulate will host a breakfast for the delegation with government agencies, and they will also meet with executives from UPS and The Coca Cola Company and tour Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

AICC has planned a March 20th reception, and we encourage our members to attend, meet the Israeli delegation, and learn about this new focus of our Chamber. Scroll down to Events for details and to register.
Developments and Transactions
May 30th Eagle Star Awards Gala
to be Hosted at HP
Tom Glaser to Receive Founders Award

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region will celebrate the 12th annual Eagle Star Awards Gala on Thursday, May 30, 2013, 6:00 - 9:00 PM. The event will be held at the HP Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta, Georgia.


The Eagle Star Gala is AICC's community flagship event honoring the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast-Israel business relationship. Long-time AICC President Tom Glaser will be recognized with the Founders Award. Glaser recently announced plans to retire following his 21 years of service to the organization. The South Carolina Research Authority will be presented with the Community Partner Award in recognition of its extraordinary role in the success of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration.


Hewlett-Packard (HP) is considered the second largest investor in Israeli information technology after Intel. Israel is one of the few countries where HP has a massive presence with almost 6,000 employees, and Alpharetta, Georgia is the Americas headquarters for their products developed in Israel under the Indigo and Scitex Vision brands. "It is altogether fitting that HP host this year's Gala, given their huge investments in Israel and the importance of the Southeast to the sales and distribution of their Israel-made products," said event chairman Barry Sobel (Deutsche Bank Alex.Brown).


The event will also honor the Israeli Company of the Year and Deal of the Year, and three finalists will compete for each award with the winners to be selected by an expert panel of judges. Nominations are encouraged, and criteria and forms can be downloaded by clicking here.


Sponsorships are also being accepted. For further information, contact Barry Swartz ( or (404) 843-9426.


Sponsors-to-date include Deutsche Bank Alex.Brown, The InterTech Group, The Coca-Cola Company, GlobalAtlanta, AM1690 /Newstalk1160, Atlanta Jewish Times, Smith Gambrell & Russell, Habif Arogeti & Wynne, Israel Economic Office to the US Southern Region, Nelson Mullins, and Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast.

Gilbarco Veeder-Root Partners with Odysii  


Greensboro, North Carolina-based Gilbarco Veeder-Root and Tel Aviv-based Odysii have announced an exclusive global partnership to create a new generation of highly intelligent and automated tools to enable convenience stores to increase sales. Building on Odysii's software, the new Impulse platform integrates with Gilbarco Passport or any other point of sale systems to deliver targeted recommendations via an additional touch screen at the point of sale. Retailers using the system report 3-5% increases in average basket size and gains in targeted categories such as private label products.


Franklin, Tennessee-based MAPCO, a US subsidiary of Israel-based Delek, has adopted the Impulse in-store solution, and will soon launch a new forecourt merchandising extension called Purchase@Pump. "The Impulse upselling platform is a valuable addition to our long commitment to retailer profitability through merchandising applications," said Martin Gafinowitz, President of Gilbarco Veeder-Root.


MAPCO Express President Igal Zamir said, "We challenged Gilbarco and Odysii to work with us on an industry first - to give our forecourt customers real-time access to promotions and the ability to purchase in-store merchandise while refueling. This project, scheduled to begin testing soon, should help us deliver on our objectives to increase store traffic, make it easy for loyal customers to buy their routine items, and gain opportunities to win the loyalty of customers that visit primarily for fueling."

Gilbarco Veeder-Root is a worldwide technology leader for retail and commercial fueling operations, offering a broad range of integrated solutions from the forecourt to the convenience store and head office for almost 150 years and helping manage the business and maximize the bottom lines for 19 of the top 20 convenience store operators in the US. "They are the perfect partner to bring our intelligent upselling solution to market," added Odysii CEO Adi Eyal.


Odyssi has been member of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce since 2008, and was first showcased by AICC at the "Store of the Future" event the following year. In 2010, they were the winner of the Eagle Star "Deal of the Year" award.

Members Exposed to 
Israeli Cyber Security Technologies


Almost 50 members and guests were treated to presentations by 3 of Israel's most exciting companies at the I (Israel Innovation Impact) quarterly event on March 7th, hosted by IBM. Presenting were Covertix, Dome9, and Trustware whose CEOs shared innovative solutions to the growing cyber threats faced today by enterprises, governments, and individuals. Organized by AICC's Hi-Tech Committee, the program also featured a keynote by Jim Brennan, executive with IBM Security Systems. 


"Israel is leading in this field that threatens our personal and professional lives. These three companies exemplify their outstanding technologies and how we can assist them in reaching out to customers and partners in the Southeast," said Adam Coffsky (Gartner), chairman of the Hi-Tech Committee who moderated the program. 


In addition to IBM, sponsors for the event included Alston + Bird, Frontline Selling, AM1690 /Newstalk1160, and Habif Arogeti & Wynne. Thanks also to our organizational co-sponsors: Consulate General of Israel, Metro Atlanta Chamber, TAG, Gwinnett Chamber, ATP, and Israel Economic Office to the US Southern Region.

Southeast Delegation for June
Life Science / Med Tech Mission
With Israel's annual IATI Biomed life science conference and the 2nd MEDinISRAEL medical device and HIT conference being held during the same week, AICC is organizing a Southeast delegation to Israel, June 9-13, 2013. Chamber VP Guy Tessler will lead the mission. Those interested are asked to contact him, or 404-843-9426.
For the first time, IATI Biomed, is engaging in a new and innovative conference format. Participants from around the world are personally involved in planning the conference and influencing its content. All interested are invited to submit a short abstract of a presentation they would like to deliver at the event via the online Call for Abstracts. Once the submission deadline of March 31st has expired, the list of proposed subjects will be published online, and participants will have the opportunity to vote for the presentations that interest them most. The top 250 subjects will form the essence of the 2013 IATI Biomed Conference.
"Israel offers an amazing opportunity for our region in this sector. It is important that we field a strong delegation to make sure the Southeast is well represented and that the Israeli companies know what we can offer them by way of partnerships, distribution, investments, and clinical relationships," said Ralph Jordan (CardioMEMS), chairman of the Chamber's Medical Committee. For a view of Israeli companies in life sciences, medical devices, and Health IT, click here.
Levin Consulting Group Presents Israeli Opportunities in South Carolina


As a result of December's South Carolina Business and Research Mission to Israel, Levin Consulting Group (LCG) with its Israel offices in Kiryat Yam and Tel Aviv, visited South Carolina the week of February 11th, and full days were scheduled for them in each region of the state.


LCG is an IP management and business development firm that manages a clientele of Israeli companies and supports them in accessing the US market. LCG's purpose was to introduce their client companies, HDH, Dali Medical, Medivur, Vigor, Agor, NGS, RoniPal, StampEE, and Dog TV, to potential investors and collaborators in the state. According to LCG's Eyal Blank, "The tour was substantial for our clients. Relationships were built, network foundations laid, and new opportunities raised from the connections that were made during this visit. We look forward to the next trip to introduce potential South Carolina clients to our unique IP management model and our existing clients to new and prospective Southern US markets."


New Carolina Executive Director Emeritus George Fletcher reported that the Greenville visit he coordinated went very well. His focus was to introduce them to local economic developers and distribution companies such as CTD that already represents Surf, an Israeli videoconferencing technology company. LCG also presented to a Clemson University MBA group.


The Columbia leg of the visit included meetings with the South Carolina Research Authority and USC's Faber Center for Entrepreneurship at the Darla Moore School of Business; with international trade and small business assistance representatives from the South Carolina Department of Commerce; and with the leadership of the USC-Columbia Technology Incubator and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Technological Innovation (CETi) which is USC's Start-Up Assistance Center. LCG also presented and enjoyed dinner with students from the University of South Carolina. "Our aim was to introduce LCG to all of the resources in our area that their companies may need to successfully move to the next stage of business growth," said Ann Marie Stieritz, Director of Business Solutions with Innovista at USC."


The Low Country activities were arranged by the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce and the World Trade Center Charleston. They hosted a luncheon with community and business leaders and organizations including CRDA and Charleston Angel Partners, followed by a visit and tour of two incubators in the Charleston Digital Corridor. "The Charleston region remains very interested in developing strong business and trading ties with Israel. The small but impactful trade mission held with the Levin Group really showcased the quality of and entrepreneurialism exhibited by Israel companies. We look forward to building off these new connections," said Jeff Cain, Director, World Trade Center Charleston.


The visit of Levin Consulting Group was an educational component of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration, organized and managed by the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region. This 2-year old initiative is chaired by Jonathan Zucker (The InterTech Group).

Economic News From Israel
  • Chicago-based Allscripts, with major operations in Atlanta, has acquired Hod Hasharon-based dbMotion for $235 million. dbMotion's technology is the key component of the Allscript's connected community of health with 370 hospitals and 2800 clinics around the world currently using it.
  • Jerusalem-based OurCrowd has provided its first funding in the US for Oregon-based Lucid Energy. OurCrowd founder Jonathan Medved was keynote speaker at last year's Eagle Star Awards Gala in Atlanta.
  • Beit Shemesh-based Atlantium has raised $9 million with proceeds to be used to accelerate development of its new ballast water treatment product and to step up market development. Atlantium's product is used extensively throughout the world with Coca-Cola bottlers.
  • Tirat Carmel-based InSightec has received FDA approval to begin its pivotal Phase III clinical trial for treatment of essential tremor using ExAblate Neuro. The product uses MR guided focused ultrasound therapy to provide an incision-less treatment, through the intact skull, with no ionizing radiation.
  • Exports by Intel Israel more than doubled to $4.6 billion in 2012 from $2.2 billion in 2011 with their direct work force rising by 10% to 8,500 employees and with indirect employees totaling 25,500. Reciprocal procurements in Israel totaled $737 million, and Intel invested $1.1 billion in its Israeli operations last year.
  • Ra'anana-based Waze won the Best Overall Mobile App by Atlanta-based GSM Association, at the Barcelona World Mobile Congress. The Israeli navigation and traffic congestion app competed against three other Israeli company nominees including MyCheck, uTest, and Intucell that was recently sold to Cisco for $475 million.
  • Johnson & Johnson and OrbiMed Advisors will jointly bid in the Office of the Chief Scientist's biotech incubator tender. J&J is very active in Israel with subsidiaries including BioSense, Webster and Omrix. OrbiMed manages $222 million, and has invested $30 million to date in Israeli life science companies.
  • The Arrow 3 missile, jointly developed by Boeing and IAI, carried out its first successful flight test in central Israel. It was developed to intercept long-range ballistic missiles in space while they are still far from Israel, and was partly developed in Huntsville, Alabama.
  • Neve Ilan-based Powermat Technologies unveiled its cordless iPhone 5 charger at the Barcelona World Mobile Congress that includes a charging case and an extra battery which doubles the iPhone's work period. The company also offers a network of recharging services across the US and is running a pilot with Starbucks in Boston and has several hundred recharging services at Madison Square Garden in New York and Delta Air Lines lounges.
  • Netanya-based Outbrain has acquired New York-based Visual Revenue that provides editors with real-time recommendations to optimize the content on their homepages, test headlines, and so forth, while preserving the correspondents' own voice. This was Outbrain's third acquisition in two years, having purchased Atlanta-based Scribit in December.
  • US military aid to Israel for fiscal year 2013 will be reduced by 5%, instead of the 8% initially planned, amounting to $155 million, rather than $250 million out of $3.1 billion. The reduction is part of the $85 billion sequester in the Federal budget after the deficit reached $16 trillion, and the automatic sequester came into effect on March 1. AIPAC led a lobbying campaign among Members of Congress to head off the cut to military aid to Israel.
  • Israel's unemployment rate fell to 6.5% in January from 6.8% in December according to the Central Bureau of Statistics. Participation of the labor force fell from 59.3% to 59.2% during the same time.
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Israeli Companies Contacting Us

Cloud Security


Tel Aviv-based developer of IT security that automates and centralizes cloud firewall management across all servers and clouds. Available for both enterprises and hosting providers, and as a free offering, supports clouds, VPS, dedicated servers, and OpenStack across all major operating systems and service providers. Seeking introductions to enterprises evaluating IaaS (infrastructure as a service) strategy, heavy Amazon AWS users, cloud service integrators, and managed service providers.

Container Tracking


Ramat Gan-based developer of GPS tracking and monitoring solutions for containers, goods, vehicles, and people. Introducing a new, sophisticated container locator that can provide a wide variety of alerts all in one unit, (such as door open/close, install/uninstall) identifying location, burglary, shocks and alert in case of change in temperature as well as alert at predefined range of events . Also contains a unique online application that includes world maps as well as a custom designed event generator that issues automatic alerts to clients through email address and mobile. Seeking introductions to freight carriers, third party logistics, large food distributors, and cold supply chain.

Social Investing


Kfar Saba-based firm exclusively invests in viable and socially driven Israeli high tech companies that provide technological solutions to global social, medical, and environmental challenges. Focus is on globally scalable social enterprises in the fields of healthcare, education, the environment, and products & services for underserved populations. Offers sourcing and screening, hands on investment management, and access to an international network of business leaders and industry experts to assist portfolio companies. Seeking introduction to investors in the Southeast.

Fuel Conversion


Rehovot-based developer of a solar-driven system that dissociates CO2 and converts it at high efficiencies into competitive cost fuel. Offers solutions to the shortcomings of current energy systems and to the global environmental threats by providing means to generate clean electricity using solar energy with cost-effective storage, allowing continuous 24/7 per-demand operation; reduce emissions by using CO2 as feedstock for fuel generation; alleviate or eliminate the need for CO2 separation and sequestration through the use of oxy-fuel combustion in power plants; and offer a viable and cost-competitive alternative to liquid fuels for transportation. Seeking introduction to potential strategic partners in the energy, oil and gas industry.
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Cortland Partners
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Cecile Blilious
Impact First Investments
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Steven Shapiro
Roper St. Francis Healthcare
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Jim Penosky
Trustware International, Ltd.
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Thanks to Renewing Members

Arnall Golden Gregory LLP

Belz Enterprises



Delek US Holdings

Georgia Department of Economic Development

Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Guest Associates, Inc.

National Distributing Company

NCC Group Escrow Associates


The Soundings Group

Williams Benator & Libby, LLP

Ernie Eichenbaum

Mitchell Kaye

Paul Lipman

Samuel Tenenbaum


Featured Events
Invite you to a reception for the
Israel Logistics Delegation

Please join us for a reception to welcome Israeli logistics companies visiting

Savannah and Atlanta for the Georgia Logistics Summit


Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

5:30 - 7:30 PM

Hosted by

1100 Peachtree Street

2nd Floor Reception Hall

Atlanta, GA 30309 ( Map)


 $15 - Members of AICC and Organizational Co-Sponsors,  

 $25 - Non Members

Click for more information on delegation participants

Sponsorship Opportunities Available


Contact Barry Swartz
(404) 843-9426