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April 14, 2014
In This Issue
- Upcoming Events: MIXiii; Yadin Kaufmann in Charleston, SC
- NeuroQuest Opens US Center in Charleston, SC
- Israel Logistics Delegation Visits Atlanta and Memphis
- Programs: What Business Can Learn From IDF (Video); ShalomFest
- Members' Corner: Todd Porter, H.T. Prof Executive Search
- Clark Howard to Emcee Eagle Star
- Inaugural AICC Golf Tournament

We wish our members, partners, and supporters in Israel and in the US happy 
Passover and Easter holidays
AICC office will be closed 4/15-16 and 4/21-22

Join the Southeast US Delegation to 

Join us for an extraordinary opportunity to 

explore business opportunities with Israel. 


The Israel Innovation Conference (MIXiii), the first in the world where Biomed and HiTech will join hands in a unique and exciting new international conference.
  • More than 60 International Speakers
  • 80 Start Ups
  • 200 Exhibitors from 40 Countries
  • Elevator Pitches
  • Start up Competition
  • Gala Events
  • Extensive B2B Meetings

This delegation is designed for participants to explore these opportunities for themselves, their companies and professional firms, and to promote our region as a major center for Israeli companies. The delegation will have a booth at MIXiii (booth #14) and will add additional business meetings and tours tailored to each participant. 


AICC offers three ways to participate in of this delegation: 

  1. Participation in the conference (5/20-22) and using the Southeast booth space for meetings and display materials -$750 
  2. Participation in the conference (5/20-22), using the Southeast booth space for meetings and display materials, and 3 hotel nights/shuttle services - $1,700 
  3. Participation in the conference (5/20-22), using the Southeast booth space for meetings and display materials, customized tours and business meetings (5/18-22), and 5 hotel nights - $3,250 

*Participants to make own flight arrangements.  



Venture Capital: Driver Behind Israeli Innovation and Social Change
Yadin Kaufmann
Veritas Venture Partners
Please join us as we host one of Israel's first and most esteemed Venture Capitalists.
Yadin has been involved in venture capital since 1987. He co-founded Veritas Venture Partners which leads early-stage investments in Israel and the Southeast US.  In 2011, Yadin co-founded, together with Saed Nashef, Sadara Ventures/The Middle East Venture Capital Fund, the first fund targeting investments in Palestinian technology companies.  Yadin founded and is Chairman of Tmura - The Israeli Public Service Venture Fund, a leading non-profit organization in the Israel high-tech sector. 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 4:00 PM

Wells Fargo 
16 Broad Street, 
Charleston, SC 29401 (map)
Space is limited. Register today to reserve your seat.

NeuroQuest Opens US Development Center in Charleston, SC
Dr. Jacobo Mintzer of Roper St. Francis Presenting NeuroQuest at the 2013 US-Israel Neurotechnology Business Exchange
Misgav-based NeuroQuest company has set up its clinical development center at Roper St. Francis Clinical Biotechnology Research Institute in Charleston. NeuroQuest is developing blood-based immune biomarkers that produce early and accurate diagnostic and therapeutic tools for Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's disease, also called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, which attacks cells that control muscles. The two met as part of the Israel missions of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration operated by AICC.

Israeli Logistics Delegation Visits Memphis and Atlanta
AICC, the Israel Economic Mission to the South and the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast hosted a delegation of 7 Israel companies with solutions for the logistics industry. The delegation included CartaSense, DataLogger Solutions/Fourtec, Dykam, FreightOS, Nipendo, ZIM Integrated Shipping Services, and Starcom Systems
On the way to Atlanta to participate in the Georgia Logistics Summit, the delegation traveled to Memphis for meetings including with FedEX executives and tour of their hub. A reception hosted by Grant Thornton in Atlanta gave the company to network with AICC Executive Committee, members and guests.
AICC and FIDF Join Forces: What Business Can Learn from the IDF
Adam Harmon: What Business Can Learn from the IDF-Monday, 4/7/14 
Speaking to an audience of 50 hosted by the law firm of Greenberg Traurig, Adam Harmon told the story of how he has put his 13 years of experience conducting counter-terror operations as part of Israeli Special Forces and Special Operations, to remarkable use assisting the U.S. private sector.
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ShalomFest Highlights the SC-Israel Collaboration and AICCSE
The sixth annual ShalomFest, the Jewish festival in Upstate South Carolina, was held on Sunday, April 6th featuring a variety of educational programs, specialty foods, entertainment and a focus on the SC-Israel Collaboration and AICC. The program is sponsored by Temple of Israel.

Interns Needed
AICC interns benefit from an exciting learning and networking opportunity. Click here for more information and to see what graduating interns have to say.

Interns Available
AICC always gets requests for internships with Israeli companies in Israel and in the US. Companies with internship opportunities are encouraged to contact 
Sponsor Message

For 2014 advertising rates, please click here or contact 
(404) 843-9426


Members' Corner
Todd Porter
H.T. Prof Executive Search
Winston-Salem, NC


I started H.T. PROF Executive Search in 1997. In 2000 I picked up my first Israeli customer and over the past 14 years I've worked with more than 200 Israeli companies hiring in the United States.

I tell people that I had two Israeli customers when I met Tom Glaser at the Chamber and the next thing I knew, I was on a plane to Israel. That pretty much sums up how my journey working with Israeli companies started.

I've made 12 trips to Israel and each has been significant in growing my business and personally rewarding. My first KEY if you want to work with the Israelis is, you have to go to Israel.

I've traveled to Israel with AICC on several occasions and though I now make most of my trips on my own, I could never have gotten to the point I'm at without the guidance and assistance from the Chamber.

AICC also provides me a finger on the pulse of what's happening between Israel and the U.S. and especially here in the Southeast. In the Connector meetings I often hear of companies that are looking to land in the U.S. or if I hear of an interesting Israeli company, I'll call the Chamber to see if they know them.

I always tell people two things about AICC. One is that AICC is the best 'Chamber' in Atlanta and probably the Southeast if not the whole U.S. It's a place where things get done. Secondly, I tell them it's a chamber where if you put effort in, you get it back many times over. I know both of these things are true from my own experiences.

I still try to travel to Israel at least once a year. This year, I will be in Israel from the 17th of May. If you are in Israel and would like to meet during this period, contact me directly at 770-420-7440 or via e-mail at

Here are some of my KEYS to being successful in working with Israeli companies: 



2) Nothing happens quickly 

3) You never know which contact will become a home run

4) Think Long Term relationship

5) Be active in AICC


Calendar of Events
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Welcome New Members

Robert Isherwood
AMBAC International
Directory Listing

Jason Goldberg
Palmetto Tile Distributors
Directory Listing

Judd Bare
ZIM Integrated Shipping Services
Directory Listing

André Schnabl
Directory Listing

Thanks to 
Renewing Members

Affinity Bank

Bennett Thrasher & Co.

Dinur and DeLuca

Dixon Hughes Goodman

Ernst & Young

Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen & Loewy

Georgia State University

Guest Associates

Medical University of South Carolina

Morgan Stanley

Pull-A-Part, LLC


The RADCO Companies

The Soundings Group

Weinberg, Wheeler, Hudgins, Gunn & Dial 

Wyatt Tarrant & Combs

Rupert Barkoff

Byron Kopman

Paul Steinfeld

Tom Vesce

Terence Walts

Fredrik Westin

Save the Date
Clark Howard to Emcee the 2014 Eagle Star Awards Gala!

Clark Howard
Popular consumer expert and host of the nationally syndicated Clark Howard Show.

Inaugural AICC Golf Tournament
Monday, November 3, 2014
Jan Williams 
AXA Advisors
AICC will host its inaugural golf tournament at The Standard Club in John's Creek, GA. Please mark the date on your calendar. Jan Williams of AXA Advisors will chair the event. Members interested in serving on the planning committee or those interested in sponsorship opportunities should contact Barry Swartz (404-915-1354 or

Community Events
June 15-23, 2014 Click for information
AICC members and southeast organizations are welcome to submit their events for promotion in this section to  
AICC reserves the right to select which programs to include.