was a celebration of the growing ties between Brazil and the city of Atlanta. This segment of the Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast (BACC-SE) 2014 Networking Series brought the testimonies of members from the delegation that accompanied Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed to last month’s trade mission to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
was held on May 15, at the InterContinental Buckhead Hotel. This event was supported by Delta Airlines, the Consulate General of Brazil and the Brazilian Trade and Investment Bureau in Atlanta.
Noah Downer, the chief of protocol for the Mayor's Office of International Affairs (pictured above), kicked off the forum with welcoming remarks and an update on the Atlanta Sisters Cities Commission. Next, Ceasar Mitchell, President of Atlanta City Council, described how he carried the message that Atlanta is a hub and gateway to American franchise. He emphasized that Atlanta is home to the world’s busiest airport and is ranked third in the nation among cities with the most FORTUNE 500 headquarters.
Chip Epsten, Controller at Epsten Group Inc., and Donald Sargent, Owner of Morelli's Ice Cream, described their experience connecting with entrepreneurs in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. Both of them expressed their desire to venture further into the country. Before closing his testimony, Sargent invited event guests to try Morelli’s Milho Verde ice cream-- a traditional Brazilian flavor.
At the end of the evening BACC-SE members and guests had a chance to network and catch up.
By Pedro Ferreira