French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, annual gala and award ceremony this Friday, May 6 welcomes Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as guest of honor

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, will host its annual gala and award ceremony this Friday, May 6, at The Detroit Athletic Club. This year’s gala will celebrate the historical ties that connect Detroit with the French and also the economic impact that Michigan companies with French roots have on the region and the state.

Leading an anticipated 200 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guest of honor and speaker, The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. Mayor Duggan will reaffirm the strong historic, cultural and economic ties between Detroit and the French, while discussing Detroit’s renaissance, as well as the impact of French investment, companies and job creation in the region.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event.

“What a special evening this will be as we reflect on the strong historical bonds that tie Detroit’s founding with the French and the ongoing impact that French culture and business have on the region today,” Mr. Ballarin said. “Our previous three galas were sold-out and this year’s event, with the energy of Detroit’s revitalization represented by Mayor Duggan, promises to be another wonderful evening to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates all things French, including the food, fashion and culture.”

A donation by FACC Michigan to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation will also be announced at the gala.

The FACC Michigan gala and award ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. An afterglow with live music will begin at 10 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members; sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets for the black-tie optional gala, click here. To donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, to host his Excellency, Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States, at April 28 networking reception in Auburn Hills

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, is pleased to host his Excellency, Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States at a networking reception on Thursday, April 28 in Auburn Hills. Mr. Araud will be in Auburn Hills to visit France-based automotive suppliers Faurecia and Valeo. The networking reception is open to both members and non-members.

Mr. Araud, 63, a career diplomat, was appointed Ambassador of France to the United States in September 2014. He previously held numerous positions within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, notably Director for Strategic Affairs, Security and Disarmament (2000-2003), Ambassador of France to Israel (2003-2006), Director General for Political Affairs and Security (2006-2009) and, most recently, Permanent Representative of France to the United Nations in New York (2009-2014).

Over the course of his career, Mr. Araud has developed specialized knowledge in two key areas: the Middle East and strategic & security issues. Regarding the latter, he was the French negotiator on the Iranian nuclear issue from 2006 to 2009. In New York, at the Security Council, he contributed to the adoption of resolutions on Libya (#1970 and #1973), Côte d’Ivoire (#1975), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali and the Central African Republic, and participated in debates on the Syrian and Ukrainian crises.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, is eager to welcome Mr. Araud.

“France is Michigan’s fourth largest trading partner; it is an honor for FACC Michigan to host Ambassador Araud and better acquaint him with the advances French companies are making with technology, manufacturing and autonomous vehicle support here in Southeast Michigan,” Ballarin said.

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What: The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) networking reception with Gérard Araud, Ambassador of France to the United States
When: Thursday, April 28; 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Noah’s event venue; 3390 Cross Creek Parkway, Auburn Hills 48326
Cost: $40
Register: register online here.

For questions about FACC Michigan or the networking reception, contact Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com or 313.701.8294.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, to host annual gala and award ceremony on May 6 with Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan as guest of honor

Detroit — April 5, 2016 — The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, will host its annual gala and award ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2016 at The Detroit Athletic Club. This year’s gala will celebrate the historical ties that connect Detroit with the French and also the economic impact that Michigan companies with French roots have on the region and the state.

Leading an anticipated 200 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guest of honor and speaker, The Honorable Mike Duggan, Mayor of Detroit. Mayor Duggan will reaffirm the strong historic, cultural and economic ties between Detroit and the French, while discussing Detroit’s renaissance, as well as the impact of French investment, companies and job creation in the region.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, shared his enthusiasm for the upcoming event.

“What a special evening this will be as we reflect on the strong historical bonds that tie Detroit’s founding with the French and the ongoing impact that French culture and business have on the region today,” Mr. Ballarin said. “Our previous three galas were sold-out and this year’s event, with the energy of Detroit’s revitalization represented by Mayor Duggan, promises to be another wonderful evening to be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates all things French, including the food, fashion and culture.”

A donation by FACC Michigan to the Detroit Public Schools Foundation will also be announced at the gala.

The FACC Michigan gala and award ceremony begins at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, dinner at 8 p.m. and speakers beginning at 9 p.m. An afterglow with live music will begin at 10 p.m. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members; sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets for the black-tie optional gala, click here. To donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses. Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

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French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter announces annual meeting and program is April 7 in Auburn Hills

The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, announces its Annual Meeting and Program will take place Thursday, April 7, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00. p.m. at Faurecia North American Headquarters & Automotive Seating Technical Center in Auburn Hills. The event is open to both members and non-members.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, explained the purpose of the Annual Meeting and Program.

“Our Annual Meeting and Program brings together members and non-members for an update on the Chapter’s activity, a presentation by an industry insider and the election of Directors to the FACC Michigan board. This constitutes a fantastic opportunity to hear leading industry speakers and to foster contacts with global decision makers of prestigious Michigan companies involved in French-American business,” Ballarin said. “The celebratory tradition of our Annual Meeting & Program is a key reason FACC Michigan is the state’s premiere organization for French-American businesses.”

The evening’s guest speaker is Xavier Mosquet, Senior Partner and Managing Director of the Detroit office of The Boston Consulting Group. The BCG recently published the report “A Roadmap to Safer Driving Through Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” last fall and found, in collaboration with the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, that advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) on the market today could sharply reduce the number and severity of motor vehicle accidents if every vehicle on the road were equipped with them. Mosquet will speak about the report’s findings, societal benefits that ADAS could generate, and strategies that automotive industry stakeholders could leverage to increase the market penetration rate of ADAS. He will also share his perspective on the development of autonomous vehicles.

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What: The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan) Annual Meeting & Program
When: Thursday, April 7, 2016; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Where: Faurecia North American Headquarters & Automotive Seating Technical Center, 2800 High Meadow Circle, Auburn Hills 48326
Cost: no charge for FACC members/$35 for non-members
Register: register online here.

For questions about FACC Michigan or the Annual Meeting & Program, contact Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com or 313.701.8294.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses.

Learn more at www.faccmi.org.

French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter, announces officers

Detroit, Mich. — April 9, 2015 — The French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter (FACC Michigan), a not-for-profit business organization committed to the improvement of economic, commercial and financial relations between France and the United States, announced the appointment or re-election of officers at its March 19 annual meeting. Serving a two year term are:

• Cédric Ballarin (Faurecia), President
• Jeff Shay (Valeo), Vice President
• Katherine L Myers (Conlin Travel/BCD Travel Affiliate), Secretary
• Teresa Gordon, CPA (Clayton & McKervey, P.C.), Treasurer

Additionally, Xavier Ovize (AdduXi, Inc.) was newly appointed to the board of directors and will serve a two year term.

Separately, FACC Michigan will host its annual gala and awards ceremony on Friday, April 24 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, celebrating the ties that bring France and the United States together through Michigan companies with French roots or French leadership. The speaker and guest of honor is Mr. Olivier François, Fiat brand CEO and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Chief Marketing Officer, and a member of the FCA Group Executive Council. To purchase tickets for the gala, donate items for the silent auction, become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of FACC Michigan, at salvaderos.faccmi@gmail.com.

About the French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter
The Michigan Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC Michigan) is a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce – the oldest bilateral chamber of commerce in the United States, comprised of 21 chapters in major cities across the nation representing more than 5,000 member organizations. The FACC is a non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the development of commercial relations between French and American businesses. Learn more at www.faccmi.org.