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 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.

Information
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.

Growing French-American Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Chapter announces new member opportunities for 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 and offering a variety of business, educational and social opportunities to its members, invites prospective members to consider joining the organization in 2016.

Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia, commented on the overall appeal of the Chamber.

“Our Chapter is Michigan’s premiere organization for French-American businesses and professionals, providing members with access to educational corporate events, high-level speakers and exceptional networking opportunities,” Ballarin said. “While business-focused, we also attract individuals from a variety of nationalities who are drawn to the Chamber’s cultural activities and esprit de corps.”

The highlights of 2015 are noted on the FACC Michigan website as a year in review and include an event with the Chief Marketing Officer of Shinola, the FACC Michigan annual meeting, the annual gala and awards ceremony recognizing Olivier Francois, Fiat brand CEO and FCA Chief Marketing Officer, and numerous other networking and social activities held with other affinity groups, such as the Alliance Française de Detroit/French Institute of Michigan and the Alliance Française de Grosse Pointe, which joined forces with FACC Michigan in presenting the Nov. 19 Beaujolais Nouveau event in Birmingham.

The FACC Michigan website is updated regularly, keeping members apprised of French-American business and related community news as well as the many business, social and networking events sponsored by the Chamber. FACC Michigan Executive Director Stephanie Salvadero notes that membership growth in recent years has been swift.

“FACC Michigan now has 200 members, up from 120 in 2012,” Salvadero said. “As the Chamber’s reputation for outstanding programming grows, so does our membership.”

With a 2016 calendar of events currently in the works, FACC Michigan is looking forward to another dynamic year of unique events that continue to offer members access to distinguished speakers, quality business information, and fruitful networking forums, drawing together French and American decision-makers and professionals in the region.

Membership dues are:
• $1,400 – councillor ambassador
• $750 – councillor patron
• $250 –councillor corporate
• $100 – active retail
• $50 – active individual
• $25 – educator
• $25 – student

A complete list of membership benefits can be found here. For questions about FACC Michigan membership, please 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.

French-American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter to host annual gala and awards ceremony April 24; guest speaker is Fiat brand CEO/FCA Chief Marketing Officer

French-American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter to host annual gala and awards ceremony

April 24 event to celebrate business ties between Michigan and France; Fiat Chrysler Automobiles executive Olivier François is speaker and guest of honor

Detroit, Mich. — March 17, 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, will host its annual gala and awards ceremony on Friday, April 24 at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills. This year’s gala will celebrate the ties that bring France and the United States together through Michigan companies with French roots or French leadership.

Leading an anticipated 165 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guest of honor and speaker Mr. Olivier François, Fiat brand CEO and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) Chief Marketing Officer, and a member of the FCA Group Executive Council. Mr. François will discuss his experience leading FCA Marketing initiatives. He will describe his strategy at defining and highlighting the identities of the individual brands of the company’s portfolio and explain the genesis of FCA’s acclaimed advertising campaigns. A native of Paris, Mr. François holds a degree in economy, finance and marketing from Dauphine University and a diploma from the Institute des Sciences Politiques (IEP), both Paris-based institutions.

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

“We look forward to an evening celebrating French culture and contributions that tie Michigan and France together, specifically through the business community,” Mr. Ballarin said. “The gala promises to be a wonderful evening and will be enjoyed by anyone who appreciates all things French, including the food, fashion and culture.”

A portion of the proceeds from the evening will be donated to Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders.

The FACC Michigan gala and awards 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, 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 celebrate 70th anniversary of D-Day at annual Gala and Awards ceremony

French-American Chamber of Commerce Michigan Chapter to celebrate 70th anniversary of D-Day at annual Gala and Awards ceremony

May 23 black-tie event to commemorate Michigan D-Day heroes and celebrate defense ties between Michigan and France with Senator Carl Levin and other dignitaries

Detroit, Mich. — March 25, 2014 — 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 awards ceremony on Friday, May 23 at the Detroit Athletic Club (DAC) in Detroit. This year’s gala will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Normandy landings and honor the special ties that bring France and the United States together through the defense industry, where France spends approximately $60 billion annually.
Leading an anticipated 250 attendees in an evening of celebration and reflection will be guests of honor and speakers Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services; Mr. Frederic Lefebvre, member of the National Assembly of France, representing the First Constituency for French North American residents overseas; and Brigadier General Bruno Caitucoli, Defense Attaché at the Embassy of France. Several D-Day combat veterans from Michigan will also be in attendance at the event and restored WWII military vehicles will be parked at the DAC entrance. All proceeds from the evening will be donated to the ’Michigan Remembers’ project, according to Cedric Ballarin, FACC Michigan president and a vice president in the Michigan headquarters of France-based Faurecia.

“In addition to commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day, we will celebrate Michigan’s defense industry and its contribution to the economy – past and present,” said Ballarin. “And most importantly, in the spirit of engagement and support, we are proud to donate all proceeds from the gala to, ’Michigan Remembers’. We want to insure that the people of Michigan never forget the sacrifices made by the 419 soldiers from Michigan, 362 who are physically buried in Normandy and 57 of whom are missing in action or buried at sea.”

The ’Michigan Remembers’ project will send 180 American students from the Lakeshore (Berrien County) High School marching band to participate in the 70th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6 in France. The students will honor the 419 Fallen by pouring sand from Michigan on their grave site, march in the parade in Ste-Mere-Eglise, perform on Omaha Beach by the Normandy American Cemetery for President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, and finally perform in Paris in the Jardin du Luxembourg for members of the French Senate. In addition, ‘Michigan Remembers’, in conjunction with the Michigan Department of Education, will distribute teaching packets to all Michigan high schools to ensure that students never forget the sacrifices made on D-Day.

The French-American Chamber of Commerce gala and awards 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. Gala tickets are $160 per person for FACC members and $190 per person for non-members and sponsorship opportunities are available. To purchase tickets for the black-tie gala, donate items for the silent auction or become a sponsor or for additional information, please contact Stephanie Salvadero, executive director of the 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 19 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.