10th Anniversary of the BCG Awards
We’re proud to say that news of the dinner reached Springfield, a few words of recognition from Governor Pat Quinn:
We’re proud to say that news of the dinner reached Springfield, a few words of recognition from Governor Pat Quinn:
The reception will be held in the mezzanine area of The Langham hotel, where guests can enjoy cocktails, mingle and view the silent auctions which will be conducted entirely electronically, allowing guests to make bids in advance of the evening, while they browse, or via text message throughout the evening. British Christmas Carolers will be meandering through the reception area to provide guests with an elegant and festive, “British Christmas” atmosphere.
Dinner will be prepared by the Langham’s celebrated Executive Chef, consisting of luxurious British appetizers and entrees, followed by a hot steaming sponge pudding (a most traditional British “comfort” dessert). Premium wines shall be paired throughout the meal. Tom Stevens shall make his year-end remarks and then introduce our guest of honor, Bill Kurtis, who shall conduct the live auction. The live auction will consist of 3 or 4 high-value packages, such as international flights and unique hotel stays/experiences, as well as rare British-themed items.
Musical entertainment with “The Legendary Milt Trenier & Co.”- of original “rat pack” era fame, Milt Trenier and his 3 back-up musicians hit the stage! In addition to his live infectious music, Milt will share his fascinating stories of performances at the White House, Carnegie Hall, and even with the likes of Dean Martin and more.
On March 15 BABCC members and guests attended the BABCC 2013 Inaugural Speakers Series, featuring Laurence S. Geller, CBE, who spoke on “Do Not Disburb … A Rare Glimpse into the Life & Times of a Successful Hotelier.”
The focus of the BABCC series is on entrepreneurship, the challenges, and the decisions faced by well-experienced executives. To hit a broad business group, the discussions will touch on ventures at various developmental stages, all speaking to doing business abroad.
The 2012 series featured: Martin Radvan, President of Wrigley. Previous speakers include Fritz Johnston, VP Global Brand Management & Advertising, Boeing, Graham Atkinson, Chief Customer Experience Officer, Walgreens; and Andy England, SVP & CMO, MillerCoors.
Stay tuned for details on upcoming 2013 speakers series programs!
Through our J-1 Visa Program, exclusively for BABC members, you are now able to bring qualified trainees into the United States – of any nationality from anywhere in the world – in a quick, cost-effective, reliable and user-friendly way.
The British-American Business Council has received US Government authorization to expand our J-1 Visa Program so that BABC member companies can now use this program to bring eligible students and recent graduates of any nationality from anywhere in the world into the United States to work as interns for up to 12 months – as well as continue to use the program to bring in current employees for up to 18 months under our pre-existing J-1 Visa Program.
Why use the J-1 Visa?
- Bring top talent to your company by providing exposure to U.S. culture and hands-on experience in U.S. business practices
- Broaden the national/cultural demographics/understanding of your team
- Enhance employee recruitment/retention by offering US assignments
- Improve communication and understanding between US and overseas offices
- Build global management teams for tomorrow
- Get support for your startup company, while providing employees/interns an experience to witness first-hand the creativity and vibrancy of a startup
- Companies utilize this visa category to develop global talent. In 2011, as an example, more than 28,000 individuals traveled to the U.S. pursuant to a J-1 visa in order to participate in a training program as an intern or trainee.
Advantages of using BABC’s J-1 Visa Program
- Quick: can process completed applications within 5 business days
- Reliable: authorized by the US Department of State since 1986
- User-Friendly: all administration/logistics handled by Program Administrator at British American Business Council
Cost of Application
For more information on the J1 Visa program and an application click here: BABC J1 Visa Program.
The Enchanted British Christmas Gala, hosted by Bill Kurtis, legendary television journalist, at the historic landmark, Cafe Brauer in Lincoln Park, was a lovely evening. Attended by 200 guests, the festivities included a cocktail reception in the north and south loggias, overlooking the zoo and city, fun raffles, a sophisticated British menu fit for the Queen–inspired by Victorian culinary opulence, festive music by the Elaine Dame Jazz Quartet, and an exciting live auction.
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Bill Kurtis was a masterful auctioneer and the winning bidders snagged some of these exciting destinations:
1) Tickets to London, courtesy British Airways, a two week stay in an ocean front cottage on the unique island of Lanzarote, Canary Islands, courtesy of BABCC Board Director Rob Gibbs, and roundtrip airport transfer to O’Hare, courtesy Metropolitan Limousine.
2) Tickets to New York, courtesy of American Airlines, and two night stay at the stylish Millennium Broadway in Times Square.
3) Tickets to Los Angeles, courtesy of American Airlines, with a pair of tickets to the Jay Leno Show and tour of the Old Tonight Show set, Access Hollywood set, and NBC Newsroom, courtesy of BABC Los Angeles, as well as a two night stay in a Club Room at the Millennium Biltmore, and $100 dining certificate to Lobster, the “see and be seen” restaurant on the historic pier of Santa Monica.
4) Tickets to London, courtesy of American Airlines, a week stay at Potters Farm Cottage in the famous Cotswolds, courtesy of John Covell and Constance Frydenluncd, and roundtrip airport transfer to O’Hare, courtesy of Metropolitan Limousine.
… and so much more!
A portion of the proceeds from the raffles and live auction go to support the British Studies Summer Program. Two Chicago high school students are chosen from Horizons for Youth to participate in this two-week study/travel program in the UK where students learn about British history, arts and culture. It’s a life altering experience for many of the students who have not travelled outside the U.S. Andrew Kittell, Director of Corporate Relations for ACS International Schools, which conducts the British Studies Program, joined us from the D.C. office to give remarks about the program, after which the 2012 students, Adriana Martinez and Dijonnais Thomas, joined Andrew on the stage to say a few words about their experience in the UK. ”I now drink my tea with lemon and cream,” said Adriana.
After the festivities, many guests continued the networking at the nearby J Bar on top of the new Lincoln Hotel. What a magical evening! Stay tuned for gala photos.
Many thanks to our corporate sponsors (below), raffle and auction sponsors, and to our guests for their oustanding support. Happy Holidays!
Bridget Coffing, SVP Corporate Relations and Chief Communications Officer, McDonald’s accepted the award on behalf of McDonald’s and guests enjoyed a short video capturing McDonald’s brand ambition around the London Games.
Unruly was the emerging, fast growth award recipient and Tim Bierman, Midwest Sales Director, accepted on behalf of Unruly. Guests were entertained with fun videos that Unruly helps brands distribute on social media sites.
The event was sponsored by Baker & McKenzie LLP, Boeing, Wells Fargo International, the InterContinental Chicago, and PSAV. The Honorable Robert Chatterton Dickson, British Consul General, presented the awards.
McDonald’s Corporation is the leading global foodservice retailer with more than 33,500 local restaurants serving nearly 69 million people in 119 countries each day. Guided by their global business strategy, the Plan to Win, McDonald’s is constantly evolving to meet the ever-changing needs of their customers — from introducing a broader range of menu options including fruit and vegetables, using smart technology and contemporary design to enhance the restaurant experience, to working with internationally-renowned experts and suppliers to source ingredients and manage their supply chain more sustainably.
The McDonald Corporation was honored for its record of investing in the UK–having been praised by David Cameron and Nick Clegg on its record for staff training; its sponsorship of the London 2012 Olympic Games; and the corporation’s efforts to continually improve its environmental and social performance in every community McDonald’s serves.
Unruly, founded in 2006 and headquartered in London, has used their proprietary technology platform, MEME (Media Engagement and Measurement Engine), to deliver, track and audit 1.65 billion video views, across 2,000+ successful social video campaigns, for over 400 brands since 2007.With a global audience of 917 million monthly unique visitors, Unruly has a worldwide reach of 62.1 percent (Comscore, Media Metrix, April 2012).
Unruly was honored as fast growth, emerging company, taking a leadership role to establish social video advertising as a high-growth format for blue-chip brands and agencies; and defining and establishing the highest possible standards for accountability and ethical conduct in this emerging media category.
Previous recipients of the British Consul General Awards include Boeing, Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Laurence Geller, President & CEO, Strategic Hotel Corp (2011); Kraft and the Five Ten Group (2010); Aon Corporation and BigHand (2009); George W. Buckley, Wm. Wrigley Company, Manpower, Inc., and TradingPartners (2008); Tate & Lyle and Neogen (2007); Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. and the British School of Chicago (2006); RR Donnelley and Gripple, Inc. (2005); Dyson,, Mintel USA, and Newark InOne (2004); and Robert Culshaw, former British Consul General Chicago (2003).
Andy England, executive vice president and chief marketing officer for MillerCoors, was the featured speaker at the BABCC Speakers Series, held on September 14. He addressed nearly 100 attendees, sharing information about his British heritage; the journey of his career path; MillerCoors move to Chicago and its future growth in craft, imports and light beer.
The BABCC Speakers Series is sponsored by Invest Northern Ireland, FT and Antler USA.
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Andy is responsible for leading the company’s efforts in marketing, communications, strategy, planning, and government affairs. Before joining Coors in February 2006, he spent more than 20 years in marketing and operations, driving profitable growth for some of the world’s most recognized brands. Most recently, he was vice president of international marketing and strategy at The Hershey Company.
Prior to Hershey, Andy held a variety of senior marketing positions at Nabisco Biscuit Company, Cadbury Schweppes, Dr. Pepper/Seven Up and OpenTable, Inc.
England is a native of Epsom, United Kingdom, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering science from Durham University in the United Kingdom.
The British Embassy has released the 4th edition of Sterling Assets. This yearly publication, developed in conjunction with the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), details the strong level of British investment throughout the United States as well as a state-by-state breakdown of US exports to the UK.
This year’s report shows the UK remains the single largest foreign investor in the US, supporting just over one million high-paying jobs. Furthermore, the UK is now the largest export destination in the EU and 5th largest destination in the world for US goods and services exports.
To read more and view a copy of the Sterling Assets IV: British Investment Creating US Jobs report, click here: http://ukinusa.fco.gov.uk/en/news/?view=News&id=792859782
Two students from Chicago, joined another seventeen students from across America to spend two weeks in and around London this summer (June 18-30, 2012). The British Summer Studies Program, now in its sixteenth year, is part of a longstanding program offered by ACS International Schools to allow American students to explore the lasting impact of British culture, visiting various sites of cultural and historical interest whilst boarding at ACS Cobham International School.
Adriana Martinez, aged 17 from Walter Payton High school in Chicago and Dijonnais Thomas, aged 17 from Queen of Peace High School, were awarded scholarships to attend the summer school by ACS International Schools and the British American Business Council (BABC) Chicago as part of a joint commitment to rewarding academically gifted and deserving students by offering them both culturally and academically enriching opportunities.
Adriana, an honor student with dreams of becoming a Veterinarian, participates in a program through the Anti-Cruelty Society that exposes students to the world of veterinary medicine through hands on activities, and advanced math and science courses. She hopes that the BSSP will be an opportunity to meet students her age from around the country and learn more about students in other countries. Dijoinnais, a Sophomore at Queen of Peace High School, is active with the Alsip Park District, the Poverty and Hunger Task Force and tutors at the Sacrament Youth Center.
“What a great group of British Studies students were selected, sponsored and sent over to Cobham,” said Craig Worthington, Academic Dean and leader of the program. “All 19 of the students showed keen interest and involvement and bonded well. The two weeks literally flew by!”
BABC Chicago partners Horizons-for-Youth to choose the students who will participate in this program. American Airlines generously donated the round trip air transportation for the students.
Ashley Allen, High School Program Director at Horizons-for-Youth, commented:
“Many of the students attending the British Summer Studies Program have not travelled abroad before, so it is a great experience for them to witness first hand some of the cultural highlights of the UK. The program aims to be educational, but also fun, providing students with the opportunity to visit sites that have shaped the evolution of British history, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and the Imperial War Museum. I am sure that a number of the students will also be excited to visit Westminster Abbey, the location of Prince William and Catherine Middleton’s much talked about wedding, last year.”
Funds to sponsor the program are raised at the BABC Chicago’s annual British Christmas Gala. The students will be invited to the BABC Chicago annual British Christmas gala on December 14 at Café Brauer to share a few highlights of their trip and experiences.
Within your organization lies exceptional talent waiting to be identified and developed to lead your company into the future. As someone who works with that talent every day, how would you answer the hard questions: Do you have the right talent? If you have identified high potentials, how do you know you have the right individuals? What does your organization uniquely look for in a high potential talent?
In this next HR Roundtable session, you will have the opportunity to answer many of these questions while:
· Learning the basics of assessment to identify talent
· Building a HIPO Model for use in identifying and developing talent
· Discussing how to enroll and up skill managers to grow talent, and
· Learning how to explain and defend a high potential ‘label’ to other leaders in the business
Join Angela Castellani and Dominic Cottone of YSC Ltd. as they facilitate practical activities and generate lively debate about your high potential population. Come prepared to share your experiences and learn from others! Place: YSC Offices, 29 S. LaSalle, #720.
TO REGISTER FOR THE ROUNDTABLE:
8:15: Refreshments and networking
8:30: Program start
10:00 : Close