The Value of an EACC Membership
The Value of an EACC Membership
What our members think about the EACC
The goal of EACC’s New York Chapter is to stimulate transatlantic trade & business development, and to facilitate networking and relationships between European and American businesses and professional organizations. To do so we provide our members with access to transatlantic business opportunities as well as timely and relevant information, resources and support on matters affecting business activities between Europe and the U.S.
Below are a few testimonials from Members of the European American Chamber in New York.
“ING has found the EACC to be a very valuable builder of bridges between the European and US business and political communities. They have fantastic events with top notch speakers – they have excellent access to the top economic and political decision makers in Europe. I particularly enjoy the smaller more intimate breakfast session where one gets enough time to network and to go into more depth.”
— Nick Smit, Head of Financial Institutions – North America, ING
“Our firm has been involved with EACCNY for almost 2 years and I believe this organization is member focused and truly delivers value. The Executive Director Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild is always trying to facilitate member connections and activities. She is right out of Gladwell’s “Tipping Point” as the “connector” extraordinaire!! The Wiki summarizes “connectors” like Yvonne as follows: “Connectors are the people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions. A connector is essentially the social equivalent of a computer network hub. They usually know people across an array of social, cultural, professional, and economic circles, and make a habit of introducing people who work or live in different circles. They are people who “link us up with the world…people with a special gift for bringing the world together”. They are “a handful of people with a truly extraordinary knack [… for] making friends and acquaintances”. Yvonne brings energy and ideas to the table and uses her unique skill set to further the mission of EACC!”
— Howard Daniel, Shareholder, Ogletree Deakins
“I have very much enjoyed our membership to the EACC and value to be kept informed on topics related to cross-border activities between the US and Europe, while meeting with international professionals in selective verticals. Driven by a great leadership, the events provide a well-balanced combination of educational content and networking opportunities to widen your perspective on current topics while increasing your company’s visibility to a high-level audience. The contacts made are truly valuable either as a resource for conducting business or as new customers to the services provided by our company.”
— Isabelle Theimann, Business Development Manager, US, RR Donnelley Global Translation Services
The EACC is unique in its approach to developing relationships for and among its members that benefit everyone involved. The EACC would be a topnotch community merely with the useful, substantive programs on important topics it routinely sponsors, and its interesting members. Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild knows fascinating, engaged people everywhere, and has provided pithy insights that have quickly enabled me to hone my business plans and strategy in remarkably productive ways. She is a champion of all of her members and works hard to provide great service to everyone.
— Anne Wolfson, Principal, Anne Wolfson, PLLC
Our membership in the EACC has provided us with an opportunity for some of our experts to get their message to the right audience. The opportunity to network and learn from others has been exceptional. Meeting with European policy makers has provided me with a different perspective on European – American trade and political issues. The events work whether you are coming from a large business or a small one.
– Andre Chabanel, US Transportation & Logistics Assurance Leader, Pricewaterhouse Coopers
“Even for small business owners working outside of the Metropolitan area in a non-typical industry segment, such as the food industry, joining the EACC made a lot of sense to myself and my company. The connections have been great so far and it opened doors to new business opportunities.”
— Michael Sas, President Across Foods, LLC
“The EACCNY has been an important outreach partner for Sparkup Inc. They took the time to understand what we are doing, and made numerous relevant warm introductions. They have helped us build visibility and relationships on both sides of the Atlantic. Indeed we are now also working with the EACC in France. We are increasing our areas of cooperation with the EACCNY as we establish a new office in NY. Highly recommended as a professional and cost-effective business partner.”
— Jeremy Lee Jonas, Founding CEO, Sparkup, Inc.
“Our membership with EACC has been a tremendous value. We have greatly benefited from the business intelligence received at seminars and special workshops that we have been able to pass along to our clients. The leadership of the EACC is clearly committed to providing its members’ access to key leaders and influencers in an extensive variety of networks. My professional life in NYC just would not be the same without EACC!”
— Luc Strybol, Head of the economic mission of Flanders, Consulate General of Belgium – Flanders Investment & Trade
“With its high quality events and seminars, the EACC NY offers convenient ways to connect to a pool of high-profile international professionals. It is a great resource for networking and making connections that yield actual results for our business as a leading European law firm.”
— Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, Head of the New York office of Noerr LLP.
“As Fordham Graduate School of Business (GBA) has considered implementing its global strategy, we have discovered how valuable is the link to the network offered through the EACC. Indeed, the value of our institutional membership has been realized through exposing our students to internships and both our faculty and students to current issues in European-US trade, finance, and commerce. In our interest to expand our relationships with the international community, we have been grateful for the opportunity to partner with the EACC in hosting and sponsoring specific events that highlight contemporary issues pertaining to global business. We look forward to cultivating an enduring relationship with the EACC.”
— David Gautschi, Dean, Fordham University Business School
The European American Chamber of Commerce creates a thinking partnership with its members. The events are sometimes practical, sometimes political, and often stimulate new ideas and out-of-the-box thinking. It provides networking opportunities and areas for exploration. The EACC is making an impact.
— Maureen Kline, Public Affairs & Sustainability, Pirelli Tire LLC
“National Corporate Theatre Fund, an association of major corporations and regional nonprofit theatres, counts on EACC to connect us to European companies, many of which are key players in our 19 major American cities. Over the past year plus of our membership, we have been able to make connections to major luxury brands, banking and professional service organizations through EACC. We have also been able to better understand the economic environments of our prospective partners on the international level. And we have been connected to arts-focused entities and associations seeking to promote European culture in America, which has been very helpful.”
— Bruce Whitacre, Executive Director, National Corporate Theatre Fund
“I have found Yvonne and EACCNY invaluable sources for business intelligence, interesting and fun events and networking with a terrific group of international professionals. It’s a perfect fit for me at Foreign Policy Group and I look forward to many years of continued partnership.”
— Keith Arends, Director, Content Sales, Foreign Policy Group
“The International Property Tax Institute (IPTI) is delighted to be a member of EACC New York as we obtain real value from the networking opportunities it provides, the events and educational programs available, and the opportunity for EACC-IPTI collaboration which has proved mutually beneficial.”
— Jerry Grad, P.Eng., CRE, FRICS, Chairman, International Property Tax Institute
“As an Irish law firm with offices in New York we greatly value our membership of EACC New York. It provides a high quality forum for discussions on topics relevant to our business as well as a first class networking platform. We are enthusiastic members!”
— Declan Moylan, Chairman, Mason Hayes & Curran
“Networks are the roads that allow business to happen. Utilizing the EACC is akin to driving full speed on the Autobahn throughout the US.”
— John Cravenho, Senior Director, Alvarez & Marsal
“The EACC is one of those wonderful small organizations that punches well above its weight. The international network that Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild and her small staff have built, centered in New York, is very impressive. I have met a number of people, including bankers, lawyers, business executives and high-level government officials, at various EACC events who have become both friends and business relations. The relatively modest cost of membership belies the quality and scope of the EACC.”
— Edmund Glass, Principal, Edmund G Glass LLC
The EACC New York membership provides a great platform for our firm to gain valuable information on the US market and business developments, to connect with other business people and to extent the personal network of our partners. The events organized by EACCNY have an excellent quality, are always well organized and give us both the opportunity to present our own expertise to a high quality audience and to learn something from the well picked topics.
— Heike Wagner, Partner, CMS Hasche Sigle
“EACC in New York has been a terrific ally and partner in building relationships in the business community among local and international companies which my firm serves. Yvonne is an amazing connector of people and businesses, and she is always looking out for her members in their best interests. We greatly value our membership in this prestigious organization, and we look forward to supporting EACC for many years to come. Thank you for all that you do.”
— Ann Kayman, CEO, The New York Grant Company
Through my involvement with the EACC-NY I am attuned not only to the key issues that impact European and US companies, but also connected to key business and policy makers in Europe. The membership provides access to dynamic events and speakers, and a platform for networking and introductions that can yield new relationships and opportunities. I greatly value the membership and look forward to continued participation with the EACC-NY.
— Sean Dowd, Managing Director, AlixPartners
“Nothing compares to the EACC when it comes to bringing together key European officials and business leaders. In 2013 alone, we’ve seen President Barroso, Governor Liikanen, Enrico Letta, Karel de Gucht, Commissioner Oli Rehn – to name a few. And the breadth of technical bilateral forums is unparalleled as well.”
— Yann Coatanlem, President, Club Praxis
Our firm is an international law firm. We support foreign companies (including many European businesses) in the United States, and assist our clients on matters overseas. We are very happy with our membership in EACC New York. There is no better way to reach our European clients and other businesses with interests in Europe.
The Chamber has assisted us with various initiatives. We have arranged presentations to EACC members on matters of mutual interest.
The Chamber has also affirmatively reached out to us when they see what we are doing and asked if they can share information with their members. They provide a great service to members in connecting people and businesses.
— Philip Berkowitz, Partner, Littler Mendelson
“EACCNY is a great partner on events in the private equity & regulatory space—bringing together influential leaders across both continents to participate in sophisticated discussions on what’s driving cross-border activity.”
— Erin Corcoran, Head of Marketing & PR, The Deal
“We at MAINFREIGHT (Newark/New York branch) joined as members of the EACCNY just about a year ago. The intent was to find networking opportunities to help us develop our USA/EUROPE trade lane. We are a Transportation and Logistics company, and as such we look for companies here and in abroad that needs to move their commercial goods, east or westbound. Sine our joining, we have met several dozen companies and individuals who could benefit from a relationship with MAINFREIGHT, and have actually gained several clients, to mutual benefit.
The Director of EACCNY (Yvonne) has been wonderful at making personal introductions, in addition to us attending some of the Networking events and Seminars; both have proven to be successful ventures, and we intend to continue as members and have actually recommended others to the EACCNY. We look forward to more interaction with the Group and have actually just joined the NJ Chapter as well“
— Oscar L Rossini, Sales Manager/NY Metro Branch & Director of Europe Trade Lane Development, Mainfreight
“NautaDutilh has been a member of the EACC for several years. They hold events on interesting and timely topics and attract excellent speakers. They serve as an great professional network for foreign and domestic firms with offices in New York.”
— Elizabeth Van Schilfgaarde, Partner & Ruud Smits, Resident Partner, NautaDutilh
“Membership in EACC New York has been valuable to the Swiss Consulate General and in particular Switzerland Trade & Investment. Yvonne produces dynamic programs, but the added value is in the connections we are able to make through her local and international network.”
— Daniel Bangser, Director North America (Investment) & Trade Commissioner, Switzerland. Trade & Investment Promotion.
“GRANITO Ltd, a Global Corporate Advisory company is extraordinarily pleased to be a member of the European American Chamber of Commerce. The depth and breadth of the members, along with their universal, unfailing, proactive approach to business networking has made membership very rewarding. Every week brings a new serious and worthwhile introduction. The programs have proven to be uniformly topical in their presentation with diversified, sought after panelists.”
— Ruthann Niosi, Principal, Granito Ltd
“Among the main reasons for our involvement is the EACC’s ongoing efforts to provide a leading platform for businesses to connect through efficient networking and industry events. We are thrilled to be involved with such a dynamic, connected and quality organization.” Arendt & Medernach; leading Luxembourg law firm.”
— Bob Calmes, Head of New York Office, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Arendt & Medernach LLC
“The EACC-NY has been an excellent source of connections for me, from both networking at its interesting events and direct introductions to businesses and opportunities. I wanted to meet top people whose daily lives revolve around international business, and the EACC-NY has delivered.”
— John Piret, Managing Director, Newbury Piret & Co., Inc.
As a foreign currency exchange firm dealing with international clients, the EACC has been an invaluable resource for Bannockburn Global Forex, providing a quality environment to make new connections across a variety of industries.
— Erika L. Rayman, Partner, Bannockburn Global Forex
“We joined EACCNY as TK Markets Inc. only in 2013, but due to transitioning our business focus, are already in a process of changing the name to BOS Container USA. This development has been possible in part by a developing nature of our business, and in part by teaming up with EACCNY, and attending the first class seminars and networking opportunities. With that leverage we have found just the right business partners to move to new level with business. Looking forward to a long future together with EACCNY.”
— Kari Honkaniemi, CEO, BOS Container USA
After meeting Yvonne, she confidently assured me that aligning with the EACCNY would put my newly launched global business strategy and advisory firm, Adelson Strategies, “on the map”. She was right. During my firm’s first month of membership, She included me an exclusive roundtable discussion led by trade representatives from the US and EU and attended by the most interesting group of members, invited me to publish an article about successfully navigating a US business launch that was seen by over 6,500 EACCNY newsletter recipients (which she also provided candid feedback on, resulting in an improved work product), and she directly connected me with a client referral. I have never been part of a membership organization that provided so much support and such an incredible opportunity to network, learn and promote my business so quickly. I can only imagine what my second month of membership will bring!
— Jonathan Adelson, Founder & CEO, Adelson Strategies
“As a company headquartered in Europe and doing business on an international basis, while still growing our brand awareness and professional network here in New York and in the US, it made perfect sense for us to join the EACC. The chamber, and Yvonne in particular, has been a valuable resource for us in making introductions to others in the international business community, and has hosted numerous quality events attended by key executives and thought leaders. We are pleased to be members of EACC.”
— John Stillwagon, CEO, Tradewind Intelligent Trade Finance
“Being a member of the EACC has been instrumental in expanding our network of partners and collaborators, gaining critical know-how about doing business in the U.S. and abroad, and keeping us updated on key topics for our business and our clients. Thanks to your introductions, we have been able to expand the range of services that SCG provides to its clients as well as to connect with other EACC members.”
— Andreas Dal Santo, Executive Director, Solidus Capital Group LLC
“The worldwide reach of the EACC has allowed us to establish contacts with executives of European and American companies as well as trade organizations as far away as Japan and Indonesia, providing us with valuable insights as we explore opportunities to expand our international footprint.”
— Albert Busch, President and CEO, Datacolor
“Our mid-size law firm Offit Kurman, P.A. has been a member of the EACC for several years. With a substantial portion of our practice devoted to US-European transaction and litigation matters, the EACC has provided a multitude of fruitful networking opportunities and resources. From the beginning of our membership, EACC has proved to be a great platform for introductions between European clients and contacts with US-based service providers. Executive Director Yvonne Bendinger-Rothschild is a dedicated leader always willing to make useful introductions and connections. Her team at EACC is truly invested in their members.”
— Wojciech ‘Voytek’ Jackowski and Michiel Bloemsma, Principals in Offit Kurman, P.A.
“We are delighted with our EACC membership. As an international firm with headquarters in New York and Frankfurt, Global Capital Finance has found tremendous value from the EACC arranged events on the most pressing current cross-border issues as well as on regulatory updates on both sides of the Atlantic. Yvonne, the EACCNY Executive Director, is invaluable in making strategic connections and introductions to business opportunities. We highly value our membership and we are committed to continuing our involvement with EACCNY.”
— Jüergen Möessner, President, Global Capital Finance Americas
“We have found the EACC of NY to be proactive and collaborative. From its workshops and seminars to its bulletins and social events, the EACC has kept us abreast of the salient issues connected with U.S. business with Europe. As importantly, we have met a wide range of other companies and organizations that have broadened our firm’s horizons. The EACC has become a great resource for us.”
— Richard P. Altieri, Partner, AEM Carnelutti
“InterExchange has been a member of EACCNY since 2016. From the start, our membership experience has been one we value and look forward to renewing. EACCNY coordinates a diverse range of informative and timely seminars with direct access to influential leaders. Yvonne and her attentive and professional team are always available and cultivate meaningful relationships between members. The EACCNY membership is a uniquely rewarding experience that we can’t recommend highly enough.”
— Christine La Monica-Lunn, President & CEO / Responsible Officer, InterExchange