SOURCE: The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Inc.

March 15, 2010 11:12 ET

The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia Elects New Chairman and Board Members

ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - March 15, 2010) -  The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia (BACC-GA), an organization that fosters trade and investment between Brazil and the United States, held its Annual Meeting on March 10 and elected six new board members. The new board, which now consists of 13 members, also elected Robert West, attorney with Greenberg & Traurig, as its new chairman.

West, who has been an active member of the BACC-GA and served on the board for several years, replaces Tim Perry, past Honorary Consul of Brazil to Atlanta.

The New Board of Directors now includes: Alfreda Turner, Delta Airlines, Inc.; Ricardo Hubler, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Gilson Horfmann, Embraco NA; Michael Johnson and Barber Johnson, Attorneys at Law; Taube N. Ponce, GA Department of Economic Development; Orlando Vallone, Di Santi & Vallone, Inc.; Miroslava Torres-Young, Sunrise Bank of Atlanta; Dr. David Bruce, Georgia State University; Kendall Carter, The Law Office of Kendall W. Carter, LLC; Don Williams, Princeton Healthcare, Inc.; Rosana Lima, Minas Emporium; Kevin Lovelace, Georgia Power.

The executive leadership of the BACC-GA board includes:

Chairman -- Robert West, Greenberg Traurig, LLC
President -- Lucia Jennings, The Coca-Cola Company
Treasurer -- Fernanda Debellian
Executive Director & Director of Marketing -- Fabiana Xavier
Director of International Business Development -- Natalia Ferreira, Aperian Global
Director of General Operations -- Camila Bizinelli, Minas Emporium

Other topics discussed during the meeting were the expansion of the organization to include the states that are served by the Brazilian Consulate in Atlanta. An Ad-Hoc committee led by Guillermo Wasserman and Kendall Carter has been established to change the by-laws and the name of the organization to Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast, Inc. to cover the states of South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi.

Gabriel Tinti from Stefanini IT Solutions, will be working with Erich Schmid of Business Intermediary Services Ltd., based in North Carolina, and Michael Johnson of Barber Johnson LLC, based in Alabama, in the development of the chamber's expansion in those states.

About The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Inc.
The Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce of Georgia, Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization founded in 1996 and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. BACC-GA's mission is to foster trade and investment between Brazil and the United States, making Brazil a leading business partner to the local community. Its mission is to make this organization the key facilitator for Southeastern US companies seeking business expansion in Brazil and the main clearinghouse for Brazilian firms looking for business opportunities in this region. In addition, the BACC-GA aims at providing a strong link between the American and Brazilian business communities in the Southeast, serving as a key vehicle of communication, cooperation and development between the two countries.

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