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Tom Glaser

President

American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region

 
Tom Glaser is president of the Southeast Region of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce (AICC). In his position, he is responsible for all activities of the organization. He has led AICC since its founding in 1992.

AICC is a private, not-for-profit association focused on increasing economic development by fostering understanding, cooperation, and business relationships between Israel and the Southeastern United States. The organization is supported by more than 500 corporate, business, and individual members and Jewish federations and economic development organizations in the region and Israel.

Since its founding in 1992, AICC has been involved in completed transactions between U.S. and Israeli companies – valued at over $1 billion. These relationships have resulted in thousands of jobs and have had a powerful economic impact in the Southeastern U.S. and in Israel.

AICC targets a range of projects involving import, export, research & development, direct investment, and joint ventures. Key areas of focus include software, telecommunications, medical technologies, security, and cleantech.

Glaser is one of the Southeast’s most experienced and highly regarded leaders in the field of economic development. He has spent more than 30 years working with chamber of commerce organizations and is an expert in the areas of business development, international business and building profitable international business relationships. He also has many years experience working with U.S. and Israeli start-up companies in the areas of high-tech, biotechnology and communications.

In 2006, he assumed the additional role as Southeast representative for BIRD—the US-Israel Industrial Research & Development Foundation. For 35 years, BIRD has supported joint venture R&D projects between US and Israeli companies through a joint endowment made by the two governments and repayments from successful projects.

Glaser has strong Georgia roots. For 13 years, he was a chamber of commerce executive in Georgia, serving first as administrative vice president for the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce and later as president of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. In these positions, he led the business communities’ progressive programs in support of community development, and attracted a number of new industries, including international companies.

A native of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Glaser is a graduate of the University of Michigan. He and his wife Connie, an author and lecturer, live in the Sandy Springs area of Atlanta.
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Barbara Babbit Kaufman
CEO
BBK Consulting
 
Initially a tax accountant, Barbara Babbit Kaufman has enjoyed a highly successful career as an entrepreneur. Her initial venture as was co-founder and CFO of Turtle's Music, a music store chain that is now Blockbuster Music. While raising her children, Kaufman started or co-founded businesses including: Bubble Gum Inc., a children's clothing store; Therapy, Inc., a ladies' clothing store; and Chapter 11* The Discount Bookstore, a 13-store discount chain in Georgia. Along the way, she also was a professor of retailing at Georgia State University. The author of Attitude (Longstreet Press, 2004) and an in-demand motivational speaker, Kaufman recently founded BBK Consulting, a retail firm that advises clients about operations, financial planning and marketing.

Selected by the National Association of Women Business Owners as 2002's Woman Business Owner of the Year, Kaufman also has been named one of Georgia Trend's "100 Most Influential Georgians," as well as "one of Atlanta's defining women" by the Atlanta History Center. A member of Robinson's Board of Advisors, she was the School of Accountancy's 2001 Distinguished Alumna of the Year. Kaufman serves on the boards of Omni National Bank and MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority). She also is active in the Jewish community and has served on the boards of the American Jewish Committee, and the Marcus Jewish Community Center.
Yishai
Yishai Amir
VP and GM, Indigo and Inkjet Businesses - Americas

Hewlett Packard 

Yishai Amir is Hewlett Packard's Vice President and General Manager of Indigo and Inkjet Solutions Business in the Americas, responsible for the Indigo and Inkjet press Business in North America and Latin America countries.

Yishai received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electronics Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, and his MBA from Tel-Aviv University in Israel. Since 1995, he has held Executive Management positions at Indigo, including Director of Industrial Printing Products, Vice President of Photographic Business and the Indigo Division Director of Strategic Marketing. Yishai is married to Orit and they live in Atlanta with their 4 children.