01/13/2017 - BACoS 2017 New Year's Reception
On Friday, January 13th we had the pleasure to celebrate 2017 at the Lawyers Club of Atlanta along with delicious drinks and hors d'oeuvres. Thank you to those who joined us for this great night of celebration and networking in this elegant venue. Anton Mertens, our BACoS President, confirmed the re-opening of the direct flight between Atlanta and Brussels and what to expect in the Belgian American Business Community in 2017. We also had the honor to welcome our Belgian Consul General, William De Baets, and his wife.
10/26/2016 - Lhoist Presentation and Abbey of the Holy Goats Brewery Tour
What a great night of learning about Lhoist business in the USA and networking we had at the Abbey of Holy Goats, while tasting delicious Belgian-style beers. A special thank you to Tanguy Triest, for his very informative presentation about the lime business for Lhoist, a 100% family owned business, and to the Abbey of Holy Goats for hosting this event. The Abbey of Holy Goats is a small-scale craft brewery in Roswell, Georgia, owned by Kathy Davis.
12/19/2014 - BACoS Holiday Cocktail Party
The Lawyers Club of Atlanta was the ideal location for the BACoS Holiday Cocktail Party. While enjoying the best view over downtown Atlanta, we had the opportunity to spend evening with delicious drinks, tasteful food and great company. BACoS president, Anton Mertens was happy to announce the new BACoS Boardmember, Nicolas Gevaert of the Balta Group and provided a sneak-peak of what to expect from the BELGIAN AMERICAN Chamber of the South in 2015.
11/20/2014 - Inside the World on Wheels
The Belgian native WOW Motorcycles owner, Guido Adriaenssens, presented a businesscase on how he got started and expanded his business over the course of 20 years to become the important player of the worldwide trade for the powersports industry he is today. Besides getting a look onto the 600 motorcycles that are in the store today,Guido also let us view his personal collection of one of a kind bikes.
09/25/2014 - Behind the Scenes at TomorrowWorld
Under one the last summer evening skies, Bruno of the TomorrowLand Management Team spoke about the history and the international expansion of TomorrowLand. This introduction was followed by a tour of this year’s stages and décor on fields of the Bouckaert farm. At last, we all enjoyed the sounds of TomorrowWorld at “the Gathering” and got a taste of the experience.
06/20/2014 - Breakfast Briefing - Invest in Belgium
Keynote speaker Marc Van Gastel Head of Department Invest at Flanders Investment and Trade presented the audience with more detailed information on why Belgium is a great choice for American companies to invest in. He discussed the opportunities to expand investment and trade and elaborated on the key success factors that made this region the European home of numerous US companies. Wim Van Cauteren, Investment & Trade Commissioner for the South of the United States, ended the event by going more in depth about the recent developments in US corporate investments.
04/17/2014 - Meet Eddy Merckx Bicycles in Atlanta
The Consul General of Belgium, Geneviève Verbeek, started the evening off by awarding the promising junior cyclist, Tomas Petit, an EMX-525 racing bike. Next took Peter VanHam, General Manager of Eddy Merckx Bicycles USA, the stage. He unfolded his presentation: Eddy Merck, The Bicycle Legend. He reflected on Eddy's career as a professional cyclist and as creator of his own line of racing bikes.
Those who were unable to join, can read a recap of the evening in an Global Atlanta article by publisher Phil Bolton: Belgian's Cycling Icon's Career Sparks Memories, Continues to Inspire
03/19/2014 - 'Belgian Lingerie in the US' with CEO Lode van Laere
CEO Lode van Laere kicked off the evening with an interesting business case about the history of the Intimacy Bra Fit Stylists and an insider’s view in the lingerie market.
For the attending women however the extra cherry on top were the personal fitting sessions with the professional bra fit stylists.
01/23/2014 - 2014 Economic Outlook with Dr. Rajeev Dhawan
With a zeste of humour, our international speaker Dr. Rajeev Dhawan, presented his vision not only for 2014 but also for the years to come. His presentation was based on 6 crucial questions which he answered through the course of the evening.
12/17/13 - Year End Reception
We wrapped up 2013 definitely on a 'high' note.
A no-speech event where our guests mingled and enjoyed yummy food and tasty - free! - Belgian beers in a relaxing and comfortable setting. They were welcomed by stunning views of Atlanta from the 38th floor of The Lawyers Club of Atlanta. Our Belgian Consul General, Mrs. Genevieve Verbeek as well as Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, our Investment & Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade(FIT) were in attendance. And many had the chance to meet our January speaker: Mr. Rajeev Dhawan, Director and Professor at the Economic Forecasting Center of Georgia State University. View our photo album.
11/21/13 - 'Invest in Georgia' with Georgia Economic Development
Nico Wijnberg & Mary Ellen McClanahan explained the support the State of Georgia offers to investors in Georgia.
Our guests had also the opportunity to meet our Belgian Consul General, Mrs. Genevieve Verbeek as well as Mr. Wim Van Cauteren, our Investment & Trade Commissioner at Flanders Investment & Trade(FIT) and Mrs. Djazia Filoso representing the Wallonia Foreign Trade and Investment Agency (AWEX).
9/19/2013 - Launch Event
A great launch event was held at the offices of Burr & Forman in Atlantic Station on Thursday September 19th.
Over 80 people joined us to celebrate the launch of the NEW BELGIAN AMERICAN Chamber of the South. A resounding success! View our photo album.
A big thank you to all of you!
03/23/2017 - 1st Speed Business Meetings
03/23/2017 - Luncheon featuring the Honorable Pieter De Crem, Secretary of State for Foreign Trade of Belgium, former Minister of Defense of Belgium
06/14/2017 - Luncheon at the Commerce Club "Belgium – EU – U.S.: Business and Politics" featuring His Excellency, Ambassador Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium to the U.S., in partnership with the World Affairs Council and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of Belgium
05/17/2017 - Business Seminar on Immigration : Hot Topics under the Trump's Administration with AGG
05/03/2017 - Lecture “Belgium and the United States in an increasingly competitive world: turning points in economic history since 1945” by Kurt Guldentops, Ph.D. Candidate in History at the UCLA
05/01/2017 - 14th Women's Series - Mentoring Discussion with Solvay Specialty Polymers Senior VP, Maria-Gallahue Worl