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President's Letter

Rhett D. Workman

Rhett D. Workman
British American Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Dear BABC Members and Friends,

Happy New Year! As we say in my trade, I hope 2017 is off to a flying start. I am pleased to report the BABC ended both the old and started the new calendar years by giving back to the community. Our Annual Holiday Luncheon raised funds for the Bicentennial Bell Park restoration, and on Martin Luther King Day our Young Professionals Group hosted a service project at Kingsessing Community Center in West Philadelphia. Community connections are very important to us. We are part of a vibrant, City culture, and enjoy working with people from all sectors to enhance our ties and make valuable contributions locally and abroad.

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Winter 2017

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Club Level Feature

Pepper Hamilton LLP — A Commitment to Diversity

Pepper Hamilton LLP, a multipractice law firm with more than 450 lawyers nationally, provides corporate, litigation and regulatory legal services to leading businesses, governmental entities, nonprofit organizations and individuals throughout the nation and the world. Its diverse group of lawyers includes women, attorneys of color, members of the LGBT community and their allies, and attorneys with disabilities.

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Sixth Annual NJ Networking Event & Dinner »

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The British Chip Shop

Uber and Out — What Happens After Start Up? »

Thursday, April 27, 2017 | 6:00 – 8:00 pm

The Trestle Inn, Philadelphia

2017 BABC Transatlantic Conference »

Wednesday- Thursday, May 10-11, 2017

Chicago, IL

International Soccer Night »

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 | 5:00 – 10:00 pm

Talen Energy Stadium, Chester, PA



Brexit: Bridging the Gap »

Once More Unto the Breach – Cybersecurity Trends & Initiatives »

Life Sciences Forum »

BABC Annual Holiday Luncheon »

BABC Young Professionals Group Service Project »



Paul McConnell: The Power of Education and Economic Development

By: Alicia Talucci, BABC Coordinator

Paul McConnell is proof of the American Dream. The year is 1974, and Paul is graduating from the University of Delaware. Paul and his brother had just started their business McConnell Brothers Inc. Prior to officially starting their business, the brothers worked together in construction to make money. Upon graduation, they had enough funds to buy their first property, fix it up, and sell it. Then they bought two more. Within the first five years of working together, they had renovated more than 100 homes. Since then, Paul has continuously developed properties, and his development projects now total more than five million square feet.

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The BABC of Greater Philadelphia is pleased to formally announce and welcome our newest members.

Individual Members:

James William Riner
Kathy Wyrofsky

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The Holidays… Let’s face it, they have come and gone, and it is now January. Shall we compare and contrast? Despite the some similarities between the US and UK during the holidays such as gift exchange, Christmas music, and the always highly anticipated Starbucks Holiday Cup, there are many differences that may surprise you between the two cultures. For example, the Language: “Merry Christmas” versus “Happy Christmas” and “Santa Claus” versus “Father Christmas.” The Food: ham or roast beef in the US versus turkey in the UK, and pecan pie or fruit cake versus Christmas pudding or mince pie.

Essential to the UK Christmas tradition, Christmas Crackers are virtually unheard of in the US. Christmas Crackers are a small cardboard container wrapped in bright paper that cracks when you pull them apart. Inside are goodies such as a paper crown, a joke or proverb, and a small toy. Perhaps you have enjoyed the Christmas Crackers we distribute at our Annual Holiday Lunch. These are just a few of the many traditions that vary from culture to culture. Please share any other US vs. UK holiday traditions you’ve experienced.

The first two people to submit their response to will receive one complimentary ticket to our NJ Networking Dinner.


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