2011 Events


FACC End-of-Year Holiday Soiree
at the Residence of the Ambassador of France 

December 6th

Click here to view and order pictures taken by Alan Schlaifer, Elite Images.

Sixty distinguished guests gathered at the Residence of the Ambassador of France for a festive and elegant evening. The Pete Muldoon jazz trio welcomed guests with the lilting melodies of famous jazz artists. Following the cocktail reception, His Excellency, Francois Delattre, welcomed guests to the French Residence, emphasizing that French-American relations have never been closer, and that the Euro zone merits American confidence and support as European leaders work to remodel the common market to meet pressing challenges and the expectations of worldwide financial markets. Marc Bouvier, Director of the FACC Board and Carla de Chassy, Executive Director of the FACC - Washington, DC thanked the Ambassador for his magnanimous hosting of the event and presented him with gifts. The menu was as pleasing to the eye as to the palette, a delicate bouquet of enticing textures, colors and flavors.

Please find the full menu description below:

Hors d'oeuvre

Espuma de chèvre frais et croquant de concombre
Fresh goat cheese espuma with cucumber crisp

Oeufs de caille poché en Meurette
Quail egg poached in red wine sauce

Mini tarte feuillettée aux poireaux et thon rouge
Mini puff pastry with leeks and tuna


Entree / Starter

Gargouillou de pieds de mouton et foie gras confit Gelée de pomme verte
Garden variety of hedgehog mushrooms and foie gras confit Green apple jelly


Plat / Entree

Filet de St Pierre poêlé en croûte de noisette et pain noir
Mousseline et beignets de potiron

Filet of John Dory in hazelnut crust with black bread
Butternut squash mousseline and fritters


Fromages / Cheese Platter

Fromages et salade de cresson sauvage (Livarot – Camembert – Tomme de Savoie)
Cheese platter and wild watercress salad (Livarot – Camembert – Tomme de Savoie)



Variation d’Automne coings caramel
Autumn quince delicacy


Thé, café et mignardises
Tea, coffee and mignardises



Beaujolais & Beyond:  A French Wine and Food Celebration

November 17 - La Maison Francaise, Embassy of France


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Click here to see the 2011 Beaujolais & Beyond Souvenir Photo Album.

U.S. Work Visa and Immigration Seminar

November 9th at The Jefferson

Jan Pederson of Pederson Immigration Law Group, Christopher Gallagher from FACC - New York and Vincent Posnic of Ubifrance presented an update of U.S. work visas for professionals, interns and trainees.   The conference was moderated by Eliot Norman of Williams Mullen<//strong><//strong>.

Click here to view Jan Pederson's presentation on the B-1, H-3, L-1 and E-1, E-2, H1-B and other non-immigrant visas.

Click here to view Christopher Gallagher's presentation on the Visitor Exchange Program and J-1 Visa for undergraduate French interns and trainees.   

Click here to view Vincent Posnic's presentation on the V.I.E. program and J-1 Visa for post-graduate French interns and trainees.


Britsh-French Cross-Channel Golf Challenge

Members and friends of the FACC and the British-American Business Association gathered for an idyllic day of golfing and networking at the River Creek Club course and club house.  See shots of our golfers below.


 Things are goin' good!


  Philippe Sanchez does it one-handed!


 Golfing with a smile.


 Better luck next time


  The Sogeti Team


 A well-earned meal - hungry golfers at lunch. 


  Examining raffle ticket numbers . . . 


 The Veolia / Execucar Team wins the 1st Prize -

 Round-trip BizSeats to Paris on OpenSkies!


 2nd Place Team prize - A magnum
 of Chevalier de Grenelle Sparkling Saumur
 and 2 champagne glasses


 3rd Place Winners - Cuvee Hortense &
 Les Genevrieres with 2 wine glasses.


 Last Place Winners and "Most Honest Players"
 Chivas Regal 12-year Whiskey with tumblers
 to drown their sorrows . . . 


 You don't have to be British or French to golf!

2011 Cross-Channel British-French Golf Challenge

FACC 3rd Annual Speed Networking Dinner

with the Alliance Francaise, British-American Business Association and Wharton Club

September 20th at Vento Modern Trattoria and Lounge

Forty members and friends of the FACC gathered for a rousing session of speed networking.

Photos are courtesy of Alain Schlaifer, Elite Images.













"Green Technologies - The Defining Opportunity for Transatlantic Cooperation"

 with Mr. Juan Verde, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce - Europe and Eurasia

 Tuesday, June 14th at the Maison Francaise, Embassy of France 



DAS Verde provided a convincing presentation on the crucial role that the clean energy economy will play in the Transatlantic commercial relationship in the coming years.  His remarks and the slide show provided sound evidence of the potential growth in green technologies and the key role of the US-EU relationship in developing clean energy standards, technology and distribution. Guests of the conference walked away feeling convinced that environmentally-friendly energy is the wave of the future.

"Disruptive Technologies that Change the Way you Work"

Tuesday, May 31st at The Jefferson 

Erik Van Ommeren, Manager of the US branch of the Sogeti International Research Institute for New Technology, ViNT (Vision, Inspiration, Navigation, Trends), provided us with a clear, business-level overview of what's going on in the information technology space.  Erik covered social media and collaboration, mobile devices, big data, and the cloud as well as the evolution from information technology to business technology and the paradigm shift with regards to the funding sources and timeline for innovation.  Erik’s presentation opened the door to a world heretofore opaque to many of us, transforming out-of-reach and  intimidating technologies into accessible, useful and even friendly tools. Click here to see coverage of the event by Lisa Nirell, Chief Energy Officer with Energize Growth LLC and blogger with FastCompany magazine.













"Bridging the Culture Divide:  Empowering Intercultural Teams"

Friday, May 20th at the Embassy of France

Gilles Asselin and Ruth Mastron of SoCoCo Intercultural were joined by Agnes Mourge-Molines of Constellation Energy to facilitate a lively workshop on unearthing and understanding intercultural differences in order to brainstorm bridging strategies for the workplace. 











"Doing Business with Uncle Sam:  Opportunities and Pitfalls in Federal Contracting"

Thursday, April 28th in the offices of Williams Mullen

Tony Anikeeff, Partner with the International Practice of Williams Mullen, provided guests with an overview of the inner workings of the Federal contracting system.  Interlaced with real anecdotes and illustrative examples, Tony's presentation covered the main differences between public sector and private sector contracting, chasing the deal, negotiating and closing the deal, performing and enforcing the deal, and navigating unexpected, but typical, obstacles along the way.  Guests enjoyed a networking breakfast in the conference room with views of Tysons and beyond from the 11th floor.

Andre Coudret spoke about his experience with public sector contracting on behalf of Freyssinet.

Eliot Norman, Partner with Williams Mullen International Practice, hosted the seminar.

 Participants in the seminar.

"The Tax Nightmare of Foreign Nationals in the United States"

Monday, April 4th at The Jefferson in Washington, DC

Dale Mason, International Tax Director with The Wolf Group provided guests with an eye-opening look into the workings of the IRS with regards to income and assets held by foreign nationals living in the United States.  Peppered with humoristic cartoons and ample Q&A, Dale covered in depth worldwide income tax reporting, the FBAR form, the Exit Tax and U.S. tax traps and planning opportunities.  Guests enjoyed a networking reception in Plume Bar prior to the event.















"The Transformation of NATO:  Perspectives for the Transatlantic Defense Industry"

Wednesday, March 23rd  at the US Chamber of Commerce

General Stephane Abrial, Supreme Allied Comnmander Transformation


Welcome by Peter Rashish, VP Europe & Eurasia, UC Chamber of Commerce

 Welcome by Jean-Marc Gaultier, President of the FACC - Washington, DC


Introduction by Admiral David Oliver, COO, EADS North America 





Click here to read General Abrial's speech.
Click here to see coverage of the event on the NATO website.

Click here to see event photos by Alan Schlaifer, Elite Images.  

Thank you to EADS North America for sponsoring this event.

Thank you to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for sponsoring the venue.

Thank you to EABC, NVTC, SACC, and the Wharton Club for promoting this event.

Family Fun Night at the Wizards vs. Spurs Game

Saturday, February 12th

Verizon Center, Washington, DC

FACC members, family and friends met at the Verizon Center for an exciting game to cheer on French players Kevin Seraphin of the Washington Wizards and Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs. 

Alexandre Cournol (left) of the UFE organized an autograph and photo session with Kevin Seraphin (right) after the match. 


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FACC Seminar with Julia Gaspar-Bates:  (Ame)"Ricains" & "Frogs" - Overcoming Cultural Bias to Work Together Effectively
Tuesday, January 25th

Restaurant "La Cote d'Or" in Arlington

This event was sponsored by OpenSkies

Julia Gaspar-Bates, professional intercultural coach and consultant with Intercultural Alliances, provided us with a thorough overview of the differences between the French and American cultures and how this impacts relations and productivity in the workplace. 


The evening began with a cocktail reception and ice breaker, followed by an interactive seminar with critical incidences and topped off with French dinner and dessert by chef and owner Raymond Campet of La Cote d'Or Restaurant. 










Clement Doin, Mondeca wins 2 round-trip BizSeats to Paris on OpenSkies!





FACC New Year Dinner
Monday, January 10th
The Jefferson in Washington DC

FACC members from teh Washington, DC Chapter gathered for a delectable dinner at The Jefferson

The King's table is set.

Our President, Jean-Marc Gaultier welcomes members.

Jefferson Managing Director Franck Arnold welcomes us to the property.

Heather and Flavien win the raffle prize:  a one-night stay in a deluxe suite at The Jefferson!









It was a memorable evening for all

October 11th at River Creek Club

November 17th at La Maison Francaise, Embassy of France

Over 600 guests gathered at the Maison Francaise for the uncorking of this year's Beaujolais Nouveau.


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Click here to order wine from the event with Ace Beverage








Click here to see the 2011 Beaujolais & Beyond Souvenir Photo Album.

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