American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region
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May 12, 2011
From The Leadership
Tom Glaser, President Charlie Harrison,
Chairman of the Board


At this time of year, holidays and events abound.  In addition to Passover, Yom HaShoah, and the Israeli Memorial and Independence days, we have had two significant business exchange matchmaker events, the most recent of which was the Southeast-Israel Energy Technology Business Exchange (article below) that brought 13 Israeli companies to Atlanta for meetings with GE and regional utilities.  These will be followed later this month with our Southeast Life Science Delegation to Israel in conjunction with ILSI Biomed

And as soon as May is over, we celebrate the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast-Israel economic relationship at the Eagle Star Awards Gala.  We have put together an outstanding program with great speakers and awardees.  The finalists for the company awards are of a very high caliber (for details, scroll down), and you won’t want to miss our community flagship event on June 6th.

Upcoming Calendar Events (click on event for details)
5/18/2011 7:30 AM Medical Committee Meeting
5/22/2011 – 5/26/2011 Life Science Delegation to Israel
5/25/2011 8:00 AM Communications Committee meeting
5/30/2011 12:00 AM Memorial Day – Office Closed
6/1/2011 8:00 AM CleanTech Committee Meeting
6/6/2011 6:00 PM 10th Annual Eagle Star Awards Gala
6/8/2011 – 6/9/2011 Shavuot – Office Closed
6/16/2011 7:45 AM Professional Committee meeting
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Finalists Selected for Israeli Company of the Year and Deal of the Year
Winners to be Announced at June 6th Eagle Star Awards Gala

Excitement is building as finalists have been named for Israeli Company of the Year and Deal of the Year for the 10th annual Eagle Star Awards Gala, AICC’s community flagship event that honors the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast-Israel business relationship.  The June 6th event will be hosted by SunTrust Banks at its headquarters in downtown Atlanta.

Three companies, Alpha Omega, ooVoo, and Verint Systems, will compete for the Israeli Company of the Year award.  Three transactions, cVidya Networks / Commnet Wireless, Opgal / Vumii, and ion247 / FST21, will compete for Deal of the Year.  An outstanding panel of judges has been assembled to analyze and select the winners: Chris Clark, President & CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce; Barbara Babbit Kaufman, CEO of BBK Consulting; and Michael Kogon, CEO of Definition 6.

Israeli Company of the Year Finalists

  • Alpha Omega: Nazareth Illit-based company with its US headquarters in Atlanta develops, manufactures and markets microelectrode recording and stimulation devices for neurosurgery and neuroscience.  Their products can be found in the best hospitals, universities, and research institutes around the world based on superior technology, service, and personal attention through a global professional sales and support team and network of worldwide partners.  For the past 4 years, achieved profitability with a CAGR of more than 15%, with employment growth in US office since it was established in 2002, and with 28 employees worldwide.  Competes in the same markets as many large companies such as Medtronic and St. Jude.
  • ooVoo: Ness Ziona-based company, with its business headquarters in New York and operations center in Atlanta, offers the only cloud-based communication service that delivers high quality video chat across every platform, and gives consumers and businesses an affordable way to communicate anywhere, anytime.  Now the second largest video calling service worldwide with more than 24 million registered users and projected growth to 100 million users by 2013.  Currently has 100 employees worldwide, and expects to hire 30 new workers in Israel and several in the Atlanta center.  Continuously supports the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce by helping facilitate video-conference in chamber events and meetings to bring together Israelis and members throughout the Southeast.
  • Verint Systems: Tel Aviv-based company is a global leader in software solutions that capture and analyze complex, underused information sources to power more informed, timely, and effective business decisions.  More than 10,000 organizations in 150 countries use Verint solutions to improve enterprise performance and make the world a safer place.  With 2,800 employees and offices worldwide, nearly 1/3 are dedicated to R&D, and have produced over 500 patents and applications.  Verint established itself in Georgia through the 2007 acquisition of Witness Systems for over $950 million, and now has 300 employees, having recently increased its staff in Atlanta by 10%.  Over the past five years, revenue grew significantly from approximately $279 million to nearly $704 million, with operating margins in excess of 20%.
Deal of the Year Finalists
  • cVidya Networks / Commnet Wireless: cVidya, a Herzliya-based software solutions company, was chosen to provide and implement a revenue assurance system by Atlanta-based Commnet Wireless, a subsidiary of Atlantic Tele-Network which provides cellular and wireline services to under-served markets in North America and the Caribbean.  This enterprise wide deal will enable cVidya’s product to be used at multiple locations across the US, and Commnet will see significant savings based on their new ability to identify quantifiable revenue leakages across revenue streams.  Commnet is cVidya’s first Georgia-based customer, and the deal will help to build a base of clients in the Southeast.
  • Opgal / Vumii: Karmiel-based Opgal is a manufacturer and supplier of enhanced imaging cameras, thermal imaging core engines, and custom made solutions for the defense, security, aviation, and gas leak detection industries.  Atlanta-based Vumii develops and markets details in zero light at ranges out to and beyond 4000 meters.  Opgal acquired Vumii in 2010 to expand its security products business unit and enter the US market.  In addition to adding US geography to Opgal, Vumii adds new product categories and access to certain international markets previously not addressable by Opgal.  The combined entity has about 150 employees with expected job growth in both Atlanta and Israel.
  • Ion247 / FST 21: Birmingham-based Ion247 is a security solutions provider that delivers remote video guarding, remote access control, and security system integration services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for homes, businesses and communities.  Rishon Lezion-based FST21 has developed SafeRise®, an intelligent controlled solution utilizing biometrics that revolutionizes the way people enter buildings by providing easy, automated and convenient access for residents and guests while maintaining the highest level of security.  Ion247 has installed four SafeRise systems in the last several months including the first in the Southeast at Birmingham’s Faush Metropolitan Manor.  Ion247 is positioning Birmingham and the rest of the Southeast as the hub of this new technology and service.

The Chamber will also recognize the late Jerry Zucker (The InterTech Group) with the Chamber Founders Award and the Technology Association of Georgia with the Community Partner Award. SunTrust Banks’ CEO Bill Rogers will be the host speaker for the event. Tel Aviv Stock Exchange CEO Ester Levanon will be the Israeli keynote speaker, and CNN host Nadia Bilchik will be the Emcee. The event website,, features all the event details including online ticket purchasing.

In addition to SunTrust as Host, sponsors to date include Delta Air Lines and DeutscheBank Alex.Brown (Gold Sponsors); Atlanta Jewish Times and AM1690 / Newstalk 1160 (Media Sponsors); Sutherland, The Coca-Cola Company, and Grant Thornton (Silver Sponsors); BDO, Verint Systems, Smith Gambrell & Russell, Given Imaging, Ballard Spahr, Habif Arogeti & Wynne, Fish & Richardson, WebTech, McGriff Seibels & Williams, Jones Day, Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell, and Consulate General of Israel (Bronze Sponsors); Veritas Venture Partners, CresaPartners, SRI Travel, Nelson Mullins, Integro Insurance Brokers, Dale M. Schwartz & Associates, Israel Economic Mission to the Southern Region, Mark Black Promotions, and Baran Americas (Patron Sponsors).

Israeli Energy Companies Pitch Offerings in Atlanta
Southeast-Israel Energy Technology Business Exchange Produces Ideas and Meetings
Israeli companies meet utility executives Utilities panel shares perspectives

Thirteen Israeli companies converged on Atlanta, May 2-3, for the Southeast-Israel Energy Technology Business Exchange.  Hosted by GE Energy at their new SmartGrid Center, the event provided an unparalleled opportunity for them to learn about the US market and explore partnerships with GE executives from around the country as well as utilities in the Southeast.

Organized by the Cleantech Committee of the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region, the business exchange was first proposed to General Electric during the September 2009 Atlanta visit of then-Minister of Industry Trade & Labor Benjamin Ben-Eliezer, and a year later by Minister of National Infrastructures Uzi Landau.  Working closely with the Israel Economic Mission and with the support of the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast, the Chamber coordinated closely with a GE team tasked with organizing the project and recruiting the most relevant Israeli companies.

A highlight of the exchange was the panel of executives from prominent Southeast utility companies recruited by Ben Taube (SEEA), chairman of the Chamber’s Cleantech Committee.  Participating were Duke Energy, AGL Resources, TVA, Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, and ECG.   Following their presentations, these executives met with the Israeli companies to learn more about their technologies.  The next day, the Israeli companies presented to GE and had one-on-one meetings with their executives and teams who had come to Atlanta specifically to learn about the Israeli technologies.

“Thank you all for the hospitality and for the well organized and beneficial event.  Looking forward to exploring more business opportunities in your area,” said David Almagor, CEO of Panoramic Power, one of the participating Israeli companies that also included CES, GreenLet, Gnrgy, GridOn, Kinrot Ventures (presenting 2 portfolio companies), LnCon, Menolinx, MTR, Peak Dynamics, PowerSines, and TIGI.

“We are very grateful to GE Energy for their leadership and support of the business exchange and to our volunteer facilitators and other sponsors who helped make this event so successful,” said Taube.  In addition to the Israel Economic Mission and Consulate General, sponsors included Hall, Booth, Smith & Slover, American-Israel Educational Institute, SEEA, Green Chamber of the South, TAG Smart Grid, Israel-America Chamber of Commerce, BIRD Foundation, Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, and Israel NEWTech.

Cheri Levitan Joins American-Israel Chamber of Commerce Professional Staff
Corporate / Agency Executive Named VP Trade & Development

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, SE Region has named Cheri Levitan its Vice President of Trade & Development.  In this new position, she will lead the organization’s new outreach initiatives to corporations and philanthropy as well as educational and matchmaker programs that stimulate trade and investment between Southeast and Israeli companies.

Levitan comes to the Chamber with an impressive professional background from the corporate, entrepreneurial, and Jewish communal sectors.  She served IBM for 8 years in sales, systems engineering, and training positions followed by 11 years as co-founder of EduCore, Inc., a consulting, course development, and training firm.  Subsequently, she was executive director of Tribe 360, an agency of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, and most recently, was Director of Jewish Life & Learning at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta where she led acclaimed programs including the Atlanta Jewish Book Festival.

In the community, Levitan achieved an impressive leadership record.  She served on the boards of trustees for the Epstein School, the Weber School, and Center for Jewish Education and Experiences where she was also president.  From 2003-2005, she served as president of the board of Congregation B’nai Torah.  She earned her BA in Psychology from Smith College, MA in Jewish Studies from Siegel College, and did additional graduate studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary.  Her family lived in Israel during her youth, and she is a fluent Hebrew speaker.

“In Cheri, we have found a seasoned executive who is equally at home in the business and Jewish / Israeli world — a perfect combination for our organization.  She has the business acumen, vision, strategic thinking, communication skills, understanding of the volunteer relationship, and fundraising and development background that are sure to propel our Chamber to the next level of effectiveness as the leading organization of our kind in North America,” said AICC president Tom Glaser.

Levitan begins her work with the Chamber on June 1, 2011.  She will work closely with Guy Tessler, with AICC for four years, who assumes the new title of Vice President of Business & Technology.

Scopus Security Chooses Charleston for US Hub
Tel Aviv-based Scopus Security Solutions has designated Charleston, South Carolina as the location for its client relations and business development activities in the United States.  A global leader in security services, consultation and counter-terrorism training, Scopus Solutions works with corporations, municipalities and the aviation industry on security infrastructure, state of the art counter-terrorism training, and business continuity programs.  The Charleston International Airport has been a client since 2002 when security and training needs for all organizations took a major shift after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. 

Scopus is led by CEO Gal Nir, highly trained in counter-terrorism and corporate management at the highest levels after over a decade at Intel where he held several key roles including leader of Global Risk Assessment programs.  He served in the Israeli Secret Service, attained the rank of Major in the Israeli Defense Forces, Commander of Chief of Staff, Security Unit for the Army Reserve, and Security Manager at Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv.

The company also works with city and municipal leaders in the development of a “SafeCity” – a concept to create safe urban areas that provide better social and economic environments by preparing for both natural and man-made disasters.  The key to the concept is to engage and empower the community to work as a unit to deter threat while being responsive to emergency.

Scopus Security Solutions’ International Board of Advisors includes two prominent leaders in Charleston.  Arnold S. Goodstein is a former South Carolina Representative and Senator as well as Commissioner for the First District of the Department of Transportation.  Sam Hoerter is the former Director of Airports for the Charleston Aviation Authority and Charleston International Airport.

“We’re thrilled that Scopus has chosen Charleston for its US hub.  This is a great example of the South Carolina-Israel Collaboration that we’ve organized which has Homeland Security as one of 6 key clusters,” said AICC President Tom Glaser.

Israeli Companies Contacting Us
Alternative Energy – Beer Sheva-based developer of a patented technology which splits hydrogen out of water molecules by utilizing radio waves, and captures this energy in a perfect energy storage carrier.  Provides practical, always available alternative energy for homes and businesses.  Based on 10 years research and with access to BGU’s Sami Shamoon Engineering College.  Seeking investment to complete prototype and strategic partner for manufacturing and distribution in the US. 

Instrument Marketplace – Tel Aviv-based company was formed around the need of musicians to hear a musical instrument before they buy it.  Creates a social platform where people can buy and sell musical gear with an emphasis on auditory information.  Users have the ability to upload sound samples, images and structured description of their musical gear.  Also enables users to share their gear across the web and provides a high quality player that one can use on his own website or on other platforms to increase his sales or to brag about his sound.  Seeking introduction to guitar and guitar-related gear companies, musical instrument companies, and music publications.

Demographic Analytics – Hod Hasharon-based developer of an analytics solution designed to accurately measure and determine demographic trends with uses in retail advertising, commercial real estate, and the security sectors.  Shopping centers can receive real-time data about their visitors including area of residence, time spent, average attendance, and socio-economic standing.  Government agencies or local police can get real time information on population centers during a security incident or earthquake.  Seeking introduction to retailers, law enforcement, large commercial real estate, marketers, and government.

Medication Management – Israel-based healthcare software technology and applications provider enhances electronic medical records with consumer generated, patient-centric interactive and networked information focused on medicines’ effects.  Provides infrastructure for understanding the real-world effects of prescription medications, allowing patients and care givers to best manage their medical condition.  Already has applications in Epilepsy and Multiple Sclerosis.  Seeking introductions to hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, healthcare websites, and pharmacies.

Economic News From Israel
Economic News from Israel 

  • Primus Green Energy, a subsidiary of Israel Corporation, has a letter of intent from Franklin, Tennessee-based Eco Energy Inc. which currently handles 20% of US ethanol and biodiesel commerce.  The company has developed a process to convert agricultural biomass into standard automotive fuels at a competitive production cost compared with the price of oil, and the agricultural residues do not compete with food crops.
  • US-based wireless communications company Broadcom is acquiring Tel Aviv-based security software developer SC Square for $41.9 million.  This is Broadcom’s 9th acquisition in Israel and 4th since October 2010, and they now have hundreds of Israeli employees in 8 centers around the country.
  • Tel Aviv-based CliniWorks received the Judge’s Prize in this year’s BIO-IT World Best Practices Awards competition.  Their technologies enable pharma companies to increase speed of productivity in the clinical drug development field, and they participated in the recent US-Israel Health IT Business Exchange in Atlanta last month.
  • US-based Getty Images has acquired Herzliya-based PicScout for $20 million.  Their technology identifies the digital fingerprint of images appearing online, even if they have been blurred or edited.
  • Teva Pharmaceutical Industries has acquired US-based Cephalon for $6.8 billion.  The transaction serves Teva’s long-term strategy of developing its branded and specialty pharmaceuticals business through diversification and expansion of the company’s product portfolio and pipeline.
  • Israel’s private equity transactions totaled $216 million in11 deals in the first quarter of 2011, 68% less than the $979 million in 19 deals in the corresponding quarter of 2010 and 78% less than the $826 million and 17 deals in the preceding quarter, according to the IVC Research Center.
  • Israel’s unemployment rate fell again in February to 6% from 6.1% in January, close to the all time low of 5.9% reached in mid-2008.  There were 192,000 unemployed in February according to the Central Bureau of Statistics.
  • Israel’s growth rate in the first quarter of 2011 is estimated to be 5.6% in GDP.  Exported goods (excluding diamonds) totaled $4.3 billion in March, and the trade deficit was $1.6 billion.
  • Israel’s population at its 63rd Independence Day reached 7,746,000, up from 806,000 in 1948.  In the past year, the population rose by 2% or 155,000 people.

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2011 Eagle Star Company Awards Finalists
(Click on logos for description)

Israeli Company of the Year
Deal of the Year

Company Awards Judges

CClark BBK mk
Chris Clark
President & CEO
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Barbara Babbit Kaufman
BBK Consulting
Michel Kogon
Definition 6

Dietary Laws Observed

Chamber Founders Award
Host  Speaker
Israeli  Keynote  Speaker
Community Partner Award
Ester Levanon
Jerry Zucker z”l
(1949 – 2008)

Founder & Former CEO
The InterTech Group
Nadia Bilchik
Greater Impact Communications
Bill Rogers
SunTrust Banks, Inc.
Ester Levanon
Tel Aviv Stock Exchange




Integro Insurance Brokers — CresaPartners — Veritas Venture Partners — Nelson Mullins

Baran Americas – Israel Economic Mission — Mark Black Promotions

Dale M. Schwartz & Associates
– McGriff, Seibels & Williams

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