Ms. Derya Taskin, Mr. Gary Melchano, Ms.Jan Northrop
Mr.Gary J. Melchiano (Director of Division of Economic Development), Ms. Sevil Ozisik(President of TACCI) Ms.Derya Taskin (President of Derya Staffing), Mr.Yavuz Ozutku (Commercial Attaché Consulate General Republic of Turkey), Ms.Jan Northrop (Director, City of Paterson Urban Enterprise Zone), Mr.James A.M Dykes II (President of Greater Paterson Chamber of Commerce),
Mr. Osman Sarac greeting the guest and making a small presentation about the Istanbul Gold Exchange
Sevil Ozisik-TACCI President, Erhan Atay,TABA Board Member, Basar Sen, Deputy Consul General, Fidan Ozyurt,Turk of America Magazin Ali Cinar, ATAA Northeast VP
November 19:MARK MEIROWITZ AND DOMENICO LEPORE SEMINAR
"Negotiating Business Contracts - The Future of the Organization" seminar was held by Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry (TACCI), on November 19th at the Turkish Center. The event kicked off at 6 pm with approximately 40 guests who had the chance to mingle and do networking enjoying the delicious treats, complimentary from Ali Baba Turkish Cuisine, a member of TACCI.
After the networking session, both speakers of the night were introduced by the President of TACCI, Ms. Sevil Ozisik.
Dr. Domenico Lepore, who is also the author of "Deming and Goldratt: The Decalogue with Oded Cohen", started his speech about "Translating Knowledge Into Action: the constraint to growth". He talked about the three faculties of the intellect: intuition, development and execution. He also talked about his past experiences in business world, the importance of sustainability and interactivity in reaching the goals set by all kinds of business entities.
Mr. Lepore's session was followed by the Q & A's.
After Mr. Lepore, it was time for Mr. Mark Meirowitz, an attorney at law and a Premium TACCI Member, who is also a "celebrity" for the Turkish community.
He started his speech in Turkish and joked about how difficult Turkish language can get, since the order of the sentence is reverse most of the time, when compared to English. With thanks to the attendees and organizators of the event, Mark started his speech about the legal issues in business world. Supported by the hand-outs, he spoke about the essentials in business contracts and negotiations. He also mentioned the most often mistakes in business contracts and gave tips on avoiding the risk. Mark's speech included a lot of interaction with the attendees and ended with a Q & A session.
Both Mr. Meirowitz's and Mr. Lepore's speeches were followed by high involvement from the audience.
Our guests had a chance to do networking before and after the seminar.
Commercial attachés of the Turkish Consulate, Mr. Yavuz Ozutku and Mr. Ahmet Canli also attended our event. (Left)
Mr. Mark Meirowitz
Mr.Mark Lepore and Ms. Angela Montgomery, talking to our new board member Mr. Celal Secilmis and Ms. Sevil Ozisik.
Mr. Mark Meirowitz during his interactive speech.
Mr. Burak Alpaslan, Ms.Martha Soffer,Mr. Ayhan Ogmen and Mr. Mark Meirowitz.
At the beginning of the seminar Ms.Sevil Ozisik introduced the speakers.
Mr. Lepore during his speech.
Mr. Ahmet Neidik, Ms. Sevil Ozisik, Mr. Ozutku and Mr. Canli
Ms. Sevil Ozisik and Ms. Kristin Myers introduced all the guests.
Mr. Philip Berry gave a speech about the “Four Qualities of Leadership”.
Mr. Neil Orzeck, Pasabahce-Sisecam USA
Ms. Sevil Ozisik and Mr. Mert Goker, ATA Freight
Mr. Mehmet Yorukoglu and Ms. Lillian Lai
Ms. Nur Ercan Magden, The Marmara Manhattan Hotel
Our guests enjoyed the view of The Marmara Manhattan Hotel
September 17 : IFTAR DINNER
Sevil Ozisik, TACCI President
Mehmet Ali Erdem, Turkish Consulate General, Office of the Commercial Attache
May 28 : TACCI Hosts ITO President Murat Yalcintas
Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry hosted ITO (Istanbul Ticaret Odasi) President Mr. Murat Yalçıntaş in Docks Oyster Bar & Seafood Grill.
Mr. Yalçıntaş visited New York for the 28th Annual Conference. After the conference Mr. Murat Yalçıntaş had lunch with the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry members, board of Directors and president Ms. Sevil Ozisik.
During the lunch Mr. Yalçıntaş talked about the global crisis effecting Turkey and how they will over come these difficult times.
He also stated that “after this crisis is over Turkey will be the country who will rise and recover fast while other countries most likely struggle to get their economy back the way it was”.
Ms. Sevil Ozisik gave a speech on how TACCI progressed over the last year and what the chamber have accomplished. Also Ms. Ozisik discussed what Turkish American Chamber of Commerce’s goals for the future.
Mr. Yalçıntaş was impressed by the accomplishments that TACCI have done over these short years. Mr. Yalçıntaş said “I am very sure that TACCI will achieve these goals and help increase the trade a lot more between Turkey and USA”.
At the end of the lunch Mr. Murat Yalçıntaş congratulates the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Mrs. Sevil Özıșık for bringing Turkish and American firms together to increase trade and investment between Turkey and USA.
May 20 : TACCI MCC Succesfully Hosts Renewable Energy
The Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce successfully hosted the Renewable Energy Conference Event today, the 20th of May at the Levin Institute in New York City. The event began early in the morning as guests, companies and speakers found the chance to socialize and network over continental breakfast, coffee and Turkish pastries. The attendees were kindly invited to take their seats in the conference room, and the symposium began at 8:30 am.
Ms. Nancy Ploeger, the president of the Manhattan Chamber, started the conference by introducing the chambers and informing the attendees of the partnership between TACCI and MCC for this event. Ms. Sevil Ozisik delivered a speech, thanking all attendees and companies for joining the chambers at this conference. Ms. Sevil Ozisik then introduced the Hon. Counsel Ms. Pinar Senturk Sevi from the Turkish Consulate Generale in New York, who gave specific information about the importance and improvements of renewable energy in Turkey.
Ms. Ploeger introduced Ms. Gunduz from the MCC, who remained as the MC for the rest of the conference. Ms. Gunduz gave the floor to Mr. Brett Weinberg from AMEX, who spoke of potential foreign exchange trading opportunities between the United States and Turkey.
US Representative from the Turkish Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges, Ms. Duden Yegenoglu, gave information about the companies that make up the core of the Union and green energy opportunities in Turkey.
The other speakers were from Orrizonte Development, Con Edison, Rubicon Cleantech, AWSTruewind and Proje Enerji From Turkey.
Nancy Ploeger, MCC president
Sevil Özişik, TACCI president
Brett Trainor, Amex
Ally Gunduz, MCC
Pinar Şentürk Sevi, Consul, NY Consulate General of Turkey
Duden Yeğenoğlu, TOBB US Representative
Mehmet Bayraktar, Orrizonte Development
Denise Nelson, Con Edison
Denise Nelson from Con Edison, Duden Yeğenoğlu (Us representative) and Mehmet Bayraktar from Orrizonte development
Jim Adams, AWSTrueind
Serhat Devecioglu, Rubicons Cleantech
Senol Tunc, Proje Enerji
Apr 28-29 : Buffalo Trade Mission
Turkish-American Chamber of Commerce and Industry attends The Empire State Development Corporation's Buffalo Trade Mission
The TACCI American Recovery Event Took place the 14 of April at Arent Fox LLP.
The goal of this fifth business conference of the Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and Industrie was to explain how to use the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate the small companies business.
After an introduction by our president Sevil Özışık, Martha Soffer (Business Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration) opened the conference by explaining that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, (ARRA) signed into law on February 17, is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy.
Ms. Soffer kept on by pointing out that the ARRA assigns a key role in this effort to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). and that it provides the SBA with program tools that offer new economic incentives to small businesses and lenders alike.
The conference explained from that point how to use the following benefits from the ARRA :
- Financial relief to encourage borrowing by (and lending to) for-profit companies (existing and start-up).
- Tax relief benefits and tax incentives
- Unlocked credit markets
- Temporary elimination of some loan fees
The Second speaker the audiance enjoyed listening was Ms. Merle O Brien (Sr. Stakeholder Liaison CLD STACCI - Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry - AdministrationB/SE, Internal Revenue Service).
Ms. O Brien explained more precisely how to obtain the tax relief benefits and tax incentives using the ARRA and covering the key provisions of the new legislation affecting the taxpayers they serve at VITA and TCE Sites.
Indeed, In general, the provisions do not impact tax returns for 2008, exception being the new First-time Homebuyers Credit.
Ms O Brien conclude by insisting on the saving that small businesses can make but also refunds obtainable thru the SBA.
Finally, the audiance had the opportunity to develope several points and ask questions on the different subject addressed.
After complete understanding of businesses opportunities presented the fifth TACCI business conference ended.
Recovery Act Overview
The American Recovery Act FAQs
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (1)
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (2)
March 31: General Assembly
The Annual TACCI General Assembly met on the 31st of March at the Turkish Center. 40 Members out of 79 active members were present or represented at the event. The meeting started with opening remarks from the TACCI President Mrs. Sevil Ozisik. Mrs. Ozisik then informed the attending members on the agenda of the assembly.
Communicate with No Apologies Seminar
Turkish American Chamber of Commerce & Industry presented 4th of its Business Conferences Series with Anthony Vincent Bova, president of Bova Communication System.
TACCI Conference on the Implementation of Continuous Process Improvement with Lean Six Sigma was held on February 10, 2009 at Eurostars Hotel in Manhattan. Following a networking reception, TACCI president Sevil Ozisik presented the speaker, Dr. Bahadir Inozu, Co-founder and CEO of NOVACES, a TACCI member based in New Orleans.
Lean Six Sigma is now applied across all industries worldwide including federal agencies, state and city governments as well as mid and small size companies. Dr. Inozu recommended modifying delivery models originally developed for large companies to accommodate the advantages and disadvantages of small companies. “Simplicity of organization structure and agility in decision-making enable faster and better results,” he added. Less training with the help of process improvement experts leads to better results.
The presentation was also made available live on the web for the first time for TACCI members.
In addition to this informative session, attendees found a chance to network over complimentary drinks and food offered at the hotel’s lounge.