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Meet Cilla Wichmann, Director, SACC Dallas

Cilla, tell us about yourself, who you are and your background? I am born in Miami, FL by Danish/Norwegian parents, and was taken to Sweden as an infant. Grew up and graduated in Stockholm and have also lived in Vetlanda, Marstrand (Gothenburg) and Vollsjö (Malmö). Moved to Terrell, TX in […]

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SXSW, SACC-Austin´s biggest event of the year

This year’s edition of the SXSW festival offered a diverse and exciting selection of speakers, concerts and screenings as ever. For 10 days Austin turned into an interactive universe where everything, and we mean EVERYTHING, was communicating with you through lavish exteriors. From buildings you probably hadn’t even noticed before […]

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Greetings from Hans J. Cederlund, SACC TX entering President

Dear fellow SACC Texas members. I will have the privilege to work side by side with the resigning president Stefan Lloyd and gradually taking charge during the year. As the new President for SACC Texas, I would like to introduce myself. I immigrated to the U.S. 2011 with my wife and […]

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Scandinavian Design Company Enters Austin

Austin, Texas: Scandinavian Spaces will open up their first showroom in Austin this fall. The company prides itself in helping businesses increase employee engagement and wellness through their interior design solutions and partner brands (Kinnarps, Blå Station, Glimåkra,Götessons, Lintex, Materia, Minus Tio, Nordgröna, Nordic Care, Skandiform, ZilenZio) . Scandinavian Spaces may be a new name […]

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Member Spotlight: Paul Mikkelsen, CEO Aptilo Networks

Aptilo was founded in Stockholm, Sweden in 2001 as a spin-off from Axis Communications. Today the company employs just under 100 people in four offices around the world. There are eleven employees working in the light, open Scandinavian office design in the newly renovated facilities near Alma and Park in […]

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Meet SACC-Houston’s new intern – Viktoria Blecko!

SACC-Houston recently welcomed Viktoria Blecko as their new intern. Viktoria moved to Houston about a year ago from Sigturna outside Stockholm to study and live with her family in Texas. SACC-Texas, Malin Backlund, interviewed Viktoria about her new position as an intern for SACC. Welcome to SACC Viktoria, would you like […]

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Greetings from SACC- Dallas Vice President, Mats Wiberg

Dear SACC –Dallas and Texas friends, When I look back on what we have accomplished during the first half of 2015, I can’t help but recognize the great response to our activities and wonderful support from you, our community, towards SACC.  There has been a significant rise across the different […]

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Meet SACC-Austin’s New Trainee Mollie Silverhjelm

We would like to welcome our latest hire to the Chamber, Mollie Silverhjelm. She has since the beginning of the year been working with strategic communications, marketing and events in Austin. Mollie has a Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication Science from Stockholm University as well as additional targeted marketing […]

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Interview with Laleh, Swedish Singer-Songwriter

  • Tell us about your musical development that has led you to where you are today? Well I started learning to engineer and produce music before I even consider making an album which was very important for me. By doing that I took control over my life and what I […]

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Meet Amanda Bergman, Lead Singer of Amason

Amason is a Swedish musical band that will play in Austin during SXSW. Amanda Bergman is the lead singer and SACC-Austin had the opportunity to have an interview with her. •  Tell us how Amason was born? Amason was born in Pontus Winnberg’s head, I guess. He was the one […]

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Member Spotlight: Björn Andersson, Transmode

Transmode is a global provider of packet-optical networking solutions, working with enabling fixed line and mobile network operators supporting the rapid growth in video and data traffic. Their solutions are important building blocks in next-generation, high-speed optical networks. Since 2000, the company has installed more than 50,000 systems for over […]

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Member Spotlight: Henrik Johansson, Boundless Network

Austin, the capital of Texas, also called the “Silicon Hills”, is the place where start-up companies blossom. The business magazine Forbes ranked Austin as number one amongst 65 city regions in the USA when it comes to creating new job opportunities. One company that has grown rapidly in the past […]

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The Swedish Stars

We haven’t seen that many Swedish players in the Dallas Stars in the last years, but for the 2014/2015 season there are actually three on the team. SACC-Texas interviewed Dallas Stars goaltender Anders Lindbäck and defensemen John Klingberg and Patrik Nemeth to hear about their background and how they like […]

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Åsa Algard on Life as a Working Mom in Houston

Åsa Algard is a new member of SACC-Houston. She decided to join the organization after starting going back to work to meet more Swedes and professionals. Åsa and her husband moved from Stockholm to Houston 14 months ago with their two kids, Olivia (4.5 years old) and Adam (2 years […]

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Member Spotlight: Malin Backlund about her new role as SACC-Texas Marketing and Organizational Strategy Trainee

Malin Backlund just arrived in Dallas, Texas to start her five month internship with SACC-Texas. She will be living in Dallas but working as Marketing and Organizational Strategy Trainee for all of SACC-Texas. What attracts you to Texas? There is a very interesting business climate, both from a global and […]

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Meet David Svensson, the IKEA Trading Area Manager in Houston

IKEA Trading has been a Corporate Member with SACC-Texas since December 2013 and we got a chance to talk to David Svensson, the IKEA Trading Area Manager in Houston.   David started working at IKEA in 1998 in Älmhult, Sweden, during his last year of University. Since then he has […]

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Member Spotlight: Johanna Evertson Camargo and One Picture One Moment

Johanna Evertson Camargo recently started her company One Picture One Moment which offers photography services for different events and occasions. Those of you who attended SACC-Dallas’ April 10th event at Texas Instruments probably recognize Johanna, this was the first event she documented for SACC-Dallas. (You can find photos from the […]

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Amerikadagen – the bridge to USA becomes faster and better!

On March 27th, the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce USA in collaboration with organizations such as Volvo, the city of Gothenburg, the American Chamber of Commerce in Sweden, and Connect Väst, brought the U.S. market to Gothenburg through one-day event Amerikadagen. Amerikadagen was organized as an opportunity for Swedish professionals to […]

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Planning is already underway for SXSW 2015!

South by Southwest (SXSW) is one of the most popular festivals and trade shows for the creative and interactive industries in the US.  SXSW was held in Austin in March and while all the Swedish participants have gone back home, the buzz has continued long after the event concluded, and […]

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SACC-Texas celebrates 30 years!

SACC-Texas celebrates 30 years this year and we have met with two of our former presidents who played a crucial role in the formation of SACC-Texas; Gunnar Nilsson, who is one of the founders of SACC-Houston, and Richard Koehler who expanded SACC-Houston to a state-wide organization by creating chapters in […]

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Member Spotlight: Gunnar Peters and River Trinity Club de Futbol

Gunnar Peters started River Trinity Club de Futbol (RTCF) in Irving in 2012, wanting to create a soccer club similar to those in Sweden. “In Texas, in my experience, you have soccer clubs where the teams within the same club don’t support each other. They lack that cohesiveness.” Gunnar wanted […]

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From the Desk of the New SACC-USA Chairman

It’s been a little more than two years since I took that fateful call on I-93 somewhere between Boston, Massachusetts, and Concord, New Hampshire. A voice on the other end asked if I would be interested in becoming the next Chairman Elect for the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce-USA. With great […]

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SACC Summit and the 25th Anniversary Celebration

Representatives from SACC chapters from all over the United States gathered in Washington, D.C. on September 18, for the annual SACC Summit and to celebrate SACC-USA’s 25th anniversary. The Summit was held at the House of Sweden and the newly appointed Swedish Ambassador to the United States, Björn Lyrvall, hosted […]

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Building Bridges

The Swedish saying “Ensam är stark” (Alone is strong, direct translation) is hardly true when it comes to creating successful networking events. Instead collaborating with other organizations and chambers becomes essential. The key is truly in being able to bring a lot of people together at an appropriate venue. And […]

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SACC-USA and SACC-Texas – a Strong Collaboration

The Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce USA (SACC-USA) is the umbrella organization of the 18 regional SACC Chambers in the U.S. and Sweden. SACC-USA acts as a bridge between the American and Swedish markets, promoting business through industry specific programs and events, corporate programs, trade missions, business matchmaking, and continual networking. […]

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What’s New in SACC-Texas

A lot of things are happening in SACC-Texas this year; we are celebrating 30 years as a Chamber, we have a new President, we are increasing our focus on communication to members as well as between members to enhance our network, and SACC-Texas is doing more for Swedish business in […]

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The Swedish Affair

The second annual ‘The Swedish Affair’ event was held in Los Angeles on June 9th and 10th at the famous Rockstar Mansion in Hollywood Hills.  The event was created last year to celebrate the Swedish creative industries (Games, Film, Music, Design, Fashion, and Literature) and was organized by the Swedish-American […]

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SACC-Texas in Austin honoring Anders Nilsson

At the SACC-Texas annual meeting 2011 Anders Nilsson was honoured with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his work with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in Texas. Anders Nilsson who was one of the founders of SACC-Texas in Austin in 1997 has served as the Vice President of the Swedish-American […]

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Report from Entrepreneurial Days in Växjö

Karlskrona and Växjö hosted this year’s E-days. The two meetings focused on IT/Telecom and Cleantech. Both cities are located in the southern part of Sweden and both have excellent communications to the rest of Europe. EU has elected Växjö the “Greenest City in Europe” and the city is a model […]

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The Story of Stockholm Krystal Vodka

Interview with Erica Swenson-Ingebrigtsen, Director of Sales and Marketing, Stockholm Imports, Inc. Who started the company and where? My father, Chet Swenson, a California entrepreneur with family ties to Sweden, formed Stockholm Imports, Inc.  In the late 1990’s he learned the government of Sweden opened up the licensing of vodka […]

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Meet SACC Young Professionals

SACC-USA Young Professionals (SACC-USA YP) is an interactive section of the Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce (SACC) for young professionals with an interest in Swedish-American relations. SACC-USA YP is dedicated to provide a forum to develop and strengthen social and professional relations. In Texas, SACC-USA YP is represented with local sections […]

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Interview with Gustav Einarsson, owner of Texas Sports Academy

SACCTX: Please give us a brief describtion of your academy. Gustav Einarsson: Texas Sports Academy (below called TSA) was started in August 2010. The concept is originally from Sweden. During the spring 2011 we have our first tuition semester with practice groups of children, 4-9 years old, in Dallas. Our […]

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E-Days in Gothenburg, November 8-10 2010

November in Gothenburg, Sweden does not sound appealing – gray skies, wind and rain. This was not true this year. Gothenburg was greeting us with bright sunshine.  The sun was also shining on the businesses in the Western region of Sweden where they received an opportunity to show off their […]

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Thinking Global, Acting Local

An interview with Jan Persson, CEO, Lamiflex Inc. We recently had the pleasure to sit down with our newest business member, Jan Persson, CEO of Lamiflex Inc. Persson recently moved to Houston to take on the challenge of expanding the firms U.S. industrial packaging business targeting the oil field services […]

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From Molecules to Treatments

The Houston Chapter of Swedish Chamber Of Commerce in Texas invited to a Wine Reception featuring Jan-Åke Gustafsson, Director for the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling at University of Houston. Jan-Åke Gustafsson, a renowned Swedish scientist recruited to University of Houston and a member of both the National […]

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Ola Melzig – the man behind the world’s largest scene

Ola Melzig is one of our new business members in SACC Texas. With his business partner and wife Joan, Ola runs the event production company M&M Productions. Ola has earned a stellar reputation in the global entertainment industry as technical producer of some of the largest, most complex and prestigious […]

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All About Energy!

Interview with Mats Olsson, Corporate Director of Technology at Dresser Inc. I met up with Mats Olsson at Dresser Wayne’s head quarters in Austin.  Dresser Wayne is the largest division of Dresser Inc. and the area where Mats has spent most of his impressive 30 year career with the company.  […]

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Dallas Real Estate Market: Signs for promising future growth

Interview with Bo Bostrom, Realtor and Associate with Virginia Cook Realtors in Dallas, Texas. Bo is currently a Realtor for the Virginia Cook Realtors in Dallas, Texas, and provides quality services to both residential as well as commercial clientele throughout the DFW area. When questioned about the temperature of the […]

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Young Professionals in the Swedish American Business community

SACC Texas Houston YP SACC Texas in Houston has been working with the young professional’s community and cooperating with the other European chambers young professionals groups for quite a while. This spring a push was made to start the development of SACC Texas own young professionals section for Houston. The […]

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Market entry experience in Texas: 2conciliate Business Solutions

2conciliate Business Solutions AB (www.2c8.com) was founded in the city of Karlstad four years ago by JanE Larsson (picture) and Boo Lofberg. The company developed the 2c8 Modeling Tool that is used to create, visualize and publish process and organisation models, including descriptions of interested parties, requirements and decision makers, […]

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A toast for Swedish gin – the Right Gin

Does the combination of gin and Sweden sound odd to you? Well, not to Swedish Master Blender and beverage creator Henrik Facile. Living in Austin since a few years back, Henrik is proud to see one of his creations hitting the shelves in liquor stores across the country. It all […]

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Changing the Game in Executive Recruitment

A successful business is formed from a blend of 3 key ingredients:  an innovative product, a viable business plan, and the right people. “People are the secret to the sauce,” says Swedish native Bjorn Kirchdorfer, Partner at Top Gun Ventures (www.topgunventures.com), a retained executive recruiting firm based in Austin. “The […]

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SACC-Texas assists NASA with Space Station broadcast

How did a small Swedish owned consulting and translation firm get to work with NASA? You guessed it SACC-Texas. We helped with connecting the parties for the live Swedish/English simultaneous translation that took place during the Discovery/ISS 128 flight in September 2009. Christer Fuglesang had two Discovery/ISS inflight events involving […]

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SACC-Texas Newsletter April/May 2009

A sample from our April/May 2009 Newsletter: SACC-TEXAS CELEBRATES 25 YEARS! In 1983 the Swedish American Trade Association (SATA) was formed in Houston. And although the original organization existed in name but a few years, the concepts, interests, and goals of the core-founding group – to promote Swedish-Texas trade, was […]

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SACC-Texas Newsletter April/May 2008

A sample from our April/May 2008 Newsletter: SWEDEN AND TEXAS – A STRONG ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP The Austin chapter of SACC-Texas recently hosted a visit by Claes Hammar, Minister for Trade and Economic Affairs, at the Embassy of Sweden in Washington, D.C. in late October. At this well-visited dinner event, Claes […]

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SACC-Texas Newsletter November/December 2007

A sample from our November/December 2007 Newsletter: INTERVIEW WITH AMBASSADOR MICHAEL WOOD, UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR TO SWEDEN by Elise Peters On a recent spring day, Swedish Council of America Executive Director Elise Peters had the opportunity to meet and interview the United States Ambassador to Sweden, The Honorable Michael Wood, […]

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SACC-Texas Newsletter April/May 2007

A sample from our April/May 2007 Newsletter: Christer Fugelsang – Our Hero!! In Houston on January 18, 2007, the Consulate of Sweden and the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce-Texas together with SWEA and the Swedish Club of Houston joined in an exclusive private forum and dinner at IKEA honoring Astronaut […]