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Christer Fuglesang-Astronaut ESA, May 2015
Pia Orrenius-Vice President and Senior Economist Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, April 2015
Dean Lindsay-Author and International Speaker, Mars 2015
Dallas Stars Outing, February 2015
Although the weather circumstances weren’t the best some courageously members of SACC and SWEA decided to hit the icy and snowy roads to see the Dallas Stars vs. the Colorado Avalanges. After an exciting game that led to a shoot out and a sheepish lost for the Dallas Stars our members got the possibility to meet the Defensemen John Klingberg and the Goaltender Jhonas Enroth. Some mingle time with the players, photographs and autographs later everyone went home sorry for the lost but very happy with the overall exciting night!
Malin Backlund, SACC-Dallas
Dinner at the Swedish Consulate with Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, January 2015
Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden to the United States, visited Dallas in the end of January. During his stay in Dallas Ambassador Lyrvall had the opportunity to visit SACC-Dallas Corporate Members, Ericsson and Atlas Copco. Ambassador Lyrvall also attended a meeting at our Business Member, Ecolean’s office in Plano, where our members PQR, Symsoft, Transmode and Tranter among others attended.
After interesting discussions and new insights the day ended with a dinner at the Consulate of Sweden cohosted by The Consulate of Sweden, SACC-Dallas and SWEA-Dallas. The dinner attendees enjoyed Texas BBQ and inspiring speeches held by Ambassador Lyrvall, Honorary Vice Consul Tina Klintmalm and Pia Orrenius from the Federal Reserve Bank
SACC-Dallas would like to say thank you to Ambassador Björn Lyrvall for visiting Dallas, Honorary Vice Consul Tina Klintmalm, SWEA-Dallas and our sponsors for the night Fifth Third Bank and Tina and Göran Klintmalm.
Malin Backlund, SACC-Dallas
Christmas Party at the Wooden Spoon, December 2014
SACC-Dallas’ annual Christmas Party this year took place at the Wooden Spoon in Plano. Members from all over DFW defied the rush hour traffic to attend the last event of 2014. At the party, the attendees enjoyed Swedish delicacies like glögg, meatballs, pickled hearing and lussekatter.
This year SACC tried something new and organized a raffle with prizes provided by our members. We would like to say thank you to all the companies who sponsored our raffle: Hästens Store, Sunstone Yoga, the Wooden Spoon and Waco Winery. We would also like to say thank you to the Waco Winery for sponsoring us with Glögg for the evening, and especially thank you to the Wooden Spoon for providing us with food and letting us host the party in your store.
Malin Backlund, SACC-Dallas
Young Professionals Brewery Tour, November 2014
SACC-Dallas YP had their first event at the Community Beer Company in Dallas in the beginning of November. This was the first YP event ever and the crowd consisted of a mix between both students and professionals in the beginning or midpoint of their career. The event had a focus on bringing SACC-Dallas Young Professionals members (members under 35) and prospective members together to give them a chance to connect with people in their age and situation. Many new contacts were made over beers that the Community Beer Company provided, along with their guided brewery tour.
This first SACC-Dallas YP event turned out to be a success and we want to thank everyone who made it. We hope to see you all at our future events as well!
Malin Backlund, SACC-Dallas YP Director
Happy Hour with Icomera US Inc., October 2014
Icomera launched the world’s first high-speed Internet solution for trains in Gothenburg, Sweden in September 2002. Today, Icomera is the world’s leading provider of open Internet connectivity and application platforms for passenger transport and public safety. Their award-winning products are deployed on rail, road and sea, serving millions of Wi-Fi users every week across the globe, providing high-speed access for fleet tracking and mission-critical on-board systems.
In March 2014, Icomera announced the formation of Icomera US Inc. Their President, Stellan Ohrn, visited us to talk about the Internet connectivity for road, rail, and sea transport. According to Stellan Ohrn, all IP access to internet is increasing the passenger numbers. In the long run this also improves the environment, since it makes people more likely to choose public transportation systems. A topic most Texans are familiar with is the discussions about building a High-Speed railway between Dallas and Houston. Maybe, one day, not so far away from now we will be able to take the train from Dallas to Houston using Icomeras high-speed Internet solution?
Thank you Stellan for a very well performed and interesting presentation about Icomera and how the future looks like for high-speed Internet solutions!
Malin Backlund, SACC-Dallas
SACC-Dallas and SWEA’s Annual Crayfish Party, September 2014
SACC-Dallas’ and SWEA’s annual Crayfish party were held this year at the Church of the Holy Cross in Dallas. It was a well visited event with a happy crowd enjoying crayfish with assorted homemade pies and salads. The award winning Stockholm Krystal Vodka sponsored the event with “snaps” for the Crayfish Parties to enjoy. It was a perfect complement to the singing of typical Swedish “snapsvisor” as a break in the peeling of the crayfish!
Thank you Stockholm Krystal Vodka for providing us with snaps and thank you everyone who came out and made the event such a success. We hope to see you all next year as well!
Malin Backlund, SACC-Dallas
A day at Lake Lewisville, May 2014
Happy Hour with Murad Ashurly, May 2014
Murad Ashurly recently climbed Mount Everest – an amazing feat few people ever accomplish. Faced with years of preparation, grueling conditions and mental challenges, Murad proved that that he has what it takes: Passion. Focus. Execution.
Murad led us in a live discussion about his experience and about how to find our own Everests sharing how he got inspired, how he trained, his experiences from Nepal and Tibet, as well as his emotional (and physical) journey.
To Murad, sharing the message of encouragement to reach one’s goals and the inspiration that he got both from the beauty of the mountain and from the people he met, was central to his story.
Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Murad!
Swedish dinner at the Omni Hotel, May 2014
On May 22nd, SACC-Dallas hosted a small Swedish dinner put together especially for the Chamber by Swedish chef Jan Loov.
SACC-Dallas Golf Tournament, April 2014
A day to remember!
We had a fantastic day of golf at the Firewheel Golf Park. It started out in a real Texas way with thunderstorm, hail and heavy rain at the first hole. After a 25 minute wait, we all teed off on the Lakes Course. No more rain and a warm sun heating up the day, we could just enjoy. The course was in great condition and with the magic result of 66 strokes (-6) Anders Hultman was an outstanding winner and also made a grand slam with winning nearest pin and long driving competitions. A big applause for Anders and all others coming out and having a fantastic day. Looking forward to see even more people at the competition next year.
Thanks to everyone making this event a great one.
Jim Engberg, SACC-Dallas
Event at Texas Instruments, April 2014One Picture One Moment.
The Networked Society and the Office of the Future: SACC-Dallas at Ericsson, November 2013
On November 12th, Ericsson and SACC-Dallas co-hosted an event in the new Ericsson offices in Plano.
The SACC-Texas President, Stefan Lloyd first spoke about SACC-Texas and what our current projects and goals are. One of the main projects Stefan spoke of is SACC-Texas’ ongoing efforts assisting Swedish companies wanting to move to Texas, as well as our many events.
Peter Linder, Ericsson’s Vice President and Engagement Practice Head for North America, spoke about the Networked Society. As an Ericsson Networked Society Evangelist, Peter Linder is responsible for developing Ericsson’s thought leadership on the Networked Society; Ericsson’s vision of the future of technology. As we get increasingly connected through technology this is transforming societies in a wide range of ways, changing our mindsets and expectations. Peter gave examples from several industries, explaining how Ericsson envisions them changing as we get more and more connected. The presentation explored how the networked society will change our personal and business lives going forward. Peter made an example of booking a hotel room; nowadays a top priority is for the room to have wireless internet, amenities like fluffy pillows and comfortable robes are becoming things of the past.
Ed Buckley and John Linn spoke about Ericsson’s work on sustainability and how this has played a part in the building of Ericsson’s new offices. An example of the conscientious way in which the new offices were built is that at the end of each construction day, there would be workers vacuuming all spaces being constructed to make sure that no dust or excess material would become trapped within the walls. Ericsson’s new offices were constructed with great attention to detail; attention has even been paid to where the sun rises and sets in the pursuit of ideal work conditions.
At the end of our visit we got to have a closer look at the new Ericsson offices. They are designed to look the same all over the world, with lots of open spaces and places to meet and discuss. Ed Buckley spoke about how a lot of the spaces are constructed in a way to make people work together in more informal settings to raise creativity.
After the visit to Ericsson, we continued to Gordon Biersch for drinks and appetizers.
We had a great time learning more about Ericsson and seeing the beautiful, new offices- thank you so much to everyone at Ericsson that made this event possible!
Sophie Zätterström, SACC-Texas
JP Morgan & the German Marshall Fund on the US market and foreign exchange, March 2013
On March 20th 2013, Diego Gordillo of JP Morgan Chase and Neil Sumilas of the German Marshall Fund presented their insights during a luncheon in Dallas.
In March of this year, the US market reached highs not seen for almost five and a half years. In reference to this, Gordillo remarked on the current state of the United States in comparison to October 2007.
Although the US’ 10 year treasury yield has decreased, unemployment and the US debt as a percent of GDP have close to doubled since 2007. Gordillo’s opinion was that in order to reduce US debt, employment needs to rise.
Gordillo mentioned 3 key market themes for the US dollar; the situation in Europe (Cyprus bailout, Italian election, ECB rate decisions), Japan’s attempt to get out of deflation, and Canadian dollar headwinds. Currency hedging was mentioned as a way to reduce the volatility in earnings and cash a company generates by doing business overseas. According to Gordillo, the US dollar remains the currency the market flocks to in times of uncertainty.
Sumilas discussed changes in transatlantic trends highlighted in the German Marshall Fund’s annual reports.
The United States and Europe are the two most integrated economies in the world, with Texas being the leading US state exporting to Europe.
Although Asia is seen as increasingly important both by Europe and by the US, it was interesting to find that American companies have in fact, over the last two years, disinvested in Chinese companies. Although there is a great interest in doing business with Asia both by Europe and the US, it was suggested that the two may be neglecting each other as business partners. Chinese dominance is not upon us yet.
Sumilas finished by stating that although Asia is rising, that does not mean that Europe is falling.
SACC-Dallas is very happy that Diego Gordillo and Neil Sumilas took the time to come and speak to us.
Sophie Zätterström, SACC-Dallas
The International week at UNT in Denton, May 2010
On May 6 – 7, 2010, Vice-President Bo Boström and board members Mike Skelton, Tomas Lindqvist and Daniel Silden, of SACC in Texas – Dallas Chapter, traveled to University of North Texas in Denton to participate in the 2010 Conference on Conducting Business with the European Union, hosted by UNT in collaboration with Texas A&M University. The 2010 Conference turned out to be a great success and was much appreciated.
The first day started with a banquet and live jazz music performed by UNT students from their world -renowned College of Music. The agenda on the second day began with a warm welcome and introduction of speakers by Dr. Finley Graves, Dean, UNT College of Business. The day continued with topics held from a variety business and scholar professionals as followed:
- The Evolution of the European Union and the Euro
- Business environment in Europe
- Setting up Business and Sales in the EU
- Promoting Texas/EU Trade and Investment
- Business Negotiations in the EU
- How to do Business in the European Union – Personal Experience
Daniel Silden, SACC-Dallas