British American Business Council (BABC) Orange County Fostering Commerce, Friendship and Economic Growth Between Orange County and the United Kingdom Fri, 17 Feb 2017 18:52:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 March 24 – YP Luncheon Frank Martell Tue, 14 Feb 2017 01:21:12 +0000 Young Professionals Business Lunch 
Guest Speaker Frank Martell

Frank Martell

Join us for our YP Luncheon

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Dress code:  Business Casual

11:30 am Lunch / Networking

12:00 – 1:00 pm Conversation and Q&A

With Frank Martell

Limited seating, reservations a must!

Register Now

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Sunday March 12 @ 4pm
Join us for a great day at 
StubHub Center
Portland Timbers
Box and VIP experience
Exclusive day touring the grounds
Then watch the game from our own box
 Register Now!
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February 24 – YP Luncheon with Tim Taylor Sun, 29 Jan 2017 16:21:38 +0000 Young Professionals Business Lunch
Guest Speaker Tim Taylor
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Join us for our YP Luncheon
Friday, February 24th, 2017
Dress code:  Business Casual
11:30 am  Lunch / Networking
12:00 – 1:00 pm Conversation and Q&A
With Tim Taylor
Limited seating, reservations a must!
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February 3 – Business After Hours Celebrating Rabbie Burns Mon, 09 Jan 2017 19:03:28 +0000 Join us for our 
Business After Hours
With a Scottish Flavor
Poet Rabbie Burns

Click here to view our Business After Hours Celebrating Poet Rabbie Burns – February 3

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As President of Experian’s Consumer Information Services, Alex Lintner is responsible for overseeing Experian’s US consumer credit bureau and the Group’s National Consumer Assistance Centre (NCAC). His leadership will advance the Group’s efforts to build a stronger connection to consumer data and direct-to-consumer initiatives, focusing on empowering the consumer through credit and financial education.

Alex also is responsible for all aspects of Experian’s consumer credit activities within the businessto-business marketplace, including the delivery and management of value-added credit risk, marketing, and collection products to help clients manage and optimise their customer relationships.

Prior work experience

Prior to joining Experian, Alex served as CEO and President of Vertafore, a market-leading insurance industry technology provider, where he grew revenue at the fastest pace in the organisation’s history.

He also served as President of Intuit’s Global Business Division, where he grew revenue outside the United States from $110 million to $200 million. Prior to his tenure as President of the Global Business Division, he served as Senior Vice President of Strategy, Government Affairs and Corporate Development, where he led the positioning and market launch of two highly innovative products.

Alex also spent 15 years as a consultant, starting as a Business Analyst at Dr. Hoefner & Partners and later serving as Vice President of The Boston Consulting Group.


Boston College – Master of Business Administration University of Tulsa – Bachelor of Science in business administration Harvard Business School – Certificate in strategic retail management


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January 10 – 2017 Economic and Market Outlook Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian Tue, 13 Dec 2016 20:04:44 +0000
We cordially invite you to our
2017 Economic and Market Outlook
Luncheon with
Speaker – Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian  
Chief Economic Advisor, Allianz;
Chair of President’s Global Development Council
El ErianDr. Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor to Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he was as CEO and Co-CIO (2007-14). He is Chairman of President Obama’s Global Development Council, a contributing editor at the Financial Times, and a Bloomberg View columnist. Previously, he served as President and CEO of the Harvard Management Company, the entity charged with managing the university’s endowment, Managing Director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup, and Deputy Director at the International Monetary Fund. Named four years in a row by Foreign Policy as one of the “Top 100 Global Thinkers,” he has written two award winning New York Times best sellers. He serves on the Financial Times jury for Business Book of the Year (since 2014), and is a member of several non-profit boards and committees (including NBER, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and, previously, the International Center for Research on Women and several US Treasury/Federal Reserve/IMF committees). He earned his undergraduate degree at Cambridge and his masters and doctorate degrees at Oxford.
Frank Mottek
Senior Money Anchor
CBS KNX Los Angeles
Voice of business news in Los Angeles. He anchors the Money News on the CBS all-news station, KNX 1070 Newsradio, and also hosts Mottek On Money on KNX. For many years he hosted the KNX Business Hour during the financial crisis. Frank also provides business news updates on CBS TV station KCAL 9 in L.A.
Venue: Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C.
660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1600
Newport Beach, CA 92660

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
12:00 pm Registration, Networking
12:30 pm Moderated Speaker Presentation
1:30 pm Book signing by Dr. Mohamed El-Erian
Limited seating, please register ASAP
Reservations a must!
Registration by: 12/22/2016
Members: $40 / Non-members: $48

Registration by: 01/09/2017
Members: $50 / Non-members: $58

Day of event 01/10/2017 at the door only:
Everyone: $65

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BABC-OC NAMES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Wed, 09 Nov 2016 03:11:59 +0000 0ad70a59-625f-40a9-a7ac-e1990b766668






Alison Tomko to Replace Retiring Executive Director Valerie Blackholly

COSTA MESA, Calif.—February 7, 2017 – The British American Business Council of Orange County, CA, (BABC-OC) has today announced that long-time Executive Director, Valerie Blackholly, is retiring after 25 years of outstanding service with the association. Alison Tomko, a very experienced sales and event manager and accomplished fundraiser, has been named as Blackholly’s replacement effective today.

Shaun Robinson, a past Chairman and the Interim President of the BABC-OC, has voiced the regret of the entire organization at losing the services of Blackholly, but is very pleased in finding a top-class replacement. “We are sure that Alison will be a positive influence on the organization by continuing to uphold our primary mission, which is to foster commerce and friendship between Orange County and the UK. Additionally, Alison will build BABC awareness, interface with the British Consulate, work with our sponsors and assist British persons coming to Orange County as well as Orange County residents traveling to the United Kingdom.”

“Born in the UK, Alison’s love of all things British, her positive attitude and abundant energy are sure to enrich the lives of all persons, both British and otherwise,” states Joey Benadretti, BABC-OC Chairman, who also voiced his praise for the services of Blackholly.

Alison brings extensive fundraising, plus event and sales management experience to the BABC-OC Executive Director position. “Valerie will be a ‘tough act to follow.’ She leaves a legacy of the highest standard,” says Tomko.

Tomko was previously the Events Manager for the Tustin-based Marconi Automotive Museum & Foundation for Kids before assuming the BABC-OC post. “However,” she says, “the wonderful work of the BABC and the legacy of service that Valerie leaves behind is definitely a challenge and a motivator.”

Prior to joining the Marconi Museum, Alison ran events at Strawberry Farms Golf Club and had her own event planning company.


The British American Business Council of Orange County (BABC-OC) is a non-profit international business association with a membership of more than 100 Southern California-based companies and individuals interested in transatlantic trade. The BABC-OC provides a business and cultural forum that offers high quality networking and business opportunities for commerce, collegiality and community outreach, with a special emphasis on fostering economic growth between Orange County and the United Kingdom.

The British American Business Council (BABC) is the largest transatlantic business network, with 20 chapters and 2,000 member companies based in major business centers throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Its membership includes many of the world’s largest multinationals, as well as hundreds of middle market and smaller companies.

The BABC-OC participates in the BABC to gain access to a broader transatlantic business network and additional member benefits, including access to business development, networking and marketing opportunities and to valuable business insights and intelligence.


For more information, please contact:

Joey Benadretti, BABC-OC Chairman, at 714-437-1000 or the BABC-OC at 949 472-2221.




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Dec 2 – BABC’s Traditional British Christmas Luncheon – WESTIN South Coast Plaza Wed, 26 Oct 2016 19:00:16 +0000 1223345

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Nov 21 st – Member Appreciation Night & Val’s Retirement Party Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:40:30 +0000
You are invited t
A Very Special Evening
As we recognize and pay tribute to
Vals photo from web

Valerie Blackholly

As many of you know, Val has been the Executive Director
of the BABC OC for 
most of the past 26 years. 
An exemplary example of a hard-working miracle worker, Val has contributed
mightily to the building, 
shaping and growth of the BABC, and in so doing, has made
our impressive organization what it is today.
As saddened as we inevitably are by her planned departure,
let us join together in raising a glass to wish Val every possible happiness
in the years ahead.
Make sure to invite your friends and colleagues too!

Monday, November 21, 2016
5:30pm – 7pm
WESTIN  South Coast Plaza
686 Anton Blvd. Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Enjoy a welcoming glass of wine
Complimentary hors d’oeuvres
Members attend for FREE – Guest(s) $20
Please RSVP for catering purposes… Cheers!
BABC is accepting applications for a new Executive Director
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Nov 18 – YP Luncheon DEAN STOECKER, Chairman & CEO, Alteryx Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:53:34 +0000
Young Professionals Business Lunch
Guest Speaker: 
Dean StoeckerChief Executive Officer
Join us for our final YP Luncheon in 2016
Friday, November 18th, 2016
Dress  code:  Business Casual
11:30 am  Lunch /  Networking
12:00 – 1:00 pm Conversation and Q&A
With Dean Stoecker
Limited seating, reservations a must!



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