SPECIAL FOR THE AJT //

The American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Region will celebrate its 12th-annual Eagle Star Awards Gala on May 30 at 6 p.m. at the HP Graphic Arts Experience Center in Alpharetta.

Tom Glaser

Tom Glaser

The Gala is AICC’s community flagship event, held each year to honor the people and companies who have contributed most to the Southeast U.S.-Israel business relationship.  This year, longtime AICCSE President Tom Glaser, who recently announced his plans to retire after 21 years of service to the organization, will be recognized with the Chamber Founders award.

Also being honored is the South Carolina Research Authority, which will be presented with the Community Partner award in recognition of its extraordinary role in the success of the South Carolina-Israel collaboration; and an Israeli Company of the Year and Deal of the Year, for which three finalists (see 2013.eaglestargala.com to nominate) in each category will compete, with the winners to be selected by an expert panel of judges.

The setting for the proceedings will be most appropriate, as Hewlett-Packard (HP) is considered the second-largest investor in Israeli information technology after Intel. Noted author, speaker and entrepreneur Barbara Babbitt Kaufman will be the event’s emcee. Sponsorships are also being accepted.