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British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW) Announces New Patron and Business Members

GCI, Norwegian airlines, Port of Portland, GPS Capital Markets and High Impact Technology further expand and grow the chapter’s Pacific Northwest and transatlantic footprint

Seattle, Wash., May 14, 2018 – The Pacific Northwest chapter of British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW) today announced new patron and business members to its regional business and trade organization, further expanding and growing the chapter’s Pacific Northwest footprint.

Patron Members

  • GCI is a technology and innovation company that connects its business and consumer customers to the rest of the world. GCI has been a pioneer and trailblazer in its field for 39 years, providing managed technology and communications services that enable telemedicine, online education capabilities, and commercial business from urban centers to some of the most remote communities in North America. Headquartered in Alaska, with 2,300 employees, GCI has offices across the country.

  • Norwegian airlines is the world’s sixth largest low-cost airline, carrying around 30 million passengers per year to more than 150 global destinations. The airline has one of the youngest aircraft fleets in the world with an average age of 3.6 years, including next-generation Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Boeing 737 MAX and Boeing 77-800. Norwegian has been voted ‘Europe’s Best Low-Cost Carrier’ by passengers for five consecutive years at SkyTrax World Airline Awards from 2013-2017, and was awarded the ‘World’s Best Low-Cost Long-Haul Airline’ in 2015, 2016 and 2017.

  • The Port of Portland, was established in 1891 by the Oregon Legislature. The Port today owns three airports (Portland International, Hillsboro, and Troutdale), four marine terminals, and five business parks. Their mission is to enhance the region’s economy and quality of life by providing efficient cargo and air passenger access to national and global markets, and by promoting industrial development.

Small Business Members

  • GPS Capital Markets was founded in 2002 and is a leading corporate foreign exchange brokerage firm. They help companies who are engaged in international business, managing the processes and risks associated with dealing in foreign currencies and markets.

  • High Impact Technology designs proven engineered solutions for military, infrastructure, government and commercial customers. They have invented and patented a variety of technologies including BattleJacket® Fuel Cell containment System (FCCS), Fire Cap™ heat shielding system, BattleGuard™ passive ballistic and blast shield, Pro-Set™ suspension system, Poly-Kore®, Battle Ready® Tank, and the Hextinguish™ system.

“We are excited to welcome this dynamic roster of companies and organizations engaged in regional and international business and trade operations, further expanding our robust business network,” said Catherine Filippini, Executive Director for British-American Business Connections. “These new members bring highly valued industry expertise, services and connections in new and existing sectors, and open avenues for new business activities and outreach.”

“Global business connections are critical to helping us carry out our mission,” said Port of Portland Executive Director Curtis Robinhold. “The addition of Delta Air Lines’ nonstop flight between Portland and London makes for a seamless transatlantic connection between friends in the U.S. and the UK. We’re pleased to be a founding member of the Portland chapter of British-American Business Connections.”

The Port of Portland joined with BABC to host and sponsor Across The Pond: A Briefing U.S./UK Relations, Business and Trade, Brexit and Opportunities, a free business briefing taking place on May 24 at the World Trade Center in Portland, Ore. The event will address:

  • Brexit and its effects to U.S./UK trade;

  • U.S./UK trade and investment opportunities, including key industries and ways to increase U.S./UK trade ;

  • BABC resources, opportunities and its 2018 policy agenda;

  • Doing business in the UK;

  • General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and its impacts; and

  • Mitigating the risks of volatile currency markets.

Earlier this year, patron member, GCI, served one of the top supporters of BABC’s Economic Breakfast, held at the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce in March.

“We’re proud to support BABC and its focus on fostering business connections locally. At GCI, we’re enabling businesses to work across multiple locations securely and efficiently, allowing these organizations to focus on what they do best,” said Gareth Wade, Director of Business Development and Strategic Alliances, GCI. “Events like the Economic Breakfast are a great opportunity to hear from local, national and international leaders about what will shape the economic outlook in the coming years.”

A complete list of BABC’s Pacific Northwest membership can be found at

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About British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW)

The Pacific Northwest chapter of British-American Business Connections (BABC-PNW) fosters a robust and collaborative business network. The chapter has been successfully connecting people, companies, and organizations engaged in business, trade, and transatlantic interests for more than 20 years. As a premiere forum for British and American companies and professionals, BABC-PNW fosters relationships, helps build networks, and engages a regional and international community exchange. BABC-PNW is part of the global network of the British-American Business Council (BABC), the largest transatlantic business network, with 22 chapters and 2,000 member companies, including many of the world’s largest multinationals, based in major business centers throughout North America and the UK. For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and Vimeo.

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