New Year Message 2012

Dear Sponsors, Members, Partners and Participants,

The MAABN team and Board send you all their best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year 2012! And a big thank you for having made 2011 really successful.

A Message From the President

The year 2011 ended with a well attended and well appreciated Christmas party in the presence of the US and UK consuls at the Marseille Pullman Beach Hotel and for which we would like to extend our thanks to its Director, Eric Lelouch. Similarly, our summer party at Château Ricard, with the help of Nicolas Geoffroy and his team at Provence Riviera DMC, was a huge success. Thank you Ricard International and Provence Riviera DMC!

Our Sponsors’ Lunch with the consuls at the Reserve (Pullman Palm Beach) also marked a highlight and will be repeated this year.

Our Language Apéros were an ongoing feature and we will continue to allow members to present their businesses and projects in English throughout 2012.

We were very pleased to welcome a number of new small business members in 2011 and we thank them for their support.

Finally, we completely re-vamped our website; take a look! (

William Peterson, MAABN President

Sponsors & Partners

The MAABN succeeds thanks to the energy and participation of our sponsors. We are delighted to be able to thank our loyal sponsors and partners and to welcome many new ones. We continually try to innovate and improve our offering to sponsors so that they can continue to benefit from the close relationship with the MAABN’s board and members and from our mutual support of each other’s events, providing a connection with the wider English-speaking community.

Each month of 2012 will see our regular Language Apéros ‘hosted’ by a named sponsor, a great way for a sponsor to present a regular event -and an interesting theme for each LA.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our corporate sponsors and partners for their support:

CG 13, Ricard International, La Boâte, FBCCI, Marseille Pullman Palm Beach, Chocolats Puyricard, AmCham, Angloinfo, UCCCAB, Marseille Provence Greeters, EPWN, Dolce Frégate, KPMG, Wall Street Institute-Aix en Provence and Marseille, The Dale Carnegie Institute, Tanyer Management Ltd., Euromed Management, CERAN, Currencies Direct, Deloitte, IAE, IBS, Neville Peterson LLP, Provence Promotion, Ringlé, Roy & Associés and Provence Rivera DMC.

In addition, we are very pleased to welcome several new names:

Barclays’ Bank       HSBC       Home Hunts       Real Land Group

Our small business membership saw real growth through 2011, with a really diverse range of businesses joining. Feel free to take a look on our new website for more information and click through to their websites.


Thank you to all of you for your enthusiastic participation throughout 2011; we look forward to welcoming you back in 2012. If you have regularly attended our events without having become a member, 2012 should be the year you consider formally joining the MAABN. We continue to steadily increase individual memberships every year. Your membership allows us to offer increased benefits to all. Thank you again to renewing members and thank you in advance to new members.

Membership benefits include:

  • Savings on your Language Apéro entrance fees (€5 instead of €15 per event)
  • Savings on all special events at member rates
  • Member-only offers from partners and sponsors
  • Exclusive access to our online member community – ability to post about your business
  • Three ways to promote you or your business: presentation at an LA; follow-up summary on our NEW e-newsletter; online via our member webspace
  • You will be the first to hear about special events and have priority to sign up
  • You save €70 on the price of attending all Language Apéro events in Marseille ALONE!!!

Events for 2012

Our events are aimed at professionals including -amongst others- company directors and independent consultants. The MAABN’s events provide YOU with an excellent opportunity to build and enlarge your network and to meet and exchange with local business and community leaders with an international dimension, while conversing in English. You are also welcome to invite others to join you at events as non-members. Through the MAABN’s participation in the UCCCAB (Union des Chambres de Commerce & Clubs d’Affaires Bilateraux), not only do we offer you connections with the British Consulate, American Consulate, American Chamber of Commerce and Franco-British Chamber of Commerce, but also with members of the UCCCAB (we will adding a page to our website to announce their events), whose founding members come from many different countries including Belgium, Germany, USA, UK, Armenia, Morocco, Greece, Italy and Turkey.

Language Apéros in Marseille & Aix (see calendar for dates)

The format of our Language Apéro is designed to make EVERYONE feel welcome. We encourage you to bring friends and contacts to enjoy an evening of business networking in English. Each LA is “hosted” by one of our main sponsors, giving you the opportunity to find out more about them and their activities. The evening continues with plenty of time for networking and the opportunity for several members to make short 5-minute presentations on their business activities.
The opening Language Apéro on 26/01 in Marseille will include New Year Wishes from British Consul Simon Taylor and American Consul Philip Richards and a presentation from MAABN sponsor Euromed Management.

Summer (22/6 tbc) & Christmas Parties (8/12 tbc)

These events are hot property, combining as they do great venues with great food and wine, music and entertainment for a moment of relaxation and enjoyment in the company of our dynamic English-speaking association’s members. The summer party will be held in the gardens of Chateau Ricard and the Christmas party at the exclusive Pullman Palm Beach Hotel on the Corniche in Marseille. Thanks to our sponsors we always have fantastic lottery prizes at these events.

“Artisans 13”: 13, 14 & 15 April 2012 – Hôtel du Département

The MAABN and the British Consulate have agreed to be partners of the Conseil Général des Bouches-du-Rhône for this high-profile and well attended arts and crafts event. This year, the guest foreign country of Artisans 13 is the UK, with a particular focus on Scotland, with the MAABN handling all arrangements for the UK delegation. Some of the best Scottish designers and chefs will showcase their know-how in front of an expected 30,000 visitors. For further details and the comprehensive list of participants, please check the MAABN website and future newsletters.

Please note that we will be holding a special Language Apéro on Friday the 13th April at 17:00 featuring whisky making and tasting.

New for 2012

We plan to organize a conference on the potential demand for a direct air link to Heathrow this year and to hold events on the subject of British and American tourism in the region, including the impact of Marseille-Provence 2013. The tentative date for the first event is 22nd March at La Boâte.

Having launched our new look website in 2011, we are making changes to the way we communicate with you. In order to reduce the number of e-mails sent out regarding events –plus the reminders-, we are switching to a twice-monthly e-newsletter that will include all the latest information. The newsletter will also provide additional sponsorship opportunities.

The MAABN Team:

Active Honorary Co-Presidents:

Philip Richards; American Consul, Marseille
Simon Taylor; British Consul, Marseille

Managing Director, Member Relations

Anya Penney (American)

Board of Directors and Executive Committee:

  • William Peterson, President (Franco-American): Attorney, founding member of the MAABN; partner at Ringlé, Roy & Associés, lecturer at the Institute of Business Law in Aix-en-Provence, co-chair of the Marseille Bar’s international commission.
  • Richard Bower, Vice-President (British): Founding member of the MAABN; project manager tourist development at the CCIMP.
  • Daniel Eisenberg, Vice-President (Franco-American): Management consultant/business owner, former European managing director of an American group.
  • Rebecca Penna (British): Founding member of the MAABN; director of Refervescence and former commercial attaché at the British Consulate.
  • Pascal Agostini (French): Founding member of the MAABN; former director in different French groups; MAABN treasurer.
  • Pierre Distinguin (French): Founding member of the MAABN; in-charge of international development at Provence Promotion.
  • Francois Coulomb (French): In-charge of quality management and support to the communication department and project managers at Provence Promotion.
  • Eric LeLouch (French): Managing director of the Pullman Beach Hotel, formally VP Sales & Marketing, Europe of an American hotel group.
  • Rebecca White (British): Business owner.
  • Pascale Gauthier-Keogh (French): Press & public affairs officer at the British Consulate in Marseille.

And the rest of the team:

Daniel East; Graphic Designer
Robert Hale; Photographer
Pamela King; Cultural events
Martin Pachy; E-newsletter
Thierry Ramirez; Webmaster
Bernard Royo; Photographer

On behalf of the MAABN team, we look forward to seeing you at future events.

William Peterson, President