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Past Event

National French-American Business Summit
A Collaboration of 18 FACC Chapters Nationwide


Wednesday, September 22nd &
Thursday, September 23rd, 2021

11:00 AM - 3:o0 PM EDT
Virtual Event via the HUBLIO Platform & Zoom
8 Panel Discussions
Unlimited Group and 1-1 Business Networking Opportunities

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CONTINUUM '21, the inaugural French-American Chamber of Commerce Business Summit!

On September 22nd & 23rd, 18 FACC Chapters nationwide met for a hallmark digital event featuring 10 panel discussions, 40+ premier speakers, and unlimited group and 1-1 business networking opportunities.

Panel discussions convened prominent thought leaders from French and American companies to discuss transatlantic relations, major business trends, hot topics, and U.S. market opportunities by sector.

For more information, please visit:

The FACC Philadelphia and the FACC Gulf Coast - New Orleans

partnered to present

The INDUSTRY Panel Discussion


Perspectives in Manufacturing

Representatives of three French companies (large, medium, and startup),
operating successfully in the U.S. market, shared their perspectives on 
Sustainability, Diversity, Resilience, Industry 4.0 & Digital Transformation, and
Smart Manufacturing Ecosystems

Day 2

Thursday, September 23rd,  2021

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM EDT










Sébastien Torre


European-American Enterprise Council

ENRICH in the USA and Platform Senior Consultant
Fox School of Business at Temple University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC)




Sébastien Torre has 20+ years of successful experience in the leadership and interim management of international marketing/sales and corporate/business development teams/divisions of various technology firms. For the last 5 years, in addition to offering global executive search and capital/grant advisory services for local and international tech firms, Sébastien has been focusing on co-developing and implementing Ecosystem Management Programs and Platforms for Transatlantic Innovation and Entrepreneurship. 

In January 2020, Sébastien joined Temple University – Small Business Development Center (SBDC) as a part-time Senior Consultant for ENRICH in the USA Programs and Platforms.

ENRICH in the USAEuropean Network of Research and Innovation Centers and Hubs – is a program funded by the European Commission. As a consortium partner, Temple SBDC leads the ENRICH initiative in the USA with the support of NCURA National Council of University Research Administrators. Sébastien is especially in charge of activities, events, curriculums, and Community Management Platforms to support European innovators engaged in the ENRICH Immersion and Soft Landing programs at Temple SBDC and at other partner universities.

Since 1999, partner and founder of Venture Development International, LLC and Venture & Capital International LLC dba European American Enterprise Council (EAEC), Sébastien has directly participated in the US, EU and international business development, strategic marketing, venture capital funding and M&A efforts of 100+ small, medium and large (some public) European and US software, hardware and wireless companies; including long term executive/VP roles at SWT SA acquired by Captiva Software and then acquired by EMC, and at Captaris, Inc. acquired by Opentext.

EAEC is an active member of the European Commission’s Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), and was an initial consortium partner of Erasmus For Young Entrepreneurs Global and ENRICH in the USA. For more information, visit

Sebastien holds an MBA from the University of San Diego, and a Master of Accounting and Finance and CPA degrees from ICS in Paris France.










Mark A. Rayfield


Saint-Gobain North America 


Mark Rayfield has been CEO of Saint-Gobain North America since January 1, 2019.  

He entered Saint-Gobain in 1999, and held different positions including Vice President North American Abrasives and CEO Building Distribution in the United Kingdom and Ireland. In January 2017, he was appointed President and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation.

In January 2020, Mark was appointed Senior Vice-President, CEO North America Region for Compagnie de Saint-Gobain.

Mark holds a BS in Industrial Distribution from Clarkson University. He started his career in 1986 at PIAB USA Inc. which provides smart solutions for the automated world.

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions for the construction, mobility, healthcare and other industrial application markets. Developed through a continuous innovation process, they can be found everywhere in our living places and daily life, providing wellbeing, performance and safety, while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and the fight against climate change. This strategy of responsible growth is guided by the Saint-Gobain purpose, “MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER HOME”, which responds to the shared ambition of all the women and men in the Group to act every day to make the world a more beautiful and sustainable place to live in.   


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Emilie Gérard

Business Developer, North America



Emilie Gérard is in charge of Business Development in the U.S. and Canada for Leancure, a growing French startup, headquartered in Caen, Normandy. She joined the company in 2018, as a Technical Sales Engineer, after receiving a masters degree in Industrial Engineering from Groupe École Supérieure d’Agricultures (ESA) in Angers, France. 


Since 2019, Emilie has been based in NYC, marketing Leancure’s smart Manufacturing Execution System (MES) to companies that are eager to use advances in technology to move into the Industry 4.0 era. She installs the program in factories and follows up with the customers throughout the project. 


Leancure offers a simple and quick-to-install web application to monitor productivity and quality control on any production line. More than 100 small, medium and large plants in various manufacturing sectors, such as food, cosmetics, pharmaceutical, automotive, and chemical, are equipped with the system in France and abroad (14 countries). International manufacturing companies like Total Lubricant, Renault, Ushin, Bonduelle, Andros, Labeyrie have implemented Leancure’s MES solution to improve production quality and efficiency, and to reduce costs. 


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Chris Jones

Business Development and Sales Manager

Palamatic Process

Chris Jones is the Business Development and Sales Manager for Palamatic Process. An experienced professional within the powder and bulk solids industry, he helps clients source industrial manufacturing equipment to increase both productivity and profits while maintaining a safe working atmosphere for the plant operators. Chris focuses on B2B clients from various powder and bulk solids manufacturing industries including: Food & Beverage, Chemical, Minerals, Pharmaceutical, Cosmetics, etc.

He works closely with his clientele by asking the right questions and listening to their production needs and requirements. He can offer a custom-oriented solution to achieve the end goal of almost any dry material manufacturing process. He works with his clients to achieve their changing production goals and manufacturing requirements.


Palamatic Process is an original equipment supplier and systems integrator for all bulk material handling and powder process industries. Since its founding in Nantes, France in 1992, Palamatic Process has been the equipment specialists in the sectors of food & beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental, nuclear, and water treatment industries. The company offers turnkey solutions for the handling of all powders and bulk solid materials.

Palamatic Process is a "solutions-oriented" company specializing in custom design and implementation of bulk material manufacturing lines around the world. The staff is able to provide a wide range of bulk handling equipment to fill, discharge, convey, pre-break, mill, sieve, dose, mix, store, pack, control and automate. With 28 years of experience, Palamatic Process' highly skilled engineers can provide optimal solutions with both "standard" and "custom-made" equipment processes. The company has based its North American headquarters in Philadelphia, PA, since 2018.


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