Chamber of Commerce
Judith Ujobai was named Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chapter of the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC) in 1994.
She is responsible for managing the daily operations of this nonprofit business association, including membership and board development, fundraising, event planning, business consulting, career counseling, marketing, communications, accounting, finance, and administration.
Prior to being employed by the FACC, Judith joined the organization as a Corporate Member, representing Fidelity Bank, one of 80 founding member companies in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware tri-state region that answered the call to launch the Philadelphia Chapter in 1989.
From 1985-1994, she enjoyed a rewarding career in international banking with the Europe, Middle East, and Africa Group at Fidelity Bank and First Fidelity Bancorporation. As the European Correspondent Banking Officer for France, Switzerland, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, and Scandinavia, she was responsible for a multi-million dollar portfolio of trade, credit, and treasury facilities for over 50 major European banks and their New York affiliates. She also served as a Trade Finance Specialist and an International Credit Analyst after graduating from Fidelity Bank’s Professional Bankers Development Program.
Before joining the bank, Judith worked with Frupac International, a leading importer/exporter of Chilean produce, headquartered in Philadelphia. Responsible for administration and monitoring customer credit limits, the company was in an exciting period of rapid business expansion, quadrupling in size in just two and a half years.
Judith graduated from Dickinson College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French and Political Science (double major). She was awarded the Caroline Kennedy Senior Prize for French Literature. During her Junior year, she studied and worked in Nantes, France, and remained over the summer to work in the seaside resort of La Baule. Later, she studied at the University of Toulon in La Garde, France, where she received the Certificate in Commercial and Economic French from the Chamber of Commerce & Industry of Paris.
Born and raised in Phoenixville, PA, Judith is an enthusiastic Center City Philadelphia resident, who loves to travel and meet people from all over the world.
Thomas Poncet is a sophomore at Drexel University with a major in Business and Engineering. He has always had a passion for France as he is a French-American who grew up in the United States. He often visits France to see family and friends.
His goal while working with the FACC Philadelphia is to improve his marketing skills and expand his knowledge of the Franco-American business culture, as well as connect with French-American businesses.
Gwen Cakerri is a senior Marketing major at Temple University with a concentration in Digital Marketing. She plans to use this degree to pursue a career in Digital and Social Media Marketing for luxury retail brands. She currently works a part-time retail job while interning with the French- American Chamber of Commerce as a Marketing Coordinator.
She hopes to gain insights into both French and American business practices and build a strong professional network with industry leaders in both countries. Gwen hopes these connections will help her with her career goals of working abroad.
Catherine Vincent is a junior at Widener University majoring in International Relations and French. After graduation, she plans on attending graduate school or law school. In the future, she plans on pursuing a career in diplomacy or international law. She is currently working as a desk worker at Widener Pride Rec center while also interning at the French-American Chamber of Commerce.
Through this internship, she hopes to learn about the essential functions of non-profit organizations and network in order to build strong professional connections.