The French-American Business Awards

June 04, 2014


Celebrating French-American companies and executives in the Bay Area

Check out the winners here!

 Wednesday, June 4th, from 7:00 to 11:00 pm 

What: Business award ceremony & gala dinner

Why: to celebrate the French Business Community of the Bay Area

Where: General's Residence, 1 Fort Mason, San Francisco. See directions here.

Dress code: Cocktail attire

Event Fees : SOLD OUT

During an upscale dinner celebration, the best French entrepreneurs and corporate executives based in the San Francisco Bay Area will be honored for their excellent annual results and lasting performance in management and leadership. Four categories of awards will be appraised by 40 expert jury members.

The French-American Business Awards are organized by the French American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco in partnership with Leaders League Group.

Award categories

  • Agribusiness, Gastronomy and Wine Award
  • High Tech Award
  • Personality of the Year
  • Sustainability and Life Science Award

A thorough process to acknowledge French leaders in the Bay Area.

1- Selection

25 Firms are selected by a scientific Advisory Board in conjunction with the editorial department of Leaders League.

Other references such as international professional guides, studies, surveys and rankings are used to enhance this selection.

Jury members also have the opportunity to make recommendations.

Firms must be owned by a French or French-American or involve a French representative in its executive committee.

2- Nomination criteria

A questionnaire is sent to each nominee and acts as an application form.

Winners are selected by the jury members for their performance on the long run.

The criteria are based on a qualitative & quantitative oriented methodology.

a- Qualitative criteria (50% of notation) take into account:

  • Innovation
  • Leadership and Management
  • Quality and diversity of operations for the last 3 years
  • Social Responsibility
  • Involvement in the French Community or France’s influence in the Bay Area and beyond

 b- Quantitative criteria (50% of notation) take into account:

  • Activity and revenue growth
  • Staff growth
  • Net income
  • Fundraising

3- Jury & deliberation procedure

With a selection based on professional criteria, over 40 experts join the 4 jury panels to elect the best actors in the Bay Area.

This selection is made to ensure that the French-American Business Awards reflect an objective illustration of the market.

The experts are the ones determining the winners, by voting for the best shortlisted firms in each category.

This is an extremely rigorous and confidential judging process based on their experience and market knowledge as well as on the information provided by nominees in the application forms.

During the deliberation, each jury member chooses his top 3 firms, allocating points (3 points for the first, 2 points for the second, 1 point for the third). The company receiving the best total of points wins. The company with the second best total of points receives the Special Distinction. In case of difference less than 3 points between the first and the second, a second round of voting is made, giving the opportunity for the jury members to award two ex aequo winners.

The Awards Ceremony

During the Gala Dinner, the names of the laureates are revealed, and they are rewarded for their excellence with the Gold Award. Representatives of Companies awarded as Special Distinction also come on stage to receive a prize.

The Nominees

High Tech Award:

Agribusiness, Gastronomy & Wine Award:
Boisset Family Estates
Chevalier Restaurant
Fabrique Délices
Nadalié USA
Pellenc America
Roederer Estate

Sustainability & Life Science Award:
Enphase Energy
Eureka Genomics
Fruition Sciences

Personality of the Year:
Jean-Jacques Bienaimé (BioMarin Pharmaceutical)
Jean-Charles Boisset (Boisset Family Estates)
Geneviève Janssens (Robert Mondavi Winery)
Renaud Laplanche (Lending Club)
Jean-Baptiste Rudelle (Criteo)

The Jury

High Tech
Bertrand Cariou, Senior Director, Solution Product Management, Informatica
Eve Chaurand, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Bertrand Diard, Co-founder, Talend
Eliane Fiolet, Co-Founder, Ubergizmo
David Gurle, Founder & CEO, Perzo
Elizabeth Pavageau, North America Head of Operations, Inmobi
Frédéric Stemmelin, President, French American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco
Cécile Thirion, Marketing Director - Government & Transportation, Xerox Services
Xavier Wartelle, CEO, French Tech Hub

Agribusiness, Gastronomy & Wine
Philippe Bascaules, General Manager, Inglenook
Adam Beak, Managing Director, Premium Wine Group, Bank of the West
Nicolas Bernadi, VP, Product Development, Marketing & Manufacturing, La Boulange, Starbucks Coffee Company
Jacques Brix, Vice President, Wines & Vines
Frédéric Catteau, Plant General Manager & Sales Manager, Amcor Flexibles Jean-Yves Charon, Founder & Pastry Chef, Galaxy Desserts
Charlotte Gourraud, Marketing Manager, Laffort
Roland Passot, Owner, La Folie
Michaela Rodeno, Corporate Director, retired CEO, Vintner, Author
Jean-Jacques Vitrac, Founder & Owner, CEO, Domaine Becquet Winery

Sustainability & Life Science
Xavier Avat, HCV Marketing Director Launch Team /US Commercial, Gilead Sciences
Benoit Berthoux, Vice President, Capgemini Consulting
Isabelle DeArmond, President, Baucis Global
Thomas Deschamps, Head of Science & Technology Office, Consulate General of France in San Francisco
Jean-Bernard Le Pecq, Member, Académie des Sciences, Paris, France
Claude Leglise, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Clearspot Energy
Anita Melikian, Patent Agent, Morgan Lewis
Alain Poivet, CEO, Sunplanter
Chloé Soroquère, Marketing, Social Media & Business Development Strategy Expert, Principal, VeraVista Solutions
Pierre Trevet, CEO & Founder, Helios Building Efficiency

Personality of the Year
Marie-Catherine Beuth, Silicon Valley Correspondent, Le Figaro
Bertrand Diard, Co-Founder, Talend
Nicolas El Baze, General Partner, Partech Ventures
Jean-Noel Fourmeaux du Sartel, Owner, VGS Chateau Potelle Winery
Sébastien Lepinard, Managing Partner, Next World Capital
Philippe Melka, Winemaker, Melka Wines Roland Passot, Owner, La Folie Frédéric Stemmelin, President, French-American Chamber of Commerce San Francisco

About the FACCSF:

The French-American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco (FACCSF) is a non-profit, non-governmental, member-driven organization created in 1978.

Its mission is to foster the French-American business community and support companies in their settlement and development in the Bay Area, from Napa Valley to Silicon Valley. The FACCSF focuses on providing the highest level of services to its 300 members, through 120 events / year and a wide range of corporate services. 

About Leaders League:

Leaders League is a leading print & online media group operating at the international level. Established in 1996 the group is structured around 2 distinct business units:
- Print & online media : DECIDEURS Magazine, Market Intelligence Reports (industry benchmarks, company directories)
- B to B summits : The Private Equity Exchange Awards, Law Trophy and Awards, Finance Leaders Trophy and Awards, G20 Strategy Summit, Human Capital Awards, The Fastest Growing Companies Awards, International Legal Alliance Summit & Awards (ILASA).

Leaders League delivers information for decision making to more than 20 000 international leaders. The group connects C-level decision makers to a dynamic network of business information and people sharing a common passion : excellence in leadership and management. Accurately and quickly delivering business news and in-depth analysis through innovative technology, is at the heart of the group’s mission. Leaders League has been enjoying an average double-digit annual growth in revenues over the last 10 years. The group leading media brands are : Leaders League for international publications and DECIDEURS for French speaking readers. At the French level DECIDEURS Magazine is the group media brand designed for CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CTOs, General Counsels and other Executive Committee members. With over 16 000 subscribers, focused solely on this senior audience of leaders, DECIDEURS is among the most impactful print & online media brands in France. 




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