February 22, 2018, in Charleston, South Carolina – Henry L. Ravenel Jr., Chair-man & CEO of the Southeastern Chamber of Commerce invited AVPE President Ed Thompson to speak briefly about successful Palestinian businesses at the organization’s Emerging Leaders Gala 2018 in Charleston, South Carolina. The black tie event brought together over 100 leaders and supporters to recognize nearly a dozen award recipients. The invitation was extended due to Mr. Ravenel’s interest in adding an international dimension to the work of the Southeastern Chamber. After meeting with AVPE Chair Sam Bahour in Ramallah, an acquaintance of Mr. Ravenel had recommended that he talk with AVPE in the U.S.

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