6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Please join us for cocktails and dinner to meet Dov Hoch, the new Executive Director of the Virginia-Israel Advisory Board (“VIAB”). After a casual meet-and-greet over cocktails, Dov will discuss over dinner the work of VIAB and how it can facilitate economic development in the localities of Hampton Roads.
ABOUT VIAB: The Virginia-Israel Advisory Board (http://www.viab.org/) was created by the Governor of Virginia in 1996 to advise on ways to improve economic and cultural links between the Commonwealth and the State of Israel, with a focus on commerce and trade, art and education, and general government. VIAB actively identifies, engages, and then supports Israeli companies seeking to expand to the U.S. offering Virginia as a “beta” state for introduction into U.S. markets. From initial meetings in Israel to prospecting Virginia locations, from introductions for teaming arrangements and possible clients to accessing special financial incentive programs, VIAB offers a robust and proven ecosystem for Israeli companies to attain success. The end result is economic growth and job creation for the Commonwealth of Virginia, as well as expansion and financial success for Israeli companies.
ABOUT DOV: Dov Hoch brings a very special skill set to VIAB. For 20 years, Dov has brought Israeli companies and products into the US market. He managed the US operations for leading Israeli companies including ECI Telecom and founded Clarity Advisors a cross-border business development practice. Dov works nimbly with large enterprises, economic development organizations and governments applying an entrepreneurial approach to leveraging synergies and develop lasting partnerships, including: building a high tech start-up in the West Bank for Siemens, Arab world research for IBM, and the Israel market entry of the largest Japanese investment bank. In the U.S., he served on the executive board of the America Israel Chamber of Commerce, was a founding board member of the Texas Israel Chamber of Commerce and a member of Connex's Israel Advisory Board. Dov's commitments to non-profits include being a founding board member of: SIGNAL – China-Israel Think Tank and Policy Center; a founding board member of Yemin Orde Educational Initiatives; and serving as the President of the Penn Club of Israel and Chairman of Penn's International Alumni. For five years, Dov was involved in operations that brought 40,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel. He has dual citizenship in the U. S. and Israel, holds degrees from Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania, and served in the Israel Defense Forces.
ABOUT WILLIAMS MULLEN’S ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT TEAM: Williams Mullen’s Economic Development Team assists U.S.-based and international companies with relocation and expansion projects. Businesses considering the location of new facilities or operations face a barrage of challenges and decision points, from government incentive programs and immigration issues, to real estate and corporate law issues. They need a multidisciplinary team that possesses the skills and experience to make the project a success. That’s where Williams Mullen’s Economic Development Team can be a valuable resource. To contact the Williams Mullen Economic Development Team, reach out to your dinner host and Economic Development Team member Bill Nusbaum, at (757) 629-0612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.