The USRCC staff and members traveled to Chicago on June 13, 2013 to participate in the 3rd Annual Business Forum and Gala dedicated to the Russia National Day. The Russia Day celebration in Chicago is exceptional, in that it is the only Russian National Day celebration organized by a non-governmental body in the United States. USRCC partnered with the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International to organize the events, held at Chicago’s historic Drake Hotel. Ms. Aleksandra Efimova, founder of Russian Pointe, and Mr. Piotr Galitzine, chairman of TMK IPSCO, chair the Moscow Committee of Chicago Sister Cities International.
For the past three years, the Russian-American Business Forum has served as one of the premier business events for information and networking with Chicago’s Russian community. This year, the keynote address was given by Ambassador Kislyak, and other speakers included Mikhail Kalugin, Head of the Economic Department of the Russian Embassy; Rinat M. Dosmukhamedov, Russian Trade Representative in the United States and Minister Counselor; and Piotr Galitzine, chairman of TMK IPSCO. The aim of the Business Forum was to increase participants’ understandings of trade and investment opportunities between Russia and the U.S., introduce and provide resources to support business expansion, and offer unique networking opportunities with industry leaders. Presenters included BayRu, Ambitech Generation, and NLMK.
A black tie gala was held later that evening to honor His Excellency Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the United States. The gala include a sit-down dinner, as well as official speeches from Russian and American dignitaries and a cultural program featuring opera, ballet and choir performances.