The Atlanta-based Conexx: America Israel Business Connector will celebrate its 18th annual gala with the debut of the Israeli Tech Village.
The Village will be in the atrium of the Atlanta History Center during the May 21 event. It will feature Israeli companies displaying their newest technologies in a range of areas, including financial tech, cybersecurity, smart cities and mobility, and healthcare.
Guests are invited to come ahead of the program to interact with the displays while enjoying cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.
Conexx connects Americans and Israelis through business, boosting economic development through mutually-beneficial relationships and partnerships. In the U.S.,
Conexx concentrates on Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee and the Carolinas. Since its inception 25 years ago, the organization has been involved in completed transactions valued at over $1 billion.
The Tom Glaser Leadership Award will be presented to Oded Shorer, director of economy and commerce at the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast U.S.; and Jorge Fernandez, recently-retired vice president of global commerce for the Metro Atlanta Chamber.
In addition, Conexx will present awards for Israeli Company of the Year, U.S. Company of the Year, Deal of the Year and Community Partner.
The Tom Glaser Leadership Award recognizes the achievements of an individual who has provided inspirational and strong leadership in furthering the cause of U.S.-Israel business and economic relationships. This award is given to someone who is “an exemplary community ambassador, demonstrates a passion for Israel, is unparalleled in relationship building, has pioneered deals and reflects the mission of Conexx.”
Fernandez has travelled to Israel multiple times on Conexx expeditions and to overseas conferences with the goal of furthering metro Atlanta’s reputation in Israel and to bring Israeli companies to metro Atlanta. He has met with over 100 Israeli companies and was instrumental in attracting companies to metro Atlanta such as Landa Printing, Itamar Medical and Ironscales. He also played a significant role in the establishment of the GCMI and Rambam Biomedical Digital Health Innovation Center.
Shorer has pioneered match making in financial technology, cybersecurity, healthcare and logistics throughout the Southeast U.S. and was instrumental in the memorandum of understanding between Atlanta’s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport and the Israel Airports Authority.
Networx will be recognized as the Israeli Company of the Year. Founded seven years ago, Networx connects home improvement contractors with customers and recently doubled its staff. The headquarters is now in the Buckhead area of Atlanta, with tech support and R&D in Israel.
The U.S. Company of the Year is Change Healthcare. In 2004, Conexx introduced McKesson to an Israeli company, Medcon, a cardiac diagnostic digital image management solutions firm. That introduction resulted in a $105 million acquisition.
The former Medcon now serves as the R&D arm of Change Healthcare, a leading global healthcare services and information technology company.
Change Healthcare was recently awarded $5.5 million by the Israel Innovation Authority as part of an initiative to expand Israel’s digital health ecosystem. Change Healthcare will increase its presence in Israel, to expand its Israeli development centers and to collaborate with the Israeli digital health community.
The Deal of the Year and Partner of the Year awards were not released before press time.
Registration and networking begin at 6 p.m., and the awards program and progressional buffet dinner start at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $155, or $1800 for a reserved table of 10.