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Colin Brady, OBE The ILC's founder, Mr. Colin Brady, served as president of the British American Business Group in 1991-92. Simultaneously, he served as Chairman of the Council of Presidents of the eighteen British American Chambers in the world, each one being an independent organization.

While heavily involved in British American business activities, Mr. Brady was also very active in the German American Chamber and the French American Chamber. He was a guest speaker at three annual conventions of the German American Chamber and served for over eight years on the Board of Directors of the French American Chamber, authoring that group's up-dated and Americanized By-Laws.

Mr. Brady saw during his tenure as Chairman of the Council of Presidents the value of bringing together leaders of organizations that might be independent, but which had common interests. He also saw, as he moved among the various bilateral and multilateral international organizations in Atlanta, how little the leaders each group knew about other such groups in the larger community.

In January 1993, Mr. Brady invited the presidents of eight such organizations to a dinner meeting at the World Trade Club atop the Merchandise Mart. Interestingly, there was no agenda, but conversation was constant and covered a broad range of subjects.

The instant rapport and camaraderie of that first meeting has pervaded every meeting since, even though the leaders in attendance have largely changed over time.

Another constant has been the keen interest on the part of the participants in taking a leadership role in the internationally-oriented economic development of the city, the state, and the region.

Every time the ILC leaders have met, though most are foreign-born, they have wanted to do more to develop Atlanta's and Georgia's profile and success in the international business arena.

In May 1998 Mark Pierson joined Mr. Brady in organizing the ILC forums and dinners, and at the January 2003 meeting of the ILC Mr. Brady announced at the conclusion of the dinner that Mark Pierson would be the new ILC Chairman

After two more meetings and dinners in 2003, Mr. Pierson put the organization on hiatus due to extensive travel commitments and the need to develop a website to capture the history and purpose of the organization.

This new website was unveiled at the June 27, 2005 meeting, and the ILC has grown from the initial group of 8 chambers to over 30 bi-national chambers attending ILC functions.

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