SMART International Group
Capitol Hill Reception
July 18, 2018 – Washington D.C.
US Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE) was the Honorary Co-Host of the SMART Congressional Initiative’s International Group Capitol Hill Reception as part of the World-Wide Celebrations of the Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth. The Senator was joined by multiple other Congressional Honorary Co-Hosts. Further, the Senator introduces a bi-partisan Resolution with 19 other Senators to recognize Mandela’s Life & Legacy. The SMART Reception was led by Arbitrade Ltd. Chairman & CEO Leonard Schutzman and Marston Webb CEO Victor Webb. Highlights were the keynotes by the Republic of South Africa Ambassador, H.E. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, and Arbitrade Chairman & CEO; the extensive exhibits of Arbitrade’s Nelson Mandela collection and finally the range and depth of the senior level participants. The event was videoed to provide source data for follow up activities that relate.
US Senator Christopher Coons (D-DE), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was the Honorary Co-Host of the SMART Congressional Initiative’s International Group Capitol Hill Reception as part of the World-Wide Celebrations of the Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela on the 100th anniversary of his birth, July 18, 2018. The reception was held in the Dirksen Room, Dirksen Senate Office Building. He was joined by Honorary Co-Hosts Senator Cardin (MD) and Representatives Robert Brady (PA-01), Dwight Evans (PA-02), Donald Norcross (NJ-01) and Bonnie Watson-Coleman (NJ-12). Further; Senator Coons introduced a bipartisan Senate resolution, with 19 other Senators signing, honoring the life, accomplishments, and legacy of Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birth. “Nelson Mandela had a transformative impact on South Africa and the world through his historic contributions to promoting human rights and justice for all,” said Senator Coons. “Madiba showed us that values such as forgiveness, respect, and tolerance are not just words, but actions we can all take. I’m proud to introduce this resolution today to honor Nelson Mandela’s life and legacy, which transcends his time and place in history. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, we celebrate his leadership and commitment to fighting discrimination, poverty, and inequality. Let us rededicate ourselves to his vision for the world and work together to make it a reality.” For additional details see: https://www.coons.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/sen-coons-honors-the-life-accomplishments-and-legacy-of-nelson-mandela-on-the-centenary-of-his-birth
The Reception was led by Arbitrade Ltd. Chairman & CEO Leonard Schutzman and Marston Webb CEO Victor Webb and supported by SMART Executive Director Robert Carullo, and International Group Chair, George Kearns, Worldwide African Solutions and an extended event committee.
Phil Jaurigue, SMART Board Chairman, and Sabre Systems Chairman and CEO provided the opening welcome and comments from the Board. In reflection, he said, “It was an honor to give the welcoming remarks for the celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday. With Ambassadors of African nations and Members of Congress present, I could not help but reflect on Mandela’s influence on our own civil rights movement, inspiring leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr. with his message of peace and unity. The occasion reminds us all of the work that there still is to accomplish in our own country and throughout the world.”
The Reception highlights were the keynotes of the Republic of South Africa Ambassador to the United States, H.E. Mninwa Johannes Mahlangu, and Arbitrade’s Chairman & CEO, Leonard Schutzman. Their remarks were augmented by extensive exhibits of Arbitrade’s Nelson Mandela artifact collection and a photo slideshow of the Nelson Mandela “Gold Hands”. Arbitrade’s community outreach program to promote the Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela is led by their purchase of the Gold Hands. For further details please see https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/05/11/1501225/0/en/Arbitrade-Completes-the-Purchase-of-the-First-of-the-Mandela-Golden-Hands-Artifacts.html
The event drew nine other African Ambassadors with senior Ministers and additional staff.
While the event was primarily for Members of Congress and our African Ambassadors, the complete range of the SMART Congressional Initiative was represented by these individuals:
- The SMART Congressional Caucus founder, Congressman Curt Weldon (1987-2007) provided comments on the genesis of SMART and its’ applications today. Senator Coons’ staff hand-delivered a copy of the above resolution that actually being read on the Senate floor by the Senator during our opening comments. Also from Congress, the Congressional Black Caucus was represented by Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-13).
- The Federal Executive Branch was represented from the podium by Mitchell Tyner, Deputy Chief Counsel, US Office of Advocacy.
- Pennsylvania State Representative Vanessa Lowery Brown (District 190) was recognized for the State Government component of SMART.
- NJ Morris County Deputy Freeholder Director Freeholder, Christine Myers attended. Note that she is also the US Office of Advocacy Region II Advocate.
- Philadelphia City Judge James Lynn attended along with “Camden Is Rising” advocates Rob Mazzuca, Andrew Adams and Derrick Davis.
- SMART Board was represented by:
- Chairman, Phil Jaurigue
- DE Sam Waltz & Carla Sydney-Stone
- MD Debbie Burrell
- PA George Kearns
- Staff Bob Carullo, Pam Fillian, Jemimah Cheks & Kevin Carullo
- The 15 SMART Groups were limited to below with collectively 45 participants led by:
- International Group Chair George Kearns, CEO of Worldwide African Solutions
- Economic Development Group Chair Rob Mazzuca, COO GlobeHealer
- STEM Education/Workforce Development Chair Tony Fowler, COO RWDC
- International Group’s Dep Chair Africa Kerry Moody, Pres, WAS.
- Academia, Princeton University DC Legislative Associate Kimberly Nerres.
- Major Businesses, TD Bank Derick Davis
- Gov’t Labs/Field Agencies, US Office of Advocacy Region III Advocate and the Federal Executive Branch Liaison for SMART. Elmo Rinaldi and Region II Advocate, Christine Myers.
- Professional Associations, World Trade Center Delaware, Carla Sydney-Stone and Delaware African-Caribbean Coalition, Dr. Eunice Gwanmesia.
In closing; given the World-Wide significance of this event, SMART contracted with the Fali Group, led by Jemimah Cheks, to document the event via video and still photos to produce digital media that will be the core of follow up SMART sessions and/or programs throughout the Mid-Atlantic. Further, Arbitrade and Marston Webb will also be conducting programs to promote the Life & Legacy of Nelson Mandela, “Sharing with the World”. Arbitrade, Marston Webb, and SMART will coordinate as appropriate.
July 18, 2018 – US Senate Resolution DUN18187
See Senator Coons US Senate Resolution here.
July 2018 – SMART Website and IT Data Base, Update to “Sabre On Point”.
SMART has transitioned our website and IT backbone from our original 1999 Information Management System to “Sabre On Point” technology. Given the range and depth of SMART and the fact that since April 1999 we have produced multiple issue papers, conducted 307 major events and facilitated $625M in direct projects and $1.2+ indirect projects; this update will span the summer.
For any detailed questions or further information, please contact:
Executive Director Bob Carullo at email@example.com or 609-304-2904.