The annual SACC Summit is a key event to support and facilitate economic expansion and business between the United States and Sweden. Not only is the U.S. Sweden’s largest trading partner outside the EU, Swedish companies also create over 350,000 job opportunities in the U.S. In addition, Sweden is one of the largest investors per capita in the U.S.

Gathering business leaders and entrepreneurs together with representatives from 20 regional Swedish-American Chambers of Commerce, the SACC Summit provides a robust platform for customer discovery and business development. Participants also had the opportunity to meet regional decision makers in Florida, a prime location for business. 

The program offered top-level speakers and panel discussions on the theme of “The Future Of…”, with fantastic opportunities to Connect, Network and Grow with the entire Swedish-American business community here in the U.S. and from Sweden.   

SACC Florida was very proud to host this year’s SACC Summit, and strengthening cooperation between actors in Sweden and the U.S. – on the Summit dates November 3-4 and year-round

For any questions contact us at info@saccflorida.org and sign up for SACC Florida updates here

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Per Cedergren

President of SACC Florida
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Karin Hammar

Executive Director at SACC USA

SACC Summit 2022 Main Sponsor

We are very happy and proud to have Securitas as the main sponsor for SACC Summit 2022, and Andrew Dunn, Mobile Guarding for Securitas North America, present at the SACC Summit 2022! 

Along the automation, digitization and connectivity in the security space, Mr. Dunn shared the purpose and mission of Securitas to make our world a safer place as well as their partnership with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. 

To learn more about Securitas and their very important work, visit https://www.securitasinc.com/ 

SACC Summit 2022 Day 1

We kicked off the SACC Summit 2022 with a lunch served in the Huizenga Pavillion at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts, overlooking the beautiful New River. Followed by welcoming remarks and a few words from  Signhild Arnegård Hansen, The Chairman of SACC USA, Per Cedergren, The President of SACC Florida, Vice Mayor Broward County Lamar Fisher, and Björn Arvidsson, Minister Counselor, Head of Trade and Economic Affairs, Embassy of Sweden.

The day then continued with speeches by business thinker and author Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle, Andrew Dunn, President Mobile Guarding North America, Securitas, as well as a Panel Discussion on the theme Security with Rya Manners, Securitas, Maria-Pia Hope, Vinge and Fernando Esteban, Axis, moderated by Patrik Melander, Connect 5G. 

The day ended with a pre-dinner mingle and a boat ride to Yot bar & kitchen situated right by the waterfront of the New River, where a dinner was served in sponsorship with Vikand.

SACC Summit 2022 Day 2

Day 2 of the SACC Summit, started off with a Panel Discussion on the theme Sustainability and Electro- mobility with Fredrik Klevenfeldt, Volvo Trucks, Lasse Svensson, Autoliv, Jasmin Utter, SAS, and Ricardo Opperman, Wärtsilä, moderated by Stephen Jordan, CEO at Institute for Sustainable Development.

The day continued with speeches from Fredrik Klevenfeldt, Director Brand Marketing Communications at Volvo Trucks North America, Jasmin Utter, General Manager SAS Region Americas,  Lasse Svensson, Account Manager EV Autoliv North America, Anders Gustafsson, Volvo Cars, and a “Fire- Side Chat” with Christer Otterström, Hummeltorp, and Stephen Jordan, CEO at Institute for Sustainable Development. 

The day ended with an insightful panel discussion on the theme Entrepreneurship moderated by Ebba Blitz, Ensure Endpoint Technologies Inc., with participation by , Kerstin Holm, Founder Institute, Patrik Melander, Connect 5G,  and Karin Mörner Cedergren, Cimplement, and Charlotte Kramer, Embassy of Sweden. 

To wrap up the SACC Summit 2022, we had the pleasure of  Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle giving some summarizing thoughts

We ended the SACC Summit 2022 the same way we started; with a beautiful lunch overlooking the New River in the Huizenga Pavillion at The Broward Center for the Performing Arts.

SACC Summit 2022 Internal Evening

On November 2nd we had an internal evening at the Pelican Grand Beach Resort with SACC Board members and Officers only, to network and discuss talent mobility updates.  

Among our distinguished speakers

Björn Arvidsson
Minister Counselor, Head of Trade and Economic Affairs at the Embassy of Sweden

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Björn Arvidsson has served in Washington DC since 2017 and directs the Embassy’s work on trade policy, business promotion, economic affairs, energy and climate issues. 

Before his current diplomatic posting, Mr. Arvidsson spent five years in Brussels representing Sweden in EU trade discussions, and has also previously worked as a trade specialist at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the National Board of Trade in Stockholm.

Björn Arvidsson talked about the Swedish economic footprint in the US and Team Sweden USA, as well as important areas for transatlantic cooperation, including trade, the green transition and security. He highlighted the green transition as an opportunity to strengthen bilateral trade and cooperation between Sweden and the US even more.

Jonas Ridderstråle
Business speaker, thinker and author, best known for the bestselling book Funky Business – Talent Makes Capital Dance.

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For more than two decades, Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle has remained one of the world’s most influential and respected business thinkers and speakers. He is the author of international bestsellers such as Funky BusinessKaraoke CapitalismRe-energizing the Corporation and Fast Forward.

Dr. Jonas Ridderstråle shared interesting and valuable insights on the current mega-trends that are reshaping the socio-economic landscape and forcing us to radically rethink how we organize, manage, and lead our business. 

Dr. Ridderstråle also concluded the SACC Summit 2022 with some summarizing thoughts – go to our social media pages to read a few of these thoughts! 

Andrew Dunn
President at Mobile Guarding Division North America at Securitas.

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Andrew Dunn, is currently the President overseeing Mobile Guarding for Securitas North America. He oversees all patrol operations in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.

Securitas’ focus and drive is to move their purpose forward, modernize physical security programs to anticipation and response, bridge the gap where Law Enforcement is not available, and utilize data towards the next state of our industry…the predictive state.

What will you talk about at SACC Summit 2022?

“I will present on the automation, digitization, and connectivity in the security space that is driving a seamless real-time delivery of response from large corporations to individual users.”

“In addition, I’m extremely excited to talk about our purpose and our mission to make your world a safer place including our partnership with The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.”

 

What do you look forward to the most at SACC Summit 2022?

“Like most national events, but especially the Summit, I’m excited to share amazing stories, ideas, and collaborate with all of our chapters across the US! It’s always exciting to see friends and colleagues of past while making new connections with the next generation.”

Jasmin Utter
General Manager Region Americas at SAS – Scandinavian Airlines. 

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Jasmin has more than 35 years of experience working with SAS, across various functions. Previous postings for SAS have been in Brussels, Belgium and also London, UK, in addition to SAS head office in Stockholm, Sweden.

What will you address at SACC Summit 2022?

“Sustainable travel now and in the future – what SAS and other airlines are doing to make a difference.”

What do you look forward to the most at SACC Summit 2022?

“Insights and interactions with the Swedish community in Florida and how we can strengthen the collaboration between the US and Sweden.”

Lasse Svensson
Account Manager EV at Autoliv, North America.

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Lasse Svensson is an experienced automotive professional with background in Sweden, Germany and North America, currently working in sales for Electric Vehicle Safety systems at Autolivs North American Headquarters in Michigan. Lasse helps Autoliv develop, sell and deliver live saving solutions for new types of vehicles in a market with strong potential for growth. 

Fredrik Klevenfeldt
Director Brand Marketing Communications at Volvo Trucks, North America

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Fredrik has a Master of Science in Business and Economics from Växjö University, Sweden.

He has gained several years of management experience within the commercial vehicle industry and currently leads the Brand Marketing Communications department at Volvo Trucks in North America.

Anders Gustafsson
Senior Vice President Americas & President and CEO of Volvo Cars USA.

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Christer Otterström
CEO, Hummeltorp Sverige AB.

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By combining his innovative thinking with goal-oriented entrepreneurship, Christer Otterström has started and run companies in several different industries since a young age.

In 2017, Christer became the third generation CEO of the family company Hummeltorp Sverige AB. 

Broward Center for the Performing Arts

SACC Summit 2022 was held at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, located in the downtown Fort Lauderdale riverfront area. 

Speeches and panel discussions took place in the Huizenga Pavillion, a bright spacious ballroom with its windows facing The New River. 

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Golf Tournament 2022

The Swedish Church held their  Annual Golf Tournament and Networking Event on November 5th.

The final event in connection to SACC Summit took place at the prestigious golf course Plantation Preserve. Where all player supported a great cause as all the proceeds benefited the Swedish Church.

Pictures from SACC Summit 2021, hosted by SACC Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona

Thank you to our generous sponsors