Trustee Spotlight: Barry Sobel

Barry was involved with international business dealings for over a decade before the first time he visited Israel. In 2001, he joined the Executive Board of the American Israel Chamber of Commerce and was astounded by the level of entrepreneurial spirit in the country. Recalling that everyone there had three business cards: one for their actual job, another for a startup they were involved in, and a third for a startup they wanted to incubate. He quickly learned the importance of knowing the culture of someone before you interact with them and not making assumptions. In Israel, for example, not everyone is Jewish and unlike America it’s not which university you attend, but the military outfit one serves in that gives prestige.  In UIEC, Barry brings his experience of cross-culture literacy, along with over 30 years of experience in international business dealings. For example; don’t walk into a meeting with any assumptions. Another difference Barry discovered in his experience is that Israel doesn’t have as strict as a chain of command as we do in America. Someone who just started at the company is in meetings and having conversations with the CEO. Barry believes

most people look at Israel and recognize their Silicon Wadi, along the coastal plain, for tech innovation, but that’s not where most of Israel’s importance originates. It is the constant development in the agriculture and water technologies helping people across the globe. Barry states the importance of being on the board of UIEC when going to Israel with the goal of international investment, UIEC provides vital connections that will make your visit more effective than trying to infiltrate the country on your own.

Events – Upcoming and Past

Upcoming Events

BusinessH2O Water Innovation Summit

September 12 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

The Summit will bring together business leaders, government officials, and water experts to discuss best practices in corporate water stewardship and public policies to address the ever-growing, global demand for water. Hear from leading policy experts, business leaders, investors, government officials, academia and research institutions, the Salt Lake Chamber and US Chambers of Commerce and global water innovators. The Summit will focus on improving water governance to promote industrial and economic growth, public policy and regulatory challenges, water stewardship, sustainable…

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WATEC Israel 2019

Over a decade of successful conventions, the global WATEC community has built and shared a growing body of important knowledge and showcased a range of revolutionary technologies and solutions.

WATEC 2019 will mark an exciting departure from previous conventions. Not only will you be kept up to date and well informed on developments and trends related to water and environmental management, but there will also be a strong focus on building important connections and networks that will allow for ongoing engagement and global co-operation.

This event is the ideal platform to maximize exposure, build diverse networks in the industry, remain on the cutting edge and catch up with old friends and colleagues.

*UIEC is going with Utah companies to this conference