Board members Julio Rivera and Nelson Mikovenyi of Delta with longtime President Lucia Jennings at the chamber's Brazil Economic Outlook event at the Federal Reserve before the pandemic halted in-person meetings earlier this year. Photo courtesy: BACCSE

The Atlanta-based Brazilian-American Chamber of Commerce — Southeast elected a new chair and announced its newest members as it continues to organize online events to drum up bilateral trade.  

Gene King, managing shareholder for Invest America, assumed the chairmanship, while the chamber added as board members Henry Berger, global head of marketing for animal diagnostics at Boehringer Ingelheim, and Mauricio Vianna, partner and CEO at MJV Technology and Innovation 

Mr. King said he was honored to serve as chair, given the chamber’s strong impact on his firm, which helps guide foreign investors through the process of acquiring EB-5 or E-2 visas through job-generating investments or starting up new businesses, respectively.  

“Our company has greatly benefited from working with BACC and we want to help continue to promote international trade between the Southeast U.S. and Brazil,” Mr. King said in a news release.  

Lucia Jennings, who founded the chamber in the 1990s, remains its president and most visible face in the community; most recently, she championed startup and technology exchanges during an event that focused on Georgia as a beachhead for Brazilian companies investing in the U.S. 

She was also on hand for an event hosted by Georgia State University CIBER featuring Brazilian Ambassador Nestor Forster Jr. earlier this year.  

Visit for more information, or find the full slate of board members below:  

  • Lucia Jennings, President/ CEO, BACC-SE 
  • Honorary Chairman Carlos Henrique de Abreu, Consul General of Brazil in Atlanta 
  • Gene King, BACC-SE Chair, Sr Managing Director, Sequence/Invest America 
  • Henry Berger, Global Head of Marketing, Animal Diagnostics, Boehringer Ingelheim 
  • Marcelo Bernal, Co-founder and CEO Carnegie Brasil 
  • Ney Corsino, President & CEO NanoLumens 
  • Fernanda Kirchner, Project Manager, GA Department of Economic Development 
  • Harold Milk, President & CEO, BeOn Group 
  • Nelson Mikovenyi, Director, In-Flight Services, Delta Airlines 
  • Gabriele Miotto MD, Plastic Surgeon, ME Plastic Surgery 
  • Maria Luiza C.A. Pinho, PHd, Professor of International Business, Georgia State University 
  • Julio Rivera, Sales Manager, Delta Airlines 
  • Ron Slotin, Brazil Strategy Director, Drummond Advisors 
  • Mauricio Vianna, Partner / CEO, MJV Technology & Innovation 
  • Cesar Vence, Deputy Director of International Affairs, City of Atlanta 
  • Paulo Wenceslau, Managing Partner, Global Recruiters Network Town Center 

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