Gilles Bonkoski is Executive Director of the French American Chamber of Commerce-San Diego. He joined the organization in 2013. Under his leadership, the FACC-San Diego has significantly grown its corporate service offering to support French businesses’ expansion in San Diego and California, increased network opportunities, business tours and event programming to foster business relationships between French and American professionals, and also expanded its services to assist US-based companies looking to grow their operations in France. Additionally, Mr. Bonkoski is managing director of the Ouistart Business Center, a vibrant work space dedicated to French and American entrepreneurs.
Previously, Mr. Bonkoski was branch director and led two large agencies at SFR, a leading French telecom company. He successfully grew large accounts with aggregate sales of over 20 million euros and oversaw sales support services. During his tenure, he created new programs to increase sales productivity and was awarded many accolades, including Manager of the Year and Best Agency in New Business for his ability to develop, motivate and lead teams and grow the business. He started his career at Young & Rubicam working on advertising campaigns in the Latin America market.
Outside work, Mr. Bonkoski is an avid aviation enthusiast and enjoys flying recreationally and traveling in his spare time.
Nicolas Menier is Operations Manager at the French American Chamber of Commerce-San Diego. He joined the organization in 2017. Mr. Menier is responsible for providing client management services for French businesses looking to expand in the U.S. and assisting with member programming and services. While at the FACC, he has arranged hundreds of business to business meetings across a wide array of industries, helped French companies develop and grow their businesses, and also led business delegations between the City of San Diego and the South of France. Additionally, Mr. Menier is customer success manager at OuiStart Business Center, a vibrant work space dedicated to French and American entrepreneurs.
Prior to joining the FACC, Mr. Menier was a consultant at Atos, a leading European IT Services provider. There, he delivered project and change management solutions to a major French energy company. After obtaining a master of science in management in France, he worked at Argentina for All, where he helped organize travel, sports, social and charitable events for over 40,000 students.
When not at work, Mr. Menier can be found on the soccer pitch. He has previously coached college teams in France that have reached the national cup finals and passionately cheers on his hometown team AS Monaco.
Business Development Coordinator
Michael Chow serves as Business Development Coordinator at the French American Chamber of Commerce-San Diego. He is responsible for assisting French companies grow their business in the U.S. through a vast array of customer management services and providing member programming and services.
Prior to joining the FACC, Mr. Chow was a part of the marketing solutions team at KeepItGrowing, where he executed four successful marketing campaigns that led to a significant increase in views across social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and Linked-in. He also was Operations Associate at NewBeeDrone, compiling market research and trends in the US micro-drone industry, designing a customer loyalty system, and launching and running effective marketing campaigns.
In his spare time, Mr. Chow can be found in the kitchen combining textures and flavors to create such mouth-watering delicacies as hand-wrapped dumplings, swiss-sauce chicken wings, and bulgogi beef, to name a few.
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About us: Who We Are
Based in San Diego, we are a non-profit institution that empowers companies to reach their full potential. Through our expertise in business needs and regional regulation laws, as well as expansive network of U.S and French industry leaders as well as government officials, we help our members gain tremendous momentum to grow their business. Our mission is to enable and empower businesses by providing them with crucial resources, including but not limited to an extensive network, advice on best business practices,
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To help companies grow is the core of our mission
Since 1995, our team has succeeded in understanding the challenges of French-American companies and creating reliable services to meet them all.
We craft tailored services to the need of both American and French based companies. Our clients benefit from our experience in both countries and our vast network.
We offer unique connections opportunities and events for our members to foster business relationships in San Diego and California.