The Rochester Business Alliance (RBA) and Greater Rochester Enterprise (GRE) this week welcome several Hungarian business, government and university officials as they assess the potential for establishing North American operations in the Rochester Region and explore opportunities to form mutually beneficial relationships with local companies.
Altogether, nine Hungarian representatives are in Rochester for a four-day visit, Nov. 29 through Dec. 2. The participants represent four Hungarian information-technology firms, the University of Veszprem, the Hungarian Investment and Trade Development Agency, and the Embassy of Hungary in Washington, D.C.
Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks and Rochester Mayor William Johnson Jr. joined RBA and GRE in officially welcoming the Hungarian representatives at a kick-off event this morning at the Strathallan Hotel in Rochester.
"The RBA is delighted to host our Hungarian guests as they explore business opportunities in the Rochester Region," said Thomas T. Mooney, CEO of the Rochester Business Alliance. "The RBA looks forward to working with these Hungarian companies as they entertain the potential of establishing North American operations in our region."
The following Hungarian representatives are participating in this week's visit: Mr. Victor Szederkenyi, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Hungary, Washington, D.C.; Mr. Zsolt Elter, Director, Overseas Countries, Hungarian Investment and Trade Development Agency; Ms. Timea Nagy, Head of U.S. Department, Hungarian Investment and Trade Development Agency; Ms. Aniko Polgar, Assistant to the Trade Commissioner, Hungarian Investment and Trade Development Agency; Mr. Laszló Hencz, Head of Software Division, Delta Elektronik Ltd.; Mr. Antal Kuthy, CEO and President, E-Group Hungary Plc.; Mr. Donat Vass, Director, International Sales, FreeSoft, Inc.; Mr. Zsolt Tereczki, Director of Product Offers, LaserBit Communications Corporation; and Dr. Akos Redey, Vice Rector for Strategic Management, University of Veszprem.
"I am confident our Hungarian guests will find that the Rochester Region has much to offer them," said Michael A. Finney, President and CEO of Greater Rochester Enterprise. "Our community's knowledge-based workforce, technological strengths, entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to innovation, and outstanding quality of life are all assets that many businesses — including this week's participating companies — would find interesting and attractive."
The Hungarian Business Attraction Visit is made possible in part through the support of Rochester Institute of Technology, High Technology of Rochester, the Trillium Group, the International Business Council of the RBA, and HSBC Bank.