At the SACC-Texas annual meeting 2011 Anders Nilsson was honoured with a “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his work with the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce (SACC) in Texas. Anders Nilsson who was one of the founders of SACC-Texas in Austin in 1997 has served as the Vice President of the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce in Austin for twelve years since then.
Anders Nilsson has during this time diligently worked to develop and cultivate an extensive network of Swedish and American professionals in public and private sectors benefiting both SACC-Texas and several Swedish and American companies looking to do business in Sweden and/or in Texas. Through Anders Nilsson SACC-Texas has been able to organize visits and seminars with high-level officials from the State of Texas, the City of Austin and the University of Texas , the second largest public University in the US.
Anders Nilsson has personally hosted many Swedish delegations visiting Austin over the years from: the Swedish Embassy in Washington, The Vinnova organization, The Swedish University in Lund, ITPS and Export Music Sweden, among others. He has also been instrumental in helping Texas companies successfully bid for sizable government contracts in Sweden.
In addition to his work for SACC-Texas Mr. Nilsson also served as Austin’s International Ambassador to Sweden and the European Union for the 15th World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) in 2006. This was attended by industry leaders and delegates from over 80 Country’s and was hosted by the City of Austin, May 1-5, 2006.
Anders Nilsson is currently working together with the IC2 Institute at University of Texas to establish a Technology Business Accelerator for Swedish companies at the Institute in Austin.
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce, Texas, www.sacctx.com, is part of a nation network of 20 Swedish Chambers with over 2300 members nationwide; the “Swedish American-Chamber of Commerce, USA”. SACC-USA is the second-largest European Chamber of Commerce in the U.S. It enables and encourages business relationships for technology development, commerce, and investment between the two countries and is located at the “House of Sweden” in Washington D.C
David Pettit, SACC-Texas