The American-Central European Business Association (ACEBA) is a one-stop platform for dialogue between American corporate executives and political leaders from Central Europe. ACEBA’s core objective is to organize DC-based roundtable discussions for member companies with U.S. and foreign political leaders.
As the only business organization focused solely on Central Europe, ACEBA has become the go-to venue for hosting government officials from the 17 partner countries when they visit Washington, DC. The organization has served as an appropriate forum for engaging with high-level U.S. officials who cover the region. Along with the U.S.-Poland Business Council, the American-Lithuanian Business Council, the American-Romanian Business Council, the U.S.-Hungary Business Council, and the American-Czech Business Council, ACEBA has maintained a full schedule of events each year. These include: National Day receptions, policy roundtables with U.S. government officials, meetings with Members of Congress, and business missions to partner countries.
The American-Central European Business Association was founded in 2015 and is a non profit, 501(c)6 organization.
Eric Stewart is a Partner with the Washington, DC firm of Williams & Jensen, PLLC. Mr. Stewart represents clients before the Administration, Congress and select foreign governments on a range of international and domestic policy matters. He also serves as the President of the American-Lithuanian Business Council (ALBC), the US-Poland Business Council (USPBC), the US-Hungary Business Council (USHBC), the American-Czech Business Council (ACBC) and the American-Romanian Business Council (AMRO), and as the Executive Director of the US Turkmenistan Business Council (USTBC).
Previously, Mr. Stewart served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe at the U.S. Department of Commerce where he was responsible for developing programs, policies and strategies designed to strengthen the United States’ commercial position in Europe. Mr. Stewart directed the Department’s activities on trade, commerce, compliance and investment policies for more than 50 countries (including European Commission and 25 EU countries, Turkey, Russia and the Independent States) in the region. Mr. Stewart served as the Acting Assistant Secretary and was granted top secret security clearance.
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James Burchfield served as a Congressional staffer for over six years. Most recently, he functioned as Senior Policy Adviser to Chairman Steve Chabot where he led the Congressman’s strategic policy agenda on foreign policy and judiciary issues. Additionally, he served as a Professional Staff Member for the House Committee on Small Business where he spearheaded the Committee’s cyber security and trade agendas. James also worked as majority staff on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the Subcommittee on Asia & the Pacific where he focused on trade, cyber security, and unconventional energy in Asia. James is currently a visiting fellow at the Antonin Scalia Law School’s National Security Institute. James earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and international affairs from Loyola University of Chicago and has received executive education from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in trade policy.
Henry Homans is a Legislative Analyst at Williams & Jensen. He serves as Director of External Affairs for the American-Central European Business Association, the U.S.-Poland Business Council, the U.S.-Hungary Business Council, the American-Lithuanian Business Council, and the American-Romanian Business Council. Prior to his arrival at Williams & Jensen, Henry gained experience on Capitol Hill working for Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and the House Democratic Caucus. He also completed a Harvard Business School Extension program focused on business analytics and financial accounting. Henry holds a bachelor’s degree in History from Denison University where he was a member of the 2016 Division III National Champion Swimming and Diving Program.