Luciano Topi – Chairman Emeritus
Graduated from the Law School, Luciano holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from John Hopkins University, Washington DC.
He started at the IBM Italia and then worked in construction and maintenance area of chemical plants in Italy.
In the early 80′ Luciano passed to ENI Group, in Milan, with management and commercial responsibility in chemical area. Luciano became the the International sales manager and he moved to Bruxelles, New York, and finally, in 1995, to Houston as president of Enichem America, a trading and manufacturing company in United States.
In 2001 Luciano leaves Enichem and starts his activity as consultant. In September he became President of the Italy America Chamber of Commerce where he currently holds the position of Chairman of the Board. He moved back to Italy, from where he is still promoting and supporting the Chamber’s activities.
Alessia Paolicchi – Executive Director
Alessia graduated from University of Pisa Law School, Italy, and later added a Master’s degree in Personnel Administration and Human Resources Management from University of Bologna. Alessia was International sales manager and Production planning & scheduling for a large Italian shoe company for two years before becoming Director of operations for CTT in 1997. CTT, a holding with 1200 employees, is responsible for public transportation services in the north west area of Tuscany.
Her area of responsibilities included Legal and Procurement departments, Organizational Strategy, Communications and Quality assurance for CTT group. From 2001 to 2011 Alessia has also held a board position and was legal counselor for a bus charter and travel agency company.
In January 2012 she was nominated IACC Executive Director and since December of 2017, she has been a member of the Advisory Council of the European American Investment Council (EAIC). Alessia has lived in Houston since 2009 with her husband and son.
Maurizio Gamberucci – Deputy Director
Maurizio is an experienced business coach and consultant, in the field of business development for Italian and American small and medium sized enterprises. He funded and managed for the last 15 years, three consulting and training firms in Italy.
He has University degree in Political Sciences and several certifications in Executive, Life, Group e Business Coaching both in Italy and in the USA.
Maurizio has huge experience in marketing, business planning and project management. He is also qualified trainer in Project Cycle Management, with more than 500 hour of training.
He moved to Texas in 2013 where he worked as business coach with Action Coach and in 2014 joined the Italy America Chamber of Commerce of Texas, where he operates as Deputy director.
Alessandra Salvatori – Office Manager
Alessandra earned her Juris Doctor Law Degree with honors from the University of Naples. After passing her Bar Exam, she practiced law for firms in Milan and Naples.
Besides Italy, Alessandra has lived in Egypt, Angola and United States. This experience has enabled her to develop good communication skills by interfacing with multicultural environments in different countries.
She spent more than five years in Cairo, Egypt where she had the opportunity to join international volunteer associations. She was, also, an instructor of Italian Literature, History and Latin Language at the “Liceo Scientifico”, under the Patronage of the Italian Consulate.
Upon her return to Italy she worked as HR specialist for a Company based in Milan, providing Petroleum Engineering Service worldwide.
In 2007 Alessandra moved to Luanda, Angola for two years where she became proficient in the Portuguese Language and cooperated with a private Language School.
In 2011 Alessandra moved to Dallas and then in 2015 to Houston, Texas. She enthusiastically joined IACC at the beginning of 2016 where she currently works as Office Manager.
Francesca Bacci – Business Development Manager for Italy
After earning her law degree at the Florence Court of Appeal, Francesca dedicated herself to practice law first in Livorno (1999-2001) and later (2001-2003) at the legal department of the Tenaris-Dalmine Spa Bergamo.
From 2003 to 2008 she lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she worked as an associate at the law firm Mitrani-Caballero-Ojam, specializing in corporate governance issues, reorganization, identification and distribution of corporate risk, company policies, as well as in the drafting of trade contracts for special projects and in the management of the related issues.
In early 2009 Francesca moved to Houston with her husband and two children, and in 2012 began working at the IACC Texas as Business Development Analyst gaining considerable experience in the field of business internationalization projects in various sectors including such as, mechanical, energy, biomedical, new technology, luxury goods, design and fashion. From 2013 to 2018 she lived in Milan where she is responsible for managing the development of the IACC Texas business on the Italian territory and in July 2018 she resumed his position in the Houston office.
Salvatore Romeo – Agent for Central and Southern Italy
Salvatore has been working with the Chamber for many years. He has a University degree in B&A and a Master degree in Tourism Management. His expertise is strictly linked to the internationalization of the Italian companies and products all over the world.
He has wide experience in management of Made in Italy promotional projects on behalf of several local Italian Authorities and Chambers of Commerce, where he has acted as marketing and trade manager.
He has also developed important negotiation and communication skills, working in many Italian towns (Milan, Rome, Palermo and Messina) and abroad (Madrid, Tokyo, Brussels, Moscow and Beijing). He is based in Sicily and he is in charge of developing the business in Central and Southern Italy.