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  • 26 Feb 2021 3:12 PM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)


    We were delighted to meet Harry Söderström, CEO and Founder of Unibloc Pump Inc. Unibloc Pump has been a business member of SACC GA for many years. Harry’s company develops world-leading, innovative products. The future looks bright for Harry and Unibloc Pump, whose headquarters will remain in Atlanta, GA. Read about the origins of the company, their recent acquisition, his connection to SACC GA, and much more. 

    Söderström has worked in the pump industry since he was 16 years old. He started with the Swedish company Albin Pump in Kristinehamn, where he was responsible for their export. 

    After his successes, he was offered to bring the Albin Pump business to the U.S. He moved to the States in the 1980s and established meaningful connections right away. With the experiences from his previous work at Albin Pump, he decided to start his own company and create valves and pumps. He hired high-tech engineers and started the pump company with only two pieces of paper. 

    “You have to rely on your own intentions and innovations” 

    The start-up was a tough period at first, but after a while, the business slowly started to establish a market. The Unibloc Pump company first focused on biotechnology and pharmaceutical pumps. The business sold all over Europe, the U.S, and Asia. They then expanded into pumps for the food industry and business has been booming ever since. He explained that he came up with road tanker pumps for food products for the Swedish company and later moved the business to Germany. Today, these road tanker pumps are a market leader in Europe. 

    The Game Changer 

    His biggest accomplishment has been developing and innovating pumps and valves from just a white piece of paper. Unibloc was the first company in the world that made cast iron into stainless steel -that was the game-changer in that industry, he says. Today, Unibloc Pump designs displacement pumps, strainers, valves, sight glasses, bubble traps, and hydraulic oil coolers. 

    The key is to niche yourself into a market 

    Harry explains three reasons why Unibloc Pump is the market leader in the protein business: 

    1. The professionalism and industry knowledge of the employees 

    2. The innovation and adaptability of the business 

    3. Knowing their niche within the industry 

    He told us that design has become a vital component of the industry, which was and still is Unibloc’s niche. As Harry states it, ”if you go to the dance and you see two suits, both of them have nice designs but one is more good-looking than the other, who would you pick? That is how you can describe this industry. If you choose between two pumps that have the same functionality and same price, you will pick the one that has the best design.” 

    “We have been successful in every area we have been worked in” 

    Unibloc Pump is delivering products in a variety of industries including transportation, food & beverage, and pharmaceutical. The company is mainly targeting the biotech industries. They have also made the world’s smallest lobe-pump in the industry. 

    The acquisition 

    Unibloc Pump has been acquired by May River Capital, a private equity firm focused on helping high-caliber industrial businesses grow and prosper. Harry Söderstrom will continue leading the company as Chief Growth Officer under May River Capital’s (MRC) ownership. Söderström explained that many companies have been interested in buying Unibloc Pump, but most were only interested in purchasing to close down the business in Georgia. 

    “Employees comes first, money comes second” 

    What made the MRC deal unique was that they wanted to keep the business in Atlanta and keep all employees. MRC also wants to develop Unibloc into something bigger, which was very important to Harry. 

    Atlanta is an untapped city 

    Many companies have started to move from the northern U.S. to the south. What makes Atlanta an attractive city for businesses is the bustling airport that connects flights from all over the world This easy access has made Atlanta a hot area to live in. 

    “Atlanta is where the future is.” 

    Labor costs less here as well since cost of living is cheaper than, for instance, New York and California. His favorite places to visit in Atlanta are the High Museum of Art, the Georgia Aquarium and the restaurants. Harry hopes to one day scuba dive with the sharks at the aquarium. He also mentioned that he loves the bustling and excellent food culture in Atlanta. 

    His relationship to SACC GA

    Harry became a member of SACC GA early on to establish Swedish connections. As a member he has enjoyed the dinners, lectures, networking, and events that SACC GA has to offer. We were happy to hear that in the future, he hopes to be more involved in the chamber. 

    Harry finished the interview with a recommendation that people, especially Swedes, come and visit Georgia to experience the beautiful nature and culture. Everything is closely located 

    to the city and outdoor activities are popular and plenty of them. We are only 3-4 hours away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Mexican Gulf or 2 hours flight to Caribbean. 

  • 23 Feb 2021 10:13 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Interview with the first American SACC USA Chairman, Gary Bruce - Managing Partner at Prosperity Developers International (PDI)

    We had the pleasure of talking with Gary Bruce, Managing Partner at Prosperity Developers International (PDI). He currently lives in Winter Haven, Florida with his wife Bonnie, who also is involved within PDI. He got involved with the SACC organization after working for PartnerTech in Malmö, Sweden. He has a genuine interest in the Swedish culture and still has many family friends in Sweden. In this interview, Bruce talks about his biggest accomplishment with PDI, his connection to Georgia, his unique connection to the SACC community and much more. Enjoy! 

    PDI is a boutique global management consulting firm. Their target clients are small to medium-sized companies with an interest in the USA and Scandinavia. PDI’s role is to provide management services while bridging the cultural gap that often slows down and creates costly expenses for companies.  

    “Our management team is fluent in both cultures and will be able to provide services that are adapted for each. We offer a broad range of services and have a unique mixture of experienced consultants onboard with a broad network.​”

    Their biggest attribute is the experience and growth of their staff. “We have really accomplished people working with us and hope to announce some additional partners soon”, Bruce said. 

    Another highlight of PDI’s success is, according to Bruce, working with past SACC-USA intern, Mona.

    The History of PDI 

    Bruce explained that PDI has been active for a number of years. However, the past few years have focused on requests for support and help with Swedish companies wanting to move and grow in the US. Currently, all of their business partners have extensive experience with Sweden/Scandinavia and the USA. PDI’s major practices are sales and marketing, operations & administration, company formations, and multicultural & bilateral business. 

    Unique Selling Point 

    PDI’s unique selling point is their wide network of connections and being fluent in both Scandinavian and US business cultures. Bruce explains,“Our team is highly connected to business and government. Since PDI is highly involved with SACC, they have many connections and support many SACC members in the USA.”

    Bruce’s Connection to Georgia 

    Bruce has many connections to Georgia - he lived in Georgia for 20 years and still has many close friends here including our board members Christina Tai, Tom Rosseland and John Woodward, amongst others.

    Proud Member of the SACC Community

    When Bruce started to get involved with the SACC community, his first intention was to keep his connection to Sweden after working there throughout the years. 

    He continues to be heavily involved with SACC to this day. In fact, Bruce was the first American SACC-USA chairman - to this day, he regards this achievement as a real honor. During his period as chairman, he was part of the group that started the SACC Summit event Executive Forum events. PDI has utilized this successful partnership with SACC Texas to support Start Up Sweden. 

    He finished this interview with - It was a real honor to be the first American to hold the office SACC USA chairman. 

  • 9 Feb 2021 10:33 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    #MondaySuccessStories interview with Carl Dunger, trainee 2016 

  • 5 Feb 2021 10:45 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We had the pleasure of talking to Michael Blake, Director of Strategic Advisory Services with accounting firm Brady Ware and Company. Michael is a SACC-Georgia individual member and joined the chamber last year. Brady Ware and Company is headquartered in Dayton, Ohio. Michael works from the Alpharetta office in Georgia, but has only been at the office a few times since March because of the coronavirus pandemic. His job at Brady Ware & Company is to help clients make major strategic decisions and to help them understand those decisions with empirical data and analytical methods. Michael hosts a podcast called Decision Vision where episode #102 was launched this week. Read on about why Michael chose accounting, his interest in Sweden, his podcast, and much more - enjoy! 


    Brady Ware & Company was founded about 65 years ago. It entered the Atlanta Market about 12 years ago with the acquisition of two firms and has continued to grow. Now they have about 140 employees, of which 34 are stationed in the Atlanta market. 

    “I like being an advisor more than I like being a broker and it’s been good ever since.”

    Michael joined Brady Ware & Company a little over three years ago with a background as a venture capitalist and an investment banker before becoming a business and intellectual property appraiser. Because of his experience with business appraisals, mergers, acquisitions, and strategic decision support, he was a natural fit.   

    Math is what makes us unique

    Blake explained that he’s not afraid to analyze data and to crunch numbers. 

    “I'm actually not a mathematician and when I was in school, I was not particularly good at math”

    He believes that people too often make important decisions without the benefit of consulting data. It is just a matter of being willing to explore the data, he says. “Reading data is not easy, it's a language all to itself that I've had to learn and our clients really like the fact that not only do we do that, but we also explain it to them in a way that they can use it.”

    Clients turn to Brady Ware’s strategic advisory support for help in making decisions that are consequential and hard to reverse. They utilize empirical data in order to help their clients make those decisions. Blake further explains that people do not have to be mathematicians, economists, or physicists to understand the data and inform their decisions. Our job is to bridge the gap between the math and the client’s application. 

    Business is about the purpose 

    Blake emphasizes that Brady Ware recognizes that, “…the client can often be in a very lonely place, especially if their role is to manage risk.  The risk manager can often be under tremendous pressure from colleagues, bosses and advisors to take a decision in a certain direction, while the risk manager resists because they think it’s in the company’s best interest to do so.  We want to be the ally of the person that is managing risk who is often putting themselves on the line for what they think is the right thing to do – or not to do.” 

    Michael is passionate about the podcast that he hosts in cooperation with Brady Ware & Company. He develops and hosts all the episodes of the podcast called Decision Vision, and episode #102 was released this week. Some of the people that have been interviewed are SACC-GA board member Tom Rosseland and Deborah Lanham, CEO of the

    Alpharetta Chamber of Commerce. This is a project he has been working on for almost two years. He is thankful for the whole team involved in the podcast such as the producer John Ray at Business RadioX, the Brady Ware marketing team, andover 100 guests who have appeared on the program.

    “My goal is to help clients become better decision-makers by sharing the experiences of people who have had to make those decision before” 

    The interest in how people can make better decisions was inspired by world chess champion Garry Kasparov. Kasparov once said that improving your skill in chess is about learning how to become a better decision-maker. Michael was inspired by that sentence and strives to make Decision Vision about helping people become better decision-makers. 

    Atlanta is a great place for business 

    Michael thinks Atlanta is a great place for business because of the opportunities to develop relationships. “My relationship with the Swedish American Chamber is really a great example of that because I've had a fascination with Sweden for a while.”

    Atlanta offers lots of organizations as well as landmarks. The places that Michael likes to visit are the Civil Rights Museum, Georgia Tech, and The Downwind Restaurant and The Globe Hub at Peachtree DeKalb Airport. 

    His relation to Sweden

    Michael is not aware of any Swedish heritage, but that hasn’t stopped him from developing an interest in the country. Sweden is known as an innovative nation and, due to Michael’s background in technology, this fascination with Sweden comes naturally. He even recently completed the Swedish course on Duolingo. 

    “Innovative companies have come out of Sweden and continue to come out of Sweden”

    Sweden’s strong set of social programs and innovative spirit further fuels his interest. He referred to an article that said that Sweden is considered one of the top-3 innovative countries in the world.  


    He wanted to finish this interview with two highlights. “First of all, I think the Swedish chamber is fantastic.”

    He has always looked for an opportunity to get involved with the chamber since he has learned the language. He would love to do more with the chamber in the future and also travel to Sweden and learn if there is an opportunity to develop business relationships there.

    The second point is that people are more than welcome to contact him for advice. “I've been very fortunate that I had the help of many people to make good decisions over the course of my life and career, and I want to do the same for others”.


  • 22 Jan 2021 7:30 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We recently had the pleasure of speaking with our new SACC-Georgia member, Dan Erling, President and CEO of Accountants One Inc. Accountants One has been recruiting Accounting and Financial professionals in the Atlanta area since 1973. Their focus on high-quality relationship building has allowed them to develop a unique database populated by an elite group of candidates. Their commitment to culture fit, honesty, integrity, and confidentiality attracts a large variety of exceptional candidates who want ethical career growth. Accountants One offers staffing solutions to companies who need anything from Data Entry Clerks to CFOs, and everything in between. With a whopping 97% direct hire success rate, Jessica and Alex sat down with Dan Erling to see how they have been able to maintain and grow their success - enjoy!


    Prior to starting his career at Accountants One, Dan worked as an Atlanta inner-city math teacher. His father Bert ran a small recruiting firm and when Dan joined the firm his father ensured him there would be no nepotism. Dan worked his way from sales to running the show, which is where he finds himself today.

    - Originally, we focused on addressing hiring and staffing needs in Atlanta, but we have now expanded our operations across seven states. Today, Accountants One has an office of 35 employees and we utilize a recruiting and staffing method that matches candidates with employers not solely based on experience, but also on character and assurance that the candidate will match our clients’ culture.

    Helping their clients get to the next level

    Dan attributes their success to “Learning how to listen.” He emphasizes the importance of finding a candidate that not only can perform the job, but finding a candidate that also has the ability to integrate with the culture of the potential employer. Accountants One conducts monthly and yearly audits to ensure that their clients are happy with their new hires and that they are the right fit.

    - It is satisfying to find candidates who fit the long-term focus and career goals as well as bring that final piece to help their clients take their business to the next level.

    The importance of addressing the business culture

    “We understand our client’s culture at a deeper level to address their biggest needs.”

    Dan has always been a big believer in organic growth. The firm has seen exponential growth numbers where they have expanded into the healthcare sector as well.

    - What separates Accountants One from other staffing agencies is that we are our clients’ partner in the acquisition of talent from a cultural basis. We can find candidates that are ‘the right fit’ for our clients. We are not only looking for employees for the sake of filling a spot. Instead, we understand our client’s culture at a deeper level to address their biggest needs.

    When talking about Covid-19 and how it has impacted the company, Dan explains that they are lucky to have had no downturns in terms of revenue losses, and despite COVID-19, their employees have still been able to perform at a high level.

    - They have delivered excellent service while conducting interviews virtually.

    Community Involvement - can accountants be funny? 

    Dan started a fundraiser called “The Search for the South’s Funniest Accountant”, a stand-up show featuring accountants, to prove a friend wrong - that accountants can indeed be funny. Over the years, along with Junior Achievement of Georgia, they have sold out the Center Stage in Atlanta for 5 years running and were set up for a big show at the Coca Cola Roxy before the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Dan smiles and says: 

    - We have been able to raise around $450,000 and have turned three former financial professionals into professional comedians. Proving that accountants can indeed be funny!

    Atlanta as a business-friendly city

    Dan thinks that Atlanta has a lot to offer and that it is a very business-friendly city. Dan also mentions that it is enjoyable both for walking and eating outdoors and that he enjoys the climate.

    - Atlanta has a fantastic airport that easily connects you with the rest of the world. The area is also becoming the next big hub for businesses, and especially the entertainment industry. For hiring purposes, Atlanta is a perfect place to find excellent candidates because of the large millennial population, which is a big advantage for Accountants One.

    Dan’s connection to Sweden

    Dan explains that he is very proud of his Swedish roots and has a pin button that shows that he is 51% Swedish. Dan’s father was a member of SACC-GA for many years and he has always been a big fan of what the chamber has to offer, including the fantastic smorgasbord at the Lucia event. Dan traveled to Ystad, Sweden last Christmas to visit his relatives with whom he shares a close relationship.

    - After witnessing the Swedish culture up close again, I decided to rejoin SACC-GA, and I am so glad to be back!

    Welcome back, Dan and Accountants One!

  • 22 Jan 2021 6:48 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    Interview with Alex

    • What did you learn from your internship at SACC Georgia? 

    During my time at SACC-GA, I had the opportunity to learn many different things about international business and customs. I learned most importantly, just how grand the Swedish presence in Atlanta is!  In addition, I learned how to effectively communicate with business owners and administrators to discover creative solutions to their business needs.
    • What will you bring to your next position that you practiced at SACC Georgia?

    In my next role, I will bring with me a lot of skills I learned to master during my time at SACC GA. During the pandemic, I have been able to improve my presentation skills and have been able to be more relaxed when presenting in front of larger audiences. Since a lot of our events were conducted virtually, being able to set up, plan, and execute events and meetings virtually will be a great thing to be able to know as I progress in my career.
    • Did your internship at SACC-Georgia live up to your expectations? And in what way? 

    It absolutely lived up to my expectations. It exceeded my expectations in many ways. All of the members I met and had the opportunity to speak with on a weekly basis had so many great stories to share about their work life, their challenges, and how they overcome their challenges. It was all very inspiring, and it gives me a lot of enthusiasm and confidence in myself going forward.
    • What is your best memory from your internship at SACC Georgia?

    I have many memories from my time at SACC-GA. My fondest memory from my internship has to be the interviews I conducted with our members. I thought that they were very enjoyable and a great way to get to know the members on a personal and professional level.
    • Finally, what are your future plans?

    My future plans are still something I am mapping out as we speak. First and foremost, I will be graduating from FAU in the Spring with a BBA in Management. I will look for a job in the Metro Atlanta area within business development. One day, I may move back to Sweden to my hometown of Gothenburg. I look forward to starting my career and I am very appreciative of my time at SACC-GA.

    Interview with Jessica 

    •  What did you learn from your internship at SACC Georgia?

    My remote internship as a Marketing and Event Intern gave me valuable insights and skills in how to plan and execute events in a digital setting, how to create value for members and other stakeholders without being physically present, and how to plan and execute various marketing activities to enhance engagement. Indeed, it has been different to work remotely and also for the chamber to adjust to a “new normal” with regards to Covid-19, but it has been extremely educational and interesting to work around these constraints.
    • What will you bring to your next position that you practiced at SACC Georgia?

    As an intern at SACC-Georgia, I have definitely realized the power of networking. I feel inspired by the people that I have met and I will continue to be curious about other people, cultures, ways of working, etc. I believe that this will continue to spur my eagerness to learn new things and build new relationships!
    • Did your internship at SACC-Georgia live up to your expectations? And in what way?

    I’m really satisfied with my decision to work at the chamber this autumn! It definitely exceeded my expectations in terms of working under great leadership, among inspiring people, and at the same time feeling that what I did was valuable.
    • What is your best memory from your internship at SACC Georgia?

    I have several! Of course - the personal interactions that I have had with my
    colleagues and members of the chamber. But also doing the promotion video about our corporate member Nefab. It was an exciting project and the video was appreciated by both Nefab and our members - we managed to add great value to one of our corporate members, which is of course always the goal!
    • Finally, what are your future plans?

    Right now, I’m going to finish my last semester of my master’s program in Innovation and Industrial Management at the School of Business, Economics, and Law in Gothenburg. This semester will be dedicated to writing my master thesis and in October I start my new position as a management consultant at Capgemini Invent in Gothenburg which I’m excited for! Of course, I also need to come and visit Atlanta as soon as possible! I look forward to exploring this vibrant city in real life.
  • 21 Jan 2021 6:38 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We are so excited to present our new Marketing & Event Intern at SACC Georgia. Elin Ringqvist will work remotely from Karlstad until June.

    Elin, a warm welcome to SACC-Georgia. How are you?

    Hi, thanks! I feel good during these hard pandemic times. I have been waiting to get into this position for almost a year so I feel happy to finally start this internship.

    Why did you apply for this internship?

    It has always been a dream to work abroad. I lived in Denver, CO four years ago, and that's how I first heard about the SACC organization. I have visited 15 states in the United States, but never Georgia. I have heard that Georgia is known for its hospitality and which I have already seen and felt. I have also heard that it is a great opportunity for young professionals to network with successful companies in the States. 

    What are your expectations for your internship?

    My expectations for this internship are to practice and improve my marketing and event skills. I am also looking forward to a network with different companies in Georgia. From what I've heard Georgia is a beautiful state with lots of fun things to do. Unfortunately, I will not experience Georgia in real life  this semester, but hopefully when the pandemic is over.

    What did you do before you went into practice?

    I have been involved and managed events at my university. In addition I have also been active as a project manager in my student fraternity. I have always had an interest in social media and marketing, and I graduated from Karlstad University with a major in Media and Communication with a focus on digital analysis.

    What do you think SACC-Georgia can offer your future career?

    I hope to gain a broader experience of how to market on social media platforms and create events in a professional environment. I also hope to network with companies to see how they work to succeed.

  • 19 Jan 2021 7:43 AM | SACC-Georgia (Administrator)

    We had the pleasure to have an interview with Petter Bengtsson, Head of Americas at Sinch. Sinch is a global leader in cloud communications for mobile customer engagement. Sinch started their journey in a little shop window in Stockholm, Sweden and has now expanded to an international powerhouse serving enterprises across the globe. Their products and solutions enable companies to engage their customers via personalized conversations. Read more about the interview here ->

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The primary objective of SACC-Georgia is to promote an exchange of business, trade, investment, technology and culture between Sweden and the state of Georgia. SACC-Georgia is one of 19 regional chambers across the United States, cooperating under the umbrella of SACC-USA based in Washington, D.C.


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