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History of the American Business Group

The American Business Group holds periodic luncheons and evening events in Milan and in Rome, usually on a Thursday.

The group traces its roots to the rather formal British-American Club, a gentleman's club for expat executives. Founded in the 1970s by Richard Murray, the club was located in Corso Venezia 16, Milan.

Eventually the club disbanded but members continued to meet occasionally for an informal luncheon, initially organized in 1980/81 by Hector Pernetti, President of Bolliger International Movers. In 1988, after his passing, Chery Té of Bolliger continued the luncheon series, opening it to women as well. Over time the luncheon series opened to all nationalities.

While many have contributed in large and small ways over the years, previous organizers Craig Sause, David Dobson and Ann Marinelli merit particular mention.

In 2014 the lunch series expanded to Rome.

Today the group is still maintained through the good will and the support of volunteers.