Southeast Europe Series: Turkey

By Dimitar Tchalakov|October 29, 2013|AmSECC Events|0 comments

mainlogoAmerican Southeast European Chamber of Commerce and the Turkish Consulate General, Chicago present a panel on Turkey, the largest economy in Southeast Europe (SEE).


Southeast Europe Series: Turkey

fatihAmerican Southeast European Chamber of Commerce and the Turkish Consulate General, Chicago present a panel on Turkey, the largest economy in Southeast Europe (SEE). Panelists will discuss the current political and economic situation in Turkey, recent developments and future outlook of the country, and entrepreneurship and doing business in Turkey and/or with Turkish companies.

Partner Organizations: Turkish Trade Commission and Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce


Purpose of Event: This event will focus on the current state of Turkey and the Turkish economy and entrepreneurship in Turkey with significant private sector economic interests in the region.

In the context of an expanding EU, the Honorable Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of Turkey in Chicago, will highlight the recent political and economic developments in Turkey. He will also examine the EU integration process of the region.

Mr. Ilhan Kubilay Geckil, Director of Strategy & Business Valuation, Anderson Economic Group LLC, will discuss the performance of Turkey’s economy in the last decade, the current state of the Turkish economy, and future outlook. He will provide insights to business people, investors and entrepreneurs who are interested in the Turkish market and opportunities.

Mr. Mehmet Guzeldere will discuss entrepreneurship and conducting business in/with Turkey. He will discuss case examples and analysis to provide insights into the opportunities and challenges confronting entrepreneurship, policy and geopolitical stability across the region.

Location: Consulate General of Turkey in Chicago, 455 North Cityfront Plaza Drive #2900, Chicago, IL 60611 (NBC Tower)

Date: Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

5:30pm • Registration
5:45pm • Opening Remarks
5:55pm • Hon. Fatih Yildiz – Consul General of Turkey in Chicago
6:10pm • Mr. Ilhan Kubilay Geckil – Director of Strategy & Business Valuation, Anderson Economic Group LLC
6:25pm • Mehmet Guzeldere – Entrepreneur
6:50pm • Q&A
7:00pm • Networking Reception

Event Registration: Please RSVP by Monday, November 4th, at or call: 773-610-4551. Registration is mandatory for this event.



fatihHon. Fatih Yildiz, Consul General of Turkey in Chicago

The Honorable Fatih Yildiz graduated from the Department of International Relations, Middle East Technical University, Ankara in 1994 at which time he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA). Consul General Yildiz worked in the capacity of Deputy Directorate for Balkan Affairs at MFA as Attaché from 1994-1997.

Following his time at the Deputy Directorate, Consul General Yildiz served at the Turkish Embassy in Sarajevo as Third Secretary until 1999. He then continued his career as Third and Second Secretary at the Permanent Delegation of Turkey to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) from 1999 to 2002. He then became Second Secretary and First Secretary at the Cabinet of the Undersecretary of MFA, 2002-2004.

In 2004, Consul General Yildiz moved to the United States to serve as First Secretary and Counselor at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C.

From 2008 – 2010, Consul General Yildiz worked as Chief of Section and Director and Head of Department at the Department of Human Resources at MFA, after which he assumed the position as Consul General of Turkey in Chicago as of September 20, 2010.

fatihMr. Ilhan Kubilay Geckil

Mr. Ilhan Kubilay Geckil is a Senior Consultant and Director of Strategy and Business Valuation at Anderson Economic Group. He has a background in corporate finance, economics, and public policy. His work includes economic and financial analyses, business valuations, commercial damages assessments, M&A advisory, risk analyses, strategy consulting, industry studies, and forecasting.

Mr. Geckil’s work has been applied in a range of industries, with significant focus on automotive, franchise, retail, beer, wine and spirits. He provides economic forecasts for Bloomberg’s monthly economic survey, and is the author of Applied Game Theory and Strategic Behavior, CRC Press, 2008. His recent papers include “A Game Theoretical Model of Corporate Average Fuel Economy,” on regulation in the automobile industry published in Business Economics, and “Pocketbook Predictions of Presidential Elections,” also published in Business Economics. The latter was awarded the Edmund A. Mennis Contributed Paper Award of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) in 2004.

Prior to joining Anderson Economic Group Mr. Geckil worked as a Consultant for BBK, Ltd., a consulting company specialized in turnaround management, corporate finance, and strategy consulting, and as an Analyst for PDF Corporate Finance in Istanbul, Turkey, a consulting company specialized in merger and acquisitions.

Mr. Geckil holds a Master’s degree in economics from the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management at Michigan State University, and a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Koç University in Istanbul, Turkey. He is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE), and the Institute of Business Appraisers (IBA). Mr. Geckil is also a Board member and Treasurer of the American Southeast Europe Chamber of Commerce.

fatihMr. Mehmet A. Guzeldere

Mr. Mehmet A. Guzeldere is a successful entrepreneur with more than 22 years of international business experience with focus on Middle East and the US. He has deep executive level operating experience in growing and managing businesses and has built multiple successful manufacturing and distribution businesses in Turkey for products sold under leading brands. He is the former President of Turkish American Chamber of Commerce and has a close relationship with key local and federal government officials in Turkey.  Mr. Guzeldere graduated with Honors in Chemistry from Knox College 1990. After working with Abbot Laboratories, he started one of the premier Environmental Laboratories in Chicago land Area (American Environmental Analytical) 

After selling the laboratory in 1999 to an Investment company, Mr. Guzeldere started manufacturing Aircraft Refuellers for the Turkish Military of Defense (TMOD).  After delivering the first group of eight 6000 gallon Refuellers, the earthquake in Turkey stopped all contract indefinitely. During this time, he started the company ArmsCo, importing hunting rifles from Turkey to the US market. After 13 years of being in the sporting firearms business, ArmsCo became the largest importer of shotguns to US from Turkey. Under various company partnerships, Smith and Wesson, Savage Arms Company, Kimber Manufacturing, CZ, and many smaller companies signed for excusive partnership agreements where all of the sporting shotguns were built exclusively by his company. The company, now called UTAS, developed many models that are still being sold in all of the major sporting retailers and distributors in the US, and even a model which has become a cultural phenomenon through its use in video games, movies, and multitude of TV shows. UTAS currently has an assembly plant in Illinois, with a factory and offices Turkey and the US.

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