Howard I. Bernstein
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
This year, we are honored to present our Lifetime Achievement Award to Howard I. Bernstein for his many years of leadership of the America - Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago and Israel’s economic development.
Howard’s vision promoting Israeli goods and creating the U.S. market for Israeli wines, which started by encouraging Jewish and Israeli interest groups to demand that venues serve only Israeli wines at their events, inspires generations. Howard was 20 years ahead of the curve promoting Israeli wine… and now Wine Spectator has caught up to him!
Howard I. Bernstein, CPA is President of Howard I. Bernstein Group, Ltd.: The America - Israel M&A Link. Prior to founding Howard I. Bernstein Group, Ltd., Howard I. Bernstein was a founding principal of J.H. Chapman Group, LLC (JHC), a boutique investment banking firm focused, for thirty years, in the consumer products industries, with a particular emphasis on the food industry. Howard participated in the execution of dozens of transactions that included business purchases and sales, technology licensing, joint ventures, and cross-border transactions.
Before the founding of JHC, Howard was managing officer of Bernstein & Bank, Ltd., a 90 person Chicago area CPA firm that was sold in 1982 to a large national CPA firm. Bernstein & Bank, Ltd. provided tax, accounting, audit and management advisory services to a clientele consisting mainly of privately-owned business.
Howard graduated with a BA in Accounting from the University of Illinois and received his MBA from Northwestern University.
Howard has been a speaker for, and published articles for International Food Manufacturers Association, Food Marketing Institute, National Frozen Food Association, National Association of Meat Purveyors, National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association, and Direct Marketing Association.
Howard is a past President of the America - Israel Chamber of Commerce Chicago and currently serves as a Senior Vice-President.