History & Mission

The French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast chapter, is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and developing trade and investment between France and the Gulf Coast. The Chamber is one of 19 chapters of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in the U.S.

The first French chamber of commerce abroad was formed in New Orleans in 1876. Just over a century later in 1983, the French American Business Association of Louisiana formed, and finally, following a trade mission to France in 1988, the French American Chamber of Commerce, Gulf Coast became its successor (known as the Louisiana Chapter until 2011).

The French American Chamber of Commerce has chapters in major cities throughout the U.S. and over 4000 members. Our mission is to promote trade and investment between France and the United States. The FACC-GC assists companies located in Louisiana, Mississippi and southern Alabama with exporting to France. We also assist French companies interested in launching or expanding to the Gulf Coast region.

Our past presidents include well-known Gulf Coast business leaders: Waldemar Nelson, Paul Nalty, Michele Braden, Lucien Boulad, Damien Regnard and Donald Hoffman. Eric Belin, an attorney in New Orleans, is the current FACC-GC President. He has served in this capacity since 2012.

Our Purpose



Cultural Exchange

The FACC Story

The FACC blends the pioneering spirits and collective business acumen of the French and American marketplaces to grow businesses and business relations. 

FACC unites some of the world's most recognizable global businesses with the next generation of thought leadership. We are a mosaic that continually blends youth with experience and creates an open culture of inclusiveness to become even greater through the contributions of all.

Through a comprehensive range of programs including educational and networking experiences, mentorships, exchange programs, special events, and philanthropy, the FACC provides growth opportunities to professionals, businesses, and their communities.

Join the FACC and add your uniqueness to the ever changing mosaic that reflects the strength and distinct nature​ of the French-American Gulf Coast business community and elevates the success of all of its members.​

FACC - Gulf Coast Leadership


Travis Collins

Commercial Director,
Air Liquide


Eric Belin

Partner, Provosty & 
Gankendorff, LLC

Executive Director

Béatrice Germaine

Member of the International French Chambers of Commerce and Industry Abroad (CCIFI)