JOIN US - Tuesday, April 11, 2017


We are happy to announce the date for our second German Mittelstand Midwest SME Forum:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 8:00 am - 3:30 pm 

With almost 1,400 German businesses operating in the Midwest, the region represents an attractive business location, particular for transatlantic trade.

Our Midwest SME Forum aims to provide a platform that connects business partners, provides insights on economic as well as industry trends, and enables further exchange of ideas and opinions between peers.

The day will be filled with keynotes, panel discussions, breakout sessions, and plentiful networking opportunities. 

We encourage you to participate – attend, speak, sponsor!  Block your calendar to participate in  this special event.

Please find topics and speakers under tab Agenda

Not a member yet? 

We have a special opportunity for you – join us as a new member prior to April 11, and we will waive the event registration fee.


Following our Midwest SME Forum, please join us for our Annual Members Meeting (more details under tab AMM


Midwest SME Forum 

$ 110 for Members
$ 145 for Non-members


Annual Members Meeting Only

(Free admission)

Must be member in good standing, no admission fee if attending Annual Meeting of Members only!




8:30am –

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:30am –

Welcome & Keynote

"German Companies Abroad - Investment Strategies for Global Markets

Speaker: Achim Wolper | Partner | KPMG

KPMG will present the results of their brand-new study
Investment Report 2016

10:45am – 11:15am

Networking Coffee Break

11:15am – 12:30pm

Morning Breakout Session (choose 1 of 2)

Session 1: 

Universities & Startups:
Driving Innovation through partnerships

Philipp Herrmann
Founder & CEO
etventure Corporate Innovation  GmbH

Chuck Medhurst
President & General Manager
BMW Technology Corporation

Bill Fienup
Managing Director

 John Winzeler
President & Owner
  Winzeler Gear

Session 2: 

Forget Foosball Tables:
Effective Ways to recruit and retain (young) talent

Christiane Bock
Vice President Insurance Services, Employee Benefits
                  Mesirow Financial                                       

Tom Christman
Executive Director, Executive Recruiting
JP Morgan

         Mollie Dowling           
Executive Director, 
OAI Inc.

Geoffrey Somary
President & CEO, 

Tracey Watt
Midwest Strategy Director

12:30pm – 1:45pm      

Networking Lunch

1:45pm –

Afternoon Breakout Session (choose 1 of 2)

Session 3: 

Business Success on a Budget:
International Marketing Strategies

Manuel Merkt
Vice President Operations
Hermle Machine Company

Christa Tiefenbacher-Hudson
Co-founder & Managing Director
Triple Ink

Ralf Weber
President & CEO, 
m/e brand communication GmbH GWA

Session 4: 

Successful Growth:
Opportunities and Challenges of M&A

Darragh Staunton
President & Group COO 
BBS Automation

James Knudson
Partner Assurance Services, 

Christoph Sitzer
Hegele Logistic LLC

Jennifer Watson
Masuda Funai

3pm –

Wrap up & Networking     


Annual Members Meeting

This year's Midwest SME Forum will be held at:

Harper College

Wojcik Conference Center


1200 W Algonquin Rd
Palatine, IL 60067

Please use the Roselle road entrance and park in lot 14. 

If Lot 14 is full, there is additional parking in Lot 10, 11, and 12. 



Free parking is available

 The Annual Meeting of Members is immediately following the Midwest SME Forum. Members in good standing will be able to elect the 2017 GACC Midwest Board of Directors. 

The Annual Meeting of Members is for members 
in good standing only!

 Timing: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm




Kirsten Schmandt
Manager, Events & Membership
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2176

2016 Attendee Overview

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please take the time to review the various sponsorship levels and benefits and secure your place at the Midwest SME Forum 2017.