DEinternational Representatives

Gerrit Ahlers, Director, Consulting & Corporate Development Services

Gerrit joined GACC Midwest in July 2015. Prior to joining the GACC Midwest in 2015, Mr. Ahlers lived, studied, and worked in Germany, Australia and the United States. He graduated with a degree in Business Administration with a specialization in Brand Management, Sustainability, and Strategic Management from the University of Bremen in 2010.
After graduating, Mr. Ahlers started his professional career while working for a city marketing company in Germany. He also gained experience with the German Mittlestand while working for a mid-size German consulting agency. There, he had a leading role in establishing the company’s U.S. presence and was later in charge of U.S. operations, focusing on clients out of machinery and equipment, automotive, automotive supply, and confectionery industries.
As a member of the consulting team, his focus lies on business development, market research, business partner research, site selection, mergers & acquisitions, as well as market entry services.

Focus: Market Research, Business Partner Research, Site Selection, Mergers & Acquisitions
Tel.: +1 (312) 585-8345
ahlers(at)gaccmidwest.org

Corinna Jess, Director, Consulting Services & Trade Missions

Corinna Jess is the Director, Consulting Services & Trade Missions. Each year, she and her team organize over 20 trade missions, delegations, and other market entry-related events. These trade missions and delegations expand bilateral trade and investment between Germany and the U.S., especially the Midwest. Corinna has ample experience in advising companies on their market entry strategy, as well as connecting people and businesses for know-how exchange and network building. Her focus areas include the energy and power sector, as well as agricultural and food industry topics. Prior to joining GACC Midwest in 2010, Corinna spent three years working in marketing and sales at a large German food manufacturer, as well as one year at an intellectual property and technology firm in the U.K. Corinna holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from the Berlin School of Economics and Law.

Focus: Bio, Solar, Wind, and Agriculture Projects
Tel.: +1 (312) 665-0976
jess(at)gaccmidwest.org

Justin Flaxbart, Senior Manager, Recruiting Services

Justin Flaxbart was active in GACC Midwest’s Consulting Services department from 2006-2008 and returned in June 2011 as Manager, Consulting & Recruiting Services. He leads GACC Midwest’s Recruiting Services program, which specializes in recruiting bilingual professionals for external organizations, and takes part in a number of other Consulting Services projects and initiatives as well. Mr. Flaxbart holds a Bachelor of Science in International Business and German from St. Louis University and a Master of Arts in European Studies from the University of British Columbia. He previously worked for 2 years as an Executive Recruiter focusing on the renewable energy and capital equipment industries and earlier in his career taught Business English at a German university. Furthermore, he organizes and attends the quarterly HR Executive Circle seminars, which bring together HR decision-makers from GACC Midwest’s member companies to learn about and discuss a wide range of hot topics in Human Resources Management with featured expert speakers. To better advise German organizations on Human Resources matters in the US, Mr. Flaxbart regularly attends seminars and workshops related to topics such as visa/immigration regulations and employment law. Mr. Flaxbart also often works in the field of renewable energies for both Recruiting Services and general consulting projects, and has attended trade shows such as Intersolar US and Windpower.

Focus: Recruiting Services
Tel.: +1 (312) 644-3369
flaxbart(at)gaccmidwest.org

Nadine Schieban, Senior Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events

Nadine Schieban has been with GACC Midwest since February 2012. After graduating with a degree in Business Administration and Non-Profit Management, Ms. Schieban worked for 5 years as a senior manager for marketing and events at Germany Trade & Invest in Berlin where she was responsible for the planning and execution the wide array of marketing activities and events for the promotion of the German ICT, Logistics, Food & Beverage as well as the Consumer Goods and Business Services industries in order to attract international companies interested to enter the German markets.
As senior manager at GACC Midwest, Ms. Schieban works in the consulting team in order to organize especially business conferences and business delegations from Germany in the fields of renewable energies, energy efficiency and sustainable urban planning and infrastructure systems. With her experience, she also supports projects, e.g. workshops, seminars, receptions and delegation trips especially with focus on machinery and equipment, the transportation industry as well as the plastics industry and medical technologies. Besides, Ms. Schieban oversees the planning, organizing and realizing of GACC Midwest events, especially networking events and German night receptions on the occasion of various trade fairs, e.g. IMTS, Windpower or WEFTEC and including accompanying marketing activities.

Focus: Events and Delegations
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2180
schieban(at)gaccmidwest.org

Jessica Ferklass, Manager, Consulting Services

Jessica Ferklass joined GACC Midwest in July 2014. She focusses on market entry advisory and university programs. Jessica holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration from the University of Tuebingen in Germany. During her studies she worked for several Mittelstand companies in Germany with focusses on machinery, and domestic appliance technology. Prior to her joining GACC Midwest she has lived and studied in Germany, on the west coast of the United States, and in Italy. As a member of the consulting team, her projects include market entry services, market research, business development, and university relations.

Focus: Market Entry USA, Market Research, Business Partner Search, University Programs, Smart Grid, IoT
Tel.: +1 (312) 585-8344
ferklass(at)gaccmidwest.org

Stefan Noeth, Project Manager, Michigan Office

Stefan joined GACC Midwest in March 2017. As the project manager of the Michigan office, Stefan works on a variety of different consulting projects related to Michigan’s industry focus in automotive and machinery industry. Prior to joining GACC Midwest, Mr. Noeth worked for Schaeffler Technologies in Germany as a Product Analyst and Project Manager. He successfully implemented standards and methods for a worldwide specialist network and coached engineers in Eastern Europe and Asia. He received his MBA from HULT International Business School and the equivalent of a Bachelor in Engineering from the University of Applied Science Würzburg-Schweinfurt (FHWS), Germany. In addition to Schaeffler, Stefan also gained experience in the automotive industry at Daimler AG and EDAG GmbH.

Focus: Market Entry USA, Market Research, Business Partner SearchTel.: +1 (313) 596-0399noeth@gaccmidwest.org

Svenja Schroeder, Manager, Market Entry Programs, Delegations & Events

Svenja has joined GACC Midwest in August 2014. As a member of the consulting team, Ms. Schroeder works on a variety of government and energy efficiency projects such as the machinery, food and transportation industry. Prior to joining the GACC Midwest Ms. Schroeder received her Bachelor in International Business and Hispanic Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University. She grew up in Hamburg Germany, then moved to Chicago, IL during High School and completed her studies in the United States.

Focus: Machinery, Food Manufacturing, Energy Efficiency in Industry
Tel.: +1 (312) 561-9791
schroeder(at)gaccmidwest.org

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