Luncheon Series: February 6, 2019


Our President and CEO, Mark Tomkins presented the results of the German American Business Outlook 2019, which counts as one of the most important economic indicators for German businesses in the US.

Luncheon Series: December 5, 2018


Dave Nissen, Managing Partner at PKF Mueller, discussed the importance of planning and having a vision as ways to better control your and your company’s future. After the Business Luncheon, participants enjoyed a delicious meal at the Christkindlmarket in downtown Chicago.

Luncheon Series: November 7, 2018


Markus Hiller and DJ DiMarco from CHG-MERIDIAN discussed why efficient technology management is essential for companies of all industries and sizes.

Luncheon Series: October 3, 2018

Kathrin Howard from Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty and Jennifer Gavelek from Alliant Mesirow addressed the topic of increased risk for companies due to globalization and provided insights on how to choose the right partners to help navigate the complexities of the US insurance market. 

Luncheon Series: September 5, 2018


In this session, Fragomen Partners Michael F. Turansick and Kevin Aiston provided an update on the latest business immigration trends under the Trump Administration and discussed strategies that can assist the business community in adapting to the new, more challenging environment.

Luncheon Series: July 11, 2018


Christi Hartman of SW North America offered insights on how creating a strong CI can drive the business growth as each employee becomes a brand ambassador to the corporate image.

Luncheon Series: June 6, 2018

Our legal experts from Quarles & Brady discussed the General Data Protection Law (GDPR) at our Business Luncheon.

Luncheon Series: May 2, 2018

Dr. Susanne Lemaine, valued GACC Midwest Board Member and President at Vetter Development Services USA, Inc., discussed the German family-owned midsize company's expansion in the US at our May event. 

Luncheon Series: April 4, 2018

Alexander Frigo, General Sales Manager for the US-Midwest at Lufthansa Group, explained how the rebranding of the Lufthansa logo affects their brand identity. 

Luncheon Series: March 13, 2018

Dr. Stefan Mair, Member of the Executive Board of the BDI,  gave an insight into the current status and the future of German-American industry relations.

Luncheon Series: February 7, 2018

Amy Chamoun, Partner & Mike Burge, Senior Tax Associate of Mueller CPA presented on the newest tax reform and implications that German subsidiaries have to keep in mind.

Luncheon Series: September 6

Thomas Ginschel, CEO of Zentis North America, presented some recent trends and market statistics in the food & beverage industry. Specifically in regards to the yogurt industry, he showed how different markets call for unique branding strategies.

Luncheon Series: August 2

We heard expert Thomas Klier (Senior Economist and Research Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank) discuss the current state of NAFTA, its far-reaching effect on the automotive industry - and what potential changes could mean to the industry in general and your business in particular.

View his presentation below.

Luncheon Series: July 12

Jay Shulman from RSM walked through analyzing your own organization's biggest threats and determine a method to address, accept or hedge risks. Utilize this information to better evaluate your organization’s security vulnerabilities and incident response measures.

View his presentation below.

Luncheon Series: May 3

Johan Tomp and Jeff Stark from Rödl & Partner laid out the main points of the US administration's proposed tax reform, and some of the critiques and concerns that go along with it. They also explained how exactly a tax bill becomes a law, showing us that any change to US tax will take a considerable amount of time.

View their presentation below.

Luncheon Series: March 1

Lukas Bower from Etventure discussed the threat of Digitalization and how companies can overcome this challenge. He also talked about how digital transformation manifests itself in various industries, and showcased the importance of collaboration with startups.

View their presentation below.

Luncheon Series: February 1

Thomas Fritz from Vontobel explained how to protect and build your personal wealth. He provided insights into securely managing your wealth through Investment Banking and Asset Management in Switzerland.

View their presentation below.

Luncheon Series: October 5

Kevin Aiston and Michael Turansick discussed the current state of immigration policy in the US and how it may change with the outcome in the upcoming presidential election.

View their presentation below.

Luncheon Series: September 7, 2016

Baker Tilly & Dentons presented on the topic of the new Privacy Shield Law between the EU & the US


Privacy Shield: What you need to know 

 View the presentation below

Luncheon Series: June 1, 2016

View Randy Cavaiani's Presentation Here

Luncheon Series: May 4, 2016

Download the Messe Düsseldorf brochure about cultural differences between American and German etiquette at trade shows here

At the May luncheon, Tom Mitchell from Messe Düsseldorf gave a presentation about industrial trade shows, discussing both how to be an effective exhibitor and how trade shows give light to economic situations from a unique perspective.

You may view his presentation here

Luncheon Series: April 6, 2016

At the April Luncheon, our guests heard Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany Herbert Quelle speak about the refugee crisis in Europe and how it affects the European Union.

You may read his speech here

Luncheon Series: February 10, 2016


At the inaugural Luncheon Series event on Feb 10, attendees enjoyed a presentation about the economic outlook for 2016 by Dr. Erin Grossi, Chief Economist, UL LLC. Dr. Grossi serves as the chief economic strategist for UL, providing the organization with macroeconomic analysis, insight and trend forecasts. She recently completed a UL-sanctioned research project that included on-the-ground research of Germany’s energy ecosystem and its usage of renewable energy.

                  You may view Dr. Grossi's presentation here

                UL Whitepaper by Chief Economist Dr. Erin Grossi




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What Participants Say:

 "It was a very enjoyable and informative event."

- Max Lewis, Import Logistics, Inc.

"Great event. Location is easy to get to and the speaker was great. Especially the time is perfect."

-Susanne Lemaine, Vetter Development Services USA, Inc.

"Loved having it in the NW Suburbs!! It was very convenient and good location."

- Kathleen M. Gaber, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd.

"I think this one was a great success. Interesting topic, not too long, interesting companies participate."

- Sabine Milla, EgeTrans USA, Inc