Thank to everyone who participated in the SME Forum this year.

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8:30am –
9:30am

Registration & Networking Breakfast

9:30am –
10:30am

Welcome & Keynote

"German Companies Abroad: Global Investment Strategies"

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

  • See how companies work with strategic partners to gain competitive advantages
  • Learn how to innovate through partnerships 
  • Hear what role digitalization plays in innovation strategies for SMEs

Philipp Herrmann
Founder & CEO
etventure Corporate Innovation  GmbH

Chuck Medhurst
President & General Manager
BMW Technology Corporation

Bill Fienup
Managing Director
mHUB

 John Winzeler
President & Owner
  Winzeler Gear

Session 2: 

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

  • Explore strategies to attract and keep talent, including Millenials
  • Get insights into overcoming the skills gap
  • Learn how to keep your talent motivated

     
Christiane Bock
Vice President Insurance Services, Employee Benefits
                  Mesirow Financial                                       



Tom Christman
Exec. Director, Executive Recruiting
JP Morgan

           
         Mollie Dowling           
Executive Director, 
OAI Inc.


Geoffrey Somary
President & CEO, 
IPSEN Inc.

Tracey Watt
Midwest Strategy Director
Cigna

12:30pm – 1:45pm      

Networking Lunch

1:45pm –
3:00pm 

Afternoon Breakout Session (choose 1 of 2)

Session 3: 

Business Success on a Budget:
International Marketing Strategies

  • Hear how to effectively market to the global customer
  • Understand cultural differences between marketing in the US and other countries
  • Learn how to transfer your brand values to different markets

Manuel Merkt
Executive Vice President Operations
Hermle Machine Company

Andrew Strauchen 
Vice President - Marketing & Business Development North America
HAIMER USA

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

  • Explore how to grow your business through mergers and acquisitions
  • Hear best practise examples
  • Learn about common pitfalls in the M&A field


James Knudson
Partner Assurance Services, 
RSM
                                                                                    

Christoph Sitzer
CEO
Hegele Logistic LLC

Darragh Staunton
President & Group COO
BBS Automation 

Jennifer Watson
Principal, 
Masuda Funai

3:00pm –
3:30pm

Wrap up & Networking     

3:30pm 

Annual Members Meeting

Contact

Kirsten Schmandt
Manager, Events & Membership
Tel.: +1 (312) 494-2176
Email:schmandt(at)gaccmidwest.org

2016 Attendee Overview

Sponsorship Opportunities

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