ChamberBrief 2015: July Edition

Dear Members and Friends,

Our signature events of the year, our GACC Awards Gala & Smart Factory Industry Forum on October 9, are attracting a great deal of attention! We are accepting awards applications, sponsorship, and reservations now. Make sure to apply for an award & sponsor for visibility at our biggest event of the year!

In summer, things usually slow down, but this is certainly not the case at the Chamber: Munich, Berlin, Colorado, Ohio, Wisconsin, Washington D.C.…our staff has been traveling all over, promoting German-American business: 

Be it the German American Business Forum (DAWT), AHK's first worldwide Membership Meeting, or events by our Chapters, such as the 19thAnnual Biergarten Fest in Morrison, Colorado and German Fest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin – we made sure to be a part of it!

Skills Director Mario Kratsch was on the road as well, invited by the National Academies in Washington, DC, to participate in the “Symposium on the Supply Chain for Middle-Skill Jobs: Education, Training, and Certification Pathways” where he chaired a panel on “Apprenticeships: Learning from Other Countries”. Together with other experts in the field, he led a discussion about structures and strategies that could make apprenticeships in the US an attractive career path again.

We continue to be on the move: on 7/28, we were in Columbus, Ohio for a Trade, Export & Investment Road Show with Hannover Messe. This provided an excellent opportunity to showcase unique opportunities associated with the US as the Partner Country for Hannover Messe 2016.

Last but not least, we also have digital news to share! Take a look at our most recent online feature: the White Paper Library. It is a platform for industry leaders and service providers to share knowledge and expertise for all things German-American business! Become a thought leader today by publishing your White Paper with us!

Best wishes | Herzliche Grüße,

Your GACC Midwest Team


Signature Event: Applications, Sponsorship & Registration are now open!



Staff & Services Spotlight

GACC Midwest Delegation Programs

German American Cultural Corner


GACC Awards Gala & Smart Factory Industry Forum

Apply Now and Be a Winner!

Don't miss out on the chance to apply for our GACC Awards! Submit your award applications and/or nominations for the following categories: 

The application deadline (August 7, 2015) is approaching! For more information about the event or the Awards application process please visit our website or contact us.

GACC Awards Gala Sponsorship!

Make sure you don't miss out on the signature event of the year and nationwide exposure! Our GACC Awards Gala combines the favorite aspects of both our popular Merlin Gala and Wine Dinner - awarding excellence in German-American business, great food and wine, as well as dancing and networking to round off a wonderful evening. Various sponsorship packages and customized opportunities are available!

Smart Factory Industry Forum at DMDII, Chicago

Our Smart Factory Industry Forum will delve into an in depth, content focused discussion of what the Smart Factory means, elaborating on its growing strategic importance, opportunities, and challenges. Join us for a discussion about the future of manufacturing at an exciting venue, the brand new Digital Design and Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Chicago, the United States‘ flagship research institute for applying cutting-edge digital technologies!

Our three Keynotes will be held by:  

  • Prof. Dr. Detlef Zühlke, TU Kaiserslautern, Chairman of the Executive Board SmartFactoryKL, Technology Initiative
  • Dr. Dean Bartles, Executive Director, DMDII 
  • Marc Siemering, Senior Vice President and Division Director for HANNOVER MESSE

with many more speakers joining us for our panel discussions.

HANNOVER MESSE 2016, April 25-29

Join the Investment Pavilion at Hannover Fair 2016

In 2016 the US will be the official Partner Country at Hannover Fairs and GACC Midwest is proud to be part of a strategic partnership between the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Commercial Service, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, SelectUSA, the U.S. Embassy in Germany, and Deutsche Messe to ensure HANNOVER MESSE 2016 will be an outstanding event. Many regions are already gearing up for the Hannover Messe 2016 and reserving a spot in the investment pavilion. Are you ready to meet the world and do business? Contact Virginia Rounds at GACC Midwest or David Campbell at the US Department of Commerce International Trade Administration, for more information!

If your company is interested in being an exhibitor, please get in touch with Ethan Carter, Hannover Fairs USA.

HANNOVER MESSE in the Midwest

Columbus, Ohio

On 7/28, we were in Colorado for a Trade, Export & Investment Road Show in Columbus, Ohio. Marco Siebert, Director of International Relations at Deutsche Messe, highlighted the unique opportunities available for investment attraction and business growth at Hannover Messe 2016, when the US will be the official Partner Country. We would like to thank JobsOhio, especially Andrew Lange, Director of International Sales, who provided a great dialogue with the regional EDOs in Ohio and key multipliers.

Detroit, Michigan

Automation Alley also hosted a meeting for local economic development corporations and other service multipliers to promote Hannover Messe 2016. Marco Siebert was joined at the podium by Ms. Eve Lerman, Senior International Trade Specialist, U.S. Export Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Mr. John Wolf-Meyer, International Trade Development Manager, from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC), State of Michigan, discussing many reasons US based companies should attend the World's largest industrial fair next year.

If your state, region or company would like to get to know more about opportunities at Hannover Messe 2016, please contact us.



German American Business Forum | Munich

The German American Business Forum (DAWT) at the IHK München had its largest attendance ever, with over 260 participants. The engaging panel on German-American business was joined by all of our three AHK USA Chairmen: GACC Midwest Chairman W. David Braun, Partner at Quarles & Brady LLP; GACC New York Chairman Caroll H. Neubauer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at B. Braun Medical Inc. and GACC South and GACC Chairman Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President & CEO of AGCO Corporation. Dr. Thomas Zielke from RGIT in Washington D.C., and Michael Gotschlich, Head of Division for Foreign Trade Policy North America joined them in the panel discussion. Once again, DAWT provided an excellent platform for professional exchange among participants. A special welcome reception for speakers, sponsors and board members was hosted by US Consul General William E. Moeller at his residence. Thank you to our board members who were in Munich with us.

Save the date for the German American Business Forum 2016: it will take place on June 16 at the IHK Frankfurt in the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. Take a look at our DAWT Gallery for more impressions of the event.

First AHK USA Alumni Meeting | Munich

While in Munich for the German American Business Forum, we seized the opportunity to hold our first AHK USA Alumni Meeting. It was great to meet so many former colleagues again, including our former President & CEO Simone Pohl! We were also pleased to see our Chicago Alumni with the highest representation at the reunion -  that's the team spirit & reliable network we cherish so much at the Chamber!

Inaugural Worldwide AHK Membership Meeting | Berlin

Jayne Riemer-Chishty, our Director of Membership & Chamber Development, participated in the first Global AHK Membership Meeting at DIHK Berlin. For the very first time, 44 participants from 39 countries came together to exchange membership concepts from around the world and discuss new ideas and strategies. AHK USA was highlighted as a best practice example for our National Partner Program and GACC Midwest in particular for our unique Christkindlmarket that attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. This productive meeting will contribute to an ongoing global dialogue among AHK membership teams in order to provide the best service to our members.

Final TAP-YTL Alumni Reunion | Chicago

The final TAP-YTL Alumni Reunion took place in Chicago. After over a decade of outstanding programs, the meeting brought together participants from several delegations. It was a great opportunity for exchange and updates on the work of our alumni as well as GACC Midwest's programs. Participants enjoyed a very insightful presentation on German Mittelstand by GACC Midwest’s Board member Andy Stecher, CEO and President of Plasmatreat North America. Andy offered great insights on cultural differences between the US and Germany in his interactive presentation. We thank all of the participants for this great event and look forward to cooperating with this engaged new generation of the German-American business community!

WI Chapter: VIP Reception @ German Fest | Milwaukee

Over 100 of our members and friends came together last weekend to celebrate German Fest at the annual VIP Reception of our Wisconsin Chapter - what a great turnout! Together they enjoyed some traditional German food and used the opportunity to meet new people as well as reconnect with others from the German-American business community. Mark Tomkins and his family especially enjoyed meeting so many of our Wisconsin members. Special thank you to our colleagues John Gatto and Vicki Fox!

CO Chapter: Annual Biergarten Festival | Morrison

Not only at the German Fest in Wisconsin, but also at the 19th Annual Biergarten Festival in Morrison, CO, Mark Tomkins joined our Colorado members to celebrate some German Gemütlichkeit. The setting in Morrison was spectacular, right along the front range with a view of the red rocks area outside of Denver. It was great seeing everyone there and we would especially like to thank Joshua Seeberg and Peter Einsle for organizing this event.

Staff Spotlight

Svenja Schroeder, Consultant

As of August, Svenja has been with the Chamber for one year, working on Government Projects such as our German Machinery Conference & Delegation or our delegation on Energy Efficiency in Industry. She also plays an integral part in the making of our German American Water Technology Magazine, our annual publication focusing on innovative technologies in and sustainable solutions for the water sector.

Before working with the Chamber, Svenja acquired her BA in International Business and Hispanic Studies at Illinois Wesleyan University. She has lived both in the US and in Germany for a prolonged time and holds dual citizenship, providing the perfect cultural knowledge needed for working with our members and clients. Her past work experiences equipped her with various skills that she gained while working for institutions like the Deutsche Bundestag in Berlin or during case studies for insurance company Allstate. If you have any questions concerning our delegation programs or the German American Water Technology Magazine, Svenja is the person to talk to!

GACC Midwest Delegation Programs

Do you want to be a part of Bayern International’s Health IT Expert Delegation trip to Germany from November 15 - 22, 2015? The business trip to Germany includes a two-day visit to the MEDICA trade show, the world forum for medicine in Düsseldorf, a visit to the Global IT Summit in Nuremberg, and appointments with several enterprises and manufacturers in the healthcare IT field in Bavaria. Learn all about German state-of-the art solutions for all fields of Health IT while exploring the unique charm of Munich and Upper Bavaria. Register here by July 31, 2015 to be part of this unique opportunity! 

German American Cultural Corner

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation's German Chancellor Fellowship Program offers grants up to 50 German Chancellor Fellowships annually. The program is targeted at accomplished young professionals who are likely to become decision-makers, thought leaders, and influential voices in their respective fields. For more information on the program and how to apply, please visit their website.

The Hamburg Committee of Chicago Sister Cities will host the German Cheering station at the Chicago Marathon on Sunday, October 11, 2015. The CSCI Hamburg invites you to become a partner of this event and to participate in cheering the runners from Hamburg and all throughout Germany. Contact Martina Beverly to find out more about this event.

Mark your calendar for our upcoming events!

The new GAT Quarterly is available! Find the online edition here. If you would like to be on the cover of the next GAT, contact us today!

Interested in political, economic and legal developments in the US?

We encourage you to subscribe to RGIT's weekly German-language Newsletter „Washington News“. It reports on current political, economic and legal developments in the United States, that are relevant for transatlantic trade. If you are interested in subscribing please send an email to

Download our new Sponsorship & Media Kit to explore valuable opportunities for your company! 

GACC Midwest is hiring! We are now accepting applications for the following staff opening:

Job Openings

We are also looking to fill the following positions:

  • Senior Accountant/Controller
  • General Manager (Industrial Components)
  • International Sales Manager (Agricultural)
  • Business Development Manager (Automotive)
  • Warehouse/Production Associate
  • Office Assistant
  • General Manager (Industrial Products)

For more information on these openings, contact Justin Flaxbart.

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