ChamberBrief 2015: March Edition

Dear Members and Friends,

It seems like spring has finally made its way to the Midwest! We are looking forward to our upcoming projects and are pleased to introduce our new members. Welcome to the GACC Midwest network!

To you, our members, we would like to remind you to please send back your proxy to us in order to vote for our 2015/16 Board of Directors. We are looking forward to receiving your vote and will accept your proxy via fax, email or mail until Monday, March 23. You may send them electronically to

We would also like to encourage you to sign up for our upcoming Industry Delegations, such as the Machinery Conference and Delegation! You will also have the opportunity to meet with us at our International Night Reception @ Automechanika as well as at Hannover Messe. Read all about it below!

Best wishes | Herzliche Grüße,

Your GACC Midwest team

GACC Midwest Announcements

In recognition of the leading role GACC Midwest has taken in supporting German-style dual training programs in the U.S., the National Academy of Sciences has appointed our Vice President Mark Tomkins to join their Committee as an International Expert. The Committee will analyze programs around the U.S. that prepare and train Americans for skilled placements in the job market, including apprenticeship programs and advanced technical education. The Committee plans to publish a report covering conclusions and action-oriented recommendations in the summer of 2016.

GACC Midwest on the Road

US Forum on Business Opportunities for German Machinery & Equipment Manufacturers

Join us for the US Forum on German machinery and equipment at Hannover Messe. The event is targeted towards German machinery and equipment manufacturers who are looking for business opportunities and to expand their business in the US. The forum will cover both opportunities for German machinery and equipment manufacturers in the US market as well as practical tips on certification, import, etc. We are very pleased to have Virginia Rounds, Director of Consulting Services at GACC Midwest, join the discussion as one of the speakers, along with Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (tbc), CMO Dr. Helmuth Ludwig of Siemens PLM Software, and many more. For more information and to register, please click here.


Select USA Pavilion

German companies interested in learning more about setting up an office, warehouse, or production facility in the US can get useful information from a number of regional economic development organizations as well as SelectUSA in the USA Investment Center in Hall 6. 

For more information on either of these opportunities, please contact Virginia Rounds.

The International Night Reception is the premier place to network with Automechanika's global audience, with over 150 automotive aftermarket industry professionals expected to be in attendance. Seize this opportunity to meet potential business partners and explore synergies in the dynamic setting of the trade show. Register Now

Sponsorship Available

For those interested in connecting on an even larger scale with potential customers before, during, and after the event, we offer exclusive sponsorship opportunities.


Please contact us, if you would like to become a sponsor or if you have any questions regarding the event.

Together with German Water Partnership, GACC Midwest will organize a business delegation in the field of wastewater management and water infrastructure to Minneapolis – St. Paul, MN. The Minneapolis - St. Paul region is a very attractive area for future investments in the wastewater management and water infrastructure industry due to its steadily growing water-technology cluster. The U.S. furthermore constitutes the biggest market worldwide concerning water-related products, which opens up a lot of market potential and opportunities for German companies interested in the industry. To register and get more information on this event, please click here, the deadline for registration is March 20. 

Register now for our Machinery Business Delegation Program! This is particularly interesting for German companies in the sector of tool design and construction, special purpose machinery manufacture or process technology. The program is a great opportunity for companies to explore German-American partnership opportunities, get informed about latest trends and developments in the U.S. machinery market, and network with industry leaders. To join the delegation trip please get in touch with Nadine Schieban.

GACC Midwest Event Review

Water & Wastewater Equipment, Treatment & Transport Show (WWETT) - Indianapolis, IN

GACC Midwest and German exhibitors at the WWETT

On February 24, GACC Midwest visited the ‘German Pavilion’ at the WWETT in Indianapolis. The Pavilion hosted 10 German technology leaders of water infrastructure and wastewater management and was organized by the German Society of Trenchless Technologies along with Messe Hamburg. The GACC Midwest's water industry team got key insights into technologies for installing underground supply systems with trenchless technologies and how to increase efficiency and protection of the surrounding environment. We were able to have a dialogue with represented German companies and discuss new business development opportunities in the U.S. as well as possibilities for market entry support.

At our latest Knowledge Exchange with the topic "Strategies to Uncover Hidden Tax Incentives for Businesses" attendees received insights from our expert speaker Ned Leiby regarding opportunities for saving overpaid taxes and enhancements to minimize compliance burdens. 

Do you want to become a presenter at our Knowledge Exchange yourself?

Use the opportunity and 

  • present your unique services to our members
  • share your knowlegde and expertise with our member firms
  • generate leads and new customers

Contact Kirsten Schmandt (312-494-2176) for more information.

Staff & Services Spotlight

Kirsten Schmandt, Events & Membership Coordinator

Kirsten is the face of our membership events and assumed the role as Coordinator of Events and Membership at our Chamber in January 2015. Among other things she is responsible for organizing our Signature Events such as the Economic Forum, Awards Gala as well as our other events such as the European Business Networking and Knowledge Exchanges. She is also taking care of event sponsorship opportunities and all questions our members might have.

Before working with the Chamber, Kirsten finished her Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Anglophone cultures and business administration at the University of Duisburg-Essen. She gained intercultural experience while being a participant of the 26th Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange for young professionals in 2009 at College DuPage as well as an internship in international marketing. Her professional experiences further include an apprenticeship in the dual vocational training system for Bertelsmann Verlag in Bielefeld, Germany.

If you have any questions regarding your membership, want to become a new member or are interested in our events and sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with Kirsten.

German-American Cultural Corner

Using the hashtag #SaveCBYX alumni have articulated their support for the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program, which offers full scholarships for high-school students, vocational students and young professionals from the U.S. and Germany to engage in a year-long exchange as "junior ambassador" of their countries. Learn more

AIESEC is the world's largest youth run organization that aims to provide leadership development experiences to young and talented people in 120+ countries. As an organization they believe that developing leaders is the fundamental solution to the world's problems, and they do this by facilitating International Exchange. This year, they have partnered with AIESEC in Germany to bring at least 60 German students and recent graduates to the United States for internships in fields such as marketing and information technology. If your company is interested in working with AIESEC in this endeavor, please reach out to and learn more here.

The Goethe Institut is hosting a series of events under the theme "Spahlinger at 70", which includes concerts and symposiums in various locations around the city. Mathias Spahlinger is a German composer with a strong connection to Chicago that goes back to his early days as an improviser. For the full program, visit here

Philipp Petzschner from Germany is coming to Chicago to play an exhibition against  ATP tennis professionals Dusan Lajovic from Serbia. Philipp Petzschner is a great singles player and Germany's most accomplished doubles player, winner of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open among many others. Tickets can be aquired here.

The Gene Siskel Film Center is hosting the “18th Annual European Union Film Festival,” a colorful and diverse European escape, including many films from Germany. The full program can be found here.

GACC Midwest in the News

The Brookings Institution in cooperation with JPMorgan Chase published an insightful report focusing on Germany's model for industrial competitiveness and its assignability to the US. The report "Skills & Innovation Strategies to Strengthen Manufacturing - Lessons from Germany" acknowledges that in order to revitalize the U.S. manufacturing sector, a novel approach to public-private-civic partnerships is necessary and looks at German practices to improve proceedings in the US. 

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Upcoming Events From Partners & Other Relevant Organizations


Meet Your New Clients

Review our new Media Kit and become a sponsor in 2015.

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

Job Openings

We are also looking to fill the following positions:

  • Field Sales Engineer
  • Service Technician
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Chief Accountant/Controller
  • Executive Assistant (bilingual)
  • Sales Director
  • Technical Sales Specialist (capital equipment)
  • Product Manager (industrial components)

For more information on this openings, get in touch with Justin Flaxbart.

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