GACC Midwest ChamberBrief: December 2013 Issue

Dear Members and Friends,

2013 has truly been a remarkable year for GACC Midwest. As we have celebrated our 50th Anniversary, we put on events and initiatives that have been bigger and better than ever before, either by improving our traditional events or by adding new ones. In the course of the year, our membership grew, and we opened a new office in Michigan – our first fully-staffed office outside of Chicago – to meet the growing demand for our services. Celebrating our achievements of the last 5 decades, we were also honored to host numerous high-ranking visitors from the DIHK, BMWi, and the German government.

None of this would be possible without the support of our members, directors, Chapters, partners, and friends. Thank you to all who attended and supported our events, to all of our sponsors, and to those who have partnered with us in all of our projects and initiatives, ranging from skilled workforce initiatives, to export initiatives and visiting delegations, to our Anniversary Book and German American Water Technology Magazine, to the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, and the list goes on. Your support has been essential to our success.

We hope to see you once more this year at our Jingle Mingle on December 18 for an evening of celebration, networking, and holiday fun in the family-friendly atmosphere of the Christkindlmarket Chicago.

We wish you all the best for the upcoming holiday season and new year, and look forward to working with you in 2014.

Best wishes | Herzliche Grüße,

Simone Pohl
President & CEO

GACC Midwest


Upcoming GACC Midwest Events:

The exclusive presentation of the results of the annual German American Business Outlook study will take place on December 16 at the New York Stock Exchange. The reception will include an industry panel modertated by Martin Richenhagen, Chairman, President & CEO, AGCO Corp. The cross-industry panel features 4 top company representatives: 

  • Flemming B. Bjoernslev (President & CEO, LANXESS Corp.)
  • Carsten Meyer-Rackwitz (President, tesa North America)
  • Ludwig Willisch (President & CEO, BMW of North America)
  • Roland Zitt (President, MAHLE Industries, Inc.).

GABO measures the satisfaction of German companies with the US as an investment location and takes on a different topical angle each year. This year’s survey focused on future investment potential and the opportunities and challenges companies face with regards to growing their business in the US.

Join us on December 18 for the grand finale of our 50th Anniversary celebration: A special edition of our Professional Networking Reception in the Festival Tent at the Christkindlmarket Chicago!

The Jingle Mingle will offer attendees to make business connections for the new year and beyond while enjoying the one-of-a-kind holiday atmosphere of the Christkindlmarket with:

  • warm Gluehwein
  • a tasty seasonal dinner buffet
  • authentic Christmas treats
  • a special raffle featuring unique gifts

Bring your family to this event – children under 12 are admitted free of charge! Don’t miss out on this wonderful holiday celebration with 


On the occasion of RSNA taking place in Chicago, GACC Midwest organized a German Networking Reception for the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research to advise on Germany's research landscape and the “Research in Germany” initiative.

This reception brought together German research consortia and networks, as well as local professionals from the medical technology industry. This evening event took place on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Festival Tent at the Chicago Christkindlmarket - a truly unique setting! Approximately 100 guests met and developed new contacts all while enjoying typical German holiday food and drinks in a festive holiday atmosphere.

Machinery Delegation from Saxony to Chicago – December 2-5, Chicago, IL

GACC Midwest and Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen welcomed a Machinery Delegation from Saxony to Chicago from December 2-5, 2013. The delegation visited Chicago and the surrounding areas to explore partnership opportunities with US companies and to consider expanding business activities in the Midwest. The delegates from ACTech, ACSYS, and Mikromat met with potential business partners and customers, toured US manufacturing facilities, and learned more about US machinery and manufacturing. There was also a VIP dinner in honor of our delegates, which provided networking and partnership opportunities between the delegates and local professionals from the machinery sector and beyond. The delegation trip was very successful and we look forward to welcoming more delegates in 2014!

Last month, the Transatlantic Program for Young Technology Leaders (TAP-YTL) completed its second delegation trip to Germany this year. A group of twelve select students and young professionals had the opportunity to engage with German experts in the industry to explore the latest trends in automotive research and development. The program led the participants on a trip from Aachen to the Frankfurt Area, Stuttgart, and finally Munich over a span of nine days. Stops during the trip included a full day at RWTH Aachen, one of Germany’s leading universities for engineering, visits to major OEMs like BMW, Daimler, and Opel, as well as world class suppliers to the automotive industry. Of course, there were also plenty of opportunities for the participants to experience a broad spectrum of German culture, food, and “Gemütlichkeit” along the way. Stay tuned for upcoming TAP editions in 2014!

Knowledge Exchange – December 12, Chicago, IL

GACC Midwest had the pleasure to welcome Kevin Masi, Cofounder and Principal of Torque Ltd. on December 12, 2013 for this month’s installment of our monthly Knowledge Exchange series.

The topic “How Digital, Mobile, and Social Media Marketing Now Affect the Entire Organization” highlighted the shift of conventional marketing to digital marketing with a focus on Social Media involvement in daily strategy to reach customers.

As digital media develops, so too should companies at all levels, of all sectors and industries — and harness this tool to adjust customer service strategy, fine-tune lead development and sales pipeline to reach new growth potential.

Join us in 2014!

The Annual Economic Forum 2014 - where internationally respected economists and industry experts discuss the business outlook for the new year ahead!

Our top business event in the beginning of the year will provide exclusive first-hand insights from renowned business leaders on the following issues:

Where is our economy heading - locally, nationally, and on a global scale? What are the decisive business trends in 2014? Which solutions are business leaders developing to respond to challenges in their industries? The following speakers will answer these questions and more:

  • Adolfo Laurenti, Deputy Chief Economist, Mesirow Financial
  • Geoffrey Somary, President & CEO, Ipsen, Inc.; and COO, Ipsen Group Worldwide
  • Peter Riehle, President & CEO, Wittenstein North America

Stay tuned for more information!

The GAWT Initiative continues….

After a very successful 2013, the German American Water Technology Initiative will continue in 2014. Visit our website ( and check out the 2014 GAWT program including expert roundtables in Indianapolis, IN, Pittsburgh, PA, and Cincinnati, OH! Get featured in the next edition of the GAWT Magazine and make sure to download the 2013/2014 edition!

You haven’t heard of the GAWT Initiative?

Read about our 2013 expert roundtables series, check out the pictures, videos, and links of our expert delegation trip to Germany, and learn how we can take advantage of the synergies between the German and the US water sectors.

For more information contact Petra Stieninger at

Finish 2013 on a high note – Become a member today!

Sign up for our National Partner Program and receive all benefits of the highest membership levels of GACC Midwest, GACC New York, and GACC South!

Contact Sandy Abraham ((312) 665-0978) today to learn how membership will benefit you and your company!

To our manufacturing companies: For 2014, our GAT magazine will once again include an “Anything but Dirty” section featuring members of our strong manufacturing base. To learn more about being featured in this national publication, contact Jasmin Welter today!

Stay up-to-date on the latest transatlantic company news, learn about managing the cost of global risks and the German Skills Initiative’s work growing a 21st century manufacturing workforce, and much more – Download GAT today!

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Contact Justin Flaxbart, Manager, Career Services, or visit our website for more information and internships at GACC Midwest.

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