Newsletter of the German-American Business Council of Boston, Inc.
February 2017 e-publication of the GABC Boston
Michael Haueisen
GABC Board of Directors
VP Strategic Procurement 
SIEMENS  Energy Management US/CA
Dear Members & Friends of GABC,

 We are already back with another newsletter to keep the information flowing.

 This time I would like to draw your attention to our upcoming events like GBANE or the Boston Ballet which was such a great event last year that you hardly can miss this one, and much more. 

Also we have again two
member profiles with some interesting details.  

As pointed out in the last newsletter, winter is not over yet . The last couple of days brought us the first snow days at school and lots of fun for the kids. We live indeed through a very stormy season. But as always we will make our way out of it!

"In diesem Sinne" I wish all of you lots of fun this winter season and maybe see some of you on the slopes!

Alles Gute, 


Join us for these upcoming GABC events
February 28, 2017
GBANE 23rd Annual International Business Forum & Networking Evening
This event attracts companies, trade associations, and government agencies involved in international business. It features presentations, information tables, and lots of networking.  Brexit and Trump administration changes pose new challenges for multinational companies. Hear from leading experts on the critical subjects that affect companies doing business globally. Cost: $45. Info and tickets at . 
March 3, 2017
GABC goes to the Ballet!
Join us for a Boston Ballet performance of Artifact, an avant-garde spectacle choreographed by William Forsythe, known to our members as the former director of the Frankfurt Ballet. This incredible evening includes a private VIP reception and pre-performance discussion with one of the dancers, orchestra seats for the performance, and a private back-stage tour limited to the first 50 guests to purchase tickets. Info and tickets at
March 8, 2017
International Women's Day Reception at Liquid Art House
GABC Member Ruta Laukien, owner of Liquid Art House welcomes the women in business network to her amazing restaurant art gallery.  Bring your cards, bring a friend and mingle with talented multi-cultural women from varied industries and European countries in a visually dazzling space.  A Partner Event with the French-American Chamber of Commerce. Tickets and Info HERE

March 16, 2017
Don't let me be misunderstood!
Join us for a discussion and reception with former UN Interpreter SUSANNE KILIAN, author of “German Code”. Based on more than 15 years of UN experience, Kilian shares not only her deep cultural and academic understanding of international communication, but also a neuro / chemical understanding of how a listener “hears” what is communicated. Info and tickets at

Member Interviews
Susan G. L. Glovsky P rincipal
Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds
Susan G. L. Glovsky
GABC Member since 2013

GABC: Susan, what's your connection with German-American business?

SUSAN: My firm, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds, represents German-owned companies in intellectual property matters.  I am a patent attorney handling intellectual property litigation.  Other members of the firm, Alexander Adam, Ph.D., an Associate, and Michael Gottselig, Ph.D., a Patent Agent, are natives of Germany and are members of GABC with me.  

GABC: What do you like about the GABC? 

SUSAN Members of the GABC have a strong business focus and are forthcoming in sharing their experience and business opportunities with other members.  The organization is well run and, when I take the time to go to an event, I know it will always be worthwhile.

GABC: What are you looking forward to seeing GABC do in the future? 

SUSAN: I look forward to the discussion with former UN Interpreter Susanne Kilian on March 16, 2017.  The presentation provides an opportunity to learn more about working with German organizations and doing business in Germany.  In the future, I look forward to GABC staying the course with its excellent programming and networking events.  For example, I would like to see more programming like the Grünenthal event, which provided an understanding of a German company that is establishing roots in Boston and an opportunity for networking with GABC members and representatives from Grünenthal..

GABC: What keeps you busy when you're not working? 

SUSAN: I enjoy active vacations.  This time of year, I try to find time to downhill and cross-country ski, and I am happy that the snow is now cooperating.

GABC: Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn't know by looking at your CV. 

SUSANI knit.  Don’t judge.

For comments, contact Susan at

Scott Smith
Director Technical Services
Allied Vision Technologies

Scott Smith
GABC Member since 2011
GABC : Scott, what's your connection with German-American business? 

SCOTTAfter graduate school in Canada (despite being a US citizen),    I had the opportunity to live and work in Germany for two years, where I learned German through immersion and Deutsch für Ausländer classes. It really deepened my commitment to travel, languages, and showed me the importance of multiple perspectives and good listening skills. Back in the US some years later, I realized that, besides my high-tech skills and management experience gained in the meantime, I particularly enjoy serving in an international capacity. I work in a global leadership role for a German-owned company with facilities in five countries, and my German fluency and cultural knowledge have been invaluable.  

GABC: What do you like about the GABC? 

SCOTTIt's my local affinity group who “get it” that once one has lived and worked internationally, we are each part German and part American, regardless of which passports we all carry.  Both the GABC events and the members create networking opportunities and ways to renew and extend the sense of connection with those who work “across the pond”.  (I once wrote “über den großen Teig” before getting clear on the Teig/Teich distinction.)

GABC: What are you looking forward to seeing the GABC do in the future? 

SCOTT: I'm enjoying serving on the GABC Young Professionals (YP) steering committee, as an adviser, and have just been matched as a mentor as well.  We've got some bright and capable individuals in our YPs, and it's fun to tap into their energy and work with them on “whatever is next”.  GABC will become what we together make of it.

GABC: What keeps you busy when you're not working? 

SCOTT: Travel, cooking, theater, reading, and just enough fitness activity to counteract the eating that follows the cooking.

GABC: Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn't know by looking at your CV. 

SCOTTBeing a step-father has been both more challenging and more rewarding than I ever imagined.

For comments, contact Scott at

Recent GABC Event
Developing Your Personal Brand: Mastering the "Me" Talk
Whether you are starting your career, switching careers, or promoting your services, you will likely be asked to introduce yourself to a prospective employer or to someone who could connect you to an opportunity. In the U.S., these 30-seconds will begin or end a conversation.

Despite miserable weather, participants arrived ready to interact, and worked in pairs to write and refine their pitches.  Brave participants then volunteered to “test drive” their pitches to the group where they received valuable feedback and support.

Workshop leader and GABC Member Annette Herz of Compass Marketing skillfully led the group and created a fun atmosphere of trust, openness and creativity while delivering concrete steps for crafting the perfect personal “pitch”.  

This workshop was organized by GABC's Young Professional Group.  Contact us about joining!
Helping Immigrants in Massachusetts
Let’s show a little love to the German immigrants who come here and create jobs. Nominate someone (even yourself) for The Immigrant Learning Center 2017 Immigrant Entrepreneur Awards by March 10.

Past winners include: swissbakers , Agenus, Inc., Taino Consulting Group,  RM Technologies, Inc.,  Dover Rug & Home, Acquia, ULTRA Beauty Salon, Alere Analytics, Celtra, Inc., Toxikon Corporation, Boston Biomedical, Inc.,  PAREXEL International Corp. and Ocular Therapeutix, Inc.

More ways to show support...

Governor's Award Ceremony
The Governor’s Office in partnership with the Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) will hold its first Annual Appreciation Award Ceremony to recognize outstanding businesses and individuals who employ refugees and/or immigrants. ORI is looking for businesses and individuals of German origin who maintain a proven record of contributing to the strong and dynamic economy of the Commonwealth. Further, with this award ceremony the Commonwealth wants to raise public awareness of the many refugees and immigrants whose daily work actively increases the welfare of the Commonwealth. The proceeds of this ceremony will benefit the Financial Literacy Program that ORI plans to implement statewide. For additional information, please contact ORI Executive Director Mary Troung at 

Interested in hiring refugees/immigrants?
The Massachusetts Office for Refugees and Immigrants (ORI) works with employment service providers and vocational skills training institutions to prepare our clients for the world of work. Several individuals come to the U.S.  with higher levels of education such as bachelors, masters and PhDs. For these individuals, who are readily employable, their fields of education and work range from engineers and medical doctors/researchers to economists and accountants. The remainder of ORI clients are enrolled in various employment trainings to access entry and mid-level positions. In many cases, employment services providers and employers collaborate to design trainings that will get clients ready for specific positions within the employer’s business. If you are interested in sharing with us your job openings, please send an email to Leticia Ripalda, Workforce Development & Employment at 

Schwarzes Brett
GAIN / GSO Spezial Networking Event Feb 26, 2017 6PM
Ihr denkt über eine Rückkehr nach Deutschland nach?! Ihr wollt mehr über mögliche Karrierewege in Europa aus erster Hand erfahren? Dann ist dieses Spezial im Goethe-Institut genau richtig für Euch! Traditionell zur MIT European Career Fair, organisiert GAIN (German Academic International Network) and GSO (German Scholars Organization) einen Netzwerkabend für den deutschsprachigen Raum in Europa. Dies bietet Euch die Gelegenheit interessante Führungskräfte deutscher Universitäten und Unternehmen in ungezwungener Atmosphäre kennenzulernen und neue berufliche Netzwerke zu etablieren.  Bitte meldet Euch HERE.   Zusätzlich bitten wir Euch einen kurzen CV als Fliesstext auf Deutsch (max. 10 Zeilen, Arial, 12) per E-Mail an Romy Wichmann ( zu senden. Diesen werdet GAIN dann vorab an die anwesenden Universitäts- und Firmenvertreter weiterleiten, um Euch die Kontaktaufnahme zu erleichtern.

German Saturday School Offering Advertising Space / School Year 2017-2018 Registration
The German Saturday School Boston is offering advertising space for companies in their annual yearbook reaching German-American families and stakeholders in the Boston area. Space is limited. Reserve by March 15. Art by April 15. Email Registration for school year 2017-18  opens April 29 for new and wait-listed students. Contact for more information.

Software Startup aPriori Seeks German Speaking Business Development Representative
aPriori Technologies seeks a New Business Development Representative fluent in German to call on German-based companies. They seek recent college grads that want to learn sales basics and can work flexible hours. Contact Heather
Nanartowich, HR Manager, Tel: 978-451-7681 

Furnished Quarters seeks Corporate Sales Associate in Boston
Furnished Quarters is the largest provider of fully furnished and serviced apartments in the greater Boston area.  
The Corporate Sales Associate is responsible for building and managing effective and long term business relationships with corporate accounts in order to maximize sales revenues and business growth.  Duties include processing of leads, data entry to customer relationship management and property management systems, follow-up on leads, processing of lease paperwork, site inspections/tours, file maintenance, interaction with other departments within Furnished Quarters and office management activities. Full details at 

MIT European Career Fair  (ECF) the weekend of February 25, 2017
GABC is pleased to be a Sponsor again this year for the ECF, an annual 3-day recruiting event organized by the MIT European Club in partnership with the European Commission. ECF connects top-tier US students / young professionals with European companies. Sign-up for students and job seekers is FREE.   Sign-up and info for both job candidates and potential employers at

Thanks for the Referral!

Dankes chön!  Bring a guest to one of our events, or refer them to us. If your friend joins GABC as a new member, we'll present you with a gift certificate good for one free ticket to any one GABC event (valued up to $50).  
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