Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President

Come to our Events. 

Miami only has two seasons: Hot summers and cool winters. And the cool winter time is events time for Miami. 

As you will see in this Newsletter, the GABC is planning multiple events, all opportunities for you and your business to see and be seen. Whether it is webinars, Stammtisch events, or networking events, we as an organization want to give you multiple platforms to network, to learn, and to stand out from the crowd. 

Read below how you can participate. Some of our members even take the plunge and become presenters and organizers. We want you to expose your business to as many views as possible. And for every event attendance you have, or presentation you give, we will echo your efforts in flash-backs in our newsletter. Participation pays. 

So, come on out this “winter,” and show yourself. Make the most of your membership, and be involved. The details are below. We are all looking forward to seeing you.

Upcoming Events!

Webinar: Limitations of Diversity
And How to Improve Communication and
Collaboration in Diverse Teams
When? Thursday, February 10th, 12:00pm
Where? Online
Join our webinar on February 10th and learn about:

  • Layers and areas of diversity
  • The business case for diversity - why everybody wants it
  • The limitations and pitfalls of diversity - why it often fails
  • The role of and how to assess cognitive diverstiy, motivational drive, and psychological safety
  • How to improve communication and collaboration in diverse teams

You want to be a Speaker at one of our Webinars? No problem!

Just reach out to us and we can work on a joint Webinar!

Bi-Monthly Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz
When? Thursday, February 17th, 6:00pm
60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134
You are invited to join us and get together to meet the German and International Business Community over German Beer at Fritz & Franz.

The concept of the Stammtisch is that we bring the people together, but you order for yourself. We simply want to create the opportunity to meet potential new business partners at a beautiful location.

On the 300th anniversary of J.S. Bach's publishing the first book of the Well-Tempered Clavier, you are invited to celebrate with a performance of the entire first book by
Orlando Alonso with contextualization by musicologist Frank Cooper. 

The performance is in the intimate setting of the Truist Pavilion at the New World Center in Miami Beach, on March 24th 2022, 7:30pm. 

Ticket information is available at:

For questions, call the New World Symphony box office at 305-673-3331.
Discounts for GABC Members:

To get your Corporate Insider tickets*,
visit and enter promo code
GABC prior to selecting your seats!

Get Your Broadway Tickets Before the Public!!
Use your promo code to save $$$ and get the best seats!

Contact Craig Stedman at [email protected] or call 786-468-2017 with any problems applying your promo code or if you have any questions
Events In the Making:

  • European Chambers Networking Event
  • Webinar about Criminal Defense and Personal Injury
  • European Chambers Seminar: What is Blockchain?
  • Webinar about the Housing Market
  • Meet and Greet at Figurella - the New Work-Out Trend in the Heat

More information will follow!

Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Standard Members!
German Premium Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Häcker Kitchens joins GABC

Häcker Kitchens is a family-owned German premium kitchen cabinet manufacturer with sales of more than $750 million, producing over 1,000 modern fitted kitchens per day. Serving over 60 countries, Häcker leverages state-of-the-art technology with an emphasis on sustainable practices, to set new standards for modern fitted kitchens. Founded by Hermann Häcker in 1898, the company is headquartered in Rödinghausen, Germany. The North American Headquarters has been established in Florida, allowing Häcker Kitchens to deliver the excellent customer service and support for which the brand is known to the North American market.

To fellow Chamber members: 
I am Gary Malfeld and I am a lawyer in Miami for 47 years. Off and on I have been a member of the GABC since at least 2008. During that time I have been engaged in the general practice of law, providing consultation in the formation and negotiation of companies and business transactions and assisting people in their personal challenges. I also have been engaged in significant ways as a civil litigation attorney and a criminal defense attorney. My approach to both civil litigation and criminal defense arises from facing the significant challenges encountered by my clients. It is a matter of telling stories. And I will tell you a story to illustrate what I mean.
Several years ago I was defending a Cuban who was not yet an American on criminal charges in court in Tavernier, Florida. The jury came to an impasse and we resumed the next morning. Early in the next morning session the jury came back with a not guilty verdict.
Several friends of my client were in attendance. They were elated. One of them told me, “it was like watching a movie!” He was so excited about the movie that I wished I could have seen it from his vantage point.
Subsequently, since then at the very beginning of a case I tell my clients, whether in civil or criminal court, “we are going to make a movie and we are going to go through it frame by frame by frame by frame.”
I firmly believe that mere technical competency (although necessary) is not what distinguishes one lawyer from the rest in the pursuit of justice. It is the ability to tell a story that grabs the imagination and compels the positive outcome. It is the story that gives the members of the jury a sense that they can see themselves as part of the story and sympathetic to the client.
Re-Connection Video:

Adrien Rappoport,TV producer and cameraman who’s been in the business for nearly 25 years, has demonstrated his skill and knowledge throughout his career.  

Adrien works alone in this field, always bringing along his camera equipment to catch the perfect shot. This is one of the things that sets him apart from other cinematographers, who usually operate with a large team of individuals. Adrien is versatile and able to adapt on the fly, which allows him to get the best angles and recordings on whatever his current project is.

He’s interested in portraying the natural state of things, and as such, he tries not to shoot many takes. As an artist, he’s after raw emotion and the candid truth. 

Adrien worked for major TV networks in Europe for the first 15 years of his career, then made the move to the United States and has since had his hand in producing video and cinematics for a wide range of high profile projects. As a specialist in creating deep social documentaries and recording luxury TV segments, Adrien has had the chance to work with some of the biggest names in the television industry.  

For example, in one key interview with the Mayor of Miami, Mr. Suarez; he took a deeper look at the life of a retired director for the FBI, providing a glimpse into one man’s life. He’s also worked with other big names like Vin Diesel, Jamie Foxx, and Jordi Molla. 
(Click here to see most of his projects:

Cinematography is Adrien’s passion, and he’s let that passion shape his life and take him to unimaginable places in the pursuit of his art. As a TV producer, he loves to interview and meet new people, and he’s never afraid to interview someone new, no matter where they come from. Adrien sees all people as equal and is genuinely curious and interested in perspectives offered from all walks of life. 

Recently, Adrien has branched out to begin work on corporate videos for small businesses, working to highlight their products and services for their customers in a fluid and eye-catching way. The range of industries he’s produced video for includes branding, commercial, corporate, events, journalism, and real estate. 

This is one TV producer you’ll want to keep an eye on. 


Welcome Our New Individual Member!

Marie Fleckstein:


I am Marie, a Media Manager, studied at SRH HdpK Berlin. Event Management and Social Media Marketing is so called my second home. Coming from the Event and Production field, I am also passionate in working creatively with media. I have a sense and intuition for trends in these areas, which I have always been able to rely on in the past. But of course I don't leave anything to chance. I am constantly learning about the latest social media trends, spending hours doing research and always keeping an eye on all market developments. I am working remotely as a freelancer for several small and big businesses as a Social Media & Marketing Expert. I consult, graphic design, do branding and storytelling. I am the one behind the scenes making sure everything works smooth and looks amazing. Not only as an Event Manger, but also as a Social Media & Marketing Professional.

GABC Trustee Members
Member Updates
We are excited to introduce our partnership with ICH BIN EXPAT (, the brand-new platform for German speaking Expats moving to and living in the US. 

The website offers expert articles on a wide array of topics, regular webinars, a weekly Live Show answering questions that might arise during the early planning stages of your move to the US as well as throughout your whole Expat journey.

Want to join the Club? For more customized support, and a network of other German-speaking Expats in the US join us in the ICH BIN EXPAT Club. More info about the club can be found here (

You can look forward to future joint webinars.
Have you already heard from our member CoSuite?

CoSuite™ is your number one choice for short-term, temporary, or budget space solutions in South Florida. Everything needed to operate a business to it’s fullest capabilities are offered from CoSuite™. Virtual offices, private offices, coworking spaces, and conference rooms are all available to be rented by the hour, day, week, or month. CoSuite™ is South Florida’s industry leader in business space solutions. 
Have you heard of Air Europa's Business Class yet?
Why Becoming a Member Now?!
Did you know your GABC Membership gives you...

  • Regular Networking Events (avg. 50 attendees)
  • Business connections
  • Special promotion in our Newsletter (reaches 6.000+ contacts)
  • Visibility through our Social Media channels (average 650 views per post)
  • Awareness for your Brand and Product/Service (through newsletter and social media)
  • Numerous educational Webinars
  • The opportunity to be a speaker at our Webinars/In-Person Events

Make use of our platform that reaches 6.000+ contacts.

As a GABC Member, one of your main benefits is that we promote your business for FREE!

As you probably know, more time is spent online these days, this is where we create awareness for yourself and your business!

Why not make use of that?

Just send us the information you would like us to share and we will publish it for you!

Networking Events: 
We regularly host in-Person Networking Events which provide you with the perfect opportunity to connect with people within your branche. Whether you are interested in meeting new business partners or simply make new friends, the GABC and its versatile members can't wait to get to know you and have a great time together!

Share Information:
Whether you have any online events planned, great business updates or news, interesting articles to share or simply just want to provide some background information about your business, we got you covered!

Business Connections:
If you are in need of any certain service, just reach out to us and we will introduce you to an according company.

Webinar Speaker:
As a member, you always have the chance to be a speaker at our webinars! Share your knowledge or expertise with our community, we all want to hear about it!
Join the GABC Family!
Dear GABC members, 

We are happy to announce our new and updated GABC Benefits for members!

What GABC Benefits? 
All registered GABC members receive special discounts or promotions from our member/partner companies. With discounts for legal consultations to your restaurant bill, make sure you take advantage of these exclusive offers!

Who participates in the program? 

How can I participate?
If you would like to promote your product/service and have a benefit you can provide our members, please contact us at [email protected] to be included in the program.

Should you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out back to us. 

Kind regards, 
The GABC Team 
Career Opportunities
Administrative Assistant
Language required: proficiency in German and English.

F&V Capital Management, LLC, a boutique investment management firm, seeks a part-time Administrative Assistant for an Investment Advisor Team.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • General support of the Partners of the firm with travel bookings, calendar management, expense reports etc.
  • Updating various spreadsheets, marketing materials (PowerPoint presentations, etc.), maintaining website - Supporting the team with client-related tasks such as helping prepare client presentations, organizing Christmas cards, birthday gifts - Supporting with billing, compliance - Performing reception duties such as answering calls - Ordering office supplies & file maintenance
  • Ad hoc projects as needed (small research projects, working with data bases etc.)

Must be proficient in Microsoft Office Suite.
Background in Finance/Accounting is preferred.
Flexible schedule, approx. 15-20 hrs/week.
Customer Service Representative
Pembroke Pines, FL
Full Time

Generali Global Assitance is looking for a German-speaking employee for their office located in Pembroke Pines. They offer a hybrid model (2 days in office, 3 days remote – they provide all equipment to work from home).

Job Summary: This position answers all incoming/outgoing calls, setting up new claims or following up on claims that are in process. Position also collects telephone records (TR’s) on existing claims that have exceeded our goal review deadline to finalize claim.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:
  • Answer inbound calls and automated call backs, assisting clients with claims status requests, setting up new claims, etc.
  • Make outgoing calls following up on existing claims that are in process or contacting the passenger with claims outcome decision
  • Updates the records spreadsheet with existing claims and remove those that have been located
  • Verify/update mailing address on returned mail to re-send correspondence to passenger
  • Receive new claim mail from tour operators/travel agents to set-up new claims
  • Documents all interactions with passengers
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Required / Desired Knowledge, Experiences and Skills:
  • Prior customer service experience
  • Must have the ability to work any shift during hours of operation to include weekends, evenings and holidays
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to focus and attention to detail
  • Good organization skills
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Advanced computer skills in Microsoft Word & Excel
  • Strong self-starter with the ability to work with minimal supervision
  • Excellent critical thinking and decision making skills
  • Ability to work as a part of team as well as individually
  • Experience in an insurance office setting helpful
  • US work permit

  • High School Diploma or equivalent

Generali Global Assistance is an Equal Opportunity Employer 
The GABC offers job postings and internship assistance.

Companies and employers can publish their vacancies on our Facebook page, as well as in our upcoming newsletters.

For more information please contact the GABC by email: [email protected] or telephone 305-371-4282.
Members: free
Job Seekers - $50 per post
Companies and Employers - $100 per post
Publish Your Advertisement in our Newsletter
As a GABC member, advertisement is complimentary for your business.

For non-members, we offer you the opportunity to publish an advertising in the next GABC newsletter.
Please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 305-371-4282.

Non-Members Price list:

$ 125 for business card size (approx. 5x9 cm / 2x3.5 inch)

$ 150 for third page ad (approx. 10x18 cm / 4x7 inch)

$ 175 for half page ad (approx. 14x21 cm / 5.5x8 inch)

$ 215 for 1 full page ad

Run ad for 2 Newsletters – receive 10% discount on second ad

Run ad for 3 Newsletters – receive 15% discount on second and third ad 
GABC Affiliates
Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
German American Chamber of Commerce

The Beacon Council

Enterprise Florida
German International Parents Association
Ich bin Expat
German American Social Club
Stay Connected with the GABC

Dear GABC members and friends, 
We are excited to announce we are increasing our presence on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn. We will come back with more stories and events for your joy!
We would love to connect with you and get your feedback.

Board of Directors 2022
Claudio Riedi

Lydia Harley
Vice- President

Timo A. Becker, J.D.

Dr. Volker Anding

Christian Riehl

TV Productions
Nickel Goeseke

Ellen von Geyso

Christel Silver

Jan Heck

Madhu Mehta

India Silk USA,
Vice President
Miriam Moser

Michael Claus

Founding Member of the GABC President Emeritus and Honorary Director of the Board
Peter Jacobs

Founding Member of the GABC and Honorary Director of the Board
Christa Green
GABC President Emeritus
and Honorary Director of the Board
The GABC is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization founded by local business men and women in Miami. For over 30 years, the organization has promoted business and trade between Germany and the US, particularly in South Florida. The objective of the GABC is to support commercial and personal relations between its members and to promote economic, social and cultural relations between the USA and Germany.

The GABC promotes communication between companies, individuals, organizations and associations that share the same interests.
Claudio Riedi

Leonie Vallerius

Executive Director
Carolina Olivares

German American Business Chamber of South Florida
141 NE 3rd Avenue | Suite 1000 | Miami, FL 33132