Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President

Open the borders to vaccinated European travelers!
The one issue that hinders resumption of full economic activity for our members is the continued prohibition on US travel by Europeans.  As many of us working with European clients can attest: the current Covid-19 travel ban for Europeans makes no sense. Zero.

The travel ban applies to travelers from the Schengen zone, but not to travelers from other countries where Covid-19 is at least as prevalent as in the Schengen-zone. Thus, if a European traveler stays in a third country for weeks, that traveler can then enter the United States with -- certain requirements and restrictions.

It seems to me that politics are at play here. For one, Americans would be just as exposed to Covid-19 from travelers entering from third countries as for travelers from the Schengen-zone. But more importantly, there is no scientific support for the notion that a vaccinated traveler from the Schengen-zone is more dangerous to Americans than their fellow Americans. Europe is no worse or no better than the USA in this world-wide pandemic.

Thus, I demand that the prohibition on travel from the Schengen-zone be lifted, with the necessary precautions, such as vaccinations and testing. Schengen travelers should be treated no worse than travelers from any other country.

If enough people raise their voices, maybe things will change.

Upcoming Events!
Virtual Happy Hour

As we take the danger of Covid-19 still very serious, we continue to offer online social happy hours for our members and friends, who do not want to attend any in-person event yet.

Our next Virtual Social Happy Hour will be on Thursday, August 19th, 6pm EDT.
Interesting to Read
Updates from the German Consulate General in Miami:

Das Generalkonsulat arbeitet pandemiebedingt nach wie vor im Krisenmodus und bietet Termine für die Beantragung von deutschen Reisepässen, Visa und für ausgewählte konsularische Dienstleistungen an.
Es ist derzeit noch nicht absehbar, wann der reguläre Betrieb wieder aufgenommen wird.
Weitere Informationen über das Servicespektrum und die Buchungsmodalitäten finden Sie auf der Website des Generalkonsulats und im Terminvergabesystem.
Anträge für familienrechtliche und staatsangehörigkeitsrechtliche Angelegenheiten werden zur Zeit ausschließlich postalisch angenommen. Dafür erforderliche Beglaubigungen können bei lokalen Notaren eingeholt werden.

Deutsche, die außerhalb der Bundesrepublik Deutschland leben und im Bundesgebiet keine Wohnung mehr innehaben, können grundsätzlich an der Wahl zum 20. Deutschen Bundestag am 26. September 2021 teilnehmen.

Voraussetzung ist, dass sie entweder nach Vollendung des 14. Lebensjahres mindestens drei Monate ununterbrochen in Deutschland gelebt haben und dieser Aufenthalt nicht länger als 25 Jahre zurückliegt, oder dass sie aus anderen Gründen persönlich und unmittelbar Vertrautheit mit den politischen Verhältnissen in Deutschland erworben haben und von ihnen betroffen sind.

Wählen kann nur, wer in ein Wählerverzeichnis eingetragen ist. Deutsche, die im Ausland leben und nicht in Deutschland gemeldet sind, werden nicht automatisch in ein Wählerverzeichnis eingetragen.

Zur Teilnahme an Bundestagswahlen müssen daher alle im Ausland lebenden wahlberechtigten Deutschen vor jeder Wahl zunächst bei der zuständigen Gemeinde in Deutschland einen förmlichen Antrag auf Eintragung in das Wählerverzeichnis stellen. Der Antrag auf Eintragung in das Wählerverzeichnis muss spätestens am 5. September 2021 bei der zuständigen Gemeinde in Deutschland eingehen. Die Frist kann nicht verlängert werden.
Das Antragsformular, ein Merkblatt mit Ausfüllhinweisen und Details zur Wahlberechtigung finden Sie auf der Webseite des Bundeswahlleiters.

Travel Update
Past Events
The GABC offered their first In-Person Networking Event
after a long break of 16 months.

We had a great event, with great people and interesting conversations at Ironside Pizza!

Thank you to Benno Klandt, who spontaneously offered his service as a photographer to capture these beautiful moments.

Speed Meeting Networking Event
When? Wednesday, July 8th, 6:30pm
CoSuite Corworking Space and the GABC hosted a networking speed meeting event, to give all the attendees the chance to meet with someone new and exchange contacts over snacks and beverages, sponsored by CoSuite and Warsteiner USA.

Kai Jacobs from the South Florida Business Law Group held a webinar about "E-mail And Other Electronic Exposure – Why You Need To Secure Your Digital Communications Now".
Date: Thursday, July 1st, 10 AM EDT
Stammtisch at Navé
Wednesday, August 4th, 6pm

The GABC's networking events are visited by a mix of members and non-members from all sort of industries.
Your next client or business partner could be amongst them.

Missed a webinar? Want to watch any of our webinars again?
Just click this link and find all the recordings!

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!
Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Trustee Member!
AirEuropa is a European airline, with headquarters in Palma de Mallorca and hub in Madrid, Spain.
We operate 4 flights per week from Miami to Frankfurt and Munich (through our hub in Madrid); and 3 flights per week from NYC (JFK) to the same destinations.
From November we will have a daily flight from Miami, and we operate this route with the Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, with a special configuration in the Business Class (1-2-1), where all the Business Class passengers have access to the aisle.
Boeing 787 Dreamliner:
  • fast: you can cut flying time to your destination by up to 40 minutes.
  • sustainable: it produces 20% fewer emissions.
  • silent: the noise can be up to 60% lower.
  • brightness: the windows are 30% larger and you can adjust the light levels.
  • comfortable: the lower pressure cabin ensures you will feel more rested on arrival at your destination.
  • healthy: the air filter system eliminates bacteria, viruses and also odours.
Business Class / In-flight advantages:
  • fully reclining seats featuring a spacious design in which flexibility and privacy come first.
  • new WI-FI service, including a complimentary 10 Mb voucher, as well as a large connectivity is offered at your seats.
  • our new in-flight menus, produced with more fresh and organic ingredients designed by the chef Martin Berasategui, 12 Michelin starts.
  • an inflight entertainment system consisting of a single screen 15´´ touch or an iPad, to display hours of a range of exclusive leisure.
  • a range of additional services designed for your comfort.

Heinemann Americas brings more than 140 years of experience in logistics, supply chain management, distribution, and travel retail to the Americas. A subsidiary of Germany-based company Gebr. Heinemann, Heinemann Americas opened its doors in Miami in 2014 - and since then has established partnerships with some of the largest cruise lines in the world. The company’s innovative leadership in supply chain management and logistics, access to a worldwide network of goods, and expertise developing personalized and experiential shopping experiences has led to successes that spans five generations of family leadership. In late July, Heinemann Americas celebrated the opening of 15 new shops aboard two first-in-class new builds: the Carnival Mardi Gras and the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas.

You can learn more about the company by visiting their website or following them on LinkedIn

Stay tuned for more..
Welcome Our New Corporate Member!

Located in downtown Miami, Hotel YVE is in the heart of the city’s action. Here business mingles with art for late nights over cocktails in one of the country’s most cosmopolitan settings.

At the Hotel YVE Miami comfort and style mix effortlessly. Here you’ll find trendy rooms with modern amenities and gorgeous views of the bay for a stay that’s just as good as it looks.

With a skyline that glitters off the water, exhilarating nightlife, vibrant culture and a thriving business district, YVE Hotel in Downtown Miami is pure enchantment in the heart of the Magic City.

Work hard, play hard. That’s how we do business at the Hotel YVE Miami. We’ve designed some gorgeous rooms with state-of-the-art amenities to ensure your event goes even better than planned.

...or not in that order!

With an appetizing selection of Cuban fare with a twist, Specialty cocktails and craft beers, Colada Cuban Cafe & Grill is a perfect spot for a pre-game meal or some after work cocktails. Stop by for a quick dinner or stick around to watch the big at our beautiful bar.

Located in the lobby of the Hotel YVE Miami, Colada Cuban Cafe & Grill has a wide variety of local craft beers and specialty cocktails as well as an innovative menu of Cuban fare with a twist and traditional favorites.

Colada Cuban Cafe & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Welcome Our New Standard Members!

Kai Jacobs helps businesses when they have to go to court, so they can go back to making money. For almost thirty years, Kai Jacobs has represented clients in Florida’s state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. In both small and large law firms, Kai has been exposed both to the widely varying types of clients found in Florida, as well as the litigation they encounter. From this, he has worked to develop efficiencies and strategies intended to help clients meet their litigation objectives without necessarily incurring all of the expenses that can make litigation prohibitively unaffordable.
Kai, a Florida native, is a member of the Florida Bar and is also admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida. 

He took pictures at our first in person networking event at Ironside Pizza since the pandemic and we are delighted with the outcome!

Benno Klandt is a talented multimedia producer who works on pre and post event production for the world's largest corporations. His agency partners with clients like Cisco, Media Markt, AXA, and Lloyd to drive their business outcomes with best-in-class video production, media planning & distribution, influencer marketing and everything in between. Benno has the unique ability to work live at an event, capture photo and video media in real time and mix it with provided product shots and company materials. He creates a memorable visual echo of the event that is useful for social media, marketing and internal corporate affairs by combining interviews, corporate identity branding information, key visuals and moments from the event.

Benno also works in the fields of music video, fashion, art, dance and artistic documentary film production and contemporary art, music and fashion photography. He creates the concept, implement the logistics and provide the same level of service and quality as he does for his corporate clients.

Professional skills include Premiere, Logic Pro X, ProTools, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, Motion, Autodesk Combustion.

To see more of Benno Klandt's work, check out our last post of the networking event at Ironside Pizza.

You can find him and his work here

Chris Klein from Baur & Klein, P.A. was born in the State of New York and is the owner of Baur & Klein, P.A. Chris is the most experienced and versatile international lawyer on the team. He combines the expertise of an experienced real estate lawyer with those of an outstanding litigator. He attended law school at Florida State University and did internships at the House of Representatives and the Florida Senate while in law school. Prior to joining Baur, Klein & Becker P.A., he worked in several large law firms focusing on real estate, banking, foreclosure and bankruptcy law.

His strength lies in handling complex commercial litigations and many of his cases have been published. Chris is often called upon to head international arbitration proceedings. He has represented the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony in numerous US litigations. Martindale Hubbell, an information services company to the legal profession has awarded Mr. Klein the highest possible rating.

Meet Renata Urban, owner and founder of URBAN Training and Services. Her mission is to help people communicate successfully in their own language, in a foreign language, and across cultures. She is a certified and experienced language teacher, intercultural coach, and communication skills trainer. Renata is a German national and a US resident who has lived in South Florida for more than a decade.

She has more than 25 years of experience working for global corporations in HR Training and Development, Public Relations, and Marketing/ Communications as well as a trainer, coach, and consultant working with executives, professionals, private individuals, businesses, training institutions, and relocation firms. 

Renata has extensive international living and working experience, and she speaks German, English, Italian, and French. Her multi-lingual ability and multi-cultural mindset allow her to adapt to her clients' unique situation and tailor her courses and services to their needs. She is an empathic training professional and consultant who is passionate about languages and intercultural communication, helping clients achieve their goals and making a difference in people's lives. Renata's invaluable skills, knowledge, and experience help clients thrive in a global business environment and build successful international and virtual teams.
Visit Renata's website: 
and connect with her on LinkedIn:
Welcome Our New Individual Member!

Michael Kuemmel, located in Miami Florida. Senior Executive in International Container Shipping and Logistics with over 30 years experience in Germany, Hong Kong, China, Mexico and the United States. Proven track records of managing large scale business and teams in the International markets.
Married, father of two kids.

Jannik Hercksen works in Data and Analytics at IPC, the Supply Chain company behind Subway Restaurants. Although born in Bremen, Jannik spent most of his childhood living abroad, spending time in Canada, Asia and Europe. After finishing his Economics degree at Northeastern University in Boston, he joined a small consultancy specialising in raw material procurement, which eventually led him to his current role here in Miami. 

In his spare time, Jannik enjoys riding his bike on Key Biscayne and down towards Homestead. He also enjoys watching Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on the weekends. 


GABC Trustee Members
Member Updates

Our member Christel Silver, from Silver International Realty, just got elected as Vice Chair of a NAR Committee to. She has been chosen to lead the National Association of REALTORS® with over 1.5 million members.

Christel Silver, AHWD, CIPS, CRS, ePRO, GRI, MRP, PMN, RSPS, SFR.

Born and raised in Germany, Christel Silver is a through and through real estate professional with 34+ years within the industry. However, one thing is evidently clear even after all this time; her passionate drive to help people achieve the American Dream by owning their own homes, as well as her desire to assist agents realize their goals of becoming successful Realtors. Propelling her is her commitment to provide outstanding customer services that are tailored to meet the unique needs of each of her clients, whether first-time or repeat, local or international, which is at the core of her brokerage firms’ operations, Silver International Realty in Delray Beach and Silver International Realty 30 A in Destin.

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
Tempo is seeking a Product Manager (Import Business) to support their National Sales Manager. The candidate will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of the manufacturing (in Far East) and sales process. This includes order follow up, market research, and administrative support. 

They are looking for an enthusiastic and data-driven individual, who can manage numerous supplier relationships to ensure strict deadlines and high expectations are being met. 
The ideal candidate has 2+ years’ experience in a similar industry, has an excellent track record for successfully managing multiple priorities simultaneously, and has a very strong background in Excel.

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
If you are interested in publishing an advertising in the next GABC newsletter, please contact us at [email protected] or call us at 305-371-4282.


Price per section is:

$ 75 for business card size (approx. 5x9 cm / 2x3.5 inch)

$ 125 for third page ad (approx. 10x18 cm / 4x7 inch)

$ 135 for half page ad (approx. 14x21 cm / 5.5x8 inch)

$ 175 for 1 full page ad

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

Run ad for 3 Newsletters – receive 15% discount on second and third ads 

Price per section is:

$ 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
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 2020
Claudio Riedi

Lydia Harley
Vice- President

Timo A. Becker, J.D.

Dr. Volker Anding

Monika Böhm-Fandiño

Nickel Goeseke

Svenja Hammerstein

Madhu Mehta

India Silk USA,
Vice President
Ellen von Geyso

Miriam Moser

Christian Riehl

Jan Heck

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

Marketing Associate
Brian Nascimento

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