Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President

Happy Days Are Back Again!

Veronika, der Herbst ist da… With the passing of Labor Day, South Florida enters its busy business season, just in time for the reopening of the U.S. Borders to travelers from Europe. It appears, that the U.S. Government has heard the cries of the GABC (and of France, outraged over the U.S.-Australian Submarine deal), and has decided to take this unavoidable step. This is crucial for the viability of the GABC and a welcome development, and as an organization, we welcome back our European contacts.

At the same time, Germany has successfully concluded its recent election, and changes are coming on that end, too. It was refreshing to see a western Democracy pull off a closely contested election, where the results are quickly tabulated and accepted by most if not all of the voters as valid. There is much to be learned from the German experience.

With that, the GABC should revert to a more traditional business model, albeit with virtual components learned and honed during the forced Covid-19 shutdown. Last week, the GABC elected a new Board of Directors, and we are moving forward with new ideas and impulses. Our first major event in a long time will be the GABC’s Annual Festive Banquet and Fundraising Event on November 17, 2021. Please mark your calendars, and plan to attend to re-connect with your old friends. Even better: consider becoming a sponsor of the event, and significantly raise your profile in the German-American Business community.

I am looking forward to seeing all of you in November, on a balmy night with cool temperatures, good friends, and a nice glass of wine to prost Fall and the Florida Winter.

On September 27th, the GABC elected their new Board of Directors. Luckily, most of our previous Directors decided to stay on the Board and got re-elected, hence you will see many familiar faces!

Please meet our Board of Directors:

Dr. Volker Anding
Timo Becker
Alexander Evans
Ellen von Geyso
Nickel Goeseke
Lydia Harley
Jan Heck
Madhu Mehta
Miriam Moser
Alexandra Peters
Claudio Riedi
Christian Riehl
Christel Silver
We are also very happy to introduce you to Christel Silver as a new Director. Many of you know her already, since she has been a very active member for many many years and attends most of our GABC virtual and in-person events. Now she made the step to successfully candidate as a Director.

Please meet Christel Silver:
Christel was born in Berlin, Germany and started out as an administrator of Justice (Rechtspflegerin) in Berlin and Essen, Germany, over a span of 17 years. After moving to the US in 1985, she transitioned into real estate sales first in Maryland and Washington DC, and then in Florida since 2001.

Her experience as a Realtor®, Broker and Certified Appraiser in Maryland more than prepared her to take up leadership roles while also extending her expertise to instruct other agents for International Real Estate. She is the Broker/Owner of Silver International Realty in Delray Beach with a Branch Office in Destin, Florida. She has been appointed to be the Vice Chair for the NAR Global Advisory Committee and is the President of the FIABCI USA Greater Miami Council and the Vice President of FIABCI USA of the Councils. She also is the Director of Florida Realtors®, National Association of Realtors®, and the Vice President in 2022 for the South Palm Beach Board of Broward/Palm Beaches/St Lucie Realtors®.
Upcoming Events!
We are excited to announce our Annual Festive Banquet!


Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

Don't miss the chance to increase visibility of your business by becoming one of our sponsors.
Just contact us for more information.

Bi-Monthly Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz
When? Thursday, October 7th, 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.

Business Oktoberfest at CoSuite
When? Thursday, October 21st, 6:30pm
800 Brickell Avenue, Miami, FL 33131
This Business Oktoberfest is of the special kind.

The Co-Working Space CoSuite and the GABC invite you to join us at CoSuite for Warsteiner Beer, typical German "Haeppchen", some board games, and a lot of fun!
Celebrate Oktoberfest while watching the Florida Panthers vs. the New York Islanders!

We are happy to invite you to live music, beer specials and many more during the Panther's Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 16th at 5pm,
followed by a Florida Panthers game!
Travel Update
Travel Restrictions: New Update!

Starting in early November, the U.S. will lift travel restrictions for some foreign nationals who are fully vaccinated. This applies to travelers from the 26 European Schengen countries, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Brazil, China, Iran, India and South Africa.

Existing requirements for permission to travel to the US remain, such as ESTA authorization or the issuance of a visa. Additionally, proof of full vaccination must be presented, as well a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours prior to departure. Airlines will be required to collect contact tracing data from passengers traveling to the US, such as phone numbers and email addresses.

The travel ban began in 2020 under the Trump administration in an effort to curb the spread of the virus, and was continued under the Biden administration as the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant saw a steep rise in the levels of coronavirus cases.

The lifting of the ban should see an increase in demand for international travel. “International travel is critical to connecting family and friends, to fueling small and large businesses, to promoting the open exchange of ideas and culture” said Jeffrey D. Zients, the White House pandemic coordinator.

The CDC will be issuing a formal order providing the details of the new rules, the date they will go into effect, and clarification as to which vaccines will be accepted. Exceptions to the vaccination requirement include children who are not yet eligible to receive the shots.

Past Events
Date: Thursday, September 16th

Renata Urban from Urban Training and Services held a webinar about "Doing Business with Germany and how to communicate successfully with Germans".
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 Standard Members!

Daniel Cohen is a Fintech expert with a focus in the digital transformation of payments, cryptocurrencies, credit cards, e-wallets and the movement of money around the world. Currently he is co-founder and GM at Simple Payment Solutions, a cross-border payments company ( SPS is a money transmission technology platform & licensed entity (U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil), enabling seamless movement of money to 100+ countries & 100+ eWallets with a speciality in exotic corridors in Africa, Latam, and Asia. Earlier, he worked for over 12 years at Mastercard, where he was most recently Mastercard’s Chief Credit Officer. @Mastercard Daniel led a team that oversaw the digital transformation of the company’s global credit strategy. Mr. Cohen joined Mastercard in 2007, and held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility throughout different regions (e.g., North America, Middle East and Latin America). He has held a variety of product, market and regional roles throughout his career. An avid enthusiast of technology and future trends, he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his gorgeous wife Silvia and their three children - Alexander, Leonardo, and Anabelle.  

Silvia Cohen

Silvia Cohen is a food artist. She is the founder and owner of LeMishMash ( You can learn more about her at: She
is a Graphic Designer / Photographer / Vegan Chef on her journey to a healthy lifestyle. Passionate about cooking, photo editing, eating and finding the perfect ingredients and recipes all around the world. Silvia
was born in Caracas, Venezuela. With a passion for the arts and an eye for beautiful things, she's lived a creative life no matter where she's been based. Officially, Silvia studied graphic design in Venezuela, but she's cultivated photography, culinary arts,
and a love for visual expression throughout her life. With stints in New York City, Tel Aviv, and now Miami, Silvia created Lemishmash to share with others her journey of soulful, healthy eating. She has peppered a colorful aesthetic to her site and has garnered
followers from every corner of the world, a true testament to the power of her visual storytelling. Silvia's recipes are easy, fun, and healthy; but most importantly they appeal to people everywhere. Silvia is a devoted mother of three children; she enjoys
cooking, traveling and discovering beautiful things next to the love of her life Daniel. Together, they have built a welcoming home where spontaneous gathering are the sweetest. 

F&V Capital Management, LLC

F&V Capital Management, LLC (FVCM) is an SEC registered investment advisor that offers customized asset management solutions using U.S. and European traded equities, fixed income and other short-term and liquid securities for a wide variety of international clients. The firm’s three founding partners started FVCM with a dedication to proven investment principles and risk control. Our clients rely on us to build their core investment portfolio for long term capital accumulation.

As part of the investment management process, we take careful consideration of the individual needs of our international clients as well as the related tax implications of their FVCM-managed portfolios. Our individually managed accounts offer an easy and convenient entry into the U.S. and international markets.

F&V Capital Management is also currently looking for an administrative assistant.

Welcome Our New Individual Member!

Please join us and meet our new member Steven Richter. Here are some words from him:

"Hallo/Hello, my name is Steve, and I am very excited to now be part of GABC!
A little about me: I was born and raised in Salzburg (Mozart Stadt), Austria, and moved across the pond for my studies in Business. I recently graduated from the University of Florida (Gainesville) and am now living down south in beautiful Fort Lauderdale to get my career started. In the past I have worked with a tech start up as a marketer and sales representative. However, my passion has pivoted to the financial world which made me enter the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, with the goal of leveraging my skills and experience to help others plan for and protect their financial futures.
I am very excited to finally get to meet you. 

Carolina is our newest volunteer in the marketing department of the GABC. She is a Colombian who is finishing her master’s degree in International Marketing and Sales at Muenster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. There, she also completed a double bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration in cooperation with the University of La Sabana in Colombia.

Besides her native Spanish, she is also fluent in English and German and has basic knowledge in Portuguese.

Carolina’s experience includes e-commerce, branding, advertising and communication strategies, planning, and execution of marketing activities.

She is responsible, proactive, and a fast-leaner. In addition, she is aspiring to find a job here in Miami or a Traineeship after she completes her time at the GABC early next year.

GABC Trustee Members
Member Updates
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. 
The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience announces its new online lecture and discussion series: Curiosity Meets Discovery.
Have you heard of Air Europa's Business Class yet?
Member Events
This season PLGDC will present Miami Beach Night Stars at the North Beach Bandshell on October 10 at 7 p.m. The event is free. To get your free tickets, please visit
Join us for the world premiere of Touch & Rain On Me at the Adrienne Arsht Center on December 28-31. The Ballet BC dancer and recipient of the 2021 Danish Dance Theater Award at the 14th Copenhagen International Choreography Competition, Justin Rapaport and his brother Evan will perform the award-winning duet Passing By for our 11th Annual Adrienne Arsht Season. Tickets for Touch & Rain On Me can be purchased at
Our dance film Eviction about our company's resilience during the pandemic will premiere on January 21 at 6 p.m. at the SoundScape Park as part of the Miami Beach Department of Cultural Affairs Culture Crawl program. This event is free and open to the public.
The Adrienne Arsht Center and the GABC invite you to Knight Masterworks with Jonas Kaufmann in Recital on October 14th.

Jonas Kaufmann is among the world’s most acclaimed tenors. Born in Munich, Kaufmann has been an international star since a breakout appearance in 2006 at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. He has performed leading tenor roles in classic operas at the world’s top opera houses.

For his Arsht Center debut, Kaufmann will appear in recital, a style of performance he once described as “the royal class of singing” for the technical and emotional demands it places on a vocalist.

Join one hour prior to the performance for Knight Masterworks Classical Conversations, an exciting behind-the-scenes look into this incredible performance by baritone opera singer and Miami native Angel Refuse.

*Available with advance purchase and not available through the box office or call center. Tickets are limited & ticket fees apply. Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets and may not be available for all performances and price levels. If you have trouble accessing the discount online, please call group sales at 786.468.2326.
Arsht Center Commitment to Health and Safety
The Arsht Center remains deeply committed to the health and peace of mind of our guests, artists and staff. Based on guidance from national and local health officials, this performance is seated at full capacity. Face coverings are required. We are also maintaining enhanced cleaning, sanitation and air filtration procedures. Please visit here for more details and future updates.

Jonas Kaufmann in Recital
October 14 at 8 p.m.
Knight Concert Hall | Tickets Start at $45*
Enter Promo Code: GABC

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

Ich bin Expat
DIE virtuelle Konferenz für dein Leben in den USA

The ICH BIN EXPAT Virtual Conference, is the one-stop-destination for German-speaking expats moving to or living in the US. During our online conference you will receive valuable tips and information, learn from various experts, ask questions and connect with our community. 
No matter if you are in the planning stages, already a seasoned expat, or a long-term resident (we like to call them "Hängengebliebene") you will find a wealth of information at this event.

During this 4-day conference, hosted by, you will receive curated advice from experts on (almost) every challenge you might come across on your expat journey
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.

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
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

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

Marketing Associate
Carolina Olivares

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