Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President

Dear Reader:

Here is your Summer vacation reading material. Enjoy.

On this 137th day of our national health challenge, we have all found ways of surviving, and a few of thriving. Many of us are experiencing Summer in Balconia, rather than in Gran Canaria, as planned. A perfect time to catch up on the goings-on at the GABC.

The virus wave seems to grow unabated, and yet, there is cause for optimism. Change is ahead. Vaccines against COVID-19 are in trials, and we can all look forward to a more normal 2021 and beyond. 

We continue to feature our membership in this issue of our newsletter. We continue to connect our members, and to guide you to the good things to come. Read about how others cope, and participate in our virtual events, some of which you find featured in this issue.

And above all, stay safe and stay in touch.

Claudio Riedi

The GABC is Happy for Contributions :-)
In the past months, we have been working on a lot of campaigns and alternatives to events in order to represent and promote your business as much as possible and we keep working on new ideas in order to keep your membership beneficial and valuable.

We also offer social online events and an educational webinar series to keep you all updated on travel restrictions, real estate, and covid-19 learnings.

We want to continue suport you and we hope to be able to lean on those of you who can continue to help keep the GABC active. All your contributions will support to cover the essentials and keep the GABC running. Any amount is appreciated and your donations may be anonymous. 

You can donate here :
In return, we are more than happy to acknowledge your generosity publicly and offer some valuable PR for you and your business.
Stay tuned for our Webinar Series:
Date: to be announced

Rolando Aedo , Chief Operating Officer from the  Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau  as well as Immigration Lawyer  Ellen von Geyso P.A.  get together to discuss tourism and travel restrictions.

Zoom Happy Hour - Now biweekly!
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020, 6pm EDT
A virtual meet to have a good talk together!
Just prepare your own drink (BYOB) and snacks. Be ready for some good conversations!

Now, every other Thursday!
Dance Performance "Happy Hour"
Date: Thursday, August 20th, 5pm

lean back and enjoy a "happy" hour of the beautiful dance performance by the Peter London Dance Company, followed by interviews and a Q&A with the actual artists about the dance and their inspiration and background.

Peter London from the PLGDC and the GABC are happy to introduce you to the world of the Peter London Global Dance Company!

registration link will follow
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!
Past Events
Meet the GABC Board - German Business Leaders during Covid-19 times

Together with the Florida Sun Magazine , Claudio Riedi , Alexandra Peters , Ellen von Geyso and Timo Becker, Board Directors of the GABC and longtime South Florida business leaders in Real Estate, Immigration and Investment Law, shared their experience and expertise during Covid-19 via a Q&A.
Stronger Immunity: Breath, Nutrition and Wisdom

Sri Sudarshan, founder and leader at SKYLIGHT YOGA held a 60 minute online session for the major insights into
Yoga & Health.

Listen to inspiring teachings about
nutrition, immunity, meditation
and many more!
Covid-19 from a Landlord's Perspective

Nickel Goeseke , Director of the Commercial Division of  Cervera Real Estate  spoke about his perspective about the current situation and addressed topics such as:

  • Rent Collection
  • Lease Issues
  • Impact on Real Estate in the Future
Update on Travel Restrictions, by Immigration Lawyer Ellen von Geyso

Ellen von Geyso , Immigration Lawyer, gave us an update and answered many questions about the most recent travel restrictions between the USA and EU.

Due to the constant and rapid changes of travel updates, we are not allowed to post the video recording. We thank for your understanding.
Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Standard Member!
S chwarzmann

Schwarzmann is an international design company specializing in delivering design solutions focused on beauty, harmony, the pursuit of perfection, and the human element.
The US based group leverages decades of expertise and international recognition to create highly functional living spaces designed to experience and enjoy life. These spaces include the kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, and the outdoor living space. Schwarzmann also creates custom furniture pieces that transform a house into a home and neutral areas into welcoming spaces. All of Schwarzmann’ Products are Manufactured in Germany with pride and precision.
The company’s steadfast commitment to its clients is reflected in their painstaking attention to every detail and an inimitable, personalized service from design to installation.

Michael was born and raised in Zella-Mehlis, Germany and first got to experience the world of Kitchen Design at the age of 16 in his father’s Kitchen Studio. Backed by 20 years of proven experience, Michael’s design expertise is internationally renowned. His ability to interpret the visions of clients from all walks of all life has developed a design language that surpasses expectations and makes dreams reality. His constant drive to perfect his trade is a testament to his relentless passion for craftsmanship, contemporary design, and life. In addition to his many honors and awards, Michael’s wife and daughter represent his greatest single source of inspiration.
Further Information:
  • Schwarzmann was first Established in 2012 as Design Consulting Company in Munich, Germany
  • Incorporated 2013 in Florida
  • First Showroom in 2014
  • Michael and his Wife Juliane moved to Florida in 2014
  • Commercial Showroom Design for renowned German Appliance Manufacturers such as Miele, Gaggenau, Bosch and Liebherr
  • Exclusive Residential Projects throughout Florida and out of State since 2016
  • 2018 Winner of the German Design Award for Michaels Bookshelf “Loculamentum” in Frankfurt, Germany
  • 2019 Winner of the European Product Design award for the Product Design of Loculamentum
  • Showroom Expansion in West Palm Beach late 2019
  • 2019 Starting of new Company in the Plumbing and Kitchen Accessory Field “Zentrum LLC”
  • 2020 Opening of Design Office in Guatemala City and incorporation of the Schwarzmann S.A., closely working with the AHK in Guatemala and LATAM
  • 2021 scheduled Unveiling of a Project House in Palm Beach Gardens, entirely Designed by Michael and furnished by Schwarzmann and our German industry partners. Grand Unveiling of the Zentrum Sink Concept and the Zentrum CORE Island Mount concept for Builders
GABC Trustee Members
Why Becoming a Member Now?!
Why becoming a member during Covid-19 times?

In-person events are a "No Go" right now. However, it doesn't mean we still should lose touch with the world. Here at the GABC, we continue to be an important platform to our members, now more than ever. As you probably know, in the past few weeks we have been spending a lot of time online, and this is where we create visibility for your business and for yourself.

How do we do that?

  • Visibility on Social Media (450 views per post)
  • Special Promotion through E-Campaigns (5,500+ readers)
  • Shout out's in our Newsletter

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

What else do we offer?

  • Social Online Events
  • Educational Webinars

As a member, you always have the chance to also be a speaker at our webinars! Share your knowledge with our community. Whether you share your business expertise, or some interesting Covid-19 best-practices, we all want to hear about it!

Just reach out to us and we explain to you how it works!

We promise to continue to bring you even more creative alternatives to staying in touch with the German-American community in South Florida, and promoting your business. 
Members Newsfeed
Re-opening a restaurant after a lock-down forced by a pandemic takes much more precautions than expected!

Tommaso Morelato, owner of the Toscana Divino Hospitality Group tells us how it was for them:
Do you know  Hamburg Süd?

As a container shipping company,  Hamburg Süd  stands for quality, outstanding customer service, and a personal point of contact in over 100 countries.

Did you know  Hamburg Süd  is also based in Miami and members with the German American Business Chamber?

Watch their Video:
In Germany, almost everyone grows up with Miele 's products and is aware of the quality Miele provides.

Are you familiar with Miele ?

"Immer Besser". From the early days of stamping this slogan onto their first products to becoming an industry leader in quality and technology, the brand has been and continues to be a reliable partner. This is why Miele has become one of the most trusted and desirable premium brands in the world today.

Leading up to Miele’s 121st anniversary next month, we would like to introduce this Princeton-based manufacturer of premium domestic appliances to our audience and get to know them and their operations here in Florida a bit better.

#MieleUSA #ImmerBesser

Miele Experience Centers

Did you know, you can experience  Miele's  products at one of their 10 Experience Centers nationwide?

Meet two of them here:
LifeCann MD launched an Online Shop.
You can now order their CBD products online from home!
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
MHTUS is looking for an administrative Assistant in Miami Beach that can grow with them.
At the beginning you would work about 3 days/week (aprox. 12 hours) as part time, later they would need you full time.
You can work from home or in the the office in South Beach: 15th and Washington, 33139. They offer you flexible terms.

Please E-Mail:  [email protected]
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

Antje Zgrzebski

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.
Leonie Vallerius

Executive Director
Brian Nascimento

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