Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President

Come to our Events. 

Wikipedia defines “International Business” as “the trade of goods, services, technology, capital and/or knowledge across national borders and at a global or transnational scale.”

There are two macro-scale factors that underline the trend of greater globalization. The first consists of eliminating barriers to make cross-border trade easier (e.g. free flow of goods and services, and capital, referred to as "free trade"). The second is technological change, particularly developments in communication, information processing, and transportation technologies.

The German American Business Chamber has been a strong proponent of both ingredients of international business. We have advocate for the free flow of goods and reduction of barriers to market entry. For example, during the covid-shutdown, we advocated against the border closings towards the Schengenraum, now just a distant memory.

The GABC has also been on the forefront of technological change, and inventions in communications. Just ten or 15 years ago, it would have been unthinkable for this newsletter to appear in your email in-box six times of the year. Zoom-seminars, and board meetings online would have been considered science fiction. Today, they are reality. Even a Stammtisch or happy hours these days are sometimes online – for better or for worse.

In the future, the GABC will be attentive to changes in technology, and will integrate them as soon as possible into our business model. However, until we get to the future, we will mix virtual and in-person events whenever possible.

In the coming months, we will have in-person meetings at client’s facilities, such as the space-age spa Figurella Women’s Fitness, our newest member (April 14). We will have a roundtable discussion on the pros-and-cons of renting versus buying real estate, which is planned as both an in-person and virtual event (April 21). Seminars on blockchain financial transactions with the other European chambers (April 27th) and on personal injury lawsuits (May 13, 2022) will also be in person, but recorded for later access online.

As an international trade organization, we are doing our part to foster business with Germany and German companies, and hope you will be part of it all.
Upcoming Events!
When? April 14th, 6-8pm
Where? Figurella Miami Beach Location
1920 Meridian Avenue, 2nd Floor
Miami Beach 33139

Learn about the Italian method to weight loss and healthy lifestyle
The GABC and CoSuite are happy to host
An informative Discussion Round about
Buying vs. Renting
The current Housing Market in Miami
When? Thusday, April 21st, 6-8pm
Where? CoSuite CoWorking Space, Brickell
800 Brickell Avenue, 4th Floor, Miami 33131

Join Alexandra C. Peters and Ryan Rosenthal when they speak about the long-term differences between buying vs. renting your future home during the current housing market in Miami.
European Chambers Seminar and Networking Cocktail on:
Understanding Blockchain and its uses
When? Thursday, April 27th, 6-9pm
Where? Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus,
254 NE 4th Street, bldg 3
Chapman Conference Center, Room 3210
Miami, FL 33132
Become a Sponsor of the Event

  • Company Introduction (1 min.)
  • Company Exposure in marketing materials
  • Company presentation:
  • including a brief description,
  • logo and link to the webpage
  • event’s flyer sent out via email to all Europea n Chambers ’ 25,000+ contacts
  • Company Logo and tag in the dedicated posts of the event on European Chambers’ social media platforms.
  • Company Logo in the summary video of the event.
  • Display table for networking activity during cocktail.
  • Display of marketing materials: possibility to bring your own visual support (free standing banner, brochures etc.) + distribution of marketing tools.
  • Pictures and summary video of the event will be available.

Member's Events:
Events In the Making:

  • Seminar: What to do in case of a car accident in Florida?  
  • Movie Screening together with the German Consulate General

More information will follow!

Past Events
The European Chambers joint forces on March 10 to offer you a European Networking Cocktail at Ironside Pizza.

The beautiful location was as always ideal to offer you a great networking. We saw many people exchanging ideas and business cards.

Thank you to our event sponsors Miele and Visa Business Plans for supporting this event. Thank you everyone for attending our event.
Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Standard Members!
Christian Schoepp with Schoepp Law


Schoepp Law has dedication and resources to fight for and win the best possible legal results for our clients in Florida. Our attorneys draw upon their experience in diligently representing accident victims and defending those charged with crimes. We have successfully represented clients throughout Florida. Whether you face criminal charges that threaten your freedom or seek compensation for injuries sustained in an accident, we work tirelessly to achieve the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Dedicated Advocacy for Victims of Negligence & Injustice
Our attorney is committed to delivering focused, personalized service to every client we represent. Beginning with your free initial consultation, it will be evident that our level of commitment sets us apart from other firms:

  • The best client is an informed client. When you speak to us, you get a clear picture o- where your case stands and what our strategy is for resolving it.
  • Our attorneys work late into the night and on weekends to provide the representation you need and deserve.
  • Our lawyers have secured millions of dollars in compensation for injured victim
  • s and positive outcomes for people facing criminal allegations.
  • We do not hand cases off to managers or paralegals. Instead, we provide dedicated and respectful counsel to our clients with an intense professionalism and commitment to your welfare.

Personal Injury Litigation – Car Accidents, Slip & Fall, Assaults, & Wrongful Death
Serious injuries require serious attention. Our firm includes experienced and driven attorneys with the litigation skills you need to obtain the highest compensation possible in your injury verdict or settlement. We can help if you have sustained personal injury or a loved one has suffered wrongful death due to any type of negligence or abuse, including accidents, falls and medical malpractice. We can manage complex litigation involving severe and catastrophic injuries. Our skilled injury lawyers are prepared to review your claim in depth and advise you on your legal options.

Criminal Defense Practice – State of Florida Felony, Misdemeanor & Federal Crimes
Sometimes, good people make bad decisions, and innocent people become entangled in the criminal justice system. If this has happened to you, our criminal defense team is here to help. We give you candid, straightforward counsel on felony and misdemeanor charges. We understand the prosecution’s strategies and know how to pursue justice on your behalf. With a full staff of legal personnel supporting us, our attorneys are committed to protecting your rights and doing everything we can to have the charges against you dropped or the penalties reduced.

If you need an attorney for an injury or a criminal matter, call Schoepp at 305-215-9355 or contact us online for a free initial consultation. Our offices are conveniently located in Brickell, Miami Florida.

The Figurella Method is targeted for women that are having troubles achieving their body goals. They specialize in weight loss, toning, and cellulite reduction of target areas. The Method is science-based and guarantees long lasting results thanks to its 3 steps: 

  • The Bubble Workout (30 minutes of low impact and targeted personalized movements inside our temperature controlled equipment),
  • The Oxygen Bath (15 minuses of detox and relaxation that helps your body to reduce inflammation and keep burning fat for up to 48 hours) and 
  • Personal Support this includes a trainer during your Bubble Workout, nutrition, guidance and constant Motivation. 

We will also host an event at the South Beach Center to introduce Figurella to our members and friends: Event invitation


Florian is a digital marketing expert with a focus on affiliate marketing and display advertising. He is the founder and CEO of 

With his knowledge in the European and US market, he’s perfectly prepared to help his clients in both markets to reach their goals.
Florian's background and knowledge help him understand new markets like crypto, NFTs, and WEB 3.0.

Ad-Shot is a performance marketing agency specializing in affiliate marketing and display advertising.

35+ clients worldwide get the services they need. Passion and innovation drive us to recognizable success.

Fatmedia - a pretargeting technology
Fatmedia is the fastest-growing Pretargeting on CPA Company in the World. with 250+ clients we know exactly the struggle of our clients and help with the newest and most powerful technology in our industry.

After spending several years in NYC he has just relocated to Miami with his wife and daughter.

Karoline Smit from Elewa:

"I am a RN and medical aesthetician from Germany. During my work I was always searching for the ´perfect´ skin care product. Traveling South Africa in 2013, I got in contact with African oils and realized they provide everything a perfect skincare product needs. Back in Miami, I started to create my own oil blends and a year later in December 2014 the first products where manufactured. The beginning of ELEWA. The beginning of a very exiting journey.

But ELEWA is not only about skin care products. It´s a concept. Nature – body -mind – spirit in balance. I realized that Nature has all the answers to our questions, we just have to listen.

I enrolled in courses at Yogananda Institute in California to become a holistic health practitioner and earned a Bachelor degree in spiritual healing in 2015. I´m very thankful for everything I learned. It changed my life forever.

My partners Namib Desert Oils in Germany and Jojoba for Namibia Trust in Namibia are constantly working on interesting new Products.

In the Brochure you will find information about the philosophy of my company and the ELEWA skin care line.

The products are available in the US and the European Union. They are manufactured in the US and in Germany."

Welcome Our New Individual Members!
Johannes W. Vieweg, M.D.

Dr. Johannes Vieweg has a distinguished 25-year career in academic medicine and higher education. As the first in his family to achieve a college degree, he is passionate about improving educational and healthcare access for all, developing cutting-edge innovations, and driving data-driven system change. Since 2016, he has served as the Founding Dean and Chief Academic Officer of Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Allopathic Medicine. The new College has received national attention through its innovative, case-based, system-sequenced curriculum and through a unique business model utilizing deliberate cost reductions and re-investments to constantly refine program quality, thus increasing the overall value of the medical school in lockstep with university goals.

Dr. Vieweg started his career as faculty member at Duke University in 1998, rising from Instructor to Associate Professor with tenure, to Vice Chair of Research in the Duke Department of Urology. At Duke, much of his scientific activities have centered on developing cell- and gene-based active immunotherapy approaches in a team science setting. Contributions included the discovery and clinical testing of genetically engineered dendritic cells, the evaluation of universal tumor antigens, the modulation of regulatory T cells and myeloid cells. This work established the foundation for a highly productive NIH-funded clinical trial pipeline conducted through FDAapproved investigator-sponsored new drug applications.

In 2006, he joined the University of Florida (UF), a land grant public university system, as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Urology. Dr. Vieweg’s recruitment was facilitated by the Florida Board of Governors’ 21st Century World Class Scholar’s program, which recognizes nationally distinguished faculty in biomedical research. Other positions held by Dr. Vieweg during his 10-year tenure at UF included: The Wayne & Marti Huizenga Endowed Research Scholar Chair, Executive Director of the UF Prostate Disease Center, Chairman of the Florida Prostate Cancer Advisory Council and Vice President of the UF Clinical Practice Association.

In 2015, Dr. Vieweg was awarded a prestigious Jefferson Science Fellowship by the National Academy of Sciences. This program engages distinguished scientists from across the U.S. as Special Advisors to the U.S. Department of State to provide scientific expertise in foreign policy development. In this position, Dr. Vieweg frequently participated in diplomatic meetings with foreign governments to advance partnerships and implement foreign policy for the United States of America. Dr. Vieweg is an active member of his community, serving on multiple boards and commissions, including the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, the Broward Medical Association, the Florida Association of Medical Schools Deans, and the American/ Florida Medical Associations.

In line with his lifelong commitment to gender, equity, diversity, and inclusion, he has a strong focus on developing diverse talent pipelines through affiliations with either regional or historically black colleges and universities to enable pathways into the health professions. In 2019, he received the American Medical Women’s Association’s Dr. Larry Zaroff Man of Good Conscience Award, for promoting women's careers in science and medicine.

Dr. Vieweg received his MD degree from the Technical University of Munich/Germany following the completion of a thesis focused on myocardial phosphodiesterase-III blockade in patients with chronic heart failure.
Ryan Rosenthal
President and Founder of

"As President and founder of Liberty Mortgage Lending, my goal has been to provide clients with an exceptional experience during the mortgage loan process. My 20+ years of experience in the field have equipped me with unmatched knowledge of the business. My clients are presented with honest, sound advice on how to take the proper steps to acquire a home loan. I’m a dedicated husband and father of two young boys so I understand the importance of a safe and loving home. This is one of the reasons we work diligently to ensure your home is financed in a timely manner for your anticipated move. We are an accredited business, encouraging you to review our outstanding track record online."
GABC Trustee Members
Member Updates
Have you heard of Air Europa's Business Class yet?
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 (
For 70 years, Goethe-Institut and its multiple offspring have been promoting knowledge of the German language abroad and fostering international cultural cooperation. In the Southeast of the U.S., this task is being taken on by Goethe-Zentrum Atlanta. With its headquarters in Georgia, Goethe-Zentrum is more and more active in all the states of the Southeast. 

This Friday, April 1st, Goethe will bring the work of German climate photographer Barbara Dombrowski to Miami. 

In cooperation with the United Church Coral Gables, and the German Consulate General, Goethe presents Dombrowski’s Tropic Ice, a visual and audio celebration of the lives of indigenous people in five continents, to enable a dialog between cultures affected by climate change. Dombrowski’s breathtaking images – fruit of ten years of work – are being set to Ludwig van Beethoven’s sixth symphony, the Pastoral, a celebration of nature and the seasons. This event will take place under the stars, if the weather permits, or indoors. For all ages and the whole family, accompanied by a reception. 

“The tropical city of Miami knows what it means to be affected by man-made climate change. An art project like Barbara Dombrowski’s photo, video, and music project Tropic Ice is one way to help connect this experience with the experience of people all around the world. It is at the center of Goethe-Zentrum’s mission to bring people from different backgrounds into conversation, debate, discussion. One could say, that’s a very Miami thing, isn’t it?”, said Goethe Executive Director Oliver Gorf. 

Goethe hasn’t had much of a presence in Miami or Florida so far. But Oliver Gorf, a former 10-year resident of Miami himself, wants to change that. This is already the third event in 12 months involving Miami. Last may they invited artists from Miami to discuss the healing powers of art in the face of trauma, for the anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, Goethe supported the staging of the play “Ich bin ein Berliner” by the Miami-based Cuban-American playwright Vanessa Garcia in Miami. And now comes Tropic Ice meets Pastoral. 

In a meeting with GABC, Goethe emphasized that they are interested in working with the German-American business community in South Florida, be it as language course provider or collaborator. We believe that an important component of a healthy business environment is a vivid cultural life, and the transatlantic dialog”, said Oliver Gorf. 

For more information sign up for Goethe’s newsletter at, or contact Oliver Gorf at [email protected]
Why Should You Become a Member?!
Did you know your GABC Membership offers 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
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