Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President

One of the greatest changes in South Florida over the last few decades is the transformation from a city of the future to a world city of the present. Real, persistent growth has replaced mere promise of growth. In the 1980s, Summers in Miami were sleepy, and few Miamians braved the heat. Most preferred ty travel to cooler climates. Accordingly, business organizations rarely programmed events for the Summer, out of concern over lack of participation. No more. 

Today, Miami is open for business 365 days of the year. There is no noticeable dip in business activity in today’s Miami in the heat of the Summer. Service professionals in the past could easily take a few months off and head home (to Germany), but in today’s Miami, business never sleeps.

Today’s newsletter features events that occurred in the past few weeks, and will tease events coming up this Summer. We at the GABC will be here all Summer long to connect you, and to bring the German-oriented business community together. Read in this issue who our new members are, and find yourself on our events pages… if you participated in the events.

With the economy humming along year-round, one of the challenges all business owners contend with is finding qualified staff, particularly bi-lingual or tri-lingual qualified staff. The GABC can help. This newsletter as always will be read by thousands, and you should consider a job-ad in our next issue if you need qualified German-speaking employees. Just as our new member DRRT does in this issue, you, too can take advantage of our network in the German business community to find that unicorn of an employee you need. Our members and readers are perhaps the most finely segmented audience you can target for a job-ad, and our rates are very reasonable.
Call or write to our executive director Leonie Vallerius, at 305-371-4282;

Upcoming Events!
European Chambers Networking Cocktail
When? Thursday, June 30th, 6-9pm

Join the European Chambers (Italian, Spanish, French, Irish, English Chamber) and our members and friends in getting together for a business networking cocktail.

Every event attendee receives a complimentary welcome drink.
Thank you Air Europa and Miele US for sponsoring this event.
Past Events
When? April 14th, 6-8pm
Where? Figurella Miami Beach Location
1920 Meridian Avenue, 2nd Floor
Miami Beach 33139

Attendees learned about the Italian method to weight loss and healthy lifestyle at Figurella Women's Fitness & Spa.
The GABC and CoSuite were 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
Alexandra C. Peters and Ryan Rosenthal spoke 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

German Consulate General Miami
Filmnight together with the Consulate General of Germany
When? Wednesday, May 4th, 7:30-10pm

The Consulate General of Germany and the GABC organised an outdoor filmnight at the Coral House, a fantastic restaurant for very authentic Italian pizza. We were watching the movie "Der Junge muss mal an die frische Luft".
Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Corporate Member!
DRRT is a leading law firm, litigation funder, and securities claim filing provider. We represent the interests of some of the world’s largest institutional investors including custody banks, insurance and reinsurance companies, asset managers, sovereign wealth funds, endowment, and pension funds, with collective assets under management of over $13 trillion. We represent these investors in pursuing loss recovery opportunities, mostly due to corporate governance failures, fraud, and misstatements, around the world, as well as filing claims in securities and anti-trust-based settlements and insolvency proceedings.

DRRT is looking for a German speaking Paralegal in their Miami Branch:

Welcome Our New Standard Members!

Engel & Völkers Coconut Grove is a high-end, boutique real estate firm specializing in the sale of luxury residential and commercial real estate properties throughout the greater Miami, and South Florida market. Our team is made up of expert advisors with extensive market knowledge and skill sets, a prestigious and truly global network with an unsurpassed level of service to deliver the most sophisticated, white glove real estate experience for each individual buyer and seller.

Our luxury real estate advisors have handled record-setting transactions and sold estates in Miami’s most distinguished communities including but not limited to Coconut Grove, Gables Estates, Star Island, Indian Creek, Palm Island, La Gorce, North Bay Road, Sunny Isles, Golden Beach, Bal Harbour, Fisher Island, Key Biscayne, Journey’s End, Brickell, and Pinecrest.

Born in Germany in 1995, Vertigo Media is a global leader in creating digital video content. Our portfolio grew from classic TV ads to mainly digital products, which are unique, high quality and thus also converting. Multiple luxury brands trust us for years. We successfully expanded from Stuttgart to the capitol Berlin (Germany), and then to Miami (US headquarters), with a team of professional creatives, as well as specialists operating in 18 different countries across the globe.

Wanna know more?
Besides TV where we started from, we now focus on digital/online ads, social media, POS, DRTV, corporate films, and other branded content. Did you know that we also offer bespoke events in various breathtaking locations?

No boundaries - we produced amazing content within the following areas: Wellness, Fashion, Sports, Beauty, Tech, Lifestyle and Retail.

What makes us successful?
Our state-of-the-art inhouse facilities are filled with the latest technology and super talented people. We offer two fully equipped film studios with cutting-edge infrastructure and technical support.

Vertigo Media`s secret:
Our clients are involved as much as possible to ensure the best results, but we as experts lead with our creativity and instinct for trends.

Ready to meet us in person?
Visit our brand-new Miami walk-in office, open since April 2022, in Ironside Miami. Our trendy site with plant wall, media installation and artwork.

Aline Bargostavan, VP of Vertigo Media North America Inc. (see picture) and the Vertigo Media team are excited to meet you.

Alternatively, you can find us online and request a personal consultation. We are looking forward to being creative for you!

Fareed Al Mashat

Humble and amicable, Fareed approaches both corporate and private jobs with the eye and sensibilities of a filmmaker, paying careful attention to lighting, composition, and storytelling. His ability to capture the candid emotion of a moment, coupled with his technical mastery, gives Fareed’s photography a timeless quality and produces images that beg to be revisited.

His accolades include premiering at the Miami International Film Festival, being featured at The American Film Institute’s Los Angeles Film Festival, and The Oberhausen and Edinburgh International Film Festivals, and winning half a dozen industry and film festival awards for his work as a director—including The Critics Choice Award for Best Short Film at The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, and the Silver Prize at The Houston International Film Festival.

Moonbounce Films LLC is a production company that produces corporate and promotional videos for web sites and various social media platforms. 
Along with video production services, they also provide commercial photography of various styles and requirements.
Fareed Al-Mashat is the founder of the company and also the producer/ Director/ Cameraman & photographer.
"We are confident that our work speaks for itself and you can see an extensive portfolio of videos and photography"
Welcome Our New Individual Members!
Jenny Griffith

Dear German American business community, 
I'm excited to introduce myself as a new private member to the community.
My family and I moved from Germany to the US to accommodate a new career opportunity for my husband Kevin, who works in the gaming industry and had the chance to return to the US where he was born and raised. We have a 3-year young daughter, Hanna, who now enjoys the Floridian sun. I was born and raised near Dresden but lived in Berlin for the past 10 years after working in Switzerland and Spain before that. I recently received my Greencard and am more than excited to continue my professional career in the US.
My background is in the luxury hospitality industry. I am a passionate Sales & Marketing leader with 20 years of experience. I would describe myself as a compassionate, loyal, reliable and focused individual who strives for success of the team and the company.
At this moment, I am actively looking for the next step of my career and would like to reach out to this group. My interest in companies and branches is broad. I value a respectful and creative environment and am offering Sales & Marketing experience, digital and analog marketing knowledge, brand strategy implementation and execution, team leading and process management skills. I speak German and English fluently and Spanish and French at an intermediate level.
Please feel free to contact me for my CV or further information. I am available via email or mobile (941)730-8839.

I am looking forward to connecting with you.
Jenny Griffith

European Real Estate Advisor

Vessi Guglielmo is a resident of Naples, Florida and Salzburg, Austria. She has over 25 years of sales experience and has experience in every aspect of international business. Vessi is an international property specialist, a buyers’ agent and tenant representative. She is fluent in German, Russian, and English.

RE1 Advisor, LLC. is a US based Real Estate Consulting, Management and Brokerage firm. They provide guidance through all aspects of Buying, Managing, and Selling Real Assets.
Their Headquarter is located in Naples, Florida, with over 30 years of experience in working with clients across the country and abroad.

On a national level, they have teams and affiliates based out of MA, NE, IA, TX, CO, WY and MT.
On a European level, they have affiliates in Austria and Switzerland.
RE1 Advisor Services: 
Real Estate Asset Management, 
Lowering Property Taxes
Consulting Brokerage, Leasing, Project Management
Management Reviews & Forensic Analysis
Land Acquisition & Disposition
Facility management
Cost segregation
Currently working on Projects in CO, PA, FL and ID. 

They are seeking strategic partners for development opportunities in the US.
GABC Trustee Members
Member Updates
Have you heard of Air Europa's Business Class yet?
air cargo forum Miami and transport logistic Americas—Get your ticket for Miami!

Let’s meet for the first time in Miami! Be part of the only multimodal show in the USA, where you will meet air cargo professionals and shippers as well as logistics experts from all other transport modes. This supply chain management event in North America is a must attend to meet up with the industry experts.
  Connect with key players of the worldwide transportation, logistics and air cargo community
  Benefit from knowledge transfer and valuable insight at the specialized conferences
  Enjoy a sundowner and enlarge your network at side events
Attending air cargo forum Miami and transport logistic Americas is complimentary. With just a few clicks you get your 3-day ticket for the trade show and the accompanying conference program.
See who will be exhibiting

There are still 6 months to go but many exhibitors have already confirmed their participation. See who will be there and is looking forward to meeting you. Even more exhibitors have announced to take part and will be shown on the online floorplan and in the directory very soon.
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. 

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. They already hosted three events 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
DRRT is looking for a German speaking Paralegal in their Miami Branch:

DRRT is a multicultural, globally operating law firm with its main office in Miami and further offices in Frankfurt and back-office operations in Mumbai. DRRT is one of the leaders in the global investor loss recovery industry (US class actions/opt-outs, and opt-in group actions in the rest of the world). DRRT has a uniquely qualified and experienced team of legal and analytical experts, whose members are constantly researching, preparing, and filing multi-party cases in jurisdictions all over the world. DRRT is also constantly evaluating upgrades and quality additions to its workforce. We are currently looking for a German Speaking Paralegal / Legal Assistant.

Job Type: Full-time
Schedule: Monday to Friday

Why You Should Join our Team:
• Dynamic, and value-oriented company
• Exceptional benefits program including 100% health insurance, dental, vision,401(K) plan, short- and long-term disability plans, PTO and generous firm holiday schedule
• Inclusive workplace, value-oriented company, and great atmosphere to work in
• Bonus payments and recognition for superior performance
What you will do:
• Support team of lawyers with daily tasks such as preparing retention documents such as PoAs, retainers, funding agreements, case memos & case alerts and send out case related Email Blasts
• Save legal & corporate documents, case related media articles and client correspondence in the office filing system
• Organize exhibits, documents, briefs and appendices
• Redact information from documents
• Provide bi-lingual customer service to the company´s clients
• Translation & proofreading of correspondence and documents from German to English and vice versa
• Gather relevant information from a variety of sources
• Investigate corporate structure of clients to prepare retention documentation
• Conduct research of facts or local formalities to support legal proceedings
• Act as the liaison among internal departments, clients, and other external partners
• You will be dealing with the world’s largest investors, custodian banks and foreign attorneys in various time zones and with sometimes unknown documentation standards

Abilities and Skills:
• Must have strong verbal and written communication skills in English and in German
• Proficiency in Microsoft Office is required
• Must possess strong organizational and time management skills and the ability to juggle multiple deadlines in a fast-paced environment
• Detail oriented
• Previous experience as a paralegal or in another legal field preferred
• U.S. work permit

Please send your application with cover letter and resume via email to Paola Hemelberg:
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 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: 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 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