Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
A Word From The President


That’s how much merchandise was imported and exported between Germany and Florida in 2022. Germany’s merchandise exports to Florida alone accounted for $4.3 billion. German direct investment in Florida sustains 39,000 jobs – Germany is the third-largest foreign investor in the Florida economy.

We sometimes lose sight that German businesses in Florida are part of an economic tsunami originating in Germany. Often, the GABC and its members go about their daily business, trying to make ends meet, without awareness that we are all part of something larger: a community originating in Europe intent on creating wealth for our new-found home. That is something to be proud of, and to let the world know.

The GABC is contributing in a small way to this tsunami, by bringing together businesses rooted in Germany or tied together by German language and Fleiss. See in this issue what events took place this Spring, what events we are planning this Summer, which new members have joined us, and which old members made news. And while you read the information in our newsletter, pat yourself on the back for bringing prosperity to both Germany and Florida.  
Upcoming Events!
The GABC and Aicomp invite you to our
Networking Get Together

Where? Office of Aicomp Software Solution, Fort Lauderdale
When? This Thursday, June 8th, 6:30 - 8:30pm

We welcome our new member Aicomp and are delighted to invite you to a business networking get together over assorted German appetizers and beer by Old Heidelberg, sponsored from Aicomp.
Past Events

Webinar on: "Opportunities for German companies in Florida"

When? May 3rd, 10:30am EST

Timo Becker from Becker International Law, and Alexander Bothmann from Enterprise Florida held a presentation on Florida's key industries as well as an overview of their services for German companies. Timo Beckerfrom Becker International Law will talk about the legal perspectives in how to establish a business in Florida.

When? Wednesday, May 31st, 6-8pm

Our member edding offered a creative and interactive art workshop and get together using their edding products, guided by a local artist.

We were creating own business cards with Acrylic Markers and Fine Liners, little pottery painting and porcelain cup drawing with the porcelain brush pens.

This was a networking of the creative kind.
European Business Networking Cocktail

When? Thursday, May 18th
Where? Cala Millor in Coral Gables

The European Chambers (Spanish, Italian, French, British, Irish, and German) hosted a great networking event at newly opened Cala Millor, a Spanish concept store and restaurant in Coral Gables. Our guests had the opportunity to meet many interesting new people while enjoying delicous ham and cheese, sponsored by Cala Millor. We thank everyone for coming!

Our Board of Director and Trustee Member Alexandra Peters from One Sotheby's was a sponsor of the event.

Thank you so much, Alexandra, for your continuous support.
Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Business Members!
Cindy Cyrus

Cindy is a German born highly successful, energetic and passionate Broker Associate with Compass. Cindy belongs to the “2022 America's Best Real Estate Professionals” and has been honored with the “Top 1.5% of Real Estate Agents Nationwide” award.

Cindy's track record of success is built on her astute market knowledge, her international sphere of influence, strong negotiation skills and exceptional client dedication. Cindy focuses on residential, commercial and international real estate.

Prior to joining Compass Cindy was an Elite Awards Member with Engel & Völkers - a premier International Real Estate firm. She served as a member on the Broker Advisory Board. 

Cindy definitely understands the very specific needs of homeowners, investors, local and international buyers - having moved 28 times herself. Cindy's astute market expertise greatly supports her clients to achieve their goals.

Cindy has an extensive background in Senior Management of Deutsche Bank’s head office in Frankfurt, Germany. Throughout her career, she traveled extensively and distinguishes herself through significant international business relationships.

Her international expertise combined with strong sales skills and experience in sales allow her to identify business opportunities very quickly with investors, developers, builders and business owners.

Cindy lists properties internationally. She has listed very unique properties such as a castle in Germany, a mansion in Switzerland, islands in the Pacific and even a property in Asia. Cindy goes above and beyond for her clients with a tremendous amount of energy.  

Cindy relocated to Florida in May 2013, inspired by her numerous visits to Florida Sun Seminars. During her initial years in the Sunshine State, from 2013 to 2014, she was also an active member of the Florida Sun Magazine and started visiting GABC meetings.

We are happy to welcome her as an official member now! 

Cindy was also featured in the Florida Sun Magazine and the
Fort Myers Real Producers.

You can click here for the articles:

Dr. Michael Plevan

Originating from scenic Bavaria, Michael is an engineer at heart, a patent attorney by choice, and a dedicated problem-solver for his clients.

Michael holds a mechanical engineering degree and a PhD in chemical engineering from the prestigious Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). After completing his doctorate, he returned to his Bavarian roots and began his foray into the world of intellectual property in 2015. With the in-depth work experience he acquired at a Tier 1 IP firm in Munich until 2022, Michael has become a well-rounded and knowledgeable expert in the field.

In 2020, Michael embarked on a new adventure, moving to the United States and marrying his lovely wife. This transatlantic journey not only enriched their personal life but also provided valuable insights into the unique business landscape of the US. With a firm grasp of European IP systems, Michael recently launched his own patent practice in 2023 with offices in Miami, London, and Munich.

Specializing in assisting US clients who require IP consultation in Europe, Michael is your go-to expert for navigating the complexities of German and European patent and trademark matters.

Anne Schneider

Founded in 1996, Currencies Direct has become a leader in the FX industry providing foreign exchange and global transfer solutions. With over 20 global offices across five continents, Currencies Direct is well-equipped to assist customers with their foreign exchange and international transfer needs. Currencies Direct has an award-winning affiliate program designed specifically for professionals that assist international customers in the areas of Real Estate and global migration.

Anne Schneider is a highly motivated German native sales professional with exceptional client service and management skills. For the past 30 years, she excelled in numerous positions across industries with a focus on real estate, account management and international business. As sales executive she was ranked Global leader in revenue generation by cultivating enterprise client partnerships.

Anne relocated with her family from Germany in 2021 to Sarasota, Florida and has joined Currencies Direct USA as Business Development Executive. She holds degrees in International Business Management and Political science from UCLA, Los Angeles where she launched her professional career.

Still a European at heart, Anne embraces other cultures and enjoys spending time bringing people together and making new connections.

Oliver Scharfenberg

Wer sind wir?
Das USIQ United States Institute for Quality hilft Unternehmen in den USA in drei verschiedenen Bereichen:
Mitarbeitergewinnung und Mitarbeiterbindung
Dies geschieht, indem im ersten Schritt die Beschäftigten vom USIQ nach deren Meinung befragt werden. Im zweiten Schritt werden die Leistungen des Arbeitgebers in einem HR-Interview bewertet. Anschließend erhalten die Unternehmen eine Auswertung der Mitarbeiterbefragung in Tabellenform, plus die passenden Arbeitgebersiegel zum Beispiel als „Top Employer (USIQ)“ oder „Family-Friendly Company (USIQ)“. Ergänzt wird es um eine passende Pressemeldung / Blogbeitrag und eine Urkunde.
Neukundengewinnung und Kundenbindung
Dazu wird im ersten Schritt eine Kundenbefragung durchgeführt. Im zweiten Schritt findet ein kurzes Online-Managementinterview statt. Anschließend erhalten die Unternehmen eine Auswertung der Kundenbefragung in Tabellenform und damit wertvolle Informationen über die Kundenzufriedenheit. Außerdem erhalten diese die passenden Gütesiegel „Top Service (USIQ)“. Auch hier gibt es eine passende Pressemeldung / Blogbeitrag und eine Urkunde.
Messung und Kommunikation von Nachhaltigkeit
Wir erfassen in einem Nachhaltigkeitscheck die Nachhaltigkeit von Unternehmen. Der Standard „Sustainable Company (USIQ)“ basiert auf ökonomischen, ökologischen und sozialen Zielen. Grundlage für die Standardentwicklung war die ISO Norm 26000, welche nicht für eine Zertifizierung entwickelt wurde und als Norm lediglich einen Leitfadencharakter hat. Außerdem basiert der Standard auf den von den Vereinten Nationen entwickelten Sustainable Development Goals. Im Rahmen der Bewertung werden weitere Standards wie ISO 14001, ISO 50001 und zum Beispiel die ISO 9001 bei der Bewertung berücksichtigt.

Was suchen wir?
Als offizielle Zertifizierungsgesellschaft zertifiziert die SQC-QualityCert GmbH sind seit vielen Jahren Unternehmen nach den Standards des DIQP Deutsches Institut für Qualitätsstandards und -prüfung e.V. und verfügen über eine große Bandbreite an Kunden
Zum Marktstart in den USA suchen wir einige Unternehmen, welche wir mit einer kostenfreien Zertifizierung im Bereich Kundenservice oder Mitarbeitergewinnung ­unterstützen können.
Es entstehen den Unternehmen von unserer Seite keine Kosten!
Als Gegenleistungen bitten wir im Anschluss um die Beantwortung unserer ca. 15-minütigen Onlinebefragung. Hier wollen wir herauszufinden, wie zufrieden die Unternehmen mit dem Angebot waren, damit wir unser Leistungen optimal an den US-Markt anpassen können. Die Kosten für eine solche Zertifizierung betragen in Deutschland eigentlich zwischen 2500 bis 5000 Euro.
Sie haben Interesse an einer kostenfreien Zertifizierung?
Dann senden Sie uns bitte eine kurze Nachricht an SQC-QualityCert an:

Per E-Mail, wir melden uns dann gerne bei Ihnen.


Long-lasting, versatile, expressive, creative: these are the words that describe the values of the edding group.

The company was founded in 1960 in Hamburg, Germany. Their very first product - the legendary all-round marker no.1 - served as a blueprint for generations of markers to follow. Today, edding’s products are sold worldwide in more than 110 countries. This success is based on two brands: edding and Legamaster.

edding represents variety and expertise in all matters relating to color, primarily due to the range of markers and writing implements. From the classic permanent marker to special-purpose products such as the UV or aerospace marker as well as products for DIYers and creative types, the range includes more than 180 markers. Approximately 80% of edding products are manufactured in Europe, mainly Germany.

On the other hand, the portfolio of Legamaster includes classic and electronic products for visual communication, such as whiteboards and smartboards, as well as devices that enable digital authentication.

Not only known for permanent markers - discover the creative diversity of edding!

Whether for paper, fabric, ceramics, stone, metal, canvas or wood, for precise fine writings or coloring large areas, for numerous different materials and versatile applications, edding offer over 300 specific creative products. It’s edding’s goal to help you express yourself, let your ideas flow and add your personal touch with the certainty to achieve an expert result with every edding.

Successfully working and presenting in the office.

The range of products by edding therefore covers the perfect pen for every individual presentation technique in the office - from the classic whiteboard marker in black, the flipchart marker, all the way up to the glass board marker.

You are already a member and would like to get re-introduced or share your business updates? Send us your information to [email protected] and we will publish you in our next newsletter.
Pia Angelides

My name is Pia Angelides and I was born and raised in Berlin, Germany.

In 2009, I successfully received my associates degree to become a Travel Agent at Deutsches Reisebuero GmbH & Co. OHG Atlasreisen Travel Agency in Berlin, Germany. In 2010, I decided to improve my English skills at the Embassy CES in Fort Lauderdale for 3 months. After falling in love with Fort Lauderdale at the age 22, I decided to make Fort Lauderdale my home since I am an absolute beach lover. The cold weather is not for me!

In 2011, I took the opportunity to continue my career in the travel industry at New World Travel Inc in Miami as a Reservations Coordinator. With my ability to build relationships, advocate, and foster trust with customers, I was promoted to Reservations Supervisor & Guest Services. In my role, I managed and grew my account base to over 15+ clients. Over my career, I have hired, trained, and coached dozens of team members while managing their performance. I am fluent in English and German and learned how to multitask in two languages very quickly with my 15 years experiences in the travel industry.

Moving to the US as a young woman by myself, made me stronger and grow a lot. If I learned one thing during that process, it’s that you can achieve anything you want if you are willing to work hard! With the major impact of Covid – 19 on the travel industry, we were forced to discontinue our collaboration at New World Travel.

I decided to get my Real Estate License and have been enjoying my new career path with passion for the consumer. My business is built on communication, dedication, and transparency! Change is good and I am ready to take on a new challenge.

In my free time I enjoy boating with my husband and seeking new restaurants with my friends since I am an absolute foodie. Christmas is my favorite holiday because it brings people together and that’s what it is all about: connecting with people! 

I am looking for a position that offers diversity and teamwork. Even though the tourism industry has been my focus in the past, I am open to any new opportunities that allows me to use my excellent communication and organization skills. My main goal is to grow, learn and gain new skills.
GABC Trustee Members
Member Updates
We are excited to announce that Heinemann America's newly built-out office space in Coral Gables is available for sublease! This means you have the opportunity to move into brand new suites that are sure to impress your clients and employees.

There are two spaces available for sublease, which are conveniently located right next to each other, and both have amazing terraces. The first is Suite 730, which boasts a spacious 5,021 RSF. The second is Suite 740, which has 2,813 RSF. You have the option of leasing them separately or combining them to create a larger space with 7,834 RSF.
Please see linked here a 3D tour of the space to give you a better idea of the layout and design: 

Matterport 3D Showcase.

If you are interested in these stunning suites, please feel free to contact any of the following individuals to arrange a viewing:
Rhythmic Earth
June 4, 2023 @ 5:00-6:30PM
Miami Beach Botanical Garden | 2000 Convention Ctr Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139
About Peter London Global Dance (PLGDC):
The program celebrates the vibrant and electrifying Afro and Latin rhythmic sounds and movement of Miami, with spectacular dancing delivered without reservation by the magnificent and luscious PLGDC dancers, known for their powerhouse technique and spiritual splendor. The iconic PLGDC is recognized by the Miami New Times as one of Miami's top ten dance companies. The high-octane music includes compositions by the award-winning jazz composer and band leader, Etienne Charles and some of the finest Afro Caribbean, salsa, and rumba rhythms.
Have you heard of Air Europa's Business Class yet?
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty is proud to present the only market report focused on Florida’s East Coast. From Miami to Amelia Island, data is presented from a macro perspective down to city level.

You are already a member and would like to get re-introduced or share your business updates? Send us your information to [email protected] and we will publish you in our next newsletter.
Deutschsprachige Teilzeit Assistent/in - 33139
Älterer internationaler Attorney, auf Hibiscus Island, braucht Hilfe um seinen Nachlass zu ordnen. Er sucht jemanden mit Büroerfahrung zur Erstellung eines nachvollziehbaren Aktensystems. D. h., Dokumente, Korrespondenzen, Fotos, und was sonst in einem Lebenslauf anfällt, sollte zur späteren Verwendung sortiert, uebersetzt, gescanned, ansonsten geshredded werden.

Je 2 Stunden, vormittags, an drei Arbeitstagen, flexibel nach gegenseitiger Convenienz.

Roland Langen[email protected], 305-776-0020
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.

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. Our services and members vary from investment and tax law, over real estate experts, to immigration law.

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!

Starting a Business:
You are starting a new business or move here to South Florida? The GABC offers packages of specialists that help you with everything from finding the right visa type, starting the business, or finding commercial real estate for the office/warehouse

We provide immediate support without long administrative channels
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
Board of Directors 2022
Claudio Riedi

Ellen von Geyso
Vice President

Timo A. Becker, J.D.

Dr. Volker Anding

Christian Riehl

TV Productions
Miriam Moser

Nickel Goeseke

Christel Silver

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
GABC Management
Leonie Vallerius

Executive Director
With over 10 years of experience in the business management, marketing, and event management, Leonie Vallerius is managing each department of the GABC, being responsible for setting up and launching marketing projects, events and campaigns for both the GABC's members and the organization’s growth and success.

Leonie is your main contact for any membership related matters.
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.
German American Business Chamber of South Florida
1355 Alton Road | Homeoffs | Miami Beach, FL 33139