Newsletter
April 2018
We are excited to announce the relaunch of our website, with expanded and updated information, events, member access and more!

 Check out the new GABC webpage here:

Created by:
SPECIAL RECOGNITION AND THANK YOU
 
The new GABC webpage would not have been possible without the endless support of our Trustee Member, advertising and marketing company, MAX FIELDS Communication Agency. Michael Seraphin, owner of MAX FIELDS, is also a member of the GABC Board of Directors. Michael has assigned the design of the new GABC webpage as well as the development of a new Corporate Design and Corporate Identity to the MAX FIELDS innovative Design Team, superheaded by Heather Bond. 
 
Heather and her team worked out all the kinks, squashed numerous bugs and tirelessly advised the GABC team. 
 
We hope you enjoy the new look and ease of use of our webpage! 
 
Your GABC Team
Greetings from the President
Tariffs … Nein Danke.

At the risk of offending some, I will wax politic, for once.

When the GABC was formed decades ago, it was called the German American Trade Council, or GATC for short. Some of our more seasoned members still refer to us as the GATC – with good reason. Promoting bi-lateral trade between the United State and Germany remains a prime objective of our organization.

Germany was one of Florida’s most important trade partner in 2017 (according to Enterprise Florida), primarily for aircraft, aircraft parts, cars, medical instruments, and machine parts. Most of them contain steel and aluminum. Both US and German companies benefit from free flow of commerce in-and outbound.
 
Neither Florida nor Germany will benefit if tariff barriers are erected between the US and its allies. Anyone who studied US history will know what happened when the United States passed the Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act in 1930. It deepened and prolonged the Great Depression, and caused untold disruption of international markets. In short: Tariffs hurt the US way more than they helped. You’d think a lesson earned is a lesson learned.

In this case, the tariffs recently proposed for steel and aluminum imports would benefit a few US companies and about 35,000 US workers in the US steel and aluminum industries. I dare say that the tariffs would not benefit any Florida companies or individuals, except for those who own stocks in these industries. They would hurt untold US and German companies, and would be to the detriment of millions, including most Floridians.

This is not about partisan politics. The Republican Congress is largely opposed to these trade barriers. I encourage all our members to read up and reflect on these issues, and to make their voices heard. These are issues of great importance, issues that will define this generation, as either moving forward or falling backwards.

As the President of the GABC I intend to encourage discourse, and to consider various points of view, but ultimately, I will push our organization to advocate for a reduction in trade barriers, and for a free flow of goods across national borders. I believe that taking such a stance is in accordance with the mandate of this organization, but I welcome other points of view (hint: the GABC newsletter accepts letters to the editor and may even print them in later newsletters).

So: stand up and be heard.
 
Claudio Riedi


30 Years GABC!


SAVE THE DATE AND CELEBRATE WITH US!

Special Fundraiser


May 30th at the MIELE Showroom in Coral Gables

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Including hors d'ouvres and drinks

Members: $80
Non-Members: $90

Miele Coral Gables Experience Center
4218 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146


THE GERMAN AMERICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
OF SOUTH FLORIDA:
A PERSPECTIVE
Spring 1988. Five business executives in Miami, Florida, were discussing whether, when and how to break away from a German American group in North Miami and establish a similar institution more business-oriented. The one “to the North” resembled a Schuplattler culture – a “Social Club”.

Many more meetings ensued. The decision was not easy but necessary to advance German American commercial relations. On one point there was agreement: No new organization could function effectively without a full-time Executive Director (ED) and her detailed responsibilities therewith.

Finally, in June 1988 the German American Trade Council was founded and the By-laws adopted on March 22, 1990. Initial officers consisted of a President, Vice President, two Secretaries and a Treasurer. The ED had also been hired. A Board of Directors did not yet exist. Membership was virtually nil. Seven purposes of the organization were clearly spelled out. Abbreviated herewith, they are just as relevant today –- possibly expressed in more distinctive words –- as 30 years ago:

Foster peace and understanding between individuals and institutions worldwide. Promote trade, commerce, and facilitate investors’ goals, especially between the USA/Florida and Germany. Provide links and educational opportunities of German-speaking nations. Solicit individual memberships to finance the above ideals on a non-profit basis.

To stimulate the above objectives, in addition to small networking sessions, one major avenue was to invite prominent guest speakers from abroad as well as nearby. On most occasions international or bilateral topics were pursued which also served as a platform to recruit new members. No easy task.

In order to unify two other German American associations in Florida, one in Orlando the other in Tampa Bay -– each one with a different name yet same objectives -– a merger took place on March 1, 2000, under the auspices of the German American Business Chamber of Florida. Purpose: To integrate existing and future Florida organizations under one umbrella and achieve uniformity of goals.

It was a lofty ambition but for numerous reasons, primarily because of Florida’s size, not workable. Miami had always been the major German American business hub, largely because of its commercial and related infra structure – including adjacent Fort Lauderdale – and most likely will remain so.

In the GABC’s 30 years existence, irrespective by whatever name, five Presidents were at the helm (including one today). Together with their Executive Directors, all-volunteer Board of Directors and on a rotating basis interns from Germany, they took pain to heed the organization’s mission statements. Worrisome almost consistently was the struggle to increase or retain membership. (Other bilateral organizations and customer service oriented businesses fared no better).

The world of 30 years ago has changed. So have aspects of the GABC. The German American Business Chamber of South Florida –- in association with the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta –- should have a welcome future: New ideas and young blood have joined the GABC Board and it will be interesting to observe how their concepts are meshed with older and more experienced helmsmen. I firmly believe that the current leadership of the GABC is in the best of hands. 
 
Written by Walter A. Loy, GABC Founding Member, President Emeritus, Honorary Member of the Board
 
Christa Green Moves on to Bigger and Better Things
In a year of significant changes on the Board of Directors and leadership of the GABC, one of the losses felt most deeply is the end of Christa Green’s tenure on the Board.

Christa Green has been a stalwart of our organization for nearly three decades, and has led the GABC (initially the GATC) for many years as President in the 1990s. She has been on the Board of Directors during all this time and has been a tireless contributor to all things GABC.

A banker by trade, Christa has had an illustrious career with many known banks, including Credit Suisse and Northern Trust, among others. A person of sharp wit and fine humor, with boundless positive energy, Christa has carried her load on the Board at all times. The number of events Christa organized or contributed to are too numerous to list. She will be sorely missed.

In her retirement, Christa has moved to Sarasota, where life is more leisurely, and the sun shines more brightly. She promised she will visit the East Coast frequently, and we hope she will attend our functions while she is here. 

On a personal note, Christa has become a good friend to me and to other Directors, as well as to some members. And while it is always sad to see a friend move away, we intend to draw on her vast business experience, and call on her when we need her. I encourage all our members to do likewise. You can reach her at Christahgreen@gmail.com .
 
Written by Claudio Riedi

Welcome our new Trustee Members!
Welcome our new Trustee Member Miele!
Miele USA: Forever Better

Miele USA, headquartered in Princeton, NJ is a division of Miele, the world’s largest family owned and operated premium appliance manufacturer.
 
Miele USA offers a broad range of award-winning, quality and innovative products that continue to set industry standards for durability, performance, ease of use, energy efficiency, design and service. Throughout its 34-year history, in the U.S., Miele has remained steadfastly committed to producing long-lasting products that outperform the customer’s need while meeting all respective environmental standards.
 
Miele USA offers a wide range of consumer appliances including: ranges; built-in convection, speed, steam and combi-steam ovens; gas and induction cooktops; ventilation hoods; refrigeration; wine storage; espresso/coffee systems; dishwashers; floor care; laundry systems; and ironing systems. In addition, the Company’s Professional division offers laboratory glass wear washers, medical washer-disinfectors, dental disinfectors, laundry systems, dishwashers, and a line of marine appliances.
 
Miele USA: An Ongoing Success Story
Today, Miele USA features 12 showrooms in major markets throughout the United States, showcasing the full line of the company’s consumer products. Miele USA is proud to employ over 500 employees covering sales, marketing, finance, customer service, and installation and delivery.
 
U.S. Showrooms: New York, NY; Boca Raton and Coral Gables, FL; Chicago, IL; Beverly Hills and San Francisco, CA; Seattle, WA; Dallas, TX; Washington, D.C.; Scottsdale, AZ; Wellesley, MA; and Princeton, NJ.
 
Miele USA Products and Feature Highlights:
  • Range Family – including freestanding ranges in gas, electric, induction and dual fuel, rangetops and range hoods.
  • Generation 6000 - built-in kitchen appliances: featuring M Touch display panel, Moisture Plus, MasterChef and MasterChef Plus.
  • Quietest, fastest wash cycle and Energy-Star rated dishwashers in North America
  • Full line of bagged, bagless and robot floor care models
  • Intuitive MasterCool interface that keeps maintains optimum refrigeration
  • Complete fabric care solution from laundry to ironing
 
Miele Philosophy
Miele’s pursuit of excellence and commitment to uncompromising quality has never been simply about better home appliances. Instead, it has always been about discovering ways to help its customers ‘live better’. This philosophy is rooted in the heritage and the dedication of the fourth generation owners, Dr. Markus Miele and Dr. Reinhard Zinkann, to ensure this family tradition is proudly exhibited, every day – in the products, services and resource centers. This vision is what has made Miele become the world’s most trusted and desirable premium brand.
 
Miele Global
Founded in Germany in 1899 with a single promise of Immer Besser, a phrase meaning “Forever Better,” Miele has grown to become the world’s largest family-owned appliance company with more than 16,600 employees, 12 production facilities, 70 showrooms worldwide, and representation in nearly 100 countries. Since its establishment, Miele has remained equally committed to its owners, employees, customers, suppliers, the environment and society.
 
To learn more, visit www.mieleusa.com and www.youtube.com/mieleus, and follow us on facebook.com/mieleus, twitter.com/MieleUSA and Instagram @MieleUSA.

Jan Heck
President at Miele USA

Katja Hernandez
Miele Experience Center Manager
at Coral Gables





Ann Fox
Manager
Miele Experience Center
at Boca Raton






Miele Inc.
4218 Ponce De Leon Blvd.
Coral Gables, FL 33146 
800-843-7231 ext. 5849 (direct)
Email:  katja.hernandez@miele.com


Miele Inc.  
7680 North Federal Highway
Boca Raton, Florida 33487
800-843-7231 ext.5716 (direct)
561-995-8083 fax
Email:  ann.fox@miele.com

Welcome our new Trustee Member NAVIGO!


NAVIGO is a boutique advisory firm specializing in the successful U.S. market entry of European companies. The company serves as a one-stop shop for companies and investors planning their US market entry, from virtual office and business representation to full-scale site selection projects. With offices in Atlanta, GA, Miami, FL and Cologne, Germany NAVIGO can support its diverse client base in both Europe and the United States.

Carsten Jacobi heads up the Miami office and has extensive experience in planning and implementing successful market entry and sales strategies in the United States. He was responsible for market entry projects and business representation services at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta. Mr. Jacobi serves on the Board of the German American Business Chamber (www.gabc.us) in Miami, FL. and he serves as a mentor and start-up investor at Miami Angels (www.agpmiami.com/), a venture capital group supporting technology start-ups in Florida.

Sebastian Eich heads up the Atlanta, GA office and specializes in international site selection, start-up of manufacturing operations and market entry strategies. In the past, he was European Representative for the State of Mississippi as well as project lead for Site Selection at the German American Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, GA. Mr. Eich sits on the Advisory Council of the European American Investment Council (EAIC, www.eaic-fdi.com) in Berlin, Germany.



Carsten Jacobi
c.jacobi@navigo-group.com
+1-305-901-1961
Welcome our new Trustee Member WellAway !

WellAway is a private medical insurance company with health and lifestyle products for expatriates throughout the entire world. They aim to provide stability and security for individuals, families and groups on the forefront of globalization.


Their health programs excel in helping their members maintain good health and tranquility as they explore the world and build their life abroad. Whatever your goals may be, health and security is essential.

Contact WellAway at info@wellaway.com to learn more about their products.
Laurie Leste
lleste@wellaway.com 
441-296-0651
Welcome our new Coporate Members!
Berenblum Busch Architects!

Berenblum Busch Architects is a Miami-based global architecture, planning and interior design firm improving the quality of spaces through human-centric design . Founded in 2010 by industry leaders Gustavo Berenblum and Claudia Busch, the firm offers clients a collaborative design process. This results in a bespoke response to the client’s needs that is shaped by their identity and values. The process takes into consideration the unique physical and cultural context of the project. With over 40 years of joint experience, the principals work closely with their team of exceptional designers in a practice that places technology, function, sustainability and the betterment of the human experience at the center of its work.
Claudia Busch is a founding principal at Berenblum Busch Architects. She is a renowned designer and educator with over 25 years of experience in hospitality, transportation, residential, interior design and master planning. She was raised in Germany and received her professional Architecture Degree from the F.H. Hamburg and a Master’s Degree from Columbia University in New York.
 
Gustavo Berenblum is a founding principal at Berenblum Busch Architects. He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed his post-professional degree at Columbia University in New York. He has experience across a multitude of project types and specializes in designing masterplans and buildings within Ports. With more than 25 years of experience in the field of architecture, he is an award-winning, internationally recognized architect who has achieved leadership through design.


Claudia Busch 
cb@bbamiami.com 
305-790-0191

Granero International
GInter is specialized in international Moving and Relocation Services providing full assistance to expatriates for over 50 years. Also through our Logistic Division we offer all types of solutions for all types of general cargo, such as warehousing services, picking and packing and global distribution, for retail and e-commerce industries.








Christian Telles
christiantelles@granerointernational.com 
3059609997

Patrick Ohara
 
Welcome our new Standard Members!
Birgit Auge with Smarter Choice Surfaces
Birgit Auge is the Vice President of SCS, Smarter Choice Surfaces LLC. SCS has the exclusive rights of distribution of Timura wood from Germany for the United States, Canada, Middle and South America as well as for the Caribbean, Bermudas and Bahamas. The focus is on sustainability and the environment. Thermo wood instead of tropical wood. 
TIMURA- beautifully diverse - the products made in germany from innovatively refined wood.

THERMO WOOD: PATENTED TECHNOLOGY FROM TIMURA

Production methods – thermal processing at the highest level
Timura’s thermo wood is thermally refined using our patented  vacuum-press drying method (Vacu³). During the Vacu³ process native tree species such as ash, poplar and oak are thermally modified, just as they are by other thermo wood manufacturers. In our case, however, the modification is carried out in a vacuum chamber, and the heat transfer happens between the individual layers of wood (contact heat) with added mechanical pressure (70 tons). Unlike other thermal processes, our technology is faster and more efficient because the wood itself is heated, not the system. As the heat is transferred via heating plates, we can also guarantee a uniform treatment and homogenous staining on all our work pieces.

TIMURA - the eco friendly alternative to toxic tropical hardwood

Birgit Auge
birgit.auge@xoliving.com
305-588-9123 
Benjamin Weisl
Banana Joe Tours ist eine rasch wachsende Lifestyle Agentur, Tour Firma sowie ein vollwertiges Reisebüro mit Sitz im sonnigen Süden Floridas.
Unsere Philosophie ist es, Euch die einzigartige, tropische Lebensart Floridas näher zubringen.
Das Banana Joe Tours Team besteht aus erfahrenen, internationalen Reiseleitern und Mitarbeitern.
Das Banana Joe Projekt wurde 2008 ins Leben gerufen, um Floridareisen zu einem attraktiven Preis- / Leistungsverhältnis direkt und ohne Drittanbieter buchbar zu machen.
Vor allem aber sind wir nicht an irgendwelche großen Konzerne gebunden, die uns vorschreiben, was wir auf unseren Touren sagen dürfen und was nicht.
Wir legen Wert auf Authentizität und räumen mit vielen Stereotypen auf, die Miami, die Everglades und den Rest Floridas in den letzten Jahren durch Film- und Touristikindustrie aufgedruckt bekommen haben.
Wir nehmen kein Blatt vor den Mund und erzählen Euch eins zu eins unsere Eindrücke über Florida.
Die meisten unserer Touren und Tour Guide Services sind auf Deutsch.
Wir begrüßen Urlauber aus ganz Europa und der Welt als unsere Gäste hier in Südflorida.
Wir sind ein vollwertiges Reisebüro, spezialisiert auf Florida und bieten von besonderen Urlaubspaketen, Individual- und Gruppenreisen, Transfers, Hotel- & Kreuzfahrtreservierungen, bis hin zu VIP Services alles, was Ihr für einen unvergesslichen Urlaub in Florida benötigt.
Banana Joe Tours ist in Florida mit der „Seller of Travel“ Nr. ST38471 komplett registriert, versichert und lizensiert.
Unsere Vans fahren unter der PMC Lizenz # 31041 und unterliegen stetigen Sicherheitswartungen und -kontrollen.
Unser eng geflochtenes Partnernetzwerk ermöglicht uns, Sonderwünschen jeglicher Art gerecht zu werden.
Wir haben einige namhafte Produktionsfirmen während Ihres Florida Aufenthalts unterstützt und sind bereits durch diverse Fernsehsender, Printmedien und Online Plattformen ausgezeichnet worden.
Zu unseren Partnern und Kunden gehören viele namhafte Firmen und Persönlichkeiten.
Wir haben es uns zum Ziel gemacht, Langzeitbeziehungen mit unseren Partnern und Kunden zu pflegen sowie, basierend auf Professionalität, Vertrauen und Zuverlässigkeit, auf- und auszubauen.
Entscheidet Euch für einen transparenten Partner in Florida und plant Euren Urlaub mit Banana Joe Tours.
 
Viele Grüße aus der Sonne – Euer Banana Joe Team


Benjamin Weist
info@bananajoetours.com 
+17868389075 
www.bananajoetours.com 
Welcome our new Private Members!
Jessica Rodriguez!
Jessica Rodriguez is a strategy advisor with over 20 years of experience in traditional and digital media. She has launched, or been a key part of launching, a total of 9 ventures in international markets. She started her career at Discovery Channel working in international development where she helped launch several channels in Canada, Latin America, and Asia. As a General Manager, Jessica also developed and managed international media ventures for Travel Channel, National Geographic, USA Networks/NBCU, and BBC Worldwide. 
Most recently, she was Vice President of Content Acquisitions for Netflix Latin America and for their Global TV division where she handled content strategy, selection, and negotiations with major, mid-size, and local content providers. In addition, throughout her career, Jessica has consulted for capital investment, production, and media companies. 

Jessica is the founder of Riehl Insights LLC, a consulting practice focused on content, business development, distribution, strategy and trends in the streaming segment (OTT). Her international and domestic experience in a wide array of functional areas in media including sales/revenue generation/distribution, content, negotiations, operations, branding, marketing, and management gives her unique insights into how to help her clients.
Jessica Rodriguez
jessica.rodriguez@riehlinsights.com
305-962-1144
Welcome Zeno!
Zeno Weidenthaler was born and raised in Grafengars, a small town east of Munich, Germany. In 2006 he came to the United States to start his accounting career.
Zeno holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Accounting from East Carolina University, as well as CPA licensure. He has previously held positions as an Auditor with Rödl & Partner (Langford de Kock LLP), with a focus on mid-tier German companies, and Capital Accountant at Time Warner Cable. Most recently he served as the Controller for STEAG Energy Services LLC.
In July 2017 Zeno and his wife relocated from Charlotte, NC to Lauderdale-by-the-Sea and he is currently searching for his next opportunity. In his spare time he enjoys golfing, running, and reading.

Zeno Weidenthaler
zeno.weidenthaler@gmail.com 
252-414-8276 
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: miami@gabc.us or telephone 305-371-4282.
Prices:
Members: free
Job Seekers - $50 per post
Companies and Employers - $100 per post

GABC is currently looking for new interns. The internship at the GABC office in Miami is an opportunity to learn about the German business in Miami and contribute to the daily activities of the GABC and to plan and develop events and new strategies.

Publish Your Advertisement in our Newsletter
If you are interested in publishing an advertising in the next GABC newsletter, please contact us at miami@gabc.us or call us at 305-371-4282.

FOR GABC MEMBERS:

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 
FOR NON-MEMBERS:

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 

VAPIANO OPENED ITS SECOND MIAMI LOCATION!
The stylish European fresh casual restaurant VAPIANO   Doral  opened for business on Friday, March 23 rd ,2018.

Headquartered in Bonn, Germany, and founded in 2002,  VAPIANO  was named the “Future of Fresh Casual” by  Foodservice Europe .
 
The ambiance of a  VAPIANO  is urban upscale with Italian décor, lots of light natural wood furniture and a green wall. Each guest is provided with a “chip card” that the guest waves in front of the interactive open kitchen-style counter when ordering food. There is also a full bar with homemade desserts such as tiramisu and other Italian favorites. The card is then used at the register for checkout. Since each guest has their own chip card it is easy to either pay separately or pull together different cards for additional people.
Board of Directors 2018
Claudio Riedi
President

Lehtinen Schultz, PLLC
Attorney at Law
Lydia Harley
Vice- President

Kelley Kroneberg
Attorney at Law
Timo A. Becker, J.D.
Treasurer

Baur, Klein & Becker
 Attorney at Law
Alexandra C. Peters
Secretary

Senior Global Real Estate Advisor 
ONE Sotheby’s International Realty
Dr. Volker Anding
Director

Ambassador (ret.)
International Consultant
Monika Böhm-Fandiño
Director Marketing + PR

Viva Action
TV Productions, Print, PR
Alexander Evans
Director

Certified Public Accountant
Nickel Goeseke
Director

Realtor
Svenja Hammerstein
Director

Real Estate Agent
Dr. Anja-Isabel Hessert
Director

Engel & Völkers Fort Lauderdale & Sunny Isle Beach
Real Estate Advisor
Carsten Jacobi
Director

Navigo Corp., Managing Director
Peter Jacobs
Director

Company Representative
Miriam Moser
Director

Marketing Director VAPIANO US
Christian Riehl
Director

TV Productions
Michael Seraphin
Director

Max Fields
Managing Director
Michael Claus

Founding Member of the GABC President Emeritus and Honorary Director of the Board
Walter Loy

Founding Member of the GABC President Emeritus and Honorary Director of the Board
German International Parents Association
German American Social Club
German American Chamber of Commerce
Upcoming Events 2018 - SAVE THE DATES





GABC Monthly
Stammtisch

Wednesday, April 11th

Come and join us at our monthly Stammtisch! We are meeting at Monty's Raw Bar in Coconut Grove.


6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


 

2550 S Bayshore Dr, Miami, FL 33133 

GABC Breakfast Seminar 

Thursday, April 26th 

Immigration and Tax Laws under the current Administration
At the offices of Kelley Kronenberg

7:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Members: $25
Non-Members: $30

1111 Brickell Ave, Suite 1900
Miami, FL 33131
European Chambers of Commerce Seminar & Cocktail Event  

Wednesday, May 2nd

Finance Investment for new companies in the US




5:30 PM - 8:00 PM




Location: TBA

GABC Monthly
Stammtisch

Wednesday, May 9th

Come and join us at our monthly Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, Coral Gables every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6 - 8 pm.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, 60 Merrick Way, Coral Gables, FL 33134 
GABC 30th Anniversary Party 

Wednesday, May 30th

At the Showroom of MIELE

Including hors d'ouvres and drinks

Members: $80
Non-Members: $90

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM 

Miele Coral Gables Experience Center,  
4218 Ponce de Leon Blvd.,
Coral Gables, FL 33146
Past Events
European Business Networking Event, Vapiano, Feb 1st 2018
In collaboration with the Spanish, French, British and Italian Chambers in Miami, GABC organizes European Business Networking events. GABC hosted the first such event on February 1 at Vapiano Restaurant in Brickell. The next European Business Networking events will take place on April 13 and July 19, 2018. 
Claudio Riedi, Carsten Jacobi & Adriana Penuela, Sandra Fiorenza, Michael Seraphin
GABC & Dragonfly Expeditions Everglades Backwater Tour, March 3rd 2018
We did it! We walked through the deep water of the Everglades. Our a trustee member Dragonfly Expeditions took some GABC members to the Everglades on their signature tour the "Everglades Backwater Tour". It is also known as the "wet tour" and it has been recognized by National Geographic, The Weather Channel and Condé Nast Traveler.
Holger Schlienkamp
Seth Hansley, Melissa Orlick, Bruce Schattenburg, Anja Hessert
Seatrade, March 7th 2018
Reception of the Consulate General of Germany at the Seatrade Show in Fort Lauderdale.
Anja Hessert, Rosi and Helmut Heinrichs
right: Ingrid Perrier
Paul Fratamico, James Gagel, Monika Böhm-Fandino, Sandra Pelikan
GABC Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, March 14th 2018
Thank you to our guests for joining our monthly Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus.
left: Ralf Gawel
GABC in Palm Beach, March 16th 2018
Cooking demonstration at the Miele Experience Center in Boca Raton on March 16, 2018

Pictured left to right:

1. Jan Heck, President of Miele USA
2. Professional Chef Patty Ruiz
3. Otto Walkes
4. Claudio Riedi, GABC President
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.
GABC Team
Monika Böhm-Fandiño

Director PR + Marketing
Rojda Polat

Volunteer
Frederik Sieder

Volunteer
German American Business Chamber of South Florida
100 N Biscayne Blvd | Suite 2100 | Miami, FL 33132