January/February 2019
Greetings from the President Claudio Riedi
Dear Friends of the GABC,
And so the holidays came and went, and all we have to show for it is a few more pounds on our waists. Or do we?

In case you have not noticed, the GABC celebrated one of its most successful holiday parties ever this year at Toscana Divino on Brickell on December 17, 2018. We thank all those who came, and for those of you who missed it, see the pictures here . We never had this many sponsors, and thanks are due to the fantastic GABC team who left no stone unturned to make this celebration a success. And the food… Divine!

But now, it is back to work. It is up to all of us to make 2019 the best business year, ever. Let’s spread the news: Florida has the second strongest job growth of any US state. It has the third-largest work force in the U.S., and is ranked fourth for high-tech jobs. And for German businesses, Florida has become the second-most popular expansion state, after New York. (source: Enterprise Florida). Thus, GABC and its members are uniquely placed for growth this coming year. Take what the GABC offers you, and become part of the German trend here.
GABC Platinum Sponsor
Announcing Our New GABC Benefits Program

Dear GABC members ,  

We are happy to announce our new and updated GABC benefits for members!

What is the benefits program about? 
All companies/natural persons with products and/or services can offer a discount or any other kind of benefit to GABC members. It would be a non-binding agreement between the GABC and the participating companies, in which they can freely participate, and terms and conditions would be done under their own rules and regulations.

What is the duration of the program? 
The program aims to be permanent in the sense of providing general benefits to all members. However, companies will commit in a freely way and can withdraw from the program on a monthly basis.

We are looking forward to hearing from you and the benefits you’ll be willing to offer to our members. With this we can start creating the benefit list to launch the program. Lastly, we understand all companies are focused on different fields and of course we know all of us can't allow benefits of the same dimension, and this is why we are open to listen and discuss about it. 
Should you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out back to us. 

Kind regards, 
The GABC Team 

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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.

SAVE THE DATE!! FEB 21st - Thursday
LifeCann New Location Grand Opening
2127 NW 1st Ave, Miami 33127 (Wynwood)
one medicine for 100 conditions"

To learn more about LifeCann and the benefits of Medical Marijuana, click here
Miele will be offering the opportunity to experience fantastic cooking classes. To check out more information, click here.
Berky GmbH and Navigo Corp.
Press release to the successful US market entry of Berky GmbH

BERKY GmbH, Europe’s premier manufacturer of water conservation and mowing machines, has entered into a cooperation agreement with Weedoo Greenboat Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of environmental water conservation vessels from West Palm Beach. The agreement was brokered by Miami based US market entry firm NAVIGO Corp. and provides for extensive cooperation in joint sales and production activities. Weedoo will offer BERKY solutions in North America, while Berky will become the distribution partner for Weedoo products in Europe.

With the agreement, Weedoo and BERKY now offer a variety of amphibious work vessels:
The 6450 Amphi-King:  This multifunctional amphibian can operate in water, wetlands and on dry land. Its three-ton weight combined with twin track technology provides an ideal work platform that can easily be transported.
 The 6925 Amphibious Weed Harvester:  This rugged amphibious machine is designed to get into swampy or mucky sites when floatation is critical. It is ideal for silt-removal projects.
The 6520 Aquatic Weed Harvester : This high-efficiency harvester simultaneously cuts and collects water plants, trash, and other impurities.

German Language Programs with the GIPA and the Miami-DateMagnet Program
The benefits of a bilingual education are clear. But did you know that becoming fluent in German will help your child stand out from the crowd, both in university and beyond?
Whatever your reasons for considering a language program, you’re in great company. Miami-Dade's German International Studies (begins in 1 st  grade) and International Education (begins in 6 th  grade) programs have grown by leaps and bounds since their introduction over thirty years ago. We offer rigorous German language instruction taught by native-speaking German teachers who also incorporate German cultural knowledge and traditions into the curriculum. Today, the nearly four-hundred families enrolled across our four public magnet schools hail from many nationalities and speak more native languages at home than we can keep track of. But we’re all united by our interest in giving our children the best possible education.  We also know that becoming fluent in German gives our children distinct advantages and opportunities when it comes time to apply to colleges and universities and to begin their careers.
The application deadline for all Miami-Dade magnet programs, including the German programs, is January 15, 2019 .  No prior knowledge of German is required for entry to the 1st grade International Studies program or the 6th grade International Education program, but space is limited.  

To learn more about the German programs and the German International Parents Association, we encourage you to visit . The magnet application can be completed online at
Miami Country Dade School
Miami Made Country School offers amazing opportunities to travel abroad!
Click Below to see infromation of excellent programs
Check it out and click here
Welcome Our New Trustee Member!
Glen Turf
Miami Country Day School

Mission of Miami Country Day School
Miami Country Day School is a college preparatory learning community committed to educating the whole child. Through the core values of honor, respect, wisdom and compassion, we prepare students to be lifelong learners. We inspire our children to develop their intellectual, physical, aesthetic, social, emotional and spiritual potentials by valuing every student every day.
Core Values of Miami Country Day School
At Miami Country Day School we prepare children for college and for life by embracing four core values: honor, respect, wisdom and compassion. Students, faculty, and parents are encouraged to live by a set of core values and to act as models for action and behavior.
GATEway Mission
Miami Country Day School supports the Whole Child in its quest to become a global citizen. To that end, GATEway, or  Global Access To Education , offers programs that support, enhance, and develop our students’ views of the world, its diverse cultures, and its people. Through academic and cultural immersion programs, we broaden our students’ perspectives of life beyond our borders in order to foster a mutual understanding and appreciation among all individuals, both home and abroad.

Glen Turf
Miami Country Day School

Phone: (305) 779-7243
Welcome Our New Standard Members!

John Bennett

Escape Campervans is the largest campervan rental company in North America, with 500+ unique hand-painted vans from top artists in Los Angeles. Our fully-equipped, custom-built campervans are perfect for any weekend away or epic road trip. From world-renowned national parks to quiet deserts, secret alpine lakes, and some of the globe’s most energizing cities, the possibilities are endless. 
John Bennett | Escape Campervans
East Coast Regional Manager
New York | Miami | Atlanta
Phone:  +1 310-672-9909  | Cell: 636-751-4555

To learn more about Escape Caravans click here
Welcome Our New Individual Members!
Julian Scheeff

 Originally from Dresden, Julian moved to Miami 2016 where he completed the Master’s in Real Estate Development and Urbanism. Julian currently serves as Director of Intelligence at ONE Commercial Real Estate the commercial division of ONE Sotheby’s, where he is responsible for underwriting, valuation, market intelligence and trends and conducting the feasibility used in investment strategies for a wide variety of asset types. Julian’s previous experience covers global financial transactions for a loan origination team, acquisition of non-performing assets, and extensive analysis for South Florida real estate development companies. In his spare time Julian enjoys exploring the local food and art scene as well as spending time with his wife and dog.

Julian Scheeff
Director of Intelligence
DIRECT 786.405.1165 OFFICE 305.704.9787

Timo Koller

About Timo
Timo has 11 years of experience in Manufacturing and Technical Purchasingas Technical Trainee, Project Buyer and Project Manager Purchasin at Robert Bosch GmbH in Stuttgart, Germany. (Power Tools, Transmission Control, Gasoline Systems - Direct Injection). He also has 4 years of experience in Technical Purchasing, Quality and Logistics as Project Manager Purchasing at Robert Bosch LLC in Anderson, SC. (Gasoline Systems - Direct Injection, NAFTA-Localization of parts).Timo's expertise also includes 1.5 years of experience in Manufacturing as Production Manager andShift Supervisor at Klocke of America, Inc. in Fort Myers, FL. (Packaging Design and Manufacturing.

Timo is currently looking for a job in the technical and/or commercial field of
Engineering, Manufacturing, Purchasing, Quality or Logistics. He is interested
in a position as an Operator or a Leader/Manager, preferably in a location in Southwest Florida, like Fort Myers.He is Looking for a Visa (e.g. E2, H1B) or Green Card Sponsorship and is interested in an annual salary of at least $65k or $5k/month
as he aspires for the American Dream to live and work in the US.

Timo Koller
11596 Golden Oak Terrace
Fort Myers, FL 33913
Mobile: +1(864)760-5420
Barbara Radic

Barbara is our newest team member at the GABC. She has been excited to support the volunteering team at the office and with the events planning. While living in Miami, FL she is from Croatia and has lived in Germany and studied in Switzerland. As a professional in the hospitality and residential industry, Barbara has 10+ years of experience within leading ultra-luxury brands of hotels and residential properties, in Europe and USA. She has gained great experience within the hotel and property management. Her foreign languages knowledge include English, Croatian, German and conversational Italian.
Welcome Our New Student Members!
Pedro Fachetti

About Pedro
I have an interest on business, but not only to the financial part of it, but on how every single details are the difference between a good and a great company. I have many dreams, and one of them is certainly that one day I’ll be successful because of my hard and rigorous work, as I change the world to a better place with the best of my abilities. 
Not only I’m passionate about finance, but I’m also fascinated by Germany and its culture, that I think everyone can learn a lot from it. German American Business Chamber of South Florida is the perfect place for me, seeing that I can have everything that I like in the same company. The emotional desire that I have with your company and my desire for learning makes everything that I ever asked for, a reality.

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Our Upcoming Events!

GABC Monthly Stammtisch

January 9th, 2018

Come and join us at our monthly Stammtisch this time at Sogol Decor.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 
410 Meridian Ave #101,
Miami Beach, FL 33139
EU Networking Event

February 7th, 2018
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ironside Kitchen Pizzeria
7580 NE 4th CT.
Miami, 33138
GABC Monthly Stammtisch

February 13, 2018

Come and join us at our monthly Stammtisch this time at Phuc Yea Restaurant.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
7100 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138
Mark Your Calendars
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

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 or call us at 305-371-4282.


Price per section is:

$ 75 for business card size (approx. 5x9 cm / 2x3.5 inch)

$ 125 for third page ad (approx. 10x18 cm / 4x7 inch)

$ 135 for half page ad (approx. 14x21 cm / 5.5x8 inch)

$ 175 for 1 full page ad

Run ad for 2 Newsletters – receive 10% discount on second ads

Run ad for 3 Newsletters – receive 15% discount on second and third ads 

Price per section is:

$ 125 for business card size (approx. 5x9 cm / 2x3.5 inch)

$ 150 for third page ad (approx. 10x18 cm / 4x7 inch)

$ 175 for half page ad (approx. 14x21 cm / 5.5x8 inch)

$ 215 for 1 full page ad

Run ad for 2 Newsletters – receive 10% discount on second ad

Run ad for 3 Newsletters – receive 15% discount on second and third ad 
Board of Directors 2018
Claudio Riedi

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

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

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

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

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

Viva Action
TV Productions, Print, PR
Alexander Evans

Certified Public Accountant
Nickel Goeseke

Svenja Hammerstein

Real Estate Agent
Carsten Jacobi

Navigo Corp., Managing Director
Peter Jacobs

Company Representative
Miriam Moser

Marketing Director VAPIANO US
Christian Riehl

TV Productions
Michael Seraphin

Max Fields
Managing Director
Michael Claus

Founding Member of the GABC President Emeritus and Honorary Director of the Board
German American Chamber of Commerce
The Beacon Council
German International Parents Association
German American Social Club
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Past Events
GABC Holiday Gala
December 17
Our GABC members and friends at the spectacular Toscana Divino restaurant in Brickell enjoyed a marvelous time. The Holiday Gala was a great success as guests enjoyed a delicious meal accompanied with a beautiful singing opera performance and great auction show.
The fundraising event was a great success and we hope you enjoyed your time with us as much as we did with you.
Please enjoy the beautiful pictures taken by Fareed Al-Mashat Filmmaker / Photographer.
Click here to view more.
Great to see all our members and friends in this fantastic gala.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a New Year full of success, health, family, great friends, and love!
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.
Monika Böhm-Fandiño

Director PR + Marketing
Sara Ochoa Restrepo

Barbara Radic

Nicole Jara

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