June / July 2018
Greetings from the President

This is the 30 th Anniversary Edition of the GABC Newsletter. 

This means that an organization founded based on nothing more than a joint sense of destiny of several Miami businesspeople in 1988 has endured and prospered – which in itself is remarkable. I have seen dozens of similar organizations come and go in over time, and I have witnessed the ups and downs of the GABC itself first hand. The fact that we are stronger than ever today – at a spry 30 – speaks for itself.

In the dusty archives of the GABC, former Executive Director Gisela Carreras found a statement celebrating the GABC’s 10 th Anniversary in 1998. I encourage you to read the entire 10 th anniversary statement of the GABC here .  The statement is remarkable because it reminds us of how far we have come, and how many great friends and colleagues have applied themselves to make this organization a success.

I further urge you to enjoy the photos from the early years we found in Director Peter Jacob’ vault (see photos in the article "30 years GABC" below) , which show us that the German Business Community in Miami has been relevant for decades, even though fashions change. And while Franz Josef Strauss famously said that “Deutschland braucht Bayern,” Deutschland “braucht auch Organisationen wie die GABC.”   
But more importantly, the 1998 statement reminded me of our founders, Nick Friedman, Thomas Baur (who passed away in December), and of former presidents Christa Green, Walt Loy, and Michael Claus, who created and formed the organization we see today.

Those present at our 30 th Anniversary Gala at the fantastic Miele Experience Showroom in Coral Gables on May 30, 2018 know that the quality of our members, and the vigor of the organization is undiminished today. See the photos from the event here .

Viewing all these artifacts – past and present – we realize that this organization does not just connect the German-oriented business people today, but it connects us over time. By joining the GABC, our members become part of a fabric that has been woven for 30 years. And while it may not always be clear why we go to this meeting, or that business card exchange, why we put on that seminar or read this newsletter today, when we look back over three decades of GABC, we see that this organization has united us and has enriched our professional and personal lives.

Enjoy this newsletter, and those coming in the next 30 years, and do not forget to send us your contributions early and often.
GABC 30th Anniversary Party
at the Miele Experience Center
Christian Riehl, Claudio Riedi, Michael Seraphin, Lydia Harley, Carsten Jacobi, Monika Boehm-Fandino, Volker Anding, Timo Becker
GABC Team: Rojda Polat, Nicole Jara, Ina Kranjcevic, Monika Boehm-Fandino
Yvonne Visser, Timo Becker
Monica Nishi, Claudio Riedi, Jessica Rodriguez
Monika Boehm-Fandino, Christian Riehl, Jessica Rodriguez
Wife of Klein, Chris Klein, Carsten Jacobi, Adri Jacobi
Constance Jones-Simmons, Troy Simmons
Claudio Riedi, Jan Heck
Lydia Harley
Marjorie Smith Fontana, Claudio Riedi, Laura Yanes
Jan Heck, Gisela Carreras, Erin and Volker Anding
Photography by
Fareed Al-Mashat
(305) 815-0133

See more pictures here .
30 years GABC
Ms. Kansi, Consul Peter Kansi, Franz-Josef Strauss and Marianne Strauss,
Seaquarium Miami
Franz-Josef Strauss, Jutta Jacobs
Seaquarium Miami
Ms. Kansi, Jutta Jacobs, Consul Peter Kansi
John Bauer and Franz-Josef Strauss
Marriott Airport Hotel Miami
John Baur, Mimi Baur and Franz-Josef Strauss
Marriott Airport Hote Miamil
Franz Josef Strauss with German Folklore Dancers, Marianne Strauss
Marriott Airport Hotel Miami
Peter Jacobs, Ms. Kansi, Mr. Strauss, Consul Kansi
Thank You to Dr. Anja Hessert

I would like to express a heart-felt “Thank You” to Dr. Anja Hessert, who recently resigned from the board of directors to pursue new professional opportunities that will demand her full attention. 
Over the past few years, Anja has become invaluable to the GABC, putting some teeth into the GABC’s plans to establish a stronger presence in Fort Lauderdale and parts “north of the Wall.” Well connected and eager to contribute to the growth of the GABC, Anja has made a lasting impact on this organization. She pursued a closer cooperation of the GABC with the Broward Alliance and other Lauderdale-centric organizations, and in the process became the face of our organization in Broward. We intend to pursue her vision of regular events for the GABC in Broward, and wish her all the best. She promised to stay a member of the organization, and we expect (and hope) to see her often at our events. 

Information about our
Non-profit Member:

Dolphin Aid
GABC gives a special thanks to Kirsten Kuhnert, President of Dolphin Aid, for being a loyal and supportive member of the GABC family and congratulates her for her extraordinary work. The dedication and commitment both “Kiki” Kuhnert and GABC Board of Director, Nickel Goeseke have demonstrated and created an outstanding and unique environment for people with special needs. Enhancing a delightful and unique therapy, Dolphin Aid marks the beginning of a positive goal oriented, growth nourishing kind of rehabilitation that fosters the milestone for learning development.

23 years ago, when Dolphin Aid was founded, it dedicated its extraordinary work solely to children. Remarkably, today the non-profit foundation is acknowledged as the center of competence for dolphin assisted therapy. With a dedicated mission on creating new rehabilitation concepts focusing on adults alike, it has enriched this unique form of therapy to patients, such as veterans after combat experience who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, as well as stroke patients, patients with cancer, and many others. While incredibly helping its patients, Dolphin Aid prides itself on embarking on the journey to help children, adolescents, and adults to enjoy the process of rehabilitation with the help of dolphins. In this phenomenal way of rehabilitating patients, a multidisciplinary team of skilled therapists working alongside incredibly sensitive dolphins who are able to recognize individual deficiencies. The connection between the patients and these beautiful mammals has been scientifically proven to lead to extraordinary progress. Offering a nurturing environment for all to enjoy, Dolphin Aid believes in an integrative approach for the whole family to be immersed into this journey of amazing success.
Wellaway Healthcare has a new German Version
The GABC team encourages its members to check out our fellow Trustee Wellaway's (Health Insurance for Global Citizens) newest launch of their website in the German language. 
Check out the newest launch here below:
Article from our Board of Director Alexandra Peters
in the Miami Herald
Welcome our new Corporate Members!
The Biltmore Hotel, Miami-Coral Gables
Graced with effortless beauty and sophistication, The Biltmore Hotel is a National Historic Landmark located in the exclusive Coral Gables area, with close proximity to Miami Beach and Downtown Miami. The 273-room resort includes 133 suites and features spectacular Mediterranean architecture with classic Italian, Moorish, and Spanish influences spread over 150 acres of tropical landscape. A favorite of world leaders and celebrities since its opening in 1926, the hotel offers a restored Donald Ross 18-hole, 71-par championship golf course; tennis courts; the largest hotel pool on the East Coast of the United States with private cabanas; a European spa and a renowned fitness center.

The hotel’s dining destinations include the award winning Palme d’Or, recognized by Zagat as one of the best restaurants in the country; Fontana, a traditional Italian restaurant surrounding The Biltmore courtyard and fountain; the poolside Cascade and The19th Hole golf centric restaurant. The hotel also boasts a Culinary Academy offering an array of hands-on cooking classes for adults and children. The Biltmore is one of South Florida’s preferred sites for leisure and business travel, high-level corporate briefings and public policy conferences, and is an extraordinary wedding destination. The Biltmore is a member of the Leading Hotels of the World.

Matthias Kammerer
1200 Anastasia Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(844) 651-7942
The GABC welcomes Nobilia: market leader in Germany and across Europe. Standing as the largest manufacturer of built in kitchens in Europe with sales reaching an outstanding 1.018,4 € in 2015. Nobilia produces more than 2,780 kitchens daily. Nobilia puts dedication into each unique kitchen produced. Please check out Nobilia’s phenomenal appliances!

See more Information here.

Grace Conde
2800 Biscayne Blvd 
Miami, FL 33137
Welcome our new Standard Members!
Heidemarie Kremer PA
Heidemarie Kremer, MD, PhD, PhD, PA

Realtor® K Company Realty
Heidemarie Kremer PA is a successful realtor and top producer of The K Company Realty. She thrives for excellence in her field and is passionate about empowering people to live their lives up to their dreams, no matter if requires finding their dream home at an affordable rate or finding the ideal investment or business opportunities.
Living in Miami since 2001, she is well connected and brings people together so that they can achieve their goals faster. Savvy about the opportunities that an international live has to offer, she is a thought after consultant when it comes to settling in Miami.
Her future goals are to create new healthy communities by providing affordable housing applying 3D printing technology and artificial intelligence. She is looking for investors and innovators to connect with and welcomes young professionals as interns. She is also an adjunct Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami and a real estate investor.
Contact her with your real estate and investment needs or if you want to relocate in Miami.
She is fluent in German, English, French, Spanish and Farsi.

Heidemarie Kremer PA
1100 S Miami Ave 4101
Miami, FL 33130
LifeCann, Medical Marijuana Evaluation and Education

LIFECANN is a company founded by Fernando Fandiño Sende, MD and dedicated to the evaluation, education and treatment of patients who will qualify for medical cannabis.
Dr Sende is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and Cardiologist with more than 30 years of experience in the medical field.
LifeCann assists individuals suffering from any of the following medical conditions:
ALS (Lou Gehrig's)
Back Pain
Cachexia (Wasting Syndrome)
Crohn's Disease
Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome
Hepatitis C
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (with chronic abdominal pain)
Lyme Disease
Multiple Sclerosis
Muscle Spasms
Muscular Dystrophy
Parkinson's Disease
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Severe & Chronic Pain
Severe Nausea
Sickle Cell Anemia
Any terminal condition
Other similar conditions
If you or anyone you know is suffering from any of the conditions listed above, LifeCann can help.
Schedule an evaluation appointment at:

LifeCann, Medical Marijuana
1-833-LIFECAN (1-833-543-3226)
Sogol Décor House of Design
Sogol Décor is a premier full-service interior design firm specialized in residential and commercial projects in the Washington metropolitan area, Miami, New York and San Francisco.

For the past two decades Sogol Afsharjavan and her team have been offering clients an inimitable high-touch service, harmonizing the lines of traditional and modern living to create original schemes with materials of impeccable quality and craftsmanship.

Sogol Décor's mission is to create beautifully-crafted, functional spaces that represent a client’s heart and mind. They focus on the design of cost-effective interiors that combine the client’s personality, an artist’s creativity and the handcrafted touch of local artisans and worldwide brands such as FENDI CASA, Philip Plein, Bonaldo and Neo-Metro.

Be it the creation of an engaging, productive work space, boosting the value of your property for sale or the need to fall in love with your home all over again, Sogol Décor will translate your personal vision into an immersive, functional environment. Their clients benefit from a comprehensive and ever-expanding global network of trade accounts and suppliers, from which they source and curate vintage artwork, furnishing and lighting design schemes.

Contact Sogol Décor today to learn more about their full range of services. They are fluent in English, Spanish, French, Farsi and German.

Sogol Afsharjavan
(301) 254-5907
Welcome our new Non-Profit Members!
Master Chorale of South Florida
Welcome to our new Non-Profit member
Master Chorale of South Florida!

From Beethoven to Broadway, Bach to Bernstein, the Master Chorale of South Florida performs works by the full range of beloved classical and contemporary composers, along with some lighter fare.
The Master Chorale is a highly select, auditioned ensemble comprised of singers from Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties. Originally founded in 2003, the Chorale is thriving under artistic director and conductor Brett Karlin.

In addition to its own concert series, the Master Chorale is in high demand for featured guest performances with other musical organizations. Throughout its history, the Chorale has collaborated with the Cleveland Orchestra, New World Symphony, Russian National Orchestra, Andrea Bocelli, Itzhak Perlman, Franz Welser-Möst, Giancarlo Guerrero, and James Judd, among many others.

The Master Chorale is an avid proponent of maintaining a strong cultural fabric in South Florida and supports its community by engaging local solo artists, orchestras and other nonprofit organizations.
Alexandra von Szadkowski
Repräsentant: Alexandra von Szadkowski, Email:

Alexandra ist seit 13 Jahren aktives Mitglied des "Masterchoral of South Florida" und der "Miami Lyric Opera".
Bereits in Deutschland war sie Mitglied des Opernchores der Deutschen Oper am Rhein und des Aalto Theaters in Essen, sowie des Düsseldorfer Musikvereins und des Philharmonischen Chores Essen.

Alexandra von Szadkowsk 
Peter London Global Dance Company
Peter London Global Dance Company is South Florida's premiere professional multicultural contemporary Dance Company. Now in its seventh year, PLGDC has blazed a trail of excellence in its relatively short existence and is an arts partner with The Little Haiti Cultural Complex, The Adrienne Arsht Center, Miramar Cultural Center/Arts Park and The Betsy Hotel.Led by its visionary leader, Peter London, former principal dancer and Associate Artistic Director Senior of the martha Graham Dance Copany, PLGDC commissions choreography from ALVIN AILEY star, Jamar Roberts, Gentry Isaiah George, former dancer with Dance Theater of Harlem, Sharron Lynn Williams, former artist with The Lion King and other leading international dancers and choreographers with performances by the finest locally trained dancers.PLGDC is a 2011 Knight Foundation Challenge grant winner.

See pictures:
  • from 2013 - 2015 here.
  • from the recent performance at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts here.

Peter London 
Welcome our new Student!
Ann-Kathrin Luehr
786 613 0699

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.

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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)

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

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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
Walter Loy

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
Upcoming Events 2018 - SAVE THE DATES
GABC Monthly

Wednesday, June 13th

Come and join us at our monthly Stammtisch at Vapiano in Doral every 2nd Wednesday of the month, from 6 - 8 pm.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM 

Vapiano Doral
3450 Northwest 83rd Avenue Suite 216
Doral, FL 33122
Wine & Cheese Wednesday

Wednesday, June 27th

Join us for a Wine & Cheese Wednesday

Members: $20
Non-Members: $25

Delicious wine and cheese will be served to all guests

5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

The Ocean Resort Residences -
Conrad Fort Lauderdale Beach
GABC Monthly

Wednesday, July 11th

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
European Business Networking Cocktail Event

Thursday, July 19th

Breakfast Seminar on Medical Marijuana

Wednesday, August 1st

Regulation of Medical Marijuana in Florida

Usage of Medical Marijuana at Workplace

Information about Medical Marijuana for Patients

8:00 - 10:00 AM

Offices of Kelley Kronenberg
1111 Brickell Avenue, Suite 1900
Miami, FL 33131
Past Events
with: Mayor Bermudez of Doral & Andreas Moser of Vapiano
Vapiano Doral Grand Opening, March 22nd 2018
Our Trustee Member Vapiano at the grand opening of their new restaurant in Doral.
With: Mayor Bermudez of Doral & Andreas Moser of Vapiano.

with: Susan Schuler, Patricia Vicari, Sandra Fiore
with: Monica Nishi, Claudio Riedi, Andrea und Olav von Allwoerden
GABC Stammtisch at Monty's Raw Bar, May 9h 2018
Enjoying the outside with our members and friends in Coconut Grove at Monty's.
with: Ellen von Geyso, Kirsten Kuhnert
Sommerfest German American School, May 5th 2018
The German-American School PTO (Parents Teacher Organization) was hosting its annual Summer & End Of the Year Party on May 5, 2018 at CB Smith Park in Pembroke Pines!
Children, parents and teachers got together to celebrate another successful school year. It was a "World Cup" party and adults joined a soccer match happening as well. Everybody enjoyed a German afternoon with performances, games and great food. Groups of children were performing a play and presenting some songs and poems.
It was a great family event, excellent organized by the PTO.
GABC Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus, May 9h 2018
Thank you to our guests for joining our monthly Stammtisch at Fritz & Franz Bierhaus.
European Business Networking Cocktail, June 7th 2018
Great to see all our members and friends in this fantastic European networking opportunity featuring five great chambers: British, French, German, Italian, Spanish.
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
Rojda Polat

Nicole Jara

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