Six Board Members Elected at GACC NY Annual Meeting
An impressive six new directors were elected to the GACC NY board at this year's annual meeting which took place May 10 on the 52nd floor of SAP's stunning high-tech office, in NYC's bold new neighborhood, Hudson Yards.
Caroll H. Neubauer delivers opening remarks at annual meeting

GACC Chairman Caroll H. Neubauer opened the meeting by welcoming the approximately 80 guests, including current and newly elected board members:

Jan Heck - President of Miele, USA
Peter Hoecklin - President & CEO TRUMPF
Tamur Goudarzi Pour - VP Airline Sales, The Americas for the LUFTHANSA GROUP
Jaroslaw Gabor - CFO of Bertelsmann Education Group and CEO of Bertelsmann, Inc.
Marco Schnabl - CEO and Co-Founder of automotiveMastermind
Susanne Witte Settineri - President of Carl Brandt, Inc.

Mr. Neubauer thanked those in attendance for their steadfast support of the GACC NY and encouraged them to remain active participants in the organization. He reminded everyone that engaging in GACC initiatives like the annual GABO survey goes a long way in helping the greater German American business community succeed in the US.

GACC NY President & CEO Dietmar Rieg showcased the more than 177 forums, delegations and networking events organized by the GACC NY last year, all of which proved popular to sold out crowds. His presentation also included a look at the long list of coming events this year. A review of the financial report reinforced that the GACC NY continues to remain on solid fiscal ground.

Jason Chapman of SAP briefly addressed the guests on how SAP could assist in leveraging their business strategies through customized digital platforms. Many attendees took him up on his offer of a private tour of SAP's Leonardo Innovation Center once the meeting concluded.

Please click here to access the press release with details on the newly elected board of directors.
German-American Business Forum (DAWT) Set for June
The German American Chambers of Commerce, in cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Stuttgart Region, present t he 5th German-American Business Forum on June 21, 2018 in Stuttgart, Germany.The event targets German companies that are seeking to establish business relationships within the US, and focuses on consulting, discussions, as well as workshops addressing practical questions about doing business in the USA.The business forum provides an exclusive platform to network and exchange ideas with some of the highest-ranking representatives of German companies in the US. With over 300 guests from a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, automotive, as well as financial services, we anticipate an impressive turnout for this event.

This year, the Business Forum is partnering with the Trade Fair Global Connect.
For more information and registration, please visit our event website.

Die Veranstaltung richtet sich an deutsche Unternehmen, die Wirtschaftsbeziehungen zu den USA auf- oder ausbauen möchten. Im Mittelpunkt der ganztägigen Veranstaltung stehen Diskussionen und Präsentationen, bei denen Unternehmensvertreter aus den USA (US-Firmen oder deutsche Tochterunternehmen) über ihre Erfahrungen berichten, Chancen und Industrietrends aufzeigen und auf potenzielle Hürden im täglichen Geschäft hinweisen. Mit einer Vielfalt von aktuellen Fragestellungen der deutsch-amerikanischen Wirtschaftsbeziehungen will die eintägige Konferenz zum Austausch anregen und strategische und praktische Ideen bieten. Wir erwarten mehr als 300 Vertreter deutscher und amerikanischer Unternehmen, sowie hochrangige Vertreter aus Politik und Wirtschaft.
Recent Events

Lufthansa Group Innovation Pitch Night: Travel Trendsetters
LUFTHANSA GROUP partnered with the GACC NY and SAP next-Gen to identify travel trendsetters revolutionizing the B2B travel industry and to discuss trends in the digital travel space. The event took place at SAP's spectacular offices in Hudson Yards, NYC.

Keynote speaker LHG VP Airline Sales/The Americas Tamur Goudarzi Pour and Innovation Partner Voyager HQ's Managing Director John Matson kicked off the event by providing industry insights and give insights into New York City's travel ecosystem.

Afterwards, five startups were chosen to present their B2B business concepts in front of a crowd of more than 150 travel enthusiasts and a jury of four industry and business experts consisting of Tamur Goudarzi Pour, LHG VP Airline Sales/The Americas; Ann Rosenberg, Senior Vice President & Global Head of SAP Next-Gen; Katrin Zimmermann, Vice President Strategy and Operations TLGG & co-creator of the Lufthansa Innovation Hub in Berlin and Dietmar Rieg, GACC NY President & CEO.
GACC NY Members Celebrate Another White Asparagus Gala!
The GACC NY continued its popular tradition of celebrating German Spargel season with the annual White Asparagus Gala on May 10. More than 300 guests attend this crowd-pleasing event which kicked off with a cocktail reception at Tribeca Rooftop, overlooking the Hudson River.

GACC Chairman Caroll Neubauer thanked all those in attendance for their steadfast support of the GACC over the years. He also used the opportunity to welcome the GACC NY's six new board members who were confirmed earlier in the day at the GACC NY annual meeting.
Automotive Forum Focuses on Mobility of the Future
The GACC NY's 6th Automotive Forum took place last month at the German House, continuing this annual discussion series. This year's focus was on urban mobility and the disruption of New York City's transportation landscape.
Gary Silberg, KPMG

An expert panel consisting of Nick Hill ( Reach Now /BMW Group), Sean Behr (Stratim) and Stephen Smyth (Coord) was moderated by Gary Silberg, KPMG US partner and national automotive industry leader. His current report on island of autonomy highlights the ongoing transformation of the transportation industry to "driverless vehicles coupled with mobility services" within cities, known as islands of   autonomy

As these transformations roll out, it won't take place as a  universally implemented project but rather market-by-marke t. The decline of personally owned vehicles will be imminent as a result of these islands disrupting the automotive industry eve n further with overcapacity in supply and a "trillion dollar market arising around mobility and selling miles".

GACC NY Connects with Companies in Connecticut
On May 11th the GACC NY opened its doors to 22 visitors from the State of Connecticut to participate in the Connecticut Roundtable. The theme of the Roundtable was Workforce Development for Companies in Connecticut - Strategies for Improvement.
Dietmar Rieg welcomes participants to the GACC NY Connecticut Roundtable.

In attendance were representatives of business, education and government in Connecticut. Among the topics discussed were dual apprenticeship programs, a highly successful approach to vocational / educational learning that began in Germany. This program, now recognized globally, has had positive impacts at businesses along the east coast US that have implemented it. Specifically addressed was how the German dual system of vocational training can enhance the skills of professional workers among manufacturers in Connecticut.

Christine Benz, Training & Development Manager at Trumpf, Inc. in Farmington, CT, described how she has set up the dual system at her company.  Rachel Mauer, President of the GACC Pittsburgh, talked about the program she has developed for a cluster of manufacturers in western Pennsylvania.

Attendee feedback was quite positive. Taylor Van Antwerp, Manager of Talent and Workforce Programs at the Connecticut Technology Council, stated: "As someone who has worked in the college-to-career field for several years, our conversation personally and professionally piqued my interest...Let's keep the conversation going."

Akademischer Börsenkreis visits GACC as Part of Trip to NYC
The GACC NY welcomed a delegation of 12 members representing the German finance club, Akademischer Börsenkreis, of Martin Luther University, Halle Wittenberg ( http://www.boersenkreis-halle.de/). 

Each year, Akademischer Börsenkreis embarks on an international trip and last month, to celebrate the organization's 25th anniversary, they chose NYC as their destination, where they requested a meeting with the GACC NY.

"We were eager to learn about and discover New York's financial district, and to get fresh insights into the financial world," said Florian Peuthert of the Akademischer Börsenkreis. "We look forward to the German American Chamber of Commerce introducing us to your organization and giving us an overview of the economic environment in New York and the US."

GACC NY Hosts Meeting with Germany's Federal Academy for Security Policy
As part of a study trip to Washington DC and New York City, the Bundesakademie für Sicherheitspolitik  (BAKS), Germany's Federal Academy for Security Policy, met with GACC President & CEO Dietmar Rieg this month at the Chamber's office in downtown Manhattan.

Focus of the study trip was Powers and Crises - World Political Order in Transition.  More than 28 participants from Germany comprised this delegation.

BAKS, established in 1992, is the Federal Republic of Germany's  place of strategic thinking and learning.The Academy's work is interdisciplinary in its approach and practically oriented. It promotes a common understanding of national and international security policy among civil servants, officers, managers, scientists, journalists, key figures from civil society, and experts from abroad

BAKSt is based on the premises of Schönhausen Palace in Berlin-Niederschönhausen, which was built in the 1950s.

GACC's from aound the Globe Gather at AHK World Conference
Over the years, the AHK World Conference  has become the meeting point for all parties involved in German foreign trade promotion. In addition to current events, it also
House of the German Economy in Berlin: Site of the AHK World Conference.
addresses topics such as the future of German foreign trade and the global economy and promotion of German startups. 

This year's conference took place May 14 - 16 at the House of German Economy in Berlin and featured a presentations by students from German schools from around the world.

The keynote address on day two of the conference focused on  Digital Globalization - Departure into a New Era.

Every two years, representatives of the German Chambers of Foreign Trade (AHKs) from 90 countries gather in Berlin for the AHK World Conference. 
Dietmar Rieg Represents GACC on GCRI Panel Discussion:
'Hidden Champions - An Engine for Economic Success'
Small and midsize companies and corporations dominate the German economic landscape and serve as the backbone for a resilient and stable market. Long term business strategies tend to motivate business decisions rather than chasing short-term shareholder value.

Specialized enterprises, known only to an initiated few, dominate the world market with expertise and quality, rather than household brands with massive corporate structures. The US private sector and the academe are increasingly aware of this fundamental systemic difference. What can the two economic powerhouses on both sides of the Atlantic learn from one another? 

On the US side, researchers at the Stern School of Business at NYU have been examining these questions for a long time. 
On the German side, the Hidden Champions Institute at the Management School ESMT Berlin is hitting the global stage of economic research and consultancy.

These are the issues that dominated a forum organized by the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI) earlier this month in NYC titled  HIDDEN CHAMPIONS - AN ENGINE FOR ECONOMIC SUCCESS, featuring a panel of six business experts, including Dietmar Rieg of the GACC NY.

The panel discussed challenges and opportunities of the Hidden Champions model, focusing on two of the most cutting-edge technologies and their trail of start-ups, small and mid-size businesses and industries. With best use cases from the areas of Blockchain technology and Artificial Intelligence the panel discussion examined the economic, scientific and societal foundations of our transatlantic relationship.
GACC NY offers Dortmund Delegation Info on Smart City Concepts
The GACC NY hosted meetings and presentations for a delegation from the German city of Dortmund which traveled to a few select cities in the northeast to learn about smart city concepts, mobility and innovation strategies that could contribute to the revitalization efforts of this city considered the industrial, administrative, commercial and cultural center of the eastern Ruhr area.

Dortmund Mayor Ullrich Sierau initiated this research and study trip comprised of 19 governmental representatives, business executives and press from Dortmund. One of the trip's highlights was a visit to Buffalo, NY, that included a groundbreaking ceremony on April 15 for a future park on the shore of Lake Erie to be named Dortmund Park - a testament to the two cities' historic 40-year Sister City partnership.

The delegation's visit to Pittsburgh included informative meetings, forums and events, including a presentation at Carnegie Mellon University on Remaking Post-Industrial Cities: Lessons Learned from North America and Europe. The group also attended the GACC Pittsburgh's Spring Network event.
Micah Kotch (head of table) of Urban-X in Brooklyn discusses smart city strategies with the Dortmund delegation
Dormund Mayor Ullrich Sierau presenting a Borussia Dortmund Soccer jersey to sports fans in Buffalo,NY.
European American Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting 
On May 3rd, the European American Chamber of Commerce in the United States (EACC) met for their 2018 Annual Meeting.  The EACC represents 19 binational chambers of commerce between Europe and the US. The Chamber organizes meaningful business events including startup and innovation, finance, women in business, and meetings with Ambassadors. 

The May 3rd meeting welcomed the newest member chamber to the organization, the Baltic American Chamber of Commerce.  Dietmar Rieg, President & CEO of the German American Chamber of Commerce stepped down as the Chairman of the EACC, finishing his two year term.  The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce will take on that role moving forward.
Most recently, the EACC developed an ongoing event series to strengthen the network of European-American innovators.  The next "Pitch&Mix" event will take place on June 14 at the Poggenpohl New York Downtown Kitchen Design Studio.  Space is limited, so register today at GACC NY Events!

Supporting the Wall St. Run & Heart Walk Fundraiser Continues

Congrats to our GACCNY team of staff and interns who participated in this year's American Heart Association Wall Street Run & Heart Walk fundraiser. 

The 3-mile dash snaked through downtown Manhattan, with a goal of raising $4.5 million in the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Taking part in this worthwhile cause has become a longstanding tradition at the GACC NY.

Upcoming Events
A Taste of Germany
June 4
5:30 - 8:00 PM
German Consulate, NYC

German food tasting event sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture.  Explore the culinary world of Germany's next food and beverage companies interested in expanding to the US. Select innovative products will be presented to distributors, importers, brokers, retailers, restaurants and industry which will include a special tasting. This event serves as an excellent opportunity for industry experts and businesses to exchange thoughts and ideas about the food and beverage markets in Germany and the US.

Click here for detail and registration .
Women in Media Panel Discussion
June 6
6:00 - 8:30 PM
A.T. Kearney, 7 Times Square, NYC

Personal stories with leading female executives and trailblazers will reveal how to navigate a strong and successful career path.
Join our 8th Women in Business Forum NYC and hear successful business leaders from across all media segments discussing their insights and providing valuable knowledge about the progress that's been made as well as remaining challenges in the media industry.

Click here for details and registration.

Photo: Kevin McElvaney
Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster
June 11 - 17
Soldier & Sailors Memorial Arch
Grand Army Plaza, Brooklyn

Visit Democracy Lab at the Spacebuster, an inflatable pavilion, as it sets up shop at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Arch this June. Enjoy 50 free programs over seven days focused on civic engagement, social justice, public space, utopia and democracy - including daily readings of The New York Times moderated by artists and community members, chair-making workshops, artist-led walks, a concert series, literary cabarets and debates, and presentations on green architecture. Presented by Brooklyn Public Library in partnership with Prospect Park Alliance, raumlaborberlin, Storefront for Art & Architecture, and visitBerlin.

WEBINAR on Europe's new
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

June 14
Learn about the basics, including key changes and challenges companies will face.

STEP Pitch Night - NYC
June 7
6:30 - 9:00 PM
SAP i.o., 10 Hudson Yards, NY

STEP pitch night and networking event, featuring German startups who participated in the GACC's STEP week. 

Alumni Pitch Night & Party
June 21
Stuttgart, Germany
10 startups get the chance to get on stage and pitch!
We have reserved 5 slots for STEP USA Alumni and 5 slots for new startups that would like to win a free ticket for the STEP program.
If you are interested in pitching your company to this worthwhile audience reserve one of our limited pitch slots by signing up here .
Click  here for event details.
German American Offshore Wind Symposium
June 26
9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Urban Tech Hub @ Grand Central, NYC

German and US-American representatives from the Offshore Wind industry will meet to discuss ways  aims to strengthen international experience transfer and collaboration between Germany and the US .

Wirtschaftstag USA
July 25
Berlin, Germany

The German American Chambers of Commerce in cooperation with the DIHK will host Wirtschaftstag USA. The event is aimed at political representatives as well as at German companies that want to establish or expand            economic relations with the USA. The focus is on the exchange and discussion between representatives from politics and business.

Nordrhein-Westfalen to Silicon Valley

September 9-14

After three successful STEP programs with trips to New York - in cooperation with Nordrhein-Westfalen International - we are delighted to offer a trip to the US West Coast. 

Rheinland-Pfalz to New York City
September 16-21

We are excited to announce the first government-funded STEP USA trip to New York for 10 startups exclusively from the Rheinland-Pfalz region of Germany!

STEP USA Success Stories

Click here to take a look at some of the fascinating and innovative businesses we're proud to count among our STEP alumni!

We encourge all future alumni to post your achievements with us as well!

Job Market
The GACC is currently looking for:
*             Rechtsrefrendariat
*             Project Manager Consulting
*             Intern for Germany Trade & Invest
Our clients are looking for:
*             Internship Engel & Völkers Office Administration
*             Assistant to the CEO for Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont, CA
*             Internship in Information Technology for EPCOS, Inc.
*             Building Envelope and Façade Engineer for Schueco USA LLP
The listings can be found on www.gacctalentnetwork.com.
The German American Chamber of Commerce is also an official sponsor for J-1 visas in the categories of "Intern" and "Trainees" and can help you in obtaining your J-1 visa. Please contact us at visa@gaccny.com and visit our website at www.go-j1.com.

Trade Fairs
Take Off into the Digital Assembly Era!

automatica is the leading marketplace for automated production, featuring the world's largest range of robotics, assembly solutions, machine vision systems and components . The show will take place at the Trade Fair Center in Munich, Germany,  June 19-22, 2018 .
Industry 4.0 and digital networking are fundamentally changing assembly processes. The dimension of this development will be visible for the first time at automatica. Explore new solutions, discover the entire range of automation for your value chain and experience the fascinating world of industrial and services robots live at the show.

Save time and money by  purchasing your ticket online in advance.
For more information please contact Tina Hoehn at the US Representative Office of Messe Mü nchen at the GACC in New York.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

automatica, Munich                                           
June 19 - 22, 2018
food & drink technology Africa, Johannesburg    
September 4 - 6, 2018

analytica Anacon India, Hyderabad                     
September 6 - 8, 2018
Security, Essen                                                 
September 25 - 28, 2018
electronica, productronica India, Bangalore         

September 26 - 28, 2018
EXPO REAL, Munich                                         
October 8 - 10, 2018
China Brew China Beverage, Shanghai               
October 23 - 26, 2018
drink technology India, Mumbai                          
October 24 - 26, 2018
electronica, Munich                                            
November 13 - 16, 2018

GACC NY Welcomes Our New Members

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Our NYC Master Class in Corporate Innovation is a hands-on, three-day experiential workshop that teaches participants key concepts and provides tools to help their companies create new businesses, develop innovation initiatives, reduce risk and ensure a competitive advantage.

Join us Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 9AM-5PM. Visit 
www.giantinnovation.io for details.

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