We all made it through the lock-down last year, and came back stronger and more motivated than ever. We could also feel this through the amount of new members, which we welcomed in the year of 2021.

If you are a new member and haven't sent us your information yet, it is never too late.
We can introduce you in our next Newsletter.

If you have been a member for many years, we can always re-introduce you too.
Online exposure is a part of your membership and we are happy to help you!
Welcome Our New Members!
Welcome Our New Trustee Member!
Mr. Scanu received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration (cum laude) from the University of Florida and an MBA in Management from Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. Mr. Scanu was also a Visiting Scholar at Michigan State University under the prestigious H. Humphrey Fellowship with a focus on entrepreneurship, venture capital, and high-growth enterprises. Mr. Scanu is a certified coach from the University of Miami.

In 2009, Mr. Scanu founded Visa Business Plans. Since then, his company has written more than 6,000 customized and effective business plans used for raising capital and for immigration purposes. Drawing from his own experience as an immigrant and recipient of an O-1 visa in entrepreneurship and management of entrepreneurial ventures, Mr. Scanu has established himself as a successful consultant and business plan writer with international experience assisting clients across Asia, Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the United States.

We also held two webinars about the E2 Visa Renewal as well as the investment visa in general together with Marco Scanu this year.

You can watch them here:
AirEuropa is a European airline, with headquarters in Palma de Mallorca and hub in Madrid, Spain.
We operate 4 flights per week from Miami to Frankfurt and Munich (through our hub in Madrid); and 3 flights per week from NYC (JFK) to the same destinations.

From November we will have a daily flight from Miami, and we operate this route with the Boeing Dreamliner 787-9, with a special configuration in the Business Class (1-2-1), where all the Business Class passengers have access to the aisle.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner:
  • fast: you can cut flying time to your destination by up to 40 minutes.
  • sustainable: it produces 20% fewer emissions.
  • silent: the noise can be up to 60% lower.
  • brightness: the windows are 30% larger and you can adjust the light levels.
  • comfortable: the lower pressure cabin ensures you will feel more rested on arrival at your destination.
  • healthy: the air filter system eliminates bacteria, viruses and also odours.

Business Class / In-flight advantages:
  • fully reclining seats featuring a spacious design in which flexibility and privacy come first.
  • new WI-FI service, including a complimentary 10 Mb voucher, as well as a large connectivity is offered at your seats.
  • our new in-flight menus, produced with more fresh and organic ingredients designed by the chef Martin Berasategui, 12 Michelin starts.
  • an inflight entertainment system consisting of a single screen 15´´ touch or an iPad, to display hours of a range of exclusive leisure.
  • a range of additional services designed for your comfort.

Heinemann Americas brings more than 140 years of experience in logistics, supply chain management, distribution, and travel retail to the Americas. A subsidiary of Germany-based company Gebr. Heinemann, Heinemann Americas opened its doors in Miami in 2014 - and since then has established partnerships with some of the largest cruise lines in the world. The company’s innovative leadership in supply chain management and logistics, access to a worldwide network of goods, and expertise developing personalized and experiential shopping experiences has led to successes that spans five generations of family leadership. In late July, Heinemann Americas celebrated the opening of 15 new shops aboard two first-in-class new builds: the Carnival Mardi Gras and the Royal Caribbean Odyssey of the Seas.

You can learn more about the company by visiting their website or following them on LinkedIn.

Welcome Our New Corporate Members!

Located in downtown Miami, Hotel YVE is in the heart of the city’s action. Here business mingles with art for late nights over cocktails in one of the country’s most cosmopolitan settings.

At the Hotel YVE Miami comfort and style mix effortlessly. Here you’ll find trendy rooms with modern amenities and gorgeous views of the bay for a stay that’s just as good as it looks.

With a skyline that glitters off the water, exhilarating nightlife, vibrant culture and a thriving business district, YVE Hotel in Downtown Miami is pure enchantment in the heart of the Magic City.

Work hard, play hard. That’s how we do business at the Hotel YVE Miami. We’ve designed some gorgeous rooms with state-of-the-art amenities to ensure your event goes even better than planned.

...or not in that order!

With an appetizing selection of Cuban fare with a twist, Specialty cocktails and craft beers, Colada Cuban Cafe & Grill is a perfect spot for a pre-game meal or some after work cocktails. Stop by for a quick dinner or stick around to watch the big at our beautiful bar.

Located in the lobby of the Hotel YVE Miami, Colada Cuban Cafe & Grill has a wide variety of local craft beers and specialty cocktails as well as an innovative menu of Cuban fare with a twist and traditional favorites.

Colada Cuban Cafe & Grill is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Welcome Our New Standard Members!
Arcadia, FL 34266

LAT: 27.22317010754626
+ Sea Level 59ft/18m
34.260 acres = 1.492 million square feet.
The site is suitable for manufacturing or agricultural.
There are no environmental issues with the site.
The entire site is not located in any mandatory evacuation zone.

This site was previously owned and operating by the DESOTO COUNTY GENERATING CO LLC. The activity was the generating of electricity utilizing GE 60 Hz Gas Turbines. The electricity was supplied to a transmission company (FPL) which did not renew its seven year purchase contract. The GE Turbines were removed and the plant purchased by DESOTO COUNTY PLANT LLC. There are no commercial activities currently at the site.

Plant has three mutually exclusive energy sources:
1. The onsite natural gas hook up flows at 50 pounds per second at base load. Power for three GE 60Hz Gas Turbines (The world’s most powerful). Gas preheating facility on site along with a 1.3 million gallon demineralized water storage tank.

2. 1.5 M Gallon Diesel Fuel Tank with Unloading Station.

3. Three phase electric power on site. Site adjacent to substation.

Plant contains:
Two 600 feet deep producing water wells. 11,562 Square Foot Office/Warehouse building.

Martin F. Klingenberg,
U.S. Cell 239-404-3546

CoSuite is South Florida’s industry leader in business space solutions. 

We offer flexible executive offices, co-working, professional business address, and conference room solutions in Boca Raton and Brickell-Miami.

CoSuite is here to help you enhance your business with many features and amenities. It is your number one choice for short-term and/or long-term space solutions in South Florida.

Private offices, coworking spaces, and conference rooms are all available to be rented by the hour, day, week, or month. Memberships include a variety of amenities. From free coffee, tea, and water to high speed internet services and multifunction printer services, we’ve got everything a growing business could need to operate smoothly.

With convenient locations located next to major interstates and highways, and 24/7 access to facilities, CoSuite is all about best serving your professional needs.

B&C Connect

With the experience of graduating from one of the leading business schools in Germany and working as a Business Consultant in London, in 2018 Tim Neusesser came from Cologne, Germany to the US to pursue his MBA degree. Just about two years later, after graduating from Clayton State University in Atlanta (summa cum laude) and receiving All-American honors, he made the bold decision to move to Miami, Florida to start his own company. With his business partner Dusan Stankovic he founded B&C Connect at the end of 2020.

B&C Connect serves as the perfect provider for a multitude of IT services. Through a selected network of trusted partners, they are able to assemble professional teams that suit specific IT needs of small to medium sized companies. By offering services that range from Website Development, to Cloud Computing, as well as, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), and Pay Per Click (PPC), B&C Connect helps those companies to meet and exceed their goals. Feel free to reach out to them for more information or inquiries.

Tim Neusesser
(678) 301-8021

Daniel Cohen is a Fintech expert with a focus in the digital transformation of payments, cryptocurrencies, credit cards, e-wallets and the movement of money around the world. Currently he is co-founder and GM at Simple Payment Solutions, a cross-border payments company (www.simpleps.com). SPS is a money transmission technology platform & licensed entity (U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Brazil), enabling seamless movement of money to 100+ countries & 100+ eWallets with a speciality in exotic corridors in Africa, Latam, and Asia. Earlier, he worked for over 12 years at Mastercard, where he was most recently Mastercard’s Chief Credit Officer. @Mastercard Daniel led a team that oversaw the digital transformation of the company’s global credit strategy. Mr. Cohen joined Mastercard in 2007, and held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility throughout different regions (e.g., North America, Middle East and Latin America). He has held a variety of product, market and regional roles throughout his career. An avid enthusiast of technology and future trends, he enjoys reading, running, and spending time with his gorgeous wife Silvia and their three children - Alexander, Leonardo, and Anabelle.  

Silvia Cohen

Silvia Cohen is a food artist. She is the founder and owner of LeMishMash (www.lemishmash.com). You can learn more about her at: https://www.lemishmash.com/about-me. She
is a Graphic Designer / Photographer / Vegan Chef on her journey to a healthy lifestyle. Passionate about cooking, photo editing, eating and finding the perfect ingredients and recipes all around the world. Silvia
was born in Caracas, Venezuela. With a passion for the arts and an eye for beautiful things, she's lived a creative life no matter where she's been based. Officially, Silvia studied graphic design in Venezuela, but she's cultivated photography, culinary arts,
and a love for visual expression throughout her life. With stints in New York City, Tel Aviv, and now Miami, Silvia created Lemishmash to share with others her journey of soulful, healthy eating. She has peppered a colorful aesthetic to her site and has garnered
followers from every corner of the world, a true testament to the power of her visual storytelling. Silvia's recipes are easy, fun, and healthy; but most importantly they appeal to people everywhere. Silvia is a devoted mother of three children; she enjoys
cooking, traveling and discovering beautiful things next to the love of her life Daniel. Together, they have built a welcoming home where spontaneous gathering are the sweetest. 

F&V Capital Management, LLC

F&V Capital Management, LLC (FVCM) is an SEC registered investment advisor that offers customized asset management solutions using U.S. and European traded equities, fixed income and other short-term and liquid securities for a wide variety of international clients. The firm’s three founding partners started FVCM with a dedication to proven investment principles and risk control. Our clients rely on us to build their core investment portfolio for long term capital accumulation.

As part of the investment management process, we take careful consideration of the individual needs of our international clients as well as the related tax implications of their FVCM-managed portfolios. Our individually managed accounts offer an easy and convenient entry into the U.S. and international markets.

F&V Capital Management is also currently looking for an administrative assistant.

Kai Jacobs helps businesses when they have to go to court, so they can go back to making money. For almost thirty years, Kai Jacobs has represented clients in Florida’s state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. In both small and large law firms, Kai has been exposed both to the widely varying types of clients found in Florida, as well as the litigation they encounter. From this, he has worked to develop efficiencies and strategies intended to help clients meet their litigation objectives without necessarily incurring all of the expenses that can make litigation prohibitively unaffordable.
Kai, a Florida native, is a member of the Florida Bar and is also admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.

We also held one webinar together with Kai Jacobs about Cyber Security this year.

You can watch it here:

German Premium Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturer Häcker Kitchens joins GABC

Häcker Kitchens is a family-owned German premium kitchen cabinet manufacturer with sales of more than $750 million, producing over 1,000 modern fitted kitchens per day. Serving over 60 countries, Häcker leverages state-of-the-art technology with an emphasis on sustainable practices, to set new standards for modern fitted kitchens. Founded by Hermann Häcker in 1898, the company is headquartered in Rödinghausen, Germany. The North American Headquarters has been established in Florida, allowing Häcker Kitchens to deliver the excellent customer service and support for which the brand is known to the North American market.

He took pictures at our first in person networking event at Ironside Pizza since the pandemic and we are delighted with the outcome!

Benno Klandt is a talented multimedia producer who works on pre and post event production for the world's largest corporations. His agency partners with clients like Cisco, Media Markt, AXA, and Lloyd to drive their business outcomes with best-in-class video production, media planning & distribution, influencer marketing and everything in between. Benno has the unique ability to work live at an event, capture photo and video media in real time and mix it with provided product shots and company materials. He creates a memorable visual echo of the event that is useful for social media, marketing and internal corporate affairs by combining interviews, corporate identity branding information, key visuals and moments from the event.

Benno also works in the fields of music video, fashion, art, dance and artistic documentary film production and contemporary art, music and fashion photography. He creates the concept, implement the logistics and provide the same level of service and quality as he does for his corporate clients.

Professional skills include Premiere, Logic Pro X, ProTools, Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator, Flash, After Effects, Motion, Autodesk Combustion.

You can find him and his work here


Chris Klein from Baur & Klein, P.A. was born in the State of New York and is the owner of Baur & Klein, P.A. Chris is the most experienced and versatile international lawyer on the team. He combines the expertise of an experienced real estate lawyer with those of an outstanding litigator. He attended law school at Florida State University and did internships at the House of Representatives and the Florida Senate while in law school. Prior to joining Baur, Klein & Becker P.A., he worked in several large law firms focusing on real estate, banking, foreclosure and bankruptcy law.

His strength lies in handling complex commercial litigations and many of his cases have been published. Chris is often called upon to head international arbitration proceedings. He has represented the Federal Republic of Germany and the Federal States of Berlin, Brandenburg, Saxony-Anhalt and Saxony in numerous US litigations. Martindale Hubbell, an information services company to the legal profession has awarded Mr. Klein the highest possible rating.

Visit Renata's website: https://RenataUrbanTraining.com 
and connect with her on LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/renataurbantraining

We also held a webinar together with Renata Urban about doing business with Germany
and cultural differences.

You can watch it here:

FlinCo is your Concierge for Investments in Florida.

Our German-American team consists of experts in the areas of real estate, investments, property management, business consulting, and travel accomodations with a specialty in emigration, relocation, investment visas and visa guidance.

Our concierge service is designed to help facilitate and enhance your current or future life in Florida. Whether you don't know how to start or just want to bring your vision to life, we are your source for all things Florida.

The stress is on us! We will be your guide.

Which city could be your new home? What areas have the best schools? We will help you see a clearer picture of your future.

FlinCo's team is ready to take the next step with you.

Are you looking to buy an investment property in Florida, or are you thinking of selling one? We are real estate professionals.

Do you need someone to take care of your property while you are away, or do you need help to make your rental investment very profitable without worry? We are property management experts.

Are you interested in an investment visa or looking to invest in a business in Florida? We are investment consultants.

Our services include:
  • Short term vacation rentals or long term leases
  • Investment management
  • Airbnb
  • Asset management
  • Buying and selling real estate
  • Residential - Single Family Homes and Condominiums
  • Commercial - Multifamily apartment buildings, Industrial warehouses, Retail centers
  • Property Management
  • Property Maintenance
  • Leasing
  • Administration
  • Investment and business visa opportunities
  • General visa guidance
  • Travel Services
  • Hotel and restaurant reservations
  • First-class yacht and luxury car rentals
  • Fun adventures and activities to explore all of Florida
  • VIP table reservations at the best clubs and concerts

Please visit our social media platforms and say hello!


We look forward to being in contact with you (we love WhatsApp)!

Marie Fleckstein
English and German speaker

Kevin Insua
Real Estate Broker
English and Spanish speaker

Leonie Vallerius
English, Spanish and German speaker

Welcome Our New Non-Profit Member!
The City of Coral Gables, FL
Population 51,000

The role of the Economic Development Department is to help to establish, maintain, and fund exceptional economic development services that help reinforce and grow the City’s image and meet the needs of the business community. This involves promoting programs to businesses, City development initiatives and engaging in various marketing efforts. For more information, visit www.coralgables.com/economic.

We also did a webinar together with Julian Perez about upcoming plans and projects in the City of Coral Gables.

You can watch it here:
Welcome Our New Individual Member!

A returning member after moving back to Miami.

Constance Jones is an award-winning, Emmy-nominated TV News Anchor & Reporter who recently joined the NBC6 South Florida family in January of 2021. 
Constance spent 9 years working at WPLG-TV/ABC in Miami as an anchor/reporter. She also worked at WLRN National Public Radio in South Florida. Most recently, she served as a news anchor at WAGA-TV/ FOX 5 Atlanta and ABC 8 Richmond. She also spent time anchoring and reporting at KETK-TV in Texas & KOCO-TV in Oklahoma. 

Outside of television, Constance worked alongside the Broward State Attorney as the Communications Director for the 17th Judicial Circuit of Florida.
Constance has been honored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, the Texas Associated Press, and the National Association of Black Journalists for Excellence in News Reporting. She was also featured as Miami's Top 40 under 40 Leaders of Tomorrow in Legacy Magazine.
She was born in Stuttgart, Germany. Her mother is German. She also spent time in Timisoara, Romania.
She is a proud member of the National Association of Black Journalists and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. 

We also did a webinar together about the life of a news anchor during Covid-19.

You can watch it here:

Nicolas Garcia-Brosa

Nicolas Garcia-Brosa began studying German in Kindergarten while he lived in North Carolina. After moving to Miami at a young age, he completed his German studies at Sunset Elementary, G.W. Carver Middle School, and is now graduating from the IB German Program at Coral Reef Senior High. In addition to graduating from the IB program, Nicolas passed the DSD II exam, which determines him to be proficient in the German language and giving him access to Universities in Germany. However, he will be attending Purdue University in the fall of 2021 to study IndustrialEngineering with hopes of a minor in International Business. This curiosity and interest in business is what brought him to intern at the GABC, with hopes to learn more about how the companies in the GABC operate and work.

Jannik Hercksen works in Data and Analytics at IPC, the Supply Chain company behind Subway Restaurants. Although born in Bremen, Jannik spent most of his childhood living abroad, spending time in Canada, Asia and Europe. After finishing his Economics degree at Northeastern University in Boston, he joined a small consultancy specialising in raw material procurement, which eventually led him to his current role here in Miami. 

In his spare time, Jannik enjoys riding his bike on Key Biscayne and down towards Homestead. He also enjoys watching Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on the weekends. 

Michael Kuemmel, located in Miami Florida. Senior Executive in International Container Shipping and Logistics with over 30 years experience in Germany, Hong Kong, China, Mexico and the United States. Proven track records of managing large scale business and teams in the International markets.
Married, father of two kids.

Please join us and meet our new member Steven Richter. Here are some words from him:

"Hallo/Hello, my name is Steve, and I am very excited to now be part of GABC!
A little about me: I was born and raised in Salzburg (Mozart Stadt), Austria, and moved across the pond for my studies in Business. I recently graduated from the University of Florida (Gainesville) and am now living down south in beautiful Fort Lauderdale to get my career started. In the past I have worked with a tech start up as a marketer and sales representative. However, my passion has pivoted to the financial world which made me enter the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program, with the goal of leveraging my skills and experience to help others plan for and protect their financial futures.
I am very excited to finally get to meet you. 

Carolina is our newest volunteer in the marketing department of the GABC. She is a Colombian who is finishing her master’s degree in International Marketing and Sales at Muenster University of Applied Sciences in Germany. There, she also completed a double bachelor’s degree in International Business Administration in cooperation with the University of La Sabana in Colombia.

Besides her native Spanish, she is also fluent in English and German and has basic knowledge in Portuguese.

Carolina’s experience includes e-commerce, branding, advertising and communication strategies, planning, and execution of marketing activities.

She is responsible, proactive, and a fast-leaner. In addition, she is aspiring to find a job here in Miami or a Traineeship after she completes her time at the GABC early next year.


I am Marie, a Media Manager, studied at SRH HdpK Berlin. Event Management and Social Media Marketing is so called my second home. Coming from the Event and Production field, I am also passionate in working creatively with media. I have a sense and intuition for trends in these areas, which I have always been able to rely on in the past. But of course I don't leave anything to chance. I am constantly learning about the latest social media trends, spending hours doing research and always keeping an eye on all market developments. As of this year, I am working remotely as a freelancer for several small and big businesses as a Social Media & Marketing Expert. I consult, graphic design, do branding and storytelling. I am the one behind the scenes making sure everything works smooth and looks amazing. Not only as an Event Manger, but also as a Social Media & Marketing Professional.

GABC Trustee Members
Why Becoming a Member Now?!
Did you know your GABC Membership gives 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 for FREE!

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.

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!
Join the GABC Family!
Dear GABC members, 

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

What GABC Benefits? 
All registered GABC members receive special discounts or promotions from our member/partner companies. With discounts for legal consultations to your restaurant bill, make sure you take advantage of these exclusive offers!

Who participates in the program? 

How can I participate?
If you would like to promote your product/service and have a benefit you can provide our members, please contact us at miami@gabc.us to be included in the program.

Should you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to reach out back to us. 

Kind regards, 
The GABC Team 
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 miami@gabc.us 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 
Stay Connected with the GABC

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.

Board of Directors 2021
Claudio Riedi

Lydia Harley
Vice- President

Timo A. Becker, J.D.

Dr. Volker Anding

Christian Riehl

TV Productions
Nickel Goeseke

Ellen von Geyso

Christel Silver

Jan Heck

Madhu Mehta

India Silk USA,
Vice President
Miriam Moser

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
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.
Claudio Riedi

Leonie Vallerius

Marketing Associate
Carolina Olivares

German American Business Chamber of South Florida
141 NE 3rd Avenue | Suite 1000 | Miami, FL 33132