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Friday, August 11, 2017

12:00 noon to .

Golfplatz Altenstadt

50.00 € / 55.00 €

register until August 08, 2017

Saturday, July 29, 2017

15:30 to 18:30

Dante Stadion, Dante Str. 14, 80637 Munich

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register until July 29, 2017

AGBC/MING Special Event - Munich Cowboys vs Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns

hen: Saturday, 29th July 2017

Time: 1530-1830

Where: Dante Stadion, Dante Strasse 14, 80637 Munich

Cost: General Admission Eur 10.00, Tribune Seats Eur 14.00

 

Start me up! AGBC Munich and our MING friends came out to Dante-Stadion and watched a rousing afternoon of American football. Our Munich Cowboys took on the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, the most successful team over the past 7 years in the southern conference of the first German Football League (GFL) and bound for the 2017 playoffs. The Cowboys, our Fighting Bayrisch, tackled some of the best players in Germany. The kick-off was at 16:00 and we ate hamburgers and hot dogs, joined in the cheerleading, and enjoyed the action on the field. When the going gets good, Dante Stadion really rocks!

 

No need to register. We purchased our tickets at the stadium gate.

 

Dante-Stadion is easy to reach: U1 Haltestelle at Westfriedhof. Located in northwest Munich near Moosach, it is just south of the Dachauer Strasse, adjacent to the Dante-Bad.

 

A general game description and further team info are available at www.munich-cowboys.de. The game program is available at the gate for a small contribution (Eur 1-2).

 

Note: * MING = Munich International Networking Group. The participating organizations are shown on the MING website: www.ming-in-munich.com

Monday, July 24, 2017

11:00 a.m. to .

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel
Hamburger Allee 2
60486 Frankfurt am Main

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until July 20, 2017

"A Strong Europe"

As the world situation changes rapidly, especially when it comes to Eastern Europe, Russia, the Mid-East, and multiple terror attacks, it is vital everyone knows what is being done to maintain a strong Europe in the face of such challenges.

Friday, July 21, 2017

12:00 to 19:30

Golfclub Tegernbach, Kapellenweg 1, 82293 Tegernbach

55.00 € / 55.00 €

register until July 14, 2017

Sunday, July 09, 2017

12:00 to 21:00

Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe, Pullach

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register until July 09, 2017

8th Annual Little American Oktoberfest, 9 July at the Waldwirtschaft in Grosshesselohe near Pullach

When: Sunday, 9th July 2017

Time: 1200-2100 but core time 1200-1900.

Where: Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe (Pullach) – Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 Munich

Price: Pay as you consume

Sign-Up: Events tab at www.agbc-munich.com. Please sign up by Wednesday, 5th July so that we can arrange adequate seating.

 

The Waldwirtschaft team invited us again to the Little American Oktoberfest. The festivities started at 12 noon and continued throughout the day.

With the organizational support of the AGBC’s Dave Dowdy, Linda Jo Rizzo (also an AGBC member) was the Master of Ceremonies and led the country-western, rock and pop music entertainment with Mark Coonradt and the Texas Bandits. The event also featured bull-riding (on the mechanical monster), lasso-ing, horseshoes and Cowboy boot tossing, square dancing, can-can girls, and a wild-west show. For the kids there was Kinderschmink and magic tricks.

At 1330 we kicked off the competition at the 2016 AGBC Mini Golf Tournament. It wasan anyone-can-play event. Contestants “vied” to take home the truly stunning and multi-purpose AGBC 2016 Mini Golf trophy.

Around 1600 the Waldwirtschaft treated us to a keg of free beer during a special keg-opening ceremony performed by US Consul General Jennifer Gavito.

Attendees could purchase Kobe-beef hamburgers (for a specially reduced price), US steaks and a full assortment of delicious Biergarten food from the kiosks.

Our reserved tables in the beer garden faced the band and were located under the white umbrellas. Since this was a beer garden, we could not reserve special tables for the individual groups, if people wanted to sit together with their groups, they were encouraged to arrive early enough to save places.

 

The Waldwirtschaft is located in the Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, 82049 München-Pullach. There are parking facilities, but you can also come out on your bicycle or with the S7-Bahn (exit Isartalbahnhof). It's a quick 10-minute walk from the S-Bahn exit to the Waldwirtschaft.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until June 28, 2017

Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting June 2017 - Smart Cities: From Vision to Execution

Smart Cities: From Vision to Execution

Interested in future living in smart communities? Learn about where we are headed.

Guest Speaker: Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Research Vice President, Gartner, Inc.

When: Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

Cities are turning from governed environments to an interactive ecosystem of like-minded citizens engaging with a community governance and user setting. The catalyst for this is a proliferation of real time user services delivered through web interfaces, as well as the increasing consumerization of IT technology embedded in the citizen’s daily lives. Public sector agencies are developing smart city concepts in order to harness new engagement models using application and data portals, mobile services as well as the citizen participatory platforms. Improving the operations of city experiences such as traffic management, energy and resource efficiency as well as public works and lighting reduces the complexity of urban management while reducing operational cost. This presentation will outline the different strategic decisions cities need to make to build smart city strategies and the benefits to citizens and businesses. It will also provide an overview of disruption in terms of technology but also user engagement and discusses the value of data exchange.

 

Bettina Tratz-Ryan is a Research Vice President at Gartner, the world's leading IT and advisory company. Responsible for smart city and smart ecosystems research worldwide, she analyzes the strategic citizen impact and business value of data and information analytics, Internet of Things, open data marketplaces, applications and complex architectures for cities, local government and urban regions. Her expertise integrates technology models with services and business measures for subsystems such as transportation, mobility, microgrid and buildings. She also works on the business impact related to the Industrie 4.0 framework. Mrs. Tratz-Ryan understands how to build green IT and environmental sustainability roadmaps compliant to DIN EN ISO 14001 (1221-2009).

 

With Gartner for 19 years, Mrs. Tratz-Ryan has more than 25 years of industry experience in IT networking for telecommunications, utilities, transportation, healthcare and local governments. She received two Gartner Thought Leadership awards in 2015 for her smart city research, as well as her contribution to business impact scenarios of smart machines.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until June 28, 2017

Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting June 2017 - Smart Cities: From Vision to Execution

Smart Cities: From Vision to Execution

Interested in future living in smart communities? Learn about where we are headed.

Guest Speaker: Bettina Tratz-Ryan, Research Vice President, Gartner, Inc.

When: Wednesday, 28th June 2017

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

Cities are turning from governed environments to an interactive ecosystem of like-minded citizens engaging with a community governance and user setting. The catalyst for this is a proliferation of real time user services delivered through web interfaces, as well as the increasing consumerization of IT technology embedded in the citizen’s daily lives. Public sector agencies are developing smart city concepts in order to harness new engagement models using application and data portals, mobile services as well as the citizen participatory platforms. Improving the operations of city experiences such as traffic management, energy and resource efficiency as well as public works and lighting reduces the complexity of urban management while reducing operational cost. This presentation will outline the different strategic decisions cities need to make to build smart city strategies and the benefits to citizens and businesses. It will also provide an overview of disruption in terms of technology but also user engagement and discusses the value of data exchange.

 

Bettina Tratz-Ryan is a Research Vice President at Gartner, the world's leading IT and advisory company. Responsible for smart city and smart ecosystems research worldwide, she analyzes the strategic citizen impact and business value of data and information analytics, Internet of Things, open data marketplaces, applications and complex architectures for cities, local government and urban regions. Her expertise integrates technology models with services and business measures for subsystems such as transportation, mobility, microgrid and buildings. She also works on the business impact related to the Industrie 4.0 framework. Mrs. Tratz-Ryan understands how to build green IT and environmental sustainability roadmaps compliant to DIN EN ISO 14001 (1221-2009).

 

With Gartner for 19 years, Mrs. Tratz-Ryan has more than 25 years of industry experience in IT networking for telecommunications, utilities, transportation, healthcare and local governments. She received two Gartner Thought Leadership awards in 2015 for her smart city research, as well as her contribution to business impact scenarios of smart machines.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

10:00 to 16:00

Start Point - Andechs

60.00 € / 60.00 €

register until June 10, 2017

Special AGBC Event - Ammersee Radl Tour

Special AGBC Event – Ammersee Radl Tour

When: Saturday, 24th June 2017

Time: Meet at 1000 in Andechs. The E-bike tour lasts from 1000-1600 which late afternoon dinner option at Kloster Andechs.

Organized by: Colinne Bartel, AC Innovation

Arrangements – We are renting 25 E-bikes.

Cost: Eur 60 per person covers the E-bike rental. Food and other consumables are to be paid directly by the participants in cash.

Payment: “First paid, first reserved” so please sign up and pay ASAP.

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

Questions? Please contact Colinne S. Bartel at 0170-7345-775 or E-mail Colbar007@gmail.com.

Catch us, if you can! AGBC Munich is embarking on its first e-bicycle ride around the charming Ammersee, one of Bavaria’s most scenic lakes. Given the distance (about 50 km) we will use rented E-bikes and start at Andechs, then finish in Herrsching and take a bus back up the hill to Andechs. The tour includes visits 15-30 minute stops at the primary points of interest on the lake:

Fischen – Ramsar Protected Wetland

Diessen – Gasteig Haus – Meeting house for "der Blaue Reiter" artists

Utting – historical Alte Villa

Breitbrunn – Königsberg – proposed site for King Ludwig’s 4th castle

Herrsching – various historical sites.

You can also obtain food and drink at each stop.

When we complete the circuit, we can enjoy a great late afternoon meal at the world-famous Kloster Andechs.

Payment for the E-Bikes should be made to the AGBC - Bank Account at the Münchner Bank, Account Nr: IBAN: DE68 7019 0000 0001 0895 95, BIC GENODEF1M01. In the text for your payment, please state your last name, number of reservations being purchased and "Ammersee Radl Tour" (e.g.: J. Doe, 1 person, Ammersee Radl Tour, EURO 60.00 payment).

This will be an extra special event, one that you will remember. Hopefully we will have Kaiserswetter with the great Bavarian blue sky. However, In the event of rain, we will ride anyway so please be prepared to bring your ponchos.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

6 pm to 10 pm

Quirin Privatbank, Paulinenstraße 4, 65189 Wiesbaden

5.00 € / 15.00 €

register until June 19, 2017

ATT Change of location! AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz Dave Pendall on the Munich Security Conference

Colonel David Pendall, Senior Staff Officer in US Army Europe, reported on the results of the 2017 Munich Security Conference which was focused on how to secure a liberal global order against post-truth, post-west, post-order movements.

Monday, June 19, 2017

19:00 to 21:00

Digital Hub Bonn, Rheinwerkallee 6, 53227 Bonn-Beuel (across from Restaurant Rohrmühle)

25.00 € / 30.00 €

register until June 14, 2017

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

18:00 to 22:00

Weinhaus Kögler, Grabenstraße 18, 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until June 12, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz Member Get-Together

An event dedicated to conversation and discussion among members.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

12:30 p.m. to .

Schloss Johannisberg

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until June 06, 2017

Saturday, June 03, 2017

2:00 pm to .

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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register until May 22, 2017

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until May 31, 2017

Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting May 2017 - Guest Speaker Dr. Rainer Stinner

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rainer Stinner, FDP member of the Bundestag (2002-2013 - FDP Foreign Policy Spokesman); Managing Director Gemini Consulting GmbH.

Topic: Germany in a Turbulent World: Challenges and Priorities

When: Wednesday, 31st May 2017

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

With the dramatic changes in the foreign policy arena over the last 2 years, Germany is challenged in many ways, with German national elections coming on 24th Sep.

 

Since Dr. Rainer Stinner last addressed the AGBC in 2011, the foreign policy arena has changed dramatically, especially over the last 2 years. Germany is challenged in many ways: in the EU (Brexit), by the new US-Administration, by developments in Turkey, the Ukraine, the Middle East and the rise of China. Rainer’s presentation outlined what the options for German Foreign politics are and what priorities should Germany follow.

 

Dr. Rainer Stinner is a management consultant and a dynamic politician. He founded a Strategy Consulting Boutique which he internationalized and merged with US firms to become Gemini Consulting, where he was the Managing Director for the German Operation. He is a member of the FDP for more than 40 years, was the Chairman of the Munich chapter of the party and was a member of the Bundestag from 2002 – 2013, where he was the Foreign Policy Spokesman for his parliamentary group.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

09.00 to 13:00

European Business College, Wolfratshauserstr 84, 81379 Munich

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until May 19, 2017

2017 AGBC Exchange I

2017 AGBC Exchange I – Saturday, 20th May 2017

Speakers and Topics: To be announced.

When: Saturday, 20th May 2017 from 9.00-13.00

Where: European Business College, Wolfratshauserstr 84

Cost: EUR 10.00 for members and guests (incl. light lunch)

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

What: 9 Speakers with 3 - 45 minute rounds of expert presentations (3 per round) on key business topics.

 

This was a chance to share one's expertise and/or passion with 100 AGBC members and guests. If you had something to say, this was a valuable opportunity.

 

Topics and Speakers:

 

Managing Yourself:

- SuperCharge Your Strategy – Dan Norenberg

- Positive Psychology at Work and at Home – Randall Birnberg

- Inner Leadership and Emotional Intelligence – Alycia Setlin

 

Business in Practice

- Public Relations for Small and Medium Businesses – Deborah Spaltmann

- Game Theory in Negotiations and Business Transactions – Thomas Hack

- Thinking Inside the Box – Dr. Elisabeth Koenig

 

Culture and Society

- Social Impact Investing: Hype or Reality? – Andreas Nilsson

- One Million Refugees: a Cure for German Demographics? – Alexander Gloy

- The International Soccer Business – Robert Niemann

Thursday, May 18, 2017

5:00 pm to 9:30 pm

"Little Italy" Restaurant and Community Center

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until May 05, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz: Concert on the Lawn & Bundestag Elections Explained

The American German Business Club Wiesbaden - Mainz staged a panel discussion on the Bundestag Elections at Clay Kaserne, explaining election procedures, political parties, prominent politicians involved and major issues at stake with a distinguished panel of speakers: Neamat Nojumi (political advisor to US political bodies and supranational political institutions), Peter Badenhop (journalist working for a renowned national newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung), and Ekkehard Stein (Senior Law Partner of the Wiesbaden law firm Paule & Partner).

Saturday, May 13, 2017

10:00 to 16:30

CERBERUS, Eurotheum, 20th Floor, Neue Mainzer Straßé 66-68 in 60311 Frankfurt

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register until May 11, 2017

AAGBCs Membership Meeting

AAGBCs Spring Membership Meeting 2017 was conducted in Frankfurt.

Friday, May 12, 2017

12:00 to .

Golfplatz Altenstadt
Oppelshäuserweg 5
63674 Altenstadt

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register until May 10, 2017

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

19:00 to 21:00

EineWeltHaus, Schwanthalerstr. 80, 80336 Munich

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until May 09, 2017

AGBC Munich - MING Event - US Tax Session - AGBC Member Denise Rose

AGBCMunich is a leading member of the Munich International Networking Group (MING), an umbrella organization that today spans 26 international networking groups active in the Munich Area.

 

Speaker: Ms. Denise Rose, CPA and International Taxation Expert

When: Wednesday, 10th May, 2017, 1900-2100

Where: EineWeltHaus, Schwanthalerstrasse 80, 80336 Munich

Cost: Eur 5.00 to help cover the cost of the meeting room.

Sign-Up: Events tab at on the AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

The normal deadline for filing US 2016 tax declarations for Americans and US residents residing abroad is 15th June (i.e. with automatic extension). This informative discussion on US tax reporting featured special guest speaker and AGBC Munich member Ms. Denise Rose, CPA in Munich, certified advisor for international taxation. She updated all on the current annual US tax reporting. Her presentation included:

 

- The basics for US citizens in Germany: Who needs to file a US income tax return? Filing deadlines? Etc.

- Reporting income from: salaries, capital gains, investments, rental income, old-age pensions…

- Methods of avoiding double taxation

 

This was a golden opportunity for Americans to get informed and to get their tax questions answered! Attendees were encouraged to bring any Americans they know, as well as interested friends, partners, and/or family members. There was a suggested donation at the door of Eur 5 per person.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

19:00 to 21:00

Bonn International School, Martin-Luther-King Str. 14, 53175 Bonn - Bad Godesberg

25.00 € / 30.00 €

register until April 24, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until April 26, 2017

Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting April 2017

Dr. Ulrike Tagscherer: Technological Competitiveness - Who is Leading the Innovation Race?

Guest Speaker: Dr. Ulrike Tagscherer, China Innovation Consulting, Munich (formerly Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research), CEO and Founder

When: Wednesday, 26th April 2017

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

Dr. Ulrike Tagscherer, CEO China Innovation Consulting in Munich, compared the innovation performance of Germany, the US and China.

 

Ulrike first explained the Innovation Indicator, a set of different indicators relevant for measuring innovation, which is used to continuously and concisely inform policy-makers and society about Germany’s innovative capacity in an international comparison. The Innovation Indicator depicts Germany’s innovative capacity compared to its main rivals in a ranking based on transparent influencing factors which are collected in an up-to-date manner.

 

Her comparison focused on a comparison between Germany, the US and China, with special focus on the question of how close China has come. She also described some of the reasons for China’s position and what this means for the future.

 

Ulrike studied geography, political sciences and modern Chinese at Heidelberg University. In 1999 she received her doctoral degree, and in 2000 she joined Fraunhofer Headquarters as Manager Asia. She was appointed Director International Business Development Asia in 2004, and in May 2008, she joined the Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in Karlsruhe. From 2008 to 2015 she worked at the Institute of Policy and Management of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS IPM) in Beijing in close collaboration with Fraunhofer ISI. She moved back to Germany in 2015, and since then she is working as business model development expert at Fraunhofer headquarters in Munich.

 

In addition, she founded the consulting company ‘China Innovation Consulting’ in October 2016, and she supports companies in developing their innovation strategies and innovation collaborations in the Sino-German context. Her research focus lies on national systems of innovation, S&T (science and technology) and innovation policy, industry-science linkages, R&D activities of multinational companies as well as electric mobility in China.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

18:00 to 22:00

Hippodrom tent located at the Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese

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register until April 19, 2017

7th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

7th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

Let’s go Bayrisch! - The Family Krätz, Susanne Barsody and the entire Hippodrom team welcome us to the 7th annual Bavarian-American Friendship Evening.

When: Sunday, 23rd April, 2017

Time: 1800-2300

Where: Hippodrom tent located at the Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese

Price: Pay as you consume.

This will again be a very special and highly memorable evening. Seating begins at 1800. Please plan to arrive by not later than 1900 to assure that we keep the reserved tables.

There is no cover charge and no advance payment for this evening. Each guest will receive a free pretzel, compliments of the Hippodrom. In addition to the normal assortment of Bierzelt food, we can purchase Kobe-beef hamburger dinners for a special price just for us.

Linda Jo Rizzo will again lead the entertainment and will launch her special show around 8.30 p.m. Please get ready for dancing, good music and lots of fun for everyone. There is no particular dress code, but if you have something in Bavaria-look in your closet, you are encouraged to wear it.

Last year we had around 800 guests attending. This year we can have more reserved seats, so let's “go for it” and continue to raise the attendance again this year. Please tell your friends and anyone else who may be interested. Everyone is invited. Not only the MING and German/Bavarian-American Clubs are invited but individuals and individual groups as well. To ensure that everyone gets a reserved seat, please inform Dave Dowdy at ddd@tripled.de by Wednesday, 19th April.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

6 pm to 10 pm

Rudersport 1888 Restaurant, Uferstraße 1, 65203 Wiesbaden

-- / 10.00 €

register until April 14, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz: David T. Fisher on Trumpism

David T. Fisher spoke about his ongoing research on cultural roots of Trumpism in American immigration history and the role of Ivy League Universities.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6 pm to app. 10 pm

Wingert Vinothek Obere Webergasse 50 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until April 08, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz Member Get-Together

An after-work early evening for chapter members and special guests dedicated to leisurely conversation and networking accompanied by a choice of wine & cheeses.

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

7:00 pm to .

Intercontinental Hotel Frankfurt
Wilherm-Leuschner-Straße 43
60329 Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until March 29, 2017

Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting March 2017

Judith Martin and David Dickerson: Values-Based Leadership

Guest Speaker: AGBC Members Judith Martin and David Dickerson

When: Wednesday, 29th March 2017

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

Why are values so important for our leaders in society and business today? And why do values have so much meaning for all of us today? In an interactive setting, Judith and David helped help us reflect on what really matters to us.

 

At a time when many of us are questioning the values of our leaders in society and in corporations, this interactive session provided us with the space to reflect and explore collaboratively what matters to us as individuals, organizations and businesses. Guided by several frameworks from human evolution and developmental theory, we looked at how our values link with our own personal growth, and why living our values is important for leadership and decision-making, as well as organizational development and the common good. With examples and case studies from experience, we took away:

• A brief overview of human development theory in relation to values

• Further awareness of why values are important for leadership

• A broader sense of which values have meaning for us today.

 

This discussion was the first of several evenings where we discussed leadership in our contemporary world, evolving in the next meetings to discussions on value-based leadership in our German, American and international relationships.

 

Originally from the UK, Judith Martin has been working internationally in professional learning and development for the last 26 years. She is an executive and team coach, trainer, facilitator and consultant, and has lived in various countries including Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany and China. Since 2003, she has been running her own Barcelona-based company Interact Executive Coaching & Training, SL, a global network of coaches and trainers. Among her core values are collaboration, authenticity, and continuous learning.

 

Never fearing challenges, David Dickerson left the US during college to study Russian in the Soviet Union before moving on to Germany to work as a bike mechanic and obtain his graduate degree in Electrical Engineering, while also moonlighting as a semi-professional musician. Since 1997, David has been working as a patent attorney with a strong focus on bridging cultures by representing US clients in Europe and vice-versa. Among his core values are honesty, responsibility, optimism and respect for others.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

6:30 p.m. to .

Magic-Bowl
Hans-Mess-Straße 2c
61440 Oberursel

15.00 € / 15.00 €

register until March 17, 2017

Bowling Night with AGBC Frankfurt

Let´s get together for another bowling night in Oberursel!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

6 pm to 10 pm

Rudersport 1888 Restaurant, Uferstraße 1, 65203 Wiesbaden

-- / 10.00 €

register until March 10, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz March Event

Dr. Gertrud Greif-Higer spoke about ethical questions in transplant medicine and differences in perception of relevant questions between American and German patients and doctors.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

19:00 to 21:30

Konrad's Restaurant, Marriott Hotel,

25.00 € / 30.00 €

register until March 13, 2017

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

18:00 to 22:00

Proviantamt Mainz, Schillerstraße 11A, 55116 Mainz

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register until March 10, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz Member Get-Together

An event dedicated to conversation and discussion among members.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

7:00 p.m. to .

Frankfurt Marriot Hotel
Hamburger Allee 2
60486 Frankfurt

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until March 10, 2017

"The Trump Presidency and its Consequences for Europe"

In Germany and throughout Europe, newly-elected U.S. President Donald Trump dominates headlines and television talk shows on a daily basis, it seems. The media reports on his latest doings and pronouncements, while some of Trump's cabinet members and staff advisors had to withdraw or resign even before assuming office.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

10:00 to 17:00

BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until March 12, 2017

Expat in the City - Sunday, 12th March

Expat in the City Sunday, 12 March 2017 - Information & Inspiration for English-speaking Munich

GET CONNECTED. BE INSPIRED. YOU´RE INVITED!

 

Hosts: Expat in the City team with patronage of the City of Munich (Department of Labor and Economic Development).

When: Sunday, 12th March 2017

Time: 10 AM until 17 PM

Where: BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich - U3 Haltestelle Olmpiapark

Cost: Eur 10.00 at the door, Tickets are available and fee when ordered at the Expat in the City website: www.expatinthecity.de/tickets

Contact: info@expatinthecity.de

Website: www.expatinthecity.de

Phone: 01749199429

Sign-Up: Events tab on the AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com.

 

GET CONNECTED. BE INSPIRED. YOU´RE INVITED! That,was the motto for the Expat in the City Fair that will took place on 12th March in the spectacular BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München. The doors opened at 10AM, and the program continued until 5 PM.

 

This was your 2017 special event to find out what’s happening in Munich. Produced by AGBC member Elisabeth Egger, it was geared for newcomers as well as for longer-term international residents. From relocation companies and financial organizations to personal training and social and sports clubs, they were all be there to describe and offer their services in English or German. And the Expat in the City team shared tips and traditions from in and around Munich and Bavaria.

 

The day was be full of information, animation and inspiration for all internationals living in Munich. One could meet the faces and places that can help make her or his life abroad easier and – equally important – more fun. Questions about topics such as finances, insurances, education, daycare, expat life, job search and fun things to do in the Munich area were all be answered at the fair – all in one day and all under one (very large) roof. A program full of workshops, expert talks and entertainment ensured that visitors left the fair with the information and contacts they needed and the inspiration to enjoy life in Munich to the fullest.

 

At the fair one also found plenty of opportunities to mingle with other expats during the workshops and expert talks or in the Networking Beergarden at the indoor terrace of BMW Welt. The extensive program included workshops on learning German the easy way, yoga for kids, taxes, beer tasting and expert talks about how to set up your own business, health insurance in Germany, thriving as an accompanying partner as well as a speed dating session for international singles in Munich. There was also entertainment from local internationals such as Indian classical dance on-stage and snacks & beverages in the Networking Beergarden to stay strengthened through the day. For families with children, Expat in the City had a dedicated kids’ area where they can play and meet other international kids.

 

The Expat in the City team has also set up a weekly series of tips and traditions involving Munich and Bavaria. These appear on their Facebook page as "James Explores": https://www.facebook.com/expatinthecity/. If you have a tip you would like to share it - please do so by commenting on the page.

 

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

3 pm to 5 pm

Rheinblick Golf Course, Weisser Weg, 65201 Wiesbaden

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until March 03, 2017

Wiesbaden: Introduction to Golf Workshop

An introductory golf workshop for AUSA Young Professionals & AGBC members & friends

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until February 21, 2017

Munich Chapter - Monthly Meeting February 2017

Alexander Wolf – Advances in the Global Music Industry

Guest Speaker: Alexander Wolf, President, SESAC International

 

Alexander Wolf addressrf the recent evolutionary advances in the global music industry and SESAC’s role in accelerating these changes.

 

SESAC is one of the world’s most ambitious music companies with financial backing from Blackstone, a leading global private equity company. SESAC has invested heavily in the technology and data infrastructure designed to maximize the identification of copyrights used across multiple platforms on a real time basis and with a high degree of transparency.

 

SESAC’s global game plan is two-fold: (i) expand its active presence as a multi-rights licensing group across Europe and the rest of the world; and (ii) pull together mechanical, sync and performance rights in a manner beyond that of its US competitors. Part (i) got a big boost last year when SESAC joined forced with Swiss collecting society SUISA to create Mint – a JV to administer and license rights across Europe. And part (ii) became a reality in 2015 when SESAC acquired US mechanical rights clearing house The Harry Fox Agency, one of the most significant deals in recent music publishing history. Such impressive moves have helped attract 30,000 clients (‘affiliates’) to SESAC’s books, including Bob Dylan, Randy Newman, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Zac Brown and Neil Diamond.

 

At the start of 2016, Alexander Wolf joined SESAC to head up its international team. As President of SESAC International, he is responsible for identifying and implementing a portfolio of new multi-territory licensing and service offerings. He also represents SESAC Performing Rights in its reciprocal relationships with societies around the world as well as exploitation of the Rumblefish and HFA (Harry Fox Agency) catalogs outside the U.S. With a deep background in the global music business, Alexander previously worked as Executive Managing Director for Solar Music rights management, a joint venture of PRS and GEMA which administers the Sony and EMI publishing catalogs. Prior to that, he was Managing Director of CELAS, a company set up to represent EMI’s music publishing repertoire for online and mobile use across Europe. With his Master’s degree in International Law degree at the Université, Aix en Provence in France, he earlier worked for GEMA as counsel of international legal rights while serving as head of the multimedia and online division.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

19:00 to 22:00

Digital Hub Bonn, Rheinwerkallee 6, 53227 Bonn-Beuel (across from Restaurant Rohrmühle)

25.00 € / 30.00 €

register until February 10, 2017

Thursday, February 16, 2017

6 pm to 10 pm

Rudersport 1888 Restaurant, Uferstraße 1, 65203 Wiesbaden

-- / 10.00 €

register until February 14, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz February Event

Dr. Kronen talked about her present projects and activities in the election committee for the Right Livelyhood Award and as founder of a non-profit company, Innatura gGmbH.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017 until Tuesday, April 11, 2017

6 pm to app. 10 pm

Wingert Vinothek Obere Webergasse 50 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until April 11, 2017

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz Member Get-Together

An after-work early evening for chapter members and special guests dedicated to leisurely conversation and networking accompanied by a choice of wine & cheeses.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

19:00 to 21:00

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart

2.00 € / 7.00 €

register until January 20, 2017

Let's Talk Business: Building Trust

Let’s Talk Business: Building Trust & Relationships with Germans and Americans

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until January 18, 2017

Munich Chapter - Annual General Meeting 2017

Our Annual General Meeting was held 18th January 2017 at the Marriott Hotel, Berliner Str 93, 80805 Munich.

Monday, December 12, 2016

18:45 to 23:00

Donisl Wirtshaus, Weinstrasse 1 (Marienplatz), 80333 Munich

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register until December 12, 2016

AGBC Munich Christmas Party – Donisl Wirtshaus

 

AGBC Christmas Party – Donisl Wirtshaus

 

When: Monday, 12th December, 2016

 

Time: Registration starts 1845, the drinks and food around 1915

 

Where: Donisl Wirtshaus, Weinstrasse 1 (Marienplatz), 80333 Munich

 

Price: 30.00 EUR for members and guests (incl. Flying Buffet). Drinks will be available on a “pay-as-you-consume” basis.

 

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

Over the years, our AGBC Christmas events have always been special ones, and this year’s continued the trend. There’s nothing like a bit of December networking to get the Christmas celebrations underway.

 

We celebrated in Christmas ambience at the Donisl, Munich’s 2nd oldest Wirtshaus dating from 1715, a traditional restaurant that was fully renovated during 2013-15 and relaunched in 2016. We met on the first floor (2nd floor for Americans) in the Raum Marienplatz, a room overlooking the Marienplatz Christkindlmarkt (Christmas Market).

 

With its focus on Bavarian and Austrian specialties, the Donisl also offers a broad range of wines plus Hacker-Pschorr and Paulaner Bier (with at least 4 types on tap). The Flying Buffet includes a variety of small special servings plus a dessert. As in prior years, participants were asked to pay for their drinks and related gratuities separately.

Thursday, December 08, 2016

7:00 pm to .

Intercontinental Hotel Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until December 05, 2016

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 25.00 €

register until November 30, 2016

AGBC Munich - November 2016 Monthly Meeting

 

Topic: 2016 AGBC Munich Exchange II

 

What: 2 simultaneous expert panel discussions – Which one will you attend?

 

When: Wednesday, 30th November, 2016

 

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

 

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

 

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members and guests (incl. Dinner buffet and one drink)

 

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

The AGBC Exchange II - we returned with new speakers, new topics, and a fine-tuned program. The program consisted of two simultaneous, insight-packed panel discussions:

 

Panel 1: "Free Lancing and the Sharing Economy: What Are the Benefits and Concerns?"

 

Moderator - Juan Tejeda, Managing Director, Brains and Hearts (digital business design)

 

Panelists –

 

· Marco Barulli, CEO and founder, Bernstein Technologies (blockchain expert)

 

· Pamela Meil, Research Analyst - labor implications/impacts of Sharing Economy

 

· Sabina Wolf, Business Programs Editor, Bayrischer Rundfunk (media - TV)

 

· Representative from a Sharing Economy company (operator)

 

Panel 2: "Innovation – Advances in Digitalization and New Business Models.”

 

Moderator – Sharad Gandhi – Innovation Consultant (Marketing)

 

Panelists –

 

· Christian Ehl – Managing Director, Hillert und Co. (digitalization expert)

 

· Dr. Rene Fassbender – CEO and Founder of OmegaLambdaTec (startup)

 

· Alexander Vencken – BMI Lab AG, Consultant (business models expert)

 

· Jamie Wilke - Fujitsu Technology Solutions, Sr. Dir. Security Tech (Industry) Please be sure to pre-register online, and note that friends, colleagues, and guests are all welcome.

Friday, November 25, 2016

18:00 to 23:00

Restaurant Kleinpetersberg, Austr. 46, 53179 Bonn (Mehlem)

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until November 18, 2016

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

6:00 pm to .

Intercontinental Hotel Frankfurt

75.00 € / 85.00 €

register until November 15, 2016

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 until Wednesday, November 09, 2016

20:00 to 03:00

Wirtshaus am Bavariapark, Theresienhöhe 15, 80339 Munich

12.00 € / 12.00 €

register until November 07, 2016

AGBC/MING Event – US Election Night Party

 

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US Election Night Party

 

When: Tuesday, 8th November, 2016

 

Time: 2000 until whenever.

 

Where: Wirtshaus am Bavariapark, Theresienhöhe 15, 80339 Munich

 

Price: Eur 12.00, payable at entry.

 

Sign-Up: Events tab on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

TripleD Events and several other Munich networking groups held an Election Party starting at 8 p.m. and continuing through the night until we knew who the next American President would be. This U.S. election was one of the most important held in the last decades, and with the race continuing to tighten, the suspense was evident.

 

There was food and drink, music, dancing and 2 large screens with continuous CNN live coverage. The small entrance fee helped cover the rent of the room and equipment and music.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016 until Wednesday, November 09, 2016

9 pm to 3 am

Staatstheater Wiesbaden, event location Wilhelmstrasse 47, 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until November 02, 2016

US Presidential Election Public Viewing

US Presidential Election Public Viewing in co-operation with the Staatstheater Wiesbaden.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

1000 to 1700

Paule & Partner Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft Taunusstraße 5 A in 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until November 01, 2016

AAGBCs Membership Meeting

The membership meeting autumn 2016 was in Wiesbaden.

Saturday, November 05, 2016 until Sunday, November 06, 2016

open to open

open

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register until November 01, 2016

Spouses Program

Spouses greatly enjoyed sightseeing in Wiesbaden.

Friday, November 04, 2016

7 p.m. to open

Restaurant Weihenstephaner

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register until November 03, 2016

Get-Together

AGBCers from all over Germany enjoyed meeting again for an informal get-together to exchange ideas. Thanks go to AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz e.V. for having orgainzed this pleasant evening.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

7:00 pm to .

Alp Galleries
Eschborner Landstr. 164
60489 Frankfurt

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until October 25, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until October 26, 2016

AGBC Munich - October 2016 Monthly Meeting

It never rains in California? Historical perspectives on the recent drought in the West.

 

Guest Speaker: Prof Dr. Uwe Lübken, Professor of American History, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (LMU), Munich

 

When: Wednesday, 26th October, 2016

 

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

 

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

 

Cost: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

 

From 2012 to 2015, California has experienced the most severe drought since record keeping began in the late nineteenth century. As a result, Governor Jerry Brown proclaimed several drought emergencies, residents of the Golden State had to come to terms with watering restrictions, and voters passed a $7.5 billion water bond.

 

Uwe Lübken’s talk traced the historical origins of the latest drought in the West and in California in particular. It looked at changing images of the arid environment, patterns of water consumption, and the crucial attempts to control the distribution of water in this part of the United States.

 

Corollary to the water shortage in the West, he outlined some of the flooding challenges in the eastern half of the US and also the impact of reduced rainfall on the Ogallala aquifer, the key water source for the Great Plains.

 

This aquifer has shrunk 30% from normal levels. Without corrective action, an additional 39% is expected to be depleted over the next 50 years. The aquifer supports the rapidly expanding irrigated farming on the Great Plains. With a surface area of 174,000 square miles, the aquifer is double the surface area of all 5 Great Lakes and lies under parts of 8 states. While coordinated effort across the Great Plains states is limited so far, some states are now launching ground-breaking conservation steps.

 

Dr. Uwe Lübken is Professor of American history at Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich. He has held teaching and research positions at the universities of Cologne, Munich, and Münster and at the German Historical Institute in Washington, DC. His publications include a prize-winning book on the U.S. perception of the National Socialist threat to Latin America and several edited volumes, special issues, and articles on American history and the history of natural hazards and catastrophes. Most recently, he has published a history of flooding of the Ohio River (2014) and co-edited a volume on urban rivers (Pittsburgh University Press, 2016).

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

19:00 to .

Intercontinental Hotel
Willhelm-Leuschner-Str. 43
60329 Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until October 21, 2016

Thursday, October 20, 2016

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Bonn

25.00 € / 28.00 €

register until October 14, 2016

Dinner Meeting with Talk The New Psychology of Success (Fixed and Growth Mindsets

Effective teamwork usually means that everyone is working toward the same goal. In a most interesting evening Randall J. Birnberg took it one step further to the psychology underlying the "teamwork" -- a "Fixed" vs. a "Growth" mindset. Companies with a fixed mindset can be commercially successful, but often their initial success can be an impediment to continual success: Walmart's failure in Germany, VW's diesel scandal, and Samsung's exploding iPhones to name a few. Over and beyond the headlines are the hidden costs of employee burnout, high personnel turnover, etc. Having done that, Mr. Birnberg then extrapolated the '"mindsets" to improving interpersonal relationships. It was a most valuable evening.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

6 pm to 22 pm

Rudersport 1888 Restaurant, Uferstraße 1, 65203 Wiesbaden

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register until October 17, 2016

Liminal Experiences of Human Life between Sciences and Life Writing

Professor Dr. Mita Banerjee presented results of an interdisciplinary research project at the Johannes-Gutenberg-Universität Mainz covering texts about traumata and liminal situations in medicine, literature and ego documents.

Friday, October 07, 2016

20:45 to 24:00

Cologne-Bonn Airport, Cologne-Wahn

20.00 € / 30.00 €

register until September 26, 2016

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until September 28, 2016

AGBC Munich - September 2016 Monthly Meeting

Topic: The International Soccer Business – Will Soccer Make It in the USA?

 

Guest Speaker: Doctor Robert Niemann, Niemann International GmbH

 

Time: Registration starts 1830; meeting starts at 1900, dinner buffet around 2030.

 

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

 

 

Robert launched his presentation with an overview of the current global soccer organization and structure, from FIFA down to the players. We learned about the most relevant and involved commercial partners and their business models. Then he outlined the current status of soccer in the USA. Where it stands now. What the growth opportunities are. And prospects for the key strategies and approaches for further establishing soccer in the USA.

 

Dr. Robert Niemann is the exclusive marketing and sales partner for German goalkeeper-legend Oliver Kahn and has been commissioned as a FIFA consultant for the last 3 years. Previously he was CEO of Munich based BUNDESLIGA Club TSV Munich 1860 and CEO of the BUNDESLIGA´s global sales and distribution subsidiary DFL Sports Enterprises in Frankfurt. Dr. Niemann became professor for sports-management in 2013 at the University of Applied Management and is now teaching at the Business School of the European University in Munich. Before his career in the world of soccer, he was General Manager of SONY Pictures in German-speaking Europe and VP Sales at Fremantle Media. He started his career with the Kirch Group.

 

Dr. Niemann earned his diploma in Business Administration and then his doctorate in Communication Sciences. He lives with his wife and 4 sons in Munich.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

6:30 pm to .

Café Hauptwache, An der Hauptwache 15 60313 Frankfurt

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until September 26, 2016

Sunday, September 25, 2016

11:00 to 16:00

Schottenhamel Festhalle, Oktoberfest Wies’n

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until September 18, 2016

AGBC Goes to Oktoberfest 2016

With 160 seats reserved, AGBC Munich again staged a joint Oktoberfest event on Sunday, 25th September at Oktoberfest 2016 in the Festhalle Schottenhamel. We joined with the Munich alumni of Thunderbird Graduate School of Global Management and alumni of Southern California University as well as members of the Lions Club Munich Multinational and Irish Business Network. Participants feasted on a portion of a Bavarian appetizer plate, ½ of a baked chicken and two Maße of Oktoberfest Bier. Great networking with loads of entertainment.

Friday, September 23, 2016

12:00 to .

Golfplatz Altenstadt, Oppelshäuserweg 5, 63674 Altenstadt

42.00 € / 52.00 €

register until September 21, 2016

Thursday, September 15, 2016

6 pm to app. 10 pm

Mercure Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

-- / 10.00 €

register until September 12, 2016

Cyber Crime & IT Forensics

Dr. Steinebach prsented the tricks of cyber crime and the state of the art of fighting against it. The Fraunhofer-Institut für Sichere Informationstechnologie SIT in Darmstadt is focused on the development of state-of-the-art tools to prevent cyber crimes and to identify their promoters and the tools they use.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

18:30 to 21:00

Günniwig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

24.00 € / 26.00 €

register until September 01, 2016

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

17:00 to 18:30

Günniwig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

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register until September 07, 2016

Bonn - Membership Meeting

Der American-German Business Club, Bonn e.V. hat am 7. September im Rahmen seiner ordentlichen Mitgliederversammlung einen neuen Vorstand gewählt. Wegen stark zunehmender internationalen Expansion ihres Unternehmens stand die amtierende Präsidentin Regina Costello nach drei jähriger Amtszeit nicht mehr zur Wiederwahl und wurde durch den Bonner Unternehmer André Panné ersetzt. Die restlichen Vorstandsmitglieder – Edward Robertson (Vize-Präsident und VP Kommunikation), Inga Kramer-Hennig (Schatzmeisterin), und Holly Wesener (Schriftführerin) – wurden für die Kalenderjahre 2017/18 wiedergewählt. Damit hat der AGBC ein erfahren und gut eingespieltes Führungsteam, das durch Herrn Pannés internationale Erfahrung und Business Netzwerk noch verstärkt wird. “Ich fühle mich geehrt, für den AGBC Bonn als Präsident die erfolgreiche Entwicklung unseres Clubs in Bonn in den kommenden zwei Jahren weiterführen zu dürfen.” sagte André Panné nach seiner Wahl. “Amerikas und Deutschlands Geschäftsbeziehungen gehen zurück bis zu den Gründungsvätern der USA. Es ist unsere Verpflichtung auf diese gemeinsame Geschichte aufzubauen und als Kristallisationspunkt für künftige gute Völkerverständigung und wirtschaftliche Entwicklungen zu fungieren.” Der AGBC – American German Business Club e.V. – ist eine private, internationale und gemeinnützige Organisation, die in Deutschland mit derzeit 10 AGBC Chapters vertreten ist: Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, München, Sachsen, Stuttgart und Wiesbaden-Mainz. Der Verein hat zum Ziel, die Völkerverständigung und Beziehungen zwischen den amerikanischen und deutschen Gesellschaft sowie den amerikanischen und deutschen Geschäftsleuten durch Sachvorträge in den Bereichen Politik, Wissenschaft, Finanz, etc. und informelle Networking-Veranstaltungen zu stärken. Der AGBC stellt als ehrenamtliche Organisation ein Forum zur Diskussion nationaler und internationaler Geschäftsbeziehungen und Ideen zur Verfügung. Der AGBC unterstützt den freien Handel, den Austausch von Kulturen und Ideen, die beiden Ländern zugutekommen, sowie die persönliche Zusammenarbeit von Geschäftsleuten in ganz Deutschland. Der AGBC steht allen Nationalitäten offen, die seine Ziele verfolgen.

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

18:00 to 22:00

Proviantamt Mainz, Schillerstraße 11A, 55116 Mainz

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register until September 03, 2016

Members get-together, with a glass of wine, or two ...

An event dedicated to conversation and discussion among members.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

17:00 to 24:00

a Gasthaus in Bonn

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register until August 19, 2016

Thursday, August 18, 2016

6:30 pm to .

Schloß Bad Homburg

50.00 € / 50.00 €

register until August 16, 2016

Friday, July 29, 2016

12:00 to .

Golfplatz Altenstadt

42.00 € / 52.00 €

register until July 25, 2016

Sunday, July 24, 2016

13:00 to 20:00

Bonn Capitals Field, Martin-Luther-King-Str. 36, 53174 Bonn

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register until July 20, 2016

Friday, July 22, 2016

9:00 to 15:00

Tegernbach Golf Club, Kapellenweg 1, 82293 Tegernbach

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register until April 30, 2016

Sunday, July 03, 2016

12:00 to 21:00

Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe, Pullach

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register until June 29, 2016

Monday, June 27, 2016

6:00 pm to .

Deutsche Börse

50.00 € / 60.00 €

register until June 22, 2016

Saturday, June 25, 2016

10:00 to 15:00

U.S. Consulate Munich, Königinstr. 5, 80539 Munich

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register until June 10, 2016

U.S. Citizen Information and Passport Day 2016 - U.S. Consulate Munich

The U.S. Consulate hosted its annual U.S. Information and Passport Day for U.S, Citizens on 25th June. Participants visited with representatives from U.S. and German government agencies such as Social Security, the Department of State, and the Kreisverwaltungsreferat. In addition, they learned more about non-profit organizations (including the AGBC) for Americans living in Bavaria. Or if they needed to renew their US passports, they could schedule an appointment for the day of the event.

Friday, June 24, 2016

12:00 to .

Café Hauptwache

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until June 22, 2016

Thursday, June 16, 2016

5:30 pm to 9:00 pm

Presseclub Wiesbaden, Villa Clementine, Wilhelmstraße 19, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until June 09, 2016

Obama's legacy in foreign policy

A panel discussion hosted jointly by the Wiesbaden Presseclub and the AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz with Dr. Neamat Nojumi, Dr. Christer Garrett, and Dustin Dehez, chaired by Stefan Schröder, editor-in-chief of the Wiesbadener Kurier

Thursday, June 16, 2016

18:30 to 22:00

Schaumberger Hof, Am Schaumberger Hof 10, 53175 Bonn-Bad Godesberg

23.00 € / 25.00 €

register until June 10, 2016

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

18:00 to 22:00

Wingert Vinothek, Obere Webergasse 50, 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until June 09, 2016

Members get-together, with a glass of wine, or two ...

An event dedicated to conversation and discussion among members.

Monday, June 13, 2016

18:00 to 22:00

Augustiner-Keller Biergarten, Arnulfstr. 52, 80335 Munich

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register until June 10, 2016

AGBC Munich - 20th Anniversary Celebration

We celebrated 20 years of great networking with a delightful pure-networking Biergarten evening - the 20th anniversary of AGBC Munich. We met at the Augustiner-Keller, one of Munich’s largest Biergartens, located about 700 meters west of the Hauptbahnhof. Great Bier, super location, plentiful fond memories and wonderful opportunities to expand your business networks.

Saturday, June 04, 2016

14:00 to .

Frankfurt School of Finance and Management

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register until June 03, 2016

Saturday, June 04, 2016

19:.. to open

Frankfurt

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register until June 04, 2016

EoT AWARD CEREMONY

A Digital App ("Love It?"), a new kind of café ("I'm Open") and home-grown vegetables ("Urban Veggies") took the prizes in the "Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow" contest Frankfurt - The "Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow" educational business plan contest, with 125 students from nine area schools, ended Saturday, June 4th, with 21 business plans received following the eight-month long process. Five finalists were chosen to present their business ideas to a jury of local businessmen from the American-German Business Club Frankfurt at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management this weekend, all using their best Business English, something learned during the EOT program. First place, and €1,000, was won by a proposed social media App which will produce market research on the buying habits of its teenage audience, called "Love it?" by its designer Vivian Roisko from the Frankfurt International School. Its customers rate the various products from the companies which sign up for the service, meaning it shows which styles and colors are now in fashion with teenagers. It would all be on-line and also for use via Smart phones. Second place was captured by "I'm Open", which offers personal meetings in a centrally located café, with each customer first completing a survey of their interests, then being assigned to a table for those with similar interests. This new café would feature student Brunches plus an artist showcase displaying the latest creations. It would be located near the Frankfurt School and the European Central Bank, said the team of Besra Gueltekin, Carlotta Gemuend, Fabian Koenig, Marieli von Pueckler, Rina Chernobylskaya - all from the Frankfurt Goethe-Gymnasium. Third prize was won by "Urban Veggies", a non-profit gardening cooperative, offering a special common garden plot to encourage community building as well as growing your own produce. Proposed by Catrin Böcher and Marc Myers from Frankfurt Goethe-Gymnasium, they proposed a communal garden plot in Oberrad for their members to use. They would be assisted by a professional gardener, who would also offer Workshops to teach everyone new skills. Mr. Jim Herman, Consul General of the United States, about the role of entrepreneurs in today's world. He congratulated the Entrepreneur of Tomorrow contestants for their extra-curricular efforts, saying entrepreneurs are found everywhere where people make choices and need to communicate their ideas to a broader network. He presented every EOT finalist with the AGBC's Certificate of Achievement for completing the program. Prof. Udo Steffens, president and CEO of the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, said such young entrepreneurs are needed in today's business world. Innovation is especially necessary for German manufacturing, said Prof. Steffens, with digital innovation assuming ever-greater importance. The Frankfurt School, moving to a brand-new campus in 2017, will continue to be a co-sponsor with the American-German Business Club Frankfurt of the Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow educational program. The Frankfurt School aims to become among the Top Five business schools in Europe, he said. Über den American-German Business Club Der vom American-German Business Club Frankfurt e.V. (AGBC) ins Leben gerufene Businessplan-Wettbewerb soll Schülerinnen und Schülern den Übergang von der Schule ins Berufsleben erleichtern. Die Mentoren, Führungskräfte mit Expertise in den Bereichen Unternehmensführung, Finanzen, Personal und Marketing, haben mittlerweile mehr als 500 Schülerinnen und Schüler von Gymnasien aus dem Rhein-Main-Gebiet im Rahmen eines fünfmonatigen Coachings dabei unterstützt, eigene Ideen zu entwickeln und diese in tragfähige Geschäftskonzepte umzusetzen. Unterstützt wird der Entrepreneurs-of-Tomorrow Businessplan-Wettbewerb, der zum achten Mal durchgeführt wurde, von der Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, dem US-Generalkonsulat Frankfurt/Main, Coca Cola, Zeit Für Brot, Ludwig Hoos Ideen und Produkte Fraport, und Reddinton Services GmbH. Weitere Informationen über den American-German Business Club e.V. unter www.agbc.de. Weitere Informationen zum Businessplan-Wettbewerb unter www.entrepreneurs-of-tomorrow.com. Media contact: Ute Vogler, Adminstrator, EOT program Tel. 069 - 9735 8275 or Dennis Phillips, VP Communications, American-German Business Club Frankfurt Tel. 0176 - 4302 7169 www.agbc.de

Friday, June 03, 2016

12:00 to .

Golfplatz Taunus Weilrod

40.00 € / 50.00 €

register until June 01, 2016

Thursday, June 02, 2016

TBD to TBD

TBD

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register until June 02, 2016

Annual Scholarship Reception

Annual Scholarship awards and reception. Information coming soon!

Sunday, May 29, 2016 until Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1000 to 1900

Parco dei Principi Hotel in Rome

-- / --

register until May 16, 2016

2016 Europe Form

2016 Europe Forum organized by American Bar Association - Section of International Law

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until May 25, 2016

AGBC Munich - May 2016 Monthly Meeting

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Counterfeit Goods – Just a Petty Offense? How the International Sporting Goods Industry Collectively and Efficiently Fights this 21st Century Plague

 

Guest Speaker: Dr. Jochen Schäfer, Legal Counsel for the World Federation (WFSGI) and European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (FESI)

 

 

The sale of faked goods has reached a level that becomes a major threat to our society. Little is known by consumers about who is actually behind such shadow businesses, how much it is intertwined with other illegal activities, including terrorism. The international sporting goods industry has established a global anti-counterfeit program supported by sophisticated technology tools. This efficient program can serve as a role model for other industry sectors.

 

AGBC Munich member Dr. Jochen M. Schaefer, Legal Counsel for the World Federation and European Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry, provided us some great insights and takeaways on this topic.

 

In an 18th April report published by the OECD, the issue of counterfeit goods is far more extensive than previously thought. Based on data from 2013, the value of cross-border trade in fakes was estimated at $461 billion, i.e. 2.5% of all goods sold. With branded, knowledge-based products (including sporting goods), comprising an increasing share of the global economy, the evolution of e-commerce has made selling and transporting fakes much easier. Nearly 65% of seizures today are postal shipments, mostly of goods bought online.

 

Jochen has been involved in international sports businesses throughout his career. A graduate from Erlangen University in Germany, he has counseled numerous reputable German and international clients at global level with a strong focus on the international sporting goods industry. He started his career as General Counsel of adidas and continued in private practice. Since 1986 Jochen has served as Legal Counsel to the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and to the European Sporting Goods Industry Federation (FESI).

 

After more than 20 years as equity partner in major law firms, he is heading up his own law office in the Munich since 2007. Recent mandates at individual client level include the structuring of European selective distribution models within the sporting goods industry and beyond, creating an intellectual property (IP) portfolio and protection shield for one of the most successful household devices ever sold internationally, providing advice relating to the 2016 Rio Olympics and the related marketing restrictions, and counselling various corporate clients relating to the Digital Single Market Program of the EU Commission. He has been a speaker and moderator at 2016 engagements at international conferences included events held in New Orleans, Copenhagen, Taipei, Tokyo, Vilnius, Lausanne, Berlin, Cologne and Hamburg in addition to those taking place in Munich.

 

Note: Jochen is actually about 5 foot 10 (1 meter 75) - Appearances can be deceiving.

 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

6 pm to app. 10 pm

Mercure Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

-- / 10.00 €

register until May 16, 2016

Stories Told & Untold

Since the establishment of the US presence in Germany after the Second World War the American Military community has undergone tremendous changes - but remains an important point of interest for the German public. For the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Peter Badenhop has covered the US Army and its activities for more than 15 years. The speaker, Peter Badenhop, talked about the possible approaches, the focal points and the challenges of reporting on the Army.

Friday, May 13, 2016

00 to 00

Woodlawn Golf Course, Ramstein Air Base

-- / --

register until April 29, 2016

AGBC Kaiserslautern 2016 Charity Golf Tournament

AGBC Kaiserslautern hosted their annual Charity Golf Tournament on May 13th, 2016.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

19:30 to 24:00

Roses Restaurant-Bar, Martinsplatz 2, 53113 Bonn

-- / --

register until May 06, 2016

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

6 pm to app. 10 pm

Proviantamt Mainz Schillerstraße 11a D-55116 Mainz

-- / --

register until May 05, 2016

AGBC Wiesbaden - Mainz Get-Together

An after-work early evening for chapter members and special guests dedicated to leisurely conversation and networking

Saturday, April 30, 2016

10:00 registration, meeting to start at 10:45 to 16:30 tentatively

Best Western Plus Hotel Fellbach-Stuttgart, Trainer Straße 9, 70734 Fellbach Phone 0711-58590

-- / --

register until April 25, 2016

Membership Meeting of the Association of AGBCs e.V.

Our thanks go to the AGBC Stuttgart, in particular President Brendan Walsh, for the superb organization of the spring membership meeting. The Friday evening visit to a typical “schwäbische Spargel-Besen-Restaurant” which primarily served asparagus (the vegetable of spring in Germany) was a really enjoyable experience for the AGBCers. The atmosphere in the restaurant was something special. The membership meeting itself was a good opportunity for prosperous networking among the AGBC chapters. Unfortunately three chapters were unable to attend. The evening ended with a joint visit to the local festival “16. Fellbach Hopf” with 20 live bands in 19 various locations. It was most interesting to watch and study the mentality and dialect of the local visitors. Our thanks also go to Dr. Erwin G. Stark, President of the Golf-Club Hohenstaufen e.V. in Donzdorf for his kind invitation on Sunday morning. The group was welcome by the President himself, although he actually had to be on his way to Weimar. The group was served Weißwurst and Brezeln to be fit for an hour with the club’s coach. Following the lesson the group was invited to continue with nine-holes .

Friday, April 29, 2016 until Sunday, May 01, 2016

1930 joint dinner, Satureday and Sunday events are listed seperately to open

Friday dinner at 19:30 Dinner next door to the hotel at Goldberg Restaurant and Wine Lounge.

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register until April 25, 2016

Social Events

Our thanks go to the AGBC Stuttgart, in particular President Brendan Walsh, for the superb organization of the spring membership meeting. The Friday evening visit to a typical “schwäbische Spargel-Besen-Restaurant” which primarily served asparagus (the vegetable of Spring in Germany) was a really enjoyable experience for the AGBCers. The atmosphere in the restaurant was something special. The membership meeting itself was a good opportunity for prosperous networking among the AGBC chapters. Unfortunately three chapters were unable to attend. The evening ended with a joint visit to the local festival “16. Fellbach Hopf” with 20 live bands in 19 various locations. It was most interesting to watch and study the mentality and dialect of the local visitors. Our thanks also go to Dr. Erwin G. Stark, President of the Golf-Club Hohenstaufen e.V. in Donzdorf for his kind invitation on Sunday morning. The group was welcome by the President himself, although he actually had to be on his way to Weimar. The group was served Weißwurst and Brezeln to be fit for an hour with the club’s coach. Following the lesson the group was invited to continue with a 9-hole Round.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

09:00 to 13:30

New European College, Wolfratshauserstr. 84, 81379 Munich

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until April 22, 2016

2016 AGBC Munich Exchange I - An Informative Start for the Weekend.

2016 AGBC Munich Exchange I

 

This was our premier 2016 networking and knowledge-sharing event of the year, so we encouraged all to invite your friends and colleagues as well. Only 10 EUR / person, members and guests alike!

 

Where: New European College, Wolfratshauser Str. 84, 81379 München

 

When: Saturday, 23 April from 9:00 - 13.30 (with lunch catered by Taco Libre!)

 

What: 9 unique 45-minute discussions/presentations on the latest and most relevant topics in our business world.

 

Who: Around 100 German, American and expat business professionals.

 

Cost: Eur 10.00 includes a breakfast snack and then some beer tasting followed by a light lunch .

 

How did I get there: U-Bahn 3 to Obersendling, then either take the 134 Bus direction Solln (every 20 minutes) to Neunkirchnerstrasse exit (2nd stop) … or one can walk – 13 minutes (1.1 km).

 

Schedule of Events

 

9:00-9:30 Registration and Networking

 

9:30-9:45 Opening of the Exchange

 

Session 1 - 10:00-10:45 Presentations

 

Room 1 - Getting Ahead in the Freelance Economy, Dan Norenberg, Managing Director & Founder, N Vision Learning Solutions GmbH

 

Room 2 - Encounters of two worlds: working with refugees, Alexander Gloy, Founder Lighthouse Investment Management

 

Room 3 - Success (and Failure) in Silicon Valley, Paul Salazar, VP Sales EMEA, Hazelcast, Inc

 

Session 2 - 11:00-11:45 Presentations

 

 

Room 2 - Content Marketing: From big picture to the little details, Audra Shanley, Senior Editor, C3 (Creative, Code & Content)

 

Room 3 - The Politics of Integration: A look at corporate and individual involvement, Stephanie Hobert, Senior Associate UniCredit Bank AG

 

Session 3 - 12:00-12:45 Presentations

 

Room 1 - Creating Authentic User Groups and Brand Interaction, Kirsten Rhein, International Strategy and Branding Consultant

 

Room 2 - A National and Neighborhood Initiative: The joy and benefit for individuals, businesses and society, Judith Martin, Business Owner, MD, Coach, Trainer and Consultant

 

Room 3 - From Oil Town to Cultural Metropolis: Houston as a case study for American development, Prof. Dr. Hartmut Keil

 

13:00-13:30 Light Mexican lunch catered by Taco Libre

 

Summary of Presentations

 

"Getting Ahead in the Freelance Economy" - Dan Norenberg, Managing Director & Founder, N Vision Learning Solutions GmbH

 

Life-long employment is a prehistoric artifact. The freelance economy is on the rise. Shifting economic conditions, technology and the search for meaningful work are giving birth to new trends in the freelance workforce phenomenon.

 

This free agent trend will continue to increase in the years to come. Organizations must develop strategies to effectively engage and align employed and interim talent. For freelancers, this trend means a more competitive environment for the skills and services they provide. Some will survive, Others will thrive.

 

. During this interactive session, you will learn how to:

 

• Create a bigger picture of yourself (and more value) for potential clients

• Develop a highly effective freelance mindset

• Differentiate yourself from the “crowd of consultants”

• Stand out with smart questions

• Get access to resources that jump start your freelance career

 

"Encounters of two worlds: working with refugees" - Alexander Gloy, Founder Lighthouse Investment Management

 

Taking care of one million refugees should not be a problem for a nation where one city houses six million visitors for the Oktoberfest every year. Yet, thousands of refugees still live in provisional camps without solid walls, working showers or wifi. Many volunteers try to make their lives a little bit easier, leading to interesting cultural experiences.

 

"Success (and Failure) in Silicon Valley" - Paul Salazar, VP Sales EMEA, Hazelcast, Inc

 

Silicon Valley is the hotbed for countless successful start up companies, and is littered with the corpses of an even greater number of all-but-forgotten start up companies. Each success or failure brings with it numerous lessons learned.

 

Paul will provide a window into some of the lessons learned from his personal experience over 20 years at 8 start up companies, with particular focus on customer-centric product development and the subsequent pivots that can make or break a small company. He will also share insights gained from his executive role in responsible fundraising and 'fund-spending' for growth.

 

"Why the seed-investment & venture capital scene has to be disrupted" - Frank Thomsen, Inventor & Innovation Consultant

 

8 out of 10 startups fail. Although most of the ideas are quite good and promising, teams are often not up to the task of successfully developing and offering products or services, resulting in a lot of investment money being burned.

 

What is the secret to finding the right investment? Is there are science to it, or is it just pure luck to invest in the right (and winning) team?

 

This presentation explores the struggles and new disruptive possibilities in the world of (pre) seed investments and venture capital from the perspective of a serial entrepreneur, inventor and Innovation Consultant.

 

"Content Marketing: From big picture to the little details" - Audra Shanley, Senior Editor, C3 (Creative, Code & Content)

 

Let's start with the basics: What IS Content Marketing? We'll show you examples that highlight varied client objectives and appropriate solutions. We'll explore online, print, social media and video options for both large and small organizations. Next, it's time to tackle buzzwords including strategic topics, tonality, storytelling and analytics. Finally, we'll offer an organized path for you to jump into the content game, no matter how big or small your business.

 

"The Politics of Integration: A look at corporate and individual involvement" - Stephanie Hobert, Senior Associate UniCredit Bank AG

 

What is integration? How are companies and individuals getting involved in the current refugee crisis to promote integration? Join this talk to go behind the corporate and camp walls. Gain personal impressions, lessons learned, and interesting intercultural observations on both a corporate and individual level.

 

"Creating Authentic User Groups and Brand Interaction" - Kirsten Rhein, International Strategy and Branding Consultant

 

Creating and encouraging authentic brand interaction is one of the biggest struggles small businesses and marketing departments face. Problematically, it is also essential to brand advocacy in today’s marketing environment.

 

This talk will walk through the Dos and Don’ts of building authentic user groups from the ground up. Beginning with that initial empty mailing list or Facebook page and continuing to explore the complex task of maintaining such groups and ensuring the members remain engaged and the interaction remains authentic.

 

"A National and Neighborhood Initiative: The joy and benefit for individuals, businesses and society" - Judith Martin, Business Owner, MD, Coach, Trainer and Consultant

 

Combining personal journey and professional expertise, Judith will address a concerning social trend in Western society that has given rise to an inspiring national and local community initiative. She will draw on her experience of living and working in different cultures in Europe and Asia, and her “culture shock” on returning to live in Germany.

 

Together with participant interaction and contribution, Judith would like to explore possibilities for greater connectivity and cooperation among individuals, and its personal, commercial and societal benefits.

 

"From Oil Town to Cultural Metropolis: Houston as a case study for American development" - Prof. Dr. Hartmut Keil

 

The City of Houston probably still evokes stereotypical images of a bustling frontier town that became rich after oil was discovered more than a century ago. Although Houston remains the energy capital of the United States, it has also evolved into the fourth largest city in the country: a diverse metropolis, home to dozens of ethnic and religious groups, full of opportunities in business, commerce, and modern industries.

 

NASA is located here as well as the world’s largest medical center. But Houston has also been experiencing tremendous demographic change. This presentation will describe Houston’s economic and social transformation in the last thirty years and explain why this metropolis forebodes the challenges that American society faces in the twenty-first century.

 

Thursday, April 21, 2016

5 pm to app. 10 pm

U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Wiesbaden

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until April 11, 2016

Visit to U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Wiesbaden

A Visit to U.S. Army Europe Headquarters in Wiesbaden, information about the presence & objectives of the U.S. Army in Germany.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

18:00 to 23:00

Hippodrom tent, Theresienwiese, Frühlingsfest

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register until April 20, 2016

Bavarian-American Friendship Evening – Wednesday 20th April 16.

In a world of “faster, better, and more,” many of us feel the increasing rigors of corporate life and simultaneously long to be engaged in something more meaningful. After a decade in the corporate world, Tara McCartney made the break and founded the NGO, the non-governmental organization United for Hope which works to develop sustainable villages in rural India. In her presentation, she talked about this journey, the steps required to set up an NGO and her (often surreal) experiences in working in one of India’s least developed districts. Part inspiring, part informative, this presentation was of interest to those of you who have ever considered a change of direction or believe that each of us really can make a difference. More information can be found here: www.unitedforhope.org

Thursday, April 14, 2016

18:30 to 21:00

Günniwig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

26.00 € / 29.00 €

register until April 08, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until March 30, 2016

AGBC Munich - March 2016 Monthly Meeting

 

Guest Speaker: US Consul General Munich - Ms. Jennifer Gavito - “Insights on the German- American Relationship”

 

We had the great pleasure to meet with US CG Jennfer Gavito and to learn more about some of the key facets of the German/Bavarian relationship with the USA: the current and evolving US economic and diplomatic situations, the upcoming US elections, and the latest scoop on the TTIP negotiations. To top it off, she shared with us her insights on the 10-12th Munich Security Conference.

 

Topic: “Innovation through Logistics – Customer Experience Obsession” – Dr. Tilo Bobel, Amazon Europe, EU Ops Excellence Manager – External Fulfillment

When: Wednesday, 30th March, 2016

Time: Registration starts 1830; the meeting runs from 1900-2030 followed by our dinner buffet.

Where: Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstrasse 93, 80805 Munich

Price: EUR 25.00 for members, Eur 35.00 for guests (incl. Dinner buffet)

Sign-Up: Events tab at www.agbc.de or on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com

 

Today Customer Centrism is the key factor in creating an enduring bond to the Customer, one that helps generate more profits and ensure growth. Most companies preach this wisdom – but fail to think backwards (upstream) from the Customer delivery, to review all the supportive logistics and fulfillment processes. At Amazon the primary focus is on the Customer: Amazon is Customer-obsessed.

One can create and refine logistics and fulfillment processes by moving upstream from the Customer. She or he then soon realizes that logistics can become one of the most effective innovations in the Company. This leads to an impressive Customer experience!

Please join us on 30th March for a highly informative evening, one when Dr. Tilo Bobel will discuss his passion: driving the continual process improvements in logistics and fulfillment that are central to Amazon’s obsession with the Customer experience and the core of its great success.

Tilo started his career in 2011 at Amazon.de in Fulfillment Center Operations, where he was responsible for the Amazon Customer Excellence System (ACES) in the newly launched Fulfillment Center Graben, close to Augsburg. His focus was to generating improvements throughout the fulfillment processes. In 2013 Tilo advanced to the Corporate Supply Chain Team in at the Munich headquarters, where he built and managed the German Amazon External Fulfillment Supply Chain. Then in 2015 he was promoted to build up and lead the EU Ops Excellence team for all external Partners (e.g. Third Party Logistics Providers and Vendors (drop shipments, Vendor Flex).

Currently Tilo is responsible for European Operations Excellence for all of Amazon’s externally-managed Fulfillment Operations. He focuses on improving and standardizing fulfillment speeds, optimizing cost structures and the continually improving Quality with external logistics partners. In completing his academic work, Tilo worked on research projects at the Fraunhofer Institute in Nuremberg, the University of Erlangen¬-Nuremberg and the German Logistics Association in Bremen (BVL). He then started his business career with a German medium-sized third party logistics company where he was responsible for Corporate Development and Tender Management.

In addition to his Amazon Role, Tilo is today Guest Lecturer for Contract Logistics & Fulfillment at the Universities of Applied Science in Augsburg and Munich as well as a Member of the research advisory board of the German Logistics Association (BVL).

 

Sunday, March 13, 2016

11:45 to 16:00

Münchner Freiheit at Müncher Freiheit (Feillitzschstrasse, near McDonald’s)

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register until March 13, 2016

AGBC/MING Special Event – St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Celebration

Expat in the City Fair – Sunday, 06 March 2016 - Information & Inspiration for English-speaking Munich

 

GET CONNECTED. BE INSPIRED. YOU´RE INVITED! That was the motto for the Expat in the City Fair that took place on 06th March in the spectacular BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München. The doors opened at 10AM, and the program continued until 5 PM.

 

This was a 2016 special event to find out what’s happening in Munich. It was geared for newcomers as well as for longer-term international residents. From relocation companies and financial organizations to personal training and social and sports clubs, they were all be there to describe and offer their services in English.

 

The day was full of information, animation and inspiration for all internationals living in Munich. One could meet the faces and places that can help make her or his life abroad easier and – equally important – more fun. Questions about topics such as finances, insurances, education, daycare, expat life, job search and fun things to do in the Munich area were answered at the fair – all in one day and all under one (very large) roof. A program full of workshops, expert talks and entertainment ensured that visitors left the fair with the information and contacts they needed and the inspiration to enjoy life in Munich to the fullest.

 

At the fair one also found plenty of opportunities to mingle with other expats during the workshops and expert talks or in the Networking Beergarden at the indoor terrace of BMW Welt. The extensive program included workshops on learning German the easy way, yoga for kids, taxes, beer tasting and expert talks about how to set up your own business, health insurance in Germany, thriving as an accompanying partner as well as a speed dating session for international singles in Munich. There was also entertainment from local internationals such as Indian classical dance on-stage and snacks & beverages in the Networking Beergarden to stay strengthened through the day. For families with children, Expat in the City had a dedicated kids’ area where they could play and meet other international kids.

 

The City of Munich, BMW Welt, Expatica DE, The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and Invest in Bavaria were proud supporters of the Expat in the City Fair and welcomed you to the fair.

 

“In my capacity as patron, I am looking forward to the fair and would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Indeed, our support for “Expat in the City” is one of many ways in which Munich's local government wishes to welcome all international skilled workers and residents in Munich.” - Josef Schmid, Second Mayor of Munich. If you were looking to meet new faces, learn about new places, discover opportunities & services or get connected to other expats in this great city - the Expat in the City Fair was something you wouldn't want to miss! Catch the next event in 2017.

Wednesday, March 09, 2016

11.30 a.m. to ---

InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse 43, 60329 Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until March 04, 2016

Sunday, March 06, 2016

10:00 to 17:00

BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until March 06, 2016

Expat in the City Fair

Expat in the City Fair – Sunday, 06 March 2016 - Information & Inspiration for English-speaking Munich

 

GET CONNECTED. BE INSPIRED. YOU´RE INVITED! That was the motto for the Expat in the City Fair that took place on 06th March in the spectacular BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München. The doors opened at 10AM, and the program continued until 5 PM.

 

This was a 2016 special event to find out what’s happening in Munich. It was geared for newcomers as well as for longer-term international residents. From relocation companies and financial organizations to personal training and social and sports clubs, they were all be there to describe and offer their services in English.

 

The day was full of information, animation and inspiration for all internationals living in Munich. One could meet the faces and places that can help make her or his life abroad easier and – equally important – more fun. Questions about topics such as finances, insurances, education, daycare, expat life, job search and fun things to do in the Munich area were answered at the fair – all in one day and all under one (very large) roof. A program full of workshops, expert talks and entertainment ensured that visitors left the fair with the information and contacts they needed and the inspiration to enjoy life in Munich to the fullest.

 

At the fair one also found plenty of opportunities to mingle with other expats during the workshops and expert talks or in the Networking Beergarden at the indoor terrace of BMW Welt. The extensive program included workshops on learning German the easy way, yoga for kids, taxes, beer tasting and expert talks about how to set up your own business, health insurance in Germany, thriving as an accompanying partner as well as a speed dating session for international singles in Munich. There was also entertainment from local internationals such as Indian classical dance on-stage and snacks & beverages in the Networking Beergarden to stay strengthened through the day. For families with children, Expat in the City had a dedicated kids’ area where they could play and meet other international kids.

 

The City of Munich, BMW Welt, Expatica DE, The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and Invest in Bavaria were proud supporters of the Expat in the City Fair and welcomed you to the fair.

 

“In my capacity as patron, I am looking forward to the fair and would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Indeed, our support for “Expat in the City” is one of many ways in which Munich's local government wishes to welcome all international skilled workers and residents in Munich.” - Josef Schmid, Second Mayor of Munich. If you were looking to meet new faces, learn about new places, discover opportunities & services or get connected to other expats in this great city - the Expat in the City Fair was something you wouldn't want to miss! Catch the next event in 2017.

Sunday, March 06, 2016

10:00 to 17:00

BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 Munich

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until March 06, 2016

Expat in the City Fair

Expat in the City Fair – Sunday, 06 March 2016 - Information & Inspiration for English-speaking Munich

 

GET CONNECTED. BE INSPIRED. YOU´RE INVITED! That was the motto for the Expat in the City Fair that took place on 06th March in the spectacular BMW Welt, Am Olympiapark 1, 80809 München. The doors opened at 10AM, and the program continued until 5 PM.

 

This was a 2016 special event to find out what’s happening in Munich. It was geared for newcomers as well as for longer-term international residents. From relocation companies and financial organizations to personal training and social and sports clubs, they were all be there to describe and offer their services in English.

 

The day was full of information, animation and inspiration for all internationals living in Munich. One could meet the faces and places that can help make her or his life abroad easier and – equally important – more fun. Questions about topics such as finances, insurances, education, daycare, expat life, job search and fun things to do in the Munich area were answered at the fair – all in one day and all under one (very large) roof. A program full of workshops, expert talks and entertainment ensured that visitors left the fair with the information and contacts they needed and the inspiration to enjoy life in Munich to the fullest.

 

At the fair one also found plenty of opportunities to mingle with other expats during the workshops and expert talks or in the Networking Beergarden at the indoor terrace of BMW Welt. The extensive program included workshops on learning German the easy way, yoga for kids, taxes, beer tasting and expert talks about how to set up your own business, health insurance in Germany, thriving as an accompanying partner as well as a speed dating session for international singles in Munich. There was also entertainment from local internationals such as Indian classical dance on-stage and snacks & beverages in the Networking Beergarden to stay strengthened through the day. For families with children, Expat in the City had a dedicated kids’ area where they could play and meet other international kids.

 

The City of Munich, BMW Welt, Expatica DE, The Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK) and Invest in Bavaria were proud supporters of the Expat in the City Fair and welcomed you to the fair.

 

“In my capacity as patron, I am looking forward to the fair and would like to extend a warm welcome to all our visitors. Indeed, our support for “Expat in the City” is one of many ways in which Munich's local government wishes to welcome all international skilled workers and residents in Munich.” - Josef Schmid, Second Mayor of Munich. If you were looking to meet new faces, learn about new places, discover opportunities & services or get connected to other expats in this great city - the Expat in the City Fair was something you wouldn't want to miss! Catch the next event in 2017.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

16:45 to 19:30

Klais Orgelbau, Bonn

15.00 € / 15.00 €

register until February 29, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until February 24, 2016

AGBC Munich - February 2016 Monthly Meeting

 

Guest Speaker: US Consul General Munich - Ms. Jennifer Gavito - “Insights on the German- American Relationship”

 

We had the great pleasure to meet with US CG Jennfer Gavito and to learn more about some of the key facets of the German/Bavarian relationship with the USA: the current and evolving US economic and diplomatic situations, the upcoming US elections, and the latest scoop on the TTIP negotiations. To top it off, she shared with us her insights on the 10-12th Munich Security Conference.

 

Jennifer Gavito – Jen is the new U.S. Consul General in Munich, Germany. She most recently served for three years as the Chief of the Political Section at the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem, where she acted as the Consul General’s senior political advisor on all issues related to the Middle East peace negotiations and U.S. policy toward Jerusalem, the West Bank, and Gaza. Her service in Jerusalem followed one year as Foreign Affairs Policy Advisor to the U.S. Africa Command’s Directorate for Plans, Policies, and Programs (J5) in Stuttgart.

 

From 2008-2011, Jen was Deputy Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General in Dubai. Prior to that assignment, she was Director for Syria and Lebanon on the staff of the National Security Council at the White House. She has also served as Deputy Director of the Maghreb Affairs Office in the State Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of U.S. policy toward North Africa. She was previously the Department of State’s primary action officer on Libya. From 2003 to 2005, Jen served as head of the Economic/Commercial section at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Her earlier tours were as an Economic and Consular Officer in Nicaragua and as a Vice-Consul at the U.S. Consulate General in Frankfurt. Before joining the State Department in 1998, she worked at the U.S. Department of Treasury as an Economic Analyst.

 

Jen speaks German, French, and Spanish. Originally from Kansas City, Missouri and now calling Colorado home, she attended American University in Washington, D.C. She is married and has two young sons.

 

Saturday, February 20, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Georg-Buch-Haus, Wellritzstr. 38 A, 65183 Wiesbaden

18.00 € / 18.00 €

register until February 18, 2016

Miss Sophie's "Dinner for Five"

A performance of the Wiesbaden English Language Theater (WELT) which brought about all the secrets of the much younger Miss Sophie and her notorious guests.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

18:30 to 21:00

Gunnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until February 12, 2016

Bonn - Personal Health Management

We often don’t treasure good health until we no longer have it. In a most interesting and informative evening Paul Baum – physician, dentist, and former candidate for Lord Mayor in the city of Neuwied – compared dental hygiene around Europe and in North and South America including the Caribbean. Education plays a key role where minimal investment of a few cents up front can prevent several thousand Euros in costs later. After initial success teaching dental health in grade schools, Herr Baum and his colleagues expanded their work to educating midwives and expectant mothers in oral hygiene of infants and children. The results are impressive: from a level of four cavities per 12-year old in Neuwied, they have reduced the incidence to less than one cavity in the same age group. Herr Baum then analyzed common opinions and beliefs: sugar is not necessarily bad for teeth, and citrus fruit is not necessarily good for teeth. More fluoride as well as brushing ones teeth more than twice a day can even be counterproductive. In a lively Q&A session Herr Baum explained from the viewpoint of an expert which materials are best for various dental repairs and why others should be used with caution. Although some of the discussion was quite detailed (e.g., how differing bone structure in the upper and lower jaw often dictate different solutions for dental bridges, crowns and implants), all was explained clearly, so that everyone understood and could easily relate to their own experience.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

18:00 to 22:00

Barbarossa Hotel Restaurant (Eselsfuerth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern)

-- / 25.00 €

register until February 15, 2016

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

19:00 to .

InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt, Silhouette Room, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse 43,60329 Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until February 11, 2016

What is TTIP all about?

The focus of public discussion is on the infamous acronym TTIP. Why is Germany particularly critical? Jacob Schrot (Founder of Initiative junger Transatlantiker) discusses the spectrum of chapters being negotiated between the United States and the European Union.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

06 pm to 09 pm

Wingert Vinothek, Obere Webergasse 50, 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until February 08, 2016

Member Get-Together

An after-work early evening for chapter members and special guests dedicated to leisurely conversation and networking accompanied by a choice of Rheingau wines.

Thursday, February 04, 2016

17:00 to 24:00

a Gasthaus in Bonn

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register until January 29, 2016

Sunday, January 24, 2016

18:30 to .

Eissporthalle, Am Bornheimer Hang 4, 60386 Frankfurt am Main

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until January 24, 2016

Frankfurt Lowen

The Frankfurt Löwen Ice Hockey Team extended an offer to AGBC members, their family, and guests as well as several other entities with ties to America to attend the FRANKFURT LÖWEN versus Ravensburg. at a special price.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

10:00 to 15:00

Burgschänke Kaiserslautern, Schlossstraße 1, 67661 Kaiserslautern

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register until January 23, 2016

AGBC Business Expo 2016

AGBC Kaiserslautern hosted its first annual Business Expo, featuring an all day business forum, presentations, and a forum discussion.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

18:30 to 21:00

axxessio GmbH Kurfürstenallee 5 (opposite of the Redoute) in 53177 Bonn (Bad Godesberg)

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until January 16, 2016

Bonn - Digital Burnout - What it means for us and how to protect ourselves

In a relaxed evening at the axxessio GmbH, Prof. Alexander Markowetz gave us an expert’s insight into the world of “homo digitalis” the computerized human being by explaining the phenomena of people with their Smart Phones and dispelled many conceptions about the (mis)use of this convenience. Far from being the final phase of a development, Prof. Markowetz believes we are only at the beginning and that in five years the environment will appear quite different to today. Our obsession with Smart Phones is like a slot machine and closely related to the short time between action and reward. The average person accesses their phone 55 times per day – the younger generation 100 times and more. And, 80% of our communications are with just five people. Meaningful communication gets lost by the wayside. Because of the way they are used, Smart Phones are not an aid to real productivity because they interrupt the train of thought during the analysis of difficult problems. The on-line commercial sector is even worse. Elected lawmakers no longer determine the rules for competing in the marketplace and have failed to dur their duty. Mega-corporations such as eBay, Google and Amazon dictate to their users (sellers and buyers) what they will and will not do. Basta! This is definitely not free enterprise.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

18:00 to 21:00

Mercure Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until January 18, 2016

Annual General Meeting

An event focused on past and future developments of our chapter. Restricted to chapter members and invited guests.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until January 19, 2016

Munich Chapter - Annual General Meeting 2016

Our Annual General Meeting was held 20th January 2016 at the Marriott Hotel, Berliner Str 93, 80805 Munich.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

18:00 to 22:00

Wingert Vinothek, Obere Webergasse 50, 65183 Wiesbaden

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register until January 11, 2016

Members get-together, with a glass of wine, or two ...

An event dedicated to conversation and discussion among members.

Wednesday, January 06, 2016

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until January 05, 2016

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Saturday, December 12, 2015

8 p.m. to .

Rheingauer Dom, Geisenheim

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until November 27, 2015

Thursday, December 10, 2015

12:00 to .

InterContinental Hotel, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Strasse 43, 60329 Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until December 07, 2015

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

18:00 to 21:00

Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

-- / --

register until December 08, 2015

AGBC Munich Special Event – TTIP Update

TTIP Update - Opportunities and Challenges - What's in Play Today?

 

What a way to end our 2015 AGBC Munich events! Sponsored by UPS Deutschland, our TTIP Update on 9th December at Amerikahaus was a great success, courtesy of our stellar panel and great moderator Lars Purkarthofer.

 

The TTIP issues are immense … and at times intense. TTIP is a broad vision, one packed with many upsides while bearing some downsides with risks that must be skillfully managed.

 

Our panel of experts engaged in a constructive, facts-oriented and open discussion on the current TTIP issues, including the most controversial and critical points. Focus was on providing all attendees a better understanding of the most vital facets of TTIP, with inputs from varying points of view.

 

After brief opening remarks by AGBC Munich President Larry Schulz and UPS Deutschland’s President Frank Sportolari, Professor Gabriel Felbermayr (head of the Foreign Trade Section at the ifo Institut) set the scene, outlining the background of the need for TTIP – i.e. the strategic positioning of the Europe/USA trading block vis-a-vis other major international trading blocks involving China, Russia, India and Brazil. With his highly inspired Keynote presentation, he identified the expected long range and operative outcomes for Germany and the EU once the TTIP is launched.

 

These projected results are based on the ifo Institut’s economic model of the projected TTIP benefits and risks.

 

Our top-notch panel featured a broad range of insightful inputs from TTIP experts:

 

• Dr. Jens Butenandt, TÜV SÜD, Product Service, Chief Technology Officer

 

• Wolfgang Clement, former German Economics Minister (Bundesminister a.D.)

 

• Prof. Gabriel Felbermayr, ifo Institut, Head of the Foreign Trade Section

 

• Dieter Janecek, Member of the Bundestag and Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Party Speaker for Economics/Politics

 

• Dirk Pollert, Vereinigung der bayerischen Wirtschaft (VbW), Deputy Managing Director

 

• Frank Sportolari, President, UPS Deutschland

 

• Lars Purkarthofer, Moderator – Public Affairs Manager, UPS Deutschland

 

Among the broad array of keen inputs were the following:

 

Exports - German exports have recently hit a plateau after years of steady growth. TTIP is expected to help rejuvenate export growth, providing more and better-paid future jobs in Germany.

 

Exports impact 30% of all jobs in the Germany, and foreign trade accounts for 53% of Germany’s per capita real income. Today the USA is currently Germany’s number one national export market.

 

With globalization and the continuing economic advances in the Far East, European and US companies are faced with erosion of their global market shares. TTIP should help mitigate part of this effect.

 

Benefits - While most German industries will benefit from TTIP, especially the metal/machine tool industry (800K employees) and other Mittelstand companies, there is a risk to the agricultural, mining and chemicals sectors. However, the net balance is a positive one.

 

The ifo Institut’s economic model projects annual German export growth of 2.5-3.5% with a German annual average net benefit of Eur 870 per person. The corresponding export growths for the EU and US are forecast at 2.1-3.9% and 2.7-4.9%, respectively. Ancillary net benefits are also expected for developing countries.

 

Customs Fees - With today’s manufacturers increasing use of international supply chains, component and sub-assembly supply is triggering more customs costs (and related administration effort). With the near-elimination of transatlantic customs fees, these costs should decline.

 

Standards – Concern was expressed about the ability to align EU and US product and process standards. With Germany leading the way in establishing many standards and with the evolution of ISO standards, the EU has gradually developed an effective array of European standards, certification processes, and ongoing control approaches. However, the US (e.g. IEEE, Underwriters Laboratories) and Europe have used sound but different approaches in setting standards and related evaluation and control processes.

 

Agreement on common standards is a topic for the next round of TTIP discussions and negotiations. These need to be mutually accepted, fair standards that do not jeopardize the levels of safety and security available today. The door is open for mutual agreement on each other’s standards and does not necessarily imply creating a single standard.

 

ISDS - One of the primary areas of contention relates to the Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) process, which actually originated in Germany. While some panelists favored ISDS, others believe it will be set aside for now and subject to a second round of negotiations, possibly including the use of international arbitrators, not just transatlantic ones.

 

Transparency - As the TTIP discussions advanced during 2013-14, many of the issues were cloaked in secrecy, and many facets of TTIP, as well as potential implications, have been poorly communicated by politicians, the EU and German governments and industry organizations. The appointment of the current EU commissioner responsible for TTIP and trade issues has resulted in a more open approach. However, many TTIP developments, especially in the negotiations, have yet to be communicated.

 

The highly informative slides supporting Prof Gabriel Felbermayr’s keynote address are available in the Past Events section on the AGBC National website – www.agbc.de.

 

The Bottom Line: Each panel member was positive on the TTIP goals, but with some reservations. TTIP’s success will be a function of fairness in completing the negotiations, sustained competition, control of existing and evolving monopolists, transparency on TTIP matters, and constructive compromise in agreeing on appropriate standards and certification processes. Hold on tight!

 

As for a future follow-up panel discussion: “Let’s play it again, Sam?” Maybe in mid-July 2016!

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

18:30 to 23:00

Restaurant zum Brunnwart, Biedersteinerstr. 78, 80805 Munich

30.00 € / 30.00 €

register until December 05, 2015

AGBC Munich Holiday Event

 

When: Tuesday, 8th December

Time: Registration started 1830, the drinks and food around 1900 with Eisstockschiessen running from 2100-2200.

Where: : Restaurant zum Brunnwart, Biedersteinerstr. 78, 80805 Munich - U6 Haltestelle Nordfriedhof, southeast exit, then 7 minute walk headed due east.

Cost: 30.00 EUR net price for members and guests (incl. Flying Buffet) + Eur 10.00 for our interested Eistockschiessen participants.

Sign-Up: Events tab at www.agbc.de or on the new AGBC Munich Community Platform at www.agbc-munich.com.

 

Over the years, our AGBC Holiday events have always been special ones, and this year’scontinued the trend by shifting to Networking with some Eisstockschiessen. Nothing like a bit of sport activity to get the networking flowing.

 

Participants had two options - Eur 30.00 for attending the networking part of the evening (including the Flying Buffet) plus Eur 10.00 for those wishing to participate in the Eisstockschiessen (highly recommended for up to 24 participants). The Flying Buffet included a variety of small special servings plus a dessert and bottled water. As in prior years, participants paid for their other drinks and related gratuities separately.

 

The following were the conditions for registration:

1. Registration and prepayment are required by not later than Saturday, 5th December. This is essential for planning purposes at Restaurant Zum Brunnwart.

2. The Price of Eur 30.00 or Eur 40.00 per person must be pre-paid to hold your reservation - the reservation is only valid once your payment is received. Thus: “first paid, first reserved.” Please make your payments as soon as possible.

3. Payment should be made to the AGBC Bank Account at the Münchner Bank, IBAN DE68701900000001089595

4. Please state your last name, number of tickets being purchased, and whether you are paying for the Flying Buffet + Eisstockschiessen (@ Eur 40.00) or just for the Flying Buffet (@ Eur 30.00) – e.g.: J. Doe and M. Smith, 1 Flying Buffet + Eisstock, 1 Flying Buffet, EURO 70.00 payment.

 

Places on the dedicated Bahn for Eisstockschiessen were limited to 24. These too were reserved on a “first paid, first reserved” basis.

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

1800 to 2400

Hotel Rosenhof Restaurant, Am Koehlwäldchen 16, 66849 Landstuhl

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until December 01, 2015

Christmas "Exclusive Buffet" Reception

We held our Christmas reception for 2015 at the Hotel Rosenhof Restaurant and enjoyed meeting with our colleagues from the Kaiserslautern area.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until December 01, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Monday, November 30, 2015

18:00 to 22:30

Maritim Hotel, Theodor-Heuss-Allee 3, 60486 Frankfurt

65.00 € / --

register until November 23, 2015

SSG Thanksgiving Dinner

SSG Thanksgiving Dinner

Friday, November 27, 2015

5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Restaurant Kleinpetersberg, Austr. 46, 53179 Bonn (Mehlem)

35.00 € / 45.00 €

register until November 19, 2015

Thursday, November 26, 2015

6:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m.

Ratskeller Stuttgart, Marktplatz 1, Festsaal Herzog Eberhard 1-3

32.00 € / 37.00 €

register until November 19, 2015

A Taste of Home - Thanksgiving Dinner

Thank you all for another wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

6.30 p.m. to .

Rheinblick Golf Course, Weisser Weg, 65201 Wiesbaden-Dotzheim

30.00 € / 15.00 €

register until November 18, 2015

Annual Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner

Annual Thanksgiving Buffet Dinner

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 25.00 €

register until November 25, 2015

AGBC Munich -November 2015 Monthly Meeting - 2015 AGBC Exchange II

Back by popular demand after last year's pilot project, we returned in 2015 with new speakers, new topics, and a fine-tuned program. This formed our November monthly meeting.

 

The 2015 AGBC Exchange II consisted of two simultaneous panel discussions:

 

Panel 1: "Surviving the City: Best practices for Bricks and Mortar stores in Munich," moderated by Christopher Magyar -

 

Vivian Hylton: Owner, Taco Libre Restaurant Petra Dahm: Owner, My Fable Cultural Cafe and Shop Wally Schoch: Owner, Pomeroy & Winterbottom specialty store for British goods Constance Heuberger: Owner, Toskana Weinhandlung wine shop and gallery

 

Panel 2: "The Internet of Things: how digitalization and industry 4.0 are changing the ways we live and work," moderated by Bruno Müller -

 

Frank Thomsen: Innovation Consultant at Jambit Willem Bulthuis: High-Tech Executive at WBX Consulting Dr. Olaf Biedermann: Director Innovation Europe at Faurecia dWorks Dr. Annette Leonhard-MacDonald: Managing Director at Leonhard-MacDonald Ventures

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

18:30 to 21:00

.UnternehmerTUM, Lichtenbergstr. 6, 85748 Garching

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until November 16, 2015

AGBC Special Event – Entrepreneurialism Special Interest Group

AGBC Special Event – Entrepreneurialism Special Interest Group – MakerSpace at the UnternehmerTUM

 

The AGBC is launched its inaugural special event at the UnternehmerTUM’s brand-new MakerSpace facility in Garching. This meeting was targeted at our Entrepreneurialism (Innovation) special interest group and open to all other interested AGBC members and friends and guests.

 

Under the aegis of long-term AGBC member Phill Handy, new Corporate member UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace offered us a tour of the new MakerSpace facility. Geared to support the burgeoning, dynamic Munich area technology startup community, MakerSpace caters to ambitious start-ups, active DIYers and creative ventures, offering a place to implement ideas and innovations in the form of prototypes and small batch production.

 

MakerSpace is a 1500-square-metre high-tech workshop, open to the public, which provides MakerSpace members access to 80 high-tech machines plus tools and software as well as a highly creative tech community. Various work areas are available, such as machine, metal and woodworking shops as well as textile and electrical processing facilities. In addition, 3D printers and laser and water jet cutters make it possible to fabricate new shapes and to process every type of material. Maker-Space offers professional training and workshops with its specialized staff as well as consulting services and events for members with various levels of knowledge, providing them with support and networking options

 

Opened on 1 June 2015, MakerSpace is a unique offering that UnternehmerTUM makes available to the national and international innovation and entrepreneurial scene. As a subsidiary of UnternehmerTUM, MakerSpace is strengthening Munich's position as a high-tech center and intensifying the local network of the city, universities, start-ups, companies and the local creative scene. More information about MakerSpace and booking: www.maker-space.de

 

MAKERSPACE OFFERS

 

• Fee-based membership

 

• Fee-based training and workshops on selected machines

 

• Platform for makers of all ages and knowledge levels

 

• Open from Monday to Saturday, 7 am to 10 pm

 

The meeting program was:

 

1830-1900 Registration and Networking

 

1900-1945 Tour of MakerSpace

 

1945-2000 Corporate Interests

 

2000-2030 Q&A

 

2030-2100 Refreshments and Networking

 

Phill Handy is an international business professional with over 25 years of experience starting, growing, and turning around businesses in Germany and across Europe. As the General Manager UnternehmerTUM MakerSpace GmbH, he is currently creating a unique place for the national and international innovation and entrepreneurial scene through UnternehmerTUM in Munich. By providing members access to the latest technology, MakerSpace helps to strengthen Munich’s position as a high-tech center.

 

An avid entrepreneur, Phill knows what it means to be given a space where dreams and ideas grow. He has started and run many of his own businesses – currently xCite Project Offices in Düsseldorf & Frankfurt and the Forum BCGroup, which consults S&M companies and helps them to combine High-Tech and Old-Tech.

 

Born and raised in Redding, Connecticut (USA), his father is an architect and uncle is a patent holder. Thus Phill grew up in a do-it/build-it-yourself family. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from ACU (Abilene/Texas, USA) and a Master’s degree in International Management from SIU (Heidelberg, Germany).

Saturday, November 07, 2015

10:30 to 17:00

Barbarossahof in Kaiserslautern (restricted to AGBC members)

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register until October 30, 2015

Membership Meeting of the Association of AGBCs (restricted to AGBC members)

The membership meeting of the Association of AGBCs was well attended and a successful business meeting

Saturday, November 07, 2015

19:00 to open

Barbarossahof in Kaiserslautern

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register until November 03, 2015

Dinner after the Membership Meeting

The dinner after the membership meeting in Kaiserslautern was a very good opportunity for networking with other chapters of the AGBC.

Friday, November 06, 2015

18:00 to 20:30

IKEA Market in Kaiserslautern. (Opelfreisel 3)

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register until November 03, 2015

Social Events around the Membership Meeting

Our thanks go to AGBC Kaiserslautern e.V. for organizing this event. A large group of about 50 AGBC members, families and friends from Kaiserslautern but also from other AGBC chapters spent two very pleasant hours at the recently opened IKEA shop in Kaiserslautern. This IKEA shop in Kaiserslautern is one of 10 worldwide IKEA shops of the "new generation". Our thanks also go to the Management of IKEA for inviting our group for dinner at the local shop restaurant. After dinner Mr. Marcel Ruetgers, the restuarant manager, gave us a 45 minute tour of the facilities, which was very interesting. Mr. Ruetgers briefly highlighted the differences between the "old" IKEA shops and those of the "new generation". A view into the business considerations to better meet the customers' requirements is quite something different than going thru IKEA just as customer. In particular the various bistros and smaller cafeterias make the customers feel welcome and invite them to spend some more time at the shop to stroll around. This event also offered the opportunity for AGBC members and associates from various AGBC chapters in Germany to meet again in a casual atmosphere. Ms. Kemnitz at IKEA in Kaiserslautern may be contacted for more information regarding the "new generation" shops. Thanks again to IKEA for the generosity having us as guests and thanks to Mr. Ruetgers for having spent his time showing us the shop.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until November 03, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until October 28, 2015

AGBC Munich - October 2015 Monthly Meeting

Guest Speakers: Willem Bulthuis, Natali Brandis: “Risks and Crisis Management – Cyber-Security Breaches”

 

Did you know (Bitkom 2015):

 

1. 75% of German companies say their IT systems are regularly attacked.

 

2. 51% of German companies have experienced Cyberespionage, sabotage or data theft in the past two years, with an estimated damage of 51 Billion Euro.

 

3. However, 51% do not have Crisis Management in place, which could reduce damage in case of an incident.

 

4. In the USA, 78% of CIOs and CISOs say their Board of Directors has not been briefed on their Cybersecurity Strategy in the last 12 months.

 

5. Often the intrusions are only accidentally noticed and not detected until well after the fact.

 

Cyber security is a hot topic today, especially with the reported IT breaches at a number of high-profile companies (e.g. Sony Pictures, Target, etc.), not to mention many such incursions that go unreported or even worse, unnoticed.

 

The cost of these attacks can be enormous … and the ensuing damage control costs can be “gi-normous,” especially in terms of compromise of personal information and lost-reputations for the companies and employees involved.

 

Company owners and managers are legally obligated to proactively take and maintain effective security measures that minimize the risks and to install procedures to mitigate any ensuing damage.

 

Come join us at our monthly meeting on 28th October to learn about the potential cost of hacker attacks and to learn some fundamental steps that are endemic to effective crisis management strategies, steps that can also be leveraged for use in other damage control situations.

 

During the first part of the meeting, Willem Bulthuis outlined why Cyber Security is an Executive Management responsibility and then sketched what activities and costs a company is confronted with during and after an IT Security incident. He described approaches to reduce the risk of incidents and to minimize the (direct and indirect) damages resulting from an incident.

 

Then Natali Brandis discussed communications strategies and tactics that can be prepared in advance to help effectively respond to the aftermath of at IT security attack. These are the steps on (1) how to manage the situation and (2) how and when to communicate about the incursions, both internally and externally, if needed. The proper formulation of these communications can be especially challenging and requires professional preparation – stakeholders are very sensitive, and attackers are often anonymous, at least in the initial stages of the investigation. Especially essential are use of the appropriate communications channels and tools. All elements must be geared to minimize the not only the impacts on the Company’s reputation but also on the stakeholders.

 

Willem Bulthuis has worked in the global high-tech industry for 30 years, at companies like Philips Electronics, NXP Semiconductors, Giesecke & Devrient and most recently as Board Member of secunet security networks AG, one of the largest dedicated IT-security companies in Germany. He has held Executive Positions responsible for Global Marketing & Sales, Business Development and Innovation and has also served as Group Chief Technology Officer. Willem has experience in innovative industries like Consumer Electronics, Media, Automotive, Semiconductors, Payment, Telecom and IT Security, and has been based in the USA (Silicon Valley), The Netherlands and Germany (since 2006). Currently he is active as Business Angel and Digitalization Advisor on topics like SmartGrid, Industry 4.0, Connected Car and Smart Agriculture.

 

Natali Brandis is Director at CNC – Communications & Network Consulting AG in Munich, where she specializes in crisis management communications. With a 16-year career in the communications arena, she has served as press speaker for Auto 5000 GmbH (Wolfsburg) München and has worked as Communications Specialist in the cultural team within the VW AG Communications Department. She studied Media Management as well as Work and Organizational Psychology at the University of Leipzig.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

19:00 to 12:00

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart

2.00 € / 7.00 €

register until October 21, 2015

Let's Talk Business: Building Trust

Let’s Talk Business: Building Trust & Relationships with Germans and Americans

Thursday, October 15, 2015

6 pm to app. 10 pm

Mercure Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until October 12, 2015

The Making of WELT - The Business of Running a Theater

Keith Greenleaf, founder and director of the Wiesbaden English Language Theater now going into its fifth year of existence as a semi-professional theater with a series of successful stage productions, showed us how his project has worked out.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

12:30 to 16:00

DaVinci Haus, Gebäude 696, Tor 33; 60547 Frankfurt

50.00 € / --

register until October 12, 2015

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until October 06, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until September 30, 2015

AGBC Munich - September 2015 Monthly Meeting

Guest Speaker: .

 

 

AGBC Munich Chapter is creating a vivid, vibrant member communications platform, a forum:

Sunday, September 27, 2015

11:00 to 16:00

Schottenhamel Festzelt/Tent, Wies'n 2015

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until September 10, 2015

AGBC Munich Returns to Oktoberfest 2015



The Munich Chapter returned to enjoy the fun at Oktoberfest.  We had 64 seats (8 tables) reserved in the Schottenhamel Zelt-Tent for Sunday, 6th October 2013 from 11AM through 4PM, the final day of Oktoberfest 2013. This was again be a “pay in advance” event based on a “first paid, first reserved” basis. The cost was Eur 40 for members and Eur
45 for our Guests. This includee a shared Bavarian platter for each table and ½ chicken and 2 Maß (liters) of Oktoberfest Bier for each attendee.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Gunnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until September 11, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

18:00 to 22:00

Mercure Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

-- / 10.00 €

register until September 14, 2015

How oil prices are established - Opportunities and risks in a global market

David J. Adams has explained the global iol market as an expert with a long experience in this field

Thursday, September 10, 2015

19:30 to 24:00

Roses Restaurant-Bar, Martinsplatz 2a, 53111 Bonn

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register until September 08, 2015

Sunday, September 06, 2015

12:00 to 18:00

Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

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register until September 02, 2015

AGBC Munich/MING Event - Jam Session @ Wawi

 

AGBC Munich/MING Special Event – Amerikahaus Jam Session Part II

 

When: Sunday, 6th of September

Time: 1300-1800

Where: Amerikahaus München, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

Cost: Eur 15.00 for adults, kids 10-16 for Eur 5.00.

 

Please save the date – This is the event originally scheduled for Sunday, 21 June that was postponed due to inclement weather.

Amerikahaus is one of Munich’s key international meeting points since 1957. The planned renovation work is now delayed until Christmastime. This provides the opportunity to again stage there the Amerikahaus Jam Session Part II, a MING Event, from 1-6 PM on Sunday, 6th September.

With the highly successful launch of last year's “Amerikahaus Jam”, Linda Jo Rizzo & Dave Dowdy are proud to present this year’s Amerikahaus Jam Session Part II. Live music will feature Jazz, Swing & Soul to Pop, Rock & Country with great musicians. Food and drinks will be available at affordable prices. Fun & games for kids too. Bring the Family!!!!!! For information and reservations please contact Dave Dowdy by 2nd September at: ddd@tripled.de

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until September 01, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Saturday, August 22, 2015

15:30 to 18:30

Dante Stadion, Dante Str. 14, 80637 Munich

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register until August 21, 2015

AGBC/MING Special Event - Munich Cowboys vs Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns

 

AGBC/MING Event: Munich Cowboys vs Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns – American Football, Made in Bavaria

 

When: Saturday, 22nd August 2015

Time: 1600-1830

Where: Dante Stadion, Dante Strasse 14, 80637 Munich

Cost: General Admission Eur 9.00, Tribune Seats Eur 12.00

 

Come out to Dante-Stadion and join members of the MING* groups for a rousing afternoon of American football. Our Munich Cowboys take on the Schwäbisch Hall Unicorns, the most successful team over the past 5 years in the southern conference of the first German Football League (GFL) and bound for the 2015 playoffs. The Cowboys, our Fighting Bayrisch, are tackling some of the best players in Germany. The kick-off is at 16:00 and you can grab a hamburger or a hot dog, join in the cheerleading, and enjoy the action on the field. When the going gets good, Dante Stadion really rocks!

 

No need to register. If you can make it, let’s meet at 1530 near the food stand - to the right when you enter the Stadion grounds. With sunny (or at least non-rainy) skies, general admission is fine. With threatening skies, the Tribune seats are the better option

 

Dante-Stadion is easy to reach: U1 Haltestelle at Westfriedhof. Located in northwest Munich near Moosach, it is just south of the Dachauer Strasse, adjacent to the Dante-Bad.

 

A general game description and further team info are available at www.munich-cowboys.de. The game program is available at the gate for a small contribution (Eur 1-2).

 

Note: * MING = Munich International Networking Group. The participating organizations are shown on the MING website: www.ming-in-munich.com <

Sunday, August 09, 2015

7 p.m. to .

Kloster Eberbach

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register until May 31, 2015

Mozart & Haydn Night

This August 8 guests of the Festival had the rare opportunity of enjoying a very unique program, celebrating the music of Mozart and Haydn. The memorable performances consisted of: Joseph Haydn - The Drum Roll; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Clarinet Concerto in A major, featuring the famous soloist Daniel Ottensamer of the Vienna Philharmonic; Chamber Music; Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Serenade No. 3 "Antretter". The warm summer night in the splendid Rheingau surroundings, added just the necessary touch to achieve perfection, making the event something that will be remembered for a long time, as guests look forward to future programs in Rheingau. Susi James Vice President Special-Events Deputy Treasurer

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until August 04, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Friday, July 31, 2015

12:00 to .

Golfplatz Altenstadt, Oppelshäuserweg 5, 63674 Altenstadt

42.00 € / 52.00 €

register until July 28, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

19:00 to 21:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

-- / 15.00 €

register until July 18, 2015

AGBC Munich Special Meeting - Estate Planning for Bi-National Couples

Panel Discussion featuring:
Sarah Antor – Urban Thier & Federer, Munich - U.S. Inheritance Lawyer
Florian Aicher – Schuhmann Würzle Aicher Rechtsanwälte – German Inheritance Lawyer
Dr. Andrea Ghirardini – Kanzlei Ghirardini - German Inheritance Tax Advisor
Denise Rose – Certified Public Accountant, US Inheritance Federal Tax Advisor (plus California State) and International Tax Advisor

 

Are you part of an American-German or American-European couple? And are you planning to retire in Germany? On an American couple planning to retire in Germany? If so and if you have yet to take action, you may need to start your estate planning now.

 

Given the numerous facets of US and German inheritance law combined with the complexity of German and US (federal and state) inheritance taxes, estate planning can be a quite challenging issue, requiring preparation soon … before it is too late.

 

Sponsored by AGBC Munich, this special meeting provided our 37 participants a general understanding of the basic considerations involved in starting to plan estates in a fashion that optimizes the eventual transfer of one’s assets. While the elements of an attendee’s special inheritance situation were not within the meeting focus, the panel inputs were targeted to spur the audience in starting to organize their thoughts so that they could afterwards seek specialist support.

 

We met on the mezzanine floor at the Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstr. 93, 80805. For the first 60 minutes, the panelists provided general information on basic estate planning factors. Then they spent 30 minutes considering a straight-forward estate planning case study for a typical bi-national couple, followed by 30 minutes of Q&A.

 

Non-alcoholic beverages were available. AGBC members attended for free. Other attendees contributed Eur 15 each to help cover our meeting and drink costs. In addition to the AGBC, members from several other Munich international organizations participated

Friday, July 17, 2015

18:00 to 21:30

Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

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register until July 16, 2015

AGBC Munich/MING Special Event – Bavarian-American Relations over the Past 180 Years

 

MING Event – Bavarian-American Relations over the Past 180 Years

 

When: Friday, 17th of July

Time: 1800-2130

Where: Amerikahaus München, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

Cost: Free

 

On Friday, 17 Jul 2015, Amerikahaus will open its exhibit on 180 Years of Bavarian-American Relations.

 

It all started in 1833 when influential Munich banker and manufacturer Robert de Ruedorffer gained the approval of King Ludwig I to establish an American consulate in Munich. After an extended search, Herr de Ruedorffer was named as Munich’s first American Consul General. The consulate opened in 1835 during a period of Bavarian development and prosperity with an opening ceremony that featured exhibitions portraying fine arts, craftwork, agriculture and industry, all designed to help nurture new market opportunities.

 

The new exhibit focuses on the advances in this great relationship, one deep in history with countless interesting, exciting and moving stories on the evolving relationship. You can learn why President Lincoln corresponded with the Bavarian king, how Bavaria is linked to the US Capitol building doors, etc.

 

US Consul General Bill Moeller opened the exhibit, which was sponsored by the US Consulate Munich and the Stiftung Bayerisches Amerikahaus.

Friday, July 17, 2015

8 p.m. to .

Kloster Eberbach

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register until May 31, 2015

Sunday, July 05, 2015

12:00 to 21:00

Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe

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register until July 01, 2015

AGBC/MING Event - Little American Oktoberfest and U Independence Day Celebration

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The AGBC joined the other MING groups to re-experience Little American Oktoberfest while celebrating US Independence Day at the Waldwirtschaft near Pullach. The festivities began around noon and continue throughout the afternoon. Please plan to join us for networking … and loads of fun!

 

Linda Jo Rizzo sparked another boisterous 4th of July musical happening featuring a cool mix of rock, pop, soul and country music. Our annual AGBC Mini Golf Tournament started at 1 PM – it's an anyone-can-play event. And yes, you too can “win!” Contestants“vied” to take home the truly stunning AGBC 2015 Mini Golf trophy. The "winner" was Mark Summers.

 

There were special attractions for kids: trampoline, children's playground, table magic, and train rides. For the adult-kids, there was bull riding, lasso-ing and a cowboy boot throw, and for the grown-ups we had music, square dancing and can-can. All was topped off by a special presentation by the Munich Cowboys cheerleaders. Again this year the grill featured steaks and special Kobe-beef hamburgers. And as a special feature around 3 PM, US General Consul, Bill Moeller officially opened a keg of free beer, compliments of the WaWi team.

 

Saturday, July 04, 2015

6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Restaurant Bayerischer Bahnhof, Bayrischer Platz 1, 04103 Leipzig

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register until June 30, 2015

Networking Night on July 4th

Independence Day Networking Meeting

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until June 30, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Saturday, June 27, 2015

10:00 to 15:00

US Consulate Munich, Königenstrasse, Munich

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register until June 26, 2015

.American Citizens Information and Passport Day

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Again this year the U.S. Consulate General Munich hosted an American Citizens Information and Passport Day in the Consulate garden on June 27th, 2015 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. This event was open to U.S. citizens and immediate family members.

 

A new passport for upcoming travel? There were plenty of appointments available for passport renewal.

 

Questions about your German Ausweis or Social Security benefits? Representatives from various German and U.S. government agencies were there. The Consulate staff was also be on hand to answer questions about U.S. passports, visas, and citizenship.

 

The AGBC and many other local organizations were on hand to answer questions, provide informational brochures, and promote their organizations. This was a great opportunity to find out more about what is happening in Munich and to hob-nob with Munich newcomers and the folks from the other organizations, many of whom are already affiliated with the AGBC via the MING network.

 

Friday, June 26, 2015

07:00 pm to 00:00

InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 43, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

45.00 € / 45.00 €

register until June 24, 2015

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until June 24, 2015

AGBC Munich - June 2015 Monthly Meeting - TTIP Update

Panel Discussion; Moderator Alexander Gebert of Hogans Lovells Internaitonal LLP

 

TTIP Update - The German Point of View

 

For our June 24th monthly meeting, we shifted formats, using a panel discussion to focus on the current German/European side of the TTIP (Freihandelsabkommen) negotiations now in process. It was (and still is) a hot topic, ideal for our meeting.

 

In June 2014 we featured two senior US Consulate Munich speakers - Christina Sharkey, Commercial Director, and John Crosby, Consul for Political and Economic Affairs - who led an open, lively discussion on TTIP negotiations, as seen from the American perspective. They addressed many of the issues of concern that were then raised in the German media and shared their knowledge of the point of view of the American negotiators, dispelling some of the myths while focusing on the positive aspects of the agreement.

 

To complement last year's presentation, westaged an update on the current situation, but this time from the German (European) side of the negotiating table. The forum wasl be a panel discussion that focused on the principal issues open today:

 

1. Litigation process - incl. Investoren-Schutz - Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) approaches

 

2. Standards (certification processes, higher standard holds, etc.)

 

3. Transparency of negotiations

 

The panel discussion was moderated by Alexander Gebert, an experienced attorney who worked for Hogan Lovells International LLP and who was also a contributor, especially on ISDS. Prior to joining Hogan Lovells he worked at the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes in Washington, D.C., the institution of the World Bank administering the majority of ISDS proceedings.

 

Our additional panel members were:

 

Professor Dr. Marc Bungenberg, LL.M., is a professor for public law, public international law and European law and Director of the Institute of European Studies at Saarland University. Furthermore he is permanent visiting professor at the University of Lausanne and also lectures at Luzern University. He is also a member of the Advisory Board of the International Investment Law Centre Cologne. His research focuses on European and international economic law, in particular international trade and investment law including ISDS.

 

Günther Petrasch is a Senior Vice President and the head of the Government Affairs department at the Munich Headquarters of Siemens AG. He monitors the negotiations and public debate on TTIP and frequently speaks on the prospects and benefits of TTIP for the German industry.

 

Kelvin Strausman is a US lawyer who has worked for the Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft (vbw) for many years and who advises Bavarian small and mid-sized companies in their trade and business dealings in North and South America. He also advises on international business and trade issues related to International economic organizations - the World Bank, IMF, European Investment Bank, the European Investment Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

13:00 to 18:00

Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

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register until June 23, 2015

EVENT CANCELLED - AGBC Munich/MING Event - Amerikahaus Jam Session Part II

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Amerikahaus is one of Munich’s key international meeting points since 1957. The planned renovation work is now delayed until Christmastime. This provided the opportunity to again stage the Amerikahaus Jam Session Part II in the Amerikahaus Foyer. This was a MING Event, from 1-6 PM on Sunday, on 21st June. .

 

With the highly successful launch of last year's “Amerikahaus Jam”, Linda Jo Rizzo & Dave Dowdy, in co-operation with the Amerikahaus team, presented this year’s Amerikahaus Jam Session Part II. Live music will feature Jazz, Swing & Soul to Pop, Rock & Country with great musicians: Jane Knieper, Piotr Cichewicz, Roman Seehon,Steve Cobey, Erin Perry, Peter Papritz, .Sara Laux, Françoise, Jay Fletcher, Nana, Rosa Volpini, Ramses, Patrick Ganster, Mark Coonradt, Omar Kabir, Linda Jo Rizzo and special guests Bata Illic and Ron Williams. .

 

Cover charge was Eur 15.00 for adults, kids 10-16 for Eur 5.00. Drinks and food (American, TexMex, and Bavarian) and drinks were available at reasonable prices. Fun & games for kids too with Magic Robert aand Table Magic with Tony Wonder.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

10:30 registration to 16:30

Marriott Hotel in Heidelberg Vangerowstr. 16 69115 Heidelberg

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register until June 05, 2015

Membership Meeting of the Association of AGBCs

The first membership meeting of the Association of AGBCs in 2015 was organized in Heidelberg. As in the past years AGBC Heidelberg e.V. gave everybody a hearty welcome. Everybody enjoyed meeting in Heidelberg again.

Friday, June 12, 2015

19:00 to 24:00

Gaststätte Palmbräugasse Hauptstrasse 185 in 69117 Heidelberg (Altstadt)

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register until June 05, 2015

Association of AGBs Networking Dinner in Heidelberg

The networking dinner on the evening before the membership meeting at Gaststätte Palmbräugasse in Heidelberg was attended by many members and guests.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until June 05, 2015

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until June 02, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Saturday, May 30, 2015

14:00 to 21:00

Frankfurt School of Finance & Management

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register until May 19, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

18:30 to 21:30

Bonn, TBD

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Günnewig-Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

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register until May 28, 2015

Thursday, May 28, 2015

19:00 to 21:30

Hotel Le Méridien, Stuttgart

-- / 27.00 €

register until May 28, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until May 27, 2015

AGBC Munich - May 2015 Monthly Meeting - The AGBC Munich Communications Platform

Guest Speaker: Petra Dahm, Owner and Managing Director of Flame GmbH .

 

AGBC Munich Chapter is creating and further developing a vivid, vibrant member communications platform, a forum: - to enhance communications between our members, - to support interaction with the growing international business community, - to strengthen the Chapter’s local presence in Munich (with one of the highest growth expatriate communities in Germany), - to lead as an innovative and dialogue-oriented club, and - to provide unique benefits and added value for the members

 

To achieve these goals, the Chapter has set up a dialogue-oriented, online platform. It features an outer window to the public (to attract new members) and an inner section for members (to foster the dialogue and serve as an information center). At our 27th May monthly meeting, Petra as website architect provided us an overview of the different viewer status options (open/guest/member) and then explained the usage, features and inherent benefits of the platform.

 

Petra Dahm is a professional consultant for marketing and communications. Trained and experienced at the international level, she has worked for agencies, companies, associations and municipalities. Her focus is on all Marketing 3.0 activities as well as complex organizational structures, with preferred features in the fields of megatrends – e.g. smart city, clean technology, mobility and retail. As a multi-faceted international serial entrepreneur, she is the owner and managing director of FLAME GmbH (a consultancy for marketing, social media and relations), the owner of My Fable (a coffee-shop-event hub in Munich), the owner and business development director of Green and Tidy Services (based in Phnom Penh, Cambodia), and one of the founders of THRIVE International e.V. In working with THRIVE, she has supported the first Cambodian Science and Engineering Festival in Phnom Penh and is currently developing a vocational training concept together with TUM Munich, MIT and the Royal University in Phnom Penh. Her personal interests are focused on the fields of education, green solutions, sports and healthy nutrition.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

7 pm with soft opening at the hotel bar from 6 pm to app. 10 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until May 18, 2015

René Dingeldein on Disaster Management

Liaison officer René Dingeldein explained in detail how co-operation between Bundeswehr and US Forces will co-operate in case of major disasters in the Main-Taunus region.

Monday, May 18, 2015

7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until May 15, 2015

Saturday, May 09, 2015

09:00 to 13:30

New European College, Wolfratshauserstr. 84, 81379 Munich

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until May 08, 2015

2015 AGBC Munich Exchange I - An Informative Start for the Weekend

In a world of “faster, better, and more,” many of us feel the increasing rigors of corporate life and simultaneously long to be engaged in something more meaningful. After a decade in the corporate world, Tara McCartney made the break and founded the NGO, the non-governmental organization United for Hope which works to develop sustainable villages in rural India. In her presentation, she talked about this journey, the steps required to set up an NGO and her (often surreal) experiences in working in one of India’s least developed districts. Part inspiring, part informative, this presentation was of interest to those of you who have ever considered a change of direction or believe that each of us really can make a difference. More information can be found here: www.unitedforhope.org

Thursday, May 07, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Pfarrkirche Sankt Josef, Hermannstr. 35 in 53225 Bonn-Beuel

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register until May 03, 2015

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until April 28, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

19:30 to 24:00

Bonn, TBD

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register until May 01, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until April 29, 2015

Munich Chapter - April 2015 Monthly Meeting - The Quest for the One

Guest Speaker: Frank Sportolari, President UPS Germany

 

Logistics by definition is the art of doing more with less. Efficiency, predictability and reliability are the hallmarks of an effective supply chain. A properly designed global supply chain is a source of competitive advantage for a company – and technology is increasingly the key to effectively managing these complicated processes.

 

UPS has gone from being a trucking company that uses technology to being a technology company with a fleet of trucks. For the past 20 years, UPS has invested over $1 billion annually in technology – and the results are astonishing. UPS is already deeply involved in “Industry 4.0”, and in his speech Frank drew on his thirty years of experience at UPS to explain what it is about the company’s philosophy that drives them to continually “Quest for One”.

 

A native of Chicago, Frank Sportolari became President of UPS Germany in 2011 after having joined the company in 1986 in Munich. Originally in the F&A function, Frank became a general manager in 2002 as Italy country manager. Frank has lived and worked in the US, Germany, Italy, Spain, Belgium and Sweden. He is a Vice President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Germany, the Vice Chairmen of the CDU Wirtschftsrat International Committee, a board member at the John F. Kennedy Atlantic Forum, and a member of the advisor board of the BVL (Bundesvereinigung Logistik). Frank is married with six children and lives in Düsseldorf.

 

UPS is a global leader in logistics, offering a broad range of solutions including transporting packages and freight; facilitating international trade, and deploying advanced technology to more efficiently manage the world of business. Headquartered in Atlanta, UPS serves more than 220 countries and territories worldwide.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

18:00 to 23:00

Hippodrom tent, Theresienwiese, Frühlingsfest

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register until April 20, 2015

Bavarian-American Friendship Evening – Tuesday, 28th April 15

In a world of “faster, better, and more,” many of us feel the increasing rigors of corporate life and simultaneously long to be engaged in something more meaningful. After a decade in the corporate world, Tara McCartney made the break and founded the NGO, the non-governmental organization United for Hope which works to develop sustainable villages in rural India. In her presentation, she talked about this journey, the steps required to set up an NGO and her (often surreal) experiences in working in one of India’s least developed districts. Part inspiring, part informative, this presentation was of interest to those of you who have ever considered a change of direction or believe that each of us really can make a difference. More information can be found here: www.unitedforhope.org

Friday, April 24, 2015

08.00 to 18.00

Rheinblick Golf Course Wiesbaden-Dotzheim

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register until April 17, 2015

Thursday, April 23, 2015

6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Schmitz-Lippert-Stiftung, Bonner Str. 9 in 50677 Köln

25.00 € / 75.00 €

register until April 17, 2015

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

12:00 to 14:00

Brauhaus Joh. Albrecht, Niederkasseler Straße 104, 40547 Düsseldorf

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register until April 15, 2015

TTIP, Mythology and Facts

That the Germans, as self-appointed World Champion in Exportation, do have their own advantage with this TTIP-treaty became clear at a recent economic forum, organized by the Employer Organizations BDI and DIHK in Berlin. Germany is an exporting state and have profit from open markets. 25% of our jobs are depending on our exportation, a figure from the BDI shows. The USA are the most important partner of the EU. Together the largest market of 800 million consumers will be created without barriers Despite this there are demonstrations against it in this at the moment most powerful state in the Union. In Berlin recently 50.000 Germans were protesting against the TTIP. “We are afraid that we will be flooded with American meat and genetically manipulated food”, was the comment of one of the demo participants. For the Germans pure food is very important. The use of anti biotics in our food has to be forbidden is one of the demands from Kathrin Göring-Eckhardt, the fraction-chairman of the Green Party. Also a possibility has to be created that investors from overseas can force their entry into certain markets. Conflicts have to be solved in Court. However, states will keep a right to regulate their markets or to protect their citizens. Organizations like Lobby Control warning that the rights of employees and consumers will be jeopardized. Almost 40% of the Germans are rejecting the TTIP totally. Contrary to this in the Netherlands almost 75% of the population does not have any problem with this far reaching European trade agreement with the USA is the result of a poll carried out by the Pew Research Center. Born in Ecuador, Steve Hubler grew up in Germany, Japan, Nepal, Bolivia, and Austria, but is a native of Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 1986 with an M.A. in International Relations. He served as a U.S. Army officer with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment in Fulda, Germany, from 1988-1990. Stephen A. Hubler assumed his duties as Consul General on August 12, 2012. Before his arrival in Düsseldorf, he was the Deputy Consul General at the U.S. Consulate General in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Monday, April 20, 2015

7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until April 18, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

7 pm with soft opening at the hotel bar from 6 pm to app. 10 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until April 13, 2015

"Lets have a meeting"

Friderike Butler, an intercultural management consultant, highlighted some of the fundamentally different communication styles and meeting expectations between many American and German business partners.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

19:00 to 21:00

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum Stuttgart, Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart

2.00 € / 7.00 €

register until April 14, 2015

Let’s Talk Business

Let’s Talk Business: Intercultural Differences in the Business World

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

18:00 to 20:00

Hamburg, Germany

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until March 31, 2015

Wednesday Bistro

1st Wednesday Bistro English Language Business Networking: Accelerate your business potential with personal networking! Bring a colleague & plenty of business cards mark your calendar now for 6 to 8 pm complimentary wine, beer & great conversation in English language €5 admittance paid at the door

Thursday, March 26, 2015

1830 to 2130

Peschla & Rochmes

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register until March 23, 2015

30 year anniversary

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) cordially invites you to its next event on Thursday evening, 26 March, beginning at 6:30 pm, at the facilities of Peschla + Rochmes GmbH, Hertelsbrunnenring 7, 67657 Kaiserslautern (http://www.gpr.de/en/contact/how-you-can-find-us.html). For now 30 years, Peschla + Rochmes has provided planning and consulting engineering services to a variety of commercial and military clients. As part of their anniversary celebration, the company is sharing some insights into developments which have occurred over these years as well as ongoing and future projects. Mr. Horst Peschla, one of the founders of the firm, will be leading the presentation from his unique perspectives on the Kaiserslautern area. The schedule for the event will be: 6:30 pm - Social Gathering 7:00 pm - Presentation of Peschla + Rochmes on interesting projects in and around Kaiserslautern 7:45 pm - Dinner Please note that this event is limited to 20 persons, so please be sure of your attendance when making your reservation. All reservations must be made by return email no later than 23 March. We look forward to having you with us on 26 March as we experience 30 years of growth in the Kaiserslautern region as presented by Peschla + Rochmes. Thank you.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

7 pm with soft opening at the hotel bar from 6 pm to app. 10 pm

Crowne Plaza Hotel Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until March 23, 2015

Assessing Security - Technologies and Concepts

Anthony R. Williams, managing director of ARW European Security Consulting and author of the Corporate Manager's Security Handbook , and Matthias Busch, ARXDATA IT Security expert, were presenting aspects of security technology ranging from protection of company data to NSA strategy

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until March 24, 2015

Munich Chapter - March 2015 Monthly Meeting - Wearable Technology

A new layer of intelligence is augmenting our society, called the Internet of Things. Body-worn sensors, usually known as wearable technology, are part of the IoT, and becoming deeply and pervasively integrated into our future – from tracking our well-being through to confirming our identity via biometrics.

 

Devices like today’s smart wristbands and smartwatches, plus wearables such as heart rate and blood pressure monitors, are only scratching the surface in terms of the data they are collecting, which is helping people to better understand their bodies. In sports, wearables are enabling pro athletes to optimize their peak performance, and in healthcare, wearables are able to gather dark data – information that was previously beyond our reach, for example, nightly sleep patterns.

 

We experienced an enlightening evening on the wearable features of the IoT.

 

Simon is founder of WearableTechWatch.net, the leading independent portal for news, commentary and analysis on wearable technology. Thanks to a lively offering of news, analysis and commentary, WTW holds the number one position in global Google search rankings for blogs on wearable tech. Simon is Managing Director of OnPR, a Munich-based specialist firm in international technology public relations and analyst relations. He is also a former President of the AGBC Munich chapter (2007-2008).

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

18:30 to 20:00

Museum Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn

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register until March 20, 2015

Bonn - Behind the Scenes Tour of Museum Koenig

Dr. Wesener led a select group of AGBC members behind the scenes at one of the world's leading zoological research institutions, The Alexander Koenig Museum in Bonn. The tour included many insights into the Museum's history as well as current work. Yes, the museum's 2+ million butterflies are beautiful, but even millepeds can give insight into the geology of our planet.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m.

Cafe and Restaurant TELEGRAPH, Dittrichring 18-20, 04109 Leipzig

15.00 € / 20.00 €

register until March 14, 2015

AGBC Saxony Kick-Off Dinner Meeting

The Kick-Off Dinner Meeting of the AGBC Saxony took place on March 18th in Leipzig.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

12:00 to 14:00

Leonardo Hotel Heidelberg

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until March 17, 2015

FATCA Presentation

We were fortunate to have an excellent US CPA providing some instruction on FATCA. Steve Staresinic, CPA, CGMA, came up to visit us from Stuttgart to lay out the details of the IRS’s new requirement and dispel some of the mythology surrounding it.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 until Tuesday, March 31, 2015

0700 to 2400

ScholarshipAGBCKaiserslautern@hotmail.com

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register until March 31, 2015

Scholarship

Annual Kaiserslautern chapter of the American German Business Club scholarship is now open for applicants. See the attached flyer for details on how to apply.

Monday, March 02, 2015

1200 to 1400

Atlantische Akademie Rhineland Pfalz

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register until February 27, 2015

Entrepreneurship and the Economic Development in the Kaiserslautern Region

Sponsored by the US Consulate Frankfurt and the Atlantische Akademie, we are proud to present Michael Goldberg, an experienced venture capitalist, and Prof. Dr. Matthias Baum, chair of the entrepreneurship at the University of Kaiserslautern. They will address issues start-ups face and best practices to thrive in today's competitive marketplace.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

7:00 pm to 0:00

Club Room, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bahnhofstrasse 10-12, 65185 Wiesbaden

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register until February 25, 2015

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until February 25, 2015

AGBC Munich Monthly Meeting - Learning to Stand Out in the Crowd

Guest Speaker: Dan Norenberg - Learning to Stand Out in a Crowd

 

Do you feel like a number? Are choice jobs, projects and assignments going to someone other than you? Have you ever wondered why others stand out in the crowd when you believe that you are be capable of doing the job as well?

 

Being in the crowd is great if you are trying to keep warm on a cold day, but it is a miserable place to be if you are trying to build a career or create a successful business.

 

Business is significantly more competitive than it was in the past because of rapidly changing technology, globalization and the changing dynamics between employer / employee and client / supplier. This makes it difficult to stand out in the huge pool of talent. Yet without standing out, you will find yourself in the “leftover line” instead of the one that offers the choice opportunities.

 

Dan Norenberg, executive coach and leadership consultant knows what takes to stand out in the crowd, drawing from his California start up experience, starting a business in Germany and now competing against some of the biggest business schools and consulting houses in the world.

 

Dan helped us discover the myths, characteristics and steps you can take to help you skyrocket out of the crowd and win the jobs, projects and assignments you deserve.

 

Dan Norenberg is an Executive Coach, Consultant, Facilitator and Speaker. He has a reputation for designing and delivering cutting edge learning solutions for results-oriented leadership, global team excellence and international sales professionals. He founded N Vision Learning Solutions GmbH over 20 years ago and resides with his family in Munich.

 

Dan has shared his innovative and motivating approach to coaching and consulting with over 15,000 professionals from 60 different countries in the last twenty years. He has coached and consulted in Austria, Great Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy, The Czech Republic, Hungary, Malaysia, Spain, Switzerland and the USA. His focus and expertise are at the executive and strategic leadership levels where he coaches executives individually and also teams of executive leaders to accelerate strategic clarity and execution in business critical situations.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until February 20, 2015

Bonn - US - German Inheritances; Pitfalls & Recommendations

Victoria Riedel lead the attendees through many of the pitfalls of inheriting. Although national laws are similar among western countries, the fine differences can mean the difference between a stressful situation and total disaster. When the country of residence and the location of the inheritance are different, things get even more complicated. There is no patent recipe; consult an expert. It's money well spent.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

19:00 to 21:30

Kleinigkeit Stuttgart

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register until February 18, 2015

AGBC Stuttgart Monthly Meeting

The AGBC Stuttgart Monthly Meeting. Your topic is American-German Business? Come out for an evening and get to know your local community. Friends and Members of the AGBC Stuttgart welcome to attend!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Kirr Royal, Rosenheimerstr. 30, 81669 München

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register until February 09, 2015

Monday, February 09, 2015

19:00 to 22:30

Frankfurt InterContinental Hotel

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until February 05, 2015

Thursday, February 05, 2015

19:30 to 24:00

Shaker's American Coctail Bar, Bornheimer Str., 53111 Bonn

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register until February 03, 2015

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until January 27, 2015

Munich Chapter - Annual General Meeting 2015

Our Annual General Meeting was held 28th January 2014 at the Marriott Hotel, Berliner Str 93, 80805 Munich.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

17:45 to 21:30

Deutsche Welle, Kurt-Schumacher-Str. 3, 53113 Bonn

25.00 € / 30.00 €

register until January 21, 2015

Disruptive Innovation

Rapid earth-shaking changes in the business world can be exciting to observe or a threat to survival, if it’s your company that is the target. In an exciting presentation Prof. Dr. Albrecht Enders analyzed well-known examples of the challenges facing many corporations today and why many very successful, well-established companies fail to adjust and eventually and disappear altogether. Most often failure is rooted in senior management’s inability to conceive of the business being different than it was in the past. In addition, corporate culture, contracts with suppliers and labor unions can also render companies incapable of reinventing themselves, e.g., downsizing, reorganizing, etc. Predicting the future is uncertain, and often the tendency is to wait for more perfect information, but the longer one waits, the stronger the competitions becomes and the fewer options one has to respond. There are definitely lots of surprises ahead!

Saturday, January 17, 2015

14:00 to 18:00

Cöln Comic House, Bonner Str. 9, 50677 Köln

6.00 € / 7.00 €

register until January 13, 2015

Monday, January 12, 2015

18:30 to 20:30

Marriott Hotel

15.00 € / 15.00 €

register until January 12, 2015

New Year's Reception

AGBC Heidelberg celebrated the commencement of a new year by getting together, having some drinks and getting caught up on all of our holiday activities.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Valtellina Ristorante, Michaelsplatz 6, 53177 Bonn Bad-Godesberg

35.00 € / 35.00 €

register until December 11, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

12:00 to 2:00 pm

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until December 15, 2014

Saturday, December 06, 2014

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rheingauer Dom, Geisenheim

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register until May 05, 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until December 03, 2014

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Café Luitpold, Brienner Str. 11, 80333 Muenchen

40.00 € / 40.00 €

register until December 03, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

6:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m.

Ratskeller Stuttgart, Marktplatz 1, Festsaal Herzog Eberhard 1-3

32.00 € / 37.00 €

register until November 17, 2014

A Taste of Home–Thanksgiving Dinner

We got cozy with family and friends over a warm American Thanksgiving meal!  Organized by the American-German Business Club Stuttgart e.V. and the German-American Center/DAZ (www.daz.org) in partnership with other English-speaking organizations and businesses in Stuttgart. 

Thursday, November 27, 2014

6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Rheinblick Golf Course Wiesbaden-Dotzheim

20.00 € / --

register until November 24, 2014

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

15.00 € / 15.00 €

register until November 25, 2014

Monday, November 17, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Tesla Store, Blumenstr. 17, 80331 Muenchen

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register until November 14, 2014

Munich AGBC Special Event at the Tesla Lounge

The Munich Tesla team provided AGBC Munich Chapter members a special treat. Following a brief company presentation in the Tesla Lounge on the company and the Model S, attendees took short test rides in the Model S. Up to 3 cars werel be available. Beverages, finger food and networking were be the focus when we were not test riding.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

12:00 to 15:00

Deutsche Welle in Bonn

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register until November 01, 2014

50th Anniversary Celebration

50th Anniversary Celebration of AGBC. American-German Business Club celebrated 50 years on 15 November 2014 in Bonn. Panelists including NRW State Secretary Dr. Jan Mark Eumann and US General Consul Stephen Hubler discuss the future of the American-German relationship – The American-German Business Club Bonn e.V. (AGBC), a non-profit organization that promotes international cooperation between Germany and the US, held its 50th anniversary celebration at Deutsche Welle on Saturday, 15 November 2014. AGBC National President Barry Swanson, AGBC Bonn e.V. President Regina Fahlbusch and other chapter leaders welcomed AGBC members from all regions of Germany, AGBC friends and special guests to the event, including North Rhine Westphalia State Secretary Dr. Jan Marc Eumann, US Consul General Stephen S. Hubler and other prominent political, cultural and business community leaders . The event took place under the patronage of North Rhine Westphalia Minister-President Hannelore Kraft. A panel discussion on the US-German relationship, moderated by Jan Kallmorgen, Partner and Head of International Business Practice at Interel Berlin, focused on how shared experience can foster positive ties between the two countries moving forward in a challenging climate. Other panelists offered their views on the topic – The next 50 years: Can shared history and culture continue to foster a strong American-German relationship? – were Prof. Dr. Manfred Berg (University of Heidelberg), Prof. J.D. Bindenagel (University of Bonn) and Dr. Andreas Nick (Member of Parliament/MdB). The panel discussion was followed by a reception, buffet and live music. Barry Swanson, President of the Association of AGBCs, noted that the November 15th event was to cap a year of forward-looking celebrations, including an AGBC 50th birthday event in Frankfurt, with keynote speaker the Honorable John B. Emerson, US Ambassador to Germany (May 8), and a banquet hosted by the Kaiserslautern chapter, with an address by US Consul General Kevin C. Milas (May 24). “The year 2014 is a very special year in the American German Business Club’s history, as it marks our 50th anniversary. Following our National Membership Meeting on Friday the 14th, this promises to be a Saturday you won't soon forget. We have other excitement in store for the coming months, including introducing a new chapter. So, stay tuned. 2015 starts our second 50 years,” said Swanson. Regina Fahlbusch, AGBC Bonn e.V. President, added, “Since Bonn was the founding chapter of AGBC, we are excited to host this wonderful and timely event. The year 2014 is not only the 50th anniversary of AGBC, but also the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. There could not be a more appropriate moment to assess the shared history of Germany and the US, reflect on the outlook for encouraging even stronger future cooperation, and make new business and personal connections here in Bonn.“ About AGBC The American-German Business Club was founded in 1964 in Bonn by a group of American businessmen. The non-profit organization has 10 active chapters throughout Germany and regularly holds meetings, lectures, events and networking evenings in English to encourage business dialogue, cultural exchange and personal networking. An all-volunteer organization, the AGBC is open to members of all nationalities who support its goals of strengthening commercial and cultural ties between Germany and the US. For more information, please visit www.agbc.de.

Friday, November 14, 2014

11:00 to 17:00

Hotel Königshof, Adenauerallee 9, 53111 Bonn

23.00 € / 25.00 €

register until November 07, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

11:00 to 17:00

Hotel Königshof in Bonn Adenauerallee 9 in 53111 Bonn

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register until November 07, 2014

Membership Meeting

The membership meeting was held in Bonn on 14 November 2014, the weekend celebrating the 50th Anniversary of AGBC

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until November 05, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

19:00 to 21:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

-- / 15.00 €

register until November 02, 2014

Special Meeting on FATCA in Munich

Guest Speaker: Ms. Galia Antebi, Corporate and Tax Lawyer, Ruchelman P.L.L.C., an International Taxation and Corporate Law Firm, New York City)

 

The AGBC sponsored an open meeting on FATCA (Foreign Accounts Tax Compliance Act), a U.S. reporting law that is specifically applicable to many US citizens residing outside the U.S. and to German companies wanting to make investments in the U.S. It is a major issue for many of our American members and American friends. Attendees included 14 AGBC members and 8 Guests.

 

The meeting was targeted for:

 

1. US citizens having financial assets outside the US in excess of $200,000 ($400,000 if they file jointly with their spouse) where “all financial assets” include not only bank and brokerage accounts but also any other paper assets with a value (e.g. life insurance and related investment programs – including those treated as tax-free in Germany), Riester Rente, special retirement plans, etc. However, it does not apply to Sozialversicherung, non-contributory pension plans, or investments in real property or in physical precious metal.

 

2. Europeans who handle investments in the U.S. or who help support U.S. citizens residing in Europe on expatriate tax and reporting issues.

 

As part of the US tax system, all US persons are obligated to file annual income tax returns along with any other supporting documentation to report worldwide income and ownership of certain foreign assets. US persons are defined as citizens of the United States, tax residents and green card holders living anywhere in the world.

 

FATCA requires United States persons, including citizens who live outside the United States, to additionally report their financial assets held outside of the United States, and requires foreign financial institutions to report to the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), directly or through the local tax authorities, about their US clients’ accounts, value etc. Congress enacted FATCA to make it more difficult for US taxpayers to conceal assets held in offshore accounts and shell corporations, allowing the US to recoup lost federal tax revenues. FATCA does so by imposing 30% withholding tax on withholdable payments made to foreign financial institutions and certain non-financial foreign entities that do not comply with FATCA obligations.

 

Ms. Antebi from Ruchelman provided an update on the current FATCA situation and the IGA’s (Inter-Governmental Agreements that obligate European financial institutions to provide significant info on US citizens’ overseas investments to the IRS). Her presentation, “FATCA and the IGA – How German business, US Citizens, and German Financial Advisors are Affected,” will include a top level review of Form W-8BEN-E for German businesses, Form W-9/W-8BEN for US citizens residing in Germany, and the due diligence process for the financial services sector.

 

The meeting was held at the Marriott Hotel, Berlinerstr. 93 on Monday, 3 Nov 14 from 1900-2100 hours. AGBC members attended for free. Other attendees were asked to contribute Eur 15 each to help cover our meeting costs. In addition to the AGBC, several other Munich international organizations participated, including the AAUPW and International Women’s Club.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until October 29, 2014

October 2014 Monthly Meeting - Making the Break

In a world of “faster, better, and more,” many of us feel the increasing rigors of corporate life and simultaneously long to be engaged in something more meaningful. After a decade in the corporate world, Tara McCartney made the break and founded the NGO, the non-governmental organization United for Hope which works to develop sustainable villages in rural India. In her presentation, she talked about this journey, the steps required to set up an NGO and her (often surreal) experiences in working in one of India’s least developed districts. Part inspiring, part informative, this presentation was of interest to those of you who have ever considered a change of direction or believe that each of us really can make a difference. More information can be found here: www.unitedforhope.org

Thursday, October 16, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until October 10, 2014

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until October 01, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until September 24, 2014

The Future of Work

Dr. Werner Eichhorst presented an in-depth analysis of where we are and visible trends in the workplace. An exact prediction of what the future will bring is very speculative. Much will depend on how well Germany and Europe adjust to change. Manufacturing will either be highly automated or migrate to lower-cost countries. Services cannot be off-shored or outsourced. Therefore, areas like healthcare and personal services will expand. The polarization of the workforce into highly-skilled and low-skilled will continue with more diversity, new creativity and skills to increase productivity. A fundamental task will be reconciling productivity with individual needs and health requirements. Major challenges are the needed structural reforms – particularly in France and Italy – destructive competition between labor unions, and unlimited migration.

Monday, September 29, 2014

17:00 to 18:30

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

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register until September 24, 2014

Annual Membership Meeting, AGBC Bonn e.V.

The annual Membership Meeting began punctually. The minutes of the Membership Meeting 2013 were reviewed and approved. The Club is on a sound financial basis, although the costs of our monthly meetings slightly exceed the revenue. After exoneration of the Board, Vice President Robertson discussed the changes to the New Website: the new look, more information for everyone (not just members), and the simplified registration for events. President Fahlbusch then discussed the upcoming 50th Anniversary Celebration, the need for sponsors, and the need for more members to help with the organization. The revised By-Laws had been distributed with the invitation to the Meeting. After a brief discussion, the By-Laws were approved and will take effect when registered with the “Amtsgericht”.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

11:00 to 16:00

Schottenhamel Zelt/Tent, Wies'n 2014

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until September 22, 2014

AGBC Returns to Oktoberfest 2014



The Munich Chapter returned to enjoy the fun at Oktoberfest.  We had 64 seats (8 tables) reserved in the Schottenhamel Zelt-Tent for Sunday, 6th October 2013 from 11AM through 4PM, the final day of Oktoberfest 2013. This was again be a “pay in advance” event based on a “first paid, first reserved” basis. The cost was Eur 40 for members and Eur
45 for our Guests. This includee a shared Bavarian platter for each table and ½ chicken and 2 Maß (liters) of Oktoberfest Bier for each attendee.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until September 22, 2014

September 2014 Monthly Meeting - Bringing Arts to Business

IAM International Arts Management (www.iam-munich.com) – with its motto “An eye to perceive, a heart to enjoy,” IAM connects art and business in an innovative way, contributing a sense of individuality to each project while lending an ear to both artist and company. The idea, to bring international businesses together with artists and art programs, was formally initiated by Dr. Ellen Andrea Seehusen in 2007 when she founded IAM International Arts Management. The concept grew out of her career experiences at Lufthansa and BMW where she had already integrated art elements into several projects. For instance, she ran the BMW Brand Centers in Berlin and Munich and regularly integrated exhibitions with renowned artists such as Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Fabrizio Plessi, Noritoshi Hirakawa and James Turrell among others, accompanied by complimentary programs. Since 2007 she has curated exhibitions in China, collaborated with Design Worldwide Partnership (dwp) in Bangkok, and served as artistic director of the Hamburg Art Week in 2011 and 2012. For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, IAM has initiated and developed the global art program.

Andrea explained how she has used these and other projects (e.g. including artist talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, installations and art tours) to create IAM’s Signature Art Programs which span:

• An international network of artists, photographers, galleries and curators

• Programs for art & culture

• Art sourcing for architecture, interiors, gardens and public spaces

• Individual access to museums, exhibitions, artist studios and private collections worldwide

Born in the Minneapolis area and raised there and in Dearborn, Michigan, she came to Europe for the 3rd year of her university schooling … and stayed on to earned her bachelor’s in arts degree at the American University in Paris and her PhD in political science at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. After Andrea’s presentation and Q&A, we held a special New York wines tasting event, hosted by AGBC member Tom Lipton as a point-of-view presentation, in combination with the buffet dinner and networking.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until September 24, 2014

September 2014 Monthly Meeting - Bringing Arts to Business

IAM International Arts Management (www.iam-munich.com) – with its motto “An eye to perceive, a heart to enjoy,” IAM connects art and business in an innovative way, contributing a sense of individuality to each project while lending an ear to both artist and company. The idea, to bring international businesses together with artists and art programs, was formally initiated by Dr. Ellen Andrea Seehusen in 2007 when she founded IAM International Arts Management. The concept grew out of her career experiences at Lufthansa and BMW where she had already integrated art elements into several projects. For instance, she ran the BMW Brand Centers in Berlin and Munich and regularly integrated exhibitions with renowned artists such as Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Fabrizio Plessi, Noritoshi Hirakawa and James Turrell among others, accompanied by complimentary programs. Since 2007 she has curated exhibitions in China, collaborated with Design Worldwide Partnership (dwp) in Bangkok, and served as artistic director of the Hamburg Art Week in 2011 and 2012. For Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, IAM has initiated and developed the global art program.

Andrea explained how she has used these and other projects (e.g. including artist talks, panel discussions, exhibitions, installations and art tours) to create IAM’s Signature Art Programs which span:

• An international network of artists, photographers, galleries and curators

• Programs for art & culture

• Art sourcing for architecture, interiors, gardens and public spaces

• Individual access to museums, exhibitions, artist studios and private collections worldwide

Born in the Minneapolis area and raised there and in Dearborn, Michigan, she came to Europe for the 3rd year of her university schooling … and stayed on to earned her bachelor’s in arts degree at the American University in Paris and her PhD in political science at the Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Kiel. After Andrea’s presentation and Q&A, we held a special New York wines tasting event, hosted by AGBC member Tom Lipton as a point-of-view presentation, in combination with the buffet dinner and networking.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

7:15 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

English Theatre Frankfurt

30.00 € / 30.00 €

register until September 09, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof, Eselsfürth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern

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register until September 15, 2014

Kaiserslautern AGBC Networking Meeting

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) held a Networtkign meeting on Thursday evening, 18 September, beginning at 6:30 pm, at the Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof, Eselsfürth 10, 67657

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

18:30 to 23:00

Lucky Who, Brienner Str. 14, 80331 Munich

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register until September 14, 2014

Autumn 2014 - AGBC Kick-Off Event


The Munich Chapter staged our AGBC Fall 2014  Kick-Off Event on Tuesday, 16th Sept. This was a great opportunity for our Members to introduce the AGBC to their friends, colleagues, business partners and members of other Munich Area groups in a casual atmosphere. The focus was on networking - Guests and Members met and discussed the many “topics of the day” and areas of mutual interest plus upcoming AGBC events. 

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until September 03, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

15:30 to 18:30

Dante Stadion, Dante Str. 14, 80637 Munich

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register until August 22, 2014

Friday, August 08, 2014

12:00 to 20:00

Golf Course Altenstadt

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register until August 04, 2014

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until August 06, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

8.00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Kloster Eberbach

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register until May 05, 2014

Saturday, July 19, 2014

7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Basilika Kloster Eberbach

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register until May 05, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

12:00 to 20:00

Golf Club Altenstadt

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register until July 07, 2014

Sunday, July 06, 2014

12:00 to 20:00

Georg-Kalb-Str. 3, Waldwirtschaft Grosshesselohe, Pullach

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register until July 02, 2014

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until July 02, 2014

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until June 25, 2014

Christina Sharkey and John Crosby: TTIP - The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

Christina Sharkey and John Crosby provided an open discussion about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership from their perspective running the Commercial and Economic Sections of the U.S. Consulate General in Munich. They addressed many of the issues of concern that are consistently raised in the German media and shared their take from the point of view of the American negotiators.  They strove to dispel some of the myths that have arisen while focusing on the positive aspects of the agreement. Both Ms. Sharkey and Mr. Crosby have had the opportunity on numerous occasions to hear directly from the U.S. negotiating team, and shared some honest and up-to-date insight into the ongoing talks.

Christina Sharkey has served as the Principal Commercial Officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Munich since August 2011.  In this capacity, she leads her team to promote U.S. exports to Germany and beyond, as well as promoting German investment into the United States.  She also works to protect the business interests of American companies who are currently located in Germany.  Prior to arriving in Munich, Ms. Sharkey served as a Senior International Trade Specialist at the U.S. Export Assistance Center in San Francisco, California.  She has also served as the Deputy Senior Commercial Officer in Cairo, Egypt, and as a Commercial Officer in Beijing, China.  She started her career in the US Commerce Department as an International Trade Specialist in Washington, DC.  Previously she worked for the U.S. House of Representatives and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Parliamentary Assembly (Copenhagen) and started her career as a White House intern during the Clinton Administration.  She earned her BA in International Affairs and the Russian language at James Madison University in Virginia.  

John Crosby has served as the Consul for Political and Economic Affairs at the U.S. Consulate General in Munich since August 2011.  His previous overseas assignments include a consular assignment in Mumbai, India; Political-Military Affairs officer in Ljubljana, Slovenia, at the time of Slovenian accession to NATO; and Public Diplomacy Field Director in Kabul, Afghanistan.  In Washington, Mr. Crosby worked on peace negotiations in the Caucasus and spent two years in the State Department’s Executive Secretariat, where his duties included advancing the overseas travel of the Secretary of State.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, he worked for a corporate communications agency in Tokyo, practiced corporate law in Houston, Texas, and spent two summers teaching English and performing chamber music concerts as a pianist in the eastern German countryside.  He holds a B.A. degree in History from Swarthmore College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia Law School.  He spent a year on a Fulbright grant at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich and has also studied at the Ruprecht-Karls-Universität in Heidelberg.

Please join us for a great and highly informative evening with abundant opportunities for business networking. Make sure to bring plenty of business cards !

Thursday, June 12, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

22.00 € / 25.00 €

register until June 06, 2014

The Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. Is it worth it?

In a most interesting presentation and subsequent Q&A, Thomas Marr, Minister-Counsellor, Commerce and Economic Affairs, Canada, put Canada's transatlantic trade agreement with the EU into perspective and demonstrated that all the voodoo and horror stories from the lobbyists is stuff that isn't going to happen. We can expect the same positive results from the US - EU TTIP.

Friday, June 06, 2014

12.00 to 22:00

Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein Air Base

75.00 € / 85.00 €

register until May 23, 2014

Annual Kaiserslautern AGBC Charity Golf Event

The annual Kaiserslautern AGBC Charity Golf Event to support the AGBC scholarship program was held  on Friday, 6 June, at the Woodlawn Golf course on Ramstein Air Base.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until June 04, 2014

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 until Saturday, June 14, 2014

1 to 1

1111

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register until June 14, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

14:00 to 18:00

Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 2, 80333 München

10.00 € / 10.00 €

register until May 23, 2014

Amerikahaus - Jam Session

Amerikahaus has been one of Munich's key international meeting points since 1957.  To celebrate its first 57 years, AGBC members Linda Jo Rizzo and David Dowdy plus the Amerika Haus team held the first Amerika Haus Jam Session under sunny skies on Sunday, 25th May.  They  


The Jam Session lineup featured music and dancing with a 23 musical artists participating.  The event was timed so that individuals and families could find time to join us.  All enjoyed the finger food and drinks while listening to the music, meeting friends and networking with new contacts.   With her extensive contact base, Linda organized the entertainment, music and catering, and Dave handled the other organizational issues.  

This was a rousing recognition of the outstanding contributions of Amerika Haus over the past 57 years.   

Saturday, May 24, 2014

15:45 to 17:00

Max Planck Radio Telescope, 53902 Bad Münstereifel-Effelsberg

5.00 € / 10.00 €

register until May 17, 2014

Visit to the Radio Telescope Effelsberg

Visit to the Radio Telescope Effelsberg

Saturday, May 24, 2014

14:00 to 16:00

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum (DAZ)/James-F.-Byrnes-Institut e.V., Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart, inner courtyard, entrance 3, top floor (no elevator)

5.00 € / 10.00 €

register until May 23, 2014

Starting a Business in Stuttgart

You are new in Stuttgart, would like to have your own business, but don't know how? There are many opportunities, but it is hard, if you don't know where to start, don’t know the market and culture, don't speak German well, or don't have a network of business partners yet. So we looked at who has already done it successfully: John Stewart III from fphresh.com, Georg Bouché from bouche-jakob.com and schnee-brett.de, Johannes Ellenberg from johannesellenberg.de and startup-stuttgart.de, and Nicolaus A. Susta from susta-international.com and talenthoop.de. Together, these speakers showed several business models and various ways to get started, along with many practical tips and methods from the "real world". The guests were able to participate in the discussion for an active exchange of questions and answers, needs and services, challenges and solutions. Before and after the presentations, they had the opportunity to socialize and network with all, while enjoying snacks and refreshments.

This event was part of the American Days 2014, www.americandays.org.

Friday, May 23, 2014

19:00 to 24:00

Hotel Mühle Am Schlossberg, Schlossberg 16, 67681 Wartenberg

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register until May 20, 2014

VIP Dinner 50 Years AGBC

The AGBC Chapter Kaiserlautern came together for a VIP dinner celebrating 50 years of American German Business Clubs in Germany, on Friday, 23 May, 2014. 

Saturday, May 17, 2014

09:00 to 14:30

European Unversity, Theresienhöhe 28, 80339 München

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register until May 17, 2014

2014 AGBC Exchange

Organized by AGBC Munich Chapter VP of Education, Locke McKenzie, and sponsored the the Munich Campus of the European University, this year's exchange concept consisted of presentations and workshops led by knowledgeable AGBC members and developed to enable the exchange of ideas and expertise. This was an event that 92 members and guests (many of whom were small- and mid-sized business owners) attended to gain new ideas and insights, make connections, and personally develop their skills. The workshops provided the participants a value-added platform for stimulating interactive discussion.      

Thursday, May 15, 2014

19:00 to 22:00

Munich Network, Rosenheimerstr. 145i, Munich

25.00 € / 30.00 €

register until May 15, 2014

Kurt Yeager: The Perfect Power Transformation - US Smart Grid Update

Electricity is the engine of prosperity and quality of life worldwide. The “Perfect Power Transformation” is no less than a revolution in how electricity service can be provided to all customers most reliably, efficiently, securely and cost effectively with superior environmental performance. To most expeditiously realize this Perfect Power service transformation, the Galvin Electricity Initiative and the non-profit Perfect Power Institute have developed and are demonstrating an open electricity system design architecture, customized to local needs, that achieves maximum value and user-friendliness. These Perfect Power microgrids, which remain linked to the bulk power supply but can operate independently as needed, provide an instantaneously accurate two-way flow of electricity and information that gives customers an unprecedented level of control over their energy use.  It also eliminates the service quality and cost barriers that are inherent in today’s more rigid electricity infrastructure. 

 

Saturday, May 10, 2014

10:00 a.m. to 16:00

CERBERUS, Opernturm, Bockenheimer Landstrasse 2-4, 60306 Frankfurt (3rd Floor)

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register until May 08, 2014

Membership Meeting of the Association of AGBCs

Membership Meeting of the Association of AGBCs

was on 10 May 201 in Frankfurt. CERBERUS generously offered their facility for the meeting.

All chapters were represented.

Friday, May 09, 2014

18:00 to 23:00

Hippodrom Tent, Frühlingsfest, Theresienwiese

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register until May 06, 2014

2014 Bavarian-American Friendship Day

The Familie Krätz again invited us to the 4th Annual Bavarian-American Friendship Day on Friday, 9th May at the Hippodrom tent during the Frühlingsfest at the Theresienwiese. Guests included not only Bavarians and North Americans but also participants from other parts of Germany and Europe as well as Africa. All were invited to wear  Bavarian garb.

It was a gala evening with AGBC Member Linda Jo Rizzo leading the entertainment with an hour medley of pop-soul-jazz songs, shaking the rafters for all.  

 

Friday, May 09, 2014

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Rheinblick Golf Course Wiesbaden-Dotzheim

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register until May 02, 2014

Thursday, May 08, 2014

4.30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Römer Frankfurt, Kaisersaal

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register until April 30, 2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until May 07, 2014

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until April 30, 2014

Florian Loretan: Creating and Managing Successful Websites

Making websites is easy.  The entry-level costs are close to zero, everything you need to know is available online for free, the tools keep getting better all the time, and the business opportunities are endless. 

And yet, making websites is hard.  The technology keeps changing, the expectations do too.  Keeping the content up-to-date takes a lot of time, the processes are unclear, and  the launch of most web projects ends up past the target date. 

In this presentation, Florian Loretan explained what goes on behind the scenes for successful web projects.  His insights included how to:

. Define the goals of the website in order to be able to measure success.

. Create a concept that works for you.

. Identify what you can do yourself and what you should delegate.

. Choose the right tools and the right people to work with.

. Use proven processes to manage the creation of your website.

Whether our attenedees already had a website or if they were new to the field, Florian helped them figure out the concrete steps towards taking their websites to the next level. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11, 53113 Bonn

20.00 € / 23.00 €

register until April 18, 2014

Transplanting a Retina from Embryonic Cells

The use of embryonic tissue in medicine has been a very controversial topic – both medically and morally. For several years the University of Bonn has been a global center for research with embryonic cells.  Dr. Boris Stanzel of the Bonn University Department of Ophthalmology gave AGBC members and friends some insight into this cutting-edge technology in the treatment of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). AMD causes loss of sight in the central field of view of the eye.  Although hereditary, it can be influenced by the frequency of consumption of beef (negative) or fish (positive). 

Injecting embryonic cells into the eye can correct the loss of vision for up to 10 years.  Science has advanced so that embryonic cells can now be created from normal tissue.  To avoid the development of tumors, the cells must be cultivated into the specific (differentiated) cell type needed for the transplant.

The technology is still in the experimental stage with animals, but if progress continues, treatment of humans should be possible within 10 years.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

6:30 pm to 9:30pm

Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof, Eselsfürth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern

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register until April 21, 2014

Networking Meeting

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) held a networking meeting on Thursday evening, 24 April, at the Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof, Eselsfürth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

15:30 to 17:30

Amerikahaus, Karolinenplatz 3, 80333 München

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register until July 02, 2014

U.S. Ambassador John B. Emerson

US Ambassador John B. Emerson spoke on "The U.S.-German Relationship - Why It Is More Important than Ever" at Amerikahaus on 10th April.  His speech (in English) centered on the numerous transatlantic discussions now in progress and in particular, on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Most importantly he explained more about what TTIP is about - the most comprehensive efforts since 1950 to responsibly make transatlantic trade easier for ventures on both sides of the Atlantic while spurring employment growth.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 until Friday, April 11, 2014

11 to 11

11

100.00 € / 200.00 €

register until April 09, 2014

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until April 02, 2014

Sunday, March 30, 2014

0:00 to 0:00

Kaiserslautern

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register until March 30, 2014

2014 Kaiserslautern American German Business Club Scholarships Program

The 2014 Kaiserslautern AGBC Scholarships Program application period ended on 30 March 2014.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

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register until March 26, 2014

Sebastian Welter - IBM's Watson Initiative

The IBM Watson initiative represents a first step into cognitive systems, a new era of computing.  A combination of capabilities makes Watson unique, including natural language processing, hyothesis generation and evaluation, and dynamic learning.  This enables it to communicate with humans directly - to answer questions asked by humans in our own language. 

IBM started to demonstrate this in the Jeopardy TV quiz show in the US.  The next step was the use of cognitive computing in medical assistance, giving guidance in cancer treatments.  Now the technology is moving on to support us in many more fields - answering our questions, guiding us through vast amounts of information and interacting with us in a natural way. 

Sebastian Welter led the discussion, updating us on IBM's progress with its Watson initiative.  He is a Client Technical Architect and the technical software representative on IBM's team for Germany and DACH.  Active in this role since 2011, his resposibilities include Content Analytics and Content Management systems - everything that covers unstructured data, from managing to analyzing and storing.  His focus is on high-volume archives and Big-Data systems in unstructured data environments, as well as analysis of natural-lanugage texts. 

 

Monday, March 24, 2014

12:30 to 16:00

EATON Industries, Hein-Moeller-Str. 7-11, 53115 Bonn

5.00 € / 10.00 €

register until March 17, 2014

EATON Test Laboratory

With over 100,000 employees and $20 billion in sales, Eaton Corporation is a major worldwide supplier of hydraulic and electro-technical components.  Eighteen AGBC members and friends followed the kind invitation of Dr. Ulrich Spindler to tour the Eaton test laboratory in Bonn.

After an introductional presentation and lunch, the group walked on a guided tour of the facilities.  The tests for durability and functionality are designed to fulfill the required standards of the international certification organization approving the component.  Tests requiring over one million switchings can take more than half a year.  In the end, we the users of the devices have the assurance that the components will perform as specified for the life of the device.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

12:00 to 14:00

Hotel Leonardo, Bergheimer Strasse 63 69115 Heidelberg

20.00 € / 25.00 €

register until March 18, 2014

March Luncheon

Dirk Eggert, managing director of Rhein-Neckar Air and commissioner of the Mannheim airport, presented on the new and exciting things happening with Rhein-Neckar Air.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

18:30 to 20:30

Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum (DAZ)/James-F.-Byrnes-Institut e.V., Charlottenplatz 17, 70173 Stuttgart, inner courtyard, entrance 3, top floor (no elevator)

5.00 € / 10.00 €

register until March 04, 2014

Tax Obligations of U.S. Citizens Living Abroad

Speaker Jimmy Sexton explained how Americans and "Green-Card" holders, living or working in Germany, can comply with their U.S. tax obligations.  Topics included income reporting, foreign earned income exclusion, foreign housing exclusion/deduction, foreign tax credit, gift/estate taxes, currency exchange, Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), the Report of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBAR), and more.

Jimmy Sexton holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance, a Juris Doctor, and an LL.M. in International Taxation.  He is President of Esquire Group, LLC, an international tax advisory firm based in Las Vegas with offices also in Phoenix, Arizona and Vienna, Austria.  He specializes in tax issues facing US citizens and resident aliens living, investing, or doing business aboard but also advises foreigners living, investing, or doing business in the US.  Jimmy Sexton is fluent in English and German and gives presentations in the US, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.  His biography is located at www.nomoretaxtrouble.com/profile-detail.php?id=1

At the end of the presentation, there was time for questions and answers with snacks, refreshments, socializing, and networking.

This event was organized by the American-German Business Club Stuttgart e.V. (www.agbc.de) and the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum (DAZ)/James-F.-Byrnes-Institut e.V. (www.daz.org).

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until March 05, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until February 26, 2014

Leading with Appreciation

Prof. Dr. Andreas Ottebach of the Stuttgart Media University led us in a discussion on the importance of showing appreciation in leading one's employees.  In this discussion, he enhanced our understanding of the importance of appreciation in optimizing team performance that assures the sustainability and success of the enterprise.  Most attendees were alarmed  by the 15%/61%/24% statistics on German employee commitment to their organizaitons - 15% are highly motivated and loyal to the organization, 61% are steady but uninspired contributors,and 24% (!) have laready decided to sseek other career challenges. 

Prof Ottebach the focused on insightful approaches to raise the levels of commitment of the 61% and to reduce the risk of employee loss.  These approaches are geared to boost overall performance and the bottom line - i.e. better commitment helps drive enhanced efficiency and helps obviate some undesired loss of employees, thus avoiding the costs of knowledge loss and search and training efforts for replacements.  Involvement and team building, listening, communication, two-way performance reviews, and coaching are all endemic in the use of appreciation approaches to boost employee motivation.   

Thursday, February 20, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Günnewig Hotel Residence, Kaiserplatz 11 in 53113 Bonn

20.00 € / 23.00 €

register until February 14, 2014

American/German Criminal Proceedings

White-collar crime is almost a daily report in the news.  Sometimes the cases come to trial, sometimes there is an out-of-court settlement and sometimes cases just seem to disappear.  In a very interesting presentation, Prof. Dr. Jürgen Wessing  compared the American and German legal systems and explained in lay terms why it’s often one solution or the other. 

National cases are difficult enough, but prosecution of cross-border cases can last up to 14 years!  Investigations are complicated by Data Protection Laws within the EU and differing criminal justice systems, e.g., there is no “corporate guilt” in Germany, and the accused don’t have to testify. Furthermore, if they do, they do not have to tell the truth.  Nevertheless, the legal systems on both sides of the Atlantic pursue “justice”.  In 40% of the cases, there is not enough evidence to go to trial; 40% of the cases are settled out-of-court; and only about 20% of the cases actually go to trial.  Interestingly, the severity of the punishment does not seem to deter criminal acts.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Barbarossahof Hotel Restaurant

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register until February 17, 2014

Annual Kaiserslautern American German Business Club Membership Meeting

The annual Kaiserslautern American German
Business Club membership meeting was held on Thursday, 20 February, at the Barbarossahof Hotel Restaurant.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

12:00 to 14:00

Leonardo

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register until February 17, 2014

Luncheon Meeting with a talk by Matthias Blatz

Information Technology, or IT for short, is an omnipresent part of all of our lives.  Anyone using a TV, computer or handi is a part of the IT world.

As you might imagine, those items listed above are not "cutting edge" in the electronics world of IT.  It is very much expanded and exciting beyond our normal every day usage.  

We were very fortunate in that we had the opportunity to learn a bit about what is going on in this stratospheric environment from one of our own members, Mr. Matthias Blatz.  He has over 25 years of experience in the worlds of information technology and telecommunication, especially data center management and iT infrastructure.

Matthias is Managing Partner, CEO and co-founder of Heidelberg iT Management GmbH and Co. KG.   Before founding Heidelberg iT, he was Chief Technology Officer at MEG Kommunikationssysteme GmbH, where he spent years honing his skills for his executive level today.

He providied us with information as to where the world of iT is working these days and which exciting experiences are on the horizon.

The Leonardo was prepared well for our first luncheon there in the New Year.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Conti Bistro, Max-Josef-Strasse 5, 80333 Munich

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register until February 11, 2014

AGBC 2014 Kick-Off

This will be provided later.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikazentrum in Hafencity, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until February 05, 2014

Sunday, February 02, 2014

18:00 to 21:00

Eulenbroich Castle, Zum Eulenbroicher Auel, 51503 Rösrath

12.00 € / 12.00 €

register until February 02, 2014

Thursday, January 30, 2014

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Berufsfeuerwehr Kaiserslautern

5.00 € / 8.00 €

register until January 27, 2014

Behind the Scenes Look at Kaiserslautern Fire Department

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) held an event on Thursday evening, 30 January, at the Kaiserslautern fire department (An der Feuerwache 6 67663 Kaiserslautern).

Thursday, January 30, 2014

7:00 p.m. to 22:00

InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt, Wilhelm-Leuschner-Straße 43, 60329 Frankfurt am Main

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until January 27, 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until January 27, 2014

Annual General Meeting 2014

Our Annual General Meeting was held 29th January 2014 at the Marriott Hotel, Berliner Str 93, 80805 Munich.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

18:30 to 21:00

Schaumburger Hof, Am Schaumburger Hof 10, 53175 Bonn-Bad Godesberg

20.00 € / 23.00 €

register until January 10, 2014

Multi-Cultural Communication -- Traditional National Borders and Cross-National Communication are out!

In today’s business world, growth beyond the limited domestic market often depends on expansion to global markets and international cooperation.  Without the right strategy, the road can be very bumpy and end in costly failure, e.g., Walmart’s ill-fated expansion to Europe.

Prof. Dr. Harold Meier led the AGBC Bonn through the three major globalization strategies: Ethnocentric (uni-polar), Geocentric (bi-polar), and Polycentric.  None of these is always right.  Due to local ethnic and cultural differences and even the product itself can influence which strategy will be successful.  Generally, however, one important rule is to localize the product the closer it is to the customer’s body: black beans in their menu in Nicaragua and porcelain plates (instead of paper) in Britain helped McDonalds to be successful in those markets.

A very interesting worldwide trend among young people is the emerging “MTV culture”, where shorthand script of numbers, letters and symbols convey the same meaning around the world – definitely a space to watch!

Monday, January 13, 2014

07:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Marriott Hotel in Heidelberg

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register until January 13, 2014

Happy Hour with Friends and New Members

AGBC Heidelberg had its traditional Happy New Year's Event with "Friends and New Members" Happy Hour and Networking Evening at the Marriott Hotel.

The energetic young service personnel from the hotel were with us all evening, encouraging "just one more" yummy hors d'oeuvres or just a bit more terrific wein or sekt.

Their omnipresent smiles made the evening that much more fun.  This is a great tradition we have to start out each calendar year.

 

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikahaus, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until December 02, 2013

1st Wednesday Bistro

The 1st Wednesday of each month from 18:00 until 20:00, at Am Sandtorkai 48 – enjoy complimentary wine, beer, light snacks and great conversation. No reservations needed. €5 admittance paid at the door.

You missed this one? Join us at the next one!

Monday, December 16, 2013

07:00pm to open end

Hotel Ritter

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register until December 16, 2013

AGBC Heidelberg Christmas Banquet 2013

Christmas Banquet:  We were able to finish off 2013 in style with a wonderful banquet at the Romantic Hotel Ritter in Heidelberg's old town.
We spiced it up a bit with Glühwein before entering, and we had welcome sekt from the hotel to help all the people settle in.
There were almost 50 attendees, with some joining us from IFPS.  We gorged on Weinachts Ganz (Christmas Goose).
And our Gesang Meister, Jon Levy, joined us to lead the group in singing the season's beautiful music.  All in all, it was a
wonderful evening and an excellent event for us to share to close out 2013.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Schlemmerscheune Restaurant at the Hotel Degen, Machenbacherstrasse 2, Weilerbach

23.00 € / 25.00 €

register until December 06, 2013

Annual Kaiserslautern AGBC Christmas Holiday Dinner

The annual Kaiserslautern AGBC Christmas Holiday Dinner was held at the Restaurant Schlemmerscheune in Weilerbach on Thursday, 12 December.

Monday, December 09, 2013

12 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Marriott Hotel Frankfurt am Main

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Saturday, December 07, 2013

5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Rheingauer Dom, Geisenheim

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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikahaus, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until September 04, 2013

1st Wednesday Bistro

The 1st Wednesday of each month from 18:00 until 20:00, at Am Sandtorkai 48 – enjoy complimentary wine, beer, light snacks and great conversation. No reservations needed. €5 admittance paid at the door.

You missed this one? Join us at the next one!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Café Luitpold, Brienner Str. 11, 80333 Muenchen

40.00 € / 40.00 €

register until December 02, 2013

AGBC Christmas Dinner - Save the Date

Over the years our Christmas dinner events have always been special ones, and this year's continued the trend.  For the second year running, we held the AGBC Christmas Dinner at the historic Café Luitpold, Brienner Str. 11, 80333 Munich (web:  www.cafe-luitpold.de) starting at 1900 / 7 PM and running until 2300 hours.  Dinner included an aperiftif or alcohol-free drink and Minipasteten, followed by a delicious Christmas dinner which featured Hakkaido Kurbis soup and Hirschrücken (venison) or Fish St. Pierre.  This was then be topped off by the Café Luitpold Chapeau Surprise desert.  Participants paid Eur 40.00 in advance for the evening, which was subsidized by the Munich Chapter. The price covered the aperitif, dinner and mineral water.  As in prior years, participants were asked to pay for their other drinks and related gratuities separately.  

Thursday, November 28, 2013

6:30 p.m. to about 10 p.m.

Ratskeller Stuttgart, Marktplatz 1, Festsaal Herzog Eberhard 1-3

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register until November 15, 2013

A Taste of Home–Thanksgiving Dinner

We got cozy with family and friends over a warm American Thanksgiving meal!  Organized by the American-German Business Club Stuttgart e.V. and the German-American Center/DAZ (www.daz.org) in partnership with other English-speaking organizations and businesses in Stuttgart. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

6.00 p.m. to 10.0 p.m.

Rheinblick Golf Course, Wiesbaden-Dotzheim

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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until November 27, 2013

Vision for the Deutsches Museum 2025

The Deutsches Museum, one of the largest science museums in Europe and one of Munich top “must-visit” sites, was founded by Oskar von Miller, Carl von Linde and Walter von Dyk in 1903 as “the place” for science education in Germany, in order to provide scientists and engineers for the "Deutschland AG." In the mean time, it has become Germany’s national science research museum and is the most frequently visited museum in Germany.  Its goal is to make science and technology accessible to visitors in an understandable and charming way. As such it has inspired the founding of numerous technology museums around the world, including Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.


In addition to the main building on the Museumsinsel, the museum’s three branch museums – the Flugwerft Schleissheim, the new Verkehrszentrum on the Theresienhöhe, and the Deutsches Museum Bonn – were built in recent years and today also attract significant crowds.

Given the advanced age of the core museum on the Museumsinsel, it’s no wonder that the various exhibitions and the building complex itself require extensive restructuring. After the Second World War, the museum complex was merely patched up, and since then has never undergone any fundamental renovation work. Due to their age, some of the permanent exhibitions are in urgent need of restoration and modernization.  Consequently, in 2011, the Deutsches Museum launched its ‘Zukunftsinitiative,’ a major reconstruction project of 400 Mio Euro, funded in a private-public partnership in order to ensure that it remains a top international address in the field of science and technology.

Prof Dr. Wolfgang Heckl, Director General of the Deutsches Museum, discussed the vision, the concept and the underlying ideas of the biggest renovation project in the history of the Deutsches Museum. 

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Heckl: As Director General of the Deutsches Museum, one of the largest science centers and technology museums in Europe, Prof Dr Wolfgang Heckl holds the Oskar von Miller chair for science communication as a professor of experimental physics and nanotechnology at the Technical University in München. He has a special interest in organic self-assembly and the origin of life. Upon receiving his Doctor of Science degree from the Technical University of Munich, he did postdoctoral research for IBM Research, mainly in Toronto and San Jose as well as at UCLA. After working as professor of experimental physics at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Munich, he was appointed Director General of the Deutsches Museum in 2004. 

His academic teachers have been Nobel Prize winners Gerd Binnig and Theodor Hänsch. As a dynamic and charismatic science communicator, he received the Communicator Prize in 2002 from the German Science Foundation and was awarded the European Descartes Prize for Science Communication in 2004. He was the chairman for the pan-European Euroscience Open Forum in July 2006. In 2008 he received the Bundesverdienstkreuz. He is member of the German Academy for Technical Sciences Acatech. Recently he published the book "Die Kultur der Reparatur" by Hanser publications. 

Friday, November 22, 2013

18:30 to 22:00

Restaurant Kleinpetersberg, Austrasse 46, 53179 Bonn

30.00 € / 40.00 €

register until November 15, 2013

American Thanksgiving Dinner

In spite of the NSA-Affair, members and friends of the AGBC gathered on November 22 to celebrate German-American friendship with a traditional American Thanksgiving dinner at the Kleinpetersberg Restaurant in Bonn.  Typical dishes such as turkey with stuffing, corn on the cob, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie were served in abundance.  Among the more prominent guests was Consul General Stephen Hubler, who could not resist the temptation of a real Thanksgiving meal and travelled in from Düsseldorf for the evening.

Prior to the dinner AGBC Bonn VP, Bob Robertson, surprised not only the German guests with a short history of Anglo-American Thanksgiving from its origin in the Virginia Colony in 1619 up to the present day and offered insight into how the rural America celebrates the occasion today.

Afterwards AGBC Bonn President, Regina Fahlbusch, honored former President, Walter Bawell, and his wife Birgit as well as former VP, Dr. Martina Timmermann, for their many years of service in support of the Transatlantic Friendship.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Saarbruecken Airport

10.00 € / 15.00 €

register until November 18, 2013

Tour of Saarbruecken Airport

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) hosted a behind the scenes tour of the Saarbruecken airport on Thursday evening, 21 November.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

10:30 to 15:30/16:00

Hotel Maritim, Godesberger Allee, 53175 Bonn

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Association of AGBCs' e.V. Membership Meeting

Association of AGBCs Membership Meeting in Bonn

gone but definitely not forgotten.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

16:15 to 18:15

Haus der Geschichte

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Haus der Geschichte Foundation

Following the membership meeting of the Association of AGBCs in Bonn the board members from all chapters/families and friends proceeded to the Haus der Geschichte presents German history from post-war times to the present day with an approach that is geared towards visitors and interactive experience. With well over 1 million visitors every year, the houses of the Foundation are some of the most visited museums in the Federal Republic of Germany. As a complement to the permanent exhibitions, individual aspects of contemporary history are explored in more detail in appealing temporary exhibitions, a varied programme of events and assorted publications.
In its work, the Foundation aims to appeal to visitors of all ages and from all walks of life.presents German history from post-war times to the present day with an approach that is geared towards visitors and interactive experience. With well over 1 million visitors every year, the houses of the Foundation are some of the most visited museums in the Federal Republic of Germany. As a complement to the permanent exhibitions, individual aspects of contemporary history are explored in more detail in appealing temporary exhibitions, a varied programme of events and assorted publications.
In its work, the Foundation aims to appeal to visitors of all ages and from all walks of life.

Saturday, November 09, 2013

18:30/19:00 to open end

Restaurant RheinAue

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After work networking dinner

To close the day of the Membership Meeting followed by a tour of the Haus der Geschichte many AGBCers proceeded to the Restaurant RheinAue with its very personal atmoshphere for a social networking dinner in a casual manner in the park of a previous Bundesgartenschau looking over the Rhine to the Siebengebirge.

AGBC Bonn e.V. was delighted to have many chapters represented at the meeting in Bonn.  AGBC chapters and members are already looking forward to the next membership meeting with the opportunity to meet again and exchange ideas.

SEE YOU AGAIN IN SPRING 2014.

Friday, November 08, 2013

19:00 to open

Gastst�tte Em Hoettche

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Welcome to Bonn - Joint Dinner for AGBCers/families/friends

Guided to the Gasthaus "Em Hoettsche" by the St. Martin's fire on the historic Bonn Marktplatz, Bonn AGBCers, families and friends turned out in force to welcome those from other chapters for a joint casual dinner with typical cuisine from the Rheinland on the evening before the national membership meeting.

Friday, November 08, 2013 until Sunday, November 10, 2013

19:00 to 13:00

AGBC Bonn

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National Convention

The weekend of AGBC's national convention kicked off Friday evening with a welcome gettogether at the Gasthaus "em Höttche".  Guests from other chapters were guided to the Gasthaus by the St.Martin's fire on the historic Bonn Marktplatz.  They were welcomed by 20 Bonn AGBC'ers and spent a memorable evening enjoying the cuisine from the Rheinland and renewing acquaintences in a relaxed atmosphere.

The business meeting on Saturday concluded on time, so that all could get to Das Haus der Geschichte for a special guided tour. 

After freshning up, members and families met at the Rhein Aue Restaurant for a farewell dinner.

Thursday, November 07, 2013

19.00 to 22.00

WYNO, Düsseldorf-Oberkassel

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikahaus, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until September 04, 2013

1st Wednesday Bistro

The 1st Wednesday of each month from 18:00 until 20:00, at Am Sandtorkai 48 – enjoy complimentary wine, beer, light snacks and great conversation. No reservations needed. €5 admittance paid at the door.

You missed this one? Join us at the next one!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cologne Zoo, Alter Stammheimer Weg / Riehler Str., Köln

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until October 30, 2013

October 2013 AGBC Monthly Meeting - Global Media World - FILMFEST MÜNCHEN

Leading a cultural institution in an economically driven, global environment includes different challenges: competitiveness (with regard to premieres, stars…), profitability, a certain cultural claim and more. Diana Iljine, Geschäftsführerin/Director of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, spoke about these challenges with respect to the new global media world. But she not only presented the challenges, she also talked about the opportunities that a film festival has in today’s (digital) world. Moreover, she presented some of her goals and a vision for the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN.  

Since August 2011, Diana Iljine has served as Director of the FILMFEST MÜNCHEN, Munich's international film festival and also Director of the Munich International Festival of Film schools.  In addition, she is a member of the board of the Kuratorium junger deutscher Film.  She was born in Frankfurt, majored in communications at Munich University, and then went on to work in film and TV for 25 years, mainly in sales and acquisitions.  She co-wrote a book on producing, "Der Produzent, "which became a standard reference work.  In 2008 she became a freelance consultant for international licensing, co-productions and video on demand.  She completed her MBA in 2011 at Berlin's Steinbeis Busienss Academy.

 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof, Eselsfürth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern

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Kaiserslautern AGBC Networking Meeting

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club held a netwroking meeting on Thursday evening, 24 October, at the Hotel-Restaurant Barbarossahof, Eselsfürth 10, 67657 Kaiserslautern.

Monday, October 14, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Bonn International School, Martin-Luther-King-Strasse, 53175 Bonn-Plittersdorf

20.00 € / 23.00 €

register until October 08, 2013

Introducing the Bonn International School

One facet where the realities of international business collide with crusted, bureaucratic, national structures is education. Around the world, international schools have sprung up to address the needs of an often transient public to ensure that their children get a quality education.  With the United Nations as well as several multi-national firms located in or near Bonn, the Bonn International School (BIS) must serve a very broad public.   

Headmaster Dr. Chris G. Müller, a veteran of international schools in Africa, America, Western & Eastern Europe, presented the School and its focus on educating for the 21st Century.  In contrast to the “one size fits all” often encountered in public education, the BIS tailors its education to the individual student.  Small classes are the norm, which also impacts expenses.  But, as Dr. Müller said, “Education is not a cost, it is an investment.”

Although the Cologne-Bonn Region benefits from having a quality school for international families, the school itself receives no public funding or support such as student tickets for public transportation.  Nevertheless, the BIS is operating near to capacity of 800 and is able to offer financial aid to needy students.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

11:00 to 16:00

Schottenhamel Zelt/Tent, Wies'n 2013

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until September 27, 2013

AGBC Returns to Oktoberfest 2013



The Munich Chapter returned to enjoy the fun at Oktoberfest.  We had 64 seats (8 tables) reserved in the Schottenhamel Zelt-Tent for Sunday, 6th October 2013 from 11AM through 4PM, the final day of Oktoberfest 2013. This was again be a “pay in advance” event based on a “first paid, first reserved” basis. The cost was Eur 40 for members and Eur
45 for our Guests. This includee a shared Bavarian platter for each table and ½ chicken and 2 Maß (liters) of Oktoberfest Bier for each attendee.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

11:00 to 16:00

Schottenhamel Zelt/Tent, Wies'n 2013

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until September 27, 2013

AGBC Returns to Oktoberfest 2013



The Munich Chapter returned to enjoy the fun at Oktoberfest.  We had 64 seats (8 tables) reserved in the Schottenhamel Zelt-Tent for Sunday, 6th October 2013 from 11AM through 4PM, the final day of Oktoberfest 2013. This was again be a “pay in advance” event based on a “first paid, first reserved” basis. The cost was Eur 40 for members and Eur
45 for our Guests. This includee a shared Bavarian platter for each table and ½ chicken and 2 Maß (liters) of Oktoberfest Bier for each attendee.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikahaus, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until September 04, 2013

1st Wednesday Bistro

The 1st Wednesday of each month from 18:00 until 20:00, at Am Sandtorkai 48 – enjoy complimentary wine, beer, light snacks and great conversation. No reservations needed. €5 admittance paid at the door.

You missed this one? Join us at the next one!

Monday, September 30, 2013

18:00 to 21:00

INFOBÜRO pose marré, Alte Papierfabrik 18, 40699 Erkrath

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

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September 2013 AGBC Monthly Meeting - Knowledge – and How to Deal With It in American-German Businesses

Knowledge
– and How to Deal With It in American-German Businesses

 

The types of knowledge that are considered to be relevant for an organization can be quite diverse in different business cultures – even if they seem as close as the German and American one. They
depend on convictions about what makes a good employee, expert, manager and leader. Additionally, they depend on motivational and interactional processes between the persons involved and their respective professional and cultural backgrounds, acquired through socialization and long-term practice. Knowledge Management and Transfer therefore have to be designed in a culturally sensitive way to make sure that knowledge which is crucial for a company is effectively preserved.  Based on her management experience, Professor Ulrike Reisach showed us how one can make sure that expert knowledge is successfully identified and passed on.

 

Ulrike Reisach PhD, Professor at the Neu-Ulm University of Applied Sciences, Bavaria/Germany, is an expert on communication and management strategies for leading international companies. For 20 years, she has been responsible for corporate communications and international strategy development in banking and industry, last as Director of Siemens Corporate Communication and Government Affairs. She has published 10 books on international management and communication as well as corporate culture and HR management. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

19:00 to 0:00

Frankfurt InterContinental Hotel Wilhelm-Leuschner-Str. 43

45.00 € / 50.00 €

register until September 19, 2013

Monday, September 23, 2013

5:30 p.m. to about 7 p.m.

stairs in front of opera house or lobby

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Backstage at the Opera!

Organized by the AGBC Stuttgart and the German-American Center (www.daz.org) in Stuttgart and hosted by the Opera Stuttgart.

The new opera season openend, and we took this opportunity to look behind the scenes of the award-winning opera house in Stuttgart:  Due to the great demand, we now offered another guided, booked-out tour in English and had exclusive insights into what happens behind the scenes of Don Giovanni, La Cenerentola, Falstaff, and the numerous other operas of the season.

Please note:  Exclusive event for current DAZ and AGBC members only.

Friday, September 13, 2013

12:00 to 19:00

Golfplatz Altenstadt

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Friday, September 13, 2013

1:50 p.m. to about 4 p.m.

reception counter (Empfangstheke) of the customer center (Kundencenter), Käsbrünnlestrasse, 71063 Sindelfingen

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register until September 13, 2013

Factory Tour of Mercedes Benz Sindelfingen

The Daimler AG invited 20 guests for this tour in English of how they make Mercedes cars.  It includes their most interesting production areas and follows the operational characteristics of the factory.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

6:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Atlantic Academy, 3rd floor, Lauterstrasse 2, 67657 Kaiserslautern

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The Upcoming German Federal Elections

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) and the Atlantic held a forum on the 2013 German federal elections, Thursday evening, 12 September. This event included iscussion with the representatives of the German
political parties.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

18:30 to 23:00

Cohen's Restaurant, Theresien Str. 31, 80333 Munich

25.00 € / 25.00 €

register until September 09, 2013

Rock into Autumn - Fall 2013 AGBC Kick-Off Event


The Munich Chapter stager our AGBC Fall 2013  Kick-Off Event at Cohen’s Restaurant, Theresienstr. 31, 80333 München (www.cohens.de, E-Mail contact@cohens.de,  Telephone 089 280 9545). Starting at 1830 hours (6:30 PM), this was a great opportunity for our Members to introduce the AGBC to their friends, colleagues, business partners and members of other Munich Area groups in a casual atmosphere. The focus was on networking - Guests and Members met and discussed the many “topics of the day” and areas of mutual interest plus upcoming AGBC events. 

The cost was Eur 25 per person, payable at the door. This covered the dinner buffet. Beverages were purchased on a “pay what you consume” basis.  

Cohen’s restaurant is located in a quiet courtyard in the Maxvorstadt (Munich), in the immediate vicinity of the Museum district (i.e. the Alte and the Neue Pinakothek, the Pinakothek der Moderne as well as the Brandhorst collection). The restaurant can best reached by public transport. The underground lines U3 and U6 (station “Universität”) as well as the tram line 27 (stop “Pinakothek”) and the bus 100 (stop “Brandhorst”) are only a few minutes’ walk away.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Gasthaus Schaumburger Hof, Am Schaumburger Hof 10, 53175 Bonn-Bad Godesberg/Plittersdorf

20.00 € / 23.00 €

register until August 30, 2013

US Tax laws and the Double-Taxation Treaties

Tax Consultant and newly elected AGBC Bonn President, Regina Fahlbusch, presented the complicated world of double taxation for Americans living in Germany.  Because the United States maintains its right to tax its citizens regardless of where they reside, US citizens residing in Germany must comply with the tax laws of both countries.  As this is beyond the scope of the average German “Steuerberater”, we are fortunate to have experts among our own members.

In addition to the required reporting of foreign bank accounts (Form TDF 90-22.1) by US citizens to the Treasury, the US Government is increasingly requiring foreign banks to report data on accounts owned by US citizens.   Although the reporting by most individuals is not a problem, some banks fear reprisals by the US if they report incorrectly and, therefore, refuse to do business with US citizens.

Again, our knowledgeable members can assist others in complying with the regulations.

Thursday, September 05, 2013

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Schaumburger Hof, Am Schaumburger Hof 10, 53175 Bonn-Plittersdorf

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Annual Membership Meeting 2013

Members looked back on a very successful year for the Bonn AGBC.  As previously communicated, due to other pressing commitments, both President Walter Bawell and German Vice President, Dr. Martina Timmermann, resigned from their offices.  Both have been invaluable assets to the AGBC .  The AGBC is very fortunate to have found a dynamic successor as president, Regina Fahlbusch.  We all welcome Regina and look forward to a lively future under her leadership.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

18:00 to 20:00

Amerikahaus, Am Sandtorkai 48

5.00 € / 5.00 €

register until September 04, 2013

1st Wednesday Bistro

The 1st Wednesday of each month from 18:00 until 20:00, at Am Sandtorkai 48 – enjoy complimentary wine, beer, light snacks and great conversation. No reservations needed. €5 admittance paid at the door.

You missed this one? Join us at the next one!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

15:30 to 19:00

Dante Stadion, Dante Str. 14, 80637 Munich

11.00 € / 11.00 €

register until August 23, 2013

Thursday, August 22, 2013

8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kloster Eberbach - Basilika

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Friday, July 26, 2013

12:00 to 19:00

Golfplatz Altenstadt

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AGBC Golf Tournament at Altenstadt

Impressions of the AGBC Golf Tournament in Altenstadt

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ratskeller Stuttgart, Festsaal Herzog Eberhard 1, Marktplatz 1, 70173 Stuttgart, directions: www.stuttgarterratskeller.de/ratskeller/anfahrt.php

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Appreciative Leadership

Many studies tell us that the “innere Kündigung” (silent termination) is epidemic in most companies, and dissatisfaction with the direct supervisor is the leading cause for employee termination, leading to invisible but huge corporate and human losses.  How can you motivate your employees, team members, colleagues, and even your business partners and bosses to give top performance and enjoy work?

It’s not a sin to calculate–why appreciative leadership is valuable

Presentation by Prof. Dr. Andreas Otterbach, Professor for Business Administration and Management, Stuttgart Media University Speaker and Trainer for Appreciative Leadership

Andreas Otterbach is a professor for business administration and management at the Stuttgart Media University.  He was studying Business Administration at University of Bamberg, where he also got a Ph.D. in economics in 1996.  After his studies, he was working in different expert and executive positions in the financial industry–in companies like Citibank, Baden-Württembergische Bank or Deutsche Capital Management.  Thereby, his focus was in the fields of marketing and sales.  From his own experience, he knows the necessity of appreciation towards colleagues, employees and also business partners, very well.

Swabians in general–Andreas Otterbach was born in 1965 in Stuttgart–are said to be parsimonious.  Why you might save at the wrong end, if you pursue the Swabian saying “not grumbled is praised enough”, the Certified Bank Master will demonstrate in an electrifying and entertaining motivational speech.  Informative, profound, and practical–he shows that appreciation does not lead only to a higher motivation but also to more profit.  Additionally, appreciative leadership can be implemented more easily as many might assume.  Hence, the formula of the appreciation expert is: “It’s not a sin to calculate–why appreciative leadership is valuable”.  Executives and employees are inspired. “My boss should be exactly this way”, employees say after the speech.

Besides the motivational speech, Andreas Otterbach is also training executives with a focus on appreciative leadership.

Internet: www.andreas-otterbach.de

Publication:  Führen durch Wertschätzung (Leadership by Appreciation, fall 2013)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

19.00 to 21.00

WYNO, 40545 Düsseldorf Oberkassel, Belsenplatz 2a

15.00 € / 15.00 €

register until July 10, 2013

If you think compliance is expensive, try non-compliance

die USA haben in der Phase des Wiederaufbaus dafür gesorgt, dass Deutschland nach dem Vorbild der US Antitrust Laws zur Zerschlagung der kartellierten Kriegswirtschaft ein Kartellgesetz bekam. Heute wenden alle EU-Mitgliedstaaten neben ihrem nationalen auch europäisches Kartellrecht an. Damit soll in einem freien Wirtschaftssystem für die Marktteilnehmer ein level playing field gewährleistet werden.

Zunehmend decken Kartellbehörden die sog. Hard Core-Kartelle, besonders schwerwiegende Absprachen über Preise und Konditionen oder auch Gebietsaufteilung, auf und verhängen empfindliche Bußgelder gegen Unternehmen und die persönlich betroffenen Mitarbeiter, Vorstände und Geschäftsführer. Ein Blick in die Presse zeigt: Keine Branche bleibt verschont – Aufzüge, Autobleche, Bahnschienen, Bier, Feuerwehrfahrzeuge, Spanplatten, Transportbeton, Zucker und jetzt auch noch Kartoffeln und Schokoriegel…….

Die verschärfte Durchsetzung des Kartellrechts in Deutschland und Europa wollen wir zum Anlass nehmen, die (gesamt)wirtschaftlichen und rechtlichen Auswirkungen illegaler Preisabsprachen zu beleuchten und mit Ihnen zu diskutieren. Dabei wollen wir uns an dem Ausspruch eines Unternehmers orientieren

„If you think compliance is expensive, try non-compliance.“

Den Vortrag halten und die Diskussion leiten wird Karin Gollan. Bevor sie ihre eigene auf Kartellrecht spezialisierte Rechtsanwaltskanzlei eröffnete, hatte sie Führungspositionen im Bundeskartellamt und in einem Unternehmen inne.

Der Vorstand lädt Sie recht herzlich zu dieser interessanten Veranstaltung am

Donnerstag, dem 11. Juli 2013, um 19.00 Uhr (Vortrag ca. 19.30 Uhr)

im WYNO, 40545 Düsseldorf Oberkassel, Belsenplatz 2a

ein. Wir haben das Lokal des Weinhändlers für uns reserviert. Zur Weinprobe haben wir für jeden eine gemischte Platte (kleine Brotzeit) bestellt. Die Kosten dafür betragen 15,00 EUR p. P. und sind neben den Getränken, die Sie individuell bestellen, vor Ort zu zahlen.

Sunday, July 07, 2013

12:00 to 17:00

Waldwirtschaft Biergarten, Gross Hesselohe/Pullach

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Let's Celebrate "The 4th of July" - on the 7th of July

As the concluding event in the new tradition of the Little American Oktoberfest ( 4-7 Jul 13), the AGBC joined the other MING groups in celebrating US Independence Day on 7th July at the Waldwirtschaft near Pullach. The festivities began around noon and continued throughout the afternoon.

Linda Jo Rizzo sparked another boisterous 4th of July musical happening featuring a cool mix of rock, pop, soul and country music.

There were many special attractions for kids: 
trampoline, children's playground, train rides, bull riding (for the adult-kids ready for a “kick”) and Mini Golf. The latter featured this year’s AGBC Mini-Golf Tournament which was co-won by Chris Cougler and Randy Caldwell.  They now get to share the stunning
AGBC 2013 Mini Golf trophy until next July. 

As a special feature, US General Consul Bill Moeller officially opened a keg of free beer, compliments of WaWi team. 

Thursday, July 04, 2013

8:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Kloster Eberbach - Kreuzgang

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Rheingau Musik Festival

The concert Mozart’s Große Nachtmusik at the Kloster_Eberbach at the Kreuzgang with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, featuring Jorg Widmann on the clarinet. The magnificent musical rendition ranged from Mozart’s  Overture of “Idomeneo” to the A-dur clarinet concert, ending with Widmann’s own “Ikarische Klage.”

By all accounts, the warm evening  with clear starry skies, topped with added sound of birds singing, created an almost unreal atmosphere and a memorable evening.

AGBC Special Event’s

Susi James

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

8.00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Weingut Fritz Allendorf, Oestrich-Winkel

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Saturday, June 29, 2013

11 am to 22 pm

Marriott Hotel Heidelberg

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Membership Meeting

29 June 2013 was a great day for the AGBC. I write this not only for the national organization, but also for the Heidelberg Rhein Main Chapter as well.

The weather had been unpleasant for the few days prior to the 29th, and it was rainy grey as the day began. That was o.k. for the start, as we had National Board meeting in the Marriott. The meeting went well; lunch went well; and we were working toward finishing our business when the sun came out.

It stayed out, and our Terrace Reception started about 18:30 with excellent attendance. It had become a beautiful early summer evening. The Marriott Hotel, as always, was a superb host and even provided free parking for our members. The terrace party provided very good warm ups for the river cruise, as everyone was getting sort of jolly by 20:00 when the boart picked us up.

We had about 78 people get on the boat, so it was an excellent "quorum" to enjoy the cruise up the Neckar. Everyone was particularly enthusiastic about the music. Shorty sang, with keyboard backup, and we received many, many compliments for the sounds. Different people had different plans, following the boat ride. The ship stopped briefly in the old town, then finished up back to the Marriott.

 

All in all, it was an excellent day. The Association of AGBCs needs to appreciate the Heidelberg Board for oganizing and managing this multitude of activities all day long.

 

Barry E. Swanson

President Association of AGBCs

Saturday, June 29, 2013

18:30 to 23:00

Heidelberg

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AGBC Membership After-Work Party and Cruise

 

After-Work Party and Cruise for AGBCers/Families and Friends

The best chance to get to meet other AGBC members and friends from around Germany is to attend a National Membership meeting. That was definitely the case at the national meeting held on 29 - 30 June in Heidelberg this summer.

It was a beautiful summer day in one of Germany's most attractive tourist towns. Heidelberg itself and near-by Schwetzingen, with its own castle and Versailles-like royal gardens, offer more than enouth sights to see. But that is usually enjoyed by spouses and friends who come along to such AGBC meetings.

Many of us out-of-towners stayed on for the early evening terrace party at Heidelberg's Marriott Hotel, a great place to mix and mingle as drinks and finger food were served. Within an hour our river cruiser pulled up next to the hotel's  Neckar River landing. Only a few landlubbers stayed behind while the other 80 of us filed aboard for the 8 p.m. cruise.

The band was great, featuring soul singer Shorty, and swung right into action. They kept on playing and singing American rock classics the whole evening, up and down the Neckar, passing through two locks on the journey. Something about Heidelberg and its illuminated castle looks even more historic and romantic on a summer night.

It took a while for most of us to realize that no one had ordered any food. Luckily our ship's radio functioned, so we had a mid-Neckar rendezvous with another river cruiser which handed over a bag of some edibles. At long last one could get a bowl of tomato soup, which is all our galley could offer. But that was enough to keep us going.

About 10:30 our ship first docked at Heidelberg's Stadthalle, where about half of us disembarked - close to the Altstadt and its many bistros and hangouts. Some of us wound up eating great Flammekuch at the Regie Bistro, while others stayed aboard for a sumptuous steak dinner back at the Marriott. All in all it was a great way to meet new AGBC friends. Personal networking at its best.

Dennis Phillips

Member of AGBC Frankfurt e.V.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

InterContinental Hotel Frankfurt

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Saturday, June 22, 2013

9:00 to 14:30

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

15.00 € / 15.00 €

register until June 21, 2013

2013 AGBC Eighth Annual Exchange Event

On Saturday, June 22, the Munich Chapter hosted our Munich Chapter’s 2013 AGBC Eighth Annual
Exchange Event. Through our broad scope of business workshops, focused on entrepreneurialism, we continued providing high-impact contributions to the Munich international community.

With over 45 participants, this year’s event enabled Members to showcase their professional talents in nine workshops, each led by an AGBC member or team that inspired thoughts, drove participation, stimulated networking, and helped promote understanding. The first eight presentations were spread over three sessions (i.e. 2-3 per 45-minute session). The ninth was a beer-tasting "workshop,” just before our luncheon buffet.   The topics covered were: 

  • Burnout – does it really exist?  - Karin Intveen, somatic coach & Karla Viebahn, HR interim manager
  • Business Model Generation: How to Design, Modify and Implement Business Models  - Bruno Müller, Managing Director at AMI CAPITAL
    GmbH 
  • ‘Female shift’ - Why our future will be feminine... (Guys, this is important for you too!) - Gisela Rehm, owner and founder of DONNA ROSA
  • How to Expand Your Business to the US – US Consulate Support and Legal Issues - Chris Canellakis, Foreign Service Officer, US Consulate 
  • “What is Process Improvement and Lean Manufacturing?” - Erich Craciun, Senior Manager of Continuous Improvement at Sky Deutschland
  • How to Network, including Non-Verbal Communications and Elevator Speeches - Christopher Magyar, English Language Services & Jean-Marie Bottequin, Work & Life Coach
  • 3D Printing: The 3rd Industrial Revolution - Richard Hagl, owner and founder of 3D-Drucken Muenchen
  • Synthetic Biology: Opportunity or Risk? - Dr. Klaus Heumann, Managing Director of Biomax Informatics AG
  • Beer Tasting: How The American Beer Industry Has Affected German Beer - Locke McKenzie, Beer Blogger

Afterwards, the Marriott team provided a buffet lunch – soup and sandwiches - before we moved to the Members' Meeting.  This was a brainstorming session to identify and agree on suitable steps we can take to boost the Chapter’s business benefits (i.e. the Business Boost) for our Munich Chapter members.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Gasthaus "Schaumburger Hof", Am Schaumburger Hof 10, 53175 Bonn -Bad Godesberg/Plittersdorf

20.00 € / 23.00 €

register until June 17, 2013

The German Legal System in International Business Transactions - a Rising Star

International business often brings partners from diverse cultures and legal systems together.  Even when all partners mean well, misunderstandings occur and must be settled and contractual agreements enforced.  Dr. Michael Voß; Schubert Rechtanwälte, Cologne; lead AGBC members and friends through a high-level view of putting together an international contract that will be of use, when things go wrong.

British commercial law was dominant in the 19th Century and American law in the 20th.  In the 21st Century German law is becoming increasingly popular for international agreements.  The reasons are many, some of the most prominent are

  1. Judicial Independence – 4th worldwide (USA is 30+)
  2. Risk – predictable and quantifiable
  3. Proceedings last only 3-6 months
  4. Frivolous litigation is discouraged by moderate amount of settlements and  “loser pays all costs”

Also, the German infrastructure is becoming increasingly internationally oriented, such as offering court proceedings in English in Cologne.  Germany is certainly on a good road to maintain its standing as a top commercial nation.

Friday, June 14, 2013

12:00 to 19:00

Golfplatz Altenstadt

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Friday, June 07, 2013

12:15 pm to 9:00 pm

Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein Air Base

70.00 € / 80.00 €

register until May 31, 2013

Kaiserslautern AGBC 2013 Charity Golf Event

The annual Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) Charity Golf
Tournament was held on Friday, 7 June, at the Championship Course of the
Ramstein Air Base.

Thursday, June 06, 2013

7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Hotel Le Méridien, Willy-Brandt-Strasse 30, 70173 Stuttgart, phone (0711) 22 21-0, www.lemeridienstuttgart.com

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Off the Beaten Path–Family Violence: Changing Perceptions, Stigmas, and Communities One Life at a Time

On Thursday, 6 June 2013, Stephanie Angelo, SPHR, from Phoenix, Arizona, offered her presentation:  Off the Beaten Path–Family Violence:  Changing Perceptions, Stigmas, and Communities One Life at a Time

Ever had an uneasy feeling about a friend, loved one, or co-worker’s relationship?  Have you been concerned something may be seriously wrong–or that your friend might be in danger?  What about the kids?  How safe are they?

The truth is that for many victims of violence, the workplace and community offer the only escape they have from the day-to-day trauma.  Informed individuals may be the only source for help.

At this presentation, wel learned what domestic abuse is, both physical and non-physical, understand who it affects, and clarify popular myths and realistic facts.  Stephanie will also compare and contrast Germany’s statistics, laws, and institutions with those in the U.S.  Finally, you will see how colleagues and your company can benefit socially and financially from this education.  There will be enough time for discussion, information exchange, and networking.  You will walk away enriched and empowered.

Stephanie Angelo came to us from Phoenix, Arizona.  She is a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), the head of her company Human Resource Essential, LLC, a book author, and a member of the National Speakers Association in the U.S.  Stephanie uses her personal and professional experience to provide new understanding of how to respond and use resources for ending and preventing this social crisis.  For more information, see www.hressential.com.

This presentation was organized by the:
American-German Business Club Stuttgart e.V. (www.agbc.de)
Rotary Club Stuttgart International (www.rotary1830.net/stuttgart_international)
International Women's Club of Stuttgart e.V. (www.iwcstuttgart.org)

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until May 29, 2013

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

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May Monthly Meeting - Sales XXL

How can you use emotional stories to enhance sales and
close deals?  Apple didn't describe the original iPod as a 6.5-ounce music player with a five-gigabyte drive. It simply said, "1,000 songs in your pocket." Apple’s storytelling initially is a high-level concept, telling Customers not what they want to buy but what kind of people they want to be. Why does Apple’s success stand out? Why are Steven Spielberg’s movies so successful? Joachim Günster was intrigued and investigated to find similarities to their concepts. He identified patterns within their works as well as those of many other successful sales people. They all sell products, services and ideas utilizing stories. Joachim analyzed the how’s and why’s, and he became fascinated by the idea that these skills can be learned and applied by everybody. 

As a salesman for the past 30 years, Joachim has focused on selling leading technology to corporate Customers and end users. Sometimes he had spectacular success and sometimes with very little success. During his restless search to achieve better results, he identified the ultimate selling methods and became a StoryMaster, somebody who understands how to build a compelling story, a story which quickly grasps the Customer’s attention. The story must sink into the Customers emotional world and create a strong, "must have" desire. And even more so, the story must be one which the Customer will retell to his friends and family as well as his coworkers. Joachim teaches how to design a story that converts a Customer into an avid fan, an evangelist, and a happy storyteller himself.

Sounds difficult, complex, and hard to learn? Not at all. We learned about it. It´s no rocket science. Simple, easy-to-use techniques and tools which are ideal for “selling” to Customers, employees, the boss, shareholders and even to one’s spouse, children and friends. 

Joachim Günster has been a serial entrepreneur since 1980 and for the last 30 years he focused on sales of leading edge technology while growing with the computer and microelectronics ages. He has run computer magazines, sold data security tools, worked on social media applications and
moved currently into the mobile application space. Based currently in Munich, he has lived several years in San Diego and southern California. He serves on the boards of several high tech companies and is the CEO of an intellectual property company. Combining his storytelling skills and his practical experience is what makes him tick as a passionate StoryMaster. 


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

18:30 to 23:59

Dorint Hotel, St.-Quentin-Ring 1, 67663 Kaiserslautern.

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2013's Scholarship Awards Ceremony

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club is proud to announce the winners of our Annual Scholarship Essay Contest for 2013.

Receiving a €1000 award are Samira Boujnida, Christopher Jastrab and Lauren Codina.

Samira is from Kaiserslautern and is studying International Business at the Schiller International University in Heidelberg.

Christopher is from Otterbach, graduating from Kaiserslautern High School and will be studying Aviation Business Administration at Lewis University in Illinois USA.

Lauren is from Kaiserslautern, graduating from Ramstein High School and will be studying International Business and Marketing, with concentrations in Spanish and Italian, at Franklin College in Lugano, Switzerland.

Receiving a €500 award are Emily Coard and Julia Wonneberger.

Emily is from Oberstaufenbach and is currently enrolled at Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina where she is studying Intercultural Business Studies and German.

Julia is from Koblenz and is enrolled in a Masters of Business Administration at the University of Trier. 

We are very proud of these outstanding young people and wish them all the best as they pursue their goals. --- Thomas J. Shaver, President, AGBC Kaiserslautern

Thursday, May 23, 2013

19:00 to 22:00

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Dynamikum Science Center in Pirmasens

15.00 € / 20.00 €

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An Evening at the Dynamikum Science Center in Pirmasens

A most interesting and enjoyable evening was held on Wednesday, 22 May, at the Dynamikum Science Center in Pirmasens.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn

19.50 € / 23.00 €

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Helicopters - Spearhead of Globalization

In a humorous presentation Chris Mahlert, Manager Heavy Transport Helicopters, Eurocopter, described how helicopters have become such an integral part of daily life, that many businesses would not be possible without them.  The private railroad car or jet for the super rich has been replaced by the private yacht with helicopter pad – mine is bigger than yours!  Industrial uses range from counting wild animals and cutting brush away from power line rights of way to rotating work crews aboard oil rigs in remote areas and saving passengers and crews from sinking ships or quick medical service.

With few manufacturers and a global network of component suppliers, conflicts of interest and concerns of technology transfer abound, thus creating a mine field of (often) conflicting national laws and regulations for manufacturers.  Nobody said that it would be easy.

Friday, April 26, 2013

18:00 to 22:30

Hippodrom Zelt/Tent, Frühlingswiese, München

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Bavarian-American Friendship Evening

Twelve Munich international networking groups (MING) staged the second 2013 MING joint event on Friday, April 26th when they celebrated Bavarian-American Friendship Day during Munich's Frühlingsfest at the Theresienwiese at the Hippodrom Tent. Our hosts, Tina and Sepp Krätz, invited all to this year's celebration which is now in its third year - a new tradition in Munich.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

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April Monthly Meeting - Expanding Your Business in the United States

On 24th April 2013, David Gates of Gates and Company presented tips on expanding businesses in the U.S. 

With our increasingly connected world, new insights are steadily evolving on how to boost overseas market penetration.  Opportunities for German companies in the United States are constantly changing as new technologies, regulations, and business dynamics evolve. These changes affect several markets, including Chemicals/Materials, Software, Cleantech and Healthcare. Options for German companies to expand sales in the United States include far more than just hiring a sales representative. Several firms have been successful when evaluating some combination of the \"Make versus Buy versus Partner\" business models.

David Gates, head of Gates and Company, a financial support advisory enterprise, outlined current trends and market opportunities in the United States, with an emphasis on the use of partnerships, acquisitions, and access to U.S. capital sources to leverage growth opportunities. David is based just outside of Philadelphia and  highlighted specific opportunities in the Washington D.C. to Boston region.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

15:30 h to 20:00 h

Casino Annex, on the Westend Campus of the Goethe University, Grüneburgplatz 1

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Friday, April 19, 2013

08:45 am to 00:00

Championship Course at Rheinblick

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Thursday, April 18, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn

19.50 € / 23.00 €

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Trade Relation between Germany and USA

On April 18, the AGBC welcomed Mrs. Lora Baker, Commercial Attaché, U.S. Consulate General, Düsseldorf.

The USA is the second largest market for German goods and Germany is the sixth largest market for American products.  Transatlantic trade is half of total world trade and accounts for 40% of world GDP.  Because transatlantic relations are so good, most of Mrs. Baker’s time goes into helping small and medium-size companies find the right business partner and solve everyday concerns such as export financing and payments.

The state of NRW accounts for 34% of total German investment in the US, so the Consulate certainly seems to be doing an outstanding job.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Allessa GmbH, Alt-Fechenheim 34, 60386 Frankfurt

25.00 € / 35.00 €

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Friday, April 12, 2013

12:00 to 19:00

Golfplatz Altenstadt

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

0:00 to 23:59

Kaiserslautern AGBC

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2013 Kaiserslautern American German Business Club Scholarships' Program

Applications for the 2013 Kaiserslautern American German Business Club Scholarships' Program were due on 31 Match 2013.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

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Tackling the 2030 Carbon Footprint Challenge

On 27th March 2013 Michael Valentine-Urbschat updated the Chapter on how we can tackle the 2030 Carbon Footprint Challenge.  His focus was on how Munich and Los Angeles can address the new energy era with electric mobility . 

By 2030 CO2 emissions have to be halved even though global car population will most likely double by then.  Advanced metropolitan areas in Europe and the US, like Munich or Los Angeles, with a green-thinking, well-off population and the technical competence can and have to play a leading role in this new energy era. To protect our climate and reduce our fossil fuel dependency, a dramatic change in our energy consumption behavior has to happen - from the way we create heat and power at home to our individual mobility. Both cities alone have the potential for more than 1 million electric cars by 2030, but only a comprehensive implementation program will make this change happen in time.

Michael Valentine-Urbschat – With a career spanning 20 years, Michael has been a leading manager in the automobile industry.  While at BMW in the 90’s, he was involved in their initial development efforts with electric vehicles before advancing into the development of conventional drive trains where he was responsible for large engine projects.  Afterwards, as a partner with Roland Berger, he participated in the development of world-wide consulting activities, concentrating on electrical mobility and the development of appropriate conversion concepts for transitioning from conventional drive trains to those featuring electrical mobility.  Since at the beginning 2010, he has been responsible for Siemens’ re-entrance into the automobile supplier business with exclusive focus on electrical drive trains.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Einsiedlerhof

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Kaiserslautern AGBC Networking Meeting

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) held a Networking meeting on Thursday evening, 21 March, beginning at 6:30
pm, at the Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Einsiedlerhof's Midway Plaza.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn

19.50 € / 23.00 €

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Experiences from leading a Think Tank in Washington DC and in Bonn

Prof. Dr. von Braun offered AGBC members and friends unique insight into life in a think tank.  Of the ~ 7,000 think tanks worldwide, only 194 are based in Germany.  By comparison there are double as many in Washington, D.C. and over 1,800 in the whole USA.  Think tanks thrive in the U.S. because of the cultural environment of “listening”.

Surprisingly one of the world’s top think tanks (ZEF) was founded in 1995 and is based in Bonn.  Its transdisciplinary composition of social/natural scientists and economists including 120 doctorial candidates from over 45 nations help give the organization a truly global footprint.

Can independent organizations with no economic or military power stimulate change and progress?  Yes, as long as heads of state are willing to listen.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

11:30 to 16:00

Münchner Freiheit/Feilitzstrasse

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

6:30 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

English Theatre, Frankfurt, Gallusanlage 7

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

5:20 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Oper Stuttgart, Oberer Schlossgarten 6, 70173 Stuttgart

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Backstage at the Opera Stuttgart!

28 February 2013, Thursday; meeting 5:20 p.m. main entrance Opera Stuttgart; 5:30 p.m. guided tour; 7 p.m. talk at the DAZ.

We raised the curtain for a special event! and took this opportunity to look behind the scenes of the award-winning opera house in Stuttgart:  We had a guided tour in English with exclusive insights into what happens backstage.  After the tour, we enjoyed a glass of wine at the DAZ with the American opera singer Adam Cioffari and collaborative pianist Alan Hamilton. This season, Adam Cioffari sings in “Tosca”. During the talk, they told us about their work at the opera house and their international careers.

Collaborative pianist Alan Hamilton has been featured at concerts and festivals around the world.  He has been a fellow with San Francisco Opera’s Merola Program and the Tanglewood Music Festival, where he played under the baton of James Levine in the American staged premiere of Carter’s “What Next?” In recent seasons, Mr. Hamilton has prepared singers for the New York Philharmonic’s performance of Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre under Maestro Alan Gilbert and has served on the staff of Opera Company of Philadelphia, the Spoleto Festival USA, the International Vocal Arts Institute in Israel and Virginia, the American Lyric Theater, the Pocket Opera of New York, and the Juilliard School, where he also co-taught Italian Diction together with the renowned Corradina Caporello.  He also was featured at the Cape Cod Chamber Music Festival as the recipient of the Sam Sanders award from the Juilliard School.  Currently, he is on staff of the Staatsoper in Stuttgart, Germany as a Solorepetiteur.  Mr. Hamilton holds a Diploma in Collaborative Piano from the Juilliard School and a Masters Degree in Collaborative Piano from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Martin Katz.

For more information on Adam Cioffari, see www.oper-stuttgart.de/ensemble/adam-cioffari-bassbariton

In cooperation with the Opera Stuttgart (www.oper-stuttgart.de) and the German-American Center e.V. (DAZ, www.daz.org).

The event was booked out.  We plan to repeat it in the fall.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Strasse 93, 80805 Muenchen

25.00 € / 35.00 €

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February Monthly Meeting

The AGBC Munichs guest speaker for 27th February, 2013 was Dr. Gernot Nerb of the ifo Institute for Economic Research (Munich).  Dr. Nerb updated our AGBC Munich Chapter on the current key economic indicators and factors as well as emerging trends identified in the latest “ifo World Economic Survey,” which was published on Feb 13th, 2013.  As the leading German economic analysis organization, the ifo Institute is a world leader in the evaluation and interpretation of evolving global and regional economic and financial trends.  Its “World Economic Survey” is a linchpin used by economists around the world in projecting future economic developments.

Dr. Gernot Nerb is Senior Economic Advisor at the ifo Institute for Economic Research and teaches at the Hochschule für Politik here in Munich.  He has worked for the institute since 1968, serving as Manager of the ifo Survey Department, Manager of the Economic Situation Department, and Manager of ifo Industry Research team.  In addition, during 1985-87, he served as an advisor to the EU Commission in Brussels, and during 1996-97, he was Senior Economist at the US investment bank Salomon Brothers.  He reports directly to Prof. Dr. Dres. h.c. Hans-Werner Sinn, President of the ifo Institute.    His latest book, written in tandem with Prof. Dr. Sinn during 2011, is the ifo Wirtschafts Kompass (ifo Economic Compass).

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

19:00 to 22:00

Grontenburg‘s Börker Brauhaus, Moerser Str. 12, 40667 Meerbusch

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Thursday, February 21, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn

19.50 € / 23.00 €

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Transatlantic Partnership: Ties That Endure

In a lively address, Consul General Stephen A. Hubler subdued concerns of America’s attention on the Far East by putting the Transatlantic Partnership into perspective:  the governments and private economic interests are cooperating as well or better than at any time in the past.  Europe and America need each other and can rely on one another to cooperate for a better, more peaceful world.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Dorint Hotel Kaiserslautern

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Annual Kaiserslautern AGBC Membership Meeting and Election of Officers

The annual Kaiserslautern AGBC Membership Meeting and Election of Officers was held on Thursday, 21 February at the Novotel Hotel Kaiserslautern.

 

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

19:00 to 23:00

The Big Easy - Munich/Neuhausen

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AGBC 2013 Kick-Off Event

On Tuesday, February 5th, we held our AGBC 2013 Kick-Off Event at The Big Easy. Once again, the Kick-off was an excellent opportunity for our Members to introduce the AGBC to their friends, colleagues, business partners and members of other Munich Area groups in a casual atmosphere. The focus was on networking - Guests and Members met and discuss the many “topics of the day” and areas of mutual interest plus upcoming AGBC events.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

18:30 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Straße 93, 80805 München

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until January 29, 2013

Annual General Meeting

The AGBC Munich's guest speaker for XXX, 2012 was XXX

Thursday, January 24, 2013

18:30 to 21:00

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn

19.50 € / 23.00 €

register until January 18, 2013

Nanotechnology - Truth or Fiction

International authority and PhD of Physics, Bernd Kramer, lead us down the fascinating path of nanotechnology.  Although we may not understand it, we use the products of nanotechnology daily – from sun cream and cosmetics to house paint and computer chips.  And, the number of applications is growing by 10-20% per annum.  What is “nano”?  A nanometer (nm) is one-millionth of a meter.  In layman’s terms, a fine human hair is 4-5 thousandths of an inch in diameter.  That is 30-40,000 nm!  By comparison, a transistor on a computer chip measures 20 nm.

A promising area of application is in surface coatings on everything from automobile windshields and artificial joints to antibacterial and fungicidal coatings on food packaging.  There are known risks of nanoparticles docking onto human DNA, but the inherent health risks appear to be limited. Time will tell.

Monday, January 21, 2013

16:30 to 23:00

Wirtshaus am Bavaria Park, Theresienhoehe 15, 80339 Munich

27.00 € / 27.00 €

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2013 U.S. Presidential Inauguration

The AGBC Munich's guest speaker for XXX, 2012 was XXX

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

7:30 pm to 00:00

Piazza Saitta, Barbarossaplatz 3, 40545 Düsseldorf

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Monday, December 31, 2012

00.01 to 23.59

Kaiserslautern

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2012 Scholarship Winners Announced by the Kaiserslautern American German Business Club

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) proudly announced the winners of its 2012 Scholarship program, in this the 12th year of the program.

 

Our fist place recipients are:

 

(1000 Euro scholarship winner - dual team with 500 Euro each):

 

-- Jan Reiff and Timo Richter, from Kaiserslautern, who are in their ninth semester of studies in Business Administration and Engineering as well as Electrical Engineering at the University of Kaiserslautern. 

 

Our honorable mention recipients of 500 Euro each are:


-- Norman Bukowski, from Kaiserslautern, studying Business and Management with technical qualification at Kaiserslautern University of Technology. Currently in the 11th semester, majoring in Marketing and Controlling, and minoring in Computer Science. 

 

-- Verena Wonneberger, from Koblenz, currently in the first semester of the Master of Science in Service Industry Management at the University of Trier with a focus on Trade and International Marketing - Management & Retail - Branding and HRM & Employment Relations in Service Industries. 

 

-- Corinne Parkinson, from Queidersbach, has been accepted to several universities in the United States for enrollment of summer 2012, and plans to pursue International Business/Finance. 

 

-- Arman Mitchell, from Ramstein, currently attending the University of Maryland - Europe on Ramstein Air Base and planning to attend Vesalius College in Brussels, Belgium. Would like to achieve the degree program for Business Communications. 

 

Many of the scholarship winners were recognized at the dinner of the annual Kaiserslautern AGBC golf tournament which supports the AGBC Scholarship program on Friday evening, 8 June, at the Woodlawn Golf Course on Ramstein Air Base.

 

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club congratulates these students and wishes them well in their studies and future business careers.

Friday, December 21, 2012

18:30 to 24:00

Gino's Restaurant, Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 69, 53113 Bonn

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

08:00 p.m. to 00:00

Kurhaus Wiesbaden in the Friedrich-von-Thiersch-Saal

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

6:30 pm to 10:00 pm

Wallonenhof Restaurant, Schwimmbad 1, 67697 Otterberg

23.00 € / 25.00 €

register until December 07, 2012

Kaiserslautern AGBC Annual Christmas Holiday Dinner

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club (AGBC) held its annual Christmas holiday dinner on Thursday evening, 13
December, at the historic Wallonenhof Restaurant, Schwimmbad 1, 67697 Otterberg.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12:00 to 14:00

Hotel Hessischer Hof, Frankfurt am Main

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Saturday, December 08, 2012 until Sunday, December 09, 2012

7:00 p.m. / 8:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

The Carl Theodor Restaurant, Obere Neckarstr. 1, 69117 Heidelberg

25.00 € / 25.00 €

register until December 05, 2012

Annual Christmas Party

On 8 December 2013 The Association of AGBCs and AGBC Heidelberg organized the Annual Christmas Party with the traditional Roast Goose Bankquet.

The evening started at the Glühweinstand by the Holy Ghost Church. From their everybody walked to the Carl Theodor Restaurant.

After dinner we had the world famous music director from New York, Mr. Jon Levy, leading everyone in the singing of Christmas Carols.

It was a most enjoyable evening

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

19:00 to 23:00

Cafe Luitpold, Brienner Strasse 11, 80335 München

25.00 € / 25.00 €

register until December 03, 2012

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

18:30 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Straße 93, 80805 München

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until November 28, 2012

Welcome Bill Moeller, the New US Consul General in Munich

Mr. Bill Moeller, the new Consul General at the US Consulate in Munich, updated the Munich Chapter on the current and evolving US economic, political and diplomatic situations.  These included progress on the Foreign Trade Agreement between Europe and the US, the trade situation between Bavaria and the U.S., visa issues, and the Amerika Haus status.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Ratskeller Stuttgart, Festsaal Herzog Eberhard 1-3, Marktplatz 1, 70173 Stuttgart, www.stuttgarterratskeller.de/ratskeller/anfahrt.php

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Thanksgiving Dinner with English-Speaking Organizations & Businesses in Stuttgart

Organized by the American-German Business Club Stuttgart e.V. and the Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum/James-F.-Byrnes-Institute e.V. (www.daz.org), in partnership with other English-speaking organizations and businesses in Stuttgart.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

18:30 to 23:00

Restaurant Kleinpetersberg, Austraße 46, in 53179 Bonn-Mehlem

28.00 € / 38.00 €

register until November 16, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

18:30 to 22:00

Rheinblick Golf Course

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

19:00 h to 00:00

Restaurant Chopelin im Casino, Casinogasse 1, 47829 Krefeld-Uerdingen

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The American Election, Consequences for the Transatlantic Relationship

On Thanksgiving Day AGBC Düsseldorf e.V. met for an excellent roasted goose at Chopelin im Casino to both celebrate this very important holiday as well as to discuss the recent election results with Dr. Matthias Beermann. Both our members and many invited guests were involved in a very interesting and lively discussion resulting from Dr. Beermanns analysis of this election. This event was a delicious way to celebrate with a germanic version of the 'Turkey Dinner' and get an insiders viewpoint on the latest political developments in the transatlantic relationship.

Monday, November 19, 2012 until Friday, March 01, 2013

0:00 to 0:00

0:00

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2013 Kaiserslautern American German Business Club Scholarship

The 2013 Kaiserslautern AGBC Scholarship application period ended on 1 March 2013.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CERBERUS, Opernturm, Bockenheimer Landstrasse 2-4, 60306 Frankfurt

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Membership Meeting

The Association of AGBCs held a good national membership meeting in Frankfurt am Main on November 16-17, 2013 with seven chapters represented personally. However, such a national meeting is improved if more representatives attend from all the AGBC chapters. Such get-togethers boost the communications and camaraderie between all of us, which in turn helps improve our association of clubs. Invitations were sent to all chapter presidents, who were asked to invite all their members to attend. Co-organizer AGBC Frankfurt found great locations for our dinner, meeting, and our business lunch.

 

The Association of AGBCs invited AGBC members and friends to start with a Friday night dinner. More than 30 of us met on Nov. 16th for a purely social dinner at a very cozy restaurant, the "Goldmund" in the Literaturhaus Frankfurt. People from the areas of Frankfurt, Bonn, and Heidelberg first met there for socializing and good eating (no speeches), which is also part of the AGBC.

 

We had visiting guests, some family members from the United States also joined us, which helped us get the newest perspectives on the post-election climate back home. Everyone is suggesting it is time for all politicians to meet in the middle, which is also a good place for a non-partisan club like the AGBC. No matter whom you favored to win, now it is up to all of us to find a way forward, improving on America's standing in the world. More income and less outgo would be a very good place to start, and take it from there.

 

I hope everyone will contribute to making the coming year even more successful for the Association of AGBCs and all AGBC chapters. Go out of your way to hold a social evening, a nice dinner, bowling, or even a theater visit, since such get-togethers among all our members and friends helps spread the word about the networking we provide.

 

Barry E. Swanson

President

Tuesday, November 06, 2012 until Wednesday, November 07, 2012

20:00 to 03:00

Restaurant Bonnum, Paulstrasse 5, 53111 Bonn-Altstadt

7.00 € / 7.00 €

register until November 03, 2012

U.S. Election Celebration

In a roller-coaster of emotions AGBC members and friends throughout the Rheinland held all-night vigils in Cologne and in Bonn to see who would be the next President of the United States.

The WDR broadcast can be seen at:

http://www.wdr.de/mediathek/html/regional/2012/11/07/hier-und-heute.xml

The ZDF broadcast can be seen at  http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek#/beitrag/video/1768844/Vor-der-US-Wahl

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

18:30 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Straße 93, 80805 München

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until October 30, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

18:30 to 21:00

Schloß Eulenbroich, Zum Eulenbroicher Auel, 51503 Rösrath

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register until October 17, 2012

US Presidential Election - Panel Discussion

It was no-holds barred and come out swinging at the AGBC panel discussion on the coming Presidential election.  Frankfurt AGBC members Dennis Phillips and Thomas Leiser put together teams of Democrats and Republicans to argue the points of their respective candidates at a panel discussion in the scenic surroundings of Eulenbroich Castle in Rösrath, a suburb of Cologne.  The meeting was organized by the Cultural Office of the city of Rösrath and the AGBC Bonn.

The discussion contrasted sharply with the dry, impersonal, “academic” presentations of other organizations in Germany.  Throughout the evening and especially in the very lively interactive discussion with the audience in the second half of the evening, panel members excelled with a depth of knowledge and command of the situation so often lacking in political discussions.

Further details on the Web:  http://www.ksta.de/roesrath/schloss-gespraeche-us-wahlkampf-auch-in-roesrath,15189238,20702328.html

Further ZDF coverage at: http://www.zdf.de/ZDFmediathek#/beitrag/video/1768844/Vor-der-US-Wahl

Friday, October 19, 2012

11:30 h to 22:00 h

Golfplatz Altenstadt

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Einsiedlerhof

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Networking Meeting

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club held a Networking meeting on Wednesday evening, 17 October, at the Hacienda Mexican Restaurant in Einsiedlerhof's Midway Plaza.

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

06:30 pm to 08:00 pm

Turmzimmer, Ratskeller Stuttgart, Marktplatz 1, 70173 Stuttgart, http://www.stuttgarterratskeller.de/ratskeller/anfahrt.php

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AGBC Stuttgart annual membership meeting

We elected new officer, make new connections, reflected on a successful AGBC Stuttgart year, and planned more exiting US-German events with you.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

18:30 to 22:00

Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

11:00 to 16:00

Schottenhamel Festhalle, Theresienwiese

40.00 € / 45.00 €

register until September 11, 2012

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

18:30 to 23:00

Marriott Hotel Munich Schwabing, Berliner Straße 93, 80805 München

25.00 € / 35.00 €

register until September 26, 2012

Monthly Networking Meeting - Update on Amerika Haus

Amerika Haus Update

Guest Speaker: Dr. Raimun Lammersdorf, Geschäftsführender Direktor/Managing Director, Bayrisch-Amerikanisches Zentrum im Amerika Haus München e.V.
 

Dr. Lammersdorf presented a summary of:

1. The historic importance of Amerika Haus and its past and present role in the Munich/Bavarian community.

2. The current situation at Amerika Haus.

3. His vision for the Amerika Haus organizations in the future, especially if use of Karolinenplatz site can be preserved.

He solicited our AGBC help in trying to reverse the decision taken by the Bavarian State Ministry to turn the site over to Acatech. The AGBC can help at this point by signing petitions and sending letters to Staats Minister Horst Seehofer and his management team.

For the past half century, the Amerika Haus organization at Karolinenplatz has performed a leading role in nurturing the Transatlantic Dialogue and in supporting educational, cultural, business and political programs that boost co-operation and understanding between people in Munich and Bavaria and those in the United States and Canada. The Amerika Haus building and grounds are an outstanding symbol of the co-ordination and joint support that have been so instrumental in assisting Germany's dynamic rebound since the 50’s and in thrusting it into the ranks of the World’s top economic leaders.

At the start of this year, a decision was taken by the Bavarian State Ministry, the owner of the site at Karolinenplatz, that the organizations located in Amerika Haus will have to move to an alternate location by the end of 2013. However, discussions on alternative solutions continue, and there may still be a possibility to retain the Amerika Haus' organizations presence at Karolinenplatz.

Dr. Raimund Lammersdorf has been the director of the Bavarian-American Center at the Amerika Haus München e.V. since 2005. He was Executive Director of the Bavarian American Academy from 2004 to 2006.

After he earned his Ph.D. in U.S. history at the Free University of Berlin in 1992, he taught at the John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for Northamerican Studies and the Technical University Chemnitz. He has published widely on the history of U.S. foreign relations and German political culture. He did graduate and post-doctoral work at Stanford University and the Center for European Studies at Harvard University and was a fellow at the German Historical Institute in Washington D.C.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Burgschänke, Schloßstraße 1 67661 Kaiserslautern - Hohenecken

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All About the New Kaiserslautern In-town Mall

The Kaiserslautern American German Business Club hosted a special meeting on Thursday evening, 13 September, at the Burgschänke Hotel Restaurant in Hohenecken, which featured a look at the planned in-town shopping center for Kaiserslautern. Arne Nachtigahl, an architect with the Hamburg-based firm ECE Projektmanagement, provided an overview presentation of the project. Among other parts of this gathering was an opportunity for attendees to input on types of retailers the community would like to have and what might be expected from the new mall.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

18:30 to 23:00

La Baracca, Maximiliansplatz 9, 80333 München

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Autumn 2012 Kick-Off

The AGBC´s Kick-off Party was held on September 13th at La Baracca at Maximiliansplatz 9, 80333 Munich (www.labaraccca.eu).

The Kick-off was held to enable Members and Guests to get to know the club better and to discuss upcoming events - These informal networking meetings are a perfect opportunity for members to introduce the AGBC Munich to their business partners, friends and colleagues and provide a platform for meeting our AGBC Members in an casual networking atmosphere.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

18:30 to 21:00

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn

19.50 € / 23.00 €

register until September 07, 2012

What is an American?

Under the topic “What is an American?” PD Dr. Elisabeth Schäfer-Wünsche condensed 450 years of American history into her presentation.  Beginning with the Spanish explorer Cabeza de Vaca, whose exploration of the west coast of Florida began in 1528 and, after covering much of the Gulf Coast, the southwestern USA and northern Mexico, ended in 1537.  De Vaca himself was so changed by his new environment that he was no longer recognized as a Spaniard by his own people.  The English and northern European colonists – freed in large part from the European feudal system – underwent a similar metamorphosis, so that by the mid-18th Century chronologists wrote of “a melting pot” and “a new breed” of humans.   

The melting process was by no means perfect: excluded some groups  and often only took place only among various immigrant groups themselves, but it has progressed farther than in any other modern society.  And, it is continually evolving.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

18:00 to 18:30

Maritim Hotel Bonn, Salon Liszt, Godesberger Allee in 53175 Bonn