Sponsors 2019

Breakfast Sponsor:

JP Morgan

Evening Reception Sponsor:


Workshop Host Sponsor:



Womble Bond Dickinson

Workshop Sponsor:



DB Schenker



Lanyard Sponsor:


WIFI Sponsor:

K&L Gates

Monday, May 6, 2019 | Charleston Marriott | Charleston, SC


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Over 10 sessions and workshops presented by leading experts covering Economy, Leadership, Digital Transformation, Marketing, Innovation, People and Productivity, and a lot of new ideas.

Highlights include a keynote by Pamela Evette, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina and a closing session by Carol Campbell, Managing Director Consumer Insight, Delta.

For the complete lineup, download the full Agenda.


With 250+ attendees, 100+ organizations, 17+ speakers, the daylong conference brings together like-minded professionals from across various industries and provides a unique networking platform to exchange ideas while building new relationships.

There will be structured and casual networking opportunities with our event app that lets you message other attendees, our lunch networking session and our post conference networking party.


Be inspired by and learn from renowned CEO’s, entrepreneurs and innovators at our annual SME Business Development Conference. We want to encourage you to develop a new thinking approach and inspiring action in times of information overload. We want to help you to grow your business, your network and your personal skills.

Event Partners:


Early Bird Conference Registration: $350
(Available through March 22)

Regular Conference Registration: $375
(Includes Evening Reception and Tuesday Tours)

Late Conference Registration: $425
(Starting April 29)

** All tickets above include entry to the Evening Reception and Tuesday Tours.

Evening Reception only: $95

Tuesday Tours: Not available separately.

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Sponsorship Opportunities



Monday, May 6 - Conference

7:30 am
Registration at the Charleston Marriott

8:00 am
Breakfast Keynotes
Pamela Evette, Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina
Anita Zucker, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, The InterTech Group, Inc.
Sponsored by: J.P. Morgan

9:15 am
3 Consecutive Breakout Sessions


  • Successful Market Expansion - Growing Your Business Across Borders
    Thinking about expanding your business abroad? This session will help you understand where to start, the steps to take and the resources available to you.
    Michaela Schobert, Director Consulting Services, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.
    William Furman, Senior Area Manager, South Carolina District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • How to Manage a PR Nightmare
    Steve Gaut, Vice President of Public Relations, UPS
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Additive Manufacturing: Some Emerging Process Technologies
    Hayden Taylor will not only describe some volumetric additive techniques, he will also present a new form of 3D printing, Computed Axial Lithography, that was recently introduced by his research group at Berkeley.
    Hayden Taylor, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • A Digital Dashboard for Training, Process Design, and Quality for a Small-Medium Enterprise
    Our experts will present a case study that will demonstrate how digitalization can improve your business.
    Suzanne Dickerson, Director of Logistics Industry Initiatives, S.C. Council on Competitiveness
    Dr. Gregory Mocko, Associate Professor Department of Mechanical Engineering, Clemson University
    Adam Porter, Scientific Director and Executive Director, Fraunhofer Center for Experimental Software Engineering
    Dr. Renu Rahul, Assistant Professor Department of Physics and Engineering, Francis Marion University
  • Dynamic Manufacturing as innovative example of smart Manufacturing and Closed Loop Processes
    Benjamin S. Fritz, Associated Partner and Director of Operations, Practice Lead Data & Technology, MHP Americas Inc.
    Henry Costa, Senior Manager Practice Lead Smart Manufacturing, MHP Americas Inc.
    Sponsored by: MHP

12:00 pm
Networking & Lunch

1:30 pm
2 consecutive Interactive Workshops


  • Managing Global FX Risk in Volatile Times
    Jesse Shute, Director of Global Rates & Currencies, Bank of America Merrill Lynch
    Sponsored by: Bank of America Merrill Lynch
  • How AI will Transform Every Aspect of Your Business We Know It
    Artificial intelligence is advancing exponentially and sooner or later will influence your business decision making, your customer service and marketing. In this hands-on workshop, you will be able to try the 3D lenses Magic-Leap and test an AI Bot – can you still distinguish between human intelligence and AI?
    Nic Roemer, Senior Director Business Development, Moxie
    John Rich, Vice President, FutureX Labs Moxie
  • Intercultural Leadership: Be who you are.... Be where you are
    Michael Todd Shinholster, Senior Associate, INTERGLOBE Cross-Cultural Business Services, Inc.
  • Immigration and hiring international employees - Enlisting Foreign Crew
    Ashley Kutz Kelley, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
    Jennifer Cory, Partner, Womble Bond Dickinson
    Sponsored by: Womble Bond Dickinson

4:00 pm
Closing Keynote

Carol Campbell, Managing Director Consumer Insight, Delta

6:00 pm
Evening Reception at Stars Rooftop

Enjoy the sunset on the rooftop at one of Charleston’s prominent streets while networking and savoring delicious drinks and appetizers. Address: 495 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Tuesday, May 7 - Company Tours

9:30 am - 11:00 am
Charleston Port Tour

South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) was established in 1942 and is an economic development engine for the state. The Port operations facilitate 187,200 statewide jobs and generate nearly $53 billion annual economic activity. SCPA is soon to be home to the deepest harbor on the U.S. East Coast at 52 feet, and the Port is an industry leader in delivering speed-to-market, seamless processes and flexibility to ensure reliable operations, big ship handling, efficient market reach and environmental responsibility.
Sponsored by: DB Schenker

10:00 am - 11:30 am
IFA Rotorion Tour

IFA is an established Charleston automotive supplier for North American customers such as BMW, Mercedes, Ford and GM. As one of the world’s largest prop shaft manufacturers, IFA assembles about 2 million parts each year for the North American market in its North Charleston facility.

10:00 am - 11:30 am
KION North America Tour

KION North America manufactures, delivers and supports the best industrial trucks and warehouse technology available to help businesses increase efficiency and profitability. Our forklift trucks, pallet trucks and tow tractors enable manufacturing and distribution operations to achieve efficiencies that provide a positive impact on profitability and overall supply chain performance.



This year's SME Business Development Conference will be held at the Charleston Marriott hotel in Charleston, SC on Monday, May 6, 2019.

The GACC South has negotiated a Special Room Rate at the Charleston Marriott in the amount of $179 for conference attendees, if you book by April 14th, 2019. To redeem this rate, book your room through the GACC Guest Website.

Charleston Marriott
170 Lockwood Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29403
Phone: (843) 723-3000
Hotel Website


Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for German American Chamber of Commerce.

Please click here to book your flights!

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (CT) and refer to Meeting Event Code NY2RH.

*Please note there isn't a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 800 number.



Stephan Scheibe

Customer Relationship Manager

German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc.

(404) 586-6810
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