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Southeast’s Sixth Forum for German Small & Medium Sized Enterprises

 Monday, April 9, 2018 | The Westin Hotel | Birmingham, AL

Our sixth “German Mittelstand - Southern SME Forum” will be held on April 9, 2018, at The Westin Hotel in Birmingham, AL. This business-specific event offers a platform to exchange ideas while building relationships with new business and offers the opportunity to gain insights on innovative business practices, in order to successfully strengthen your presence within the U.S. market.

The all-day business conference will feature engaging keynote speakers followed by informative workshops, panel discussions, and plentiful networking opportunities. Alongside the German Mittelstand - Southern SME Forum, the 2018 GACC South Board of Directors will be elected as part of our Annual General Meeting.


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Early Bird Registration Now Open
Registration Fee $299

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Conference incl. Evening Reception: $299*

Evening Reception only: $99

The Mercedes-Benz Factory Tour is free of charge for conference and Evening Reception attendees but registration is required (Limited to 50 tickets on a first come first serve basis).



*Early Bird Price. Available through March 9, 2018.




Monday, April 9

7:30 am


8:00 am

Breakfast with Keynote 
Governor of Alabama (TBC)

9:15 am

Workshop Sessions I

How does IoT (Internet of Things) impact production
Introduction and overview of potential applications of IoT technology and how it relates to a production environment to improve transparency, thus resulting in increased efficiency and throughput

  • Eric Tiefenthaler, Engineering Manager, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International Inc.

How to drive Innovation in a Changing Marketplace

  • Bob Sesek, Senior Consultant, Innovation Monkey

How to avoid a PR Nightmare in the Times of Social Media

10:30 am

Coffee Break

11:00 am

Workshop Sessions II

12:30 pm

Luncheon with Keynote: TBC 

2:00 pm

Panel Discussion: NAFTA- How does the Current U.S. Administration impact International Trade

  • Moderated by Michael Johnson, Honorary German Consul in Alabama
  • Daniel Andrich, President & CEO, Representative of German Industry and Trade
  • Other panelists TBC

3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:00 pm 

Annual General Meeting (for Members in Good Standing only) 
Election of the Board of Directors and State of the Chamber Report

6:00 pm

Evening Reception at the Birmingham Museum of Art
Address: 2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard, Birmingham, AL 35203
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08:45 am 



Plant Tour of Mercedes Benz U.S. International
Mercedes-Benz Visitor Center
6 Mercedes Drive
Vance, AL 35490
(Free with Conference Ticket- limited to 50 tickets on a first come first serve basis)


This year's Southern SME Forum will be held at
The Westin Hotel in Birmingham, AL
on Monday, April 9, 2018

The GACC South has negotiated a Special Room Rate at The Westin Birmingham in the amount of $179 for conference attendees, if you book by March 25th, 2018. To redeem this rate, book your room through the GACC Guest Website or call the Hotel at (888) 627-7095 and mention the German American Chamber of Commerce.

The Westin Birmingham

2221 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N
Birmingham, AL 35203

Phone: (205) 307-3600

Phone: (704) 377-0400
Concierge: EXT. 1778



Rafaela Hadba

Customer Experience Manager

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

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