Your DEInternational Team

The GACC South has offices in Atlanta and Houston.

The GACC South’s Consulting Services department, DEinternational, has over 30 years of experience in fostering trans-Atlantic trade while creating a networking platform for German and American businesses via offices in Atlanta and Houston. We are a trusted partner for companies seeking to expand their market potential. Please do not hesitate to contact us for a consultation.

Michaela Schobert
Director, Consulting Services
+1 (404) 586-6804

Since July 2014, Michaela Schobert has been managing the DEinternational department at the AHK USA-Atlanta. She is responsible for supporting market entry projects and organizing industry specific conferences. Michaela graduated from Würzburg-Schweinfurt University with a degree in operational business administration, with an international focus and an emphasis on corporate development.

Following her studies, she was an area manager with Norma, a retail grocery store chain in Fürth, and was responsible for the Wertheim district. From 2008 until 2014, Michaela led the export for Maintal Konfitüren GmbH in Haßfurt.




Catherine Malone
Senior Manager, Consulting Services
+1 (404) 586-6817

Catherine Malone joined the GACC South in September 2008.  As senior manager of the U.S. Market Entry Services team, she consults German companies in their U.S. market entry. Her focus is on market analyses and business partner searches and she advises companies from a variety of industries, from medical to software. During the summer of 2011, she completed a three-month project at the Chamber of Industry of Commerce in Augsburg, Germany.

Catherine earned a Bachelor of Arts in German & International Trade from Clemson University. During her studies, she spent a year abroad, attending the Otto-Friedrich-University in Bamberg, Germany.

Amy Merrill 
Senior Business Account Representative
+1 (404) 586-6822

In May 2005, Amy Merrill joined the GACC South, where she works as a Senior Key Account Representative in the Consulting Services Department.  Since then she has represented a number of German companies at various stages of transition to the U.S. market. In addition to coordinating daily business activities, she manages the sales network for her clients.

Amy earned a Bachelor’s degree in English at the University of West Georgia and a second Bachelor’s degree in German at the University of Georgia, which included study abroad in Erlangen, Germany. She also holds a Master’s degree in Professional Communication from Clemson University.


Will Middlebrooks
+1 (404) 586-6819

Will Middlebrooks joined the GACC South in January 2014. His areas of focus as a Consultant in the U.S. Market Entry Services team include market research, business partner searches, and site selection projects.

Before joining the GACC South, Will completed an internship in Purchasing at Bosch Rexroth Corporation in Fountain Inn, South Carolina. Will earned his Bachelor of Arts in German & International Trade from Clemson University, where he co-founded the German Professional Society and served as its president for two years. He also studied abroad for a year at the Otto-Friedrich University in Bamberg, Germany.


Sonja Sobota
Project Manager, Consulting Services
+1 (404) 586-6802

Sonja Sobota started working at the GACC South in January 2014. As a Consultant in the Federal Projects team, she supports federally funded projects in the field of renewable energy, energy efficiency, power industry and clean technology. Before joining the projects team in April 2016 Sonja helped German companies with various aspects of their U.S. market entry such as market analyses and business partner searches.

Sonja graduated from Wiesbaden Business School in Germany with a Bachelor's Degree in International Business Administration in 2012. During her university studies, Sonja spent semesters abroad in Lima, Peru and in New York City. Before joining the GACC South, Sonja gained professional experience as an Administrative Fellow at an international exchange organization in Washington, D.C.