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

Monday, April 13, 2015 | Omni Charlotte Hotel | Charlotte, NC

We are happy to announce that our third “German Mittelstand - Southern SME Forum” will be held on April 13, 2015 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC. This business-specific event offers a platform to exchange ideas while building relationships with new business partners 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 2015 GACC South Board of Directors will be elected as part of our Annual General Meeting.

Registration online!

Conference incl. Evening Reception ($350)


Evening Reception only ($150)




Final Agenda

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7:00 am


7:30 am

Breakfast with Keynote
The Honorable Pat McCrory, Governor of North Carolina

8:30 am  

Workshops to Successfully Strengthen your Presence within the U.S. Market 

Effective Online Marketing in the U.S.
Marketing in Germany and the U.S. are profoundly different. Learn why establishing a localized strategy is critical and gain valuable advice on how to capitalize on the latest in online marketing. If you want to develop a strategy that communicates your company across the U.S. market effectively and efficiently, this workshop is for you.

Risk Management & Compliance
Operating in international compliance markets can expose firms to greater risks. Explore fresh ideas and learn effective approaches to identifying and managing costly exposures to minimize liability issues.

  • Brendan McGrath, Corporate Risk Manager – NA, Western Union Business Solutions
  • Henry Shurling, Senior Vice President, International Business Principal, EPIC
  • Stephanie Simons, Compliance Analyst, Automatic Data Processing, Inc.  

Intercultural Competence
Improve your success and enhance your international business performance by mitigating intercultural differences and exploring the best practices for effective and appropriate interaction across various cultures. Attendees will learn about cultural norms, values and business conventions within the German-American context.

  • Rita Wuebbeler, President, Interglobe Cross Cultural Business Services, Inc.

9:45 am

Coffee Break (sponsored by BBVA Compass)

10:30 am

Panel Discussion: The Future of Manufacturing (sponsored by Rödl & Partner)
A fourth industrial revolution is underway as the physical world and the world of data unite. Characterized by the integration of information networks and tangible objects, “Industry 4.0” or “Advanced Manufacturing”, is rapidly changing the future of manufacturing. Panelists from a broad range of industry backgrounds will offer insight and knowledge into this development, and discuss strategies on how to adapt and modernize to maintain industrial relevance. Topics will include the role of software in manufacturing facilities, cybersecurity in factories, high-performing manufacturing, and how companies can close the training gap in the workforce giving the new manufacturing environments.
Moderator: Dr. Sebastian Pokutta, Coca Cola Assistant Professor, Georgia Institute of Technology

12:00 pm     

Luncheon with Keynote (sponsored by Chase)

  • Rick Kaglic, Senior Regional Economist, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond

1:30 pm

Panel Discussion: The Southern U.S. - Gateway to Latin America (sponsored by Delta)
The Southern U.S. has become America’s bridge to expanding foreign investment in the exponentially growing Latin American market. The cross-industry panel will share experiences and discuss methods of doing business in Latin America; including obstacles and challenges, production and distribution strategies, differences to the U.S. market, and the role of the U.S. based on its location.
Moderator: Dr. Christian Kissinger, General Manager, Saertex USA, Inc.

3:00 pm

Coffee Break (sponsored by BBVA Compass)

3:30 pm

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

5:30 pm

Evening Reception at the Ritz Carlton (across from Omni Hotel)
(sponsored by H&M Company)
Announcement of Board of Director's election results 









This year's Southern SME Forum will be held at the Omni Charlotte Hotel in Charlotte, NC on Monday, April 13, 2015


Omni Charlotte Hotel

132 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Phone: (704) 377-0400
Fax: (704) 347-4835

The GACC South has negotiated a special room rate of
$189 plus applicable taxes and fees for a single/double room.
(Room availability at the special rate is on a first-come, first-served basis)

Make your reservation now! Call 1-800-843-6664
and mention the German American Chamber of Commerce
visit the GACC guest website.


Refer to this map to familiarize yourself with parking options surrounding the hotel.

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

 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) is again part of the German Mittelstand - Southern SME Forum. During the AGM, members in good standing will receive the State of the Chamber report and will be able to elect the 2015 GACC South Board of Directors.

The Annual General Meeting is for members
in good standing only!


Register here

If you wish to participate in the election but are unable to attend, you have the opportunity to fill out this proxy form by March 27, 2015.

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Britta Lipke
Junior Events Manager
+1 (404) 586-6815

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