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 Date, Venue & Program 


June 4, 2019 | Potsdam


Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Breite Straße 2 a - c

14467 Potsdam

An overview of nearby hotels can be found here.


8:30 am - Registration, Breakfast & Networking


9:00 am - Welcome and Introduction

  • Peter Riehle, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), Chairman of the Board of Directors, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. and President & CEO, WITTENSTEIN holding, Corp.

  • Peter Heydenbluth, President, Potsdam Chamber of Commerce and Industry

  • Dr. Martin Wansleben, Chief Executive, DIHK

                      Opening Panel: Transatlantic Relations

Moderator: Dr. Melinda Crane, Chief Political Correspondent Deutsche Welle TV, TV-Producer and Journalist

  • Peter Riehle, Chairman of the German American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), Chairman of the Board of Directors, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Midwest, Inc. and President & CEO, WITTENSTEIN holding, Corp.

  • Dr. Thomas Dalstein, President & CEO, BEUMER Corporation

  • Daniel Schultze, Managing Director, Tresky Automation GmbH 


11:15 am - Coffee Break & Networking

11:30 am - Investment Location USA: German Business Matters

  • Daniel Andrich, President & CEO, RGIT


11:45 am - Investment Location USA: A Number of Possibilities

Moderator: Mark Tomkins, President & CEO, GACC Midwest

  • Dr. Jana Dorband, Regional Senior Investment Specialist, U.S. Embassy Berlin/Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration, Select USA

  • Sara Schneider-Hamai, Deputy Director Europe, JobsOhio

  • Tricia BraunDeputy Secretary/COO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation

  • Stephan Heller, Business Development Representative Europe, Minnesota Trade Office, Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development

  • Sabine Klauer, Executive & Project Assistant, European Representative Office Hamburg, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

  • Nicola Michels, Managing Director, Europe Office, Choose New Jersey

  • Jan Wiedemann, Director, Indiana Economic Development Corporation & US State of Indiana, European Office, IBR Indiana Berlin Representation GmbH

  • Lukas Josten, Director Germany - Missouri International Trade & Investment Office, Missouri Department of Economic Development 

  • Sérgio Domingues, Managing Director - State of Georgia Europe Office, Georgia Department of Economic Development

1:00pm - Lunch Break & Networking


2:30 pm - Workshops Part 1

Market Entry: What you need to know about US market entry (legal framework)

Moderator: Susanne Gellert, LL.M., Vice President and Director Legal & Consulting Department, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc.

  • Anthony Brosnan, Vice Consul, U.S. Embassy Berlin

  • Maximilian Conrad, CLO, Statista GmbH

  • Dr. Alexander Imberg, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

  • Hilde Holland, Partner, Wuersch & Gering, LLP

  • Dr. Harald Mollberg, CEO, Speechagain Inc.

  • Dr. Mathias Schulze Steinen, Partner, DLA Piper LLP


Market Growth: Sales Strategies

Moderator:  Michaela Schobert, Director, Consulting Services, GACC South

  • Achim Brommer, Managing Director / Sales Department, SHW Storage & Handling Solutions GmbH

  • Claus Dörner, Sales Director, ALB·GOLD Teigwaren GmbH

  • Andreas Essendorfer, Owner and General Manager / COO, Essendorfer Genussschmelzerei GmbH

  • Filipp Pachomow, Sales Director, Schmid & Wezel GmbH


Industry Topic: Medical Technology

Moderator:  Susanne Rehse, Executive Director, German American Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Philadelphia

  • Dr. Arne Dethlefs, Head of Production, Garz & Fricke GmbH. 

  • Sven-René Friedel, General , Berlin Heart GmbH

  • Marco Kalms, Founder & CEO, Kalms Consulting GmbH

  • Thomas Weber, CQO, Director Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Löwenstein Medical Technology GmbH + Co. KG


3:45 pm - Coffee Break & Networking


4:15 pm - Workshops Part 2

Market Entry: How to find the right employees (personnel search, hiring of employees & training)

Moderator:  Stefanie Ziska, President & CEO, GACC South

  • Nadine Hellmig, Head of HR International, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH

  • Ralf Moosmann, Apprenticeship Coordinator Americas, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA


Market Growth: Production expansion

Moderator:  Gerrit Ahlers, Director, Consulting & Corporate Development Services, GACC Midwest

  • Philipp-Michael Kusche, Manager Strategic Marketing and Sales, Körber Logistics

  • Manuel Merkt, President & COO, Hermle USA Inc.

  • Klaus Schute, CEO, Graepel Löningen GmbH & Co. KG

Industry Topic: Industry 4.0

Moderator: Kristian Wolf, CEO, Representative of German Business for the Western U.S.

  • Dr. Stephan Beyer, CEO, BigRep GmbH

  • Claus Cremers, Sales Representative and Business Development, Siemens MindSphere

  • Alexandros Mikros, Leader of Key Accounts, Würth Industry

  • David Petrikat, Global Director of Marketing, relayr Inc. 


5:30 pm - End of the event

Further speakers will be announced shortly.

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