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June 4 2019 | Potsdam


Chamber of Industry and Commerce Potsdam

Broad Street 2 a - c

14467 Potsdam

You can find an overview of hotels close to the event locationhere.


8:30am - Registration, Breakfast & Networking


9:00 am - Welcome

  • Peter Riehle, President of the German-American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), President of the AHK USA-Chicago and President & CEO, WITTENSTEIN holding, Corp.

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

  • dr Martin Wansleben, General Manager, DIHK

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Moderator:dr Melinda Crane, journalist, presenter, chief political correspondent at Deutsche Welle TV

  • Peter Riehle, President of the German-American Chambers of Commerce (AHK USA), President of the AHK USA-Chicago 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 a.m. - Investment location USA: German Business Matters

  • Daniel Andrich, President and Managing Director, Delegate of German Business


11:45 a.m. - Investment location USA: A multitude of possibilities

Moderator:Mark Tomkins, General Manager, AHK USA-Chicago

  • dr Jana Dorband, Regional Senior Investment Specialist, US Embassy Berlin/Department of Commerce/International Trade Administration, Select USA

  • Tricia Braun, Deputy Secretary/COO, Wisconsin Economic Development Corp

  • Sara Schneider-Hamai, Deputy Director Europe, JobsOhio

  • Stephen 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, Managing 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 

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


13:00 - Lunch Break & Networking


​2:30 pm - workshops part 1

Market entry: legal framework

Moderator:  Susanne Gellert, Attorney | Attorney at Law, Associate General Manager and Head of Legal & Business Development Consulting Practices, AHK USA-New York

  • Anthony Brosnan, Vice Consul, US Embassy Berlin
  • Maximilian Conrad, CLO, Statista GmbH
  • Hilde Holland, Partners, Wuersch & Gering, LLP
  • dr Alexander Imberg, Partner, Squire Patton Boggs LLP
  • dr Harald Mollberg​, Managing Director, Speechagain Inc.​​

  • dr Mathias Schulze Steinen, Partner, DLA Piper LLP


Market cultivation & growth: Sales strategies and sales structure

Moderator: Michaela Schobert, Director, Consulting Services, AHK USA-Atlanta

  • Achim Brommer, Management / Sales, SHW Storage & Handling Solutions GmbH

  • Claus Dörner, Head of Sales, ALB GOLD Pasta GmbH

  • Andreas Essendorfer, owner and managing director, Essendorfer Genussschmelzerei GmbH

  • Filipp Pachomov, Head of Sales, Schmid & Wezel GmbH


Industry theme: medical technology

Moderator: Susanne Rehse, branch manager, AHK USA-Philadelphia

  • dr Arne Dethlefs, Head of Production, Garz & Fricke GmbH
  • Sven-Rene Friedel, Managing Director, 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 p.m. -  Coffee break & networking


4:15 p.m. - Workshops part 2

Market entry: Personnel search, hiring of employees as well as training and further education

Moderator: Stefanie Ziska, Managing Director, AHK USA-Atlanta

  • Nadine Hellmig, Head of HR International, Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH
  • Ralf Moosmann, Training Coordinator Americas, IMS Gear SE & Co. KGaA

Market development & growth: production set-up and expansion

Moderator: Gerrit Ahlers, Director, Consulting & Corporate Development Services, AHK USA-Chicago

  • Philipp-Michael Kusche, Manager Strategic Marketing and Sales, Körber Logistics
  • Manuel Merkt, President & COO, Hermle USA Inc.
  • Klaus Schute, Managing Director, Graepel Löningen GmbH & Co. KG


Industry topic: Industry 4.0

Moderator:  Kristian Wolf, CEO, Representative of German Business for the Western US

  • dr Stephan Beyer, Managing Director, BigRep GmbH

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

  • Alexandros Mikros, Head of Key Accounts and Member of the Executive Board, Würth Industry

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

5:30pm - End of event

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