AGBC

Association of American-German Business Clubs e.V


An all-volunteer organization, AGBC provides a forum for the discussion of national and international commercial relations and ideas. AGBC supports free trade, the sharing of ideas benefiting both countries, and personal interaction between business people within Germany. The AGBC is open to all nationalities who support its goals.

The American German Business Club (or AGBC e.V.) is a private, non-profit, international organization, presently consisting of ten AGBC Chapters: Bonn, Duesseldorf, Frankfurt, Hansestadt-Hamburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Munich, Saxony, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden - Mainz. Its activities are designed to strengthen the ties between representatives of American and German business through personal networking in an informal atmosphere.

Letter from the President

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The sun is shining this morning. This is always a good portent for great things to come.  The Easter holidays have left us refreshed, ambitious and happy.  And all of the weather forecasts for the next few weeks are terrific, which is very good news, as we are having our annual meeting in Frankfurt on Saturday the 13th of May.  
The meeting will be held at the Cerberus office in Frankfurt.  This will be an exciting meeting because it will give us the opportunity to celebrate two new Chapter Presidents.  First, Yvonne Fischer is the new President of the Kaiserslautern chapter and Vera Thiers will be representing our Frankfurt chapter as President.  This is the first time in the history of these chapters to have female presidents.  Both of these women are dependable and capable, and we look forward to providing them good support for success.  
Our meeting in Frankfurt will commence at 10:00 AM.  We'll be covering a variety of items of national interest, including a number of administrative issues.  One of those has to do with three inactive chapters, Hansestadt-Hamburg, Düsseldorf and Saxony.  The vote to expunge them from the national register will take place at this meeting.  
The social event will be a golf tournament at the Altenstadt Golf Club on Friday.    And as many of the attendees are staying at the Marriott, I expect that there will be some sort of social hour during Friday evening, 12 May.  Every member of AGBC, from every chapter, has an open invitation to attend our National meetings.  If you are desirous of attending on Saturday, 13 May, you must send an email request to Frau Inge Gerold at the following address: national@agbc.de.   She will provide you with requisite details.
In addition, the Frankfurt AGBC will be celebrating it's 9th Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow (EOT) award ceremony at the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management on 3 June.  This competition will determine this year's winners for business plan development.  And the awards will be presented by the US Consul General, James W. Herman, III.  This is an extraordinary effort by AGBC Frankfurt and requires a very special effort by the participating students.   They are all deserving of our support.  
Kaiserslautern will also be hosting a golf tournament, which is their annual charity golf tournament.  This year it will be held at the Ramstein Air Base Golf Club on the 19th of May.   This is a worthwhile charity event, providing scholarship money for local students. 
Wiesbaden: AGBC members have been invited by the European Host Nation Relation Office to attend the concert performed by the US Army Europe Band on Clay Kaserne (Wiesbaden-Erbenheim).  Wiesbaden is also holding another event on 22 June, by Col. Dave Pendall, Senior Staff Officer at Headquarters USAREUR. His presentation will be on the importance and impact of the Munich Security Conference  17-19 February, 2017.   
Munich is always a very busy chapter.  Next up is a presentation on 10 May by Ms. Denise Rose, on the USA tax system and its implications for expats. On the 24th of June, Munich is sponsoring a bike tour to the Ammersee.  In September, Munich will repeat its annual visit to Germany's world-famous Oktoberfest.  In fact, Munich has a number of events planned during the summer months, as do many of our chapters.
The listings above are only representative, and these events are available to any member of AGBC from any chapter.  And for the applicable contact information, you can either visit our website, or simply type in the name of the city "@AGBC.de."   
Join your local chapter; but if your city doesn't have one, consider starting a chapter yourself.
We would be happy to assist you in the process.
Wishing you a Happy Month of May,
Zum Wohl,
Barry
President

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The American German Business Club (or AGBC e.V.) is a private, non-profit, international organization, presently consisting of ten AGBC Chapters: Bonn, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt, Hansestadt-Hamburg, Heidelberg, Kaiserslautern, Munich, Saxony, Stuttgart and Wiesbaden - Mainz. Its activities are designed to strengthen the ties between representatives of American and German business through personal networking in an informal atmosphere.

An all-volunteer organization, AGBC provides a forum for the discussion of national and international commercial relations and ideas. AGBC supports free trade, the sharing of ideas benefiting both countries, and personal interaction between business people within Germany. The AGBC is open to all nationalities who support its goals.

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CHAPTER NEWS

 

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Executive Changes at AGBC Frankfurt

2 May 2017

  • American German Business Frankfurt announces Change at the Helm
  • AGBC’s longstanding President David Knower stepped down effective 1 May 2017
  • Vera Thiers appointed AGBC’s incoming President, effective 1 May 2017 

After a long and successful tenure at the helm of American-German Business Frankfurt, David Knower has stepped down as President. A member of the Club since 1997, Mr. Knower presided over AGBC Frankfurt from the year 2000, with a brief hiatus from 2004-2005.

In the 17 years of his duties as AGBC President, and as Partner and Head of Cerberus Deutschland Beteiligungsberatung GmbH since 2003, David Knower witnessed sweeping economic, political and cultural trends in the global hub of Frankfurt, in Germany, and in Europe. Amid all those changes, it was gratifying for Knower to play an integral role in AGBC Frankfurt as an organization marked by high-caliber membership and an inveterate interest in all matters concerning Frankfurt’s vast American-German community. Knower commented: “It was the AGBC’s members who made the difference all those years, by actively participating in events, demonstrating a genuine interest in current issues affecting all of us living and doing business here in Frankfurt, not to mention the generous and invaluable sponsorship of programs and events by our many corporate members.”

David Knower wishes the incoming President every success: “I am pleased to know that the AGBC’s leadership will be in the capable hands of Vera Thiers, and I wish her every success in her exciting and influential role as President of our Club.”
Vera Thiers remarked: “I wish to express my gratitude towards David for all his many years of dedicated service as President, and I look forward to his continued involvement as a member of the Club.” Vera Thiers seeks to expand upon the AGBC’s solid foundation of success, in addition to harnessing many ideas and strategies that have accompanied her professional ventures as an American businesswoman in Germany.

Throughout her career, Vera Thiers, originally from Canton, Ohio, and living in Germany since 1977, has been dedicated to bridging cultures and bringing people together to cultivate new ideas and find common ground. A member of the Club since 2007, she looks forward to her role as AGBC President: “I find it simply exciting to have the privilege to help shape the future of an organization like the AGBC. Thanks to its diversified range of programs, the Club has always demonstrated an ability to bring people together to share ideas. In the age of Social Media, I find that remarkable and more vital than ever.”

For more information about membership and upcoming AGBC Frankfurt events, please phone +49- 69-9735-8275 or send an e-mail to Frankfurt@agbc.de.

Press contact:
Frankfurt@agbc.de.
Tel: +49-69-9375-825 Fax: +49-69-9375-8199 

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Contact Information

  • Association of
  • American-German
  • Business Clubs e.V.
  • Mainzer Landstraße 176
  • 60327 Frankfurt
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  • Administrative Office:
  • Am Beckmannplatz 4
  • 53340 Meckenheim
  • Phone: 02225 - 70 444 15
  • Fax:   02225 - 70 34 999
  • national@agbc.de
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