Letter from the President
As this is the first Newsletter for 2016, we naturally want to start out by wishing you and yours a fantastic new year, with Health, Prosperity and Happiness all year long.
We will surely have a good start as the Winter Solstice is now history.
22nd December 2015 was the shortest day of this winter season, and now every single day is a little bit longer. We will soon have more sunshine and blue skies to enjoy, which makes getting up and getting at it each day a lot more fun.
Rejoice, as there are great ways to get involved in the coming months. The Hannover Messe is coming back, a spectacular event from 25th to 29th April. The United States is bringing the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover, and to illustrate its importance, President Obama will be addressing the group on Sunday, 24th April. Because of the significance of this event, I've decided to include a Press Release below. Our AGBC will be having 2 formal representatives in attendance, Thomas Leiser and Dr. Thomas Büttner. Several other members will be in attendance on their own.
Commerce Department to bring U.S. companies and economic development organizations to world’s largest trade show for industrial technology
WASHINGTON – The Department of Commerce will lead the largest-ever U.S. delegation to Hannover Messe, an annual trade event that regularly attracts more than 200,000 attendees from the global business community. For the first time in the event’s history, the United States is the Partner Country for Hannover Messe. President Obama will be the first sitting U.S. President to ever participate in the show.
With recruitment ongoing, the 2016 U.S. delegation currently consists of 177 U.S. companies and research institutions, and 34 state and regional economic development organizations (EDOs). The delegation of 211 entities is the largest U.S. presence ever at Hannover Messe.
“The 2016 Hannover Messe is an unparalleled opportunity, and President Obama’s participation illustrates how important this show will be for the U.S. business community,” said U.S. Ambassador to Germany John B. Emerson. “Our Department of Commerce team is consulting with each U.S. exhibitor and we believe their unique products, innovations, and investment opportunities are well suited for the global industrial technology market. Foreign attendees and exhibitors will have the chance to connect with some of the leading American companies and organizations at the event.”
As part of the Partner Country presence, the show will feature U.S. pavilions in five specific industry areas, as well as a U.S. national investment pavilion. The current breakdown of U.S. representation in each pavilion is:
- Digital Factory: 21 companies and organizations;
- Energy: 58 companies and organizations;
- Industrial Automation: 41 companies and organizations;
- Industrial Supply: 41 companies and organizations;
- Investment: 34 organizations from 27 U.S. states;
- Research and Technology: 10 companies and organizations.
More information about Hannover Messe Partner Country status is available at export.gov/hannovermesse.
Press members interested in interviewing members of the U.S. delegation can find a list of companies and contacts at http://hannovermesse.events/exhibitorlist/
An important event in our own world is the formal registration of the amended by-laws (Satzung) of our Association in the Vereinsregister of the Amtsgericht Frankfurt am Main on 23rd December 2015.
And thanks to the investment of time and treasure, our colleagues in the Stuttgart Chapter have volunteered to host our next National Membership Meeting. This one will be on Saturday, 30th April in Stuttgart, with details to be provided.
Frankfurt Chapter has a business dinner on Wednesday, February 17th, speaker Jacob Schrot, exploring the question, "What is TTIP all About." On March 9th, they have a special presentation from the U.S. Consul General exploring the question, "USA in the Wake of the Upcoming Presidential Elections." And their annual program for area students is now in full swing with more than 120 students participating in learning how to start a business. Their final ceremony for this great Entrepreneurs of Tomorrow VIII program will be in late May/early June.
Our Munich Chapter is busy with the U.S. Consul General Munich providing an informative US/German Update at their February 24th meeting. This will be followed by Dr. Thilo Bobel's (Amazon Europe) March 30th presentation "Innovation Through Logistics." Then for the 10th year, the chapter is hosting the AGBC Exchange at the New European College on April 23rd. This is a special information event which usually attracts about 100 members of the Munich international business community. And Munich is a festive city for fun events, and our chapter is deeply involved in these as well, naturally including the world famous Oktoberfest.
Heidelberg just had a wonderful New Year's Reception Party at our local Hotel Marriott, and Kaiserslautern just completed a business fair, which went all day long last Saturday, with approximately 100 local businesses participating, for a very successful event.
And Bonn Chapter is generating activity with a presentation on January 21st on Digital Burnout - Managing the Constant Digital Stress, from Prof. Markowetz. Dr. Peter Baum is presenting on February 18th on Preventive Health Management. He is exploring what is being done in other corners of the world for preventive strategies to establish sustainable personal health. This one can show excellent options of how the future could be. And on April 14th, Prof. Harald Meier is giving a presentation on Start-ups in Developing Countries. Prof. Meier provides pro bono consultation for entrepreneurs in India and the Kongo, helping people convert good ideas into functioning businesses.
All of our chapters have programs for you to participate in. The above sampling is just to show what can be done. And I hope it can provide you with motivation to participate in your local chapter.
When we work together we can continue to develop good American German business, fun and friendship as well.
And so we wish you once again, a Leap Year full of Good Health, Good Prosperity and the best Good Happiness as well.