GABA eNews )
  March 2006 
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  • GABA Events in March
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • Member News
  • Job Board
  • GABA Affiliates
  • GABA Industry Groups





  • Thank you for your interest in the German American Business Association of California (GABA-CA)!

    GABA's monthly eNewsletter features information about German-American business in California and Germany.

    GABA added a new feature on the website with information answering Frequently Asked Questions of the German community in the Bay Area.

    GABA Events in March
    GABA East Bay Stammtisch
    Thursday, March 2nd, 7 pm
    Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Ave, Alameda, CA 94501
    Axel Schleyer hosts the new East Bay venue for GABA's monthly Stammtisch gatherings. We would like to extend the invitation to all spouses and children, so we can all get to know each other. For more information and to RSVP, please contact aschleyer02@yahoo.com.

    M&A in the International Marketplace
    Tuesday, March 7th, 2006, 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Cooley Godward LLP, 3175 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    GABA-CA and Cooley Godward LLP present a unique panel discussion on first-hand international cross-border issues. Top M&A practitioners ranging from M&A advisors to Fortune 500 company business development executives will discuss headliner deals such as eBay-Skype, eBay-shopping.com and Adobe-Macromedia. For more information, please visit GABA's website. RSVP to events@gaba-network.org.

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, March 15th, 7 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street, San Jose, CA
    No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, March 16th, 7 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (www.wein-habel.de)
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact ulli-kohl@questico.de.

    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, March 17th, 7 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14, Hamburg (www.hhbc.de)
    Free to attend; for more information and to RSVP, please contact holger.ritter@boeing.com.

    Leadership in multi-cultural environments
    Thursday, March 23rd, 6-9 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Whether they are in one place or spread around the world, the diversity in today's teams and organization from different cultures, countries, religions, and languages can be at once stimulating and daunting, and presents unique challenges to today's leadership. What does it take to be a leader in today's multi-cultural world? In a unique joint effort, GABA is hosting this panel discussion along with Network of Indian Professionals of North America (NetIP) www.netip.org, Chinese Software Professionals Association (CSPA) www.cspa.com, SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) www.sipa.org, Hispanic-Net www.hispanic-net.org and Silicon French www.siliconfrench.com.
    To RSVP for this event, please contact events@gaba-network.org.

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    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    INSEAD Alumni Association Speaker's event - Charles Phillips of Oracle
    Tuesday, March 14th, 6 pm
    Oracle Corporate Headquarters, 500 Oracle Pkwy, Redwood Shores, CA
    Charles Phillips, President of Oracle Corporation, will provide some insight into how Oracle has continued to grow profitably in an industry that is expected to grow at only 5.4% over the next several years. Please register at www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=104104.

    2006 Wainhouse Research European Forum
    April 19-20-21
    at the The Steigenberger Hotel in Berlin, Germany
    The 2006 Wainhouse Research European Forum will focus on next-generation technologies for meetings as well as current trends in enterprise collaboration deployments. This exciting 3-day conference/exhibition, already dubbed the premiere event for the European conferencing/collaboration industry, will help business and IT leaders develop and implement a collaboration strategy while exploring the potential risks and rewards of different meeting, presentation, and training technologies and strategies. New this year is the participation of the EU-funded AMI project that includes presentations and demonstrations of technologies being researched for next-generation meetings. Full details available on www.wainhouse.com/berlin.

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Member
    The Perreault Birmingham Group LLC, Mr. Gunther Hofmann - www.thepbgrp.com
    YES Partners, Mr. E.J. Dieterle - www.yespartners.com

    Premium Corporate Member
    State of Bavaria US Office for Economic Development, Ms. Lucie Merkle - www.invest-in-bavaria.de

    Extended Corporate Member
    Goldwell, Ms. Alexandra von der Groeben - www.alexandrafindshomes.com

    Basic Corporate Members
    The Resource Corner, LLC Ms. Kim Clancy - www.theresourcecorner.com
    Merk Investments LLC, Mr. Axel Merk - www.merkinvestments.com
    ZMD AG, Mr.Gunter Ziegenbalg - www.zfoundry.com

    Individual Members
    Mr. HP Baumeister
    Mr. Etienne Finet
    Mr. Claas Heise
    Mr. Stafford Hemmer
    Mr. Ronny Inniger
    Mr. Ulrich Kohl
    Mr. Jens Moeller
    Mr. Thomas Rees

    Student Members
    Ms. Carolina Garcia Rizo
    Mr. Thomas Frommel

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit our website or contact membership@gaba- network.org.

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    Member News
    The German Scholars Organization (GSO) invites companies looking for highly qualified German researchers with international work experience to participate in our Job & Career Fairs 2006: March 4th in San Francisco (Mission Bay Conference Center) and May 27 in Chicago (Allerton Crowne Plaza). The GSO is a unique nonprofit network of young German scientists from all academic disciplines pursuing their research at leading universities and academic institutions in the USA and Canada. Our members are interested in both academic and alternative careers in the academic and commercial sectors. The GSO is a direct connection at the fulcrum of the university - R&D nexus to up-and-coming innovators who are looking to take their next step. Contact: Dr. Ute Schulz, 510-848 2245, info@gsonet.org, www.gsonet.org

    Axel Merk, president of GABA member Merk Investments and portfolio manager of the Merk Hard Currency Fund, was invited by Bloomberg TV to present his views on the new Federal Reserve Chairman Bernanke (click here to watch). He also appeared on Bloomberg Radio to discuss recent moves in gold and foreign exchange markets (click here to listen).

    The German International School of Silicon Valley, (310 Easy Street, Mountain View, tel. 650.254.0748, www.gissv.org) is holding an Open House on Saturday March 25th. From 10.00am to 1.00pm the GISSV Kindergarten (5/3 day German Immersion Program for children age 2-6 including Vorschule) and the school (grades 1-12) are open for interested parents and students. Teachers, parents and students are ready to show the school and inform you about the bilingual German-English program for our German, American and international students. The GISSV is accredited by the German Government and a pilot school for the German International Abitur.

    Job Board
    PSD Group is looking for a Projekt Manager for Microelektronic Projects in Munich. Please visit GABA Career Services for more details.

    GABA Affiliates

    GABA aligns with non-profit organizations throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, California an beyond to encourage international business, trade, and foster transatlantic knowledge-share.

    American Council on Germany (www.acgusa.org)
    British American Business Council Northern California (www.babcsf.org).
    California Association of Germany (www.caog.de)
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (www.faccsf.com)
    German Mixer (www.GermanMixer.com)
    Hamburg@Work (www.hamburg-media.net)
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (www.mbita.org)
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) (www.svase.org/international )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (www.svcwireless.org)
    Silicon Valley RFID Group (www.groups.yahoo.com/group/s v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (www.svcitd.org)
    Women's Calendar (www.womenscalendar.org)

    GABA Industry Groups

    GABA's industry groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each industry:

    Life Sciences IG
    Dedicated to enabling and fostering alliance networks between German and US life science companies. IG Life Sciences features an event series "Learn and Delight" in California Bay Area to facilitate the networking in the life science community. A panel discussion with industry experts highlights significant life sciences topics and is accompanied by a Gourmet tasting. Visit our website for more information.

    Semiconductor - IT IG
    Germany and the US are two of the leading manufacturers and consumers of semiconductors, with exciting opportunities for business development and exchange of knowledge, to build on existing relationships and shape new ones. Visit our website for more information.

    Telecommunications IG
    Dedicated to facilitating business, trade, and exchange between Californian and German companies in the areas of fixed and mobile communication and digital media, educating members of the business community on both sides of the Atlantic in telecom and communication-related topics, and deepening the understanding among them about the state and development of the markets in Europe and the U.S. More information coming soon to our website.

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.To find our more, please visit our website

    Human Resources IG
    The group's objective is to enable companies and individuals alike to stay abreast of current employment trends, compensation issues, corporate governance, legal developments, immigration/visa trends and "best practices". For more detailed information, please go to our website.

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