Florian Brody

Media & Entertainment Industry Group
Co-Chair

Brody & Partners

www.linkedin.com/in/fbrody
www.brody.org

Florian Brody is an international marketing executive and digital media specialist with over 25 years’ experience. He works as a certified life coach and a startup business mentor in the Silicon Valley and internationally. He has been working for over 20 years in the Silicon Valley and co-founded four companies. Brody is a digital media pioneer and  developed digital media strategies for start-ups and Fortune500 companies, among them Apple, Ciba-Geigy Novartis, Kodak, and Philips. Brody has been teaching digital media theory and business management for over 30 years. He held the first chair for multimedia at the Salzburg University of Applied Sciences and was a member of the graduate faculty of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA and lecturer at the Universidad de Las Palmas, Gran Canaria. He is an adjunct professor at the Magdeburg-Stendal University of Applied Sciences in Saxonia-Anhalt, Germany and a senior instructor at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria. He is a certified Integral Coach®, holds a certification from the International Coach Federation and is a master practitioner at the Mentor Bureau. Brody has been serving as co-chair for media and entertainment at GABA for over ten years and is a past Vice President of the ICF Bay Area Chapter and founding president of ASCIA. Brody is published in multiple languages and a keynote speaker at international conferences.

Achim Hoelzle

Achim Hoelzle

Media & Entertainment Industry Group
Co-Chair

Attorney-at-Law at FeldbergPacific Law Group

www.linkedin.com/in/achim-hoelzle-520399

Mr. Hoelzle is the founding partner of Feldberg Pacific Law Group, a boutique law firm in San Francisco, CA. His firm specializes in representing German and U.S. clients in Start-up Company, VC, cross-border M&A, and licensing matters. His clients benefit greatly from his vast network of contacts in the technology, media, solar and venture capital industries in Europe and the U.S. Mr. Hoelzle is admitted to practice law in California and Germany and has over 14 years of experience in advising clients in corporate and technology transactions in Germany and the U.S. Prior to founding Feldberg Pacific Law Group he was a senior attorney with Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Palo Alto, CA.

Pamela Lenz Sommer

Pamela Sommer

Media & Entertainment Industry Group
Co-Chair

www.linkedin.com/in/pamelasommer

Pamela is a New Media professional, focusing on new media advertising and promotion campaigns. She most recently worked for Lieberman Productions (Guthy-Renker) in San Francisco, and was responsible for the international marketing of Sheer Cover and Youthful Essence product lines to the German marketplace.

In addition to her analytical skills, Pamela is fluent in German and English, has worked as an actress, producer, public speaker, and moderator of political debates, and as Executive Producer, brought a student film to the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. In addition, Pamela has appeared on German TV, and has produced and hosted her own TV show aired to the greater Los Angeles area.

Pamela recently earned a BA in Mass Communication at the University of California, Berkeley, and is a graduate of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute in Los Angeles. Pamela was born in Hamburg, and currently resides with her husband in Palo Alto, CA.