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  April 2005 
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  • GABA Events in April
  • GABA Co-Sponsored Events
  • New/Renewing Members
  • GABA News
  • Member News
  • Member 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, information about our membership network, and business opportunities.

    GABA Events in April
    GABA-Hamburg Stammtisch
    Friday, April 15th, 7:00 pm
    Hamburg Business Club, Oberstrasse 14c, Hamburg
    Join GABA's Hamburg chapter for their monthly networking event. For more information, please contact

    GABA Bay Area Stammtisch
    Wednesday, April 20th, 7:00 pm
    Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street, San Jose
    Gunther Hofmann hosts this monthly meeting for casual conversation and the chance to expand your network. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

    International VC Investments - Do They Work?
    Thursday, April 21st, 5:30 pm
    650 California Street, 25th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94108
    GABA-CA invites you to this Open House event with FeldbergPacific Start-Up Counsel. For more details, please contact ahoelzle at, +1 (415) 398-5555.

    GABA-Berlin Stammtisch
    Thursday, April 21st, 7:00 pm
    Habel Weinkultur, Luisenstrasse 19, Berlin (www.wein-
    No RSVP needed; free to attend.

    Visit GABA's website for more information about our events! »

    GABA Co-Sponsored Events
    GABA-CA's Media & Entertainment Industry Group presents:
    From Software to Movies: Meet an Oscar « Winner and the Director/Producer
    of "Alone in the Dark"

    Tuesday, April 5th, 5:30 - 9:30 pm
    SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Join GABA-CA and the Berlin Business Development Corporation for a high profile expert panel of various German and American IT companies and motion picture industry representatives and producers. RSVP to events@gaba-

    German Mixer
    Wednesday, April 6th, 7:00 - 10:00 pm
    Brussels Bistro, 222 Forest Avenue in Laguna Beach, CA
    Brussels Bistro is a brasserie style restaurant offering Belgian culinary specialties and an enormous diversity of Belgian beers. German Mixer is a private and professional networking event for the German-speaking community in Orange County. Parking available in neighbourhood. No-host bar, no admission, no need to RSVP. Contact for more info.

    Austria - Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe
    Tuesday, April 5th, 4:00 - 6:30 pm,
    Regency Club, 17th floor, 10900 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles.
    Thursday, April 7th, 4:00 - 6:30 pm,
    Mandarin Oriental Hotel, 222 Sansome Street, San Francisco.
    The Austrian Trade Commission in Los Angeles invites you to attend a free Seminar presenting "Business and Investment Opportunities in the Enlarged European Union:
    Austria - Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe". Two opportunities to attend. Limited seating. For more details and to register, please call (310) 477- 9988, or visit: r.cfm. Be sure to mention GABA when you RSVP.

    How to Put Together a Successful European Press Tour
    Wednesday, April 20th, 7:30 - 9:00 am
    Scott's Seafood and Grill, 855 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
    Join the Business Marketing Association and GABA-CA for an International Marketing Roundtable featuring Irmgard Lafrentz, GABA Semiconductor-IT Industry Group Co-Chair and President and Founder of Globalpress Connection, for a discussion on how to put together a cost effective European public relations campaign for small to medium sized high-tech companies. GABA members may attend for free; RSVP to Susanne Khawand

    GABA's event calendar... »

    New/Renewing Members
    Patron Corporate Member
    The Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives ( is a non-profit international membership organization, providing its members with powerful access to powerful networks (TM) via networking, educational and social programs accelerating women's opportunities to start, manage, lead and invest in market-leading companies.

    Premium Corporate Members
    T.H.Bender & Partners ( is an international executive search and management consulting company with offices in Chicago, Silicon Valley, London and Stuttgart, Germany. They have extensive experience working with European and U.S. corporations ranging from venture capital firms and their portfolio companies to the Fortune 50.
    Yes Partners ( and its international team of consultants has been helping companies attract and retain executives of the highest caliber for over 20 years. With headquarters in the San Francisco Bay Area and affiliate offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, they have served clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 50 corporations.

    Basic Corporate Members
    3i Corporation -
    Euler Hermes -
    Feige Business Advisors GmbH - www.feige-business-
    Logware Incorporated -
    SplÚnium Marketing Communications -
    Standard & Poors Value Consulting -

    Individual Members
    Ms. Lara Abrams
    Mr. Markus Brox
    Mr. Hans-Peter Haeringer
    Mr. Karl May
    Mr. Alex Paul

    Student Member
    Ms. Teresa Esteves

    For information on how to become a GABA Member, or to sign up online, please visit: www.gaba- or contact

    Go To Member Directory... »

    GABA News
    GABA-CA announces Caroline Raynaud as new President and General Manager, starting Tuesday, April 5th, 2005. A former Sales Manager and Business Development manager at IDC, Caroline has a strong background in marketing, PR, communications and sales, having been involved in non-profit organizations in Germany such as the Verband Junger Journalisten Berlin-Brandenburg. After April 5th, Caroline may be reached at

    GABA announces the creation of its new Human Resources Industry Group, which aims to provide a venue for market participants to exchange of a wide range of human resources related business information benefiting individuals and companies alike. The co- chairs are Tilman Bender of T.H. Bender & Partners ( and E.J. Dieterle of YesPartners ( )

    Member News
    Patron Corporate Member Wainhouse Research LLC is organising Conferencing4Business (C4B) at the Steigenberger Hotel in Berlin on Apr 20-21, and will host participants from 10 European countries as they discuss a wide range of technology and business trends driving enterprise collaboration. C4B is an educational conference creating a forum for vendors and end users to come together to address the mission- critical issues surrounding audio, video, and web collaboration tools and the networks needed to deploy them. To find out more, contact: Andrew Davis, +1 (617) 975-0297,

    Patron Corporate Member Peritus Precision Translations, Inc. announces that they are now working with over 100 languages with more than 1000 translators worldwide. They are constantly building their biotechnology and legal translator group and continue to service their high tech and government clients. For more info, contact: Dagmar Dolatschko , (650) 631-6667.

    Patron Corporate Member Lufthansa offers a new and unique service with its 2005 summer schedule - Private Jet, operated by NetJets. Lufthansa customers will enjoy first-class privileges through two Private Jet services: Hub Service and Point-to-Point Service within the EU, Switzerland and Norway. Due to absent transfer connections and long transit times on the ground, this can save up to 5 hours on one route. For more information, please see the press release, or visit

    Premium Corporate Member MaCS, Inc. has moved, and is now located at 795 Folsom Street, Suite 100, San Francisco, CA 94107. For further info, please visit their website:

    Basic Corporate Member Spott, Lucey & Wall - CPAs has a small sublease office space to rent, available immediately. Approx. 170 square feet (large enough for three desks), with private entrance from elevator lobby. Available to a subleassee on a month-to-month basis for up to 2-2.5 years. Pricing is flexible, depending on other services desired (use of conference rooms, copy machines, reception, etc.). Located in San Francisco's financial district, the office space would be ideal for a company new to Northern California. To find out more, please contact Crista.Lucey@SpottLuceyWall- , (415) 217-6902.

    Basic Corporate Member Blue Roads has been chosen by IBM to host the pilot of its deal- registration system, to complement an effort to consolidate the various partner network databases within IBM's product groups. Please click here for the full article.

    Member Job Board
    Patron Corporate Member PSD Group has a client looking for a high-calibre CEO for start up- semiconductor-manufacturing, based in Germany. Required: 10+ years strong experience in selling capital equipment products into semiconductor industries. German language skills not essential. For further info and to apply, please contact Dr. Christina Hoefner at +49-(0)89-18985721 or +49-(0)172-6979605, .

    Premium Corporate Member T.H. Bender & Partners represents clients looking to fill various positions. For more detailed descriptions, visit www.gaba- To apply for any of the following vacancies, please submit resume to and add "GABA" into the subject line:

    * Vice President Sales (U.S. based)
    * Director of Strategy (Munich based)
    * President, Ultrasonic Cleaning Equipment (U.S. based)
    * Managing Director (London based)
    * Director of Business Development (U.S. based)
    * President (U.S. based)
    * Vice President Sales (U.S. based)
    * Board Member / Non-Executive Director (London/New York)

    GABA Affiliates

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

    American Council on Germany (
    British American Business Council Northern California (
    California Association of Germany (
    French-American Chamber of Commerce (
    German Mixer (
    Hamburg@Work (
    Monterey Bay International Trade Association (
    Silicon Valley Association for Startup Entrepreneurs, International Chapter (SVASEi) ( )
    Silicon Valley - China Wireless Technology Association (
    Silicon Valley RFID Group ( v_rfid)
    Silicon Valley Center for International Trade Development (SVCITD) (
    Women's Calendar (

    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, such as the 2003 launch of BioSwap, a non-profit partnering facilitator established to successfully enable companies to advance innovative Biotech solutions to market. Visit www.gaba- 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 www.gaba- 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 www.gaba-

    Media & Entertainment IG
    Activities and events supporting the Californian and German media and entertainment industries.

    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 www.gaba-

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