June 2009
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Please mark your calendar for the GABA Sommerfest on Saturday, August 22. GABA members are invited to join us with their family for a barbecue at Rinconada Park in Palo Alto.

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GABA Events

GABA Nocal: Mobile Internet Strategies
June 11, 2009, 06:00pm-09:00pm
SAP Labs, Building D, 3410 Hillview Avenue, Palo Alto
A panel of experts with backgrounds in the internet, software, hardware and semiconductor industries will discuss the future of mobile internet and its impact on our daily lives.

Bay Area Stammtisch San Jose
June 17, 2009, 07:00pm-10:00pm
Teskes-Germania Restaurant, 255 N. First Street at Devin, San Jose
Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together. No RSVP needed; free to attend. For directions, call (650) 326-1020.

GABA Nocal Job Hunting Series: How to Market Yourself in Tough Times
June 18, 2009, 06:00pm-09:00pm
Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, 1530 Page Mill Rd., Suite 200, Palo Alto
Times are tough. Now more than ever you need to market yourself. Knowing this and hearing from its members about current needs and wants, GABA is offering a series of workshops.

Visit GABA's online event calendar for more information and to register!

Co-Sponsored Events

Sustainable Energy Solutions - Made in Bavaria
June 3, 2009, 6:00pm-9:00pm
Stanford Faculty Club, Main Dining Room, Lagunita Drive, Stanford
The State of Bavaria U.S. West Coast Office invites you to this event in cooperation with the BMW Technology Office, Palo Alto, guests will have the opportunity to "meet" the brand new electric Mini E.

5th Germany California Solar Day
June 16, 2009, 9:00am-7:00pm
PG&E Auditorium, 245 Market Street, San Francisco
The German American Chamber of Commerce Inc., California Branch (GACC), will hold its 5th Germany California Solar Day, a platform fostering transatlantic business partnerships. In the morning, German and American experts will discuss industry developments. In the afternoon, the German companies will present their products and services, followed by a networking reception. Please visit www.gaccsanfrancisco.com for more information.

Successful US Market Entry Strategies in Today's Economy
June 24, 2009, 6:00pm-8:00pm
San José City Hall, Wing Building, Rooms 118/119, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San Jose
Join US Market Access Center for a moderated panel discussion with executives from established foreign technology companies that have made Silicon Valley their gateway to the US Market. Attendees will learn strategies for understanding your competitive edge, building partnerships, and also the latest news on immigration policies. GABA members receive a discount of $10 off the regular price of $30.00. The discount code is "10offdiscount".

New and Renewing Members


BMW Group Technology Office

Basic Corporate:

Porsche Design (new)
Shaub & Williams LLP
Steffen Weber - International Business Development for the Solar Energy Industry (new)

Individual Members:

Julissa Benavente
Ray Clark (new)
Ludwig Fries (new)
Etienne Finet
Axel Fuchs (new)
Nina Grenningloh (new)
Guido Hamacher (new)
Jessica Holcombe
Ursula Joshua (new)
Dennis Kane
Dirk Kanngiesser (new)
Daniel Koob (new)
Sylvia Kurpanek (new)
Peter Reimer (new)
Hannes Rieker (new)
Alexander Rohlffs (new)
Kay Sanders
Eleanor Schuermann
Margrit Schwarz
Jennifer Taylor (new)
Radina Veliova (new)

Student Members:

Romy Rolletschke (new)

For more information on how to become a GABA Member, contact [email protected], or visit our website to sign up online.

GABA Inside

Over 200 Guests Enjoyed GABA BluesMixer in Los Angeles
The 4th GABA BluesMixer on top of the Andaz in Los Angeles was a huge success. Over 200 people turned up to admire Olaf Heine's art, and enjoyed the sunset over LA together with the music provided by support acts Ian Hopkins, Belkins 4. The evening finished with a concert from Steve Cooke. Click here for pictures. Thanks to our sponsor Senovva for a great sound, Hugo Boss, Bugmusic, Miele etc. Look out for the next BluesMixer which we are planning for August. For more information on our sponsors, or how to buy books or music of the artists please contact [email protected].

Andrea Neitzer New Volunteer at GABA
Andrea Neitzer volunteers at events and manages requests for the GABA LinkedIn Group. She holds a Master in Dietetics and has been working in clinical study management/coordination in Germany and Canada over the last five years. Andrea has a US Green Card and is looking for new opportunities as Clinical Research Associate or Coordinator in the Bay Area.

Member News

New Book on Sustainable Wealth
Axel Merk, President of Merk Investments, is publishing a book on Sustainable Wealth: Achieve Financial Security in a Volatile World of Debt and Consumption, available in bookstores this October. To learn more, please visit www.sustainablewealth.org.

Travel to Europe for less with Sixt and Picasso Travel
Great value Fly & Drive packages: People booking a flight with Picasso Travel, the leading air consolidator in Southern California, can utilize high quality rental vehicles from Sixt at especially low prices. The exclusive offers are available at www.picassotravel.com.

Sonnenschein Among Top 10 For Venture Capital Deals
Sonnenschein's Venture Technology Group has been ranked 7th nationally by Dow Jones in 2008 on the back of 191 completed venture deals. This recognition further consolidates the market share gains that have moved Sonnenschein into the Top 10 along with many notable Silicon Valley and Boston competitors.

Businesses and Services Across the USA
Business Communications Strategies (BCS), an international public relations consultancy, provided support for the May 19 launch of www.GoFBA.com, an integrated Internet search engine and marketing mega-site.

Luce Among "Best of the Best 2009" Restaurants - 10% GABA Discount
Robb Report named the Luce Wine Restaurant inside the InterContinental San Francisco one of the 7 "Best of the Best 2009". As a member to member benefit, InterConti offers a 10% dinner discount when following the instructions on the GABA website.

Pod Cast on Global Diversity Management
How is Global Diversity managed? Listen to an interview with Melissa Lamson as she talks about her 13 years in the business managing projects in over 30 countries. The pod cast is available here. Contact Melissa Lamson at [email protected] for more information on cultural training.

News from the Industry Groups

Pictures From May 19th Event Online
The event Leadership in a Downturn Economy in Palo Alto on May 19th was not only insight-full but also entertaining. The panelists had a vivid discussion on lessons learned and challenges ahead. For pictures go to the Picture section of the GABA Website.

Pictures from Porsche Design Event in Southern California
Over 100 attendees discovered the possibilities of creativity and realization during the Porsche Design Event in Beverly Hills on May 19th. They enjoyed a "Sneak Peak" into a timeless and distinctive brand with Mr. Roland Heiler, Head of the Porsche Design Studio. Click here to see some pictures taken during the event.

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

Automotive IG
Clean Tech IG
Communications & Mobile IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Life Sciences IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Semiconductor - IT IG
Software IG
Women in Business IG

Culture Selection

American Independence Day Celebration in Munich
July 4, 2009, starting 11 am
Restaurant "Rosengarten" in Westpark, Westendstraße 305
Several international clubs and organizations in Munich put together this all-day event with an American-style BBQ. A live band and a DJ will create a party atmosphere. If you book and pay in advance, the entrance fee will be 10 Euros for adults and 6 Euros for kids over the age of 6. For more information contact Dorian Dave Dowdy President, California Association of Germany, at [email protected].