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January 2016

Many thanks to all our Members and Friends for your support of GABA in 2015 - here's to a successful 2016 for all of us!

We look forward to seeing many of you at the GABA Gala 2016 on January 22 at the St. Francis Yacht Club.  We are proud to be honoring Margit Wennmachers, who is one of Silicon Valley's great German American success stories. Join us and secure your ticket today at

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
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GABA Events

GABA Stammtisch Alameda 
Wednesday, Jan 6, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

Join us for GABA's monthly casual get-together in the East Bay and enjoy some of Speisekammer's delicious German dishes, beers and even the famous tart Applewine from the Frankfurt Area, while meeting old and new friends.Please register, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people, free to attend. For directions, call (510) 522-1300.  We are looking forward to seeing you there.

GABA Stammtisch San Francisco
Wednesday, Jan 13, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schmidt's, 2400 Folsom Street (at 20th Street), San Francisco

GABA San Francisco Stammtisch, every second Wednesday of the month! Join us at Schmidt's in San Francisco! We look forward to seeing newcomers and regulars. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Westin SCP
Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blv, Costa Mesa

Our new meeting series for 2016 is starting off at at one of OC's most popular entertainment areas, inside the Westin Hotel South Coast Plaza.  We are looking forward to seeing all of you there again after the holiday season!

SoCal Stammtisch LA at BierBeisl Imbiss
Thursday, Jan 14, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
BierBeisl Imbiss, Spring Arcade Building, 541 South Spring Street, Los Angeles

Bring your friends, family or colleagues for a fun filled evening at Bierbeisl Imbiss & Bakery which is reserved exclusively for GABA this evening. We look forward to seeing you there!

SoCal- Webinar: SKYPE for Business and WIndows 10 
Friday, Jan 15, 2016 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Live Login

Join us and hear the top tips and tricks that will help you unlock the new features of Windows 10. Learn how you can put these latest features to use, including the skype translator and the return of the start menu with a customizable edge.

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at SEASONS 52
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
SEASONS 52, San Diego Seaport District, 789 W Harbor Dr, Suite #134
San Diego

Welcome back for our first Stammtisch San Diego in 2016! This month we will meet at SEASONS 52, a known eatery for 'farm-fresh and flavorful' American cuisine that changes with the seasons. Network within the 'warm and beautiful' surrounds and the 'pleasant' outdoor seating with fire pits. We look forward to seeing you there!

GABA Stammtisch Santa Cruz
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

GABA Santa Cruz Stammtisch, every third Wednesday of the month!  Come to mingle and network in the very casual environment of our traditional GABA Stammtisch. Find us in the cozy garden to the back of The Crepe Place in Santa Cruz. We are looking forward to meeting you there.

GABA Stammtisch South Bay
Wednesday, Jan 20, 2016 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Join us for our monthly casual Stammtisch get together at Esther's German Bakery! In the winter you will find us indoors, in the summer in the Biergarten to the back of the restaurant - a little German flag will guide you. No RSVP needed. Willkommen!

GABA Stammtisch Sacramento
Thursday, Jan 21, 2016 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Hampton's, 608 Sutter Street, Folsom

Please join us for GABA's new monthly casual get-together in Folsom.  We have a regular group every third Thursday of the month.  Please RSVP to:, so we can reserve a table for the right number of people.

GABA Gala 2016
Friday, Jan 22, 2016 06:00 PM - 10:30 PM
St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Francisco

GABA California invites you to the annual gala event at the St. Francis Yacht Club.  As a deeply-rooted community of German-American business professionals, we hope you will join us in celebrating our collective success in building a dynamic organization that unites the California Bay Area and German businesses. This gala celebration will acknowledge our achievements and pay tribute to our proud members. There is limited seating, please purchase your tickets soon.


Partner Events

GAIS - German American International School - IB School Open House
Saturday Jan. 9, 2016, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
GAIS, 475 Pope Street, Menlo Park

If you are curious about the benefits of the International Baccalaureate (IB) from preschool through High School, come to the IB School Open House in Menlo Park. Learn about our IB School and the new High School program featuring small classes, German, French and Spanish language options and superior academics culminating in the IB diploma.  Please RSVP:

Keizai - 26th Anniversary Shinnenkai
Friday Jan. 29, 2016, 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
Palo Alto Golf and Country Club, 3000 Alexis Drive, Palo Alto

Join us in celebrating Keizai Silicon Valley's 2016 Shinnenkai (New Years Reception).  This year, we honor "the Orchid King" Mr. Andy Matsui with the Keizai Silicon Valley Lifetime Achievement Award, and we present the Economic Innovation Award to his daughter, Ms. Kathy M. Matsui, chief Japan equity strategist and co-head of Asia Investment Research, Goldman Sachs.

New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Feldberg Pacific Law Group
RWE Trading Americas Inc.

Air Berlin Americas, Inc.
BASF Venture Capital America, Inc.
Field Fisher Waterhouse Deutschland LLP

Hopper Creek Winery
Royse Law Firm, PC

Individual Members:
Dagmar Dolatschko
Birgit Eschmann
Gaby Federal
Andreas Hauenstein
Achim Heilmann
Frank Kayser
Michael Kelly
Claude Koehl
Ulrich Kohl
Thilo Koslowski
Joyce Lau
Chris Loran
Henry Mulak
Bjorn Oswald
Astrid Proboll
Thomas Reinemer
Frank Speck
Bernd Steinebrunner
Benedicte Yturralde

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

Interest Groups

Welcome to Silicon Valley: How Corporates Are Plugging In
We celebrated the close of this year in the beautiful surroundings of the German Consulate in San Francisco with our annual Financial Outlook event.  In this sold out event audience members had the opportunity to learn key strategies for success in 2016, hear the panels views of next year's overall financial climate, and be part of a unique networking experience.
GABA's Interest Groups (IG's) provide resources and networking opportunities specific to each interest:

Automotive IG
Clean Technology IG
Cyber Security IG
Entrepreneurs & Venture Capital IG
Human Resources IG
Innovation IG
International IG
Life Sciences / Healthcare IG
Media & Entertainment IG
Newcomers IG
Software IG
Wireless / Mobile IG
Women in Business 
Young Professionals IG

Member News

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Many US companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Many are unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc. before March 1, 2016 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2015.

Inside GABA

Volunteering Opportunities at GABA
Volunteering at GABA is the perfect place to start to renew or build your network.  Whether you are looking to get back into the work force or would just like to keep in close contact to the german business community in the Bay Area volunteering with GABA is a great experience.  Please contact Yvonne Dietrich at if you would like to find out how to get involved!

Job Board

GAIS, the German-American International School, in Menlo Park is currently looking to hire for the following positions:
  • After School Preschool Site Supervisor
  • Preschool Break Coverage Assistant
  • Preschool Assistant
  • Band Teacher
For more information and for a more detailed description of the jobs, please click here or contact the preschool principal, Heike Schmalstieg at

JRT International, Inc. - Assistant to Manager, part time, Sherman Oaks, CA
JRT International, Inc. ( is looking for a German speaking Assistant to Manager, Part time in Sherman Oaks starting Jan 2016.  For additional information, please contact:

Yes Partners - Business Development Manager (PCBs for Startups) - San Jose, CA
Our client is the largest and technological leading producer of printed circuit boards in Europe.  For additional information, please contact:

Culture Selection

  Two locations this year: Jan 14 - 17, 2016 at the Castro Theatre and Jan 18 - 20, 2016 at the Goethe-Institute San Francisco.
Celebrate America's leading annual showcase of contemporary film productions from Germany, Austria, Switzerland and beyond. Since 1996, Berlin & Beyond has been a cultural gateway for the American public to experience the universal spirit and vision of filmmakers from this global region. Dotted with red carpet premieres, the festival welcomes top talents and films of the year from major hits to award winners to noteworthy discoveries of world cinema's independent film scenes.
For further information contact:

German American Business Association
Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015, Fax : +1 (415) 276-2375