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January 2017

Many thanks to all our members and friends for your support of GABA in 2016 - here's to a successful 2017 for all of us!

We look forward to seeing many of you at the GABA Gala 2017 on January 20 at the St. Francis Yacht Club.  We are proud to be honoring Hartmut Esslinger and Patricia Birgit Roller, Co-Founders of Frog Design, one of Silicon Valley's great German American success stories. Join us and secure your ticket today at

Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director
Main Supporters:
SAP WilmerHale



Main Events

GABA Gala 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:30 PM
St. Francis Yacht Club, 99 Yacht Road, San Fransisco

The tradition continues - we present GABA Gala 2017, an elegant evening at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. Our 200 Gala guests will experience a splendid dinner, live entertainment, and an award ceremony celebrating two distinguished German-Americans who have exhibited passion and excellence in business, technology and cultural exchange.
NoCal Stammtisch Meetings
Come mingle and network in the casual environment of the GABA supported Stammtisch meetings, no registration needed, feel free to attend. 

Alameda Stammtisch 
Wednesday, January 4, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:00 PM
Speisekammer, 2424 Lincoln Avenue, Alameda

North Bay Stammtisch
Thursday, January 12, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Hopmonk, 224 Vintage Way, Novato

South Bay Stammtisch
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 07:00 PM - 09:30 PM
Esther's German Bakery and Café, 987 N San Antonio Rd, Los Altos

Santa Cruz Stammtisch
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 06:00 PM - 10:00 PM
The Crepe Place, 1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz

Sacramento Stammtisch
Thursday, January 19, 2017 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Der Biergarten, 2332 K. Street, Sacramento

GABA SoCal Events

SoCal Stammtisch LA at Wurstkuche
Thursday, January 5, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Wurstkuche Venice, 625 Lincoln Blvd., Los Angeles

Join us at Wurstkuche Venice for a very German start into the New Year!  Meet old friends, make new friends and experience Wurstkuche's German specialties.  We are looking forward to seeing you there!

SoCal 2017 Economic and Market Outlook with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth, P.C., 660 Newport Center Drive, Suite 1600, Newport Beach

Luncheon with Dr. Mohamed A. El-Erian, one of the world's most influential economic thinkers, Chief Economic Advisor to Allianz, former CEO of PIMCO and award winning author.  Gain unique insights of the current state and an invaluable outlook of the global economy and financial markets.

SoCal Stammtisch OC at Westin SCP
Thursday, January 12, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Westin South Coast Plaza, 686 Anton Blvd, Costa Mesa

Join us for our next networking event at the Lobby Lounge of the prestigious Westin South Coast Plaza Hotel. Weather-permitting, we will be relocating to the waterfall terrace.  Magnolia Grove Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon will be offered to our guests for $7. Bring your friends and colleagues and cap off the evening with us!

SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at La Jolla Brewing Co.
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 06:00 PM - 9:00 PM
La Jolla Brewing Co., 7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla

Join GABA for our monthly Stammtisch at La Jolla Brewing Company in La Jolla.  Come relax on La Jolla Brewing Company's outdoor patio with outdoor heating and lava rock fire pits while enjoying great craft beers! La Jolla Brewing Company will extend the happy hour EXCLUSIVELY for our group until 7pm.

GABA Munich

GABA Munich - San Francisco Bay Mixer
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Schumann's Bar am Hofgarten, Odeonspl. 6, Munich

Let's meet and exchange ideas of what everybody is up to in the New Year. And talk. And have a drink or two.  See you there.  For more info please contact Uschi Joshua.

Partner Events

European New Year's Reception 
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 6:00 PM - 08:00 PM
BelCham SF, Atelier, 650 Davis Street, San Francisco

Join us for a unique New Year's Reception hosted by the Association of American European Chambers of Commerce and Business Associations (AAECCBA) and co-organized by the Belgian-American and Swiss-American Chambers of Commerce. With bubbles and beer, we'll celebrate the New Year. It's a unique opportunity to expand both your network and your waistline. All you need to do is show up, show off your social skills, and enjoy the complimentary food and drinks.  Details here.

Bay Brazil - "Latin America 2017 Business Outlook"
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 06:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Google SF Startup Space, 301 Howard St., San Francisco

While 2015?s challenges are not yet behind, economies around the world are ending 2016 with a new set of troubles.  Join us on January 18th to discuss the Latin America 2017 business outlook & hear investors insights on the challenges of the new year.  Use promo code partner.baybrazil for 25% discount.  Details here.

New and Renewing Members

Detecon, Inc.
Technische Universitaet Muenchen - San Francisco
Tune Kasselik Klumpp

JRT International, Inc.

Individual Members:
Matthias Bank
Gaby Federal
Franz Feuerherdt
Andreas Hauenstein
Achim Heilmann
Ken Howery
Dennis Kane
Maia Kayser
Gitta Mueller
Henry Mulak
Bjorn Oswald
Les Pedrazzini
Sabine Purps
Thomas Reinemer
Martin Schoeppler
Michael Wolff
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
December 6th GABA hosted the always popular, annual "Financial Outlook 2017" event in the festive atmosphere of the German Consulate in San Francisco.  The lively panel discussion focused on next year's overall financial climate and funding for international technology companies.

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
Industry 4.0
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

In December Airberlin announced that a wet-lease agreement between Airberlin and the Lufthansa Group had been executed.  Airberlin will wet-lease 38 A320 aircraft to airlines of the Lufthansa Group.  Airberlin also announced the appointment of a new CEO, Mr. Thomas Winkelmann, who joins in February 2017 with extensive experience in the airline industry. This is another milestone in Airberlin's restructuring program, paving the way for a leaner corporate structure and a business model as a focused network carrier.  Airberlin will return to SFO in spring of 2017 offering 4-weekly nonstop flights to Berlin and a daily flight to Dusseldorf.

Squire Patton Boggs - Event: "Autonomous Vehicle Algorithms: Paving the Way for Automotive Liability Changes?"
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 5:30 PM - 08:00 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery St., Suite 2600, San Francisco

Squire Patton Boggs is hosting a panel discussion on autonomous driving and the question of who is legally responsible for "decisions" made by technology. Will traditional product and automotive liability considerations apply? How does this affect companies spending millions of dollars in R&D on this decision making technology?  Details here.

Silicon Valley Corporate Relocation - Technology and Mobility
With technology ever more pervasive in our daily lives, we are proud to facilitate our client's relocation process with the help of amazing technological tools.  Read here about how your company can make a transferees move easier with advancements in mobility and ask us about our Property Portal.

Euro VAT Refund, Inc.
Many US companies are leaving Value Added TAX (VAT) behind on business expenses in Germany. Many unaware about their VAT refund possibilities on events, hotels, transportation, and other costs. Please contact Euro VAT Refund, Inc.  before March 1, 2017 to meet the filing deadline for EU invoices issued in 2016.

Job Board

German International School of Silicon Valley (GISSV) - Chief Administrative Officer

The German International School of Silicon Valley has an immediate opening for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to fill the position of Chief Administrative Officer (CAO).  More detailed information here

For up-to-date listings, see the GABA website

Inside GABA

The San Francisco Stammtisch is looking for a new host! Please let us know if you would be interested in being the point of contact during the monthly San Francisco Stammtisch. We are also looking for someone in and around Mountain View who would like to to be co-host for the monthly Mountain View Stammtisch. If you are interested in hosting either please contact Yvonne Dietrich,


Culture Selection

  21st Edition, February 3-8, 2017, San Francisco
Welcome to the 21st Berlin & Beyond Film Festival! Join us for three full days and nights at San Francisco's iconic Castro Theatre (Feb. 3-5), three evenings at the Goethe-Institut in Downtown (Feb. 6-8), and DocDay at Oakland's Pro Arts Gallery (Feb. 4), with our vivid selection of films, crossing various cultures, experiences, and histories. As we will have several screenings with film talents present, we invite you to stay behind for engaging post-film Q&As.  For more info see here
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