What's New - February 2020
A message from our Executive Director

Our first highlight of the year - the annual GABA Gala took place on January 31st at the St. Francis Yacht Club. Many of our members and non-members joined us to celebrate Florian Leibert and his amazing achievements, and applauded a witty performance by the German science comedian Vince Ebert. Everyone enjoyed a beautiful evening with views of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge, drinks, dinner and live music. Most importantly, all guests made new connections and renewed old ones, for another year of business success. We look forward to an exciting 2020 among such a strong German-American community!

Caroline Raynaud

We thank our main supporters:


GABA NorCal Events
GABA Founders Seminar
Thursday, February 13, 2020 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
K&L Gates, 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200, San Francisco

The German American Business Association in cooperation with K&L Gates, is pleased to bring you the GABA Founders Seminar Series: The Founders' Toolkit. This three-part series will cover vital topics for emerging growth companies and leaders. More info and registration here.
Bridging the Cultural Divide with Emotional Intelligence and Cross-Cultural Competence
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
GISSV, 310 Easy Street, Mountain View

GABA would like to invite you to discuss how developing one's own self-awareness within a cultural setting allows for a deeper understanding of other cultural preferences and world views, thus reducing misunderstandings, confusion and frustrating interaction. After the discussion, there will be opportunities for private conversations with the panelists.

GABA SoCal Events
SoCal Stammtisch LA at Sunny Spot
Wednesday, February 5, 2020, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunny Spot, 822 Washington Blvd, Marina Del Rey

Welcome to the first Stammtisch of 2020! Let's kick off this new decade together at colorful Sunny Spot at the intersection of Abbot Kinney and Marina Del Rey. Mingle with fellow Germans, Europeans and Americans and enjoy the laid-back party vibe at this funky, modern Venice place. Relish the taste of Caribbean drinks and mingle on the patio specially reserved for GABA. Several team members from the GABA South California will be attending together with a good mix of Germans, business professionals, film, and old and new GABA folks from all industries. We look forward to seeing you - let's start 2020 in a Sunny Spot!
SoCal Stammtisch OC at Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge/Waterfront Hilton Resort
Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Offshore 9 Rooftop Lounge, Waterfront Hilton Resort, 21100 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach

Join us for panoramic views from Orange County's highest coastal Rooftop Lounge while socializing and networking in a sophisticated yet relaxed beach resort atmosphere! Offshore 9 offers an upscale menu of shared plates, hand-crafted specialty cocktails and a wide selection of fine wines and champagne! Arrive early to join us in admiring the beautiful sunset and to take in the ocean breeze! We will be there as of 4:30pm for the entire sunset.
SoCal Stammtisch San Diego at Cavu Brewery and Restaurant
Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Cavu Brewery and Restaurant, 7536 Fay Ave, La Jolla

Join GABA for our monthly business mixer at CAVU Brewery & Restaurant in La Jolla. Come relax on CAVU Brewery's outdoor patio with outdoor heating and lava rock fire pits, or connect at the bar inside while enjoying great craft beers! Under the topic "The State of Residential Solar", Erik Sattler from Sattler Solar will give us a quick guidance for homeowners, and a current economic overview of Solar with anticipated development. Expand your business contacts and make new friends! We hope to see you there!

GABA's Partner Events
GABO West 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Squire Patton Boggs, 275 Battery Street, Floor 25, San Francisco

The German American Business Outlook is one of the most important economic indicators of German American business relations. The seven German Chamber offices, together with KPMG in Germany, survey more than 2,500 German subsidiaries in the United States on their views of the U.S. as an investment location. On February 11, the survey results will be presented with the focus on the findings most relevant for the Western United States. This event is free of charge for GACC Members. Please e-mail us at floew@gaccwest.com for special discount code. More info and registration here.

Venture Summit West
March 23-24
Santa Clara Convention Center, Silicon Valley

Join over 1,300 leading VC's, Angels, CEOs and founders at Venture Summit West, where innovation meets capital. Register here today and get $450 off with promo code "GABAVIP". More information here.


New and Renewing Members

Premium Corporate:
Boehringer Ingelheim Fremont

K&L Gates
NRW Invest (North America)
Landesentwicklungsgesellschaft Thueringen mbH


Individual Members:
Klaus Atzmueller
Marco Buhlmann
Nadine Hammer
Gunther Hofmann
Yvonne Lutsch
Adrian A. Motamedi
Juliane Nandra
Astrid Proboll
Daniela Proske
Juan Walterspiel, MD, FAAP


Member News

E&M Mayock Announces 2020 H-1B CAP Pre-Registration
USCIS has launched a Pre-Registration program to slash expenses for employers who seek to file an H-1B Professional Visa Petition.  Starting October 1st - only 85,000 H-1B visas will be available. This year, online Pre-Registration will occur 1 March 2020 - 20 March 2020. Then a random luck-based lottery will be conducted. Only Pre-Registered Candidates selected in the lottery may file a Visa Petition over the following 3 months. More info here.

Ludwig's Bier Stammtisch
Ludwig's first Bier Stammtisch: we will be hosting a new brewery every month to sample a selection of brews and to host an open table discussion about the best drink on earth! Yearly membership fee of $75 (fee can only be paid in person at Ludwig's). It includes a 1L glass stein, tasting glass, bottle of bier and free pretzel at the monthly meeting. Registration and more info here.
Job Listings
CalWave: Naval Architect & Senior Mechanical Engineer
CalWave currently has two open positions: Naval Architect & Senior Mechanical Engineer. CalWave develops a game-changing next generation and proprietary Wave Energy Converter to harness the vastly available, predictable and stable energy from ocean waves to serve coastal communities. More info here.

Yes Partners: Head of HR/People & Culture
The company provides industrial Cyber Security Solutions for real-time cyber security & visibility for industrial networks. More info here.
Culture Section
24th Berlin & Beyond Film Festival
 The Berlin & Beyond Festival presents the best of German cinema with red carpet premieres, special guests, and a diverse selection of features, documentaries, and shorts. Feb. 7-9 at San Francisco's Castro Theatre, Feb. 10 at Berkeley's Shattuck Cinemas, Feb. 11 at Vogue Theatre, and Feb. 12-13 at the Goethe-Institut. BerlinBeyond.com
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