German Gala Most Successful Ever

The German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States’ 12th annual gala held in Buckhead Sept. 29 was its most successful ever, attracting more than 500 guests and featuring the cultural and business strengths of Berlin, according to chamber president Kristian Wolf.

“Berlin is one of those cities like London and Paris that are well-known as tourist attractions,” Mr. Wolf told GlobalAtlanta. “But it is less well-known for its economic development. There is a dynamic business environment with European headquarters of multinational companies and interesting manufacturing such as the making of components to capture solar energy.”
Berlin Partner GmbH, the official business promoting agency of the state of Berlin, was one of many sponsors of the event held at the InterContinental Hotel on Peachtree Road.

Almuth Nehring-Venus, Berlin’s permanent secretary for economics, technology and women’s issues, was one of several noteworthy guests, Mr. Wolf said.

Others included were Ulrich Albrecht-Früh, the CEO of ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA, which is to invest $3.7 billion in a manufacturing compex in Mt. Vernon, Ala.; Peter Schwarzenbauer, president & CEO of Porsche Cars North America, Inc. which is based in Atlanta; Edward Forsberg, manager of Commerzbank AG Atlanta, who won in a raffle the use of a Porsche Cayenne S for one year, and Ken Stewart, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Economic Development.

The GACC South has a membership of more than 650 companies in 11 Southern states stretching from Texas to North Carolina.

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