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Gaba Presentation 2010

  1. 1. The Organization, its Events & the People Behind it
  2. 2. Who we are… • GABA is a member-driven non-profit organization that fosters transatlantic knowledge sharing and networking among German-American and Californian business and tech communities. • The GABA programs address critical business, technical and leadership issues, with specific industry programs focused on life science, semiconductors, venture capital, and Software & IT, among others. In essence GABA promotes: • German-American business and trade activities • Extensive US/German network of industry professionals • Extended platform to build industry specific relationships • Local networking events with high visibility page 2
  3. 3. GABA Facts • Non-profit organization, founded in 2003 Structure • Financed solely by membership and event fees, sponsorship income and donations • 350 paying members Members • Corporate as well as individual members • Mailing list of over 4,000 contacts • Large Affiliate Network within California Supporter • Collaboration with German Government Institutions s • Affiliated with the German American Chamber of Commerce (GACC) • More than 60 events per year Events • Over 3,500 attendees in 2009 • Outstanding panel speakers and moderators • 3 Part-time staff members People • 1 Part-time Webmaster • 12 Board members • 20 Industry Experts, who volunteer as Industry Group Chairs • 15 Local Chapter Board members • Countless volunteers page 3
  4. 4. GABA Interest Groups Clean Tech Philipp Kunze, Solaria Gopal Shankar, ib vogt VC & Entrepreneurs Olaf Groth, Ram Srinivasan, Wellington Women in Business Global Business Network Partners Linda K. Cleary, Lyris Oliver Hanisch Lara Abrams Life Science Automotive Dr. Edda Mihaescu Bayer Thilo Koslowski, Gartner HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Ulrike Ruppelt, GABA Events: Ticular Strategies for Success • Industry specific topics • Excellent speakers • Up to date information from experts Telecommunications Media & Entertainment Daniel Kellmereit, Detecon Achim Hoelzle, FeldbergPacific Claus Bauer, Ph.D, Dolby Florian Brody, GenieTown Laboratories, Inc Pamela Sommer Human Resources Semiconductor & IT Gunther Hofmann, The Brenner Group E.J. Dieterle, YES Partners Software Hartmut Schittko, Infineon Jennifer Vessels, Next Step Navraj S. Nandra, Synopsis Uwe Wagner, T-Systems Steffen Bartschat, Sonic Solutions page 4
  5. 5. GABA Events • All GABA events are organized by the GABA Industry Group Chairs. These volunteers are leading experts in their business industry and are helping GABA to recruit outstanding panel speakers and moderators. • Alone in the San Francisco – Bay Area GABA organized 40 events last year and attracted approx. 2,500 people per year to attend the eveattendees. On average 60 to 100 people attend a GABA industry focus event. page 5
  6. 6. Past Event Highlights Financial Outlook at the German Consulate in San Francisco - December 8th, 2009 Speakers: City National Bank, Wellington Partners, Keiretsu Forum, Host: German Consulate, San Francisco • Held every year at the Christmas decorated German Consulate on Jackson Street • Sold out event with 100 attendees! Electric Cars: Transformational Change or Niche Trend? - October 12th, 2009 Speakers: Betterplace, Coulombe Technologies, AC Propulsion, General Motors Advanced Technology Silicon Valley Office Host: Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP • Moderator: Thilo Koslowski, Vice President Automotive and Vehicle ICT, Gartner, Inc • Sponsor: Airship Ventures How Bright is the Future for Solar Power – April 16th, 2009 Speakers: Solar City, Renewable Energy Corporation, Vote Solar Initiative, Applied Materials, Crosslink Capital Host: Cooley Godward Kronish, LLP • Organized in cooperation with SVASE • Sold out event with 150 attendees! page 6
  7. 7. Event Outlook 2010 January 2010 • Leading When the Stakes are high. An evening with Patrick Reilly and Steve Krieger • The Smart Green Dividend – Leveraging IT in the Energy Revolution February 2010 • GABA Job Hunting Series: Ready to make your move? By Konstantin Guericke / Co-Founder Linkedin March 2010 • Phone Wars II – The Software April 2010 • Cloud Computing May 2010 • Innovation conference with European Commission More to come… page 7
  8. 8. GABA Members • GABA members represent all facets of the international professional business community including high-tech and life science firms, trade specialists, bankers, venture capitalists, insurance, government officials, attorneys, translation firms, marketing firms, consultants, and entrepreneurs. • A large number of members are holding senior level position within their companies or work on executive level. • GABA also manages different mailing lists, which sum upto more than 6,000 contacts within the German American Business Community. This mailing list is a major source for event attendees and potential new GABA members. Zur Anzeige wird der QuickTime™ Dekompressor „“ benötigt. page 8
  9. 9. GABA Membership Membership Development Since 2003 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50 0 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 The membership base of GABA has grown significantly over the last years. Despite tough economic times, GABA had a 20% membership increase in 2008 and 2009, and the positive trend is clearly continuing in 2010. page 9
  10. 10. Membership Levels Level Benefits Annual Fee • Your company will be listed in the Corporate GABA Directory including a web link to Basic your company website Corporate • Reduced event entrance fees for one designated company representative (For companies • Invitation to exclusive member events $250.00 with 1-5 • Monthly GABA Newsletter employees only) • Possibility to post company news in the GABA newsletter • Possibility to offer GABA members service or product discounts • Job postings on the GABA website and in the GABA newsletter Basic Corporate benefits plus… Corporate •Your company will be listed in the Corporate GABA Directory including your full $500.00 contact information, e-mail and a web link to company website •Reduced event entrance fees for up to three company representatives Corporate benefits plus… •Your company listing in the Corporate GABA Directory will include your logo and a Premium description about your company and your services Corporate $1500.00 •Your logo will appear in the Premium Corporate / Sponsorship section on the GABA homepage •GABA free event admittance Reduced event entrance fees •Invitation to exclusive member events Individual •Monthly GABA Newsletter $100.00 •Your name will be listed in the Individual GABA member directory Same as Individual member benefits Student $60.00 •Proof of student status required Status: October 2008 page 10
  11. 11. The GABA Network GABA has built an extensive network among partner associations, German government related organizations and other Government Organizations: German Government Other Government GABA Affiliate Organizations Organizations Network • German Consulate, San • Swiss American Chamber of • TiE (The Indus Entrepreneur) Francisco Commerce • MIT Alumni Club • Invest in Bavaria • Business Association Italy • SVASE (Silicon Valley • Berlin Partner America Association of Startup • Invest in Germany • French American Chamber of Entrepreneurs) • Bundesagentur für Commerce • SD Forum Aussenwirtschaft • British-American Business • CITD (Centers for International • Heidelberg Economic Council Trade Development) Development Agency (HEDA) • And more… • SiliconFrench • German American Chamber of • Hispanic Net Commerce (GACC) • CSPA (Chinese Software • And more… Professionals Organization) • SIPA (Silicon Valley Indian Professional Association) • And more… page 11
  12. 12. The GABA Online Community GABA utilizes a number of different online communities in order to enable all GABA members and beyond to connect and network. These online communities are also an important marketing tool for GABA GABA Stammtisch Virtual German community and listserv with 2,000 members GABA LinkedIn Group Exclusive Business Networking Group with over 490 members GABA Xing Group German Business Networking Group with 820 members GABA Facebook Group Almost 520 members GABA Mailing List The GABA mailing list comprises members and subscribers; The database contained over 6,000 contacts beginning of 2010.
  13. 13. GABA Chapters GABA California Chapters: Northern California Chapter & Headquarter Silicon Valley / San Francisco Contact: Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director Southern California Chapter Los Angeles Contact: Boris von Bormann GABA Germany Chapters: Berlin Chapter Contact: Ulli Kohl Munich Chapter Contact: Jörg Sperling page 13
  14. 14. The GABA Organization GABA Board of Directors • Thomas Neubert, VP Sales, Vidyo (Chair) • Dagmar Dolatschko, Founder & President, Peritus Translations (Vice-Chair) • Gunther Hofmann, Vice-President, The Brenner Group (CFO) • Dirk Michels, Partner, KL&Gates (Secretary) • Oliver Breme, Director • Linda Kotzot Cleary, Marketing Manager, Lyris Inc. (Chair, Women in Business Group) • Astrid Krehan, Development Director • Katharina Rock, Senior Vice President, SAP • Daniel Zimmermann, Partner Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP • Ulrich Kohl, CTO, Questico AG (Berlin Chapter) • Jörg Sperling, Founder & CEO, Altos Advisors (Munich Chapter) • Bernd Steinebrunner, Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley (Southern California Chapter) GABA Staff • Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director • Cornelia Weiss, Project Manager • Stefanie Bastian, Project Manager page 14
  15. 15. Contact us German American Business Association of California 715 Villa St, Suite G Mountain View, CA 94041, USA Phone: +1 (650) 386-5015 Fax: +1 (415) 276-2375 Caroline Raynaud, Executive Director E-mail: Cornelia Weiss, Project Manager E-mail: Stefanie Bastian, Project Manager E-mail: To learn more about GABA Membership and Sponsorship Opportunities visit the GABA Website: page 15
  16. 16. FOCUS German American Business Association of California Southern California Chapter page 16
  17. 17. GABA Southern California GABA Southern California Chapter Board • Boris von Bormann, Chairman • Berndt Steinebrunner, Vice Chair and Director of Membership • Daniel Hoover, Director of Marketing • Michael Metzger, Director • Robert Wittenburg, Director • Torsten Thomas, Secretary, Director of Events • Wolfram Doelker, Treasurer and CFO • Anita Katzenbach, Director of HR GABA Southern California Chapter Staff • Zita T. Udrys, Executive Director page 17
  18. 18. Southern California Event Highlights 2009 Financial Outlook Event Sponsors: Deutsche Bank, Irwin Union Bank, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, The Mentor Group, RSM McGladrey, Latham & Watkins, LLP Speakers: German Consulate, Deutsche Bank, UCLA, Funk Ventures Over 130 attendees. Solar Power Event Sponsors: KL Gates, Martifer Solar, State of Sachsen Anhalt, Germany Trade & Invest Speakers: Q-Cells International USA, Sun Power Corporation, Martifer Renewables USA, juwi solar Inc, Southern California Edison Blues Mixer Sponsors: Andaz Hotel, West Hollywood, Los Angeles, 42 Below Vodka, JV Global Business Solutions, Senovva Agenda: The Blues Mixer established a new trend for 25+ business professionals, providing a slick and modern environment in one of Hollywood’s most famous "rock and roll” hotels. Over 200 attendees. Digital Media Sponsors: New Century Capital, UCLA Center for European and Eurasian Studies, JV Global Business Solutions Speakers: Myspace, Lionsgate, GRP Partners, Fun Little Movies, Metcafe Over 140 attendees. Taschen Bookstore Event Sponsors: Taschen Speakers: Benedikt Taschen and Jim Heimann page 18
  19. 19. Southern California – Events 2009 February 2009 • GABA Financial Outlook 2009, Los Angeles March 2009 • Energy Symposium, Los Angeles April 2009 • Accessing the Stimulus Package May 2009 • Modernism Exhibition, Laguna Beach • Porsche Design, Beverly Hills June 2009 • Art A Fair, Laguna Beach • Digital Media, Los Angeles October 2009 • Managing Risk in a Global Economy, Irvine • Solar Power Conference, Anaheim November 2009 • Green Building L.A., Los Angeles December 2009 • Taschen Bookstore Holiday Party, Beverly Hills page 19 More to come…
  20. 20. Contact Southern California German American Business Association of California Southern California Chapter Boris von Bormann – Chairman & Founding Member Email: Phone: Office: +1 (714) 368-7564 Mobile: +1 (949) 697-2921 IG Responsibility: Clean Technology & Automotive President & CEO accessio – Business Development and Market Entry Consulting for Foreign Companies in the US/ North America Web: Zita Udrys – Executive Director Email: Phone: Mobile: +1 (323) 542-8095 Oversees all aspects of GABA Translator for German, Lithuanian, Polish, & Russian Web: Bernd Steinebrunner – Vice Chair Email: Phone: Office: +1 (949) 471-5827 Mobile: +1 (714) 604-7924 Director, Membership Member of the Board of Director GABA, SoCal Chapter Representative Financial Planner, Investment Advisor – MetLife Web: page 20
  21. 21. Wolfram Doelker – Treasurer & Founding Member Email: Phone: Office: +1 (562) 699-8066 Mobile: +1 (562) 556-5699 President and CEO WDE International Inc Strategy, Operations and Management Services for Market Entry or Expansion US and Asia Pacific Anita Katzenbach – Director / Chair Industry Group Human Resources Email: Phone: Mobile: +1 (310) 428 4563 IG Responsibility: Human Resources & Women in Business President, ASK Business Consulting Group – Helping American and European companies master strategic change, improve organizational performance, and foster sustainability & innovation. Web: Dan Hoover—Director & Founding Member Email: Phone: Office: (949) 756-8501 Responsibility: Director, Member at Large President & CEO of Estey-Hoover Inc. (Advertising & Public Relations) Web:
  22. 22. Michael Metzger – Director Email: Phone: Mobile: +1 (949) 433-0141 IG Responsibility: Media & Entertainment Vice President at New Century Capital Partners, a Los Angeles based investment banking firm with focus on digital media and technology. Web: Robert A. Wittenburg - Director Email: Phone: Office: +1 (949) 651-6280 Mobile: +1 (949) 689-4867 Managing Director, Business Communications Strategies – Corporate and marketing communications consulting for international companies in the US/ North America Web: Torsten Thomas – Corporate Secretary, Director of Events Email: Phone: Office: +1 (949) 609-2745 Mobile:+1 (949) 813-6842 IG Responsibility: Entrepeneur & Venture Capitalism Citibank - Vice President/Business Development for Commercial Banking Web: