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3rd German-American Business Summit


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The College of Charleston’s German Program, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, Career Center, and School of Business, in partnership with the German program and Career Center at The Citadel, the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, and the Deutschlandjahr 2018/19, are proud to present the 3rd College of Charleston German-American Business Summit. Held at the Gaillard Conference Center in Charleston, South Carolina, the summit brings together German companies in the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region. The event consists of a job and internship expo, keynote presentations and panel discussions from business leaders on pressing issues in German-American industry, and a networking reception.

 
The event targets German companies in  South Carolina and the Southeastern US that are seeking to establish stronger ties to undergraduate education in the region, and focuses on workforce needs and innovation in German-American industry in the state and the region.
Keynote presenter: Torsten Scheffler, Senior Manager, Development Engineering, Purchasing, Cost Planning and Material Engineering, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.


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Date & Venue

Date: February 5, 2019 

Location: Charleston Gaillard Center

Address: 95 Calhoun St. 

Agenda

Ballroom I

11:00am-1:00pm: Job and Internship Expo 

Ballroom II

Conference

1:10pm: Opening Welcome: David M. Hay, Chair, Board of Trustees of The College of Charleston

1:20-2:10pm: Keynote Presentation: "Leadership Future": Torsten Scheffler, Senior Manager, Development Engineering, Purchasing, Cost Planning and Material Engineering, Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Inc.

2:15-3:15pm: Panel: Leadership in Sustainability in German-American Industry

Moderator: Dr. Gioconda Quesada, Professor and Chair of Supply Chain and Information Management, The College of Charleston

Panelists: Suzanne Dickerson, Director of Logistics and Industry Initiatives, SC Council on Competitiveness

                 Blair Dorneanu, Manufacturing Operations and Engineering Manager, Bosch LLC

                 Michael Raffler, Vice President Carolinas, Kuehne + Nagel Inc. 

3:15-4:00pm: Coffee and Networking Break

4:00pm: Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Timothy Johnson, Dean, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

4:05-4:35pm: Presentation: Navigating and Understanding Tariffs: Updates for German-American Industry

                Sam Moses, Partner and Hector Ibarra, Associated Professional, Parker Poe

4:40-5:40pm: Panel Discussion: Futures of German-American Industry

Moderator: Michael Graney, Vice President, Global Business Development, Charleston Regional Development Alliance

Panelists: Marc Fetten, President and CEO, Cooper River Partners LLC

                 Fabian Grimm, Managing Director, Mankiewicz Coatings

                 Nicole Heimann, Director, Talent and Program Training Skills Initiative, German American Chamber of Commerce of the South

Ballroom III

5:45pm: Reception for Industry, Community Guests, and Faculty/Staff 


Sponsorship Opportunities

Reception Sponsor

Mercedes


Media Sponsor

 SC Biz


Gold Sponsors

Kion
Parker
coatings
innovation
BMW
ZF

Maroon Sponsors

Kuehne

MAU

IFA

Womble

Zeltwanger

ICC

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