2nd College of Charleston German-American Business Summit

2018 GermanAmerican

The College of Charleston’s German Program, School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs, Career Center, and School of Business, in cooperation with the German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US, would like to invite you to the 2nd College of Charleston German-American Business Summit. The summit will be held in Charleston, South Carolina, on February 8, 2018, in the College of Charleston Stern Center Ballroom.

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.

Event Registration

Register and secure your seat at the summit by contacting John King at kingj1@cofc.edu.

Check out the press that the 1st College of Charleston German-American Business Summit recieved below.

Date, Venue and Program

Stern Center Ballroom Date: February 8, 2018
Location: Stern Center Ballroom, College of Charleston
Address: 71 George Street, Charleston SC, 29401


11:30am-1:45pm: Job and Internship Expo

2:00pm:  Welcome and Introduction: Glenn McConnell, President, The College of Charleston

2:15pm: Keynote Presentation: "Digital Innovation in 21st Century Industry", Michael Golz, CIO, Americas SAP

3:00pm: Coffee Break

3:30pm: Panel Discussion: Innovation in German-American Industry

Welcome and Introducations: Dr. Morgan Koerner, Chair, German and Russian Studies

Dr. Mathias Boehmisch: IT Senior Manager & Information Officer, Mercedes-Benz Vans Ludwigsfelde & Charleston, Lead of the IT Center of Competence for Manufacturing Execution & Shopfloor Systems

Vincent Halma, President & CEO, KION North America

Dr. Shane Porzio, Vice President, Global Business Management Kaolin, BASF.

Carolin Wolfsdörfer, Vice President of Operations,  ZF Transmissions Gray Court

5:00pm - 7:00pm: Networking Reception, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz Vans

Sponsorship Opportunities

Looking for a way to highlight your company’s presence in the state and region? Become a sponsor of our Business summit! Contact John King for information on how to become a sponsor: kingj1@cofc.edu

Reception Sponsor


Current GOLD sponsors of the Summit

IFA Logo

MAU logo


Rick Hendrick

Parker Poe Logo

BLG logo

Current MAROON sponsors of the Summit

Kion logo

Kuehne and Nagel


ZF logo

WBD logo




German American Chamber of Commerce

Job and Internship Expo

Looking to establish a pipeline to new talent and get the word out about your company’s presence in the region? Register for a booth at the Job and Internship Expo from 11:30am - 1:45pm, open to College of Charleston students and the public! Space is limited; contact John King to reserve a spot at kingj1@cofc.edu.

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