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S P O T L I G H T S
German American Trade Sep/Oct 2013
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of creating employment, in part by
adopting the dual vocational
training system from Germany,
effectively closing the skilled
workforce gap. In accordance with
the DIHK, the Representative of
German Industry and Trade (RGIT),
a wide spectrum of other partners
and the Chambers are jointly
establishing quality standards for
such vocational programs, certify-
ing their achievements.
Our annual economic survey, the
German American Business Out-
look,
released at the end of last year,
showed that 95% of German-owned
subsidiaries in the United States
anticipated growth for their own
businesses in 2013, while 87%
expected a growing U.S. economy,
accompanied by stable financing
conditions. The annual
Outlook
study
serves as an important
indicator of the business climate for
German firms in the U.S. So far, the
prognoses have proven to be right -
the U.S. economy continues to
recover. We are currently conducting
this year’s
German American
Business Outlook
whose results will
be presented on
December 16, 2013,
in New York City.
Strong Network
for our Members
The GACCs New York and San
Francisco have more than 750 active
member companies. We will continue
to strive to provide best practices for
a broad range of services. We will
also provide ample opportunities
for business networking for our
members and run series of events
discussing topics of mutual and
actual interests. In doing so, we will
certainly count on and cooperate
with our members but also with
institutions and partners who are
active in similar topics.
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Q: What were your career plans
when you were younger?
For most of my professional career I
have been fortunate to work in environ-
ments which allowed for educational,
professional and personal growth. I have
also been in a position to implement
and cultivate business ideas and see
those grow to respectable business
areas. In addition, being part of an
energizing work environment that al-
lowed for bouncing ideas off colleagues
and peers has been fulfilling. While
this could not have been planned, even
when younger, I hoped for meaningful
assignments and career moves and an
active exchange with the outside world.
Q: What defines your leadership
and is there anything you have a
low tolerance for?
At work we are all professionals in our
specific tasks and we should and are
behaving accordingly. Working with
colleagues I certainly treasure a high
degree of dedication and dependability.
But at the same time I believe that
some humor and fun should also be
integral parts of a work place.
Q: What are you passionate about?
Well, there are quite a few things
I can get passionate about, both on and
off the job. On the latter, it is certainly
my family and interaction with my
children. Things can get a bit heated on
the tennis court or when it comes to
football (soccer).
Q: Which book(s) is/are on your
nightstand right now?
There are usually several books on
my nightstand – currently “Brooklyn”
by Colm Toibin, “Das dreizehnte Kapitel”
by Martin Walser and “1913” by
Florian Illies.
Corner Office: Dietmar Rieg
Prior to joining the GACC New York,
Mr. Rieg held senior positions at
BayernLB, most recently serving as
General Manager of its NYC Branch.
Mr. Rieg is an economist with a degree
from the University of Tuebingen,
Germany, and holds an MBA from
NYU Stern School of Business.
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