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GACC Midwest’s Minnesota Chapter
has been around for more than
20 years, providing excellent
networking opportunities and
services for its local German-
American business community. In
2013, the Chapter hosted and
co-sponsored more than 25 events
– more than ever before! Meetings
and conferences featuring guest
speakers, member company tours,
cultural and social get-togethers,
annual happenings as well as joint
networking events with other
chambers and organizations in the
Twin Cities were offered. The 2013
highlights included the launch of the
Skills Initiative in February, a dinner
with German Consul General Dr.
Christian Brecht in April, the Chap-
ter’s exquisite Annual Gala in May, a
well-attended speech from former
U.S. Ambassador J.D. Bindenagel
about the Transatlantic Trade and
Investment Partnership as well as the
Annual Meeting in September, and
last but not least, a festive Holiday
Party in December. Lübbert Kruizenga
serves as the President of the MN
Chapter, supported by 11 dedicated
Board Members.
Minnesota Chapter
GACC Midwest Minnesota Chapter Annual Gala 2013
S P O T L I G H T S
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GACC Midwest’s Wisconsin Chapter
hosted its annual VIP Reception at
German Fest 2013 in Milwaukee on
July 26, 2013. The event brought
together members, their families, and
friends to enjoy live music, brats,
and German Gemütlichkeit. Also in
2013, Chapter President Dr. John
Gatto and Treasurer Vicki Fox were
joined on the Wisconsin Chapter
Board of Directors by five newly
elected Board Members.
North Carolina Chapter –
9th Gateway Award Luncheon
May 1, 2013, Charlotte, NC
This exclusive event hosted at the
Ritz Carlton in Charlotte, NC, honored
outstanding German-American
business achievements. More than 80
members, special guests and digni-
taries from the region and beyond
gathered to celebrate the strength
and commitment of the German-
American business community and
leadership in the state.
Chapter President John Gatto and GACC
Midwest President & CEO Simone Pohl
with guests at the German Fest
GACC Midwest & GACC South
Chapter Highlights 2013
Wisconsin Chapter –
German Fest 2013
July 26, 2013, Milwaukee, WI
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