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International Forum for German and Spanish in the Professions

2017 International Forum for German and Spanish in the Professions:
“German Companies in the Americas Hiring and Maintaining a Qualified Workforce : Old and New Challenges”



Wednesday, September 27, 8 AM - 4 PM

Hendrix Center Ballrooms



Hosted by the German and Spanish Professional Societies



This event is co-organized and will be moderated by the German Professional Society and Spanish Professional Society at Clemson University.  In addition, students  of German and Spanish from Clemson USC-Upstate majoring in other fields such as engineering, business and international trade will participate.  Events will include a keynote address and panel discussion on challenges and opportunities in Latin America.  Finally, there will be a round table session in which students will have the opportunity to speak with representatives of attending companies.

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Companies joining us:

  • Draexlmaier Automotive
  • ZF Transmissions
  • BMW Manufacturing Company
  • Ingenics Corporation
  • BBVL Compass
  • Robert Bosch
  • Bosch-Rexroth
  • C.H. Mueller, Inc.
  • Execusource, Shuling Guan and Rachel Miller, Recruiters
  • Hispanic Alliance
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S.
  • Magna-Decostar
  • Kuehne and Nagel
  • Roechling Automotive, USA

Agenda for the Forum

9:05 - 10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks
Welcome: Sharon Nagy, Assoc. Provost, Office of Global Engagement
Keynote Address: Mr. Hector Ibarra of Parker-Poe Attorneys at Law
10:00 - 10:10 Coffee Break
10:10  - 11:00 a.m. Panel Discussion: Operating in the US and Latin American: Old and New Challenges
Lori Morgan, Dräxlmaier Group; Rachel Miller, Execusource; Stacy Wood, Parker-Poe
11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m. Alumni Panel:  Hanna Engelhaupt, Magna;  Eric Seawell, Bosch-Rexroth; Caroline Aneskievich, BMW
12:05 - 1:15 p.m. Break for Buffet Lunch
1:15 - 1:25 p.m. Welcome from the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities
1:25 - 1:40 p.m. The German-American Chamber of Commerce: a vehicle to the world.
German-American of Commerce of the Southern U.S.
1:45 - 3:15 p.m. Round Table Discussions
(online registration is available now; seating will be first-come, first-served)
3:20 - 4:30 p.m. Networking Social


Registration for Round Tables

RRegistration for round table opens on Monday, 4 September 2017 and will remain open until Friday, 22 September 5:00 PM. Check the profiles of our corporate guests before registering for the round table session

Register here (Google Form)



Guests Profiles

Hector
Keynote Speaker

Topic:  "Challenges of Establishing Businesses in North and South of the Border"

Hector Ibarra, Parker Poe Attorneys and Counselors at Law

Hector G. Ibarra, Associated Professional Mr. Ibarra has more than 18 years’ experience in international business transactions, economic development and general business law matters. He works closely with foreign and domestic companies seeking to relocate or expand their businesses, with an emphasis in Europe, Mexico, Central America and South America. Prior to joining Parker Poe, Mr. Ibarra was general counsel for a packaging distribution company, where he managed international acquisitions subsidiary formation, joint ventures, strategic planning and finance. Before moving to North Carolina, Mr. Ibarra served as Counsel for the Mexican Federal Senate, overseeing all procurement and commercial contracts and serving on the Foreign Commerce and International Senate Committees. He was also Deputy General Counsel for the General Bureau of Standards in Mexico City, handling legal matters, compliance and enforcement functions.

Business Panel

Topic: “Hiring and Maintaining a Qualified Workforce: Old and New Challenges”

Lori Morgan, Head of Talent Acquisition, Draexlmaier Group
Rachel Miller, Recruiter,  Execusource
Stacy Wood, Parker Poe

Lori Morgan, Head of Talent Acquisition, Draexlmaier Group

Lori Morgan is the head of Talent Acquisition for DRÄXLMAIER Group in the USA. In this position, she works closely with the Global Recruiting team at the corporate headquarters in Germany to define and develop the company's recruitment strategy for the USA while overseeing the U.S. recruiting team.

Lori started in her current position at DRÄXLMAIER in September 2016 at the company's U.S. headquarters in Duncan, S.C., bringing to her job more than 15 years of automotive management experience, including roles in process management, logistics and production. Lori, who previously worked for automotive suppliers like Magna, Faurecia and ZF, is also experienced in lean management.

A South Carolina native, Lori grew up in Seneca, studied psychology at Clemson University and has lived in Simpsonville for the past 17 years. Away from work, she enjoys decorating, traveling and spending time with her husband, children and especially her granddaughter.

Rachel Miller, Recruiter,  Execusource

Rachel Miller has 4 years in recruiting with Robert Half, Randstad, and now ExecuSource. To date, ExecuSource has placed more than 5,000 accounting, finance, supply chain, and IT professionals with over 200 mid-sized to billion dollar organizations. Rachel focuses on human resources, accounting, and supply chain. She partners with international companies in South Carolina to help find top talent, many of which request German or Spanish language skills. In addition to recruiting, Rachel also works directly with the hiring managers to learn what they are looking for in an interview, resume, and a top candidate. When not working, Rachel can be found riding her horse or spending time with her husband and son.

Stacy Wood, Parker Poe

Stacy Wood has been defending employers and educational institutions successfully for more than 25 years. As a solution-oriented and pragmatic adviser, she is a problem solver for manufacturing businesses and service providers of all sizes. She is particularly experienced working with Carolinas-based subsidiaries of foreign-owned companies, offering employment law guidance and a practical approach to achieving their goals in a timely and cost-effective manner. She enables her clients to focus on running their businesses while managing their employment-related legal issues, whether it involves counseling through a sensitive medical leave situation, drafting an underperforming executive’s termination agreement, or investigating and defending against a volatile sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit.

Alumni Panel

Topic: “From College to Career”

Caroline Aneskievich

Caroline is driving her career in BMW Manufacturing’s Global Leader Development Program (GLDP). This is an international, 18-month program aimed to cultivate top talent and prepare participants for an international career. On her Human Resources track she has worked in HR Management in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Compensation & Benefits in Munich, Germany and HR Planning in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Previous to her role at BMW, she completed the three-year Business Leadership Development Program at Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role she worked in Customer Service, Enterprise Quality, and Community Sustainability. Here she earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt through increasing electronic billing & payment adaptation and graduated from the company’s Compass Program aimed to identify and train the top 1% of company talent. Caroline is a three time Clemson graduate- Bachelor of Arts Spanish & International Trade 2010, Bachelor of Science Marketing 2011, and Master of Business Administration 2015. She also earned her second Masters in International Business from IESEG School of Management in Paris, France. She has studied on four different continents and is currently learning her 4th language. At Clemson Caroline was a member of Blue Key Honor Society, Assistant Attorney General and Senator in Student Government, President of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity, Member of Clemson University Tour Guide Association, Sister and Philanthropy

Hanna Engelhaupt

Hanna Denney recently graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in German & International Trade in May of 2016. While at Clemson, she served in leadership roles in both the German Club and German Professional Society. She studied abroad her junior year in Lüneburg, Germany as a DAAD Undergraduate Scholar. After graduation, she began her career as a Public Relations & Communications Specialist for Decostar Industries, a division of Magna International. Magna is the second largest automotive supplier in the world with over 155,000 employees. Decostar Industries, located in Carrollton, GA specializes in manufacturing plastic exterior parts for customers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan. In her role, she oversees all internal and external communications, monitors employee engagement activities, and facilitates all charitable donations and volunteering programs.

Eric Seawell

CU Class of 95 L&IT (German).  During Eric's studies at Clemson, Eric took part in Ed Arnold's Study Abroad program. Immediately upon graduation, he began working for BMW Manufacturing in Greer. Soon thereafter, he was temporarily reassigned to BMW Regensburg to assist in the German launch of the US built Z3 Roadster. He later took a position in Purchasing and Logistics for ZF and lived in Germany for more than 2 years to launch the front and rear axle systems for the BMW X-5. He has worked for Bosch since 2001 in Purchasing and is currently located in their Rexroth division (Industrial Hydraulics). He is responsible for commodity purchasing for all North American locations of Rexroth, and liaison between his division and Bosch Corporate. Eric credits the direction of his career to the L&IT and German programs at Clemson.

Roundtables 


BBVA Compass

Christian Louis

Christian Louis is an international business executive with 20+ years in International Financial Services (Loans, Trade Finance, Cash Management, FX, and Risk Management). He has primarily focused on business development with large corporations as clients. In this field Christian has worked for 15+ years with Citibank, SunTrust, and BBVA Compass. Christian has lived and worked in Bahrain, Chile, the Czech Republic, the Dominican Republic, Korea, New Zealand, and Uruguay. Additionally, Christian has traveled for work to Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, England, Ethiopia, Hong Kong, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, Panama, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey, Qatar, and the UAE. Christian has degrees in Master of International Business (University of South Carolina), and in Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts (Miami University). Christian is able to conduct business in Spanish, served in the US Navy for 6 years, and has Top Secret security clearances from the US government.

BMW, Manufacturing Company

Shane Weir, Section Manager, Trade Compliance

Mr. Weir has 20 years' experience in international trade and compliance. His background with customs brokerage, trade compliance consulting, and employment with international service, distribution, and manufacturing corporations has afforded him significant experience in this field. A majority of his time has been spent in high risk sectors such as apparel, telecommunications and the automotive industry. He has a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Business Management from Indiana University and a Masters in Business Administration from Clemson University. He has been a licensed Customs Broker since 1998. His time is currently dedicated to helping produce the "Ultimate Driving Machine" as he is employed by BMW Manufacturing where he leads all international trade compliance efforts.

Caroline Aneskievich, Human Resources, Global Leader Development Program

Caroline is driving her career in BMW Manufacturing’s Global Leader Development Program (GLDP). This is an international, 18-month program aimed to cultivate top talent and prepare participants for an international career. On her Human Resources track she has worked in HR Management in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Compensation & Benefits in Munich, Germany and HR Planning in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Previous to her role at BMW, she completed the three-year Business Leadership Development Program at Piedmont Natural Gas in Charlotte, North Carolina. In this role she worked in Customer Service, Enterprise Quality, and Community Sustainability. Here she earned her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt through increasing electronic billing & payment adaptation and graduated from the company’s Compass Program aimed to identify and train the top 1% of company talent. Caroline is a three time Clemson graduate- Bachelor of Arts Spanish & International Trade 2010, Bachelor of Science Marketing 2011, and Master of Business Administration 2015. She also earned her second Masters in International Business from IESEG School of Management in Paris, France. She has studied on four different continents and is currently learning her 4th language. At Clemson Caroline was a member of Blue Key Honor Society, Assistant Attorney General and Senator in Student Government, President of Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Fraternity, Member of Clemson University Tour Guide Association, Sister and Philanthropy

Dräxlmaier Group

Ralph Schwarz

Ralph Schwarz is the head of Corporate Communications for the DRÄXLMAIER Group in the Americas. In this function, he oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the international automotive supplier in the Americas, including media relations, public relations / marketing, branding, sponsoring, and community affairs for the DRÄXLMAIER locations in Mexico, Nicaragua and the USA. Ralph, who joined DRÄXLMAIER as corporate communications specialist in July 2006, has worked in the journalism/mass communication field for more than 18 years. Before coming to DRÄXLMAIER, he worked for four years as an editor at Niagara Frontier Publications (NFP) in Grand Island, N.Y, where he was responsible for the weekly community newspaper, Niagara-Wheatfield Tribune. In addition to two town hall beats and one school board beat, he also served two years as sports editor for all three weekly papers published by NFP. Born and raised in Germany, Ralph transferred to the USA as a college student in 1995, earning a master’s degree in Print Journalism from Emerson College in Boston in 2001, as well as bachelor degrees in Business Administration (Accounting) and Journalism/Mass Communication from St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, N.Y., in 1999. Ralph lives in Duncan, S.C. Aside from work, he likes to read, listen to music and follow ice hockey and German soccer

Bosch-Rexroth

Eric Seawell

CU Class of 95 L&IT (German).  During Eric's studies at Clemson, Eric took part in Ed Arnold's Study Abroad program. Immediately upon graduation, he began working for BMW Manufacturing in Greer. Soon thereafter, he was temporarily reassigned to BMW Regensburg to assist in the German launch of the US built Z3 Roadster. He later took a position in Purchasing and Logistics for ZF and lived in Germany for more than 2 years to launch the front and rear axle systems for the BMW X-5. He has worked for Bosch since 2001 in Purchasing and is currently located in their Rexroth division (Industrial Hydraulics). He is responsible for commodity purchasing for all North American locations of Rexroth, and liaison between his division and Bosch Corporate. Eric credits the direction of his career to the L&IT and German programs at Clemson.

Robert Bosch LLC

Roger Heitzeg, Senior VP, Technical Plant Manager

Roger Heitzeg is currently Senior Vice President, Technical Plant Manager for Robert Bosch LLC in Anderson and has been in this capacity since January 2016. From 2012 to 2016 he served as the Technical Plant Manager for Robert Bosch in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Mr. Heitzeg began his Bosch career in the Anderson plant in 1997 as Manager of ECU Development. He held various positions in Anderson prior to assuming the role of VP Fuel Injection Components in Farmington Hills, Michigan from 2009 to 2012. Prior to joining Bosch, Mr. Heitzeg worked for Ford Motor Company, Product Development (Dearborn, MI and Cologne, Germany) from 1987-1997. Mr. Heitzeg holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University. He and his wife Anne have three sons. His hobbies include biking, tennis and woodworking.

C.H. Mueller

David Crabb, HR Manager, C. H. Mueller

David has over 15 years' experience in various operational and HR roles, predominantly in manufacturing organisations.  He joined C. H. Mueller in March 2017 and is responsible for the People Function, including HR; leadership development; health, safety and environment and internal communications. Prior to joining CHM, David worked at South Carolina Plastics as HR Manager. His passion and focus is creating and enabling culture change. The challenges at C. H. Mueller are typical with new start-ups. While building a culture from the ground up is exhilarating, it comes with encounters unique to a start-up from securing talent to creating a HR department from scratch!  Critical to this is developing a climate where colleagues feel engaged and energised.  

David is married with 4 grown children and after spending as much time as he can with his family and friends, any leftover free time is devoted to gardening, golfing and reading.

Stephen Middleton

Execusource

Rachel Miller

Rachel Miller has 4 years in recruiting with Robert Half, Randstad, and now ExecuSource. To date, ExecuSource has placed more than 5,000 accounting, finance, supply chain, and IT professionals with over 200 mid-sized to billion dollar organizations. Rachel focuses on human resources, accounting, and supply chain. She partners with international companies in South Carolina to help find top talent, many of which request German or Spanish language skills. In addition to recruiting, Rachel also works directly with the hiring managers to learn what they are looking for in an interview, resume, and a top candidate. When not working, Rachel can be found riding her horse or spending time with her husband and son.

Shuling Guan

Shuling Guan is in her first role in recruiting and has nine months of experience with ExecuSource. Her background is in Sales and Marketing and successfully translated the experience in recruiting. ExecuSource has placed more than 5,000 accounting, finance, supply chain, and IT professionals with over 200 mid-sized to billion-dollar organizations. Shuling Guan focuses on marketing & sales, accounting, and supply chain. She builds and maintains relationships with both candidates and local companies in the southeast. She leverages her connections to make the right fit for all parties involved.

German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southeast.

Sam Moses, Board Member, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern United States, Inc.

Sam Moses represents U.S. and foreign companies, including manufacturing operations, on a variety of business transactions, and coordinates business expansion and incentives projects for companies throughout the United States.
He served as managing director of a U.S. state's European Office in Germany, assisting non-U.S investors to find new locations for their new North America footprint. He was appointed by the state's secretary of commerce and served under three governors. He also managed the state's export development program for Europe, Africa and the Middle East, advising companies on international trade and market entry strategies. In 2002, he served as a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellow in Germany, during which he worked for Credit Suisse First Boston and Gleiss Lutz, a leading German law firm.
Since 2010, Sam has been involved in business investment and incentives projects totaling over $800 million in capital investment, as well as the creation of more than 2,675 jobs in various industries, including food processing, automotive, powertrain, metalworking, advanced textiles, electronics, chemicals and aerospace

Hispanic Alliance

Adela Mendoza, Executive Director

Adela is an international professional skilled at building strategic collaborative partnerships, facilitating cross-cultural relationships, and leading diverse teams and coalitions. As the Executive Director of the Hispanic Alliance, Adela is helping build collective capacity to embrace the emerging Hispanic population as a thriving, productive, and positive contributor to the community at large. Before joining the Alliance, Adela worked for SE Consulting, Inc., and was Statewide Program Manager for the South Carolina Immigrant Victim Network, where she helped establish international cooperative relations among foreign consulates and US organizations. Adela is a native of Veracruz, Mexico, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Journalism from Universidad del Valle and worked for a leading radio station directing media relations, planning and managing large-scale event logistics attended annually by over 12,000 people, and coordinating communications with international recording companies. In 2013, Adela was selected as an Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar among 60 leaders from around the world chosen for their accomplishments and their ability to transform ideas into action. Adela is a Liberty Fellow and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. She is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville and Furman University’s Riley Institute Diversity Leaders Institute. Adela is a founding member of Upstate International and serves on the boards of Community Foundation of Greenville, United Way Community Investment Cabinet, Goodwill Industries of the Upstate/Midlands, the International Center of the Upstate, Greenville Forward, and the advisory boards of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce and MedEx Academy.

Ingenics Corporation

Andreas Heinzelmann

Mr. Heinzelmann is a partner at Ingenics Corporation and is responsibility for all Ingenics operations in the US. He provides an extensive expertise in the fields of Factory Planning, Structure/Material Flow Planning, Supply Chain Planning, Senior Project Management, Project Management Coaching and holds versatile project experience in the automotive industry. He has acquired detailed know-how in logistics process planning as well as in the successful implementation of complex Logistics strategies. In addition he managed several international projects in Europe as well as in China. Ingenics is focusing on efficiency improvement according to the Lean Principles and have a proven track record of successfully planning and implementing Lean structures and processes within various manufacturing industries (Greenfield & Brownfield).

Kuehne and Nagel

Henry Hilgenstock, Business Development

Hans Hilgenstock is responsible for the successful business development on the TransAtlantic market for Kuehne + Nagel, one of the leading Logistic providers globally. Kuehne + Nagel with +1100 own offices and +68,000 employees worldwide is providing customized supply chain solutions. With Hans Hilgenstock’s +25 years of logistic experience, he is focusing on external as well as internal business partners to optimize their supply chain. Hans is an active member of the German speaking business community and acts as a board member of the Deutsche Schule Charlotte. After his apprenticeship program in Germany as well as a Masterdegree from the “Deutsche Aussenhandels- und Verkehrsakademie” (Bremen) he has worked for a couple of larger logistics companies before he moved with this family to San Diego, CA in 2001. Since 2004 he is based in Charlotte, NC./ Father of four children / married since 20 years with Suna Hilgenstock (born in Berlin / Turkish) http://www.kn-portal.com/go/ustcs/

Magna-Decostar

Hanna (Denney) Engelhaupt

Hanna Denney recently graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelor's degree in German & International Trade in May of 2016. While at Clemson, she served in leadership roles in both the German Club and German Professional Society. She studied abroad her junior year in Lüneburg, Germany as a DAAD Undergraduate Scholar. After graduation, she began her career as a Public Relations & Communications Specialist for Decostar Industries, a division of Magna International. Magna is the second largest automotive supplier in the world with over 155,000 employees. Decostar Industries, located in Carrollton, GA specializes in manufacturing plastic exterior parts for customers such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Nissan. In her role, she oversees all internal and external communications, monitors employee engagement activities, and facilitates all charitable donations and volunteering programs.

Roechling Automotive, USA

Dusty Walulik

ZF Transmissions

Christoph Schaefer

Christoph Schaefer is currently working as Program Purchasing Manager at ZF Transmissions Gray Court in South Carolina that is producing automatic transmissions for passenger cars. ZFTG is supplying to FCA (Fiat Chrysler Automotive), Jaguar/Land Rover, Honda and Daimler and their plants all over the world. On the other side, ZFTG is working with around 70 suppliers and a highly complex global supply chain dealing making sure to have parts available to produce more than 1,000,000 transmissions a year. Christoph started almost 12 years ago at the Gray Court mother plant in Saarbruecken, Germany where he gained experience in purchasing, project management, supplier development and systems. Taking this experience to South Carolina 6 years ago, he was able to be part of the almost once in a lifetime experience of starting a big and complex transmission manufacturing plant. His current fields of activities include managing product launches, capacity management and cost down initiatives.

Co-hosted by the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern US

G-A chamber of commerce



Co-Sponsoring Institutions

The Clemson University Department of Languages

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The University of South Carolina - Upstate

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Our thanks to our Corporate Sponsors

Draexlmaier Group: Lunch Sponsor

Draxlmaier           

BMW Automotive: Lunch Sponsor

 BMW

Conference Equipment:

Magna Decostar



Be a sponsor for this year's Forum

Two sponsorships remain:

COFFEE BREAK Sponsor $250.00 (limited to one (1) sponsor):

      • Grouped logo listing on event web page
      • On-screen sponsor loop grouped with other sponsors
      • Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and at coffee station

NETWORKING SOCIAL Sponsor $250 (limited to two (2) sponsors):

      • Grouped logo listing on event web page and invitation
      • On-screen sponsor loop including individual logo during the conference Logo featured on all digital event invitations and announcements and during the networking social

Contact: Lee Ferrell (ferrell@clemson.edu)





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