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"Be noble minded! Our own heart, and not other men's opinions of us, forms our true honor."
Friedrich Schiller

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Morning Sessions: "Intercultural Communication"

9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Hendrix Ballroom A and Peebles Room
Open to all students of German and beyond

The Department of Languages and the German Program are hosting the fourth annual Conference on German in the Professions on Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 in the Hendrix Student Center on the Clemson campus. The conference is intended to provide an opportunity for our students and representatives from German industry to network with one another and to build a deeper relationship between the German business community and the university. Activities will include presentations by students, alumni and business representatives including roundtable discussions and a networking social.

Sponsored by

  • The German Section at Clemson University
  • The German Professional Society
  • The Department of Languages and
  • The Clemson University Center for Career and Professional Development

And our special thanks to
Hofmann Services

Program (overview):

9:05-9:55 Special Session for L&IT 127 (Presentation by Shane Weir, Compliance at BMW)

10:10-11:00 Presentations on culture gaps in their internship experience and study abroad experience (Dr. Yves Gloy, Rheinisch Westfaelische Technical University- Aachen, Germany)

a. "Getting involved" Students and alums on the Gerrman Professional Society, internships, and study abroad
b. Vince Pearson, Director of the SC Chapter of the GACC

12:00-1:15 Lunch Break

1:25-1:30 Welcome by Dean Rick Goodstein (College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities)

1:30-2:20 Alumni Panel Discussion: "From College to Career"
Mr. Trey Bostic, MTU America
Mr. Neil Yanik, Montaplast
Mr. Ian Fleming, Draexlmaier
Mr. Brian Wright, BMW

2:30-4:00 Roundtable Sessions
4:00-5:00 Networking Social and Presentations in the Peebles Room

(more details to come)

This year's participating companies and their representatives (more details to come):

Montaplast, Mr. Neil Yanik
Hofmann Services, Mr. Trevor Gillies
BMW Mfg. Co., Dr. Joerg Schulte
Draexlmaier Automotive, Mr. Ralph Schwarz, Mr. Stefan Bude
Sturm, Mr. Klaus Gaiser
Triad Sales, Mr. Wolf Stromberg
German-American Chamber of Commerce- South Carolina Chapter, Mr. Vincenc Pearson
MTU America, Inc. Mr. Heinz Oblaender, Mr. Trey Bostic
Human Technologies, Inc., Ms. Sophia Dopher

Registration deadline for roundtable discussions is Friday, October 24th. Submit your registration to Mr. Lee Ferrell either hardcopy to his office, Daniel 316 or by email: Ferrell@clemson.edu


Profiles of Participants:

Neil Yanik

Neil graduated from Clemson University in 2004 with a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering and a secondary focus on the German language. Neil started his professional career at Hella Lighting Corporation as a manufacturing engineer. In 2006, Neil was advanced to a Program Manager position where he led the launch of Hella's first BMW headlamp to be built in North America. In 2008, Neil pursued a new opportunity as Key Account Manager for Montaplast North America where he currently manages accounts totaling more than $25 million. Neil's current position involves daily conversations with his German colleagues and takes him to Germany 4-6 times per year for program launches. Neil says that his knowledge of the German language not only affords him the opportunity to travel the world, but it also helped him advance to his current position in the company.


RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany
Yves-Simon Gloy
received the diploma and Ph.D. degree in mechanical engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany in 2008 and 2013. In 2014 he received the „Borchers Plakette“ of RWTH Aachen University for the results of his Ph.D. thesis. Currently, he is working as head of division “Textile Machinery / Production Technologies” at the Institut für Textiltechnik der RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany. His primary research interests cover analysis, modeling, automation and optimization of textile manufacturing systems as well as textile products for medical and other applications. Besides that he is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Textile Science & Engineering. Since July 2013 he has been an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Material Science and Engineering in the College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University, SC. This position is intended to strengthen the relationship between Clemson and RWTH Aachen University in field of joint projects and exchange of people.


Hofmann Services
Company Profile
Germany. The company was founded in 1985 by Ingrid Hofmann, one of Europe's most successful Entrepreneurs over the past 20 years. IK Hofmann GmbH along with its subsidiaries and partnerships currently has over 80 branch offices in 5 Countries. In the USA the company operates 4 Branch Offices throughout the South East with Headquarters being in Atlanta, GA. Hofmann Services provides Temporary and Permanent solutions to the Staffing and Recruiting Needs of companies of all sizes. Hofmann Service's main client base is European Companies operating in the United States. Industries covered are Administrative, Chemical, Engineering, Hospitality, Manufacturing, Skilled and Unskilled Labor.
Personal Profile
Trevor is 34 years old and was born in Nuernberg, Germany. He resided there for 20 Years before moving to the United States in 2000 to obtain a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Human Resources from Georgia State University. Due to growing up in Germany, he speaks the language fluently and also attended German Elementary and High School near Nuernberg where his Dad and Mother were stationed with the US Army. Trevor has been working in the Staffing Industry since 2007 and joined Hofmann Services in 2008 shortly after the Business was incorporated here in the United States. In September of this year he celebrated his 6th Anniversary with the company. His current role as Business Development Manager involves overseeing Sales and Operations in Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and South Carolina. He also works directly together with the CEO in continuously developing and maintaining Business Development strategies that are aligned with the Companies long term Sales Goals. Prior to this role, Trevor also lived in Greenville, SC for about 8 months in 2009 during which he opened the SC Branch. He is currently based out of Atlanta, GA.


Dr. Joerg Schulte

Since May 2013, Joerg has been the manager of the BMW Group Liaison Office in plant Spartanburg. The responsibility of this office is to further develop the relationship with academic institutions and to launch and manage research projects. Clemson University and CU-ICAR are strategic partners for BMW.
Between 2003 and 2013 Joerg worked at BMW headquarters in Munich, Germany where he was responsible for capacity planning for all car plants in the BMW production network.
From 2000 – 2003 Joerg transferred to the BMW Technology Office in Palo Alto, CA. Working with US companies and universities, he identified, evaluated and transferred relevant technologies to the BMW organization. Focus areas were manufacturing technologies, collaborative business solutions and computer-aided technologies.
Before going to the US, he held various positions in order fulfillment, material supply and supply chain management. Prior to joining BMW, Joerg worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation in Stuttgart, Germany, where he also earned his PhD. In the course of numerous projects he collaborated with industry and academic institutions from Germany and Europe.
He has studied mechanical engineering in Germany and Canada.

Web site: http://www.bmwusa.com/Default.aspx


Draexlmaier Automotive
Company profile: http://www.draexlmaier.com/en/company/sites.html

Ralph Schwarz is responsible for Corporate Communications at DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America in Duncan, S.C., where he oversees all aspects of internal and external communications for the Dräxlmaier Group in the North America region, including media relations, public relations and marketing. He also closely works with his colleagues in Corporate Communications at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany.
Ralph, who joined Dräxlmaier as corporate communications specialist in July 2006, has worked in the journalism/mass communication field for more than 10 years. Before coming to DAA, 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, who has one son, lives in Duncan. Aside from work, he likes to spend time with his family, listen to music and follow NHL ice hockey, German soccer and Formula One racing.

Stefan Bude is President and Chief Financial Officer of DAA Draexlmaier Automotive of America LLC in Duncan, S.C., where he oversees the administrational areas of Dräxlmaier operations in the USA and in Latin America.
Stefan joined the Dräxlmaier Group as a Controller at the corporate headquarters in Vilsbiburg, Germany, in September 1998 after completing his education with a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
After being in charge of strategic planning for the Dräxlmaier Group worldwide since 2002, Stefan took on the position as CFO of the new Dräxlmaier plant site in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, in 2004, where he oversaw the start-up of both an interior and electric plant. With the growing business of the Dräxlmaier Group in the North America region, he also headed up new operations in Puebla and Lagos de Moreno, both located in Mexico. In 2008, he was appointed CFO of all Dräxlmaier operations in North America.
Splitting his time from 2004 to 2009 between Mexico, South Carolina, and Germany, Stefan moved back to Germany in 2009 to lead the Dräxlmaier business unit responsible for business with General Motors and Volkswagen. He recently returned to the South Carolina to resume his position as President and CFO at DAA.
Having worked at both the corporate headquarters of the Dräxlmaier Group in Germany and in various operational production areas in North America, he possesses a wealth of knowledge and experience in the areas of human resources, finance, and controlling.
Stefan lives with his wife and 1-year-old son in Simpsonville, S.C. He and his family look forward to a prolonged stay in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Sturm Inc.
Company Profile

Personal Profile
Klaus Gaiser is President and CEO of Sturm Inc in Greer SC. He graduated as mechanical engineer from the FH Konstanz in Germany 1981. He is fluent in German, English and Spanish. For 30 years he is working in the paint finishing and automation business building subsidiaries for German Companies here in the US and Mexico. During his career he went through all relevant departments from engineering, fabrication, project management, purchasing and sales to management of various subsidiaries of German based companies. One of his strength is his experience in the international and intercultural business development.
Sturm Inc is a subsidiary of Sturm-Gruppe which is a turnkey supplier of paint systems, factory automation systems, cleaning systems and conveyor systems. 60% of Sturm’s customers are automotive OEMs as well as tier 1 and tier 2 suppliers. 40% of the business is from other industries like the airport industry and chemical industry. Sturm-Gruppe is an owner operated company from Bavaria, Germany. Over the past 10 years the company grew from 200 to 1000 employees. Sturm-Gruppe has several sites in Germany and abroad.

Human Technologies, Inc
Personal Profile

Sophia Dopher is a professional recruiter and employment consultant for Human Technologies, Inc. (HTI) based in Greenville, SC. HTI is a manufacturing-based recruiting, logistics, outplacement and HR services company. Their customer base is largely comprised of Tier 1 and Tier 2 automotive suppliers and mobile hydraulics/ linear motion manufacturers.
Sophia joined HTI in 2011 as a professional recruiter and was later promoted to a Team Lead. She and her experienced team of recruiters focus on the placement of exempt-level candidates from such fields as Engineering, Supply Chain, Marketing, Accounting, and Human Resources. They manage the recruiting process from beginning to end, providing guidance and coaching to candidates as well as excellent customer service and unbiased consulting to clients.
A native Texan, Sophia graduated from Texas A&M University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and a minor in Business Administration.

Triad Sales
TRIAD SALES, LLC markets and supports machinery for applications in plastics, textiles, and nonwovens from the initial engineering and project layout to the final installation and service. Our team of qualified and experienced personnel are dedicated to providing our customers with superior service and pragmatic solutions. Our company represents manufacturers for a complete line of plastics machinery beginning with mixing and blending, through compounding, to calendering, coating, embossing, laminating, and finally winding of the finished product to rolled goods. In addition, Triad sells a line of premium industrial oils and greases custom blended for standard and special applications. Critical applications are met with specific additives to meet specific performance criteria in terms of the required temperature, pressure and viscosity. Our Ge-i-Lube lubricants have been on the market for over 50 years with an outstanding reputation. Our team has served many years in the field of Engineering, Production, and Marketing of process equipment for the Plastics, Textile, and Non-woven industry. As such TRIAD SALES, LLC has extensive process and engineering expertise to provide Engineering and Management Consulting services upon request.

Personal Profile
Wolf Stromberg, President of Triad Sales, LLC, holds a masters degree in business and engineering of the Technical University of Darmstadt and was also a Fulbright Scholar at Western Michigan University in Marketing and Management.He started his career as Excecutive VP of Flender Corporation in Chicago in 1982 and then served as CEO of Kleinewefers Textile Machinery Corp. from 1987 thru 2002. He started his own business Triad Sales Corp. in 2002 which markets and sells process equipment to the rubber and plastics industry.
Wolf also serves on the board of Multivac Inc. , a market leader in vacuum packaging machines.
Since 2005 he is the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany for South Carolina.

Vincenc Pearson


MTU America Inc.
MTU America Inc. based in Novi, Michigan, is the American regional headquarters of Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG. It is responsible for the manufacture, development, sales and service of MTU and MTU Onsite Energy branded products in North and Latin America. Production facilities are located in Aiken, South Carolina and Mankato, Minnesota.
Rolls-Royce Power Systems AG, based in Friedrichshafen, Germany, is a world-leading provider of high- and medium-speed diesel and gas engines, drive systems, distributed energy systems and fuel injection systems for the most demanding requirements. The product portfolio includes MTU-branded high-speed engines and drive systems for ships, heavy land, rail and defense vehicles and for the oil and gas industry. Under the MTU Onsite Energy brand, the company sells diesel and gas-based power system solutions: from mission-critical to standby power to continuous power, heating and cooling. The Norwegian subsidiary Bergen Engines AS manufactures medium-speed engines for ships and power plants. L'Orange completes the portfolio with injection systems for large engines.
Rolls-Royce plc and Daimler AG each has a 50% shareholding in the company via a joint venture–Rolls-Royce Power Systems Holding GmbH. The company, which employs over 10,000 people, has been fully consolidated in the results of Rolls-Royce plc since January 2013.



Mr. Yates W. Bostic III (Trey)
Buyer, Purchasing
Clemson University - B.S. Business Management, German - Class of 2010
Yates is a native of Lexington, South Carolina and attended Clemson University to study business as well as German. During his time at Clemson he participated in the German Club, the German Professional Society and the Language & International Trade Society. Yates began working for MTU America, Inc. in April of 2011 as an associate buyer. Now in his position as Buyer, he is responsible for the purchase of all raw casting material machined at the U.S. production facility, all production material purchased from the world headquarters in Germany, and turned & milled components for production and after sales. Yates believes his job is interesting and enjoyable not only because it is fast-paced and challenging, but also because he is able to daily utilize and build upon his German language abilities.

Mr. Heinz Oblaender
Senior Manager, Purchasing
University of Hohenheim, Germany – Agricultural Engineering
IHK Wuerzburg - Technischer Betriebswirt

Heinz joined MTU Friedrichshafen, Germany in March 2007. He was responsible for the operative purchasing of casting material leading a team of five buyers. In June 2009 he transferred from Friedrichshafen to Redford, MI. After almost two years in Michigan Heinz relocated along with the U.S. production site to Aiken, SC. He is responsible for a team of 13 commodity buyers within strategic purchasing. Heinz believes the international aspects of his MTU America Inc. assignment are both challenging and enjoyable at the same time.




German Conference 2012
Eric Seawell (L&IT, Bosch/ Rexroth) at the 2011 Conference


Contact Lee Ferrell or the German Section at Clemson University for more information.