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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 thrid annual conference on German in the Professions on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 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 get to know each other. Activities will include presentations by students and business representatives, roundtable discussions and a networking social.

Sponsored by

  • The German Section at Clemson University
  • The German Professional Society

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, RWTH)
11:10-12:00 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"
2:30-4:00 Roundtable Sessions

4:00-5:00 Networking Social and Presentations in the Peebles Room

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

German American Chamber of Commerce Southeast—SC Chapter
Triad Sales
Hofmann Services
Draexlmaier Automotive
BMW Mfg. Co.
American Liba

Registration deadline for roundtable discussions is Oct. 1 (form Word-doc tba)


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.


Hofmann Services
Company Profile
IK Hofmann USA (dba. Hofmann Services) which is a subsidiary of IK Hofmann GmbH, a $800 million full service Staffing Agency based out of Nuernberg, 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 Gilles is 31 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 was 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. His current role as Branch Manager is responsible for overseeing Sales and Operations in Georgia, Tennessee 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.


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.


Klaus Gaiser


American LIBA
Christian Wienands

Triad Sales
Wolf Stromberg


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.